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 PARIS, 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 – though not necessarily for restuarants. Here are some tips and useful information to help you stretch your pounds, dollars or euros as far as they will go.....

One 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.

  Leaving everything until last minute, or even until you reach Paris, will be more expensive, may be very frustrating, and will cost more.
     Before 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.

Budget accommodation in Paris  

Hotels for your budget and your lifestyle

Staying in central Paris: Advantages:
access, 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.

     Disadvantages: 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.
P 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.

Staying in the suburbs of Paris: Advantages: hotels and hostels will on the whole be cheaper, and hotel rooms may be bigger.
P Hotels in the suburbs tend to have parking space, often free.
If you choose a hotel or hostel that is near a train station, access to central 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 or Formule 1.  Check out Paris hostels too.
    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.
     Disadvantages: 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.

Tip. For best rates, book your  hotels in advance with Hotels.com or with  Booking.com

Budget travel round Paris

► Don't buy the Paris Visite bus and metro pass online in advance, buy it when you arrive. Apart from the official site, other sites selling this pass charge inflated prices and high delivery costs.... up to 29.90 € for delivery to North America, and even more for "rest of the world". You can buy the pass at airports, main train stations, and all Paris urban transport stations.

What to see and do in Paris:  
      If your budget is limited, visit the Paris for Free page. Even the Louvre is free, if you know when to go or - in many cases - if you are under 26 !

General Budget Paris tips:

The dos and don'ts to make your dollars or euros or pounds go a bit further......


Click here for Paris tourist attractions info :  Notre Dame, the Louvre, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and much more.  Or see the Eiffel tower info page,

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In an emergency
in Paris:

24 hr chemist / pharmacies:
a) 84, av des Champs-Elysées 75008, tel
0145 62 02 41
b) 6, place Clichy 75009, tel
0148 74 65 18 .

English-speaking pharmacies:
British Pharmacy
62, Avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
0143 59 22 52

British-American pharmacy,
1 rue Auber, 75009
0142 65 88 29

English-language crisis line;
Daily 3 pm - 11pm
01 46 21 46 46

Call/phone: 15

Hertford British Hospital: 3, rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret
Tel 0146 39 22 22

American Hospital of Paris
63, Bd Victor Hugo
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
0146 41 25 25

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Don't waste your precious time in Paris.....

Unless you want to spend hours standing in a queue to get into the top Paris monuments, a skip-the-line pass is vital, and  The Paris City Pass from Turbopass is the cheapest option. Museums, attractions, travel and Seine cruise from just 99.90€  for a two day adult pass and 19.90€ for a two-day child pass. Buy well in advance, for delivery worldwide.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

More useful pages

Paris travel maps
View or print out a plan of the metro system in the central area of Paris..

Train travel within France or to France
Information in English for train travel in or to France. Tickets can be bought online in advance, but how to buy them depends on where you are.

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The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre museum, and its glass pyramid.

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