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Paris – Basic Guide 3 – Taxis

Monday, May 24th, 2010

There are more than 15,000 official taxis in Paris and it is important to understand how to distinguish them from the potentially unsafe “underground”, illegal taxis and minivans.

Before you go, read our 3 Part series on Paris taxis and learn what you must look for in an official cab, along with some of the rules they must operate under. You need to be a savvy consumer, especially if you are an international visitor.

Know what you must observe before you engage the cab.

Learn the central dispatching number so you will get the cab closest to you so the meter will start with the smallest fees and more.

Start learning in: Paris Taxis – Basic Information and it will connect with the rest of the series.

Also learn more valuable information and skills in the Paris travel article Archive

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Paris – Basic Guide 2, Night Trains

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Some people “live” on trains for months while traveling the United Kingdom and Europe. They do this with their Eurail pass and BritRail pass. The secret is using night trains, but many night train routes are sold out months in advance.

When purchasing your night train tickets, make sure to check the bunk berth location and tier before you leave the special, bunk reservation ticket window. Notoriously, the ticketmasters don’t give you what you asked for!

For night trains, there are important rules about to whom you must show and give all your paperwork as well as when and where this must be done! Follow instructions — do NOT just board the train!

Make plans to have a flexible, long cable lock to attach any large case to something permanent in the area at the end of your carriage for larger cases. Even in sleepers, there’s not a lot of room for luggage.

Learn a lot more important details about traveling by European night trains.

You can read Part A:
Paris and Railroad Ticketing has lots of detail you need.

And, you can read Part B Paris Railroad Information.

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Paris – Basic Guide 2 – Railroad Ticketing

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

It’s important to understand that rail is an serious option for traveling internally in Europe, and that some plans need to be in place before you even leave home.

In the main article (link below), you can learn about several different European rail systems, when and where to access ticket information and some of the important steps about activating tickets for European trains.

This information mainly pertains to Paris and entering or leaving France, but each country on your itinerary must be researched. In most cases, there will be a lot of the same systematizing.

When you arrive in a new city, make sure to use the staff at your arrival station for questions about how their rail system functions and the steps you need to take for your departure, whenever that may be. Confirm which station you need next. It may not be the same station as the one you arrive at, especially in major cities like Paris.

Paris and Railroad Ticketing has lots of detail you need.

And, you can read the first Paris Railroad Information.

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Paris – Basic Guide 2 – Railroads

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Depending on the direction of your train travel, you may even be able to start it at Charles de Gaulle Airport after you land in Paris.

Certainly, rail travel in Europe is something to seriously consider, as it is often a way that, with savvy scheduling, you can save on accommodations overnight, too.

Again, just like the airports, every main train station in Paris has different purposes and routes. If you are going to another country, especially, you need to know which main station to start from.

You can learn more details in the Rail Series in the Paris Archive.

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Paris – Basic Guide – Airports

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Paris, like many large cities, has several airports and they are used for very differently defined purposes.

Make sure that you discuss your itinerary needs clearly with your travel agent, and if you are taking responsibility for making all your own reservations for air travel to Paris, then please read the more elaborate article in the Paris archive about this.

You do not want to have put yourself on flights which leave from opposite ends of a large metropolis with inadequate time to make your flights!

You need to also be aware of the fact that certain airlines only use certain airports in Paris. And, as now airlines have aligned themselves into “groups”, they are much more likely to connect with a partner in their group, which may or may not be the best choice for you. There may also be extra fees to go outside the group. I really recommend that you use a certified travel agent, which is a free service to you.

Paris is also served by rail and of course, you can also arrive in your own car or a rental car by land or through the Chunnel from the United Kingdom. These choices will be discussed at other times, as most people arrive and depart Paris by air.

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