Visit Paris on a budget

Montmartre - Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris

Paris is one of the most iconic and romantic cities in the world, famous for its beautiful architecture, and world-class museums and galleries. However, it’s also known for being one of the most expensive cities to visit. For travelers on a tight budget, it can be challenging to experience all that Paris has to offer without breaking the bank. That’s where this guide comes in: to help you explore and enjoy Paris on a budget.

In this guide, we’ll provide tips and insights on how to save money on everything from transportation and accommodation to food and entertainment. Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, we’ll show you how to make the most of your trip to Paris without overspending.

Some of the topics we’ll cover include how to find cheap flights to Paris, the best neighborhoods to stay in on a budget, and where to find affordable yet delicious food. We’ll also provide advice on how to get around the city without spending a fortune, as well as tips on the best time to visit Paris for budget travelers.

So, whether you’re looking to explore the city’s iconic landmarks or discover its hidden gems, this guide is the ultimate resource for experiencing Paris on a budget.



Getting to Paris on a Budget

One of the biggest expenses when traveling to Paris is getting there. However, with some careful planning, it’s possible to find affordable flights and alternative modes of transportation. Here are some tips to help you get to Paris on a budget:


Tips for finding cheap flights to Paris

Start by checking airline websites and aggregator sites for deals on flights to Paris. Be flexible with your travel dates and consider booking a round-trip ticket instead of one-way. Flying during the off-season or midweek can also help you save money. Additionally, consider using travel rewards points or miles to book your flights. One more alternative is to fly directly to the Beauvais airport which is about 1 hour and a half by bus from Paris and there are a lot of low-budget flight companies such as Ryanair that fly there.


Alternative modes of transportation to consider

If you’re coming from other parts of Europe, taking a train to Paris can be a more affordable option. You can also consider taking a bus, which can be cheaper but takes longer. Another option is to rent a car and drive to Paris, especially if you’re traveling with a group.


How to save money on transportation to and from the airport

Instead of taking a taxi or private car, consider taking public transportation to and from the airport. The RER train is a convenient and inexpensive option, with tickets starting at €10. You can also consider taking a bus or shuttle, or even walking if you’re staying in a nearby area.


Getting around Paris On A Budget​

Once you’ve arrived in Paris, you’ll need to figure out how to get around the city. Fortunately, Paris has an excellent public transportation system, and there are other affordable options for getting around the city.


1. Take public transport from Charles de Gaulle Airport

The RER train is the cheapest way to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to central Paris, with tickets costing around €10. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and there are the following RER B stations in Paris: Paris-Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Palais-Royal and Denfert-Rochereau. The train leaves every 15 minutes 10-15 minutes on weekdays.


Alternatively, you can take the Roissybus or the Orlybus for around €8-12. The journey time is approx. 60 minutes and costs €16.20. RoissyBus stops at Paris-CDG airport in the following terminals: Terminal 1 – Terminal 3 – Terminal 2AC – Terminal 2D – Terminal 2EF. It starts every 15 minutes from 6:00 am to 8:45 pm, and every 20 minutes from 8:45 pm to 00:30 am.


2. Skip taxis in Paris

Taxis in Paris can be expensive, especially during peak hours and in tourist areas. Instead, opt for the affordable public transportation system or walk to your destination. If you desperately want to get a taxi, get an uber instead.


3. Buy a pack of public transportation tickets

In Paris, you can purchase a “carnet” of 10 metro or bus tickets for a discounted price, which is a great way to save money on public transportation. These tickets are valid for use on buses, the metro, and the RER within Paris, and can be purchased at any metro station, bus station, or at some newsstands or tabacs around the city.

When you buy a carnet, the price per ticket is usually a bit cheaper than if you were to purchase individual tickets, and it’s a convenient way to have multiple tickets on hand without having to buy them one by one. Additionally, a single ticket is valid for transfers within 2 hours of the first validation, so you can use one ticket for multiple journeys within a certain time frame.

