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How to do more for less
like any big city, can be an expensive place for visitors. The cost of
living is higher in Paris than in other parts of France, and generally
speaking the same is true of hotels and places to stay –
necessarily for restuarants. Here are some tips and useful information
to help you stretch your pounds, dollars or euros as far as they will
thing is certain, and that is that it's worthwhile booking things up
well in advance
Travel tickets, hotels, and even - if you plan to
visit lots of things and don't want to waste hours queuing to get in to
the main museums and monuments, a visitor pass.
everything until last minute, or even until you reach Paris, will be
more expensive, may be very frustrating, and will cost more.
booking your trip
to Paris, before booking a hotel, the
first thing to do is to decide if you want to stay in the city
(and as Paris is a living European city, there are plenty of
residential quarters and plenty of hotels throughout Paris
"intra-muros"), or in the suburbs. You may even decide that it is in
your interest to stay well outside Paris, and come in on a fast train
for the day.
for your budget and your lifestyle
central Paris: Advantages:
time. If you are young and energetic, or even not-so-young and
energetic, you can walk to and between a lot of the Paris tourist
attractions. You'll save the cost of public transport, and the time and
cost of commuting into the city. You'll also see a lot more of the
city, as long as your eyes aren't glued to the sidewalk or pavement.
hotels near the tourist areas are generally quite expensive; cheaper
hotels are often in less attractive areas of the city, far from the
tourist sights and attractions, or else on the edge.
If you come to
Paris by car, parking will be a major extra cost. Few central Paris
hotels have their own parking facilities, and those that do tend to be
at the higher end of the price range.
in the suburbs of Paris
hotels and hostels will on the whole be cheaper, and hotel rooms may be
Hotels in the suburbs tend to have parking space, often free.
you choose a hotel or hostel that is near a train station, access to
Paris can be relatively easy and quick. Check out hotels in the south
east and south west suburbs. There are many suburban hotels belonging
to the cheap budget chains such as Première Classe
1. Check out
Or check out this interactive outer Paris hotel map
that only lists independent hotels with parking, often free, and within
easy walk of a train or RER rapid transit station for central Paris.
check that the cheaper room cost is not offset by the extra travelling
costs - though remember that it is advisable not to take your car into
Paris. Also, if you stay outside Paris, you'll have less time to enjoy
Paris by night.
Budget travel round
- Buy a book of metro/bus tickets
for use in central Paris . A carnet of 10 tickets costs 16.90
€ in Jan
Single T tickets cost 1.90 €. Note: paper tickets are being phased out and carnets will no loger be sold as from September 2022. For more on this see below under "Do".
Alternatively, walk or use
- Buy a Paris Visite
transport pass Zones 1-3 + a Paris
Museum pass for two days, which will cost 19.50
€ + 48 € - total 67.50 €uros
price), which is less than the cost of the Paris City Pass...
- However, the Paris
(special 5% off with About-France.com - quote code aboutfrance) ,
which is the cheapest of the all-in Paris passses (starting at
for two days - adult rate),
does include some other attractions, such as a Seine cruise,
and is a good buy if it is important to save time and
get a lot in to a short stay in Paris.
hop-off sightseeing bus pass
service, has a choice of hop-on
hop-off passes from 34 € for one day or 38€ for two
days, and covers three different routes
optional Batobus service on the Seine).
The "Batobus" and travel on the Seine.
are river buses that go up and down the Seine from the Eiffel tower to
the quai de Montebello (near Notre Dame). There are 8 stops
all. A day pass at the start of 2019 costs 17 € (students with
valid ID: 11€) , and a 2-day
pass costs 19 € per adult.
► Don't buy
bus and metro pass online
to see and do in Paris:
buy it when you arrive. Apart from the official
, other sites selling this pass charge inflated prices and
high delivery costs.... up to 29.90 € for delivery to North
and even more for "rest of the world". You can buy the pass at
airports, main train stations, and all Paris urban transport stations.
If your budget is limited, visit the Paris
the Louvre is free, if you know when to go or - in many cases - if you
are under 26 !
General Budget Paris
and don'ts to make your dollars or euros or pounds go a bit
your hotel in advance so you have time to get a good rate.
It is possible to find a two-star hotel or a one-star
double room for under 80 €uros a night, and hostel accommodation even
cheaper... though difficult at peak periods
ordinary public transport - and buy yourself or
yourselves a "carnet"
T- tickets usable in Zones 1-3 (Paris city) with no time
limit. You can
share a carnet of ten T-tickets between up to ten people, as
are not nominal. A carnet of 10 tickets costs 16.90 € in Jan
Single T tickets cost 1.90 €. IMPORTANT Paper tickets are being phased out
and carnets will no loger be sold as from September 2022. For journeys
within Paris tourists are advised to buy a rechargeable Navigo Easy
pass (cost 2€) which can then be loaded with e-tickets (including an
e-carnet) in ticket machines in most stations. But take care. Each
traveller needs an individual Navigo Easy pass; you can't run the same
pass twice through the ticket reader to let two people through.
the great free attractions
of Paris - Notre Dame
the banks of the Seine, wander along
the Champs Elysées and more. There are also free museums,
including the Petit Palais just off the Champs elysées, with
and impressionists and
more. Many major museums are free on the first Sunday of each
your main meal at midday -
when many restaurants offer a full meal for less than 15
and Vietnamese restaurants are particularly good value. Take something
simpler in the evening.
- Pay by credit card or in cash that you
get from an ATM (check your own bank's charges for foreign transactions)
out the list of free concerts in parks and churches,
specially in summer.
Paris from on high
by touring round the "metro aérien", the elevated metro
lines 2 and 6) which circles round inner Paris, above the boulevards,
at second story level. A normal ticket is all that is needed.
at the bar. Many Parisian cafés charge less for
who stand at the bar than for those who get served at a table.
bike hire system - but take care. Use it
correctly, and it will just cost 1 € a day.
take a coffee or a beer at a pavement café on
Elysées, or any other tourist trap.
take breakfast in your hotel, unless they are charging
less than 9 €uros. go to the nearest café; most
cafés offer a light
eat in glitzy boulevard restaurants in the evening;
use taxis for short trips
- Don't try to exchange foreign
cash or travellers cheques
- not even in banks. But if you have to, avoid changing small sums, as
the commission is often a flat rate.
- Don't go to the top of the Eiffel tower: the
views are already pretty spectacular from the second level (see Eiffel tower
try to find a hotel when you arrive. Book one in advance.
use the Velib bike hire
system unless you realise how it works.
Click here for Paris
: Notre Dame, the Louvre, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and
Or see the Eiffel
tower info page,
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