Paris on a budget – Travel like a king with your empty wallet

Some feel that we can not say travel to Paris on a budget because Paris and on a budget cannot work together. How can you travel to Paris as if you were the richest man of 2021 with the lowest possible expenses? I’ll give you the answer to the question.

How to get your ” Paris on a budget ” place to stay?

It is always worth renting an apartment on Airbnb. Make your choice among the hundreds of options available at Airbnb in Paris. For sure, you will find one that fits your taste and preferences of the location.  Starting at 15 euro per night for one room.  This is cheaper than staying in a hotel. You can still save money if you love cooking. You can cook your daily meals at home and go to the restaurant only to enjoy your stay in Paris and see round.

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, here is our list of budget options with excellent quality from 50 euro per night and located in the city center.

Hôtel Le Cardinal 

Mercure Paris Bastille Marais

Aberotel Montparnasse Eiffel


55 Hôtel Montparnasse

Hôtel Des Batignolles

Hôtel de France Quartier Latin 

You’d better not get lost in Paris on the first day.

Take the public bus number 350 or 351 that goes to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (single fare = 6€) or take the tram number 7 from Paris Orly airport. That’s the most affordable way to get to the city centre.

To get around the city, think about using public transport. The Paris metro pass for 10 trips will only cost 14 euros and will allow you to get to the city center.

Paris on a budget tip:

Paris Passlib – Paris tourist office offers a card that gives unlimited access to the metro zones (1, 2, 3) that include all the leading museums and monuments in Paris. It also includes a boat trip alongside the Seine. In addition, it offers free access to L’Open tour, sightseeing buses and a fast ticket to the 2nd floor of Eiffel Tower. There are various bundles that are valid for 2, 3 or 5 days.

Extra pro tip:

Use the bike sharing app “Vélib’ – Paris“, which you can join by getting a one-day pass (about 5 euros) or an entire week (15 euros).

The craving food of Paris – Explained

Visit Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest food market has opened since 1615, where you will find prepared dishes from around the world.

Avoid restaurants at tourist destinations, shop and have a picnic with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower along the Seine.

Use La Fourchette app to find deals and discounts for nearby restaurants.

Or try one of this gourmet fast food places:

La Maison d’Isabelle – for the freshly baked croissant 

Pierre Hermé – for the most delicious macarons. 

A La Ville de Rodez – for cheese course.

Bistrot des Vosges – for the best home-made onion soup. 

Du Pain et des Idées – for Chocolate and pistachio escargot.

Berthillon – for flavorful ice cream in Paris 

L’As du Fallafel – for falafel 

L’Eclair de Génie – for eclairs 

Chez Alain – for the savory crepes 

Princess Crepe – for sweet crepes 

Le Grand Colbert – for frog legs 

La Rotonde – for tartare 

For the set menu and great value. Try one of those classic bistros.

 Au Pied de Fouet 

Le Bougainville 

Le Réveil du Xe

La Ferrandaise

Tip for saving money

Do not hesitate to fill your water bottle in one of the 800 fountains of the city, the water is drinkable.

What to do in Paris the city of lights and love?

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make the most of Paris. Just walking down the street in Paris can entertain you. Who would miss a chance to walk around The Eiffel Tower, The Arc Du Triomphe, The Champs Elysees and Jardin du Luxembourg. Now you can take your dream picture to post on social media and get tons of Love.

Visit the most famous museums for free or almost for free. The most popular Paris attraction Louvre is free 1st Sunday of every month from October to March.  In case you miss the first Sunday of the month, go on Wednesdays or Fridays after 6pm. It will cost you as little as 11 euro.

The Orsay Museum is also free on the first Sunday of every month and the rest of the week after 4:30pm it costs 9 euros.

The following museums always have free access. Musée d’Art Moderne, Maison de Balzac, and Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris History Museum, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Police Headquarters Museum, and the Fragonard Perfume Museum.

Visit the famous churches and enjoy their artwork and architectural masterpiece such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Merri Church or Saint-Sulpice.

Take a walk in the charming parks like the Jardin du Luxembourg, jardine des Tuileries with their fountains, statues and carousel. If not, head to Par de la Villete with its 10 themed gardens. It’s the best option when you have kids. During the warm season, many parks offer free live music and outdoor cinemas.

How to get free tours in Paris?

Many people from Paris offer their guide services to foreigners for free. You can check New Europe Walking Tours or Paris Greeters to get their free services. You can always learn a lot from these tours, but don’t forget to tip at the end the guide.

Boat trips to the Seine are very popular and are generally not budget-friendly. There is a Batobus river bus service that makes stops along the Seine. It’s cheaper than many guided boat trips. This will cost you about 17 euro for one day.

And here is your guide to the greatest views of the city.

The Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre has the most beautiful view of Paris. Besides, this is an interesting neighborhood with street art, shows and romantic atmosphere.

The roof of the Galerie d’art moderne Pompidou offers one of the most impressive views at no cost entry.

Although the most iconic way to see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower might be a bit pricey. There is an inexpensive way that costs just 10 euros. You will take the steps and go to the second floor of the Eifel Tower.

In addition, one of the best views of Paris can be enjoyed from a rooftop café at the Galeries de Lafayette boutique.

Finally and most importantly, at nightfall, head to the Montparnasse Tower for the excellent light show on the Eiffel Tower. It will cost you a drink in the bar which is attached to the restaurant Ceil de Paris on the 56th floor.

Now you are ready to travel to Paris on a budget. Enjoy your trip.

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