Paris On A Budget

You can spend years living in Paris and never see anything because there’s just so much to do, but that also means you can spend a lot of money. My friends and I went to Paris for three days and spent 250 euros on transportation, food, lodging, attractions, and gifts. I’m here to help you plan your own trip to Paris on a budget!

Tip One: Have a budget for Paris and keep to it.

For me, this means only taking out enough cash for the bare minimum. You can always take out more later, but knowing you only have x amount of cash means you will only spent that amount. Whenever you are evaluating if you want to spend money on something, you will have to think about how much you have to spend on hand. Just this tip alone will save you money

Tip Two: Book a hostel

With so many hostels now and such easy access to finding them, why would you ever waste money on a hotel. Hotels don’t offer much more than hostels do and hostels are a great way to meet people! Visit Hostel Bookers or Hostel World to find cheap places to stay in Paris. You don’t need to spend more than 25 euro on a place to stay if you look around.

Tip Three: Share meals and picnic lunches

Tasting local food is important to learning about a new culture, but going out three meals a day is expensive. If breakfast is included at your hostel then that is money saved and you could always wrap up some bread for a picnic later. For lunch, get a sandwich or make your own. Buy a baguette (under 1 euro), some cheese, and buy some local wine (France after all has some of the best wine in the world, and it can be cheap). There you go! A perfect Parisian lunch. For dinner, you might want to go out some place. Share a meal with a friend to save money. TIP: Cafes on a corner are usually more expensive than the others. Don’t go here to save money!! TIP: It costs more to drink at a cafe sitting down than it does at the bar.

Tip Four:The Louvre is free to students under 26 on Friday nights after 9pm!!

No trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to the Louvre. You just saved yourself 9 euros with this tip.

Tip Five: Ask about a student discount

Most museums have student discounts which will save you anywhere from a euro to five euros. If you are under 18, sometimes entrance into museums is free. It never hurts to ask. Always have your student ID ready!

Tip Six: Walk everywhere or buy bulk tickets

Buying 10 metro tickets will be cheaper than buying one at a time. Walking places doesn’t cost you anything and is a great way to get to know a city. Many of Paris’ most popular attractions are close together. You should concentrate on each zone so you will minimize the number of times you need to take the metro.

Tip Seven: Don’t take a taxi

Why take a taxi when you can walk or take the metro. Look at buses to/from the airport for cheaper rates.

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