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Best time to visit Paris

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Every season in Paris is a wonderful time to visit. Spring is romantic, fall brings Fashion Week, summer is perfect for relaxing in a park and winter sees the city decorated in sparkling lights.

The best time to visit Paris depends on what kind of weather you prefer — and how adamant you are about avoiding crowds.

Best time to visit Paris

The ideal time to visit may be September and October or March through May.

Fall is the sweet spot, with moderate temperatures and dwindling crowds from the busy summer swarms. Plus, seasonal foliage stuns — enjoy a postcard stroll through the Jardin des Champs-Élysées, framed by vibrant reds and oranges. Expect temperatures in the upper 60s throughout September, dipping to low 50s and 40s in November.

But watch out for Fashion Week in late September, as hotel rooms may be scarce.

More interested in springtime blooms? Paris is fragrant with cherry blossoms March through May. Join locals who emerge from indoors to enjoy picnics in the park and stroll along the Seine.

From late March onward, the weather is mild — temperatures range from 42 °F to 66 °F. You might get caught in afternoon rain showers, but they shouldn’t ruin the day.

But avoid visiting around Easter, as prices tend to spike.

On and off-seasons

Winter is the off-season in Paris, with temperatures ranging between 35 °F to 45 °F December through February. Crowds are small, lines are short and la Ville Lumière glows. Aside from around Christmas when prices could spike, you may find the best travel deals in the winter.

June through August is peak tourist season in the capital city. Temperatures can reach 80 °F and prices are the most expensive.

Note that in August, Paris lacks a bit of its local luster. Many inhabitants leave the city to vacation elsewhere. You might also find a variety of Parisian shops and restaurants closed this month.

Best time to visit Paris for…

  • Disneyland Paris. January and February are the least busy months, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the least busy days throughout the year. If you want to avoid cold weather, visit in spring. Rides are open and the weather is mild. Visit in the morning or after 6 p.m. to dodge crowds.
  • A honeymoon. Avoid summer (June through August) when locals flee and tourists take over. Many find spring (late March to May) to be the most romantic. Expect moderate prices and smaller crowds overall.
  • The catacombs. Many rush to visit the catacombs in the morning, so get there at 6 p.m. for the best chance at a short line. The official website for the site suggests any time after 3 p.m. Keep in mind lines are so long during holiday periods, you may not make it in. In general, avoid the catacombs over Christmas and Easter.
  • The Louvre. February through April are the Louvre’s least busy months. Visit in the afternoon when lines die down, but avoid Tuesdays — the museum is closed. Use the Portes de Lyons entrance where there are minimal lines.

Best time to city-hop

  • Paris and Rome. Both cities experience an influx of tourists in the summer. And both are ideal to visit in the spring when crowds have yet to pick up and prices are still low. Fall is similar, but with cooler temperatures.
  • Paris and Switzerland. April through May and September to October are ideal times to visit Paris and Switzerland for beautiful weather and fewer crowds.
  • Paris and Italy. Visit Italy first in late September, then Paris in October to skip Fashion Week’s high prices. The weather is mild and tourists flee the major cities at this time. Prices won’t be at their cheapest, but are still lower than peak season.
  • Paris and London. Fall in Paris and London is ideal for stellar outdoor weather, moderate prices and smaller crowds.

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Bottom line

As Ernest Hemingway proclaimed, Paris is a feast for the senses — no matter when you visit. Whether you’re drawn to vibrant fall colors or springtime cherry blossoms, booking a flight to Paris guarantees experiences that will stay with you for life.

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