How Much Does a Weekend in Paris Cost?
No matter how expensive, Paris is still one of the most amazing places you’ll ever see. If you are doing a Eurotrip or crossing the Atlantic, I understand why you might splurge a little more while visiting the city. While I was living in Girona (just an hour and a half away by air from Paris), this was a great option for a short weekend trip. I was lucky enough to meet a friend in the city with whom I stayed. That helped me to save a bit. If that is not your case, there are many ways you can make the most of your weekend in Paris on a budget. How much does a weekend in Paris cost for real? These are my tips:
How much does a weekend in Paris cost when you plan your arrival and transportation?
I am always tracking every flight I can from my home airport. Thanks to the Skyscanner price alert, I booked a ticket from Girona to Paris-Beauvais for 34€. Beauvais is 70 minutes away from Paris, so you will have to book your transportation to the city. By booking my shuttle from the Beauvais website, I saved a little by buying it in advance. A shuttle roundtrip cost 29€ (I know, almost the same as the air ticket, and that made me a little sad, in fact!) This was the cheapest way for me to get there and spend an amazing weekend in Paris on a budget. Otherwise, I would have needed to go to catch a plane from Barcelona airport.
I did the same thing with metro/train transportation. At my closest RER station, Neuilly Porte Maillot, I bought the 10 tickets booklet to move around the city for 14.50€. This allows you to use trains, metros, and buses in Paris.
Couchsurf, Housesit or have a friend who has already booked a hotel room.
I’ve been to Paris three times and have been lucky enough that I’ve never paid for accommodation.*
Ok, I’ll explain that a little better…
The first time I went to Paris, I couch surfed at a friend’s house. I used my Couchsurfing ethics at that moment. This includes inviting the person hosting me for dinner and showing how grateful I am for their hospitality somehow.
The second time I went to Paris was because I missed a connecting flight at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The airline gave me a complimentary hotel night and food vouchers because my plane left from Paris the next day. Let’s say the “forced layover” gave me a day to explore the city a little bit. Also, it allowed me to meet with the same friend I stayed with the first time. It was such an experience and once again, I didn’t have to pay for accommodation.
This time, my friend had already reserved a room in a hotel, so I came to crash in her hotel room. Since I wasn’t paying, I bought breakfast and pizza one day. Let’s say that in total, I spent 50€ on food that day. That covered my food and some of my accommodation expenses simultaneously.
I was also offered to housesit my other’s friend’s house while she was traveling. This was not an option because I already had the hotel plan. Housesitting might be a great saving plan when traveling around Paris on a budget.
How much does a weekend in Paris cost when you wap expensive meals for picnics and street food? Food for Weekend in Paris on a budget
I know many people that would die to go to Paris to eat in the most amazing restaurants. Even when eating and having good food experiences is something I look forward to, I know I’m not a fine eater. My friends and I on this weekend in Paris decided to hit the grocery stores. (Thanks Monoprix, Carrefour, and Franprix for existing!). We bought essentials such as bread, croissants, ham, cheese, chips, beers, water, and Nutella to survive our day.
The other thing we agreed on doing during the weekend in Paris was buying some crepes. We spent the whole trip doing that. How much does a weekend in Paris cost when it comes to food? In total a day, each didn’t spend 20€ on food a day, and we never stopped eating! If you want to keep your weekend in Paris on a budget, this is the main tip to follow.
Not your first time in Paris? Skip the museums and do this…
If you’ve been to Paris, you can live without visiting some monuments and museums. Skip going up the Eiffel tower, to the Louvre, Orsay, Pantheon, and some other places where you have to pay. This is my experience: I am a huge fan of visiting Paris cemeteries. They are filled with art, plus many famous people are buried in them. The best part of this? Cemeteries are free! So, why not visit Oscar Wilde’s grave in Pere Lachaise while in the city?
Another thing you can do for free is getting a peek at most of the monuments from the outside. I walked around Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Pantheon without getting in.
The other plan I love not to spend a lot of money on is doing picnics. There are places like the Jardins de Luxembourg or Invalides Esplanade. This is a great way to experience Paris on a budget!
If there’s something I enjoy, that would be downloading thematic itineraries and do them on my own. There are many itineraries in Paris that you can do about many topics. In my case, I tend to do literary routes. I did the Rayuela (Hopscotch, a novel by Julio Cortázar) itinerary that Instituto Cervantes designed to make this weekend in Paris even more amazing.
How much does a weekend in Paris cost? This was my Weekend in Paris on a Budget…
How much does a weekend in Paris cost in total? As I mentioned, it was about 70€ for transportation (air + land) and 14.50€ for the train ticket booklet. When it comes to food, I spent 15€ on the first day, 50€ on the second day (that also was part of my lodging agreement), and 15€ on the last day. I didn’t pay for any tour. This was all the money I spent while in the city. In total, let’s say I spent around 200€ total for an amazing weekend in Paris. Saving that much even helps if one of your plans is to go shopping in Paris!
I understand that in many cases, if you’re traveling from far you’ll need to splurge a little more. I know: you don’t know when you’ll return to the city. If you have the chance to make a short trip and spend a weekend in Paris on a budget: do it! Try to use these tips to enjoy the city without going broke.
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