Paris in May

Is Paris worth visiting in May?

Paris in May 2024 – is it worth going? Weather, average temperature, what to wear, prices in hotels and on excursions. What to do in Paris in early May and at the end of spring, where to go nearby – found out good Time for Trip.

Do not hesitate, just take it for granted – the last month of spring is a wonderful time to organize a trip abroad. Including the one to Europe!

Indeed, at this time, almost everywhere, nature is flourishing with might and main, and human souls finally thaw after the winter cold. In some locations, summer is already persistently knocking on doors – in May, Paris is definitely one of those places.

The most romantic city in the world – so the annoying advertisement claims – is especially good during the rapid flowering of nature. When the parks are already green, but the weather has not yet become exceptionally sultry and allows you to take long walks around the city without looking at the thermometer readings!

At that time of the year even on the Champs-Elysees you can feel the obvious freshness – just try to do it in July! And a walk through the Luxembourg Gardens or the Tuileries charge you with so much energy that you will be able to add 2-3 more points to your list of must-see attractions in Paris. And this is the minimum!

How Busy Is It?

The number of tourists even in early May in Paris, of course, can not be called small – many have learned to study meteorological statistics and draw appropriate conclusions. But in any case, in the late spring there are much fewer of visitors in the Louvre or any of other local sights than at the high season.

The prices, alas, are close to peak values – for the author of the material, this was a revelation at the time. So it’s better for those who want to save money to choose a bit better time for a trip to Paris

Well, or persuade yourself to spend a little more money than planned. Maybe with the help of considerations like “this happens only once in a lifetime.”

There is quite busy in Paris during May

Weather in Paris in May

First – you can’t call it too warm! However, and cold – too. This is the usual “working” weather, perfect for city tours and visiting museums.

In the beginning of May 2023, the air temperature in Paris during the day fluctuated between +16-20 °C. And at night it dropped to +8-12 °C.

Which, of course, forced tourist to insulate themselves a bit more. But didn’t exclude the possibility of the evening cruises on the Seine.

By the mid-May, nature seemed to pull itself together and decided that it’s time to prepare for the summer. As a result for a couple of weeks, the atmosphere warmed up to +20-24 °C by noon.

Townspeople and tourists happily threw off their jackets and enthusiastically filled the lawns in parks and observation decks. Excursion groups began to appear everywhere – in such weather, interest in historical areas like Montmartre somehow greatly increased…

Things were clearly improving, and each new day only reinforced the opinion that a bit more, and the Parisian streets would begin to melt from the African heat

Wealthy citizens began to pack their suitcases, preparing for departure to the Cote d’Azur. And tourists who are able to take an untimely vacation, on the contrary, reached out to the French capital, emboldened by almost summer temperatures.

But in the end of May, the weather in Paris deteriorated. The air temperature again dropped to +16-20 °C, and the sweaters and pullovers hidden in the closets returned to their usual places – on the people’s shoulders.

If you study the long-term archives of weather forecasters closely, it turns out that such weather is typical for Paris in May. Dates may vary, but the temperature curve is prone to fairly sharp fluctuations.


According to statistics, May is the wettest month in Paris. A little even ahead of December and January!

But the total amount of precipitation in this month falling on the heads of Parisians and tourists is relatively small: usually from 40 to 60 mm

Of course, your 3 to 4-day trip to Paris in mid-May could take place under a cloudless sky in principle. But it is still more correct to pack a suitcase and make plans, based on the fact that the number of cloudy or even stormy days in late spring prevails over clear ones here.

It rains with varying degrees of intensity for an average of 7-9 days. And in most cases, precipitation does not interfere with active sightseeing activities. Again, in case of heavy rain, you can provide an alternative – there are many large museums in Paris.

What to Wear in Paris in May

Spring or autumn clothes should definitely be present in your suitcase. Although there is no reason to take warm garments in large quantities – even in the evenings in May you can comfortably walk along the Parisian embankments, dressed only in a sweater, jacket or pullover.

