Montmartre was only annexed to Paris in 1860, and the locals of the 18th arrondissement still inhabit a world apart, in historic residences along winding cobblestone streets. At the top of the hill you'll find the picturesque Sacré-Coeur Basilica—but don't get caught taking pictures inside, or you'll be thrown out. For better dining and boutique shopping, head downhill to rue des Abbesses. Legendary restaurants along this major thoroughfare include the Moulin de la Galette, depicted in a famous Renoir painting. As you wander the area and take in the views, beware of pickpockets.
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 Montmartre