There’s nothing to hide in saying that Paris is one of the priciest capitals and hence is included in the list of ‘World’s Most Expensive Cities’. This shouldn’t discourage you from planning a trip to this City of Love just because you don’t have a big budget. With little bit of prior dedication, planning and knowledge on the place, you can definitely roam around the streets of Paris without blowing your budget. Fill yourself on gourmet cuisine, sleep cheap within historic mansions and go for a freewheel ride along the Seine, only to know how you can enjoy Paris on a budget. If you’re looking for more ideas, here are some that you may take into account.
#1: Plan ahead of time
Paris is a place which quickly fills up during the peak seasons. If it is possible for you, then avoid the time of school holidays and the weekends during summer and spring. Instead of these timings, if you can escape to Paris in the middle of the week during May, you can seek benefits of the best budget hotels from which you can choose. Reserve or book hotels as far as you can as the best possible accomodations will definitely be the first to be occupied. So, the further you book yourself a hotel, the better can be the deal that you may crack.
If you prefer visiting the museum, do so within the first weekend of any month when museum admissions are mostly free. Or you may even time your stay with another festival yielding a bonanza or exhibitions at a much lower price.
#2: Watch out for cheap sleeps
One of the biggest daily expenses is accomodation and therefore it needs you to be choosy enough. Rates of rooms will vary depending on the place where you stay. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Champs-Elysees are too expensive with regards to the price but there are some other places too that you can explore. Hotel Tiquetonne offers some beautiful close-up views of the Eiffel Tower and it is cheap enough for a tourist on a budget. Another Hotel Monte Carlo is a unique one within your budget and is located near Opera. Single hotel room are rare in Paris and hence it is better not to book them.
#3: Freebies and discounts
Check out for all sorts of discounts and then build your itinerary around any such discounts which you think you’re eligible for. Citizens of EU who are below 26 years of age are given free admission to national monuments and museums which include Musee d’Orsay, Louvre, Musee Picasso, Sainte Chapelle and Musee Rodin. Obtaining Paris Museum Pass is a money saver for sightseers.
So, now you can realize that visiting Paris on a low budget isn’t something impossible. With a little bit of know-how on the cheap places and discounts available, you can definitely visit the City of Lights and also avoid blowing a hole in your wallet.