How to explore Paris on a budget

Like many major cities, Paris can be an expensive place for tourists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best that it has to offer on a budget. With a bit of forward planning and research you can take in all the sights, and still have change for a macaron or three.

Getting There:

If you’re travelling from the UK, one of your best options is to travel via the Eurostar. If you can get away mid-week instead of over the weekend that is your best opportunity to travel for less, with an adult return available for as little as £59.

Alternatively, many budget airlines fly to Paris’ Charles De Gaulle, and at the time of writing we found return flights for the peak August holidays for as little as £58 per person with EasyJet.

Eiffel Tower Paris
Explore Paris on a budget with our top tips

Where to Stay:

Booking at one of Paris’ city centre hotels is sure to eat into your budget, but there are plenty of other great alternatives for a comfortable and affordable stay.

Airbnb is a great option to find a room or property that fulfils your needs, but if you really want to stay in a hotel, Secret Escapes is a good bet to find savings on some of the capital’s most popular venues.

Eating and Drinking:

As you may expect, you’ll pay a premium if you eat at or close to any of the big attractions in Paris. If the weather is good we recommend picking up picnic supplies for an al fresco lunch overlooking the Seine or the Eiffel Tower, or try to venture away from the main tourist traps when it’s time to eat.

Fancy a proper sit-down meal? Many of the bistros in Paris offer prix fixe menus, where you can feast on three courses for as little as €25.

The Louvre is free all year round to visitors under 26
The Louvre is free all year round to visitors under 26

Museums and Attractions:

Museums and art galleries your thing? While popular venues including the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay typically charge for entry, some are free all year round for people under 26.

If youth isn’t on your side then you may prefer to time your visit for the first Sunday of the month, when 30 of the city’s top museums and monuments offer free entry all day. Check Paris Info ( for full details of which attractions are involved.

If you have a packed itinerary of attractions to explore, consider investing in The Paris Pass. There are a number of different options for two, three, four and six day passes, which will give you free entry to over 60 Paris attractions with Fast Track entry, plus a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and a Travelcard to get around the city from €129 (around £100) for two days.

Look out for our full guide of the best things to do and see in Paris coming soon.

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