Paris on a budget

Eiffel Tower

Paris is often labelled as one of Europe’s most expensive cities. However, this does not necessarily has to be the case, thanks to the smart tips you receive in this post. We will not tell you what hotel to book, that depends on your taste. Use the Booking.com app on this site to find accommodation that suits you!

Bring your most comfortable sneakers

Arc de Triomphe

When you arrive at, for example Charles de Gaulle Airport, the subway will take you to central Paris for 10 euro. When in Paris, you will notice that the distances between the major attractions can be overcome by walking, but you will want to bring your best sneakers for this task. Plan accordingly and check out a map in advance and see where there are “clusters” of attractions, for example:

  • Eiffel tower – Arc de Triomphe.
  • Louvren – Notre Dame.
  • Moulin Rogue – Sacré-Cœur – Montemarte.
  • Luxembourg Gardens – Paris Catacombs.

A stroll or run along the river Seine is always a pleasant experience as well.

Free and cheap entrances

Museum de la Via Romantique

Entrances to the major attractions are often costly and you can expect long queue times. A few exceptions exist though, for example:

  • Museum de la Via Romantique: A small museum in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer. Located in Pigalle, free admission and no queues. The museum recreates a setting evoking the romantic period.
  • Les Invalides: A war museum, which includes the Dome with Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb. No queues, use the ticket machines, entrance is 12 euro.
  • The Eiffel Tower: Expect queues! However, it is worth the wait to buy a 7 euro ticket for the stairs to level 2!
  • Gardens and Seine: Spend a few hours strolling one of the many gardens, or follow the river Seine. It is not only relaxing, but offers you a variety of nice views as well.

Energy efficient food

Since you are going to do a lot of walking, frog legs and snails aren’t going to cut it. You need food rich on calories! Good for you, there are a lot of options, including chicken kebabs and fries, Asian courses etc. Prices range from 7 euro and up. And don’t forget the occasional croissant every now and then! :-) Read more about cost-effective meals when travelling i Europe.

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