Paris is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done on a budget! After visiting a few times I know this city pretty well, and I’ve got a long list of tips to help you cut costs in the City of Light. Here’s 18 ways to do Paris on a budget:
- Hotel Devillas is a 3 star boutique hotel that’s great for a budget stay without compromising style. The rooms are tiny, but they were recently renovated and they have a certain Parisian charm. Location is good too – close to a major train station and walking distance from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Airbnb is a great way to score a deal on an apartment close to the city centre. As an added bonus you’ll usually save money on food because you can eat breakfast at your apartment each morning.
- A transportation pass is the cheapest way to get around the city. Use a Paris Metro Card if you’re staying less than 5 days.
- If you’re staying for more than 5 days get the Navigo Pass. This pass is assumed to only be for locals, but tourists can use it too! You just need to bring a spare passport picture with you.
- Save yourself 15€ and skip going up the Eiffel Tower. It’s so crowded up there and it wasn’t worth it at all. Enjoy the Eiffel Tower for free from Champ de Mars.
- The Louvre is free to all visitors on the first Sunday of every month.
- Jardin du Luxembourg is free to enter, and it’s the most beautiful public park you’ll ever see.
- Enter the Notre Dame Cathedral for free (8.50€ to go up the tower) and marvel at the incredible architecture and beauty inside. Other free churches to visit are Le Pantheon and Sacre Coeur.
- Carnavalet Museum is always free to enter.
- Head to the top of Galeries Lafayetter for an incredible view of the city. Unlike other rooftops in Paris, there’s no fee to access to this one.
- The Love Wall is free to see and worth a visit, especially if you’re travelling as a couple.
- Palais Royal is one of my favourite places for pictures – and it costs you nothing to visit.
- I don’t normally eat at chain, takeout restaurants, but in Paris I make an exception for a great chain called Paul. Freshly baked bread makes for amazing sandwiches and they also have great salad. Their prices are low and it’s also like gourmet fast food. Get your lunch to go and eat it in a park.
- Chez Hanna is incredibly popular with the Parisian locals – and it’s also the best place for an affordable meal! Falafel from their takeaway counter is only 4€.
- For another cheap meal get a crepe from any of the stands that dot the sidewalks. Ham and cheese is my favourite, but anything with Nutella is great for breakfast!
Drinks & Nightlife
- Skip the expensive cocktail bar and grab a bottle of wine for 2€ and enjoy it with your travel buddies on the Seine River.
- On Fridays (starting at 5pm) and Saturdays (starting at 11am) La Derniere Goutte offers free wine tasting with cheese.
- Also on the Seine River, you can enjoy some salsa dancing by Port Saint-Bernard. Skip the club entrance fees and dance here instead, this experience is far more Parisian anyways.