Paris, the “fashion capital” of the world is one of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe. The city’s architectural beauty and charisma never fail to mesmerize you.
Are you planning for your visit to Paris? Yeah!!!
You must be busy planning your itinerary, places to hang out, etc., etc…. The concern for personal safety or the protection of your valuables would be the last thing on your mind. Afterall city seems so glam and beautiful, but what you don’t know is, like every other big city, Paris also has its dark side. In order to prepare for Paris, it’s important to know how to stay safe here. Here I am sharing Paris safety tips for tourists.
Bring your heart to this city, but don’t leave your brain at home, be vigilant of your surroundings all the time.
Paris Safety Tips for Tourists: Do’s and Don’ts
1. Beware of Local Taxies at Airport
The moment you step outside the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport after customs clearance, you will be approached by multiple guys who propose to offer Taxi at a cheaper rate. Be careful and don’t get mugged by these people. Always go for the authorized taxi service providers, who stand just outside the terminal in the “orange jacket”. Stand in line and wait for your turn. Taxi fare from the airport is pretty simple in Paris – from CDG to Paris “Right Bank” Euro 50 and Euro 55 to Paris “Left Bank”.
2. Don’t go by the Hotel Star Ratings
If you are someone who demands value for money especially in terms of the hospitality, I would recommend reading traveler’s review thoroughly. Don’t just go by the hotel chain name or the star rating. A 4-star or a 5-star rating hotel may turn out to be even worse than a 2-star category hotel.
We chose to stay at Best Western Aulivia Opera, supposedly a 4-star hotel, which turned out to be the worst nightmare for us. Not only the staff was extremely rude, the hotel failed to provide basic amenities which you expect from a 4-star hotel. I would recommend to read and trust travelers review before paying for the accommodation.
Pickpocketing is the most prevalent crime targeting tourists in Paris, especially around main tourist attractions such as Effiel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral & Louvre Museum, and metro stations.
It’s advisable to be vigilant and keep your belongings close to you, especially near Effiel Tower. These people work in groups, while one will try to distract you by asking some questions, another group member would steal your bag, wallet, camera or phone.
4. Choose Safe Neighbourhood
As a tourist, its advisable to choose the safe neighborhood in Paris, especially if you are traveling alone. Avoid areas around metro Les Halles, Chatelet, Gare du Nord, Stalingrad and Jaures late at night or when the streets appear less than crowded.
Our hotel was at Rue des Petites Écuries, with multiple restaurants and bars nearby, despite this, I felt uncomfortable around the hotel during late hours. In fact, one day I and my husband went outside to purchase some bread around 10 PM, the store was just opposite our hotel. As we were coming back, 4-5 guys came and tried to block our way. As the hotel was just across the street, we ran and entered the hotel. The incident was very shocking and kind of spoiled the mood. Tourists are easy targets in any country, and such incidents could soil the entire trip.
5. Choose Uber over Local Taxi
If you are an English speaking traveler, its advisable to take Uber over the local taxis to roam around the city. It will save you not only from putting a big hole in the pocket but also from the juggle to explain drop location, etc. to the driver. Based on my experience, the majority of the taxi drivers I encountered didn’t understand English, making it extremely difficult to communicate. This is the time when Uber comes in handy and your drop location and fair are all pre-defined, so need not to worry about the language issue.
Needless to mention, Uber is comparatively safe than the local taxi, especially for female travelers during late hours.
Paris is a beautiful city and a must-visit destination. I recently visited the city with my husband and infant son. This article “Paris Safety Tips for Tourists” is based on my personal experience. There is no harm in being cautious and take extra care, one bad experience can spoil your whole trip.
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