It’s important to note that you must validate your ticket before boarding public transportation, and that tickets are only valid for a certain period of time (usually 1-2 hours) after validation. Be sure to hold on to your ticket until the end of your journey, as ticket inspections are common on public transportation in Paris.


4. rent a bike!

Bike rentals are available throughout Paris, and the city’s bike-sharing system, Vélib’, is a great way to explore the city on a budget. You can rent a bike for as little as €5 per day or €15 per week, and there are many bike stations around the city. Vélib’ has over 14,000 bikes available at over 1,200 stations around Paris and the surrounding suburbs, making it easy to find and return a bike almost anywhere in the city.

To use the service, you can purchase a day, week, or year-long subscription, which gives you access to the bikes. Once you have a subscription, you can unlock a bike from any station by using a code or a smart card. You can then use the bike for up to 30 minutes at a time without incurring any additional fees, and can return it to any station when you’re finished. If you need to use the bike for longer, you can simply check it in and out of a station to restart the 30-minute free period.



Renting a bike with Vélib' can be an excellent way to explore Paris on a budget, as it allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly and easily and it's a great way to see some of Paris's beautiful parks and historic neighborhoods.

Explore Paris on a Budget

Paris is known for its numerous attractions, but exploring the city’s many sights can quickly add up. However, there are plenty of free and low-cost attractions in Paris that allow visitors to experience the city without breaking the bank.


5. Visit the Louvre for free

Admission to the famous Louvre Museum is free on the first Sunday of each month from October to March. It’s also free on Friday evenings for anyone under 26 who is a resident of the European Economic Area. Additionally, admission is free if you purchase a Paris Museum Pass. With this pass, you can visit the Louvre and many other museums and monuments in Paris for free.


6. Get discount at the Musée d’Orsay

The tickets to the museum cost only €10 on Thursdays, for visits starting at 6 pm (the museum closes at 9:45 pm). Entry is also free on the first Sunday of the month. Regular ticket prices are €14. Additionally, if you buy your ticket at the counter you will pay €14, and €16 if you buy it online. 


Paris - Musée D’Orsay

7. Free Museums!

There are a lot of Museums that are free on the first Sunday of the month between October and March. During the other months, admission is free for those under 26 and residents of the EU. The Louvre is free on Friday nights for everyone but be prepared for crowds because it is not a big secret! Here’s a list of museums that are free every first Sunday of the month:

  • The Louvre
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou
  • Musée National Picasso
  • Musée Rodin
  • Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
  • Musée National de l’Orangerie
  • Musée des Arts et Métiers
  • Musée National Gustave Moreau
  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
  • Musée National Eugène Delacroix
  • Musée National Gustave Moreau
  • Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner
  • Musée National du Moyen Âge – Thermes de Cluny
  • Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
  • Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
  • Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet


Another great thing about Paris is that makes museums accessible for everyone and it provides free entry to some of the museums all year round. 

Free permanent collections

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac (free admission to the collections, 
  • Musée Bourdelle (free admission to only a part of the collections during exhibitions)
  • Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
  • Musée Cernuschi
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay (free admission to only a part of the collections during exhibitions)
  • Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Victor Hugo
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique


Free entry

  • Musée national de la Légion d’honneur et des ordres de chevalerie
  • Musée – Librairie du Compagnonnage
  • Musée Curie (Institut du radium)
  • Nouveau musée du parfum Fragonard
  • Musée de la Préfecture de Police

You can find the complete list of the museums here.


8. Buy a Paris Museum Pass

There are so many museums and attractions in Paris that ticket costs can rapidly add up. The Paris Museum Pass will come in handy. It provides free and discounted entry to 60 museums and monuments throughout the city, as well as the ability to bypass ticket lines! Prices are as follows: €48 for two days,  €62 for four days, and €74 for six days. If you plan to visit more than three museums, then definitely it’s worth it.


Opening Hours And Ticket Price

The Paris Museum Paris also includes The Palace of Versailles!

