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Paris in March: Everything You Need to Know for a Flawless Trip


Paris March 2024, anyone? Paris is beautiful any time of year, but early Spring is the perfect time to visit for those wanting to experience a more authentic side of the city. In fewer words: less tourists, less expensive. In this guide, you’ll find out exactly what to expect when traveling to Paris in March and learn how to best prepare for your trip.

I spent one epic week in Paris in March. Having previously visited the French capital before in the summer, needless to say, I was a bit shocked and unprepared for all the differences just two months could make!

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Paris Weather in March: What to Expect

What caught me most off-guard about visiting in Paris in March was the weather.

In my head, March means the beginning of spring. Colorful blooms in front of the Eiffel Tower and breezy, sunny weather came to mind.

But when I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle, that dream froze up quickly – along with my entire body!

Paris weather in March is a lot cooler than you might expect.

Some days, I was lucky enough to experience some fresh spring weather where I only needed a light jacket to explore comfortably.

Other days, I layered coat over sweater over t-shirt over tank top tucked into pants, pants tucked into socks – you get the idea.

The Paris temperature in March is an average high of 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius.)

The average low of Paris temperature in March is 40 degrees Fahrenheit (about 4 degrees Celsius.)

The city can often get windy in March. And once the sun goes down, it gets cold enough to need hats, gloves and a scarf, in addition to your coat.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Paris in March can be rainy. It is usually moderate and not huge storms.

Paris Crowds in March: What to Expect

One of the best reasons to visit Paris in March is that the month falls outside the busy tourist season timeframe.

Paris, as one of the most famous cities in the world, will never be completely devoid of tourists. But in March there are way fewer tourists, making it an extra enjoyable time to explore the city.

You can see the excitement in my face above visiting the always populated Trocadero in the early morning. I was able to get so many cute Paris Instagram pictures here because it was nearly tourist-free!

Paris Prices in March: What to Expect

Much like the rest of Europe, the time of year you visit highly correlates with the price of just about everything. Accommodation, car rentals, guided tours, and more all fluctuate greatly between high and low seasons.

In Paris, take advantage of low-cost accommodations like Airbnbs and apartment stays during this time of year. Still try to book everything as far as you can in advance for the best deals (especially car rentals if that’s how you’re choosing to get around.)

I stayed at this exact Airbnb for under $100 per night, steps away from the Arc de Triomphe!

Scour hotel booking sites for deals because you will be able to get very centrally-located places for a lot cheaper during this time period.

Having been to Paris also during the summer season, prices for food and experiences don’t fluctuate as much as accommodation can. Discover how you can best plan your Paris trip budget.

What to Do in Paris during March 2024

Paris is full of cute & quaint bookstores and all come together at the Paris Book Fair!

Good to know: The famous Paris book fair, Salon du Livre, historically held during the month of March, will take place in April.

Paris in March Packing List

To make one step of planning your trip to Paris easier, I created a printable packing list for Paris in March that you can download for free as part of The Travel Library! You’ll also find tons of extra travel and photography resources in The Travel Library when you sign up for my newsletter below for access.

The most important thing to keep in mind when packing for your trip to Paris in March is that most days, the weather is quite chilly. Spring hasn’t fully arrived, so even on days where the sun is shining, it’s going to be colder than you expect.

When I visited Paris in March, I experienced a mix of both cold and cool days. Some days you’ll need sweaters and extra layers, while others you’ll just need a light overcoat to get around the city comfortably.

The best packing strategy for Paris in March is to bring versatile layers!

Here are some essentials to pack along with you:

You’ll find the more in-depth list in The Travel Library, but everything mentioned here are those specific extras you should add to your suitcase because of the time of year you are traveling to Paris.

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I hope this guide has helped you while planning your trip to Paris in March!



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