Paris in November

A Guide to Visiting Paris in November 2022 | Attractions, Weather & Museums

Have you ever seen the Eiffel Tower without tourists packed like sardines atop its observation decks? The spirit of Paris during November perches lightly between the receding crowds from August and the looming rush of Christmas tourists. To put it simply, this is your chance to experience this city like a Parisian local. As you bundle up and explore the quiet streets of the City of Lights, you will surely come to appreciate its peaceful aura and rich architecture, reminiscent of its cultural history.

Is November a Good Time to Visit Paris?

If you’re wondering how Parisian streets look to a true local – visit Paris in November this year, and see for yourself!

Paris in November - Why Visit

Why You Should Visit 

  • As the mercury drops, the crowd of tourists is nowhere to be seen in Paris as they are kept at bay by the onset of winter. 
  • This affords you the unique opportunity to see the city in its bare glory and explore its many attractions at your leisure.
  • Additionally, since prices for airfare and accommodation are low during the off-season, visiting Paris in November allows you to experience more luxurious hotels which fall within your budget and might be located closer to popular attractions as well.
  • What’s more? Smaller crowds entail shorter lines at key attractions in the city.
  • You can use this chance to witness Paris like a local, at a time of the year that most visitors do not get to experience. The city takes on a cozy vibe, with an intimate atmosphere brought on by the onset of winter.
Paris in November - What to look out for

What to Look Out For

  • If you’re not a fan of the cold, you may have a few complaints about Paris in the winter, since it does experience rainy weather and possible snow.
  • Sadly, some attractions may be open for fewer days or shorter hours, resulting in less frequent guided tours and excursions due to lesser demand. Winter closures may occur with a few other attractions as well.
  • Since the days grow shorter come winter, you may be hard-pressed to fit your day’s activities into the few sunlight hours every day.
  • If you visit Paris in November, you will not be able to appreciate the true splendor of the beautiful gardens at Versailles, the Tuileries, and Luxembourg Gardens – which are at their blooming best in the summer months.

Overview of Weather in Paris in November

Paris in November - weather

Paris in November is chilly and windy, with average lows of 5°C and around 9 hours of daylight throughout the month. The maximum temperature doesn’t cross 10°C. You can definitely expect some rainy days during your stay, averaging 37 millimeters through the month.

  • Average Temperature: High - 10°C | Low - 5°C
  • Average Rainfall: 37 mm
  • Daily Wind Speed: 8.45 mph
  • Average Daylight Hours: 9

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More About Weather in Paris in November  

How hot is Paris in November?

Paris is pretty chilly in November with the onset of winter. The average temperature high is 10°C with an average temperature low of 5°C.

Does it snow in Paris in November?

There is a small chance that you'll see some snow in Paris during November. Usually, it is towards the end of the month when the probability of snowfall increases.

Does it rain in Paris in November?

Yes, Paris sees an average of 12 days of rainfall during November.

Is Paris windy in November?

Yes, Paris can be quite windy during November, so it is advisable to bundle up in sturdy outerwear and wind-cheater jackets.

Best Things to do in Paris in November

Paris in November - Eiffel Tower

1. Eiffel Tower

City Landmark

Like most of Paris’ top attractions, the Eiffel Tower is hardly ever seen without its customary accessory of tourists crowding its levels from top to bottom. But visiting Paris in November presents the rare opportunity of climbing this iconic landmark and enjoying its observation decks without the jostling crowds.

from €34
Paris in November - Louvre Museum 

2. Louvre Museum 

Museum | Learning Experience

The best way to see the Louvre is at a snail’s pace. Visiting Paris in November comes with the chance of viewing the prized artworks housed within the largest museum in the world at your pace. Since the crowds are considerably thinned out in November, you will encounter shorter entry lines and be able to make the most of your visit.

from €17
 Paris in November - Disneyland Paris

3. Disneyland Paris

Themepark| Kid-Friendly

If you find yourself craving a dose of Disney while visiting Paris in November, you’re in luck! The low season for visiting Disneyland Paris falls between November and March (barring the holiday season rush). Apart from avoiding large crowds of visitors, you’ll also avail the added benefit of cheaper tickets. Sounds like the perfect “happily forever after” to us!

from €59
Paris in November - Arc de Triomphe

4. Arc de Triomphe

City Landmark | Historic Arch

No matter what time of the year it is, you cannot skip a visit to the Arc de Triomphe while you’re in Paris. As one of the biggest arches of the world, this key symbol of French identity commemorates the lost lives of soldiers during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Most tourists head here to appreciate the neo-classical architecture and to take in the breathtaking view it offers of Paris. Be sure to check out the Tomb of the Fallen Soldier at the bottom of this magnificent arch.

