Unless you're a subtle soul who finds true poetry in winter landscapes and activities, Paris in March comes as a relief after months of dark, cold days. It may not be the mad symphony of blossoms and whirling pollen that April and May bring, but March in Paris offers a gentle thaw-- and you'll see it in both the flora and the faces of the locals, who seem to all hopefully creep out of hibernation. Parisians get back their joie de vivre and hit the town again. This is a great time to explore a few beautiful Paris parks and gardens, soak up any available sun and warmth on a cafe terrace, or fully enjoy walking around in one of the city's charming neighborhoods.
There's also plenty on around Paris in March, from festivals to exhibits and shows. If you're in town on St. Patrick's Day, consider joining in on the celebration and get a glimpse of Paris' ever-expanding Irish community.
See March Events Calendar for more details
If you're planning a trip to the city of light in March, think several months ahead and find deals on flights and travel packages early.
The March Thermometer
- Minimum temperature: 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
- Maximum temperature: 11 degrees C (51.8 degrees F)
- Average temperature: 7 degrees C (44.6 degrees F)
- Average rainfall: 41 millimeters (1.6 inches)
How to Pack
As a general rule, March in Paris remains somewhat chilly, with temperatures hovering at around 45 degrees F on average. It's a good idea to pack clothes that you can layer in case an unusually cool or warm day sneaks up on you. You can bring light cotton shirts and pants in hopes of sun, but also pack a few sweaters, warm socks, a scarf and a spring coat.
March can be a wet month, and Paris is well-known for its erratic and sudden downpours. So make sure to pack an umbrella that can withstand strong rain and wind.
Make sure to pack a good pair of waterproof shoes. Rain during a March trip to Paris is likely, and you don't want to ruin your excursions with sloshy shoes and cold, wet socks. Also be sure to bring along a pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in-- Paris is a city where going by foot is often the best option.
Bring a pair of light gloves as the mercury may still err on the cold side in March.
Think about packing a hat and other sun gear in case a sunny day comes along and you wish to spend time lazing in one of Paris' best parks and gardens.