Paris on a shoestring
Paris is one of the world’s more expensive cities, and we’re sure you’d rather spend your hard-earned dollars on food, drink and shopping, rather than under-sized and over-priced hotel rooms. If you’re visiting Paris on a shoestring, one way to economize is to find good deals on accommodations. Here are some suggestions to stretch your budget:
Some other money-saving strategies:
- When the weather is nice, plan to picnic in one of the city’s beautiful parks
- And, if you’re traveling with children, there are many low-cost activities in the parks
- When dining out, order a carafe of water (“un carafe d’eau s’il vous plait”) rather than bottled water.
- Check out the City of Paris museums, admission to their permanent collections is free, see http://www.paris.fr/english/museums/municipal-museums/p8229 for a listing
- Admission to national museums, such as the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay is free on the first Sunday of the month
- WALK!! Paris is best experienced one step at a time
- Use public transportation. We love taking the bus to get around Paris. With even rudimentary French and a bit of patience, you can plan your bus itineraries using the Paris transport system website, http://www.ratp.fr/
Visiting Paris on a shoestring can be challenging, but fun as well!