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Paris in November - Seine River Cruises

5. Seine River Cruises

Cruise | Sightseeing

Nothing sounds better than a cruise down the Seine in the middle of November on a sunny afternoon. Winding through the heart of Paris, the Seine flows past some of the most legendary landmarks of Paris. Keep your camera handy and try to spot the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, and the Conciergerie – among other iconic monuments. Or simply grab your napkin and sit down to a hearty meal with fine wine, and let live music onboard become the soundtrack to your Paris river cruise.

from €69
Paris in November - Versailles Palace

6. Versailles Palace

Historic Palace | Learning Experience

You’ll feel like the protagonist of a black and white French film as you explore one of the finest symbols of 17th-century French art and architecture at the Versailles Palace. This is a must-visit French landmark and is only 40 minutes from the city of Paris. Visi this UNESCO World Heritage site in November to experience the full force of a quintessential French dark academia aesthetic. The relatively empty grounds will allow you to snap endless pictures without interruptions, and play the part of the brooding traveler.

from €18
Paris in November - Mont St. Michel

7. Mont St. Michel

Island | Traditional Experience

Take a day trip to visit this magnificent tidal island that houses the towering Gothic-style Benedictine abbey. Mont St. Michel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France, and the perfect getaway from Paris if the city begins to feel too gloomy in its November colors. As one of Europe's top pilgrimage destinations, the glorious abbey on the islet is a symbol of French heritage. Visit this legendary landmark in November to make the most of the thinned-out crowds and experience the charm of this historic place.

from €139
Paris in November - Moulin Rouge

8. Watch Moulin Rouge

Live Show | Entertainment

Who can say no to a night of cabaret and delectable French food? Duck out of the chilly November streets of the city and lose yourself in the immersive world of Moulin Rouge. After revolutionizing the world of live performance, this iconic cabaret show has quickly gained a reputation as an entertainment extravaganza. Prepare yourself for unapologetically over-the-top glam, glitz, and drama. This exciting show of fanfare is sure to thaw you in the middle of a Parisian winter and keep you on the edge of your seats with nail-biting tension.

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Paris in November - Chanel Exhibition

9. Chanel Exhibition

Fashion Exhibition

If fashion and design get your heart racing, then a visit to this retrospective showcase of Gabrielle Chanel's iconic work is your cup of tea. Chanel is renowned as a fashion genius and celebrated as the legendary creator of the Little Black Dress, as well as the world’s most iconic scent, the Chanel N°5. Through this exhibition, you’ll get to browse through over 350 famous pieces associated with this fashion icon, and enter a time capsule of fashion history. Visiting this exhibition in November is a great idea to peacefully absorb the details of all the displayed pieces.

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Paris in November - Pantheon

10. Pantheon

City Landmark | Historic Structure

This majestic archeological site stands tucked away in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Although the Pantheon was originally built to serve as a church, it actually grew to function as a mausoleum for celebrated figures from the history of France as well as Paris. The architecture stands in stark contrast with other Parisian buildings since it is built with a neoclassical façade. The Parisian Pantheon is modeled after its Roman counterpart.

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Paris in November - Catacombs

11. Catacombs

Underground Catacombs

The Catacombs under Paris are a grim reminder of the macabre consequences of the surge in the city’s population back in the 1700s. This honeycomb of narrow tunnels served as an alternative to the overcrowded burial grounds since cemeteries were overflowing and disease spread across the city. These historic catacombs are an important part of Parisian history that you’ll be able to explore at your leisure in November.

from €29
 Paris in November - Sainte Chapelle

12. Sainte Chapelle

Historic Chapel | Religious Site

When King Louis IX commissioned a space to be built for his collection of religious and cultural relics, little could he have foreseen that this 13th-century architectural marvel would become a favorite among travelers visiting Paris? Head here in November to avoid the crowds of tourists and let time stand still as you take in the beauty of the breathtaking stained glass windows that mimic a towering kaleidoscope of colors and light.

from €34

Top Experiences in Paris in November

Festivals in Paris in November

Paris in November - Festivals

Thoiry Wild Lights Show

Date: October to March

Venue: Château de Thoiry, France (Thoiry ZooSafari)

Enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of illuminated lanterns and admire the diversity of animal species. Allow yourself to be led along a magical trail through the forest on the grounds of this enchanting castle. This is an excellent show to spend your evening gazing at gleaming lanterns light up the Paris skyline.

