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Bistrot Marguerite

Batobus at the pont neuf

Tips for travelers


Baguenaude Café
Mon-Fri 11am to 9:45pm, Sat & Sun 2-9:45 pm, 30 rue de la Grande Truanderie, 1er, M° Etienne-Marcel, tel: 01 40 26 27 74.

Cyber Luxembourg Micro Internet 2.30E/hr with special reductions for students. This location also has print, copy, scanning, and fax possibilities. 81 bd St-Michel, 5e, Mº Cluny la Sorbonne, RER B Luxembourg, tel: 01 46 33 27 98, Mon-Sat 9am to 11pm, Sun 10am to 11pm.

XS Arena
Internet 24/7 with at least 100 PCs for Internet and games at each location. Rates: 3E/hr — 43 bd Sebastopol, 1er, Mº/RER Châtelet les Halles, tel: 01 40 13 02 60; 53 rue de la Harpe, 5e, Mº St-Michel, tel: 01 44 07 38 89; 17 rue Soufflot, 5e, RER B: Luxembourg, tel: 01 43 44 55 55

Wireless Hotspots — Internet sans fils

McDonald’s “WiFi Internet zones” are the latest addition to many (but not all) McDonald’s branches (check out www.mcdonalds.fr for locations). Each “WiFi” wired spot is clearly designated with a large rectangular sticker visible as you enter, as well as behind the counters. 65 bd St-Michel, 5e, Mº Cluny la Sorbonne, tel: 01 40 51 86 48.  

Le 2001 Complete with computer stations and wireless hook-up (free with purchase of a drink) — you can even fit in a game of pool after you’ve surffed the Net. 11 cour Debille, 11e, Mº Voltaire, tel: 01 43 48 41 75, daily 3pm to 2am.

HOTCAFE.FR One of the newest and trendiest ways to check Internet in Paris on your personal computer, availablen at many of your favorite cafes. Many locations offer “Free” use (note: this is code for a “Free pass” that gives you 20 minutes of Internet time) with the purchase of a drink, while other locations charge 3E for a 30-minute card or 12E for 2 hours). The cards are on sale at each participating location, and offer a password to sign-on to the hotspot.fr wireless network, and can be used at any of the “hotcafe” hotspots. Look for the “hotcafe” sticker or chalkboard outside of cafes, or for a list featuring all participating locations, complete with price guide, check out www.hotcafe.fr.
Free location: Bistrot Marguerite 1 pl de l’Hôtel de Ville, 4e, Mº Hôtel de Ville, tel: 01 42 72 00 04, open everyday 8am to 11pm. Pre-paid card location: Le Mondrian 148 bd St-Germain, 6e, Mº Odéon, tel:01 46 33 98 35, everyday 8am to 7am (all night)

Getting around
Paris Visite Passes
for unlimited metro, bus, RER and SNCF train transportation for 1,2,3, or 5 consecutive days around Paris and the region. Also entitles you to discounts on various tourist attractions. Available at metro stations, Paris’ international airports and the Office du Tourisme, 8-26E according to the number of “zones” covered.

Night Buses

The Noctambuses are 18 bus routes covering Paris and the suburbs, between 1am and 5:35am, 7 days a week. A ticket costs2.60E. All buses leave from the Châtelet area. Stops are marked with a black and yellow “owl” logo. Routes and timetables info: www.citefutee.com/ 08  92 68 77 14

Riverboat shuttle
serviceprovides 8 stopovers (without commentary) along the Seine including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-German-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel-de-Ville, Louvre and Champs-Elysées.

boarding tickets cost 11E for a one-day pass (5E for children under 12). Neither metro tickets nor Paris Visite cards are valid for this ride. Info: 01 44 11 33 99 www.batobus.comShuttle services offer a good alternative to exorbitant cab prices and to the gloomy RER as a way to get in and out of the airport.

