June 6, 2023

Profit from your time and finances in Paris by following our finances suggestions.

Fearful about what your upcoming journey to Paris may do to your pockets? Worry not, for EuroCheapo has you lined with this definitive listing of our high 47 Paris finances journey suggestions!

The Metropolis of Gentle is perhaps Europe’s most visited vacation spot, but it surely doesn’t have to be the most costly. Beneath you’ll discover suggestions for saving on each side of your journey, up to date in March 2023.

From getting in from the airport to saving on motels, purchasing and consuming out, we’re prepared that can assist you save. On y va!

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Saving on motels

At EuroCheapo, we’re captivated with reasonably priced lodging in Europe. Our founding mission has been to assist readers discover nice, cheap locations to sleep that can even get them nearer to the native tradition.

Our Paris lodge information consists of greater than 100 lodge suggestions (together with our high 12 low-cost motels in Paris), however within the meantime right here’s some fast recommendation to get you began:

The Lodge Tiquetonne is one among our all-time favourite cheapo sleeps, with doubles for round $70 within the heart of Paris.

1. Save on transit by sleeping in a central neighborhood

Contemplating that it’s a world capital, Paris is a reasonably compact metropolis. When you have a central place to begin, you may get to many of the metropolis’s essential sights by foot or a fast Metro journey. Town is split into 20 districts, referred to as “Arrondissements.”

Numbering begins with the primary arrondissement within the heart of city, which incorporates the Louvre, and spirals clockwise out. Right here’s a map, in case you need assistance visualizing it. We advocate selecting a lodge in a central arrondissement, maybe sticking to 1-9 (probably skipping the eighth, which is a little more far-flung and might get expensive).

Selecting a lodge in these neighborhoods (particularly close to the Louvre, within the Marais, within the Latin Quarter, close to the Eiffel Tower, and close to the Opéra) will put you within the heart of town. You’ll save on transportation, particularly at night time, once you could be in any other case tempted to hop in a taxi or Uber to get house.

2. Don’t thoughts a commute? Save by staying exterior the middle

That having been mentioned, if you happen to don’t thoughts taking the Metro to get to and out of your lodge, you definitely can discover cheaper motels if you happen to’re prepared to remain a bit exterior of the middle of city. The Metro snakes by the complete metropolis, so that you’re by no means actually a protracted journey from one facet of Paris to the opposite.

One of the crucial handy traces, Line 1, slices by the middle of Paris and comes each two minutes. It’s additionally totally automated, so it isn’t affected by strikes, which occur often in Paris and might shut down the opposite traces. So, you could possibly keep in an arrondissement just like the eleventh between Bastille and Nation, which might be cheaper than a extra central neighborhood, however you’ll nonetheless be capable to commute rapidly to the middle.

3. Don’t be afraid of those tremendous low-cost motels

Some nice Paris motels are actually, actually low-cost (just like the Tiquetonne, pictured above). Many of those are cheap as a result of they’ve stored issues easy — some haven’t even added TVs to the rooms.

However don’t let that scare you: the simplicity of those motels doesn’t imply that they’re unsafe or uncomfortable. Moderately, they offer you an ideal place to remain whereas saving for the remainder of your journey.

Getting round

Paris is a giant metropolis, with sizzling spots that aren’t all the time located across the nook out of your lodge. Right here’s easy methods to get to the place that you must go, cheaply.

Boarding the RoissyBus at Place de l’Opera, heading for CDG. Photograph: Alexandre

4. Take public transit in from Charles de Gaulle airport

For those who’re taking a long-haul flight to Paris (particularly from the U.S.), you’re most likely touchdown within the Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). To make the 23 km trek into Paris, you might have a number of choices.

I’m alone or simply with one touring associate, I normally take the RER prepare or a bus to avoid wasting on money (though not everybody at EuroCheapo agrees with me on this level). Right here’s some extra data on each of those  choices:

• Take the RER B (regional prepare)

It may be a little bit of a grim entry to town, however the RER takes 25-50 minutes (relying in your vacation spot and whether or not or not you get an categorical prepare) and prices solely €11.45. There’s no want to order prematurely — you should purchase your ticket from one of many many machines that line the partitions on the RER station connected to the airport.

