One Day in a Paris: How to Travel Paris in a Day

by Yasemin Soysal

Are we talking about Paris? Then imagine a place where you think of the city of romance and art first. Yes, you guessed it right. It’s Paris. Paris welcomes millions of guests from all over the world every year with its fascinating ambiance, unique architectural structures and unique culinary culture.

Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Paris, the City of Dreams

Paris, which also stands out as one of the most visited cities in the world, promises its visitors an unforgettable touristic experience. At this point, I’m going to tell you about the places you should definitely visit before leaving Paris. Here is your ultimate travel guide to a dream trip to Paris.

How to Travel Paris in a Day

Let’s make a tour of Paris for those who go to France for a short time or do not like to travel for a long time. First of all, let us remind you that such a touristic and popular city is always crowded. Especially those who do not like the crowds between the periods from May to September may not prefer to go to this special city. Paris will be relatively calm between April and October, but do not forget that Paris is always a city with an above-average crowd. If you think, “Whatever, I have to travel in 1 day anyway”, then let’s see what you can do in Paris in the fastest way in 24 hours.

Get to Know  the Transportation in Paris First

In fact, Paris is a city to visit in an average of 4 days. If you only have one day to visit Paris, then it will be very important for you to learn how transportation works. If you are going to Paris by plane, you will land at one of the “Charles de Gaulle” or “Orly” airports. From here you can come to the center by using the public transport called RER, which corresponds to the metro or train. Using a taxi can be a somewhat expensive option. Buses are also among the options you can use apart from the RER. The best option for transportation seems to be the metro. If you are going for a day, you can also choose the place you will stay according to the metro route.

Places to Visit to Experience the Fascinating Atmosphere of Paris

If the place in question is Paris, it would be pointless to expect to fit it into a few paragraphs. At this point, I wanted to write an article where you can feel Paris and invoke you a desire to be there. Therefore, I will go on through a list that I have prepared in detail and precisely. Here are the places that visitors to Paris should definitely see before leaving:

Paris is Big, Time Is Limited, Off We Go!

Eiffel Tower

It would not be possible to prepare such a list and not put the Eiffel tower at the top of the list. The Eiffel tower, which is almost the symbol of Paris, is identified with the city. I will not tire you out by explaining this monumental masterpiece sentence by sentence, which you all already know, but I do not want to pass without giving this trick. Be sure to stop by Les Ombres, the place where you can experience the Eiffel Tower in the most beautiful way in Paris. You can feel the spirit of Paris with your whole being while sipping your drink in this precious restaurant with a unique view of the Eiffel.

Buying your ticket online will give you great speed in order not to waste time on long ticket queues. In this way, you will quickly climb the Eiffel Tower and easily carry out the task of looking down on Paris. After visiting the Eiffel Tower, you can visit the city with boat tours as you will be next to the Seine River. This tour lasts about 1 hour.

Seine River

Another place you should definitely see in Paris is the Seine River. This river, which is the most important waterway in the region, flows through the heart of the city and allows you to experience the texture of Paris. Take a boat tour especially in the evening on this river, which has a route where you can observe all the architectural structures, all the texture and natural areas in the city. In this way, you will be able to watch the shining city Paris with a unique view.

Champs-Elysées Boulevard & Arc de Triomphe

If you say that you will move on by land, not by river, you can go to the Champs-Elysées. This is quite a large place which is one of the most touristic centers. When you go here, you will also see the Arc de Triomphe and Concorde Square.

Speaking of places to shop, it is impossible not to mention the Champs-Elysées, which is also known as the heart of the city and one of the most famous streets in the world. The Champs-Elysées Boulevard, which also hosts the collection stores of famous French fashion brands, is known as the place where the heart of fashion beats. The Arc de Triomphe, which is known as the second most important symbol of the city after the Eiffel Tower, is also on this street. Located in Charles de Gaulle square, which is considered to be the very center of the city, the Arc de Triomphe is waiting for its visitors in the western wing of the Champs-Elysées Boulevard with a wonderful visuality that complements the architecture of the city.

