Practical information for enjoying Paris outdoors

Internet, transport, ideas for walks, weather: everything you need to enjoy Paris in the open air.

Take advantage of your smartphone around Paris

Se reposer sur un banc et surfer sur le web © DR

Spend less on phone calls and surfing the Internet from Paris

Roaming charges related to communications and Internet use from a mobile phone in the European Union were abolished on 15 June 2017. The ideal opportunity to consult PARISINFO during your stay in Paris and pick up some great tips and ideas!

Free Wi-Fi in many public places

Many municipal sites, including Parisian parks and gardens, have free Wi-Fi. It is simple to use: just go to one of the parks or gardenswhere it is available, select the network whose name starts with Paris Wi-Fi, open your browser and follow the instructions. Stretch out on the grass and enjoy a lazy afternoon!

More information on telecommunications in Paris

Exploring Paris in the open air

Sortie vélo au Parc Rives de Seine © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat

With self-service bicycles, river shuttle boats on the Seine, open-top buses … There is so much choice for getting around Paris in the open air, whatever the time of year.

Explore Paris by bike in complete freedom

An open topped double-decker bus tour, a cruise with commentary, walking tours and even visits up in the air … See all the outdoor excursions in Paris in our special dossier

Travel by boat with Batobus that has 9 stops on the Seine

Joggers and serious runners can admire the architectural richness of Paris by doing sport on crisp winter mornings or on balmy summer evenings.

The best spots to go running in Paris

Keep an eye on the weather in Paris

Tour Eiffel pointe et ciel © DR

Temperatures hot up

Summertime can be really hot in Paris! Luckily, the capital has plenty of green spaces open24/24 all year round (Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne, Parc du Champ-de-Mars, Jardins des Champs-Élysées, Parc de Bercy, etc.). As well as these, around fifteen parks and gardens are exceptionally open all night in the height of summer.  This is also the time to taste the the most delicious ice-creams in Paris, enjoy the best fountains – particularly on Parc Rives de Seine – and the numerous terraces, which have been allowed to extend their surface area until June 2021, for a refreshingly cool drink.

Check out our tips for staying cool

What to do in Paris on rainy days

The sun does not always shine in Paris so it is always good to have a plan B. With trendy places, family outings and unusual visits, there are plenty of things to enjoy doing in the city whatever the weather.

Check out our ideas for exploring Paris on a rainy day

More information about the weather in Paris

Paris outdoors … all year!

La Villa Leandre matin © Mary Quincy

Paris’s world-class heritage

Streets, squares and local districts are all part of the sightseeing experience in Paris all year round. In autumn, for example,  the typically Parisian covered passages are interesting places to visit. Admired for their lovely architecture and decor, they also house many shops and other commerce.

Discover the exceptional heritage of Paris

Guided tours of Paris

Tour guides organize themed open-air tours in all seasons So why not take advantage of the charm and tranquillity of the capital in winter to go on one of these exciting visits?

Visit Paris in your language with a tour guide

Lots of great ideas for walks in Paris

City or nature? Historic centre or modern architecture? Popular tourist area or off the beaten track? In Paris, there are as many walks as there are visitors. Springtime is a perfect time for exploring the many districts of the French capital and its surroundings: rediscover the  the Butte Montmartre and the Latin Quarter; set out in the footsteps of important feminine figures  or head to the east of Paris with an unusual walk in the 11th arrondissement

You can go on any of these self-guided walks at any time – along with others – in our dossier Walks in Paris