These trains cease in Paris on the Gare du Nord, Châtelet Les Halles and St-Michel Notre Dame, amongst different stops. From right here you possibly can switch to the Metro or probably simply stroll to your lodge. (Observe: Maintain onto your RER tickets! You’ll want them to exit the RER. )

• Take a bus to central Paris

The “RoissyBus” is operated by town, prices €16.20 per particular person, and takes about an hour. It departs from most terminals at CDG and drops you off at its essential cease on the Place de l’Opéra.

Buses go away from CDG to Place de l’Opéra each quarter-hour from 6 am to eight:45 pm and each 20 minutes from 8:45 pm to 12:30 am. To get again to the airport, buses go away Place de l’Opéra each quarter-hour from 5:15 am to eight pm, each 20 minutes from 8 pm to 10 pm, and each half-hour from 10 pm to 12:30 am.

5. Watch out with taxis from the airport

Sure, many individuals do take taxis in from the airport. It is going to price you dearly (round €50-70, plus tip and baggage surcharge) and take about an hour, relying in your vacation spot. However wait, there’s extra! Additional fees might be added for driving throughout morning rush hour and on Sundays and holidays.

When you have a small group of individuals, nevertheless, the fare may be value it. They’re additionally regulated and reliable, so you possibly can really feel secure and received’t get scammed (past the already excessive worth). Right here’s easy methods to save on cabs from the airport and our information for utilizing Uber in Paris.

6. Generally, keep away from taxis for brief distances round Paris

The beginning fare for a taxi in Paris is €7. Thus, if you happen to’re simply going a brief distance, hoof it or hop on a bus. Extra suggestions for saving on taxis and Uber.

7. Purchase a multipack or journey move for Metro and bus tickets

Metro and bus tickets price €2.10 every. We advocate shopping for a 10-pack, or a “carnet” (pronounced “car-nay”), to economize. These bodily tickets are being phased out however, as of scripting this, are nonetheless obtainable if you happen to ask for them on the ticket counter, which is present in most Metro stations.

To exchange the paper “carnet,”  passengers can now purchase the 10-pack in paperless form and cargo them onto your Navigo Easy pass. The ten-pack prices €16.90 for adults and €8.45 for youngsters.

Observe: the Navigo Simple move at present solely works on the Metro traces, so if that you must take an RER to go farther exterior of Paris (e.g. Versailles, Giverny, or Disney Paris), you’ll have to ask an agent on the ticket counter for the correct ticket.

8. Use CityMapper or Bonjour RATP as an alternative of Google Maps

Google Maps is helpful for getting round, as it’ll calculate routes that embrace Metro and RER choices. Nonetheless, it doesn’t replace rapidly when one of many Metro traces is stopped or slowed for strikes, mechanical issues, or different points — which occurs often.

Bonjour RATP is the official navigation app for the Paris public transit community, and CityMapper is another that features bike and scooter choices. Each can be utilized in English and can present extra up-to-date data and alternate options when traces or stations are closed.

9. Chill out — the Metro machines are in English.

The ticket machines within the Paris Metro can be found to be used in English, they usually take bank cards as a type of cost.

10. Tickets on the bus are dearer.

Sure, you should purchase your bus ticket from the driving force (and make everybody behind you wait), however you’ll pay €2.50 and it received’t cowl a switch. Extra bus suggestions.

11. Take a Cheapo metropolis bus tour

There’s no have to pay for a sightseeing bus. Listed below are seven public bus traces that provide nice sightseeing for the price of a bus ticket!

12. Contemplate a “Paris Visite” journey card

For those who plan to spend so much of time getting round within the Paris Metro, contemplate shopping for a “Paris Visite” travel card, which affords limitless journey on the Metro and bus system and numerous reductions from partnering companies. Grownup tickets price €13.55 (sooner or later), €22.05 (two days), €30.10 (three days) and €43.30 (5 days).

