(Closed) Paris on a budget??

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Fiance and I went while we were still in college. The biggest expenses were hotel and flight.  Since you got lodging taken care off, the biggest expense would be flight…and then after that your expense depends on what activities!  We just did a lot of subway taking, museum seeing, walking, just kind of trying to experience the “everyday” lives of parisians!

We went to the local supermarkets and bought food from there instead of going to a restaurant, and of course, scoured tripadvisor for loads of tips!  Enjoy!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went there when I was in high school, and had $500 to last me over a month excluding hotel and travel (school trip) We did have to pay our own metro and food, but it was do able. I am not sure what your budget is, but I ate at resterants on occasion (very rare) but actually enjoyed little food venders and new food in stores more sometimes. We were allowed wine, and a few of us would buy wine, bread, new cheese fun meats for snacks, and ate at the venders for meals. Also taking the metro is fast and cheap. Also remember there is a required tip almost at all resterants. About 20+%

It is a very expensive places, but amazing.

If you do travel, there is so many amazing places you can visit for free outside of Paris that I think is better at times that some of the usual Paris tourist attractions. If you can you should dcefinatly try to check them out. Also, at lest then, it was cheaper to change currency here than there, but you have to do it early to make sure the bank has the currency.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

You can definitely do Paris on a budget- I recommend using tripadvisor.com and chowhound.com (click on France) to research. They are both great sources.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Aww..we’re going to Europe and spending 5 nights in Paris this October for our honeymoon too! 🙂 We are also on a very very tight budget too so we can relate.  Like others said, we are planning to walk or take the metro everywhere. We also rented an apt in Paris so we could buy groceries and also pack picnics to eat in the parks etc. We plan to try all the fast food vendors etc and eat lots of baguettes…Parisians eat a heavier breakfast and lunch, followed by a small dinner…so from what ive read…if you try to eat like the locals, you should do well….

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Don’t pay for a big hotel breakfast – just find the nearest bakery and buy croissants… seriously the best spare change you will ever spend.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my boss literally told me 4hrs ago that im going to France for a week of training (from australia) and i get to take hubby!  im thinking i will take an extra week and do the tourist stuff while they are paying for the flights.  when i told him, hubby said he wanted dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, i hope hope hope we can get to monet’s garden

Post # 9
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Busy bee

As others have said, the best thing that you can do is shop for your own food instead of eating at sit-down restaurants for every single meal.  Paris is one of the easiest places to grab a quick sandwich from a street vendor or shop, then hang out on the banks of the Seine, on a park bench, or pretty much wherever & just people-watch while you enjoy quality time w/each other.  Bottles of wine at places like Monoprix are about as inexpensive as, or less than, a giant bottle of water.  It’s also a very walk-able city, but if you do need to travel for some distance, take Le Metro or the trains.  I’ve never found a reason to take a taxi in Paris (translation:  more money).  Their bus, subway & train systems are excellent for inexpensive transportation.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you plan on going to see more than one museum buy the Museum Pass ahead of time to save on cost and get fast-tracked through the super long lines!

http://en.parismuseumpass.com/

 

I also second having a “French Breakfast” of croissant and coffee for super cheap. Def use their metro or walk to see the beautiful sights and get some exercise in for free. Have tons of fun!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve been to Paris twice and love it. Eating and drinking out is VERY expensive: think 6-7 euros for a beer or glass of wine, 8-10 euros for a cocktail or small glass of champagne, and anything upwards of 20 euros for a very simple evening meal. If you have kitchen facilities, shop at the superamrket and have breakfast and lunch at the apartment/take packed lunches out with you to save money. I’d also recommend buying drinks/water at the supermarket; you can pay about 2-3 euros for a bottle of water or can of coke, wherea syou can buy 6 bottles of water for 1-2 euros at the supermarket.

 

In terms of sightseeing, loads of attractions are free, or very cheap. My top picks are:

 

The Sacre Coeur. It is utterly beautiful and the views are amazing. If you have a metro pass, you can take the funicular up the hill for free (NB: definitely invest in a travel pass; we paid 14 euros for a 2 day pass and it is WELL worth the money, it gets you unlimited access to the metro, buses, etc); otherwise, there are a LOT of steps to clim to get up tp it! There is a small charge to clim to the top (a couple of euros when we were there in September 2009)

 

The Eiffel Tour: prices vary depending on whether you take the lift or stairs; I think it’s approx 15 euros pp if you take the lift. It’s a ‘must do’ though IMPO

 

Seine River cruise: we paid about 8 euros pp, and it goes up and back down the river with a commentary on all the sights; great way to see Paris and learn some interesting facts. The one we took departed from next to the Eiffel Tower.

 

Champs Elysee and the Arc du Trimophe. I haven’t been to the top of the Arc du Triomphe, but again entrance is minimal. Another ‘must see’.

 

Food market: we went to one an approx 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. The food is AMAZING, and we bought things for a picnic inc beautiful cheeses, flans, cakes, breads, pate, and fruit. It was all delicious and is definitely worth a visit.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral: free entrance, small charge to climb to the top. Again, you can’t visit Paris without visiting the Notre Dame. The small ‘treasury’ section is worth a look; it costs a few euros but some of the chalices are unbelievable, covered in jewells.

 

Saint Chapelle: this is near the Notre Dame (approx 5 minute walk). It is a beautiful chapel with huge stained glass windows; well worth a visit. Entrance costs a few euros.

 

Berthillons ice-cream: this is on the island next to the Notre Dame (I forget the name; I think it’s Ile Saint Louis). The ice cream here is SUBLIME, and the sorbets to die for. The island is also very pretty, with some beautiful old houses and buildings, and lovely shops.

 

Pompadou centre: pretty cool and again worth a visit. I also enjoyed the Picasso museum.

 

The Louvre: I still haven’t been here but hear it’s worth a trip. Focus on one section though as it’s massive.

 

I would recommend investing in a guide book, and planning things out to save you wasting time going back on yourself ie arrange to see things in a similar area in the same day. Also check out the nearest metro stop so you can work out routes in advance; I found this helped as I found the metro system a bit confusing at first. Guide books will also have shopping guides, as obviously Paris has some amazing shopping; you might like to check out Lauduree, for instance, or one of the many choclatiers.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@barbie86: Wow, thanks for posting this response! We’re going to Paris for our honeymoon in October! 😉

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