It’s already been a few weeks from my trip to Paris mentioned here, but I didn’t want to write a “usual” post about it or just to say I’ve been there…if you read me since a while I think you know it, I want my posts to actually be useful and to have something special and worth to share!
So after thinking and thinking I came up with this idea: creating a mini-guide about how to visit Paris on a budget dividing it by categories which relate to aspects you consider when travelling. I hope it will be useful 😉
Transportation Deals + WalkWalkWalk!
Well, coming from one of the most expensive cities in the world (aka, London) the transportation costs in Paris didn’t seem that high to me but still, of course, it’s a cost! So, if you’re planning to visit areas which are far from each other in one day, getting the daily ticket is definitely convenient. Oh and if you’re between 20 and 26 during weekends you can buy daily tickets for just 4€! While if you’re planning to use the public transport for more than once during different days there are diverse options for touristic tickets, the Books of ten, called a “carnet” where you can buy 10 tickets at a discounted price, could be a great solution.
Anyway, I strooongly suggest you go around mainly by walk. Yes, Paris it’s a big city but when you’re immersed in exploring and discovering a new city you won’t even realise how much you actually walk since the view will totally enchant you! And if you’re tired, well Paris is full of lovely spots, parks or cute streets with benches and chairs where you can rest, regenerate and at the same time admire what’s around you! 🙂
Embrace the Boulangerie life
I love eating local food when travelling and I love it, even more, when I’m in a country where food is good practically everywhere so it’s not necessary to go at a restaurant to eat well. Luckily France is one of the hometowns of good food! In particular, the amazing boulangerie (baker’s shop) are the perfect solution for tasting the typical food, not spending too much and if you’re a kind of traveller that doesn’t stop even for lunch, most of them are taken away! In these boulangerie you’ll find bread, pastries, quiches, croissants…anything that is part of the “goodies” of the French food world is available in these shops.
While, if you’re looking for a place where to enjoy a good French dinner, sitting at a restaurant while drinking some amazing wine, reaching less famous arrondissments (areas of Paris) might be time-consuming but your wallet will thank you! For example the 5th arrondissements, in the area near Place Moge there are many cute and typical restaurants! Also, since they are less touristic areas, the food will be more close to the typical home-made food 😉
Discounts & Seasonal discounts not to underestimate
Most of the popular attractions in Paris are not for free so this could increase the overall price of your trip… BUT there are actually a few interesting deals! The first Sunday of the month all the museums are free, which yes, this implies that loads of people will be there but the trick is to be there earlier or to go there in timings where others won’t normally go 😉
Also, practically everywhere student discounts are available and in some places like the Arc de Triomphe european citizens enter for free (remember your ID or driving licence though 😉 )! Another thing that could make you save (quite a lot actually) is taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to reach Sacre Coeur for example. There are many steps to walk for sure, but while walking them you’ll admire the stunning view and appreciate more the final destination 🙂
What about you, have you ever been to Paris? Which are your hacks to visit this amazing city on a budget? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