Hotel Le 20 Prieure

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20 Rue Du Grand Prieure, Paris, 75011, France
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Using Buses in Paris

by MapleMoose

Two Questions on the use of regular transit buses:
1) I know you cannot transfer from Metro/RER to buses but it appears that you cannot transfer from one bus to another as well. Is this true?
2) With so many Parisians away in August, is there any reduction in the frequency of buses and/or Metro/RER?

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by cochinjew

If you have a Navigom which can be had on a weekly basis, you can use it on metro rer and the buses
it is nice to be able to travel on buses in paris since you are always finding something unexpected. some of the bus journeys are truly spectacular within the paris city centre

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by MapleMoose

"On the ones you can use one ticket you need to do it within 90 minutes of the time you validate the ticket (first traject ride").

Are you talking about bus to bus in the above sentence? For example I want to go from my hotel to Pere LaChaise. The planner tells me to take a bus to Gare Austerlitz (10) minutes and another bus from there to Pere Lachaise . So I am easily within 90 minutes. Do I use the same ticket on both buses? Similarly, if I took the metro to Austerlitz and then the bus I would have to use 2 tickets, right? So (all things being equal) it is best to stick to same transit mode then?

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by pfsmalo

Trying to clarify a little, on buses if you have bought the tickets before hand you can do bus/bus within the 90 mins as Pedro has said. If you buy your ticket ON the bus as you are going from A to B, it is only good for that ride, you cannot then use it for say B to C, even if you are inside the 90 mins.This is printed on the the buy-as-you-ride tickets. Not sure about the metro/bus thing though.

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by MapleMoose

Thanks to all. I hope the service I get in Paris is half as as fast as I get on here!!

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by ForestqueenNYC

I recently learned from experience that you cannot transfer from bus to bus if you buy your ticket on the bus. It doesn't make a bit of sense to me, but that's the way it is.

Re: Using Buses in Paris

by losham

If you are staying for a few days buy an unlimited 3 or 5 day metro pass and you can use it on both bus & metro. Check out Paris transportation online and look for the reduced fares etc.

There is also the Orange card which is for weekly use but I believe only starts on Mondays.

I will be in Paris in October and will get an unlimited pass. I never have to worry about 90 minutes or correct change etc.



Travel Tips for Paris

French Money

by Ewingjr98

French Money is called the "Franc" -- oops! I haven't been to france in a few years. French money is now called the Euro, and it's used by most of western Europe. I guess my Francs are collectors items now.

Money is never much of a problem in France. Credit Cards are accepted everywhere and ATMs accepting US cards are very common. The only money problem you'll have is trying to afford the luxury items -- the wine and cheese, the boat trip on the Seine, coffee and croissants, and shopping on the Champs Elysees!

Luckily the best things in Paris are free: walking throughout the city, visiting the Notre Dame, seeing the wonderful architecture, and talking with the locals.


by thinking

Sales tax on goods and services, better known as (TVA) in France is steep-20.6% for most consumer goods and services (The exorbitant price of gasoline is a result of hidden taxes totaling 74%!) Books, on the other hand, are taxed at only 5.5%.

Bills marked TTC means toute taxe comprise or all taxes included. HT signifies hors taxe or tax no included. The TVA authorities are serious and severe.

If you are working in France and sell any goods or services you must invoice the TVA and pay it to the TVA administration. Although illegal, sometimes goods or services will be offered to you for esp?ces (cash) which means that the sale will no be declared, an invoice not given, and TVA not collected. In any case TVA occupies a prominent role in the consciousness of the French.

For purchases that are being taken out of the country, a part of the TVA can be recovered (récupéré).

Anyone over 15 years old who is a foreign resident when spending less than six months in France can benefit from duty-free shopping. If you have a carte de séjour you don´t comply with the law, but you can always simply show only your passport when detaxing your purchases.

Your purchases, including tax, and from any single store, must amount to at least 2000 FF for foreign nationals or 2800 FF for EU citizens. The purchases can be cumulative. Be careful in that stores apply the law differently. The Musée de Paris gift shop at Les Halles insists that cumulative purchases must be made on the same day.

Items which cannot be detaxed are the following: tobacco, medicines, firearms, unset gems, works of art, collectors items and antiques, private means of transport (cars, boats, planes and their equipment), and large commercial purchases. To benefit from the duty-free allowance, ask the vendor at the point of purchase to give you a three-slip form called a bordereau (export sales invoice) and an addressed, stamped envelope. Non-EU nationals must present the detaxed purchases, the three slips (two pink, one green) and the stamped envelope provided by the shop to the French Customs agents at the airport, border crossings or train crossings.

At the airport there is a window marked DETAXE where you may be asked to show your purchases. Make sure not to pack your duty free items in your checked baggage before presenting them to customs in that you risk being denied the tax refund.

If you leave the country by train, have your three slips validated by the customs agent on board. French customs will keep the pink copies and send them in the envelope directly to the point of purchase, who will then reimburse you the amount indicated on space B3 of the form via check or credit card credit (it is best to do this with your credit card to avoid astronomical fees for changing your refund into local currency); keep the green copy for your files.

Sometimes you will be reimbursed at the time of purchase, however, you still must undergo the above process. If you are an EU resident, you will get a yellow invoice consisting of three copies, two yellow and one green. Upon reaching customs in your country, have all three slips validated by the Customs agent. Send the two yellow slips to the Bureau des Douanes de Paris-La-Chapelle, 61, rue de la Chapelle, 75018 PARIS. Keep the green slip for your files.

Palais de Chaillot

by Fam_Stoica

The Palais de Chaillot was constructed for the World Fair in 1937 by the architects Boileau, Carlu and Azema on the site of a previous building - the Trocadero.

The Palais de Chaillot has a central terrace with statues of gilded bronze uniting two huge pavilions (The Museum of French Monuments, the Museum of the Navy and the Museum of Man) .

Dining -- it's no rush

by ChiTownMike

In America, the expectation is fast and efficient service. It's rare for your drink or meal to be anyway near finished without a waiter asking how everything is and whether you need another drink. And when your meal is finished, the check typically comes quickly in an effort to get you up and on your way. That is how we do things.

That is not how things are typically done in France. I think the secret is to just relax and go with the flow. Hey, you are on vacation. What's the rush! And when your waiter does come, be aware that it may be a while before he or she comes back.

And bringing the check may not be automatic.
"J'ai fini. L'addition, s'il vous plait" (I'm finished. The check, please.) is a good way to practice your French and let them know you are ready to go.

Unpredictable weather.....

by xstacey

PACK IT! Umbrella, waterproof boots, etc. I was here over the winter and experienced rain, sleet, sun and snow. Be prepared for all types of weather. If you buy an umbrella from the dude outside the Louvre, he'll charge you 10 USD!!!


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Address: 20 Rue Du Grand Prieure, Paris, 75011, France