Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world and attracts many visitors with its great variety of historical sights and entertaining attractions. Paris, also called the City of Light, is located in the north of France on the river Seine and is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics. Being the Capital of Fashion and world centre of gourmet restaurants, luxury goods and high-end hotels it is one of the most expensive cities to travel to. With our budget-friendly guide to Paris you can enjoy a pleasant stay in Paris without sacrificing comfort and missing out on attractions.
Things to do
There are dozens of free museums and budget-friendly attractions in Paris to explore.
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. It is one of the most stunning and famous gothic cathedrals in the world Enjoy free admission and climb to the top of the church to have fantastic views over the city.
Stroll around Montmartre quarter. The famous hill north of Paris is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit, which offers fantastic views over the city.
Go to the top of Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris, and enjoy excellent view of the city.
Recharge your batteries at the Parisian garden, Jardin des Tuileries. It is the best urban escape with great views over the Louvre and the Seine.
Enjoy free concert at the Saint-Merri Church. Every Saturday and Sunday the church hosts free concerts.
Visit a museum. No trip to Paris is complete without taking in the world-famous artwork at the city's best museums. With the Paris Museum Pass enjoy unlimited visits to more than 60 museums and galleries, such as the Louvre, Musee Rodin, Musee D’Orsay and much more. There are also numerous smaller and less crowded museums, which don’t even charge admission. Visit the Musee des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris for famous art work.
Cheap (free!) accommodation
Paris is an expensive place to stay and most hotels charge a high fee for their rooms. A fantastic budget-friendly alternative is to arrange a home swap in Paris. This means that you agree with another person or family living in Paris to exchange homes for a set period of time. By arranging a home exchange in Paris you get to enjoy totally free accommodation and get to stay in a real Parisian neighbourhood. Have a truly authentic experience with a home swap in Paris and enjoy its benefits, for example if you want to continue one of your hobbies during your vacation find a home exchange partner with similar interests or if you travel with your whole family enjoy enough space for everyone if you swap your home with a family the same size. Home exchange in Paris is a save and fun way to explore the city with the eyes of a local.
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Despite being such spread out city most sights in Paris are in walking distance. The neighbourhoods are built for pedestrians and with a good city map you can discover a lot without spending money on public transportation.
For your day trips you can save on public transportation with the discount multiday Paris Visite travel card for metro, bus and RER trains.
Paris is one of the best places for tasty gourmet food and delicious wine. With a discount card like those offered by TheCityCase you can save on meals in fancy restaurants throughout the city. Enjoy Parisian crepes for a snack or dessert or colourful macarons with your cup of coffee. Every neighbourhood in Paris has its own food market with fresh products for low prices.
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