Paris at dusk
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Paris on a Shoestring

Paris can be pricey. This is a city filled with luxury brands and high-end hotels, expensive eateries and fancy fashion labels.

However, it’s possible to visit the city on a budget. If you’re looking for ways to see the French capital and don’t want to spend a fortune to do so, here are some tips to help you explore the City of Lights on a shoestring.

Paris at dusk

Research Travel Prices

Depending on where you live in the UK, it might be cheaper to hop on the Eurostar than to board a flight. Look at the current prices for both and spend some time working out which will be the least expensive option for the dates you’d like to travel.

If you find that prices are similar for both transport options, it might be worth looking at mid-week deals. Weekend travel can often be more expensive, so it’s worth seeing if booking your trip at another time will make a difference.

Compare Accommodation

Like with your travel options, prices for where you stay can depend on when you’re visiting. You may be able to get a good deal for mid-week dates. Also, if you’re thinking of booking your Paris trip in the colder months, you could get some good off-season deals on your accommodation for hotels that would be more expensive in the summer.

Take your time to research the places you’d like to stay at and check against your budget to see if your favourite spots match up.

See the Sights

If you want to see all that the city has to offer, hop on a sightseeing bus or a river cruise. Paris tours are a lovely, wallet-friendly way of taking in the capital that won’t blow your budget. If you invest in a two-day pass, you can easily get to the sights you want to see without having to worry about paying for taxis or other expensive travel options.

Choose the Free Attractions

While the big attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe come with entry prices, there are also plenty of free museums and events to explore. You can take in the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral for free, and there are also outdoor attractions to enjoy, such as the Place des Vosges and the Jardin des Plantes.

Another way to make the most of your budget is to invest in a Paris Pass. This gets you free entry to many attractions, museums and monuments, as well as offers on shops and restaurants across the city. It’s worth investing in this if you plan to see a lot during your stay.

There are also lots of cheap restaurants that you can choose from that serve up delicious food for a fraction of the prices you come across in most capital cities. Choose from restaurants such as The Hood and Pizzeria Popolare to fill up before you start your next sightseeing adventure in Paris.

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How to visit Paris on a shoestring budget - Paris cityscape with the Eiffel Tower in the distance

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