Paris – Specialty Maps

Before you go to Paris, as part of your planning, download several specialized one-page maps from the Internet. Print them in color, if possible, as most of them show multiple routes or great detail of the city.

Look on the official tourist site and on the ones from the French railroad and municipal buses. You’ll get some of their links in past and future articles here, as we discuss what you need to know about how Paris is organized.

I suggest you use this method for starter maps, as when you arrive at the airport or train-station, you may not find what you want, if the shops are even open.

Once you are settled, make an early visit to the official visitors center to ask questions and to get more maps.

Generally, you need to understand that there are several levels of train transportation; there are options to travel on a network of buses; how to get an official taxi and what you must know about how they operate.

Additionally, a moderately detailed map of central Paris will be helpful, to ask questions about your destination, in any weather, especially if you get it laminated before leaving home.

Paris is divided into quadrants, 2 above the Seine River and 2 below. Then, each quadrant has a portion of the city’s 20 “arrondissements” (official administrative neighborhoods) by which you can tell more accurately where a street is. Part of the official address always includes the # number of the arrondissement.

Take a good look at the central core, as each arrondissement has its own flavor, and differs also in its socio-economic status. When looking at accommodations, keep this in mind.

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