Paris Special Advice:

Due to recent terrorist attacks, we have updated our terrorist threat rating to “High“. Keep your vigilance high, and stay alert for the latest news. France, like a few other European countries, has been targeted by a number of terrorist attacks in the last years. Main targets tend to be urban areas with large crowds and dense public transport. Paris has been hit a few times in recent years. Unfortunately terror strikes blindingly.

Paris

A top tourist destination and the City of Light, Paris is often considered the most beautiful city in the world, welcoming over 30 million tourists every year. Although the police force is highly-effective in making Paris a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks on the city’s streets.

SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Paris is an overall safe city. With a rating of 63.4%, it is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Paris. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Paris is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Paris. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Paris.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Paris and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

There is a high terrorist threat going on in the country; it is best to avoid very crowded areas and public demonstrations.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Paris is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Eiffel Tower

Paris’ iconic monument has two glitzy new glass pavilions on its revamped 1st floor housing interactive history exhibits. The tower is surrounded by open areas on both banks of the Seine, which take in both the 7e and 16e. Both are home to very well-heeled Parisians and some outstanding museums. The area attracts pickpockets and scammers, as seen on the map.

Champs Elysées & Etoile

A dozen avenues radiate out from place de l’Étoile (officially called place Charles de Gaulle). First among them is av des Champs-Élysées. This broad, tree-shaded boulevard, the name of which refers to the ‘Elysian Fields’ (‘heaven’ in Greek mythology) links place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe and is lined with luxury shops. There have been numerous reports of pickpocketting on the Champs-Elysées, and the area attracts dangerous crowds during the night.

Louvre & Les Halles

Louis VI created halles (markets) for merchants who converged on the city centre to sell their wares, and for over 800 years they were, in the words of Émile Zola, the ‘belly of Paris’. Although the wholesalers moved out to the suburb of Rungis in 1971 (and were replaced by the soulless subterranean shopping mall Forum des Halles, currently undergoing a major makeover), the markets’ spirit lives on here. To the southwest is France’s first national museum, the incomparable Louvre. Pickpockets target people around the Louvre, and some gang fights happen at Les Halles.

Montmartre

Famous for its nightlife (the Moulin Rouge is nearby in Pigalle) and for being a gathering point of writers and artists, the area of Montmartre is nowadays very lively. When it is crowded, pickpockets and scam-artists roam the area. The nearby zone of “La Goutte d’Or” can be very dangerous at night and is best avoided.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay (and work) in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. Check out http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/ to see if you need a visa.
France is a member of the Euro Zone and uses the Euro. France and Western Europe are particularly expensive. Allow a budget of at least 100€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in France is temperate, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Aéroport de Bordeaux, Aéroport de Lille, Aéroport International Strasbourg, Aéroport Lyon-St Exupéry, Aéroport Marseille-Provence, Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur and Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page