Visiting Paris in June: A Complete Guide

Paris, France, at dusk
••• Paris, France, at dusk. Sylvain Sonnet/Getty Images
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    Festivals, Fun, and Flash Thunderstorms

    June in Paris is an enjoyable and relaxed time to visit.
    ••• June in Paris is an enjoyable and relaxed time to visit. Yann Layma/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

    Interested in visiting Paris during the month of June? If you're hoping to see the city at its most bustling and cheerful, June is an ideal month to book your trip, and perhaps one of the better times for summer travel to Paris.

    Tourist season is reaching its peak and Paris puts on its best face as the top urban tourist destination, perhaps even living up to its reputation as an open-air museum. If the prospect of encountering Paris in its tour brochure guise appeals to you and crowds don't irk you, June is for you. If, however, you tend toward claustrophobia, are looking to see Paris from a more local perspective, or want to avoid paying exorbitant prices for plane tickets or hotels, steer away from high season and wait until the fall or winter.

    Why to Love It:

    June usually brings on a laid-back, yet fun and sociable, mood in Paris. People are out and about, roaming the picturesque streets at a pace that looks languid to most North Americans, or nursing cold drinks on sunny...MORE terraces. This month also plays host to several annual festivals worth catching, and when the weather permits, browsing Paris' often artistic shop windows in the city's best shopping districts can be memorable.

    Read related: How to Enjoy Paris in the Summer

    June is also an ideal time for exploring the city with someone special, so be sure to check out our guide to the top romantic things to do in Paris.

    A Few Highlights in June 2017:

    The June Thermometer

    • Minimum temperature: 13 degrees C ( 55.4 degrees F)
    • Maximum temperature: 22 degrees C ( 71.6 degrees F)
    • Average temperature: 17 degrees C (62.6 degrees F)
    • Average rainfall: 56 millimeters (2.2 inches)

    More: Best June Events in Paris 

    Ready to Book Your Getaway?

    Visit well-respected travel sites like TripAdvisor ahead to find a good deal on your June sojourn (book direct). Taking the train from within Europe? Good for you-- it's more ecologically friendly.

     

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    How to Pack For a June Trip to the French Capital?

    June in the city of light can be in turn balmy and chilly.
    ••• June in the city of light can be in turn balmy and chilly. Getty Images

    Wondering how to pack your suitcase for your trip? How to layer for dips or rises in temperature? Here's my advice on the matter: 

    • June generally has both brisk and hot days, with average temperatures at around 62 degrees F. Pack clothes that you can layer in case an unusually cool or hot day sneaks up on you. Bring light cotton clothes for sunny days, but also pack warm socks and a light windbreaker.
       
    • Believe it or not, this is one of the rainiest seasons of the month, and sudden thunderstorms are quite common. Pack a reliable umbrella in case one of these surprises you during a stroll or picnic. If it looks dark and stormy out and the air is heavy and humid, it's probably best to reschedule that picnic for another day-- this usually means one of the city's famous storms is imminent. 
       
    • Bring both closed-toed and open-toed shoes. On hot days or excursions to the park you'll appreciate the open-toed pair, but you'll need a good, comfortable pair of walking shoes too,...MORE especially since visits to Paris usually involve lots of walking.
       
    • Think about packing a hat or visor and other sun gear for sunny days when you wish to spend time lazing in one of Paris' best parks and gardens.

    Scan Travel Deals and Book Your June Trip:

    To lock in the best deals on your trip, it's essential to plan ahead. I recommend visiting travel planning sites such as TripAdvisor several months in advance: (book direct).