9. Free walking tours in Paris

There are several companies that offer free walking tours in Paris. Here are a few options:

  • Sandemans New Europe: This company offers a variety of free walking tours in Paris, including a general city tour, a Montmartre tour, a Paris landmarks tour, and a street art tour. The tours are led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, and operate on a pay-what-you-wish basis, meaning you can tip the guide at the end of the tour based on your level of satisfaction.
  • Free Tours by Foot: This company offers a number of free walking tours in Paris, covering a variety of neighborhoods and themes. Their guides are all licensed and knowledgeable, and the tours operate on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • City Free Tour: This company offers a free general city walking tour in Paris, led by professional, licensed guides. The tour covers many of the major sights and attractions in the city and also operates on a pay-what-you-wish basis.

It’s worth noting that while the tours themselves are free, it’s always a good idea to bring some cash to tip your guide at the end, as they rely on these tips to make a living.


10. See The Paris sights For Free

There are several ways to see the sights of Paris for free, including walking around the city, visiting the parks, attending free events, and exploring the city’s neighborhoods.


View The Eiffel Tower From Trocadero Square

The Eiffel Tower is the iconic symbol of Paris that every traveler wants to see. But did you know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the best view of this iconic structure? If you want to see the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, head to Trocadero Square, located across the Seine River from the tower.

Trocadero Square is not only free to visit, but it’s also one of the most instagrammable spots to see the Eiffel Tower from a distance. From the square, you can get a clear and unobstructed view of the entire tower, and at night, it’s beautifully lit up, making for an unforgettable sight.

If you are looking for a great way to see the Eiffel Tower without breaking the bank, we definitely recommend you head to Trocadero Square.


Paris - Galeries LaFayette Observation Deck​

Galeries LaFayette Observation Deck

If you’re looking for an incredible view of Paris for free, a visit to the Galeries Lafayette observation deck is a must. This famous department store, located in the heart of the city, boasts a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city.

The observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of Paris, with famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Opera Garnier, and the Sacré-Cœur all visible from the top. Best of all, it’s completely free to visit, making it a perfect option for budget-conscious travelers.

To reach the observation deck, take the elevator to the top floor of the store. Once you’re there, step outside onto the terrace and prepare to be wowed by the breathtaking views. The terrace is open during regular store hours, so you can visit at your convenience.

While you’re there, take the opportunity to do a little window shopping as well. The Galeries Lafayette is known for its designer brands and high-end fashions, so you can admire the latest styles while you take in the view.

Don’t miss this hidden gem in the heart of Paris!



We highly recommend you visit the Galeries LaFayette observation deck hour late in the afternoon in order to enjoy the sunset!

Relax in the Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens is a must-visit spot in Paris, and the best part is that it’s completely free! This sprawling garden is the perfect place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the city. The Luxembourg Gardens has a wide variety of activities to offer. You can take a stroll through the gardens and admire the beautiful flowers, statues, and fountains. You can also grab a blanket and have a picnic on the lush green lawns.

The gardens have plenty of chairs and benches where you can relax and soak up the sun and read a book. In addition, there is a playground for children, making it a great spot for families.

The gardens often feature live music performances and art exhibitions, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a cultural experience without spending a dime.


Paris - Champs-Élysées

Walk Along The Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Paris. The wide boulevard stretches for over a mile, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, and is lined with high-end shops, cafes, and theaters. But you don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy the beauty of the Champs-Élysées.

One of the best ways to experience the avenue is to simply take a stroll along the sidewalk. As you walk, take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city around you. You’ll see everything from luxury cars and fashionable locals to street performers and tourists snapping photos.

If you’re looking for a place to relax, there are several parks and green spaces along the avenue. The Jardin des Champs-Élysées is a lovely garden filled with fountains, sculptures, and plenty of benches to sit and take in the scenery.


Paris - Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, standing at the end of the Champs-Élysées. You can climb the stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for stunning views of the city. From the observation deck, you can see the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and many other Parisian landmarks.

Keep in mind that the entry fee can be a bit expensive, but it’s free to visit the monument itself and admire it from the outside.


