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HERE in Paris: 5 great public transit destinations

Widely thought of as the most romantic city on the planet, Paris is home to a rich variety of attractions, drawing in millions of eager sightseers every year. If you’re eager to explore Paris using the city’s many public transit options, then look no further, as we take a look at the highlights, all reach-able by public transport.

The Louvre

The Louvre, home to a lady with an enigmatic smile, is the famous glass and metal pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace. The main entrance to the Louvre Museum, the pyramid is one of Paris’ most famous sites and is well-loved among gamers of a certain age who used it as a ramp on Midnight Club 2.

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The Louvre is one of the more easily accessible sights in Paris, with almost every mode of public transit catering to it. However, for those interested in stepping off dry land, why not opt for the delightfully named batobus? The boat service that travels around the River Seine has nine stops, with the unambiguous ‘Louvre Stop’ making it easy for any traveler to find their way.

Eiffel Tower

Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 as part of the Paris Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower quickly became a famous and envied landmark throughout the world. Indeed, this demonstration of skill in the realms of steel and iron brought about ferocious competition from the U.S, who sought to outdo the French. In-fact, this desire lead to the invention of the Ferris Wheel, part of the Chicago World’s Fair.

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Now, the Eiffel Tower remains standing as arguably France’s most famous monument. For those who haven’t visited Paris, it would seem rude to miss out on such an iconic sight, though the queues and overwhelming tourist presence may lead to travelers limiting themselves to just the one visit.

Fittingly for one of the most oft-visited parts of Paris, public transit options are plentiful. Why not step on the famous (and in some parts, famously filthy) Metro, with Line C taking passengers directly to the Tour Eiffel stop. Easy enough, but allow yourself a few minutes as you get swept away in a stampede of similarly eager visitors.

Notre Dame

Famous not only for its spinally-challenged bell-ringer, but for its incredible gothic architecture and glowering gargoyles, Notre Dame is a favourite destination for visitors of France’s capital, and with good reason.

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The medieval cathedral is located on the Île de la Cité (an island in the Seine), and is accessible by Metro, bus, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a tour bus. Regardless of the mode of transportation you take, Notre Dame is a sight not to miss.

Champs-Élysées/Arc de Triomphe

The perfect destination if you want to take in beautiful architecture, rampant capitalism and one of the most terrifying roundabouts on the planet. The Champs-Élysées, with the Arc de Triomphe standing at its western end, is a (roughly) 2km long avenue, frequently described as the most beautiful of its kind in the world.

Housing fancy restaurants, a staggering number of shops and bars peddling beer for an eye-watering amount, the Champs-Élysées is an enjoyable, if potentially expensive way to spend a day in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe, stood in the centre of the aforementioned roundabout, is a majestic monument built to commemorate those who fought and died in the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary Wars.

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While you would be able to witness the vehicular horror yourself via a bus, it would perhaps be best for your nerves if you jumped aboard the Metro to get to these sights – line 1 to any of the following stops should do the trick: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V or Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile

Jardin du Luxembourg

After all that sightseeing, it may be best to find somewhere peaceful to catch your breath. If so, why not try the Jardin du Luxembourg, the second largest city park in Paris, holding the garden of the French senate.

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Beautiful and more serene than the previous entries on the list, this may be a worthwhile stop for those eager to take a break from the city’s more hectic delights. Accessible by the Metro (Odéon stop), or the RER (Luxembourg), the Jardin du Luxembourg is definitely worth taking time out for.

Have you been to Paris? Where would you recommend visiting?

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