You don’t have to break the bank in Paris

We’ve talked about some of the ways to save money when you’re headed over to Paris, but what about when you get there? Things are expensive and if you aren’t careful you could end up blowing your budget. Fast. A few smart things to think about could save you some much needed money.

Think outside the box when it comes to activities. Not everything has to cost a fortune. There are quite a few museums that are free on the first Sunday of the month. If you happen to be in the city, this is something to take advantage of. If you are under 26, every Friday night the Louvre is free from 6- 9:45 PM. It’s always free to visit Notre Dame. They will charge for you to climb the tower, but a look around won’t cost you anything. In addition to strolling the Champs Elysees, the Paris flea markets are worth a gander. Walking the banks of the Seine or lounging in Luxembourg gardens are a great free way to spend a day in Paris.

When you get a hankering for a meal, keep a few things in mind. Try to eat your largest meal of the day at lunch. A lot of restaurants have more affordable menus and it’s always nice to sit outside in the afternoon lingering over a baguette. When ordering a drink, remember that soda and beer is very expensive in Paris. Try a coffee, espresso or a bottle of the house wine. The wine if often cheaper than water. Speaking of water, its very safe to drink. No need for bottled, order a carafe of tap water and save a few euros. When you want to fuel up before a long day of sightseeing, think twice about breakfast at the hotel. Stop into a local Monoprix and purchase a few breakfast staples, bread, cheese, jam etc. If your Paris vacation apartment rental has a small kitchen, take advantage of this money saving opportunity.

Finally, use the public transportation. Taxi’s can be very expensive depending on route and traffic. Get to know the bus lines and the metro. The buses will have routes all over the city and will serve a few purposes. They will get you from A to B and you’ll get to enjoy the city sights on the way. It’s so easy to hop on and off. You can purchase weekly transportation passes in Paris that allow you to ride the RER, Metro and buses an unlimited amount of times. If you are staying for a longer period of time, getting one of these passes will make transportation seamless and more cost effective.

When you vacation in Paris, remembering a few little tricks might add up to more savings than you think.

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