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Before You Go to Paris

Before You Get on the Plane

Make sure you have all the required documentation before you go.

Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Also stock up on any necessary prescriptions to take with you – you'll most likely be able to get them while staying in Paris but it would be just another thing to worry about while you're there, right?

Those arriving from the European Union will be surprised to find that free healthcare isn't nearly as common in France as elsewhere. If you are in possession of an EHIC card you will be eligible to receive emergency medical care, but you may have to pay for it. Generally, EU citizens with an EHIC card can expect to be reimbursed for these expenses when they return to their home country.

If you're going to Paris for work, your employer will most likely provide the private health insurance for you during your stay in France. This health insurance is normally quite extensive and covers things like glasses, prescriptions, and more.

The NHS website provides lots of information on healthcare in France!

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There are two main ways of getting to Paris: by plane and by train.


There are two main airports in Paris.

Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle is France's largest airport and is situated within the North-East of Paris. Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle hosts several airlines including Air France and Easy Jet and flies to a high number of destinations.

There is a train that runs from Charles de Gaulle to Central Paris called the RER. Note that the line that runs to Paris is called the "RER-B" & and it costs about £9.75. It stops at multiple stations within Paris, so do some research on which area is nearest to where you will be staying.

There is also a bus that runs from CdG to Paris & the Opera area (Roissybus) In addition to that, there is a TVG, high speed train, from CdG to Disneyland Paris, more info here.

Paris-Orly airport is located in the South of Paris and has a variety of flights to Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, North America and South-east Asia. The RER train also goes to Orly, so you may also use it to travel into Central Paris. In addition to the RER, you may also use a bus which is quite inexpensive & convenient as Orly is already near Paris. Prices for RER & bus can be found on ParisByTrain.


If you're coming from England, Brussels or Amsterdam, the Eurostar is certainly a very convenient way to travel to Paris. The Eurostar arrives into Gare-du-Nord, a large station in the North of Paris, from where you can take onward connections quickly and easily throughout Paris and beyond. However, make sure that you book your Eurostar tickets early (around 3 months in advance) to save. Booking close to your departure dates could mean you are paying up to 3 times the price of the original ticket, without any added luxuries.

If you are coming from within mainland Europe, the train, once again, can be one of the best and most cost efficient ways of getting to Paris. From a whole variety of departure points including cities in Italy, Spain and Germany, a train can take you relatively quickly and cheaply into a number of Parisian stations.

Useful Links: Eurostar, RailEurope, Paris Airports and Connections