Paris on a Budget, Episode 141

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Paris on a Budget

On today's episode, Annie shares tips for visiting Paris on a budget. Maybe you're financially challenged at the moment, or is it that you're bringing your kids and don't need anything fancy? Some of us simply love to get value for dollar, and I see nothing wrong with that!

No matter what your situation is, if you want to come to Paris without burning an irreparable hole into your bank account, this episode is for you!

Paris on a Budget Meaning How Much?

What do I mean by Paris on a budget? 150€ per day for two people. It is possible to go even cheaper I'm sure, but I can't help you there. You could hitch-hike and do couch surfing I suppose, but that is not for moi!

Today I'm going to tell you how to come to Paris with your significant other, or a friend, or your kid, and only spend 150€ per day. I am excluding airfare, but am including hotel, transportation, food and entertainment.

That's the minimum for me to be comfortable and have a good time. I am not a fancy person, but I do like to be comfortable and safe, so stay tuned because I'm sure that matters to you too.

The airfare to come to Paris is expensive, but sometimes you get lucky. If you can can find airfare under 500€ between continental US and France, it's a great fair, grab it while you can.

Paris on a Budget Works Best Off Season

Want to get the best bang for your buck? Go off season! You'll get great deals on both the airfare and hotels. We explain when "off season" is for Paris, and there are times when it doesn't line-up with "off-season" in other countries.

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Let's Review

Don't let a tight budget stop you from enjoying Paris! Look at it this way, if you wait until you make it rich, you may not go ever. And since the biggest expense is the hotel, shop around for a well-priced hotel, so long as it gives you a direct line to the areas of downtown Paris you want to visit.

Learn More: First Time in Paris, Our Favorite Value Boutique Hotels

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3 Replies to “Paris on a Budget, Episode 141”

  1. Hi, Annie.

    Great podcast! I just wanted to add a few things:

    – When we toured the Musee des Arts Fourains, I told them that my family did not speak French, and they handed us an English translation of the tour.

    – We have Verizon for our family’s phone plan, and we just signed up for a new program they’re offering called Travel Pass, that provides phone/data/text for a flat fee of $10/day. If you do not use your phone, you do not get charged for that day.

    https://www.verizonwireless.com/plans/travelpass-countries/

    – We have been using the Citymapper app to get around new cities. In addition to giving you a choice of transporatation options, it will also give you estimated times for walking or biking, and it shows (and calls) nearby Ubers. The icon that shows you where you are on the map also shows you what direction you’re facing, so that when you get to a crossroad, it is easier to determine which way to turn. You can also set your “home” to make getting back to your hotel faster. It has maps for both Paris and Lyon, as well as other major international cities.

    Cheers,

    David

    1. Glad to hear the Musée Forain has a translation of the tour. I will try Citymapper tomorrow because I’ve been known to start walking in the wrong direction, and that’s before I’ve had any wine!

  2. Hi Annie
    I too noticed how extremely expensive band-aids and socks are (when you need new ones after getting drenched in the rain or your feet are cold). I’m used to getting cheap socks at TJ Maxx!

    I use the cheapest T-mobile cell phone monthly plan in the US and when in France the service just adopts automatically to a French cell phone service with the same US monthly bill and charges – you get unlimited data, texting and phone calls are 20 cents a minute (?). I use WhatsApp for free for calls.

    In the past, I have used the cheapest IBIS hotels and was happy when watching my money on vacation. They were clean and reliable. Just basic rooms.

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