Visiting Paris in November: A Complete Guide

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    Get Cozy and Contemplative

    Paris in November can be incredibly tranquil.
    ••• Paris in November can be incredibly tranquil. Marcaux/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

    Paris in November is generally quiet and contemplative. As the days grow ever shorter and the mercury starts to drop, tourist numbers dwindle, and the city feels placid and a bit sleepy at times. High season this is not.

    Not Always a Cruel Month

    Yet visiting the city of light in November can be a great time to focus on indoor sights and attractions, such as admiring collections in Paris's many extraordinary museums, discovering charming little arthouse movie theaters, observing breathtaking details in Paris churches and cathedrals, or sipping frothy café crèmes over a good book, gazing out at the blustery city through frosty windows. Since there are fewer fellow tourists roaming around, you can generally expect shorter lines and less crowded museums and restaurants. It's nice to sort of feel you have the city to yourself, isn't it?

    Another plus: your chances of snagging a good deal on airfares are much higher at this time of year. Not to mention the pleasure of having more of Paris and...MORE its treasures to yourself. Long gone are the endless lines of tourists and the overcrowded metro cars. In November, too, you'll have more chances of striking up a conversation with the locals, who have all long since returned from summer vacation.

    In short, despite rumors that it's a gloomy, uninspiring time of year, you may not want to rule out November in Paris.If you're someone who doesn't mind a bit of rain, really enjoys taking in art, going to the theatre, or loafing around in cafes reading, in short, it might even be ideal for you to book a sojourn. Don't underestimate the charm of low season, in short....

    Book Your November Trip:

    I recommend locking in a good deal on flights and hotels early by consulting travel sites like TripAdvisor (book direct).  

    Taking the train from elsewhere in Europe? Buy tickets and passes direct at Rail Europe

    Finally, to find the perfect hotel or other accommodations, read reviews and book direct at Trip Advisor

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    How to Pack Your Suitcase for a November Trip to Paris?

    Sunset over Paris
    ••• How to pack for your November trip?. F Cowper/Creative Commons

     The November Thermometer

    • Minimum temperature: 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
    • Maximum temperature: 10 degrees C (50 degrees F)
    • Average temperature: 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F)
    • Average rainfall: 54 millimeters (2.1 inches)

    How to Pack Your Suitcase?

    • November in Paris is often rainy and chilly, with low temperatures approaching freezing. Factor in wind chill and fewer daylight hours and you'll immediately understand why your suitcase should be well-stocked with plenty of sweaters, scarves, coats, and warm socks.
       
    • An umbrella and/or a waterproof jacket with a hood are a must in this wet season. Buy a sturdy and large umbrella: gusts will quickly snap those cheap-o versions you can buy by the supermarket counter, and small ones will often leave you wet in certain places. 
       
    • In terms of footwear, you don't necessarily need boots (unless you plan on long walks outdoors or outside the city), but suede shoes or shoes made of any non-waterproof material are to be left at home. If you enjoy...MORE sporting heels, remember to bring at least one pair of flat shoes for walking, as the streets and even metro stairs can be slick from the rain.
       
    • A light pair of gloves will make walking around the city more comfortable.
       
    • You may also want to think about bringing a small thermos so you can warm yourself with hot coffee or tea while seeing the sights (or waiting outside in the occasional line). 

    Ready to Book That November Trip to the French Capital?

    If so, you can get a head start on finding flights and hotels by scouring trusted sites such as   TripAdvisor (book direct).  

    Prefer to take the train? You can buy tickets and passes direct at Rail Europe

    Finally, to home in on the perfect place to rest your head and hang your hat while in Paris, read reviews of popular hotels and book direct at Trip Advisor