Are you planning a budget trip in Paris? Here are some tips on how to get the utmost of the city spending the least:
Getting Euros in Paris
Do not exchange currency before getting into Paris. The best way to have Euros is by ATM withdrawal or by charging all your shopping to your credit card. It is advisable to contact your bank to be informed on the charges before travelling.
Booking your accommodation in Paris
When booking a lodging, you can choose a hotel with breakfast included. If you find hard to find a hotel with free breakfast, going out to have delicious pastries, orange juice and some coffee in a Parisian cafeteria will make you save more money than paying an extra charge for the breakfast in the hotel.
If you are travelling with your personal laptop and the budget accommodation you have found doesn’t boast free Internet connection, don’t worry: Paris is one of the cities with more free Internet Wi-Fi spots along its parks, libraries and major public areas!
Visiting Paris for free
If you are flexible and you can travel the first week of the month and stay in Paris through the weekend, then you are lucky! During all the year, some of the most famous Paris museums are open for free visits the first Sunday of each month. Among this museums, you can get access to the Louvre Museum, the D’Orsay Museum and the Picasso Museum.
However, if you don’t have the chance to travel to Paris during the first weekend of the month, here you have a list of all-year-round free attractions in Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris, Musée Cernuschi, Musée du Compagnonnage, Musée Curie (Institut du radium), Musée du Parfum-Fragonard/Théâtre musée des Capucines-Fragonard, Petit Palais, Maison de Balzac, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, Histoire de Paris, Musée de la Préfecture de Police, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Zadkine.
Shopping in the City of Lights
Let you bewitch by the elegant and design boutiques you will find in Paris, window shop until you get exhausted, but when it comes to buy your items you may go into the large Department Stores or the Flea Markets, such as Marché aux Puces d’Aligre, Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, Le Village St-Paul.
Filling your stomach
Dining facilities in Paris are usually not that cheap. To save some money in food and drinks, you can drink tap water: ordering bottled water in restaurants is quite expensive.
Making your lunch your largest meal of the day will help you keep some money on your pocket. Most Paris dining venues offer big deals in fix-priced menus at lunch time that can include up to an appetizer, first course, second course and dessert, as well as tips and taxes.
Photo of shop window in Paris by Yo x YNTL