Paris is the world center of luxurious goods, the fashion capital, owner of some of the best gourmet restaurants and home to the world famous iconic monuments and museums. Certainly all this makes Paris one of the most expensive city. But, if you are thinking you will have to spend a fortune to enjoy the City of lights, then the answer is No!
You don’t have to win a jackpot for a fun vacation in Paris. It is absolutely possible to have an economical trip. Here are some ways to save some euros as you explore the best.
Travel During off Season
Although the summers and springs are the most beautiful, but the low season has its own charm. The crowds are thin and the top attractions which are usually jam packed with tourists are comparatively less crowded. The airfares also go down, plus the posh hotels may then fit your budget.
Travel and Transportation
Paris has an excellent transportation system which offers Paris bus tours, Hop-On, Hop-off bus tours and likewise with top attractions and picturesque routes. The Paris public bus system is a great accessible option for getting around the city and is also budget friendly.
Paris by Foot
There’s no better way to see Paris than on foot. Navigate a trip along the city’s neighborhood without spending a penny. It is not only a pleasant experience, but you will discover why Paris is considered as one of the most romantic destination.
You can enjoy the great outdoors in sprawling and well-manicured Parisian Gardens. The best urban escapes include the Jardin des Tuileries, with overlooks the Louvre and the Seine and the super-sized palace Jardin du Luxembourg. The Parc de la Villette is the best spot in the city for kids with endless opportunities for fun with 10 themed gardens with climbing structures, unusual sculptures and a tall and twisting dragon slide.
Parisian churches are beautiful with classic artwork and architecture; and live music attracting a lot of tourists. Entry to the Notre Dame Cathedral is free, though it does cost money to explore the towers. Saint-Merri Church hosts free concerts on Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
You can also visit places like, the Latin Quarter for café hopping, lively restaurants and jazzy bars. Montmartre for panoramic city views and charming streets. And for a truly romantic and magical experience take a walk after dusk and watch the city sparkle with thousands of dazzling lights. Watch the Eiffel Tower fully illuminated in all its glittering glory and take a walk along the banks of the Seine.
Free and Discounted Museums
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the world famous artwork at the city’s best museums. You can explore museums for no charge at all, check out the free permanent collection at the Petit Palais and the Musée D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
For other famous museums you may buy a Paris Museum Pass to save money on entrance fees for museums including the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Musee Rodin, Centre Pompidou, Versailles and the Arc de Triomphe.
If you know where to go, then eating is quite cheap in Paris. Nosh on one or two nice meals of cheap and delicious Paris street food. You can stock up your food baskets from the outdoor markets; selling ready to eat food, fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, etc. which are readily available all over the city. You can relish on scrumptious Parisian cuisine from a good-value restaurants and cafés in the capital such as, Foyer de la Madeleine, Le Bambou, Le Baratin, Breizh Café, Le Hide,etc. You can also enjoy a picnic and laze away the day under the Eiffel Tower or in any of the city’s park.
Shop the Sales
If you are visiting Paris in January or July, you may notch some bargains during the citywide sale period. Otherwise, you may save some cash surfing at the city’s great flea markets or window-shopping along the Champs-Elysees.Other famous outdoor markets are at Porte de Clignancourt and Marché aux puces where you can find cheap, imported goods to antique wears and fancy clothing. Another option for shopping can be the dozens of vintage shops in Paris where you can find quality of vintage items on sale. Find these vintage shops at Montmartre, behind metro Abbesses, Chine Machine. Near Hotel de Ville and the Centre Pompidou is another top spot for tons of vintage shops.
After reading this you may now plan a strategy, pack your bags and have the long awaited trip to Paris without breaking the bank. Happy journey!