If there’s one place everyone should visit in France, it’s Paris.
Even for a European capital, Paris boasts one of the best concentrations of art, culture and historical intrigue.
Although a fascinating and beautiful place, Paris can also be extremely expensive for tourists.
To make sure your trip doesn’t break the bank, here are a few tips for saving money in Paris.
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My first tip is to do all your budgeting in advance. If you’ve never been to Europe before, then this is especially important.
I’ve already said that Paris is expensive, but you won’t see just how expensive until you arrive. Probably the biggest financial puzzle will be your search for Paris vacation rentals.
As a general rule, the closer you get to the city centre, the more expensive accommodation is going to be.
Make sure to book your stay well in advance. This will make it easier to find the best price and location for your trip.
It can also make the budgeting for your entire trip easier when you know what you can and can’t spend.
Once you get to your hotel and settle in, you’ll probably look for a way of getting around. Parisian taxis are notoriously expensive, so I recommend using public transport for most of your trip.
Even then, getting subway trains and busses without taking advantage of certain deals can be a massive financial strain.
You’ll almost definitely be using the metro at some point. For this, I recommend getting a “carnet”. This is an offer the metro runs, where you can buy a package of ten tickets at a reduced price.
Before buying any tickets, do a little planning around what you want to see on what days. There are options which will take you further than a carnet, such as the RER ticket or the Paris ticket mobilis.
However, you don’t want to spend money on more travel than you actually need.
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Here’s one of the simplest ways you can save a lot of money: go in the first week of the month. On the first Sunday of every month, most museums in Paris offer visitors free admission. This makes them more crowded, true.
Believe me though, they can’t get much more crowded than any other Parisian attraction!
This rule applies to the museum in Paris, but only at certain times. The Louvre allows free entry on the first Sunday of the month, but only between October and March.
Even in these colder months, you’d be amazed at the amount of tourists that flock to the louvre. This museum is the famous home of the Mona Lisa, but don’t rush to get there!
The halls of the Louvre are filled with some of the most stunning artwork in human history.
With some careful financial decisions, your trip to Paris will be affordable and enjoyable.
My final piece of advice is to be very selective about where you eat out.
Genuine French cuisine is absolutely divine, but the dinner menus in most Parisian restaurants are extortionate!