The lights, the art, the food: Paris is a must-see city for any world traveler. Unfortunately, it also has a reputation for being notoriously expensive. But just like any other city, you can find a way to get around Paris on a shoestring budget — so long as you know the right tips and tricks. Here are some of our best ways to save money and still savor the full Parisian experience.
Lodging & Accommodations
Hotels are expensive, there’s no getting around that. Luckily, the Internet provides a whole range of alternative lodging options for people who are willing to think outside the box. Sites like Airbnb or VRBO can offer affordable options for people traveling in groups; solo travelers or couples might try finding a local host through Couchsurfing. That way, you can get a taste of what it’s really like to live in Paris from someone who knows.
Eating & Dining
France is famous for its delicious, decadent food. The good news is that you can fill up on it just about anywhere. Ditch the restaurants for a few meals and check out the local markets instead. Bread, cheese, fruit, and plenty of wine make for a cheap and satisfying picnic along the Seine or in a local park.
Entertainment & Sightseeing
Many of the most famous sights in Paris are free to look at (and very affordable if you want to go inside). The Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Champs-Elysees — you could easily spend your entire visit just admiring the view. Paris itself is very walkable, but for trips a bit further outside the city center, skip the taxi and use the very efficient Metro system instead for getting around.
You don’t have to break the bank to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With a little bit of planning and some smart money-saving tips, you can get the full Parisian experience for less than your rent at home. C’est chic!
h/t: Rosie Leizrowice