Charles de Gaulle Airport is situated 14 miles north east of Paris where the three terminals are connected via free shuttle buses. The quickest and cheapest way to get from the airport to Paris city centre is via the TGV. This takes 45 minutes and is signposted from the airport terminal. It is just a short walk to the station. Even if you have never used the French rail system before this is certainly the way to go as a taxi would be very expensive.
The easiest way to get around Paris is on the metro. There are metro stations close to every public attraction and they serve the surrounding suburbs too. The best way to use the metro is to buy a 'carnet' - this is a set of 10 tickets which have virtually no expiry date and each ticket is valid for as many changes as you like on the metro so long as you don't exit and go above ground. For example you need two tickets for the outgoing and return journeys.
The main business sector of Paris is surrounding La Grande Arche de La Defense, otherwise known as La Defense. There is also an extensive shopping area here.
The most reasonable area in which to eat in central Paris is called the Latin Quarter and is close to Notre Dame. This is not as 'touristy' as other areas and therefore has more reasonably priced menus. The most economic way to eat in restaurants is to order from a 'menu a XX Euros': these will normally be a starter or dessert and main course off a set menu for a discounted price.
La Défense is the prime high-rise office district in Paris, purpose-built in the 1960s at the western end of the city’s Axe Historique. One of its most modern and imposing structures is the Grande Arche de la Défense, which houses offices, conference centres and galleries. There are also around 60 statues and pieces of modern artwork in the area. A serviced apartment in La Défense is ideal for a professional who needs to be close to their place of work.
One of the most famous avenues in Paris is the Champs Élysées. Stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Élysées is easily recognisable by the horse chestnut trees which line it. A mixture of cinemas, theatres, cafes, shops, chic bars and nightclubs can be found at the west end, while beautiful gardens decorate the east. A Champs Élysées serviced apartment is perfect for anyone who wants to sample Parisian luxury.
Montmartre was given its name by the hill on which it was built, which stands 130 metres above the city. Its most famous landmark is the Basilica de Sacré-Coeur, which looks down on the network of cobbled streets from the hill’s peak. In the 1800s, many famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Renoir made Montmartre their home. A serviced apartment in Montmartre would suit someone looking for a picturesque setting close to the city centre.
The historic district of St Germain-de-Prés, home to a famous Benedictine abbey that dates back to the 6th century, lies close to the city centre. Only the church remains today, but it is considered the oldest in Paris. Served by the Parisian metro, the area has excellent links to the rest of the city, including the nearby Eiffel Tower. Serviced apartments in St Germain-de-Prés are ideal for anyone with a passion for the history of Paris.