Paris on a shoestring

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:

http://budgettraveller.org/6-of-the-best-budget-places-to-stay-in-paris/

 

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!