Enjoy a few photographs from my recent visit to Disneyland Paris. You can see more over on my Instagram at LeahPelly.
If you’re going to be spending some time in Paris and want to explore the incredible city and take in the wonders of all the attractions, then you’ll find that the easiest and quickest way to do so is by using the Paris Metro. I know that using a Metro in another country can be quite daunting especially if your knowledge of the language is limited to GCSE vocabulary like mine, but once you get started it’s easier than you think.
When my friend and I recently travelled to Paris we used the Metro everyday- getting us not only to the main sites such as The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and The Eiffel Tower but we also used it to get to Disneyland Paris – something that without using the Metro we probably wouldn’t have done. We found it was fairly easy to navigate with a little help from google – take a look at our tips and insider info below.
I would recommend that planning is key to making the most of your time in Paris – particularly if you’re only there for a few days. We were lucky enough to find a Paris Metro map leaflet in the hostel that we stayed at. I’m sure you’d be able to pick one of these up from the Train or Metro Station or in your Hotel/Hostel lobby. From the map we found it was easier to look at where the different attractions were, which zone they were in and how far apart they were from each other. Looking at the distances between them and grouping the closest ones together meant that we were more organised and saved time.
On our first day in France, we went to Disneyland – as we knew we were going to be there the whole day we decided to just purchase two single tickets. Whereas, for our other two days in Paris we had a list of places that we wanted to squeeze in and see so we found it was best to get a 2 day, zone 1-3 ticket which cost us around 20 euros. This meant that we could travel anywhere in zones 1-3 across the two days, which made hoping on and off the Metro ,in between sightseeing, super easy. The ticket allowed us to travel from our hostel in Colonel Fabien to all the major attractions.
We purchased both of the two types of tickets we used (singles and the day pass) from the Metro station closest to our hostel and I’m pretty sure they can be purchased at any Metro station. We got them from a machine and paid in cash as it was easiest for us. There was a handy English language option on the ticket machine which made getting tickets a lot simpler for us but there was also a couple of other language options available including Spanish and obviously, French.
We found that getting the day travel cards was so much easier than purchasing singles as otherwise it could of got confusing as for some journeys you need to use a few different Metro trains and it worked out far more cost effective.
If you do ever have a problem with understanding the Metro machine then speak to a person at the Information Desks that are in most stations – the people are friendly and tend to speak pretty good English.
The best way we found to navigate the Metro was with Google Maps. It’s just so simple. Put in where you are going to and where from, click the Metro option of how you’re getting there and it will tell you how far away your nearest Metro station is and how long it will take you to walk there, give you the name of the Metro you need, the end destination, how many stops it is until you need to get off and also which exit to take from the Metro as sometimes there can be a few.
Please be aware though that google maps will try and translate some of the stop names into English for you, which can be a little confusing when you’re looking for them in French on the Metro signs, but if you have a small grasp of the French language then you should be fine.
If you’re ever unsure if you are getting on the right Metro, we found it was best to double check the poster just above the doors as you step onto the Metro carriage, to see that the end destination matches the one on Google Maps.
Obviously it is a city so be prepared for the Metro to get very busy, particularly at peak commuter times- try to avoid these if you can and keep an eye out for pickpockets.
We had a really positive experience of the Metro when we visited Paris and would definitely use it again on our return to the city, it just makes exploring so much quicker and easier. Let me know if you found this post helpful and be sure to head back here on Sunday for some fun Disney snaps.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently visited Paris for a few days; to explore the beautiful city, get a better feel for the language and of course stop off at Disneyland. I loved putting together some city chic outfits so I thought I’d share with you what I wore whilst I was there…
Minnie Ears Headband – Disneyland Paris, Mickey Tshirt – Primark,
Stan Smith Trainers – Adidas
Red Earrings – Primark, Need Holidays Tee – Mango,
Red Pumps – Primark, Bag – Topshop.
Similar to the Mango Tee — Travelling All Around The World Tee
Top – River Island, Checked Trousers – River Island, Coat – New Look,
Similar to the Top — Double Strap Cross Back Vest Top
Similar to the Coat — Button Detail Coat
Seeing a lot of people going on Holiday and travelling to exotic places this Summer has got me thinking about where I want to travel in the future. So here are the places I would love to go and visit some day.
Please let me know down below where you would like to travel or where you have visited this Summer. i would love to here about your adventures.