Walk Along The River Seine

Strolling along the River Seine is a perfect way to explore Paris on a budget. You can take a walk along the riverbank and enjoy some of the most iconic sights in Paris for free. The river stretches over 13 kilometers and is surrounded by charming cafés, bars, and bookstalls. As you walk, you can enjoy the views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and other famous landmarks. You can also take a seat on one of the benches that line the riverbank and enjoy this magical atmosphere.

Along the way, you can also stop at some of the many bridges that span the Seine. The Pont des Arts is a popular pedestrian bridge, where lovers come to place a lock and throw the key into the river. The Pont Neuf is one of the oldest bridges in Paris, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset over the city.


Paris - Basilique Du Sacré Coeur

See Basilique Du Sacré Coeur

If you’re looking for breathtaking views of Paris without breaking the bank, visiting the Basilique Du Sacré Coeur is a must-see on your trip. This beautiful basilica is located on top of a hill in the charming neighborhood of Montmartre and offers stunning panoramic views of the city.

Not only is the entrance to the basilica free, but you can also save money by taking a self-guided tour instead of purchasing a guided one. After exploring the inside of the basilica, take a stroll around the surrounding neighborhood of Montmartre. 

Overall, the Basilique Du Sacré Coeur is a budget-friendly way to take in some of the best views of Paris. It’s also a great opportunity to explore one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods and experience the local Parisian culture. So, don’t miss out on this gem and add it to your itinerary for an unforgettable trip to Paris!


Stroll the Streets Of Montmartre

Montmartre is a charming neighborhood in Paris that is perfect for travelers on a budget who are looking for a unique and picturesque experience. One of the best ways to explore Montmartre is to take a stroll through its winding streets and alleys. As you wander through the neighborhood, you’ll come across plenty of cafes, shops, and street performers. The area is also home to the famous Moulin Rouge and the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which offer stunning views of the city.

One of the must-see spots in Montmartre is the Place du Tertre, a small square filled with artists selling their work. When it comes to budget-friendly activities, Montmartre is a great option. It’s free to walk around the neighborhood and soak in the atmosphere, and many of the cafes and restaurants offer affordable prices compared to more touristy areas in Paris.


Stroll The Jardin Des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is a stunning park and it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. As you stroll through the lush gardens, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful flowers, fountains, and sculptures. The Jardin des Tuileries is also home to several free activities, making it an excellent spot for budget-conscious travelers.

Another highlight of the Jardin des Tuileries is the lovely pond, where you can see in the chairs and enjoy the view of the park. The Jardin des Tuileries is also an excellent spot to have a picnic or grab a snack. There are plenty of benches and green spaces to sit down and enjoy a meal. You can even find some of the best ice creams in Paris at one of the many vendors scattered throughout the park.


See the street art of street artists

Paris is not only famous for its historical monuments, but also for its vibrant street art scene. One of the best ways to experience this is by taking a stroll around the city and discovering the works of talented street artists. And the best part? It’s completely free!

Exploring the street art scene in Paris is not only a great way to experience the city’s artistic culture, but also a budget-friendly activity that’s perfect for travelers. So grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and start exploring the vibrant and colorful world of street art in Paris!


Paris - Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

This vast and sprawling cemetery is the final resting place of some of the city’s most famous residents, including writers, artists, and musicians. Take a stroll through the winding paths and marvel at the ornate tombstones, elaborate monuments, and towering mausoleums.

One of the most popular graves to visit is that of Jim Morrison, the legendary frontman of The Doors. His grave is often covered in graffiti, which only adds to the ambiance of the cemetery. But there are plenty of other notable figures buried here, including Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and Frederic Chopin.

Visiting Père Lachaise Cemetery won’t cost you a single euro. It’s completely free to wander the grounds and pay your respects to the famous residents.


Paris - Montparnasse Cemetery

The Montparnasse Cemetery

The Montparnasse Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful place, where you can pay your respects to some of the most famous artists, writers, and philosophers in history. The cemetery is the final resting place of many well-known figures, including Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, and Charles Baudelaire. 

