Experience The Best of Paris on Any Budget - Unknown Secrets
Paris is the most visited city in the world. It not only has a reputation for being the city of love, but also for being a money drainer. Yes, Paris can be very expensive, but it can also be super affordable. Follow my top tips and tricks and you can have a blast in Paris without it hurting your wallet!
Many people feel compelled to see and do everything and aren’t hesitant to fork out lots of money to do so called ‘official’ or original tours. Honestly, the best way to see Paris is by foot. Strolling around and getting lost is part of the fun of experiencing a city. If you don’t like walking, your cheapest option is the Paris Metro. Stations are no more than a 5-10 minute walk between each other, so you won’t break a sweat.
There’s a great free walking four of Paris that lasts 3 hours and takes you to lots of the major sights including the Notre Damn and the Louvre Courtyard. To guarantee a spot, you can book ahead of time here: http://www.newparistours.com/daily-tours/paris-free-tour.html
Of course, you want to see the Louvre. Now the Louvre has tickets available to pre-purchase online, if you don’t want to brave the 3 hour queue outside the famous pyramid entrance. However, if you’re like me, you’d rather not pre-purchase tickets to lock you in. Here’s the thing: I managed to get in for FREE, and didn’t have to wait a single second in a queue and did not have pre-booked tickets. How?
I bet you didn’t realise that there is MORE THAN ONE ENTRANCE TO THE LOUVRE! That’s right. That ridiculously long queue is only there because people are not smart enough to realise that there are multiple points of entry. The Porte de Lion entrance, just 500 meters away from the main one, is your fastest bet to getting instant access. I went on midday on a Sunday and I didn’t have to queue at all. Best of all, entrance on the first Sunday of the month is totally free and if you are a student studying in the EU and are under 26, entrance is ALWAYS free.
The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph:
The queues to go up the Eiffel Tower can be massively long. You don’t need to spend the money going up to the top either. Instead of wasting potentially several hours just to get tickets and then go up an elevator to get a view of Paris, consider walking under the tower and getting a fantastic photo with the iconic landmark from further afar. There’s a great spot up the hill across from the main road that will allow you to ‘touch’ the tip of the tower in your photos.
For an arguably even better view of Paris, head to the Arc de Triumph. Some people don’t realise that you can climb to the top for a couple of Euros (it’s free for EU students under 25). You’ll have a 360 degree view of Paris from the
Champs-Élysées. Magical. Cheap. No queues.
Paris can be a budget breaker when it comes to eating out. Here’s some top tips for saving money and getting delicious food:
Staying in a hotel in the heart of Paris can be super pricey. However, you don’t want to be on the outskirts of the city just to save a pretty penny. Having a shitty experience just to save money is never worth it. There’s a solution to this dilemma: Airbnb. You can hire an entire apartment with a cute balcony overlooking the city for less than a crappy hotel room kilometres away from anything. Plus, you’ll have a kitchen, which will enable you to throw together a simple breakfast or a 3 course dinner with friends. I do recommend finding a place with a balcony, as sipping a nice drop of red wine of an evening truly did top off my day.
There you have it. Good food, great sights and an awesome place to stay for less than you would have ever imagined. Paris doesn’t have to be expensive with a bit of creativity and an open mind.