Nonetheless, if you happen to’re not within the reductions which can be included with this card, go for the day by day limitless using move, the Mobilis ticket, as an alternative.This move  additionally permits limitless journey, however is a little bit cheaper at €8.45 per day for an grownup. The ten-pack carnet (see #7 above) normally serves our wants.

13. Be sure your bank card has a chip!

Fortunately, the vast majority of American bank cards now make use of the “chip and PIN” expertise that has been in use all through Europe for years. If, nevertheless, your card remains to be chipless and makes use of solely a magnetic swipe, you’ll seemingly have issues in automated ticket machines in France.  This consists of machines within the RER stations at Charles de Gaulle and in Metro stations.

(In case your card isn’t working on the machine, head to the ticket window. Outdated-school American playing cards will work tremendous when handed to a cashier for swiping.)


Selecting a motorcycle from a Velib’ kiosk. Photograph: Rachel Ludwick

14. Save by biking round city on Vélib’

Paris’ Vélib’ bike share program was one of many first on this planet when it launched in 2007 and stays enormously well-liked at present. With 20,000 bikes in this system obtainable from a whopping 1,400 stations across the metropolis, it’s actually large. When you be a part of, you merely head to any Vélib’ station, enter your entry code, take out a motorcycle and journey off! Park it at one other Vélib’ station, and also you’re executed.

A one-day Vélib’ move prices €5 and covers a 30-minute journey (you’ll pay a small cost for going over the 30-minute restrict). We advocate shopping for a 3-day move for €20, because it covers 60-minute rides AND consists of electrical bikes (45-minute rides). Read more.

Sights & Points of interest

Paris is house to a few of the world’s most well-known cultural points of interest, a lot of which have their very own “cheapo tips” for saving just a few euros.


Go to the Musee d’Orsay on Thursday night time to avoid wasting time — and keep away from crowds. Photograph: Pierre Blache

15. Get into museums at no cost

If you’re beneath the age of 26 and a resident of the European Union (this consists of non-citizens with pupil visas, au pair visas, or any visa longer than 3 months), you get free admission to most museums and cultural websites, together with those we’ve listed beneath.

If this doesn’t apply to you, most of those museums are additionally free on the primary Sunday of each month. Nonetheless, you’ll should beat some severe crowds to get in.

16. Saving on the Louvre

  • Normal admission: €17 when booked on-line with a timed entry. Closed Tuesday. You should definitely e book by the official Louvre ticket site.
  • Tickets are €2 cheaper when bought on the museum, however entry isn’t assured — and could also be refused attributable to overcrowding.

17. Saving on the Eiffel Tower

  • Grownup admission to the tip-top: €28.30, cheaper for decrease degree.
  • Save time by buying your tickets online, prematurely, and avoiding the ticket line.
  • Throughout peak journey instances, on-line tickets (particularly to the highest) could also be offered out. Nonetheless, they might nonetheless be obtainable on the tower for quick use. You’ll simply have to attend in that ticket line…
  • You may pay a less expensive worth (€21.50) if you happen to take the steps as much as the second degree, then the raise to the highest.
  • For those who’re not excited by reaching the highest and simply desire a good image, get off on the Metro cease Trocadero on traces 9 or 6, the place you’ll discover a big public plaza that faces the tower. It’s crowded, however not as crowded as the realm across the tower itself, and you’ll snap an image with the complete construction in body.

18. Saving on the Arc de Triomphe

  • Regular admission to enter the Arc and see the view from the highest is: €13.
  • It’s fully free to stroll beneath and across the Arc on the floor degree, the place you’ll additionally discover the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That is my most well-liked choice, as you get an ideal view of the Arc with out standing in line or shopping for a ticket, and you’ll take pleasure in cheaper views of Paris elsewhere.
  • Go at night time. It’s open till 11 pm (10:30 pm in fall and winter).
  • Entry the Arc by taking the underground walkway. You may even see different vacationers making an attempt to dodge site visitors and operating throughout the busy roundabout to get to the middle. That is extremely harmful — Don’t do it.
  • Extra tips about visiting the Arc de Triomphe

