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Best Times to Visit Paris

The best time to visit Paris is from June to August and September to October. Both summer and fall have its ups and downs. From June to August the weather in Paris is just about parfait (perfect). Average highs are in the high 70s and there are long days of sunshine. Unfortunately, summer is also the most crowded time  and the most expensive. For lower travel rates and significantly shorter lines at attractions, plan a visit in the fall. The seasonal foliage is known to stun, though the city's spring blooms are pretty famous too. If a travel deal is all that you're after, a visit during the winter will surely shave off travel expenses. Keep in mind though that Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, seeing upward of 30 million travelers yearly. So no matter what time you visit, there will always be tourists and some crowds. 

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Summertime sees high average temperatures in the 70s, which makes strolling through the neighborhoods and enjoying your café en plein air (outside) an absolute joy. But keep in mind, you'll be wrestling with hordes of other tourists for your place in the sun. This is the city's high tourist season, and as such, room rates and flight prices soar. During summer, however, there is much more to do than other times of the year. The season yields free outdoor movie experiences and complimentary concerts. Not only that, but a man-made beach is formed along the Seine for sunbathers. What's more, France's biggest holiday, Bastille Day, takes place. While you'll have more sunny days than not during the summer, keep in mind that July is one of the city's rainiest months, so pack an umbrella. 

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If you're wanting to experience fewer crowds while in Paris, but don't want to give up good weather, fall is your best bet. The city experiences highs in the upper 60s during September then dips down to the lower 60s typically during October, with lows hovering between the low 50s and 40s. Along with shorter lines to top attractions, travelers will also benefit from the beautiful seasonal foliage. Keep in mind that during Paris Fashion Week, which typically takes place the last week of September, hotel rooms will be much harder to find. 

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  • Paris Fashion Week (September)
  • Fete d'Automne (September-December)
  • Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (October)
  • Armistice Day (November)


Paris' low season sees temperatures in the 40 and 30-degree range. It's only during November that travelers may get a glimpse of 50-degree days. Heavy  yet chic  coats are necessary this time of year. If you dare defy the chilly weather, you can save quite a few euro on your hotel and flight. Paris rarely receives snow and as far as rain goes, December is one of the rainiest months of the year. If you're wanting to avoid precipitation, come during February, the second least rainy month in Paris. The last week of February is Paris Fashion Week, so expect hotel rooms to be few and far between during this time.

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Along with fall, spring is Paris' other shoulder season, and these months lure travelers with slight price cuts on hotel rooms. Temperatures usually span the 40 to 60-degree range, and afternoon rain showers are a bit more frequent in the later spring months (especially May). While temperatures may still be a bit chilly until May rolls around, travelers will be rewarded with the colorful spring flowers that permeate Paris' beautiful parks. 

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