There are many options where you can shop in the Champs-Elysées. You can get all kinds of products from here by getting into the side streets for your relatives or yourself. If you are hungry, the famous restaurants of Paris are located here. You can taste world famous French cuisine.

You may also not want to spend a lot of money. Perhaps you can be one of those who want to walk around the city with small snacks. That’s when delicious sandwiches and desserts await you.

Louvre Museum

After dining and relaxing on the Champs-Elysées, you can walk through the Tuileries Gardens to the famous Louvre Museum. Since it is a very large museum, it is your choice whether to enter it or not. We would like to remind you that if you enter the door while you are at the door, it will take you quite a long time.

Paris, also known as the capital of art, offers many options for those who visit the city for cultural tourism. The city, where hundreds of different museums are located, is also home to the Louvre, which is known as the largest museum in the world. The Louvre Museum, one of the places where visitors to the city are most interested, promises an unforgettable cultural experience to its visitors with more than 350 thousand works of art. You can also closely examine the works of many famous artists in the Louvre, where masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa painting are also available.

Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum
A sculpture in the Louvre Museum
Napoleon Hall, Louvre Museum

In addition, the other museums you should definitely see in Paris, which is known as the city of museums, are as follows:

  • Picasso Museum
  • Orsay Museum
  • Pompidou Museum
  • Louis Vuitton Museum
  • Luxembourg Museum
  • Les Arts Decoratifs Museum
  • Escape Dali Museum
  • Grand Palais Museum
  • Petit Palais Museum

Among the museums I listed, especially Les Arts Decoratifs, is the second most popular museum in the city after the Louvre. It is possible to examine many works of art on themes such as design, advertising, furniture and decoration in the museum, which also regularly organizes exhibitions on modern arts. At the same time, you will have the chance to experience the design and architecture concept that gives Paris a soul in this museum.

If you haven’t get into the Louvre Museum, you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral on foot after seeing the glass pyramid outside. You’re likely to wait in line here as well, but the area is one of Paris’ most visited tourist attractions. Then you can take the bus to the Opéra Garnier. You may want to visit the inside of the Opéra Garnier, the Paris Opera house. Then, you can easily shop for yourself and your loved ones from the stores behind this place.

Galeries Lafayette

The first place that comes to mind when it comes to shopping in Paris is undoubtedly the city’s famous shopping center Galeries Lafayette. This is such a fascinating place that it is impossible to describe it with words. This structure, which has an architectural concept reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, looks more like a Renaissance temple than a shopping center. It is impossible not to be enchanted inside. Under this artistic dome you can easily find the stores of many French fashion brands and world brands. I recommend that you at least leave Lafayette without buying a Paris-themed T-shirt that will remind you of Paris.

Apart from Galeries Lafayette, other places where you can shop in the city are as follows:

  • Champs-Elysées Boulevard
  • Montaigne Boulevard
  • Le Printemps.
  • Le Bon Marche.
  • Place Vendôme.
  • Rue Saint-Honoré
  • Merci

If You Used Time Economically, A Little More Paris

If you still have time and energy left after visiting the most known places, you can visit Montmartre Hill. You can use the funicular as a means of transportation to go up the hill. This place is also known as the “Painters’ Hill”. You can have your portrait drawn and spend the rest of your time in restaurants and cafes. The center of this place is considered to be “Place du Tertre”. You can visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica free of charge in the area, but there is a charge to climb to the top. Of course, you can choose the destinations we mentioned in this last section if you have time to visit. If you have the chance to go, you can be sure that you will find a lot of options in terms of photography in the region.


Entertainment in Paris should not be considered separately from culture and art. If the city in question is also referred to as the city of artists, you expect the understanding of entertainment here to be placed in an artistic framework. Disneyland, the world’s most famous theme park, promises its visitors exactly such an entertainment experience. The Disneyland concept, which is only available in 6 cities around the world, is one of the most frequented spots for visitors to Paris. Here you can take pictures with Disney characters in a fairytale-like atmosphere and be part of dozens of different thematic activities.

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