Summary: Everyone knows that Paris is quite an expensive city. But why should you miss such a great place just because of your budget? Nothing is impossible. One week in Paris for $590 including accommodation, food, public transportation and museums. Here are a few tips that will help you visit the French capital without spending all your money.
Accommodation is usually what costs the most. Still, you can find good deals by renting for a week instead of staying in hostels, which are not less than $50 on average. We suggest you check “petites annonces Paris” online (which refers to the classifieds section) and look for vacation rentals.
We don’t recommend that you stay in the suburban area just because the accommodation is cheaper, because you might pay the difference in transportation.
Of course, the best way to visit Paris is through Couchsurfing.
This is what you will spend if you avoid expensive restaurants. You can eat very well in Paris buying your food in supermarkets and bakeries.
WiFi is not available everywhere, but you can always get online at McDonald’s. McDonald’s has proven time and again to be a soul saver with their free and reliable WiFi access.
This is an expense you can’t avoid unless you want to visit Paris online, just staying in your room—which I’d assume you don’t want to do, right? So, the cheapest ticket is the weekly pass ($26), but that doesn’t include the weekends. In general, we found that the best deal is the day pass (Mobilis), which gives you the freedom to choose other transportation (for example, “the vélib” – bike – at $2/day) for other days without feeling that you have to use your weekly pass to recoup your cost. You can take both subway and buses with the Mobilis pass. Here are some different plans and prices that the RATP (Parisian subway company) offers:
• Paris +airports 5 days: $77
• Mobilis 1 day: $8.77 = $61.39/7 days
• Navigo 1 week (from Monday to Friday): $26.32
There are a lot of monuments and museums in Paris, and it is really difficult to visit them all in one week—even with a substantial budget. The cheapest option is to simply see them from the outside without paying for the entrance, which is already awesome (and this is what we usually do). Here is some information about prices:
• Museum pass: From $ 52, valid for 2 days for visiting over 60 museums
• Average price per museum: From $9 to $24
• Le Louvre museum costs: $ 16
Note that many museums are free the first Sunday of each month.
We suggest that you choose the one you’re dying for and just take photos of the others from outside. Paris is a beautiful city, and just walking around is great.
All parks in Paris are pleasant, but here is our selection:
A popular place for both locals and foreigners, in the very heart of Paris. Though this is an old district, there are some modern buildings such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, a huge library that you can visit, and the shopping mall Les Halles. Métro Châtelet-Les Halles.
The oldest district of Paris. A lot of students hang around because of the nearby Sorbonne university. It is lively 24 hours per day, and you will find a bunch of restaurants and cafes of all kinds, plus cinemas, libraries, and shops. Métro St Michel or Odéon 5th and 6th arrondissement.
Located in the 18th arrondissement, métro Abbesses, this place used to be a separate village from Paris, and is the district where all kinds of artists used to gather from all over Europe. It is always very crowded, as it is a very typical Parisian neighborhood. We recommend that you come at the end of the day to enjoy the view of Paris from the Sacre Cœur Basilica, and the very intense nightlife.
This district has nothing special to offer in itself except an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. Métro Trocadéro.
That’s it. Enjoy Paris!