Paris Flood in Jan 2018

Things You Should Know if You are Visiting Paris Soon – Paris Flood 2018

If you are visiting Paris, and you are not aware of the current weather and flood situation, then you must read this liao. According to the local news on 25th January 2018, the water level in Paris is still rising and expected to reach 6.1m or even surpass the Paris flood level in 2016.

So this is our travel tips on the Paris Flood 2018.


29 Jan 2018: The Seine river is expected to peak today, rising 5.84m on Monday morning. 

So how high or how jialat is that? 

In Paris, they always use this Zouave statue as a gauge to the water level.

Map shows areas of Paris affected by flooding.1

So how does that affect the tourist?

Of course! The rising water will have some effects on transportation, attractions around the area.


Because of the rising water, the RER C which is the Yellow Regional Train will suspend operations till 31st January 2018:

  • Javel to Gare D'Austerlitz
  • Avenue Henri Martin to Gare D'Austerlitz
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Read here for updates (French)
Read here for updates (Translated in English)


Attractions that are affected

Popular Destinations Along RER Paris Train C (with station names in brackets) in and around Paris:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral (St-Michel Notre Dame)
  • Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)
  • Eiffel Tower (Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel)
  • Palace of Versailles (Versailles Rive-Gauche)

Notre Dame Cathedral

Here are the Metro that you can take.

Orsay Museum 

Here are the Metro that you can take.

  • Solferino on line 12

Eiffel Tower

Only the RER C line is affected, but you still can take Metro and alight near Eiffel Tower.

  • Ecole Militaire on Line 8
  • Bir-Hakeim on Line 6.

Palace Versailles

Mainly if you are going to Palace Versailles, you will be affected because the rest are still in Paris zone where you can take the Metro.

The only 2 ways are getting there - a taxi there or get a bus there.

You can book a bus transfer here.

The Louvre

Don't worry on the Louvre, it will still be open except for the lower level of the Department of Islamic Art will remain closed till 29 January 2018.

The rest of the museum will open and close as usual. You will still get to see your Mona Lisa.

River Cruise at River Seine

So, if I coming from Airport, will I be affected.

You will be affected for sure if you are staying near these places. But, from Airport you will be taking the RER B and have to change to the Metro to get to your destination.

Do add 20 mins - 30 mins of your travelling time, because the area around the river will be congested and Metros will be running slower as well.

Then I need to bring umbrella?

What are you thinking? If it is raining, then you bring lah. No rain, you bring for what.

How about rubber boots?

No need lah, unless you want to go catch fish.

Will my shopping for Chanel and LV be affected?

Nope, in fact the shopping mall may be crowded, because all human traffic diverted inland. So your Galeries Lafayette will be flooded - but with people.

And here is your duck touring the River Seine

Ducks swim past a flooded street lamp in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.23, 2018. The Seine River has overflowed its banks in Paris, prompting authorities to close several roads and cancel boat cruises. Paris City Hall closed roads along the shores of the Seine5

And meanwhile, in Sens. We also face rising water. The bench already submerged in water liao.

So stay safe everyone! 

Let me know information I can provide you in the comments below!

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Don is a Kiasu Singaporean that blogs his journey while exploring Europe. A Singapore Travel Blog that provides travel guides and tips on how to travel free and easy in Europe.


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