The Best Time to Travel to Paris: Paris in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn
Figuring out the best time to travel to Paris is largely a matter of personal opinion because Paris is always a good idea! While I do have a personal favorite time to visit, I also think each season has it's own pros (and cons). I even have an entire post dedicated to showing that even Paris in winter is a good idea.
Each month and each season brings something different — different activities/events, different weather, different tourist levels, etc. Below I have broken down the seasons one by one to help you decide when the best time to visit Paris is for YOU!
Before you go, don't forget to read my list of 8 things you cannot miss in Paris if you haven't already. It's one of the most popular posts on my blog and one I know you'll want to read before going.
The Best Time to Travel to Paris:
Paris in Spring
Average spring high: 51-64°F
Average spring low: 38-49°F
Spring in Paris is when you will notice the city starting to reawaken after the cold winter days. Depending on the month, you can find temps up to 64 degrees or as low as 38. The trees start to blossom once again and the daylight grows longer as each day passes. It is one of the best time to travel to Paris.
While it’s certainly not the warmest of times to visit, it’s also not the coldest nor is it the most tourist filled. This makes it a good time to visit if you are looking for cheaper-than-summer prices and a city with less crowds.
If you are a lover of cherry blossom trees, as I am, then spring in Paris is for you! There are many spots around the city you can find these pink beauties.
Some noteworthy events in Paris during spring:
Paris book fair (March) - annual show dedicated to the book publishing industry
Paris Marathon (April)
“Fête du Travail”, Labour Day (May)
Paris in Summer
Average summer high: 70-75°F
Average summer low: 54-58°F
Summer is the most beautiful and lively time of year in Paris. It’s filled with warm weather, with July being the hottest month of the year, and a seemingly never-ending list of events and holidays to fill your time with.
The Seine is lined with friends and lovers dangling their feet over the edge of the river, the Eiffel Tower lawn with picnic-goers, and every cafe, restaurant, and bar with outdoor diners. They even transform Paris into a beach with Paris Plages, providing parasols, sun chairs, palm trees, sand, and more for relaxation and recreation. It is a magical, vibrant time to experience one of the most wonderful cities in the world.
But with the good comes the not so good, and that is tourist volumes and hotel prices! Summer is one of the most expensive times to visit Paris as well as one of the busiest.
I went a few years ago at the end of July, i.e. peak tourist time, and did find it to be pretty busy. Since I tend to spend the majority of my time outside and not in prime tourist locations, this was not really a bother to me, but might be to you depending on how you like to spend your vacations.
Some noteworthy events in Paris during summer:
The French Open (May/June) - international tennis tournament
Féte de la Musique (June) - summer solstice, celebration of music
Summer sales (June)
The Marche des Fiertés LGBT, formerly Gay Pride (last weekend of June)
Bastille Day (July 13) - French national holiday
Paris Plages (June-Sept)
Open air cinema (July-Aug)
Lollapalooza Paris (July) - music festival
Paris in Autumn
Average fall high: 49-69°F
Average fall low: 39-52°F
In fall the temperature in Paris starts to drop back down fairly quickly, with lows of 39 by November and highs of 69 still in September. Trees around the city turn a stunning yellow color as the days once again start becoming shorter.
If you are looking to visit Paris while it’s still fairly warm, yet not crammed with tourists nor with sky-high prices, early autumn (September - October) is your best bet.
I personally find autumn to be especially lovely, even in November when it’s almost wintertime. Although it can be cold by then, every cafe has heat lamps above the outdoor seating and usually also blankets. Because of this it is very comfortable to enjoy food and drinks outside in the brisk air, which is one of my favorite things to do in the city of lights.
Some noteworthy events in Paris during autumn:
Days of Heritage - 3rd weekend in Sept - “A unique opportunity to discover, free of charge, marvels that are inaccessible during the rest of the year, in Paris and throughout France. Major private or official buildings open their doors to the public”
FIAC Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (October) - contemporary art fair
SIAL Global food Market Place (every other October) - the world’s largest food exhibition
Fête des Vendanges (Oct) - Montmartre grape harvest festival
Paris in Winter
Average winter high: 43-45°F
Average winter low: 34-36°F
Just when you think it couldn’t get anymore magic, Paris in winter rolls around. Christmas in Paris is a scene to be seen. The streets have addition sparkle, each cafe and restaurant adds their own holiday flair, and the department stores are decorated beautifully.
New Years Eve in Paris is also a large event, with everyone flocking to the Champs-Elysées or the Eiffel Tower. I went once during this time and was surprised at just how busy the city was! I found the museums and monuments to be especially busy since, because it was so cold, most people were trying to stay indoors.
January to March is the “off-season” for Paris, but don’t let that persuade you against it. It can get cold but that’s why Canada Goose exists. It can be rainy but it’s not even close to the wettest time of year (July is, actually!). It can be gloomy but a gloomy day in Paris is still a day in Paris. Read my post about Paris in the winter and then make up your mind.
Some noteworthy events in Paris during winter:
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WHAT TO PACK FOR PARIS
COMFORTABLE SHOES. You will likely (hopefully) be doing a lot of walking so this is very important! My very favorite are M. Gemi’s white leather sneakers. I literally never travel anywhere without them. Click here to see latest prices and click here to get $50 off!
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CHIC BOOTS. Same as above —they must be extremely walkable! After countless years testing all over the world, my two recommendations are these (I own 5 pairs and could run a marathon in them) and these which I’m hoping to buy a second pair of! Click here to see a full list of my travel shoe recommendations.
LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL CARDIGAN. Barefoot Dreams’ circle cardigan is honestly one of the best travel-related purchase I have made. So warm and absolutely necessary, I’ve brought mine on every single trip since purchasing it. Also great for transit days and hotel lounging! Click here to see the latest prices.
CONVERTER ADAPTER. This one is universal and works no matter where you’re going so it’s a must. When going to the EU I also bring along this very inexpensive 6 pack so that I have extras. So much to charge these days! Need other recommendations? Click here to see 20 Must Have Travel Products from Amazon Prime.
WARM NEUTRAL COLORED SCARF. & Other Stories’ oversized wool scarf is my absolutely favorite and comes in so many beautiful colors. Paris can get quite cold — you’ll need one! Click here to see the latest prices.
STYLISH CAMERA BAG… if you are bringing a camera! You can’t go to Paris with anything that isn’t chic ;) Since pickpocketing is a thing in Paris I bring GATTA’s Christie camera backpack (named after me) because it’s hands free, has a zipper AND a buttoned flap, and fully protects my camera yet is so cute no one will ever know it’s a camera bag. Click here to see the latest prices.
A FEW PARIS THEMED THINGS. I love bringing a few themed things to Paris, especially for photos! Grab this beret, this inexpensive “j’adore” shirt (I own it too!), this “pardon my french” shirt, and/or this “salut!” tee.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THINGS TO DO IN PARIS: