13 Tips on How to Tour Paris on a Budget

Want to save money on your upcoming trip to Paris? Well, you’re in luck, because we have a list of our top Paris budget travel tips. The City of Light might be Europe’s most visited, but it doesn’t need to be the most expensive. Find out how below!

  1. Save on getting into the city from the airport

If you’re flying into Charles de Gaulle Airport, don’t pay for a transfer from your hotel or an airport taxi – take the RER B line all the way to central Paris for just €10. If your hotel is near Gare Nord or Gare du Nord, you can also take the RER B line to Gare du Nord for €10. 

  1. Get online in Paris

Almost everywhere in Paris has free Wi-Fi now, so pick up a French SIM card or use your own device when you arrive in Paris and save on data costs. 

  1. Save on accommodation

You might be surprised at just how affordable accommodation can be in Paris with all of these tips. From hostels to hipster hotels to luxury retreats – there are some great deals available if you know where to look! 

  1. Save money with Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a great way to look for affordable accommodation in Paris, plus you’ll meet locals who will be happy to share their knowledge of the city with you. If your accommodation needs are really tight, it can also yield some free food and drinks thrown in! 

  1. Cheat the tourist menus

Don’t always opt for an expensive set menu when eating out in Paris – there are plenty of excellent budget alternatives available. For example, have lunch at an Italian restaurant instead of splurging on dinner at a French bistro. Look here for more details.

  1. Save on transport

The metro system in Paris is cheap, efficient, and fast. Pick up a carnet of tickets (usually 10 rides for €11.70) instead of paying per ride. Beyond that, consider walking or cycling to save even more money! 

  1. Check out free summer events

During the summer months, several outdoor activities are free – perfect if you’re trying to spend as little as possible while still enjoying yourself in Paris. 

  1. Save on drinks

When visiting bars or cafes in Paris, don’t feel obliged to order a round of beers or cocktails – even if you’re splitting with friends. Get yourself an affordable drink instead (like wine or water), then head around the corner to the supermarket where you can buy your own for less than half the price! 

10. Skip expensive museums 

You might be surprised at just how many free museums there are in Paris. All year round, there are several monuments which open their doors for absolutely free – so be sure to check them out. 

11. Go shopping at Monoprix

If you’re looking for cheap food, clothing, and essentials, check out Monoprix – which is similar to Bunnings or Coles back home. There are several throughout Paris, just look for signs saying ‘Monoprix’. 

12. Save on entry to attractions

Many of Paris’ top attractions have free entry. This includes the Louvre Museum (on the first Sunday of each month), Château de Versailles (multiple days every week), the Musée d’Orsay (on the first Sunday of every month), and more. You can also see a lot of Paris for free by strolling through its beautiful parks.

13. Save money on food: 

Don’t eat out every night if it’s not in your budget – stick to sandwiches for picnics instead. If you’re staying for longer than a week, try buying groceries from Monoprix as well as local markets such as Marché Bastille and Marché d’Aligre.