Discover 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 the 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: 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.
Another option you might have to save a lot on your weekend in Paris is getting a Paris Visite travel pass.
How much does a weekend in Paris cost: Lodging
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 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 and you are trying to figure out how much does a weekend in Paris cost.
How much does a weekend in Paris cost: Street food on a 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.
How much does a weekend in Paris cost: Skip the museums if it’s not your first time
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 get a peek at most of the monuments from the outside. I walked around Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and the 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 doing 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: 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 and always have in mind that question: how much does a weekend in Paris cost?
Great write up on Paris Budgeting! I’ve been to Paris a few times and I know for a fact that it’s not cheap at all – but it’s def a city to experience! Glad you made the most of it for a weekend without breaking the bank. Thanks for sharing!
I love love love Paris with my whole heart and wish I had this post before I went. But i know that i’ll be back and I will definitely save this for then. Thanks for a really helpful share.
Love Paris! And love doing it on the cheap even more. 🙂 Your tips are some great reminders!
I’ve been to Paris so many times (I was there during the last weekend) and I know for sure that this city is not cheap at all. I fully agree with you for taking a picnic at lunch time, I do it very often. Thank you for sharing your Paris budget. I will keep in mind few tips for my next trip there.
Paris can definitely get expensive if you don’t watch your budget! These are really great ideas though. Picnics in Paris are the best 🙂
I love you unique photos and personality! Paris is on my bucket list
These are great tips. I’m connecting through Paris on my way to Athens next week, I wish I had a long enough layover to explore Paris. I guess it’ll have to be another time!
I’ve been to Paris 3 times and have yet to make it up the Eiffel Tower. I suggest to people who are visiting to make their way up to the rooftop cafe and terrace of the Au Printemps department store! It is free to go up and take in the views! Best of all, you can see the Eiffel Tower perfectly! So I definitely agree with your way of taking in the sights! Great post and thanks for sharing! xo
Great job on getting hooked up for accommodations!
Love this post! I can’t wait until I can do weekend trips to Paris like it’s nbd!
Definitely planning ahead and being organised is a must. Thanks so much for the fantastic budgeting hints 🙂
Very lovely article! I’ve been to Paris twice and it’s really expensive if you don’t watch out your expenses 🙂
Paris can be so expensive! I love your advice. I went a few years ago and I wish I knew these tips.
Thanks for these awesome tips! I’m going to be studying abroad in France in the spring and I’ll be blogging about it! We be in Paris for a week of orientation before the program starts and I’m sure I will be making a trip back during my time in France.
I’m so glad this can help you!