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8hr stop over in Paris...what is there to do?

What are some options for a quick tour of the city?  What are the most see/do options etc. with an 8 hour layover? 

5 Answers

answered by
Kamel from Paris

Hi Matty,

I can recommand you one friend of mine which take care of travellers doing a layover at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. With several tours in the city

Emmanuel Rozenblum :

Enjoy it !

comments (1)

answered by
Terry from Sarasota

8 hours is a bit tight to see much of Paris, but as others have said, the Metro can get you from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord Paris in about 36 minutes - if nothing goes wrong.

With the limited time you have, might be better to take a taxi from the airport, and go directly to the Île de la Cité, where you could then see Notre-Dame de Paris, the The Louvre, and the River Seine.

If you do take a taxi, you should try to pre-arrange for the driver to come back and get you early enough to get you to the airport in plenty of time. CDG is very crowded in the summer, so give yourself plenty of time leeway, as the roads there get jammed up.

Have fun!

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  1. Charles de Gaulle Airport (attraction)
  2. Gare du Nord Paris (attraction)
  3. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  4. The Louvre (attraction)

answered by
Scott from San Francisco

What day of the week is this?  Assuming it's a day when things are open, I would just focus on an excursion to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area.  Depending upon what time of day it is, plan on a lunch or a dinner at a restaurant you've identified and if necessary reserved ahead of time, then take a walk around and shop, buy chocolates and pastries LaduréePierre Hermé Paris, and Gérard Mulot.  Google "Chocolate Walk Paris" and you can find a few good pre-made ones.  Also walk along the La Seine and if you have time you can even pop in to the Musée d'Orsay or just walk past Notre-Dame de Paris.  The best way to do this, since time is of the essence, is to book car service to and from the airport.  Cabs are just as expensive and you get a better more comfortable ride with a car service.  At the very least take a cab.  Be aware of the times of day and how long it will take with traffic to get both to and from the airport.  

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  1. Saint-Germain-des-Prés (neighborhood)
  2. Ladurée (restaurant)
  3. Pierre Hermé Paris (attraction)
  4. Gérard Mulot (restaurant)
  5. La Seine (attraction)
  6. Musée d'Orsay (attraction)
  7. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)

answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

There's also the Batobus - Notre-Dame that is a hop on/hop off boat ride along the Seine.  It stops at Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame de ParisJardines des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, and the The Louvre.   The entire trip if you stay on the boat is just 1 hour and 40 minutes, so I'd suggest starting at one place, then only hopping off at a couple of the places along the way. The Notre-Dame de Paris is easy to see in a short amount of time and nice just to walk around if time is short.

I love the Orsay, but unless you dedicate most of your time to one museum, it's better to save that for another trip. Still, it's my favorite museum in Paris, the one that is home to the bulk of the impressionist work.

If the crowds aren't crazy, you could get to the top of the Eiffel tower and back with the boat tour as well, but it's up to the crowds.

Enjoy walking around. The city is beautiful. You'll want to come back.

The Batobus:

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  1. Batobus - Notre-Dame (attraction)
  2. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  3. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  4. Musée d'Orsay (attraction)
  5. Saint-Germain-des-Prés (neighborhood)
  6. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  7. Hôtel de Ville (attraction)
  8. The Louvre (attraction)

answered first by
Stuart from Boise

Assuming you'll have to check back in at the airport, you could take the train to Gare du Nord Paris and then get a Hop On Hop Off Bus -- about a 2+ hour ride if you don't get off. You'll see lots of the main sights and then wish your next stop here is much longer! Enjoy; bon voyage!

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  1. Gare du Nord Paris (attraction)

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