Just got back from a trip to Paris with my boyfriend & just like many of the travelers who have gone before me, I am obsessed! Like I’m so ready to go back. I’ve been to Europe before, but this was my first time to Paris and now I’m obsessed. I’ve never experienced anything like it. (Paris was actually on my #25at25 travel bucket list post from a few months ago and I’m still in awe, click here to read my travel bucket list post) So, if you’re reading this and asking yourself How can I get to Paris on a budget? The answer is read this post and then go pack.
I know what you’re thinking, “I wanna go to Paris too, but it’s soo expensive.” Well, I’m here to tell you that it is not, and does not have to be expensive. It is completely possible to travel Paris on a budget and still get a taste of luxury.
How to Find Cheap Flights to Paris, France
The main question I have been getting is how much was the flight to Paris and I’m excited to say it was only $400 (instead of the usual $1300) with Delta Airlines. How? Delta had a huge sale to Europe a couple months ago and Paris was one of the cities included in the sale, so when I saw it listed for 1/3 of the price it usually is I booked it immediately. No questions asked.
Tip: Subscribe to email lists of airlines near you that way you’ll know when there’s a sale going on. Easy way to score cheap flights.
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Where to Stay in Paris on a Budget
Finding where to stay in Paris first time can be a little tricky. But, luckily for you I already did the research on the best place to stay in paris on a budget so you don’t have to. There are tons of options for nice, cute and affordable places to stay in Paris. My main goal when looking for ours, which is probably your goal too, was to find the best place to stay in Paris that was also centrally located close to everything. After tons of research and googling “best arrondissement to stay in Paris” we decided to stay in a super cute AirBnB apartment, or flat as they like to say in Paris, near the city center.
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Paris has 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) and the smaller the number the closer you are to the city center. I highly recommend staying inside of the 20 arrondissements because venturing outside of it can get a little costly.
Paris Travel Tip: If you do decide to stay in an Airbnb in Paris, as always be sure to thoroughly read the reviews from past guests and the description/info the host provides. Airbnb guest reviews are super important to me and they are a major deciding factor when I book a place. I avoid hosts who have negative reviews or who cancel at the last minute, and you can find all this out simply by reading the previous guest reviews/coments. The nice thing about Airbnb is that you can contact the host specifically before booking/arrival so be sure to contact the host in advance for any clarification you might need or any questions you may have.
If the Airbnb experience isn’t for you and you’d rather stay in a hotel in central paris I recommend using Priceline, Hotels.com, or TripAdvisor because they will help you find the best hotel at the lowest rate! Sometimes even cheaper than the hotels actual website. These are my go to.
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Also, try to avoid staying near the airport or Disneyland Paris as they are both pretty far outside the city center. Like way too far. Where we stayed we were like minutes from all of the major attractions in Paris. But the airport and Disneyland Paris are about an hour away by train, & commuting back and forth will get expensive so save yourself the time and money and just stay in one of the arrondissements.
How to Get Around Paris on a Budget
The metro is the best way to get around Paris! There is a metro station on almost every corner in Paris. Each time you use the metro it is 1.90 euro, but you can save money by purchasing a carnet of 10 tickets for 16 euro. There is also the option to get a multi day metro ticket known as the Paris Visite Pass which is what we did and it was very beneficial as we got unlimited rides on the metro, RER train, and the bus.
Don’t let the thought of taking the metro intimidate you. It’s very simple, efficient, quick and actually kinda fun. I used my google maps app and selected the train option to tell me which metro we needed to take. This can also be used to find out which bus to take. There are also maps on the wall in the metro station that show the connections, so after a few rides I was familiar with the process and was able to just look at the map on the wall to find out how to get to our next destination.
If you really want to save money on your trip to Paris, you can get around Paris completely free by walking.
Tip: If flying into Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) take the train into the city. I highly recommend this option because taxi’s in Paris are very expensive. Also, if you plan on using a multi day metro pass it is very important that you purchase them in advance that way they can be mailed to you before your trip and you can start using them immediately upon arrival instead of paying out of pocket.
Things to do in Paris for free & on a Budget
Theres endless things to do in Paris literally. One of our favorite things we did there was Disneyland Paris!
I wrote a separate blog post about Disneyland Paris including How to get affordable tickets to Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Paris deals, and more. You can read about it here!
As I mentioned earlier, Paris has so many historic museums, monuments and buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, The Musee de Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur. You can go and look at them completely free, but if you want to go inside of them it’ll cost.
The good news is that some of the museums in Paris have free admission. For example, the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee national Picasso are free every Sunday all year long. The Louvre is also free every Sunday from October 1st until March 31st. Visiting on free days is a great way to save money as the Louvre alone costs 15 euro per person.
Money saving tip: If you’re planning to visit multiple museums or monuments it is definitely worth it to purchase a pass. The pass allows free and discounted entry. There are 3 different passes, The Paris Passlib’, The Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Pass.
- Unlimited entry to 50+ museums, monuments, and attractions in Paris
- It is very cost effective at 48 euro for two days, 62 euro for four days or 74 euro for six days
- Priority Access to attractions, museums, monuments
- Allows you to skip the line so you don’t have to wait, which is nice because lines get really long
- Cruise on seine River
- Unlimited rides on public transportation
- Prices start at 109 euro for an adult 2 day pass, but there are discounts for children
What is The Paris Pass?
- Entry to top museums, monuments, and attractions
- Bus Tour
- unlimited travel on metro, RER train, and the bus
- fast track entry to skip the line at museums
- Prices start at 135 euro for an adult 2 day pass, but there are discounts for teens and children
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