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Don't get lost in Paris

It is easy to find your way around Paris if you know the secrets. It's a very well organized city.

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2014 Paris Pratique par Arrondissement

2014 Paris Pratique par Arrondissement

Want to see Paris without the tour group but you're afraid of getting lost? Don't worry; do what the Parisians do. Use a small discreet booklet map. Paris taxi drivers use this map!

I highly recommend the "Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement" which is a dark blue 5 x 7 inch booklet map that has a complete index. An arrondissement is a district so each page is a distinct district of Paris. Each arrondissement is on a separate double page (larger districts on two double pages) and there is a Metro map, an RER map, bus map and emergency phone numbers for Paris. You can't possibly get lost with this little booklet. It fits into a pocket or purse and is easy to open and view even in close quarters (like the Metro). Update: For some reason the 2014 edition removed the emergency phone numbers. It has been replaced by an alphabetized list of famous sights and map locations. In an emergency dial 112. Just program it into your phone.

You can get the little map booklet at most news stands, tabacs, bookstores, FNAC stores or at Amazon.com online. We update at a news stand because there are so many on the street. The last time I checked amazon.com it was $14.15 so I'd recommend waiting and buying it in Paris or getting a used one. When the trip is over, it's a great souvenir. Amazon also offers an English-French version and it is a waste of money. You need the French street names because that's what you see on the street signs. There are no explanations so the English is an unnecessary expense ($39+) and FNAC sells the booklet for 5 euros.

Update: Be sure to get a 2014 edition or later since they have changed the end stations of four Metro lines. You need the name of the last station on the line to navigate the system. If you have an older edition of the map, stop at any Metro entrance and get a new and free map of the Metro to use with your Paris map.

Click here for the FNAC web site to see the booklet map

Posted by Beausoleil 17:07 Archived in France Tagged paris maps book-map

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Good practical advice, but I had to smile at your title as I would recommend absolutely 'getting lost in Paris' from time to time ;) A meandering walk down the back streets, uncertain exactly where you will come out, is a great way of discovering things you might not otherwise find - a great bakery, a tiny patch of green where locals pause to rest on a bench (and you can do the same!), architectural details ...

by ToonSarah

Good advice.

by irenevt

You're right Sarah. There is no place I'd rather be lost than in Paris. However, if you are heading someplace on any kind of schedule, getting lost is not an option. We enjoy all the concerts in Paris . . . ;)

by Beausoleil

Oh I know Sally - also when you have a plane or train to catch But still, I had to smile when I saw your title!

by ToonSarah

Good advice. Getting lost in Paris is fun, as it is in Venice!


I remember this tip from VT. Glad to see it here as well. I'm still using my 2014 edition, but its getting a bit ragged, so I'll probably replace it this summer.

by Nemorino

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