Paris Airports Service
tel: 01 55 98 10 80, www.parisairportservice.com/PariShuttle tel: 01 43 90 91 91, www.parishuttle.com From Paris to Charles-De-Gaulle Airport RER B, leaves from Châtelet-Les Halles, approximately 45 mins, 7.75E.

to Orly Airport 8.80E. Roissybusleaves from its Opéra stop at rue Scribe, 5:45am to 11pm, departing every 15 minutes, and the drive lasts approximately 50 minutes,8.20EBike rentals & tours

Fat Tire Bike Tours (formerly Mike’s Bikes) Provides bike rentals and tours around Paris, Versailles and Giverny in English. And if you want to see Paris in an entirely new way, check out the new Segway tours — 24 rue Edgar Faure, 15e, tel: 01 56 58 10 54, M°Dupleix, 15-50E for bikes, www.FatTireBikeToursParis.com.

Paris à Vélo
, C’est Sympa Three-hour tours with multilingual guides are conducted for small groups of usually less than ten people. Reservations required: 9am to 1pm Mon-Fri, 9am to 6pm Sat & Sun, 37 bd Bourdon, tel: 01 48 87 60 01, 30E. In conjunction with the RATP, Roue Libre, also provides inexpensive bike rental for all ages at various locations around Paris: Porte d’Auteuil, Hôtel de Ville, Bois de Vincennes, Denfert-Rochereau, St-Germain-en-Laye.

Paris on rollers 
Each Friday at 10pm the Paris-Roller association organizes group routes around Paris, departing from Montparnasse and lasting approx. 3 hours. info: www.paris-roller.com / Every Sunday at 2:30 pm, Rollers et Coquillages gathers rollerskaters departing from Bastille, info: 01 44 54 94 42. www.rollers-coquillages.org

National museums such as the Louvre, Pompidou Center and Musée Picasso are closed on Tuesdays, while City museums including the Musée d’Orsay, Musée Carnavalet and Institut du Monde Arabe are closed on Mondays. Some museums stay open late: the Pompidou Center every day to 10pm, the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais till 10pm on Wednesdays, the Louvre until 9:45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Musée d’Orsay to 9:45pm, on Thursdays.

The Paris Museum-Monument pass gives free no waiting access to 60 attractions in Paris and its environs. While this won’t admit you to temporary exhibitions, it does entitle you to unlimited visits to the permanent ones. The 1 day pass costs 18E, while the 3-day pass (consecutive days) costs 36E and the 5-day version is 54E. You can buy all of these at participating museums and monuments, metro stations, FNAC, the Paris Tourist Bureau, or Bat-o-bus stops.


SAMU (for medical emergencies) 15 American Hospital 01 46 41 25 25
Hertford British Hospital
01 46 39 22 22
SOS Doctors
01 47 07 77 77 
SOS Help
01 47 23 80 80
Facts AIDS
01 46 21 46 46 www.aides.org
Derhy 24/7 pharmacy
84 av des Champs-Elysées, 8e, tel: 01 45 62 02 41
Pharmacie Anglaise des Champs-Elysées
62 av des Champs-Elysées, 8e, tel: 01 43 59 22 52 & 130 rue de la Boetie, 8e, tel: 01 43 59 82 30, open daily 8am to midnight

Embassies & Consulates

Australian Embassy 01 40 59 33 00
British Consulate
01 44 51 30 00
British Embassy
01 44 51 31 00
Canadian Embassy/Consulate
01 44 4329 00 Irish Embassy/ Consulate 01 44 17 67 00 
United States Consulate
08 36 70 14 88
United States Embassy
01 43 12 22 22 (for updates on the security of American citizens abroad http://travel.state.gov)

Stolen Cards
Eurocard/Mastercard/Mastercharge: 01 45 67 53 53. American Express: 01 47 77 72 00. Visa: 01 53 20 18 98/08 36 69 08 80
Lost property offic
e 36 rue des Morillons, 15e, tel: 01 55 76 20 00Information and tourist offices

Tourist Information

Carrousel du Louvre (main office- located near the inverted pyramid), 99 rue de Rivoli, 1er, daily 10am to 7pm;
Bureau d’Acceuil Opéra-Grands Magasins
11 rue Scribe, 9e, Mon-Sat 9am to 6:30pm
Gare de Lyon
20 bd Diderot, 8am to 6pm
Eiffel Tower
(between East and North bases) daily 11am to 6:40pm
Gare du Nord
18 rue de Dunkerque, 10e, daily 8am to 6pm
21 pl du Tertre, 18e, daily 10am to 7pm
Mairie de Paris
(Mayor’s office or Hôtel de Ville) www.paris.fr/en

Compiled by Anne Ditmeyer