19. Saving on the Musée d’Orsay

  • Regular admission: €16 when pre-booked on-line, which permits precedence entry throughout your designated time slot, and means that you can keep away from the ticket line. Tickets bought on the museum are €2 cheaper — however you’ll have to attend for tickets and for entry.
  • Closed Monday. The museum closes most days at 6 pm and is “cleared” at 5:30!
  • On Thursdays, nevertheless, the Musée d’Orsay stays open till 9:45 pm. Purchase a “Late Opening Ticket” to enter after 6 pm for €12.
  • First Sundays of the month are free (however packed)

20. Saving on the Palace of Versailles

  • Purchase the Versailles Passport (€21.50; €28.50 on “fountain days”: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday) for entry to all main components of the palace grounds. €19.50 for Palace solely.
  • Pre-booking online is required for entry.
  • Save by picnicking alongside the Grand Canal simply exterior the gates.
  • Extra suggestions for visiting Versailles

21. Keep away from crowds each time potential

In the course of the excessive season (Could – September) the traces at high points of interest may be overwhelming. However it’s potential to plan your day so that you simply present up exterior the height visiting hours.

Generally, go very first thing or late to the most important sight of the day, and keep on with smaller sights from late morning to early afternoon. You may also use Google Maps, which updates in actual time based on how busy a location is. Take a look at our suggestions for beating the crowds at high points of interest.

22. Tradition fanatic? Purchase a Paris Museum Card

Vacationer playing cards aren’t all the time well worth the cash, however if you happen to plan on spending a number of high quality cultural time in Paris’ museums, contemplate selecting up a Paris Museum Pass. The cardboard affords free and discounted admission to over 50 museums and monuments across the metropolis, and it enables you to skip the ticket traces! Costs: €55 (2 days); €70 (4 days); €85 (6 days)


Jardin du Luxembourg

Spend a free day enjoyable, sleeping or picnicking on the grounds of Jardin du Luxembourg. Photograph: Phillip Capper

23. Don’t neglect free sights!

Town boasts a protracted listing of locations which can be free to go to. From museums operated by town just like the Musée d’Art Moderne, Maison de Balzac, and Maison de Victor Hugo (free to go to everlasting collections) to most church buildings and parks just like the Jardin du Luxembourg and even an historic Roman amphitheater (Aréne de Lutéce), admission is all the time free.

24. Take a free strolling tour

Free strolling excursions of Paris’ central sights can be found from a number of tour firms (who do, nevertheless, anticipate a tip on the finish). A much less publicized choice is the Paris Greeters program, through which native Parisians lead you on a free guided tour of their Paris.

25. Save on boat rides

Taking a ship journey alongside the Seine is an expertise that manages to strike us as each romantic and overly touristy. Nonetheless, these bateaux mouches supply a singular vantage level from which to see town and can provide your legs a break. We advocate the Vedettes de Pont Neuf, as they provide a dwell (not prerecorded) commentary and nice reductions when booked prematurely on their website.

Consuming and consuming

Paris has a few of the finest meals on this planet, however it may well get expensive rapidly. Listed below are just a few methods to take pleasure in genuine French delicacies with out breaking the financial institution.

26. Suppose twice earlier than tipping

Whether or not you’re eating in a restaurant or having fun with a espresso on a sidewalk cafe, a service cost has already been included in your invoice. This doesn’t imply that you simply shouldn’t go away a little bit further as a pleasant gesture, however you definitely shouldn’t go away 15-20% of your invoice. A easy €1 or €2 is completely acceptable as an additional tip in Paris. Listed below are some extra ideas on tipping.

27. Save on breakfast

The breakfast that might be provided by your lodge will seemingly be an underwhelming and overpriced affair (assume baguette, jam and sizzling drink for €8-10). You may get the identical factor (however brisker) at nearly any bakery or patisserie in your neighborhood. Store round for breakfast.

Oh, and once you’re in a café, the price of your espresso will depend on the place you’re sitting. For those who sit or stand on the counter or bar, that espresso will often be one euro lower than if you happen to sit at a desk. Unusual, however true.

