Paris in September

In Paris in September you must see and climb Eiffel Tower

Paris in September 2024 – what to do? Weather, temperature, what to take & wear, how busy is it, hotels & tours prices. Where to visit in Paris in early September and close to October, to go in the vicinity – found out good Time for Trip.

Paris habitually tops all sorts of ratings of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Not always, of course – in the hot summer and chilly winter months, many travelers deliberately go to other climes.

Neglecting visiting the Louvre and Versailles, most beautiful French castles. Ignore walking along the Champs Elysees and even climbing the world famous tower…

But what about early autumn – is it a good idea of making a trip to Paris in September? When – you know – the French capital is still bathed in sunshine and in no hurry to meet the cold.

Many people know about this, and therefore there will be very busy there. But still not so much it would be worth canceling the long-awaited trip.

For which, however, it’s still worth well preparing – at least informationally. As only in this case you will get the best impressions from you journey to the main city of France!

Weather in Paris in September

usually conducive to a variety of walks, cruises and trips. Indeed, in many cases it is no longer hot, but still not cold there.

However, it all depends on the year. Sometimes, September in Paris turned out to be extremely warm, even sultry. And in the first decade, the air temperature can rise even to +28-30 °C – try to take a walk through the red-hot streets in such conditions.

But other years air temperatures in the daytime obediently “live” in the range of just + 20-24 °C. Not making any attempt to shock tourists by overheating

It is traditionally colder at night – at times the thermometers showed just +14-16 °C. In the very end of September, Paris after sunset can make it clear that it is time to prepare for winter – the air cools down to +10-12 °C.

There is pretty warm in Paris in September, Montmartre

Such weather forecast is unlikely to scary tourists – at least, people inclined to long strolls – rather, it encourages. Especially those, who doesn’t forget to bring some relatively warm clothes in their journey!


Rains are rare, according to long-term statistics, the beginning of autumn in the French metropolis is a rather dry time. May be even the most driest in the year.

2-3 drizzly days per month and no more than 40 mm of rain in total. Is this not a reason to say that September is the best time for a trip to Paris?!

However, only in 50% of cases you can count on an immaculately clear sky. As the local weather is often gloomy in early autumn, and the sun willingly hides behind the clouds.

On the one hand, it is ideal conditions for walks and a variety of city tours. So if you plan to go to Paris for visiting it’s attractions, you won’t find a better time.

On the other – someone may want more sunlight, common – the summer has just ended! And the overcast sky hanging over heads puts a pressure on the psyche.

What to Wear

In general, a light windbreaker has every chance of coming in handy. As well as a sweater – if you intend to wander or take a cruise in the evenings hours, soaking up the romantic aura inherent in Paris.

Boat cruises sail the Seine in Paris during whole September

Such things will also be useful if you are planning in September to travel from Paris somewhere to the sea. In Normandy, for example – to the same Mont Saint-Michel. Or even Brittany.

On the contrary, rubber boots and may be even umbrellas you can leave at home. Because even northern France doesn’t bathe in the rain in this period – no need to talk about  its central and southern parts!

At September 1 sun rises over Paris in 7 am,  and set – half past nine in the evening. By the end of the month, daylight hours are reduced by about 2 hours

Things to Do in Paris in September

The list and (short) description of the best art museums in Paris are set out in the corresponding article. Of course, there is no need in visiting them all – familiarization with the culture at the halls of the Louvre or Orsay, Pompidou can take at least a day.

Naturally included in the itinerary of any trip to Paris famous Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Moreover, the first in early September becomes a little more rarefied in terms of the number of strolling people. But the second observes slightly smaller queues for entry compared to summer months.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, alas, now are rebuilding after a huge fire. But you can still enjoy the flamboyant gothic style from outside. Another well-known church is located, by the way, on the same island of Cite – I mean the royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle.

Naturally, I highly recommend taking the Seine cruise, a free experience for Paris Pass holders. As well as some other activities.

And necessary take a walk through the Luxembourg Gardens, in September becoming especially charming place. Relaxed, clean, fresh, it seems to be resting after the summer heat and unbelievable tourist flows.

Unique Events

Those with Paris travel dates falling on European Heritage Days – the third weekend of September – could plan such activities that are virtually unavailable on other days of the year.

For example, they can visit Champs-Élysées and Luxembourg Palaces. In the first one the President of the Fifth Republic lives and works, and the Senate sits in the second

An excellent choice – no matter in what dates – would be an acquaintance with the Latin Quarter on the left bank of the Seine, literally saturated with French history. After all, it houses not only the famous Sorbonne University, but also wonderful Museum of the Middle Ages. As well as the Pantheon and several beautiful churches.

The Luxembourg Garden in early autumn is one of the most charming place in Paris

Where to Go Outside

You will certainly want to visit the great Palace of Versailles and take a walk in the former royal park. But at the same time, don’t miss other opportunities!

For example, it is worth taking a ride to one of the suburban castles – the same hunting Palace of Fontainebleau. If you are visiting the French capital with kids, spend the day at the Disneyland Paris, the largest amusement park in Europe. And on the other one, go to see what the Thoiry Safari Park is.

It is easy to get from Paris to Compiègne and Reims. Auto trip enthusiasts will surely appreciate the benefits of traveling in Picardy and Arras.

Long Trips

Finally, you can reach the Loire Valley – the same Blois, the favorite city of many French kings, can be explored in just a day.

And how many beautiful chateaux of France are concentrated along Loire! There are not even dozens of them – hundreds.

A right choice for a short trip is Rouen and its cathedral, which once so admired Claude Monet. The old center of the city is full of authentic half-timbered houses.

In general, Normandy is especially beautiful in September. And its main attraction, Mont-Saint-Michel at this time of the year visit slightly fewer number of people.

A little more laborious deal is the trip to Etretat, one of the places of interest in France. Experienced advocates of independent travelling can insert it into one route with a visit to Saint-Malo.

Adventurous individuals will travel by train to Amsterdam. And those who really miss the sea can go from Paris to Nice.


Independent tourists should estimate expenses based on the following facts:

Double hotel room will take out of your pocket from $ 100-120 per day – at least. And in this case a hotel or an apartment, most likely, will be located at some (great) distance from the city center.

If you want to settle down in a “good” district of Paris and are not inclined to skimp on comfort, the costs will rise. How much? Besides other, it all depends on how in advance you start finding.

I recommend simple but quite cozy Hôtel L’Interlude in the 12th arrondissement on Avenue Daumesnil. As it offers small but very clean rooms and is located close to the metro station.