Paris is THE most expensive city in the world to visit.
But knowing me, you know we had to find a way to do it cheaper.
Today, Heather joins me to chat about some of the ways that we saved money during our time in the city of love. From picnics in the park and bike rides around town to amazing fire shows in front of Notre Dame and scary climbs up the Eiffel tower, we had an amazing (and affordable) time in Paris!
We break down expenses in Paris down to the main categories, accommodation, food, drink, activities, and transportation.
Is Paris really that expensive? Find out in today’s episode!
What are your money-saving tips for this famous French city?
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In This Episode:
- 04:55 Using your points to cut that accommodation budget.
- 08:34 Renting an apartment in Paris.
- 11:09 Eating out
- 17:43 CREPES!
- 20:00 Drinking & Happy Hours
- 21:53 What to do in Paris?
- 37:23 Shopping
- 40:37 Getting around the city
- and much more!
Links from today’s episode
- To see the places we mention in today’s episode, check out our Paris Travel Guide!
You Should Also Listen To:
- 21 Ways to Save $$ on Accommodation – Part I
- 21 Ways to Save $$ on Accommodation – Part II
- 14 Super Touristy Destinations That We Love
- The Ultimate Wanderlust List- The World’s Top 10 Travel Destinations
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When Heather mentioned paying almost $20 at the museum in NY, that brought a travel tip to mind. I’m not one hundred percent on that specific museum, but I didn’t pay admission prices for almost any of the NY museums. My friend told me if you look at the signs really carefully in some museums, it says in small print that the ticket price is the suggested donation amount. So when I get to the ticket booth, I may just throw a couple of bucks their way (even when everyone else has been paying $20 a person) but still get a ticket in. This was at least true a few years ago.
@Alexandra- Wow, this would be awesome if it’s true. I’ll have to look really close next time. Thanks for the heads up!
HEY TRAV I AM GOING TO PARIS IN JUNE . I AM THINKING OF STAYIONG FOR 1 WEEK I WAS HOPING YOPU CAN SEND ME THE LINK OF TEH APARTMENT YOU GOT
George- You can see all the information on the apartment here: http://www.extrapackofpeanuts.com/go-with-oh-paris/. It’s awesome, you’ll love it (if it’s only 2 people).
I’m not sure the sentence is bold is factually correct. Paris is expensive, but London and probably Tokyo are generally quite a bit more expensive – there are surely others on that list.
@02nz- Yeah, different lists have different answers, for sure. For actual living, Paris isn’t as expensive, but as a tourist destination, Paris was the most expensive city according to TripAdvisor’s calculations. This is mainly due to the high cost of hotel rooms and drinking, two things that wouldn’t factor near as heavily for cost of living vs. cost of being a tourist.
You should try Genève. I actually save money by spending a week in Paris (hotel included) vs. just staying home.
@Filipe- I lived in Lausanne for 4 months, so I definitely know how expensive that area can be. And that area is definitely more expensive to LIVE in compared to Paris, but as a tourist, it’s a little cheaper. Of course, it also depends what you are doing as well, as everyone’s travel habits will be different. Long story short, both are quite hard on the wallet!