5 must-visit destinations in one day trip in Paris

There are many places you surely have to pay your time to visit all of them, but if you happen only have a day to spend in Paris just like what I had in my short Europe backpacking, do not worry! Here is the list that I think what you could do in one day in Paris.

First of all, you may need to store your luggage or bulky backpack in a locker that you could find in most of the big stations in Paris. As for me, I chose Gare du Nord for that. From Gare du Nord, I started my one-day journey through Paris.

1. Sacré-Cœur


This place was not come first if I was googling about must-visited places in Paris, but I chose this place just because my companion wanted to go there first to buy something. I did not manage to go inside or even close to the place though. I just captured it from the front yard of it.

Sacré-Cœur is a common of simple name for The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. It is a Roman Catholic Church. It was publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ. People said it was located at the highest point in the city. As I read the story about it, I understand that it is a double monument, political, and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870.

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France

How to get there
By Metro & RER
1. Anvers Station – Line M2. From station, 20 mins walk.
2. Abbesses Station – Line M12.
By Bus
Bus Routes to Basilique Sacré-Coeur: Bus 30, 31, 80, 85

Opening Hours
Daily: 06.00am to 22.30pm

2. Eiffel Tower

If people think about Paris, then Eiffel Tower comes first in my mind. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. It’s said that he lives on the highest floor.

I did not manage to go up though, so the picture is only from below Eiffel. I am sure that it would be great to take a picture from highest floor.

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

How to get there:
By Metro & RER;
1. Bir-Hakeim Station – Line M6
2. École Militaire‎ Station – Line M8
3. Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel‎ Station – RER C
By Bus; Bus Routes to Eiffel Tower – Bus 42, 69, 82, 87.

Opening hours
From 17 June to 28 August; 9 a.m - 12.45 a.m
The rest of the year; 9.30 a.m - 11.45 a.m (9.30 a.m - 6.30 p.m)

3. Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre is also known as Louvre Museum. It is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the right bank go the Seine in the city’s district. More than 38.000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters. The Louvre is the world’s second most visited museum.

At first I did not know about this place, then I learned about it from Instagram. I searched more about it to know better. The mandatory pose that people always do is stand on the brick with the hand looks like holding the museum. I did that too though, yet I still felt this kind of pose if much better.

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Admission Fees
Combine Ticket: €14.00 (Access to the permanent collections & temporary exhibitions in both theLouvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix. )

How to get there
By Metro & RER
1. Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre Station – Line M1 & M7.
By Bus
Bus Routes to Musée du Louvre: Bus 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95.

Opening Hours
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9.45 p.m. Closed on Tuesday.

4. Arc de Triomphe

This one is not even on my list at first. Then I added when we were approaching Paris.

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in French or known as the Triumphal Arch of the star is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, that standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile.

There is another smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. If you ever watched, read, or heard from the movie, it is true that the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died in France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Admission Fees
Adults: €8 / Students (18 to 25 years); €5 / Children & Students up to Age 17: FREE

How to get there
By Metro & RER; 1. Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile Station – Line M1, M2, M6 & RER A

Opening Hours
April to September; 10.00 am - 11.00 pm
October to March; 10.00 am - 10.30 pm

5. Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame picture from Pixabay.

This is what most comes first when I was searching for a must-visit places in Paris. Unfortunately, I did not manage to go there due mistaken the train time. Yet, I still wanted to add it here to make it 5.

Notre-Dame de Paris means “Our Lady of Paris”, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral, is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. As the cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, which made me want to go there. It is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with the earlier Romanesque architecture.

6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Admission fee is free

How to get there
By Metro & RER
1. Saint-Michel‎ Station or Cité‎ Station – Line M4.
2. Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame‎ Station – RER B & RER C.
By Bus
Bus Routes to Notre Dame – Bus 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85, 96

Opening hours:
Daily; 8.00 am - 6.45 pm (7.15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)


I am a language trainer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I love traveling, like a lot. I enjoy walking around, language immersion in different places, have a cup of coffee at some unfamiliar coffee shop, embrace the history or art in many different museums. I love coming across people and blending with new culture. I like having conversations with new people, blogging the stories and inspire people.

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