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Paris in November - Festivals

Paris Autumn Festival

Date: September to February

Venue: Several sites in Paris

The Paris Autumn Festival is a multi-disciplinary celebration of diverse art forms, founded as an annual event in 1972. You’ll be able to sample cultural treats from the theater, music, visual arts, dance, and film. Around 40 venues across the city host events for the festival, including the Théâtre de l'Odéon and the Centre Pompidou.

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Paris in November - Festivals

Armistice Day

Date: 11th November

Venue: The base of the Arc de Triomphe

Armistice Day marks the end of the "war to end all wars” when combat finally ended during World War I in 1918. This somber ceremony pays homage to the memory of those who died or were injured during the war. The wreath-laying ceremony takes place at 11 AM, while the vigil is held at 9 PM.

Events in Paris in November

Paris in November - Events

Turning on of the Christmas Lights

Date: Mid-November

Venue: Champs-Elysées

Watch the enchanting spectacle of the turning on of Paris’ street Christmas lights and decorations at Champs-Elysees, which is lit up by thousands of strings of lights covering 400 trees. The lighting ceremony occurs sometime in the middle of November with the avenue being closed off for motor vehicles so that pedestrians can view the spectacle.

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Paris in November - Events

Crazy Horse Cabaret

Venue: 12 avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Enter a world of wild colors and exuberance, characterized by risque performances and talented dancers. Crazy Horse is an immersive experience and one of the premier cabaret houses in not just Paris - but the world. This is an absolute must-visit for all cabaret aficionados or for anyone in search of a scintillating activity to light up their evening.

from €90

Know Before You Visit Paris in November

Travel Essentials
What to Wear
What to Pack
Transport
Stay
Food
Paris in November - Travel Essentials
  • Time Zone: Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)
  • Currency: Euro | EUR | €
  • Country Code: +33
  • Emergency Numbers: Dial 112 to request the relevant service (police, fire service, or ambulance)
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Paris in November - What to wear

What to Wear in Paris in November

  • Dress for colder weather while visiting Paris in November.
  • You’ll want to bundle up in cozy woolen sweaters and oversized jackets to keep warm while exploring the city outdoors.
  • Layering is the key to preserving your body’s warmth.
  • Wear long-sleeved tops under your outerwear for added insulation.
  • Warm, fuzzy socks will be a comfort as the chill sets in.


Paris in November - what to pack

What to Pack in Paris in November

  • Power Adapter: Type E
  • Clothes: Woolens sweaters, cozy jumpers, sturdy jackets
  • Gloves, scarves, and woolen hats
  • Umbrella and a raincoat
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes

Paris in November - Getting Around

Getting Around Paris in November

By Métro 

The Parisian Métro is quite efficient and can take you anywhere you need to go within the city limits, and sometimes even beyond. The metro serves 303 stations using 14 lines. Metro Map of Paris

By RER Trains

The RER network of France operates on 5 lines serving 257 stations and stops, including 33 stations within Paris. RER Map of Paris

By Tramway

The Tramway comprises 10 lines, all of which operate on the periphery of Paris or within the closest suburbs. Tramway Map of Paris

Paris in November - stay

Where to Stay in Paris in November

Visiting Paris in November opens up a range of different accommodation options for you since prices are usually discounted owing to the off-season. So you’ll be able to stay at centrally located hotels which allow you to visit major attractions within the city at more affordable rates.

  • Budget Hotels: Hotel Darcet | Generator Paris | Le Regent Montmartre by HipHopHostels | Berkeley Hotel
  • Mid-range Hotels: Hotel Malte | Hotel Malte | Hotel Astoria | Hotel Lorette
  • Luxury Hotels: Le Bristol Paris | Grand Hotel du Palais Royal | Relais Christine | Maison Souquet
Paris in November - Food

What to eat in Paris in November

Here are some French delicacies and signature Parisian dishes that you simply can't skip trying while visiting Paris.

