What is the best time to visit Paris ?

Best time to visit Paris : When planning a trip to Paris, one of your questions is likely to be. Every season in Paris is delightful, the best time to visit Paris is during Spring but not only ! It depends on :

  • Your budget, flights and hotels are pricy in high seasons
  • Your tolerance for large crowds during Spring in particular
  • Your resistance to the coldness even though this is not Québec
  • And your aspirations if you want to feel Christmas magic in Paris

In fact, every season in Paris has its charms, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Weather in Paris

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  • Fall and Winter

Paris has cold and slightly damp winters, with temperatures between 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) and lows of approximately 0 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit). Snow isn’t frequent but can happen after December up to March. November can be cold but beautiful during Fall, while December is magic but dark as the days get shorter. Christmastime in Paris is a lively time in the capital. The most beautiful city has its famous monuments illuminated for the season, as well as department stores, institutions, boutiques… Activities and events take over the city, offering magical memories for everyone. You can ask us to set a Custom Made Paris Tour Package , all inclusive, according to your aspirations and budget, with the “Private Car Service” in option if you feel so.

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  • Spring and Summer

March and April are sort of chilly, but temperatures can break into the 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit). In May, temperatures slowly but surely climbing into the 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). Summers are typically pleasantly warm, with temperatures rarely exceeding 28 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit). June is the perfect month for temperature. During August, Parisians are on vacation so “only travelers” are walking across the streets of Paris. You may find some boutiques and restaurants closed. However, all museums, landmarks and big institutions will stay opened. During this month, Paris is peaceful and very sunny. Lots of Summer activities around the Seine River are available. Ask for our Personalized Itinerary with our Paris Private Tour Guide !

Rain and Coldness

Paris does not have much rain across the seasons in comparison to other places in France. The rainiest places of France are the Pyrénées, the French Alps, Britany and Normandy. The rainiest places in the world are Mawsynram in India, Hong Kong, Portland in USA, Rotterdam in Netherlands, Edinburgh in Scotland and Cologne in Germany.

The city of lights, even in the rain or coldness, has fabulous things to do in Paris. You could be enjoying one of the best hot chocolates in a legendary site, rejoice a tremendous exhibition in the biggest antique museum of the world, go to a movie on the Champs-Elysées theaters, shopping in fabulous department stores, take cooking classes, have a wine tasting private tour or enjoy the magnificence of sacred places…

Every year, we have “Indian summer” during September up to October. During this time, flights and hotels prices are not in high seasons. All year long, Paris is full of beauty, life and lights.

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High Season in Paris

So you would think that the best time to visit Paris is during low season ? Not necessary as we see for all the reasons above. High Season in Paris is from June through mid-September and Mid-to-late December. Paris is most dense with tourists during summer and during the December for Christmas time magic.

Never forget one thing, Paris is a big city. Paris is the most populated city and the capital of France. The city of lights is one of the most visited city in the world and the most beautiful as well ! Moreover, France is the most visited country in the world.

  • Population within Paris 2,190,327 inhabitants (2016)
  • Population with urban areas 12,568,755 inhab. (2016)
  • The Eiffel Tower 7 million visitors in 2018
  • The Louvre Museum 10 million visitors in 2018 (world record)
  • The Palace of Versailles 8 million visitors in 2018
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton 1,5 million visitors per year
  • Disneyland Paris 9 million visitors per year
  • Approximately 13 million per year from around the world visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the most Holy place visited in Europe. You can still walk around Notre Dame but you can not go inside during the renovation after the terrible fire of April 15th, 2019.

You can make a donation for Notre Dame Cathedral renovation with Notre-Dame de Paris site and friends of Notre Dame de Paris site for restoration and preservation. This fund is open to you regardless of your nationality.

  • Sacred Heart Basilica in Montmartre 10 million visitors per year

40 million people in total visited the Greater Paris area, according to the observatory of the Paris tourist office in 2018. By arriving out of high season, you will be somehow safe from long lines at museums or famous restaurants, ask us to book fast pass and skip the line tickets for your favorite museums. Moreover, you’ll probably pay less for your hotel room or your flights. Ask us recommendations for your hotel !


So the best time to visit Paris is really up to you !


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