28. Water and bread are free in eating places

No have to order bottled water. The native stuff is nice and will get plunked down in your desk in a cute carafe, freed from cost. If not, simply ask for it. Ditto for the bread.

29. Splurge on a prix-fixe lunch

Go heavier at lunch and luxuriate in a two- or three-course meal with the locals.

Eating places all through city supply “mounted worth” offers — simply search for the chalkboard out entrance or an indication within the window with the day’s menu (“menu du jour”). With costs that hover between €15-25 for 2 or three programs, you’ll even have some cash left for a little bit vin (if it’s not already included within the deal!). Listed below are just a few of our favourite Paris lunch menus.

Cheese Market in Paris

Choose up the whole lot you want for an ideal picnic lunch (or gourmand dinner) at any of Paris’ outside meals markets. Photograph: The LEAF Project

30. Choose up lunch at outside markets

Foodies might be in pure heaven in Paris, and never only for the mouth-watering eating places and to-die-for patisseries.

Don’t neglect the outside meals markets that overflow with recent produce and native delicacies. Whether or not selecting up for a Seine-side picnic or stocking up for a protracted prepare journey, Paris’ outside markets have you ever lined. Learn extra about our market purchasing suggestions.

31. Go mild at lunch with a baguette sandwich

Town’s bakeries (boulangeries and patisseries) do greater than bake bread and pastries. Additionally they do a brisk lunch enterprise, promoting hot-and-crusty baguette sandwiches and scrumptious do-it-yourself quiches. Right here’s an inventory of our favourite sandwich retailers.

Associated: 5 reasonably priced Paris eating places that locals and vacationers love

32. Go for a lightweight dinner with a crepe or falafel

For those who go for a giant lunch, you may wish to go a little bit lighter (and cheaper) at night time. Go for a basic crepe, Paris’ final avenue meals, or seize a tasty sandwich at L’As du Fallafel within the Marais. Take a look at different methods to eat your approach by Paris for lower than €20 a day.

33. Head to the grocery retailer for fundamentals

Once you do want to purchase a bottle of water, don’t contact that minibar! Head to any of the native grocery shops. A 1.5-liter bottle of water at Monoprix or Franprix prices lower than €1. The identical rule applies to wine, sweet, soda, and many others.

And if you happen to can’t discover a single bottle, simply break up the shrink wrapped plastic on a multi-pack to seize a bottle for your self. That is widespread apply in France, so don’t fear a few retailer clerk chasing you down!

Higher but, convey a refillable water bottle and high it up from the faucet. Faucet water is completely drinkable in Paris, and there are public water fountains everywhere in the metropolis (extra on that later).

34. Wine from the grocery store? Oui.

Don’t assume that the wine being offered on the grocery retailer isn’t as much as snuff. A few of it’s fairly good, and sure, fairly reasonably priced. Listed below are some suggestions for purchasing wine in Paris.

35. Replenish your water bottle round city

Paris has greater than 800 consuming water fountains situated all through town the place you possibly can simply refill your water bottle at no cost. And if you happen to’re a fan of glowing water, there’s no have to run into the shop for just a few bottles. Town has simply launched some new fountains that even dispense the bubbly stuff!

Paris summer beach

Each summer time the banks of the Seine rework right into a full of life seashore scene full with actual sand! Photograph: sergio_leenen


There’s all the time one thing to do in Paris, and fairly a little bit of it received’t price you a dime! (Or, somewhat, a centime!)

36. Get glad for affordable drinks

Wine is perhaps low-cost, however a cocktail in Paris can simply price you €15. Don’t fear, be glad! Hold your eyes peeled for “Glad Hour” offers (pronounced “‘appy ‘ours”).

You’ll usually see it posted on an indication exterior most bars, they usually run a lot later than the Glad Hours chances are you’ll be used to — generally as late as 10 or 11 PM!

37. Get pleasure from free summer time festivals

When the temperatures begin to climb, so do the variety of free events around Paris. Free leisure is simple to search out on nearly each night time of the week, together with music sequence just like the Paris Jazz Festival (late June by September) to outside movie screenings like Cinéma en Plein Air (July and August). Head to Parc de la Villette which is full of tradition come summertime.

