Tips to Save Money in Paris

José Miguel Almeyda

Tips to Save Money in Paris

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time, including, of course, the beautiful capital city of France. Having saved all year for this trip, I learned as much as I could about ways to save money in Paris in order to visit the most attractions possible. Climbing the Eiffel Tower and seeing it at night, strolling along the Champs Elysees, visiting the Palace of Versailles and going to the catacombs were all things I had planned on doing from the beginning.

Based on my experiences and the advice of good friends, who live in Paris, here are some money-saving tips for visiting this city with its unusually high prices:

1. Book your Flights in Advance

Cheap Flights to ParisYou can find cheap flights to Paris if you book in advance, especially if your visit coincides with the busy vacation seasons. If you’re unable to find direct routes, consider flying into nearby cities, such as Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt, and then take a connecting flight or travel by train or bus. Paris is well-connected with all of Europe, so it will be easy to travel in stages.

2. Have a Picnic at the Eiffel Tower

Picnic at the Eiffel TowerBesides being an extraordinary experience, having a picnic on the lawn surrounding the Eiffel Tower lets you save some Euros on lunch. Fresh baguettes, good cheese, cured meats and a bottle of red wine are more than enough to enjoy a great meal by this iconic landmark. Get together with some friends and swing by the convenience store!

3. Dine out in Montmartre

Cheap eats in ParisThe restaurants in Montmartre are less expensive than in other districts of Paris. This area has a distinctly French atmosphere and you can enjoy a nice meal out on the terrace at one of the many bistros. Don’t forget to try crepes, croissants and other traditional French cuisine. Also, you can visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, see the Moulin Rouge and enjoy excellent views of the city while listening to songs performed by amateur musicians on the steps.

4. Use Public Transportation

Paris MetroThe Paris Metro is the best option for getting around the city, as well as the most affordable. This is especially true on weekends when you can go to various places with just a single ticket. Although Parisians are known for being unfriendly to foreigners, I had a great experience and received help from the locals on virtually every ride. Paris is a large city with lots of traffic and long distances from one place to another, and the metro is the fastest way to get around.

5. Enjoy Free Attractions

Free tours in ParisThere are free things to do in Paris that you must not miss. It’s free to see the Eiffel Tower at night and its one of the most striking images of the city. Take the metro, get off at the Plaza del Trocadero, and get ready to see an unforgettable light show. If you’d like to tour the permanent collections of the Louvre Museum for free, consider going on the first Sunday of the month between October and March, when museum admission is free for everyone.

River Seine TourWalking along the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame is the best memory I have of my trip because I was able to see many attractions. Along the way, you’ll pass the Palais de Tokyo, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Alexander III Bridge, the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the bridge Pont des Arts. Double check the map, follow the route of your choice and if you have time, take a quick detour to the Champs Elysees.

Written by Jose Miguel Almeyda