Paris, also known as the city of light, is the capital city of France. It is also the biggest city in France with its 2.21 million inhabitants. Situated in the North centre of the country, the city is divided by the Seine river in two parts: the right bank and the left bank. The city former name was Lutèce when it was conquered by the Roman Empire. Paris is also the intellectual & political capital city of France and the first financial, commercial & industrial centre of the country. Well-known for its beautiful architecture, gastronomy and tourist sites, Paris stays and will stay the most historic, elegant and gorgeous city in the world. Paris is also known for hosting the Olympic Games in 1900 and 1924. It will host the games again in 2024.

Practical Information

  • The currency is the euro (€)
  • Paris is in the GMT + 1 time zone.
  • The electricity network gas adopted the European standard of a tension of 230 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz.
  • Tap water is drinkable
  • Wi-Fi is available in the majority of Parisian bars and restaurants, as well as at more than 260 municipal sites (public gardens, museums, etc.) via 400 Wi-Fi access points and hotspots.
  • Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday; automatic cash distributors function 24/24
  • Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm (on average), they are open on Sunday in five tourists areas of Paris
  • Most Taxis accept payment by banker’s card
  • In the event of a strike, a minimum service is guarantee during busy times on public transport.
  • VISAS: People requiring a visa to come to France should apply to the French consulate in their country of origin. Details of addresses can be found on the website of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs: