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A survival guide for staying in Paris as a foreigner

You just arrived in Paris or you are preparing for your trip, but here is the thing: there are many tips and hacks that the locals know and you don’t! Now, this is the moment when you start thinking “if only someone could give me some tips and tricks to fully enjoy my Parisian experience…”. It turns out that Lodgis can read minds (it’s not true, we aren’t magicians, don’t push it). Anyway, we prepared a survival guide you will find very useful when you’ll arrive. The ultimate survival guide for foreigners in Paris, it’s right here!

Means of transportation

Paris is a city to explore walking, yet if you are going far or that you’re in a hurry, you should bear in mind that a Navigo Pass can be very useful since it provides you with unlimited trips on every transportation mode you want (metro, bus, RER, transiliens). For further information on Parisian means of transportation, we created a little list just for you:
 
– Each to their own package: It is preferable to calculate beforehand the most practical and economical package(s) for you. There are many different packages and tariffs in Paris. If you’re a student, the yearly Navigo Pass is €341,90 only, if you’re not, it will cost €803, which you can avoid paying if you switch between the different packages and titles according to your needs and make you save up to €400 during the year.
 
– The Navigo Pass isn’t allowed for tourists. However, you can also switch between different tickets and packages in a judicious and economical way: to visit Paris, it is sometimes more economical to take a 10 tickets’ package for €14,50 or a “Paris-visit” ticket, depending on your needs. If you plan on going to a remote location for a day, you can take the “origine-destination” ticket.
 
– Public transports are free for children under 4 years old. They are also free during some public holidays and tickets get a discount during anti-pollution days (don’t hesitate to check it on the ratp’s website).
 
– If you don’t want to kiss the metro’s windows, try to avoid the rush hours from 7.45 am to 9am and from 5pm to 6.15pm. They represent the beginning and the end of office hours in Paris. However, if you absolutely need to use the transports at these hours, favor the transiliens which are more spacious.
 
– Metro hours: in general, the first metro arrives at 5.30 am and the last one around 12.30 am during the week and Fridays and Saturdays the service can last until 1.40am.
Don’t hesitate to read our post about night means of transportation in Paris.

Emergency services and hospitals

Yes, we also take this survival guide literally because we’re never too careful!
 
– To call the SAMU (emergency medical service), dial 15
– To call “police secours”, dial 17
– To call the firemen, dial 18
– For deaf and hard-of-hearing send a fax or a text at 114
– Paris also has bilingual hospitals such as the American Hospital located in 63, BD Victor Hugo 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine!

Shopping and restaurants

In Paris, we do with what we have and good deals and tips are all over the place. Here are facts that will allow you to enjoy restaurants and fresh products without breaking the bank.
 
– We certainly already told you « rent’s prices aren’t the same in all the arrondissements », well it’s the same for shopping. Don’t hesitate to compare the groceries’ price where you live with another arrondissement or in Paris area and you’ll certainly have good surprises.
 
– For restaurants, if you’d like to live an authentic Parisian experience, take some distance from touristy places and 20 stars’ cuisines. Parisians, contrary to conventional wisdom, enjoy simple things, this is why you will find delicious and convivial restaurants in hidden places, mainly visited by locals.
 
-In the United States and other Anglo-Saxon countries, tips are pretty much a requirement, know that in France it’s culturally not the case (even if it’s always appreciated). Take a look at your check to see if “prix service compris” appears on it. This notice informs you that your tip is already included in your payment.
 
– There are plenty of “happy hours” in Paris! So, if you’d like to spend a fun moment with your friends, check it out!

Enjoying Paris

We can’t finish this guide without the best part: exploring Paris. Your visits can completely change according to the way you plan them because it’s a city you’ll never stop rediscovering and that’s what makes it so magical.
 
– Paris can be discovered on many different levels: On a boat (Seine, canal Saint-Martin) or walking along the docks, in its undergrounds, on its rooftops, in its hidden places, day and night, under the sun and the rain.
 
– You can visit most museums and monuments for free if you’re under 26 years old, from the UE or if you go visit them on the first Sunday of the month, during the night shows or if you visit the permanent exhibition throughout the year!
 
– There is a multitude of Touristy Pass allowing you to discover Paris in many different ways.
 
– If you’re hot and near to a park, know that there are water fountains at your disposal. If you are close to a fast-food, you can ask them to serve you a glass of water for free.
 
– If you’re looking for a furnished apartment corresponding to your needs and style, Lodgis is here to make it simple for you by guiding you through your search, in your language and all this for the cheapest agency fees of the Parisian market.
 
We hope you enjoyed reading this post and we wish you to become more Parisian than the Parisians themselves.