Though you might think that Paris is crazy expensive and you can’t afford it, you definitely can if you do it right.
There’s no point in staying in a super fancy hotel room since you’ll rarely be in your room (unless this is a trip where you want to splurge – then you’re probably reading the wrong article for your trip).
Paris has a ton of free stuff to do. The museums (even the Louvre) offer several free days throughout the year. Paris is also known for hosting many free concerts, and many of the historical monuments cost nothing at all to visit.
Plan to spend at least a week here, and realize that even that won’t be enough time to see all of Paris. Which gives you an excuse to come back! 🙂
How To Save Money While In Paris
1. Use Airbnb to save money on accommodations. Get your own place in Paris or share a room with a Parisian. Get $40 for your first trip here.
2. Check out Triple Your Travel, which is the most comprehensive resource on budget travel available.
3. Head to markets or grocery stores to save on food. Never buy bottled water – Paris has over 800 water fountains for your drinking pleasure.
4. Get familiar with the transportation system. Taxis are often very expensive, while the subway system is incredibly efficient and cheap.
5. Spend a little money to save money. Buying a Paris Museum Pass will give you access to over 50 museums and monuments in Paris. You don’t have to wait in line either, and you can visit a museum as many times as you would like during your trip.
6. Visit the Louvre for free the first Sunday of each month from October to March. If you enter at the Carrousel du Louvre entrance, you’ll save a lot of time by skipping lines. Several other museums will also take part in free days for the first Sunday of the month.
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Below are 10 awesome FREE things to do in Paris.
1. Parc du Champ de Mars
If you don’t want to spend money going up the Eiffel Tower, plan to spend a few hours relaxing at Parc du Champ de Mars. Visit a bakery and grab a bottle of wine before you arrive, and enjoy an evening under the Eiffel Tower. This park is absolutely stunning at night, but deserves a trip during the day, too.
Location: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris, France
2. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is Paris’ steepest park. While here, enjoy the nature and greenery in the area. This is the perfect park for bird watching or relaxing and watching the parks waterfall.
Location: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France
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3. La Promenade Plantée
The La Promenade Plantée is a 4.7 km elevated park. You’ll get spectacular views of the city as you are perched up a few stories up.
Location: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France
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4. Canal St-Martin
Over 4.5 km long, the Canal Saint-Martin connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine River. If you feel like spending a little money, you can take a small cruise through the canal or simply dine in at a restaurant alongside the canal.
5. Jardin des Tuileries
Located near the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries is a garden created in 1564. The area is filled with beautiful architecture, a Ferris Wheel, ponds, statues, and more. It’s the perfect area to relax and get some quiet time before you head into the more touristy areas of Paris.
Location: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
6. Free Museums
Paris has several free museums to visit throughout the year.
Here is a comprehensive list of all of the museums you can visit in Paris
A few of these museums include:
7. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Also known as “Our Lady of Paris”, Notre-Dame is a Catholic cathedral and is known for its French Gothic architecture. While you’re here, the Notre Dame is a must see. Visiting is free, but it costs to climb the bell tower. Make sure to take your camera and take photos of the sculptures and stained glass while you’re here. This area gets quite crowded, so arrive as early as possible. (This goes for any Paris attraction).
Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
8. Place des Vosges
Also known as the oldest planned square in Paris, Place des Vosges is a hot spot for younger Parisians. Though it was once an expensive square to live in during the 17th century, it is now a public area that both Parisians and tourists can visit. Grab some food and make sure to enjoy some fresh baked goods and a bottle of wine at the square.
Location: Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France
Paris has several must-see churches to visit during your trip. After visiting the Notre Dame, make sure to visit the other spectacular churches in Paris.
Some of these include:
- Église St-Germain-des-Prés
- St Paul St Louis
- Église St-Sulpice
10. Porte de Clignancourt
Paris has several flea markets filled with antiques and other items that are a must-see during your Paris trip. One of the most popular flea markets is Porte de Clignancourt and is known to be the largest antique market in the entire world. Approximately 150,000 visitors visit every weekend, making it a popular spot for both tourists and Parisians.
Paris is a city everyone must visit at least once in their life. I visited Paris for my 23rd birthday when I was an au pair, but only visited it for 2 days. I definitely need to make a trip back!
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