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Quick Facts
Capital Paris
Government French Region
Currency Euro (€)
Area 12,012 km2
Population 11,978,363(2013 est)
Language French
Religion n/a
Electricity 220..230V, 50Hz. Outlets: CEE7/5 (protruding male earth pin), accepting CEE 7/5 (Grounded), CEE 7/7 (Grounded) or CEE 7/16 (non-grounded) plugs
Time Zone UTC +1 and UTC +2(DST)

The Île-de-France [2] is the compact region immediately surrounding the capital of France, Paris. As such, the region includes the now far-flung suburbs of the Paris metropolis, together with several large surrounding towns that form part of the larger conurbanation. All is not urban sprawl, however: the region is also known for its natural beauties, in the form of parks, forests and river lands.


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There are many cycle lanes on routes into Paris, but be careful as you also share the road with motorbikes and cars which can be inconsiderate.

By car[edit]

There are several free Autoroutes and 4 lane roads for getting round Île-de-France, however on weekdays there is a lot of congestion between the hours 8 - 9:30 AM and 17:30 - 19:30 PM, and it is really not advisable to travel then. This congestion becomes a lot less worse the further away from Paris you are.

  • Le boulevard périphérique: a road ring which marks the limit of "Paris will intra muros". This is essentially a motorway as there are no roundabouts or intersections, however it is famous for its obstructions. Be careful though, as the cars entering onto the road from the right have priority.
  • A13 : (direction Rouen) Western Autoroute
  • A6 : (direction Lyon) Southern Autoroute
  • A5 : (direction Lyon) South eastern Autoroute
  • A86 : Very useful road that nearly completely circles Paris. The recently opened tunnel between Rueil-Malmaison and Versailles is tolled (fairly expensive) and is open to cars only (trucks and motorcycles prohibited).
  • A14 : Toll road, fairly expensive.
  • N104 : La Francilienne. A half circular road around the eastern side of Paris. As it is further out than the A86, there is considerably less congestion.
  • N118 : Connect western Paris to A10 and N104.

By train[edit]

Map of central part of RER network

A network of regional trains (RER) takes you in and out of Paris. The RER has 256 stops in and around Paris, and runs on over 587 km (365 mi) of track. There are 5 lines, (A, B, C, D and E) that cross Paris, connecting suburbs on opposite sides. The stations are marked with blue signs with a white RER. There is also a separate network of trains (Transilien) that depart from the main train stations (Lyon, Est, Nord, St-Lazare, Montparnasse) and La Défense.

It is usually cheaper to purchase a daily ticket than a return ticket for most journeys, but check when purchasing.

Trains run from 4.45 a.m. to 1.30 a.m. Smoking is not allowed in the stations or on the trains.

Sign for the RER

Paris is one of the world’s most attractive cities. Often described as the city of lights. It is the capital of Île de France and in fact France as a whole. The list of places to go and things to do is endless. Landmarks such as Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Eglise Madeleine, Eglise du Dome, Notre Dame, Grand Palais, Ile de la Cite, National Assembly, Opera Garnier, Palais de Justice, Palais des Congres, Palais Luxembourg, Place de la Bastille, Place Concorde, Palais Royal and the Eiffel Tower are a must when visiting Paris. Other attractions to visit include: Disneyland Paris, Fontaine Medicis, Institut de France, Montmartre, Obelisque, Opera Bastille, Paris Fountains, Place Vendome, Saint-Sulpice, St-Etienne-du-Mont, St. Augustin, St Germain, Sorbonne, Unknown Soldier and the Seine River. Some museums to visit include Galeries Nationales, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Musee de Cinema, Musee de l'Armee, Musee de l'Homme, Palais – Decouverte, Pantheon, Pantheon Crypt and Musee du Louvre. There are many ways to tour Paris, here are some of them: Bus Service, Coach Service, Paris Metro, RER Rail Service, Eurostar to London, Car Rentals, Paris Airports and Paris Train Stations. When visiting Paris or anywhere indeed, Accommodation is always the first checkpoint. Some of the most popular hotels are listed here: Arc de Triomphe, Bois de Boulogne, Buttes Chaumont, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Gare du Nord, La Defense, Latin Quarter, Louvre District, Montparnasse, Opera Bastille, Opera Garnier, Père-Lachaise, Place d'Italie, Pompidou Centre and Sacré Coeur.

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  • Le Musée Fragonard (L'Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire), 7, Avenue du Général de Gaulle (Métro : line 8 (Balard - Créteil) - Station : Ecole Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort), 00 33 1 43 96 71 72, [1]. Closed in August Wednesday & Thursday : 2 - 6PM Saturday and Sonday : 1 - 6PM. This is a hidden gem. A veterinary museum that doubles as natural history museum. A lot of medical oddities, mostly of animals, but also include real human specimens. Move over Bodyworlds, this museum holds Fragonard's original human preservation (wax- not plastic) including the famous "horseman of the apocalypse." Adults 7 €.  edit

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If you decide to travel by motor home or caravan, or you wish to camp while discovering Île-de-France, then see this list which features the camp sites which are open all year round.

For full information about these caravan sites listed below, they can all be found at [3]:

Camping de Paris (Camping du Bois de Boulogne)


Camping La Bouliniere


Camping Club Le Parc de Paris


Le Parc de la Colline


Le Beau Village


Camping les Canardieres


Heliomonde Campsite


Camping Paris Est (Camping Champigny)


Camping Caravaning l’Etang de Belesbat

Website :

Yelloh! Paris


Ile de Boulancourt


Camping La Base de Buthiers


Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont


Camping de Marsalin



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