Saint-Germain-des-Prés was once home to all the publishing houses in Paris, and such famed writers as Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus once debated existentialism at Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. Today's cafe prices might deter starving artists, but no one should miss the Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces housed in a Beaux-Arts railway station at Musée d'Orsay. Also worth a visit is Saint-Germain church, founded in the 6th century and older than the neighborhood itself.
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 St. Germain-des-Prés