Montparnasse was once one of two hills (or "monts") to the north and the south of Paris. The northern hill of Montmartre still stands today, but the southern peak was leveled in 1725. To regain its former stature, Montparnasse built Paris' tallest building in 1973. The Tour Montparnasse was deemed so ugly that further skyscraper construction was effectively banned within the city limits. This lone tower offers expansive views of Paris from the 360 Café, the highest restaurant in Europe. A weekly organic market is held on Sunday mornings, where rue de Rennes meets rue de Raspail.
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 Montparnasse