Moving to Paris

You are planning to move to Paris? Before moving to Paris it is important to know certain factors that differ it from the UK. In this text we will discuss all the top priorities before your move to Paris, from finding somewhere to live to setting up bank accounts.

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How much does it cost to move to Paris?

Prices in Paris are very high in comparison to many EU countries, but if you are used to the steep London prices then you will soon feel at home.

Skyline of Paris, France

Living costs

Basic primary goods are on average very similar to London costs. Both cities have very high quality of life which is reflected in the steep general prices. The main difference is mainly the grocery prices in Paris are on average are 30% higher in comparison to London. Visit our page to find out more information about living in France. Below you can see an overview of average grocery prices in Paris:

Grocery goodPrice
Bottle of wine£5.27

Moving costs

The close location mean moving to Paris is fairy simple. On average shipping by sea takes around 0-3 days which is fairy quick but faster options are possible; however are likely to increase prices. Other convenience factors will affect the moving costs to Paris, these include:

  • Transportation type
  • Insurance
  • Size of apartment
  • Additional services

Some of these variables are optional so without them costs obviously will be cheaper. However higher costs can make a move easier and less stressful. Below are an estimate of how much a move from UK to Paris will roughly cost:

  • 1 bed flat – £1,389 – £1,430
  • 2 bed house – £1,598 – £1,661
  • 5 bed house – £1,897 – £1,992

Le Havre is the closest port to Paris, the costs of shipping containers vary depending on the size. On average a 20 ft container will cost around £598 – £661. A 20 ft container can fit on average a 1 or 2 bed apartment. Larger containers will cost more, a 40 ft container costs on average £1,136 – £1,256 and can fit roughly a 4 bed house. Would you like to read more about international moving costs? Click here.

Moving tips for Paris

Moving to a new country with a different culture and lifestyle habits can be daunting so we have provided our top tips to take into consideration before moving to Paris.


Although the amount of people who can speak English in Paris has certainly increased, it is highly recommended that you learn the basics of the language. Younger generations are taught to speak English at younger age; however older generations are unlikely to understand as much.


The tipping policy in Paris may not be as strict as the US but it certainly is customary to do so. On average a 10% tip should be left at restaurants.

Dress code

People in France certainly do dress to impress, especially in business situations. You will notice a variety of dress style when walking the streets of Paris and judgement over clothing occurs often in Paris, so be prepared to get a strange look or two if you’re not dressed to impress.

Apartment search

The high demand for apartment searching in Paris can be quite a shock. It can be quite difficult to find an apartment straight away. We recommend to start looking a few months in advance and to be prepared to pay a steep rent price if you are located in nice areas of Paris.

What do you need to remember before your move?

  • Healthcare – EHIC cards are easily obtainable for UK citizens and cover you for any accidents. It is required by law to have health insurance. Visit our page to find out more information about healthcare in France
  • Banks – There are many international banks in Paris. BNP Paribas, HSBC, and Societe Generale are the main banks which offer English services. Setting up a bank account is usually done in person. All you need to do is provide your passport, a residence permit and proof of address. Be aware that most banks in France have monthly fees attached to them.
  • Citizenship –  When moving to Paris you need to remember to report to the Mairie (Town Hall) within three months of your arrival, to make sure you register as a citizen. Consequences of not doing so can lead to fines.
  • Accommodation – It can be difficult to find accommodation in Paris due to the high demand. It is important to start looking early and be prepared to pay a lot more if living in the centre of Paris.
  • Driving –  You are able to use a foreign driving licence in France if a member of the EU for the first year only after obtaining residency. Applications to then exchange your driver’s licence can be made at your local Préfecture de Police or Mairie. The form is called the demande d’échange de permis de conduire.

Moving to Paris

How and where to find a home

Paris is a very popular city, so it is not strange that finding accommodation can be very difficult. In fact, it is often recommended that you find a room or flat, where you can stay temporary before moving to Paris . Contact family or friends or book a holiday apartment or rental. This way, you will have a roof over your head whilst you look around properly for a more permanent abode. Expats moving to Paris need to keep in mind that it can take months before you find something suitable for yourself.

Paris is divided or sectioned into 20 districts or ‘20 arrondissement’. The lower numbers are in the centre whilst the higher the numbers are on the outskirts. Depending on your budget and needs, you can decide in which arrondissements you want to look for accommodation. Each arrondissement has its own image and come with different price ranges.

It is also a good idea to take a friend with you who speaks French if you do not. Some real estate agents can conduct business in English, but you will avoid any miscommunication if you have a basic knowledge of french yourself or you bring someone who does. Moreover, be sure to ask about furnishings and whether other conveniences such as utilities are included in the rent.

Where to find a job

Another issue that will be a top priory when moving to Paris is finding employment. It is well advised to begin the search for employment well before the move to Paris. Ideally an expat moving to France, should secure a job or position before moving. There a numerous international companies in Paris, so if you can land a job with one of them beforehand, it will make your move to Paris less stressful. Check online recruitment websites and upload your CV onto platforms such as EURES or join LinkedIn; where you can network with other expats and recruitment agencies in France.

What’s the transportation like in Paris

The busy traffic in the centre of Paris means many use public transport to get from a to b. Public transport in Paris is easy and inexpensive. Most of the transport network in Paris are run by government subsidised RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens). It’s aim is to encourage the use of public transport and it is what makes the costs so low.

Navigo is a transport card that offers monthly discount on travel. It allows unlimited travel on the Metro, RER and buses and is probably the most cost efficient public transport method. The card itself is only 5 EU. Monthly passes cost 73 EU and allows you to go through 5 zones in Paris which includes the airport.

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Paris really is an amazing location to relocate to. We can help make your move easier by comparing the best services for your move. All you have to do here is to fill in the quote form. Which will only take a few minutes and you can receive up to 5 quotes from moving companies that specialise in removals to Paris. Also saving you up to 40% extra on your moving costs.