The Montparnasse Cemetery is a budget-friendly attraction, as the entrance is free. It is easily accessible by public transportation, and you can spend as little or as much time as you want to wander through the cemetery.


Wander the medieval streets of Le Marais

Le Marais is a charming district located in the heart of Paris, offering visitors a glimpse into the city’s medieval past. As you wander through the narrow, winding streets of this historic neighborhood, you’ll find an array of fascinating architecture, including half-timbered houses and impressive mansions.

One of the most notable landmarks in Le Marais is the Place des Vosges, a beautiful public square surrounded by red brick townhouses with steeply pitched roofs. It’s a great spot to relax especially on a sunny day. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Jewish Quarter, where you can sample delicious falafel and other Middle Eastern delicacies.

For those on a budget, wandering the streets of Le Marais is completely free, and offers a unique and fascinating insight into the history and culture of Paris.


Parc du champ de Mar

Parc du Champ de Mars is one of the most beautiful and popular public parks located right in front of the Eiffel Tower, and it’s the perfect spot to relax and take in the stunning views of this iconic landmark.

The Parc du Champ de Mars is also a great place for a variety of activities, from jogging and biking to picnicking. For travelers on a budget, the Parc du Champ de Mars is a great option for a fun, relaxing, and affordable day out.


Take photos of the prettiest streets in Paris

Paris is a city of stunning beauty, and one of the best ways to experience it is by wandering through its charming streets. If you’re on a budget, one of the best activities is to take photos of the prettiest streets in Paris. There are many picturesque streets that will leave you in awe, and the best part is that it’s completely free.

The Marais neighborhood is one of the most photogenic areas in the city, with its cobbled streets, colorful buildings, and quirky boutiques. Another area that offers a feast for the eyes is Montmartre, famous for its bohemian vibes, lively atmosphere, and stunning views. The Latin Quarter is another charming neighborhood that offers endless photo opportunities, with its narrow streets, cozy cafes, and iconic architecture. Don’t miss the Rue Mouffetard, a bustling street with a lively market and mouth-watering food stalls.

If you’re looking for a truly Parisian experience, head to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest and most fashionable neighborhoods in Paris. Its cobblestone streets, elegant cafes, and designer shops are perfect for capturing the essence of the city.


Discover La Butte aux Cailles micro-arrondissement

La Butte aux Cailles is a charming micro-neighborhood located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. This hidden gem is the perfect place to stroll through its narrow, winding streets lined with colorful houses and unique boutiques. Take in the street art adorning many of the buildings, which adds to the neighborhood’s quirky and bohemian vibe.

La Butte aux Cailles is also known for its delightful cafes, trendy bars, and restaurants, many of which offer affordable prices for a delicious meal or drink.

Overall, La Butte aux Cailles is a charming and affordable destination that is perfect for those looking to experience the lesser-known side of Paris. Don’t miss this hidden gem on your next trip to the City of Light!


Just get lost in the streets of Paris

Sometimes the best way to truly experience a city is to get lost in its streets, and Paris is no exception. The City of Light is known for its charming architecture, bustling cafes, and picturesque parks, and wandering through its streets is a wonderful way to soak in the atmosphere and culture of the city.

As you meander through the different neighborhoods, you’ll stumble upon hidden gems and unexpected sights that you may have missed otherwise. From street performers to quaint bookshops to colorful street art, there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

So put on some comfortable shoes, grab a map, and head out to explore the magical streets of Paris. You never know what treasures you might discover!


11. Enjoy the festivals in Paris

Paris is a city that never runs out of things to celebrate, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the festivities. There are many free or low-cost events that take place throughout the year, from music and cultural festivals to seasonal celebrations.

One of the most popular festivals is the Fête de la Musique, which takes place on the summer solstice every year. Musicians of all genres take to the streets to perform, and the whole city becomes a giant concert venue. Another popular event is the Paris Plages, where the banks of the Seine are transformed into a beach paradise during the summer months. Here you can relax, sunbathe, and enjoy a range of activities for free.

