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Visiting Paris on a Low Budget

By on September 1, 2013

If your travel dreams include visiting Paris but you have a limited budget this short article will give you the top 3 tips on how to do it without breaking the bank. World travel does not have to be the most expensive thing in your life. Finding cheaper alternatives can be done in any location, anywhere in the world.

Visiting Paris on a Low Budget

#1 Keeping Food Costs Down

The most expensive part of visiting almost any European destination is figuring in enough money for food. Eating a McDonald’s combo in the US for $4-$5 seems like a good deal, yet part of visiting other places is trying out their cultural food. Yet to do that in normal restaurants or pubs could set you back over $30 per person for lunch and a lot more in dinner. Do not make the mistake of having coffee and croissants across from L’Opera for $30. Get accommodations that include breakfast. While out and about in Paris, when its time for lunch visit a local supermarket and either purchase a pre-made lunch, buy ingredients for a picnic in one of their many parks or visit one of their great street patisseries for a great French pastry lunch, usually all for under $10 per person.

#2 Keeping Accommodation Costs Down

The single largest expense of your trip, especially if you are not careful is staying at a chain hotel in downtown Paris, which could easily run you $150-$300 a night any time of the year. Just because you are visiting Paris does not mean that you have to sleep downtown. The metro system in Paris is world-class. Staying in the ‘burbs’ and taking transit into the city is hands-down one of the smartest money-saving tips. Hotels in the suburbs run anywhere from $50-$200 a night depending on the number of stars you want. In order to get the most bangs for your buck you could stay in hostels for as cheap as $30 a night if you do not mind sharing a bathroom.

#3 Keeping Travel Costs Down

This is a two-part saving tips. First how do you save money on flights to Paris? This is the one part of travelling where you will generally only ever save a little with a fair amount of work. If it does not matter when you travel, look for off-peak fare sales, usually in mid-fall or winter periods. Just be careful as tourist spots you may want to visit may have reduced hours or even be closed. For purchasing air travel tickets, try to use an aggregator search site like cheapoair.com or kayak.com that will give you fares for multiple sites and airlines all at once. The prevailing advice is also to purchase tickets between 3-4 months in advance as purchasing too far in advance or too close will cost considerably more. Looking for flights with 1 or more layovers could also save money.

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Places to Visit in France

The second part of saving money on travelling is by travelling the metro system around Paris instead of riding the tourist Red buses. The metro system in Paris is amazing and you can get anywhere in Paris or its suburbs on its wealth of subways or buses. You can even buy a 10 ticket pass book for 11.50 euros and use it as needed. If you plan on visiting quite a number of tourist locations that require admission, the Paris City Pass would also be a good purchase as it includes a metro pass for the days while using it.

Using these travel tips to visit Paris on budget can also be used in almost any location in the world. It’s time you got out and visited the world.

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