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How To Visit Paris On a Budget

Paris is one of Europe’s favourite and most romantic destinations, but most visits to the City of Lights come with a huge price tag. A cheap visit to Paris can be done, however, and below are a few of our tips to help you visit the French capital without it costing a fortune.

Research and plan before you go

Nobody likes to spend more time than they need to planning their holiday, but when visiting Paris, a few hours of research can pay off big-time. A few things you can get sorted before you leave the country include purchasing a cheap guidebook or even an audio guide. The prices of these are, unsurprisingly, much higher in the city itself, so bringing one with you can save you enough for a drink.

Also work out before leaving what sites you’d most like to see and try to stay close by to the ones you’re planning to visit.

Some of the best attractions are free

There are so many free things to do in Paris and amazingly, some of them are much better than the ones that will cost you a fortune.

The Notre-Dame cathedral is free to enter, even though the towers do cost to enter. You can enter the main part of the cathedral for free and even take a free English-language tour.

And spend some time relaxing at Paris’ many gardens. The Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Palais Royal and Parc du Champ de Mars are all free!

Cheap Accommodation
Despite what you may have seen in the movies, it is possible to visit Paris without staying in a hotel!

A self-catering apartment is a double saving as it will be much cheaper than a hotel and you even have the option of cooking your own meals some nights instead of having to dine out every meal.

And have a great range of self-catering apartments in Paris in different areas across the city, so you can be sure to find something that takes your fancy!

Don’t spend a fortune of food

Paris serves up some of the best gourmet food in Europe, if not the world. And while you’ll want to dine out some nights, also make the most of some of the cheaper food on offer at markets across the city. As well as being something tasty, the whole experience of a Parisian market is somewhat magical.

Try the markets at Rue Cler and Rue Montorgueil, which also hosts Paris’ oldest pastry shop, the Maison Stohrer.

And an unusual tip for an enjoyable cheap meal is the McDonalds at the Champs-Elysées. It is the perfect place to people watch while eating as you are in the perfect position to enjoy the famous view.

Buy a Navigo

For around €16 you can purchase the Carte Navigo for unlimited Metro and bus. Simply bring with you a stamp-sized photo and you should have no trouble. You can buy the Navigo on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday and it will then be valid for that week.

The Paris Visite card is also worth checking out and there are 1, 2, 3 or 5 day options.

Now that you have these tips to keep in mind, get planning your Paris holiday now and enjoy the City of Lights without breaking the bank!

Photo: Attribute to Flickr user ‘Glen Edelson’

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