These are two islands in the middle of the Seine. Ile de la Cité is the historic center of Paris, best symbolized by Notre Dame de Paris. Entry to the cathedral is free, and admiring the splendid stained glass rosette window and Gothic interiors can take hours. Visit the bell tower for a fee by lining up outside the northern wall, and pose for hunchback of Notre Dame photos atop the tower. Behind the cathedral, don't miss the moving monument to the Paris deportees of the Holocaust. Visit adjacent Sainte-Chapelle, a tiny but exquisite cathedral with intricate stained-glass windows. A plaque beneath Pont-Neuf is dedicated to Grand Master Templar Jacques de Molay, who was burned at the stake here in 1314. The adjacent island of Ile Saint-Louis offers every possible luxury along rue Saint-Louis en Ile, but best of all is artisanal ice cream at Berthillon.
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Getting Around Paris
The best way to get around Paris is by using public transportation. The metro, bus or RER suburban trains are by far the easiest and most efficient way to move around the city. The metro operates from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m. until 2:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bus operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Some bus routes that serve major transit hubs have extended hours until 12:30 a.m. Metro and bus fares start at 1.70€. Multiple pass books (which afford you a discount) are available as are day passes. Taxis are also a convenient way to get around the city. Minimum fare is 6.40€ and charges vary based on traffic and time. All Paris taxi services can be contacted by calling 01 45 30 30 30.
Nearby Airports
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport-CDG
  • Paris Orly Airport-ORY
Airport Taxis
  • 45€ (depending on traffic)
Things to Do and See Near Ile Saint-Louis