  • Macarons: This delicate pastry that has taken the world is distinctly Parisian in its make. A typical Parisian-style macaron contains a ganache, jam, or buttercream filling sandwiched between two cookies.
  • Croque-monsieur: A staple fixture of most Parisian cafes and restaurants is croque-monsieur, delicious grilled ham and cheese sandwich that is usually moistened with signature béchamel sauce.
  • Croissant: There is nothing quite like the warm buttery smell of a typical French croissant. This golden delight is characteristically French and you must try the authentic version while taking a morning stroll on the sleepy streets of Paris in November.

Hacks & Tips to Visit Paris in November

  • Save money and spare yourself the hassle of extensive bookings by opting for multi-site tickets that combine different attractions.
  • It will be handy during your explorations to download a copy of the city’s map, and color code different categories of places to visit.
  • Don’t underestimate the value of saving the location of your hotel on your phone, to find it easily from anywhere in the city.
  • It’s a good idea to learn how to pronounce the name of the neighborhood you’re staying in, so you can find it easily even if you get lost in the city.
  • Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas.
  • Drink responsibly at all places, but especially if you’re popping some bubbly by the Seine or the city’s canals.
  • Stick to public transport when possible to get around easily and at a minimal cost.
  • You may want to download the RATP application on your phone since it works offline and won’t rack up immense roaming charges. It also displays maps of all city’s transit networks with live updates to plan your route.

All Your Questions About Visiting Paris in November Answered

Is November a good time to visit Paris?

November marks the beginning of winter in Paris, so temperatures are known to drop to as low as 5°C.

Is Paris cold in November?

November marks the beginning of winter in Paris, so temperatures are known to drop to as low as 5°C.

How hot is Paris in November?

The highest temperature in Paris during the month of November is around 10°C.

Can you swim in Paris in November?

It is not a great idea to take a dip given the cold climate of Paris during November.

Is it sunny in Paris in November?

Sturdy and warm winter wear is the ideal wardrobe for exploring the city of Paris during November. Bundle up in cozy sweaters and do carry woolen scarves, hats, and gloves.

What clothes to wear in Paris in November?

Sturdy and warm winter wear is the ideal wardrobe for exploring the city of Paris during November. Bundle up in cozy sweaters and do carry woolen scarves, hats, and gloves.

Is it rainy in Paris in November?

The average rainfall in Paris during November is around 37 mm. So you can expect to experience a few rainy days during your visit.

Is Paris expensive to visit?

Although Paris can be a bit expensive during the peak season, visiting this French city in November is a great way to save on expenses due to discounted rates on airfare and accommodation.

How safe is Paris?

Paris is considered a moderately safe city by travelers. But do keep an eye out for pickpockets in crowded places.

What can I see in Paris in November?

While visiting Paris in November, you’ll be able to see plenty of attractions at your leisure, without the usual crowd of tourists. Visit the Eiffel Tower for a peaceful view of the city, or head to Paris’ prized museums such as the Louvre and Versailles Palace. You can even huddle inside from the cold winds by attending indoor events like Moulin Rouge. Or make your way to the famous Disneyland Paris for a day of fun and thrills.

What are the major events in Paris in November?

Apart from the unveiling of the enchanting and magical Christmas window displays of Paris’ large department stores, some notable events in November include the turning on of the Christmas lights on Champs-Elysées, as well as some riveting cabaret shows such as Crazy Horse, and Moulin Rouge.

What is the average temperature in Paris in November?

Since November marks the beginning of winter in Paris, the weather grows quite chilly. The average high temperature is around 10°C, while the low is 5°C.

What are the best things to do in Paris in November?

The best things to do in Paris during November are to visit all the popular culturally and artistically renowned places since the crowds are relatively smaller during this time of the year. Not only will you be able to stay sheltered from the cold outdoors, but you’ll also get the chance to tour these famous places and museums at your own pace, and admire the exhibits and architectural beauty without the distraction of large crowds.

What are the best things to do with Kids in Paris in November?

Visiting Paris with kids is a great opportunity for educational experiences and to teach them about events and artworks of historical and cultural significance. But if your young ones simply want a day of fun, take them to Disneyland Paris where they are sure to have the time of their lives on thrilling rides, while interacting with their favorite Disney mascots. An added perk of visiting Disneyland Paris in November, is that ticket prices are significantly reduced.

What are the main festivals in Paris in November?

Among Paris’ various cultural events and festivals, there are plenty that falls within the month of November. You can book tickets to the Paris Autumn Festival for an experience rich with art and culture. Or simply head to the Thoiry Wild Lights Show for a beautiful spectacle of lights with your favorite animals from Thoiry Zoo.