The weather in May is good for walking on the footbridge over the Seine in Paris

It is worth taking waterproof clothes and shoes with you to France – so you can adjust your own plans to a minimum in case of bad weather. A raincoat may come in handy and an umbrella will almost certainly be in demand as well

We advise fashionistas to stock up on this accessory of bright colors. Which will surely set them apart from the crowd allowing to get a little more positive impressions from the visit.

However, you can always buy in France an original thing of this kind. Instead of purchasing quite boring magnets and other souvenirs!

Prices 2024

As already emphasized above, there’s no reason to rely on any discounts by arriving in Paris actually at the start of the tourist season. However, if you book an apartment or a hotel room early (in winter), at least you won’t overpay.

Hotels with a Booking rating of 9 and above located relatively close to the center in May  rent out a room for two for € 150 per day and above. Regularly traveling tourists can get a discount by the Genius system, but still their expenses will be impressive

Based on personal experience, we recommend to pay attention to a completely non-modern and therefore cozy La Maison Rouge in the 13th arrondissement. It seems to be far from the main Parisian attractions but located on a quiet street. And you can get to the Porte d’Italie metro station quickly even at a relaxed pace.

In the 3rd arrondissement, that is, in fact, in the city center there is an excellent Hôtel de Roubaix. Alas, even with a cutting prices off, you will pay for a room from € 165.

Popular city tours, if possible, should also be booked in advance. Since some of them are often unavailable on the certain day

For instance – complex tickets for events such as The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise (2 in 1) tend to quickly run out. Which is unlikely to surprise anyone, because their organizers sometimes offer a substantial discount from the standard price of € 60!

Transport cost

The issue of independent movement in Paris and its immediate environs by public transport, if desired, is solved simply. A weekly Navigo pass for all 5 zones costs about € 30. A daily subscription for a day without a limit on the number of trips will cost slightly more than € 20.

Actually, Passe Navigo itself costs 5 €. And to return this money – impossible.

The Navigo card for next week goes on sale on Fridays. All fares for a weekly and monthly tourist travel passes can be found here – .

What to Do in Paris in May

Despite the generally high probability of raining, it’s greatly recommended walking a lot. After all, at the end of spring, the French capital is not just transformed, it turns into a special world: fresh, free, joyful. Encouraging creative breakthroughs – proven in practice!

Therefore, allow yourself to depart from the canons, don’t try necessarily visiting all the top attractions of Paris. On the contrary, wander a lot along the banks of the Seine, discover the unknown island Saint-Louis. Let the houses in the Marais district imbue you with their aura, and the Latin Quarter – charge with special energy.

If possible, take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower without going up, for example, from the Trocadero observation deck. As the pandemonium near the legendary openwork design can completely destroy a peaceful mood.

What time to visit Montmartre in May?

Try to pay a visit to the stairs and the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre early in the morning, admire Paris from a height. As in the middle of the day and, especially, in the evening, it’s not worth plunging into the labyrinths of the legendary quarter.

The artists who made it famous are no longer live there. But the public, which is keenly interested in other people’s wallets, smartphones and other expensive equipment, is always in abundance.

Of course, a visit to the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret is a must if you haven’t had a chance to do it before

But many travelers don’t advise staying at the hotels in Montmartre and nearby. Since just a simple walking in this district is sometimes accompanied by a significant increase of the level of adrenaline in the blood.

Where to Go Nearby

Quite rare a trip to Paris on May days goes without visiting the suburbs of the great city. Or even longer travelings – few people will deny themselves the pleasure of seeing Mont-Saint-Michel on the threshold of a sultry summer.

For our part, we’ll recommend including in the orbit of your interest some not-too-famous castles of France. For example, to visit the fabulous Pierrefonds, perched on the edge of the luxurious Compiegne forest. Or personally see the Château d’Amboise on the banks of the Loire, that once been one of the favorite residences of French kings.


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Traveling is like a life: the further you go, the more understand. I am not a writer or a journalist, but believe that my real & reach experience gained on trips can be useful. The whole Europe and Turkey are enough for me so far... Spent a lot of time in Turkey, lived in Italy and Spain, visited France and the Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary, now I am exploring Montenegro)

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