Paris Travel Planner   Best Times to Visit Paris, France
Spring if you can do it, autumn if you can't. Summer is mostly good. Even in winter, Paris is Paris, and there's lots to see, do and enjoy.


 

 

It's easy to say that "anytime is a good time to be in Paris," and in fact your trip to Paris will depend a lot on when you can get away, but if your schedule is your own, we'd recommend choosing spring, early summer, or autumn for your visit.

Besides weather, you must consider crowds, as Paris is perhaps the most popular city destination in the world.

Spring

Spring (late April, May, early June) has the advantages of more daylight, and thus longer days in which to enjoy the city. In late May and June the sky is still light at 10 pm (22:00), dark by 11 pm (23:00), and the light returns by 05:00 am.

As for "April in Paris," it's often overcast and chill despite the warmth of the famous song. (By the way, the song's lyricist, E. Y. Harburg, had never been to Paris, in April or any other time, when he and composer Vernon Duke wrote the song in 1932....)

Summer

Summer late June, July, August, early September) can be warm—even hot—and humid, so plan your day and your clothing appropriately. Summer sees fewer French travelers vying for hotel rooms in Paris—the French are all away at the beach—but increased numbers of foreign tourists arrive.

Autumn/Fall

Autumn (late September, October, early November) has the advantage of fall color in the trees in the parks, perhaps lesser crowds in the streets and museums (and trying to get up the Eiffel Tower), but the dawn comes later and the sunset earlier—fine if you're a lover of nightlife!

Winter

In winter (late November through March) you may find the short daylight time (just over 8 hours between sunrise and sunset on December 22nd), the potentially overcast skies, and the occasional bitter-cold wind more disappointing than the periodic precipitation.

Don't think Paris is empty of visitors in winter, however. Important meetings, conventions, trade shows and exhibitions keep the city's hotels and restaurants busy year-round.

And Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Paris! With beautiful lights, colorful Christmas markets, and lots of wonderful food and drink, it's great. More...

Christmas lights, Paris
Christmas lights on the Rue Montorgueil.

Even if the sky is almost always grey, the weather chilly (with some snow and plenty of rain), it's still Paris.

Here's what to wear on your trip to Paris.

Here's information on each month's weather. Note that the months with the most rain are June, July, August and November. March and April have the least rain.

Temperatures & Rainfall

Average Daily Temperatures & Rainfall in Paris

°Celsius & Millimeters of Rain

Jan

81

Feb

74

Mar

61

Apr
11°
69

May
14°
81

Jun
18°
89

Jul
19°
84

Aug
19°
94

Sep
16°
84

Oct
12°
76

Nov

89

Dec

79

°Fahrenheit & Inches of Rain

Jan
38°
3.2

Feb
39°
2.9

Mar
46°
2.4

Apr
51°
2.7

May
58°
3.2

Jun
64°
3.5

Jul
66°
3.3

Aug
66°
3.7

Sep
61°
3.3

Oct
53°
3.0

Nov
45°
3.5

Dec
40°
3.1


Special Events in Paris

Planning Your Visit

What to See & Do

Paris with Children

Finding Your Way in Paris

Excursions from Paris

Paris Hotels & Apartments

Paris Restaurants

Shopping in Paris

Paris Transportation  

 

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Square du Vert Galant, Paris, France

Picnic in the Square du Vert-Galant at the tip of the Île de la Cité on a fine June afternoon in Paris.




Rue Royal, Paris, France

View from Place de la Concorde across the Seine to the Palais Bourbon (Assemblée Nationale) and the gilded dome of the Hôtel des Invalides.

 

 
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