The Festival d’Automne is a contemporary arts festival that takes place from September to December and includes theater, dance, music, and visual arts. There’s also the Nuit Blanche, an all-night festival of art, music, and performance that takes place in October.

For foodies, there are many festivals that celebrate the city’s world-famous cuisine. The Fête de la Gastronomie is a celebration of French food and wine that takes place in September, while the Salon du Chocolat is a chocolate lover’s paradise, featuring tastings, workshops, and demonstrations.


What to eat in Paris on a budget

Paris is a city known for its incredible food, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money to eat well. There are plenty of budget-friendly options for travelers looking to save money on food. Here’s a list of things you need to do to eat on a budget in Paris:


12. Eat lunch at outdoor markets

If you’re looking for a delicious yet budget-friendly meal in Paris, one great option is to head to the city’s many outdoor markets for lunch. There are a wide variety of markets to choose from in Paris, from the famous Marché des Enfants Rouges in the Marais district to the Marché d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement. At these markets, you’ll find vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to cheeses, meats, and baked goods.

One of the best things about eating at these markets is that you can easily put together a delicious and filling meal for just a few euros. Pick up some baguette, cheese, and charcuterie for a classic French picnic, or try some of the hot food options like crepes or grilled meats. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a refreshing drink like freshly squeezed juice or a cup of coffee.

Eating lunch at outdoor markets is not only a great way to save money on food, but it’s also a fun and unique way to experience the local culture and cuisine. Plus, many of these markets are open daily or weekly, so you can easily make it a regular part of your Paris itinerary.



13. Buy the basic from the grocery store

If you’re traveling on a budget in Paris, one way to save money on food is by heading to the grocery store for basics. While it’s tempting to dine at the city’s many acclaimed restaurants, sometimes a homemade meal can be just as satisfying and easy on your wallet.

You’ll find that many grocery stores in Paris have a great selection of fresh produce, bread, cheese, and meats. The open-air markets are also great places to pick up fresh ingredients for a picnic or a homemade meal. In addition to grocery stores and markets, there are also many convenience stores in Paris where you can stock up on staples like bread, eggs, and milk.

Another option is to visit one of the many bakeries in Paris, where you can find freshly baked bread and pastries at reasonable prices. Many of these bakeries also sell sandwiches and other savory treats that you can enjoy on the go or in a nearby park.

14. Go for a drink at hostels

If you’re looking for a way to socialize and save money on drinks in Paris, hostels might be the perfect solution. Many hostels have their own bars, where you can enjoy a variety of drinks at a reasonable price. Grab a drink at the hostel bar and strike up a conversation with your fellow travelers. 

Additionally, some hostels also offer happy hours or other promotions on drinks, so be sure to check with the staff for any specials. However, it’s worth noting that hostels are not the only option for budget-friendly drinks in Paris. You can also look for happy hour deals at local bars and cafes, or check out a wine shop or grocery store for a bottle of wine to enjoy at your accommodation or in a park.


15. Fill up your water bottle around town

Staying hydrated while exploring Paris is important, but buying bottled water can quickly add up and strain your budget. Luckily, there are plenty of places around the city where you can refill your water bottle for free.

One great option is to look for public water fountains, or “fontaines d’eau” in French. These can be found in many parks, squares, and other public spaces throughout the city, and provide a convenient and free source of drinking water. You can also look for water fountains inside many museums and other tourist attractions.

We advise you to carry your own reusable water bottle around with you. This will not only help you save money on water, but it’s also a more sustainable choice for the environment.


16. Eat away from the tourist centers

The best way to save money on food in Paris is to eat away from the tourist centers. While the areas around major attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre might have plenty of tempting food options, they are often more expensive due to the high demand from tourists.

To save money on meals, head to neighborhoods where locals live and eat. Some great options include the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and the Canal Saint-Martin. Here, you’ll find plenty of affordable cafes and restaurants that serve delicious French food without the tourist markup.

By eating away from the tourist centers, you’ll not only save money but also have a more authentic experience, discovering new neighborhoods and local cuisine.


