| Quick Facts
|| French Region
|| Euro (€)
|| 12,012 km2
|| 11,978,363(2013 est)
|| 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  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.
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.
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, Caen and Deauville) Western Autoroute
- A6: (direction Lyon and Marseille) 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 (HGVs and motorcycles prohibited).
- A14: A13 bypass. Toll road, fairly expensive.
- N104: La Francilienne. A half circular road around the North and Eastern sides of Paris. As it is further out than the A86, there is considerably less congestion.
- N118: Connects western Paris to A10 and N104.
- N184: Connects Western Paris to A13, A15 and A16. Useful link if you are driving from Calais or to Normandy via the N14.
A network of regional trains takes you in and out of Paris: Transilien and RER.
- RER is a regional network or rail lines going through Paris. RER lines are numbered A to E. RER is a network of 256 stations in and around Paris and runs on over 587km (365mi) of track. There are 5 lines, (A, B, C, D and E) that cross Paris, connecting suburbs on opposite sides. Stations with REr connections bare the blue signs with a white RER.
- Transilien is the brand name for traditional rail lines radiating from the Paris termini. Transilien lines are numbered J to U. Trains depart from the main train stations (Lyon, Est, Nord, Saint-Lazare and Montparnasse) and La Défense. Transilien uses brand new trains that offer a good ride.
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.
Map of rail network around Paris.
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.
- 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, . 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
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 :
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
Camping Paris Est (Camping Champigny)
Camping Caravaning l’Etang de Belesbat
Website : www.camping-belesbat.com
Ile de Boulancourt
Camping La Base de Buthiers
Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont
Camping de Marsalin