38. Hit the “seashores” alongside the Seine

Each summer time the Seine and the Canal St-Martin rework into “Paris Plages,” one among Europe’s coolest city seashores. Sure, in a metropolis tons of of miles from the closest stretch of shoreline, you’ll discover Parisians lounging about of their hottest swimwear soaking within the rays.

39. Get low-cost (or free) seats to opera, dance and classical live shows

Love world-class opera and classical music? Seize an inexpensive seat on the Opera Garnier and Opera Bastille, and discover low-cost and free live shows round city trying out L’Officiel des Spectacles or a Wednesday version of Le Figaro’s insert “Figaroscope” listings journal at any newsstand: additionally obtainable online!


For those who’re trying to return house with suitcases filled with souvenirs, listed below are some strategies to try this in a wallet-friendly approach.

40. Critical consumers, don’t neglect your tax refund!

Do you intend on performing some severe purchasing? Non-EU residents who spend at least €175 at anybody retailer, could qualify for as much as a 12% money refund! That is obtainable, with totally different necessities, all through Europe. Learn extra in our publish about tax refunds.

41. Hit the flea markets for cheapo souvenirs

Paris is house to a number of fabulous flea markets. Promoting the whole lot from new clothes to classic cookware, these outside markets supply distinctive purchasing and memento alternatives, usually at low costs. Listed below are some suggestions for flea market success and a information to the very best flea markets in Paris.

42. “Friperies” supply low-cost classic purchasing

“Friperies” are cheap secondhand clothes retailers the place it’s a must to dig by piles of cast-offs to discover a classic pearl. Listed below are a handful of addresses the place Parisians go for a wallet-friendly classic vogue purchasing spree.


Lastly, just a few further factors about Paris to bear in mind.

43. Keep away from sketchy conditions

With hundreds of thousands of vacationers visiting yearly, Paris additionally attracts greater than its share of con artists and shady sorts. Happily, they’re normally fairly simple to identify. A stranger approaches you to signal one thing, maintain one thing, choose one thing up that they’ve dropped… Simply say no and stroll away from these widespread Paris scams. No drama. Simply transfer on. No story is best than endlessly kvetching about it later.

If a stranger approaches you talking French, don’t reply with “I don’t communicate French” as a result of they may begin talking English to you. It’s higher to disregard them and preserve it transferring.

To keep away from pickpocketing, it’s good apply to maintain all of your valuables in pockets, pouches, or baggage that zip, snap, or shut! In crowded locations, many pickpockets get away together with your issues earlier than you even understand they had been there.

44. Be sensible together with your telephone

Plan on utilizing your smartphone? Both get a smart knowledge and worldwide calling package deal out of your provider again house or purchase a SIM card in Paris to be used in an unlocked telephone. It’s easy and might doubtlessly prevent nightmarish knowledge roaming fees.

45. Deliver a guidebook!

Right here’s some retro recommendation (satirically conveyed through the Net): convey alongside a Paris guidebook! Go deeper by finding out up on Paris earlier than you get there. Underline away!

46. Discover free Wi-Fi

Even with a superb worldwide knowledge plan or a SIM card, each time potential we nonetheless admire free Wi-Fi. Happily, it’s simple to search out in cafes, quick meals joints (all McDonald’s), parks and museums. Once you’re in a Parisian café or restaurant, don’t be shy, ask the waiter for his or her Wi-Fi password. For those who’re a paying buyer, they may fortunately give it to you!

47. Discuss to your financial institution earlier than you go.

Name your financial institution earlier than you permit to allow them to know that you simply’re heading on a visit to Paris. You don’t need them to dam your card after they see worldwide fees pop up.

And whilst you have them on the telephone, ask them about overseas transaction and ATM money withdrawal charges. They may have a partnership with a financial institution in Paris that avoids ATM charges. (Listed below are some questions in your financial institution.)

Your suggestions?

Have suggestions so as to add to our listing? Please contribute your ideas on methods to avoid wasting when visiting Paris within the feedback part beneath.

pre-Observe: Extra data and analysis offered by Michelle Walbaum.