Where to stay in Paris on a budget

17. Stay in hostels

If you’re traveling to Paris on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by staying in hostels. Hostels are a popular option for budget travelers, as they provide affordable accommodation while also offering an atmosphere that is great for meeting other travelers.

Paris has a wide range of hostels for different budgets and needs. You can choose from traditional dormitory-style rooms, private rooms, or even apartments. Hostels also offer a variety of amenities such as free Wi-Fi, communal kitchens, laundry facilities, and sometimes even free breakfast.

Staying in a hostel is not only an affordable way to travel, but it also allows you to meet other travelers from all over the world. You can share tips and stories about your travel experiences, make new friends, and possibly even find travel buddies for your next destination.


When looking for a hostel, make sure to read reviews and check the hostel's location. Some hostels may be located further away from the city center, but they may offer cheaper rates. However, it's important to also consider the transportation costs and time to get to the main tourist attractions.

18. Couchsurf

Couchsurfing is a popular way for budget-conscious travelers to experience Paris without breaking the bank. If you’re not familiar with the term, Couchsurfing is a hospitality exchange network where locals offer up their spare couches, beds, or rooms to travelers in exchange for cultural exchange and the opportunity to meet new people from around the world.

In Paris, Couchsurfing can be an excellent option for those looking to save money on accommodation while experiencing the city like a local. Not only can you save money on lodging, but you also have the opportunity to make new friends and gain local insights on what to see and do in the city.

One of the benefits of Couchsurfing is that it’s completely free. However, it’s important to remember that Couchsurfing is not a hotel or a professional service. When Couchsurfing in Paris, it’s important to keep in mind that hosts may have certain expectations, such as helping with household chores or cooking a meal. However, these expectations should be clearly communicated in advance, so you know what to expect.



Couchsurfing can be a great way to save money, it's essential to exercise caution and use common sense when meeting new people. If something doesn't feel right, it's better to find alternative accommodations.

Montmartre - La Maison Rose, Paris

19. Use Airbnb

If you’re looking for affordable accommodations in Paris, using Airbnb can be a great option for budget-conscious travelers. Airbnb allows you to rent out apartments, rooms, or even couches from locals, providing you with a unique experience that you might not get from a traditional hotel.

One of the advantages of using Airbnb is that you can find places to stay in less touristy areas of Paris, which can often be more affordable than central locations. Additionally, you can save money on food by cooking your meals in the apartment’s kitchen.

So, if you’re looking for budget-friendly accommodations in Paris, be sure to consider Airbnb as an option.


20. Stay in an affordable neighborhood

Another great way to save money on accommodation is to stay in an affordable neighborhood. Fortunately, Paris has many options to save money.

One of the best areas for budget travelers is the 10th arrondissement, which is located in the northeast of the city. This neighborhood has many budget hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Another great option is the 20th arrondissement, which is located in the east of the city. This neighborhood has a mix of residential and commercial areas and is known for its bohemian vibe. It’s also home to many budget-friendly hotels and guesthouses.

If you want to stay in a more central location, the Latin Quarter is a good option. This neighborhood is home to many universities, so there are plenty of affordable accommodations aimed at students. Plus, the Latin Quarter is close to many of the city’s main attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sorbonne.


Best time to visit Paris on a budget

Paris is a year-round destination, but there are certainly times that are better than others for travelers traveling on a budget.

First of all, it’s important to remember that Paris is a popular tourist destination, so prices can be high no matter when you go. The best time to visit Paris on a budget is during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, or during the winter months if you don’t mind the cold.

