If you are ever in Paris……

Some of you are likely to visit Europe during the MBA. If you visit Paris, here are some tips that will surely help you.

Traveling with a low-cost company could be a good deal. Thus, if you travel with RyanAir, you will land at Beauvais. There, you will have to take the bus to go to Paris. You can buy your ticket on line and save time on this website http://www.aeroportbeauvais.com/bus.php

The bus takes you to Porte Maillot in western Paris. Feel free to travel with friends or MBA mates to reduce your expenses such as hotel stays. You can also live in homestay accommodation. Websites such as www.airbnb.com will give you some ideas. In Paris, you can travel with public transport. You will find all information on the website of the RATP http://www.ratp.fr/en (price, map, route calculation …).

I expect you will visit museums and major monuments. The famous ones remain Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Le Sacré Coeur, which overlooks Paris, Le Château de Versailles, Le Musée d’Orsay, Le Grand Palais, the Carnavalet Museum of History in Paris, the National Museum of Natural History, Notre Dame of Paris. Do not hesitate to have tea (the great mint) at the top of the Arab World Institute (near Notre Dame de Paris). You will not find a more beautiful sight for free.

In winter, do not hesitate to walk along the Grands Boulevards (Boulevards Haussman ) to see the Galleries Lafayette or Printemps bright and lively. It is very beautiful especially at dusk. You can go shopping too, of course!

Some museums are free on the first Sunday of each month. For example, you pay nothing to visit the Louvre, but make sure to arrive at opening time.

Do not forget your student card. It entitles you to discounts at museums and sometimes even in MacDonald’s .

I hope this information makes your life easier and you will enjoy your stay in Paris.


PS: I have no interest in the websites I’ve given you ;)