It’s been a little over a month since my mini Eurotrip and I’m still in the feels about the two days I spent in Paris. I’ve never fallen in love with a city and Paris was everything and then some. When planning, the essential sites for me to visit were Norte Dame, The Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Everything else was pretty much up in arms. As a first-time visitor, having even less time than London, and being solo I wanted the trip to be as off the beaten path as Barcelona with a little more planning. I also wanted to get nice photos of myself so I booked a photo shoot with Airbnb Experiences a few days before. If you plan to visit Paris, here is a guide of 8 of the best places to visit in Paris in 2 days.
Greetings from Paris! I spent the whole day roaming around from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower with stops in between. I’m tired, but it has truly been an amazing day. I’ve never fallen in love with a city, but Paris has me so open! Shoutout to @picturemeparis for coming all the way through! I left my tripod home and was wondering how’d I get more than just boring selfies for this trip and well, you can see she does an amazing job. #joannaetravels #paris #parisjetaime #jadoreparis #mytravelcrush #essencetravels
Traveling to Paris From London
When booking my overall ticket to Europe, the plan was to travel to Paris from London via train on the Eurostar high-speed train. The train is about a 2 1/2 hour ride, BUT the longer you wait to purchase the ticket, the more expensive it is. To save money, I flew from London to Paris on British Airways. Due to London having many airports, there are a number of budget airlines to choose from as well.
When leaving, my aunt pointed out leaving LCY airport is a shorter flight time if you’re staying in Central London. Another important tip is Paris has two airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Paris Orly Airport (ORY). If you’re staying in Central Paris, ORY is a shorter drive-in. Both airports, however, have public transportation options to the city center.
Where to Stay in Paris
One of the most affordable options for staying in Paris is to book an Airbnb or another alternative. I stayed at the Hotel Eiffel Seine, a boutique hotel around the corner from the Eiffel Tower, across the street from the metro station, and close to cafes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking for a higher-end hotel in the area, I recommend the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel.
How to Get Around Paris
Paris is a very walkable city with most notable sites and museums centered around the Seine River. I spent the 2 days in Paris walking around, using the metro only once, but if you’re not a walker, there are buses, taxis, the metro and water taxis that will get you around.
Best Places to Visit in Paris in 2 days
Most of the sites I visited on the same day, but if you want to split your 2 days in Paris itinerary up, it is definitely doable. Here’s a day by day list of must-see sites for two days in Paris.
The Notre Dame Cathedral
Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro line 4 Cité, RER B, and RER C: Saint Michel – Notre Dame
I visit a church or temple on almost every trip and the first stop on my 2 days in Paris itinerary was to Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité and took almost 200 years to build. There are free 90 minutes guided tours of the cathedral in English at noon on Wednesday, at 2 pm on Thursday, and at 2.30pm on Saturday.
The Holy Chapel (Sainte-Chapelle)
Shortly after visiting Notre Dame I walked over to The Holy Chapel also known as La Sainte-Chapelle. Built by King Louis IX, the Holy Chapel is 13-century gothic style royal chapel known for its stained glass. It also housed the remains of the True Cross and Crown of Thorns.
Location: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro line 4 Cité, RER B, and RER C: Saint Michel – Notre Dame
Shortly after visiting La Sainte-Chapelle, I headed over to the Louvre Museum. One of the top attractions in Paris, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world and home to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If you aren’t sure where it is, just look for the glass pyramid which is the museum’s entrance. For quicker entry, use a skip the line pass or the Carrousel du Louvre, by going down the stairs of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro lines 1 and 7 – Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
A short walk from the Louvre Museum is Tuileries Garden. Formally a private garden of the Tuileries Palace, it became a public park after the French Revolution. You can end day one of your 2 day Paris itinerary here, visit The Place de la Concorde or take a ride on The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde.
Location: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro line 1, Tuileries
The Orsay Museum
Day two of 2 days in Paris itinerary starts at The Orsay Museum. Formally a Metro Station, The Orsay Museum is the second most visited Museum in Paris. The museum mostly displays famous works of artists including Monet and Van Gogh.
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro: line 12, to Solférino RER: line C, to Musée d’Orsay
Eugène Delaplanche’s l’Afrique (Africa) is one of the six statues in front of @museeorsay . The Six Continents were previously displayed on pedestals on the main entrance to the Palais du Trocadéro. Following the Palace’s deconstruction, the statues were then placed in the Nantes public dump. 😳 More of Delaplanche’s work is displayed in the Orsay Museum including marble sculptures of Eve Before the Fall and Eve after the Fall. Do you like visiting museums when traveling? #paris #joannaetravels #parisjetaime #arthistory #thesixcontinents #africa #wcw #traveltalk
Champs Elysees Avenue
Take a stroll down Champs Elysees for food and shopping. Here you will find high-end stores like Cartier, Guerlain, Chanel the Louis Vuitton mansion and more! Don’t forget to visit Ladurée for freshly baked macarons.
Nearest Metro: Metro lines 1, 13 to Champs-Élysées–Clemenceau
Arc de Triumph
At the end of Champs Elysees, you will find Arc de Triumph. The Arc de Triomphe is the world’s largest traffic roundabout and is the biggest and tallest triumphal arch in the world. Travel tip – If you’re looking to get a first-hand look at the square, use the underground passage as it is not only dangerous but pretty impossible to cross due to massive traffic.
Location: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro lines 1, 2 and 6: RER A – Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
The last stop on the 2 days in Paris itinerary was to the Eiffel Tower. Built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1886 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower is the #1 attraction in Paris. Since my hotel was around the corner, it was just easier to start further out and work my way back in. During my photo session, my photographer mentioned the tower was almost torn down before discovering it could be a platform for transmitting antennas. From the top or below, visiting the Eiffel Tower is a must. Due to the rainy weather, I couldn’t go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it is a good reason for me to visit again during the warmer months.
Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nearest Metro: Metro line 6 – Bir Hakeim or Metro line 8 Ecole Militaire. RER C: Champ de Mars
I spent 2 days in Paris loving every corner I turned and I can’t wait to visit other sites like the Alexander Bridge, Luxemburg Gardens, and take a trip to the Palace of Versailles. If you have more time, a day trip to Brussels, Nice, Monaco, or the Champagne region is also doable.