Another consideration when planning a budget-friendly trip to Paris is to avoid major holidays and events, such as Christmas, New Year’s, and the Paris Fashion Week in January and July. Prices for accommodation and flights can skyrocket during these times, so it’s best to plan your trip accordingly.


tips for your trip to Paris on a budget

To summarize, the idea of visiting Paris on a budget can be intimidating, especially when it is known for its high prices. However, there are a few tips and tricks that make it possible to enjoy Paris on a budget without sacrificing experiences:

  • Plan ahead: Book your flights, accommodation, and activities in advance to get the best deals.
  • Use public transportation: Paris has extensive public transportation and you should consider buying a multi-day pass to save even more money.
  • Eat local and avoid tourist areas: Eating local, try street food, affordable cafes, and markets.
  • Visit museums and attractions for free: Take advantage of free admission on certain days to save money.
  • Walk and explore the city: Walking around is a great way to explore the hidden gems of Paris.
  • Shop at flea markets: Paris has many flea markets, where you can find affordable souvenirs, clothing, and accessories. 
  • Stay in affordable accommodation: Paris has many affordable options for accommodation, including hostels, apartments, and budget hotels. 

FAQ about traveling to Paris on a budget

There are definitely a lot of questions when planning to visit Paris on a budget. We will try to answer as many as we can for you to make your experience memorable. If you have more questions, please leave a comment and we will try to answer all of them!


Romantic things to do in paris on a budget

  • Picnic in the park: Grab some bread, cheese, and wine from a local market and head to one of Paris’ beautiful parks, such as the Luxembourg Gardens or the Champ de Mars. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a romantic picnic with your loved one.
  • Stroll along the Seine River: The Seine River is one of the most romantic spots in Paris, with its charming bridges, riverboats, and stunning views. Take a stroll along the river banks or rent a bike and cycle together.
  • Explore Montmartre: This charming hilltop neighborhood is known for its bohemian vibe and stunning views of the city. Take a romantic walk along the cobblestone streets, visit the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
  • Watch the sunset from the Galeries LaFayette: Watching the sunset from the Galeries Lafayette is a beautiful and romantic activity to do in Paris and it is completely free, making it a great option for travelers on a budget.


paris for families on a budget

Paris is often thought of as a romantic city for couples, but it’s also a great destination for families traveling on a budget. Here are some budget-friendly things for families to do in Paris:

  • Visit the Jardin des Plantes: This beautiful botanical garden is home to a zoo, natural history museum, and a variety of gardens. It’s a great place for kids to learn about the natural world while enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Explore the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont: This sprawling park has winding paths, a lake, waterfalls, and even a suspended bridge. It’s perfect for a picnic or a game of frisbee, and the views of Paris from the hilltop are stunning.
  • Take a free walking tour: Paris is full of history and culture, and a walking tour is a great way to explore the city and learn something new. Many companies offer free walking tours that cover various neighborhoods and landmarks.
  • Check out the Parc de la Villette: This park is home to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, a science museum with interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. The park also has a playground, gardens, and an outdoor cinema in the summer.
  • Enjoy street performers at Montmartre: This charming neighborhood is famous for its steep, winding streets and the beautiful Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It’s also a great place to watch street performers and artists at work.
  • Visit the Île de la Cité: This island in the Seine is home to Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle, both of which are must-visit landmarks in Paris. The island also has a playground and a small garden, perfect for a picnic.

Paris can be an expensive city, but with a little bit of planning, it’s possible to have a wonderful family vacation on a budget. Don’t forget to try some delicious French pastries and breads while you’re there!


paris honeymoon on a budget

Paris is known as the City of Love, making it an excellent destination for honeymooners looking to create lasting memories without spending a fortune.

One of the best ways to save money is to book your accommodation in advance. You can find great deals on hotels, hostels, and vacation rentals by using travel booking websites. Be sure to compare prices, amenities, and locations to find the best fit for you and your partner.

Paris is also full of free and low-cost activities that are perfect for a honeymoon. To add a bit of romance to your trip, take a sunset cruise along the Seine or pack a picnic and enjoy a romantic dinner in one of Paris’s many parks. You can also take a stroll through and enjoy the Luxembourg Gardens or the Tuileries Garden.

Don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine, as Paris is known for its delicious food. You can save money by eating at local cafes and restaurants away from tourist hotspots. Consider trying a picnic-style meal of bread, cheese, and wine while enjoying the sunset.

If you’re looking for a unique and budget-friendly experience, consider a day trip to Versailles or Giverny, where you can visit the beautiful gardens and stunning architecture.


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