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Best time to visit Paris?

edited February 2009 in - France
We are thinking of a trip to Paris this year, possibly a Paris and Nice combo. Is there a best time to visit based on weather conditions and how does the Aug vacation period effect tourist locations?
Any recommendation on Hotels right in Paris?


  • edited 2:45PM
    The important thing to know is that August is a very busy month for holidays in France. Every french family goes on holidays, mostly to the south. Paris will be better to visit, but Nice might be a bit crowded.
  • edited January 2010
    The best time to visit Paris is every month of the year! I reckon every season has its own unique value and special charms to reveal. August is a great time to visit. Its warm, there is low traffic volume, and plenty of festivals and events happening. For a hotel recommendation, how about the Hotel Raphael, a really unique boutique hotel that has hosted presidents and rock stars. It is really old world charming, lovely place and great location. Check out the Word Travels page on climate in Paris .
  • edited 2:45PM
    Hi I am planning to visit Paris this June. Plz confirm as is this the right time to visit Paris?
  • edited 2:45PM
    hello, we r planning to visit paris this may or june,is there a best time to visit???????????
  • edited 2:45PM
    Dear Mr. DavidF: I had a stroke in 2005 & I had a disability. I have a little money from the Social Security, so I tend to go to Paris (since time imemorial) on escorted tour budget. What's a great way for cost-saver escorted tour budget?

    Thank you very much, Mr. DavidF!

  • edited 2:45PM
    I visited Paris in fall.. It was awsome..
    I was there with my girlfriend and it was fantastic.. so romantic!!!
  • edited 2:45PM
    It definitely depends what you're looking for....May is generally quite nice with temperate weather though tons of tourists.

    August is my favourite time of year as the city empties of locals - but lots of shops and restaurants are closed as a result...
  • edited January 2013
    Hi, I'd say Christmas and summer are the best times to visit Paris.

    - During Christmas the Eiffel Tower has special lights set up and it's wonderful. There are candles and light everywhere on the Champs Elysees, it's very romantic though ;-). It's a very special atmosphere.
    - During Summer Parisians and most French are on holidays so there are less people in the city. It makes things a bit easier and comfortable, you d'ont have to queue at every shop's doors!!!
    - During Spring and winter prices are slightly lower. The cheapest option is to rent an apartment or a studio if you are travelin with friends. I discovered L&V Holiday Rental last year and they have good deals in Paris.

  • edited January 2013
    I was in Paris in December 2012 and spend whole month there. I think the best time to visit Paris is December and January. Though climate of Paris remains good in all seasons, but I prefer winters for traveling purpose. Paris is a very beautiful city. I had rented an apartment for a month through Paris vacation rental.
  • edited January 2013
    Many Parisians leave Paris in August and head for the coast, the weather in Paris can be a bit muggy then but it will be less frenetic. I think the best months are either side of summer April, May, June, September and October. The days are a lot shorter in winter, which doesnt encourage sightseeing. See for detailed month-by-month advice on the best time to visit the city.
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  • edited June 2013
    December and january could be cold rarely cold to much.
    June is a very good month to visit Paris.
    October is very romantic in Paris.
    the site below gives information about climate and weather in Paris. It gives also good tips ;-)

  • I lived in Paris 6months last year and I think that it was beautiful in January as it was in June..BUT it's usually very very VERY cold place! so I suggest to you to go around July and August or September.
    thare are so many thing to do, places to visit that it's better to go when it's not too much cold and believe there can be very cold.

  • I was in Paris in January a couple of years ago, and while it wasn't bitterly cold I'd recommend going in the warmer months.
  • If you're set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded
    that the much-lauded "Paris in the springtime" is the obvious choice--
    but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and centers of
    interest, another time of year may likely suit you better.
  • edited June 2013
    I have Edited a poll about the best time to visit Paris.
    I you know Paris please respond to the poll. It will be a good way to have the answer to this question.

  • August have finest weather and as everyone told above that people are on vacation mostly at this time of year.  So its better to visit in this season rather in the cold and chilly weather.
  • edited December 2013
    June & july middle is a very good month to visit Paris.
  • edited April 2014
    The famous Parisian springtime might meet all of the expectations of a first-time visitor.
  • August is the best time for the visit of France specially in the city of Paris moving here and there all the tourist come toward the France because weather is very attractive in Paris specially..
  • I recommended Christmas period to visit Paris, August is also good.
  • i have been in Paris in august

    It was warm and dry,was perfect to go sightseeing

    Have a nice Time ..(and i am sure you will:))
  • Paris is really great to visit in August, peoples are in vacations and leave the city. But the roads are really crowded during this period.
  • According to
    my point of view June to August is a best time to visit this region. Christmas
    is also a best time to visit because it is a magical time to visit. Weather is
    also very great during Christmas. 

  • Paris is best in the Spring , late April, early May. The weather is usually temporate, all the gardens are in bloom and the country side looks fabulous! Another consideration is the strength of the dollar vs. the Euro. which , at the moment, isn't so hot. The last couple of summers in Europe and France in particular have been very hot. That is according to my wife's cousin who has spent the last two summers there. So August is iffy.

  • Maybe avoid Paris during the winter. Rainy days can put a damper on your trip (or add romance, depends on your preference). Also the height of tourism which is usually summer time means prices are definitely going to go up. Use shopnfly if youre going to purchase things on your trip as a way to help you stick to your budget (did wonders for my Euro-Trip). Hope all goes well and good luck 
  • is July best time to go to Paris?


  • Maurane, June to August (summer) is peak tourist season in France so many people will tell you July is the ideal time to go. However, go prepared for crowds at this time of year!
  • edited June 2014


    Spring is the best season for the first timers to visit
    Paris, who can enjoy the sight of lush horse chestnut trees and the
    beautiful flowers in many park around the city. One may also want to
    have fun playing tennis at the French open.

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