This part of the 5th arrondissement got its name thanks to the nearby Sorbonne University. When the Sorbonne was founded in the 12th century, all teaching was in Latin, and that's what students spoke outside. You won’t find Latin speakers here anymore, though the Sorbonne building does still preside over the boulevard Saint-Michel. It's now a heavily touristic area with overpriced restaurants and t-shirt shops, avoided by Parisians. Still, there are points of interest like the Cluny baths built during Roman Times, and the exquisite Saint-Séverin cathedral.
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 de la Cité