One of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris draws visitors each year from across the globe. With the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triumphe, the Louvre, and Notre Dame all within a day’s walk of one another, how can visitors resist the draw of this magnificent city? Unfortunately, with the exchange rate of the dollar to the Euro, travel in Europe can be pricey for Americans, especially in a city like Paris. If a trip to Paris is on your agenda this summer, there are some ways to stay within a reasonable budget and still see and do lots of what Paris has to offer.
Consider a hostel or a budget hotel.
Hostels are typically the cheapest way to travel in Europe. However, if the dorm room and communal bathroom isn’t your thing, consider a reasonable priced or budget hotel. If you are willing to stay closer to the Sacre Coeur and Opera District, you’ll still be within walking distance to major attactions and won’t have to shell out a fortune. Les Trois Poussins in the Opera District offers double and triple rooms at a reasonable price and was clean and conveniently located.
Take a bus tour of the city.
Though it may seem silly to open your wallet for a somewhat expensive bus tour of the city, in fact, this may be one of the best ways to save money in Paris. An open top bus tour ticket (be sure you use the Hop on-Hop off variety) can serve as your means of transportation, which can help on a hot Parisian summer day. In addition, you’ll be sure to see all of the major sights, even those that you choose not to enter or explore.
Visit the sights that are free, or see sights from the outside.
Notre Dame, for example, is free to enter and explore, and you could spend hours marveling at this massive and gorgeous building. Stop for coffee or tea at a café across the street, and you can enjoy the architecture from a distance, as well. Walk around and under the Eiffel Tower, instead of spending the money (and waiting in line all day) to go up. Walk along the Siene, and take in the beauty of the city. Walk up the hills to Sacre Coeur, and enjoy mingling amongst the artists that make their home there. Some of the highlights of Paris don’t cost any money at all.
If Paris is on your agenda this summer, there are some ways to stay within a reasonable budget and still see and do lots of the highlights that Paris has to offer. By choosing a cheaper accommodation option, taking a bus tour to see it all, instead of taking cabs to and fro, and seeing the free sights and exploring outside, you’ll save money and have an incredible Parisian holiday.