Is Paris on your bucket list?
It was always at the top of mine, but I never thought it was an affordable option. With good planning, you can visit The City of Love on a budget! For about $900 per person, we were able to fly to Paris, spend 4 nights under the Eiffel Tower in a cute AirBnB with incomparable views, eat all the local favorites, and explore all the top museums and attractions! If you want to spend a little more time in France, take a look at the perfect week getaway to the Country of Love!
Flights $430 Round Trip/Per Person
Flights use to the biggest obstacle to planning a budget-friendly Paris trip, but with airlines like WOW, Icelandair, and Norwegian you can fly to Paris for the same price as many domestic destinations. We paid $430 per person round trip with Icelandair.
You can get an AirBnB apartment almost at the base of the Eiffel Tower for just $95 a night! You can hardly stay at a chain hotel in Indiana for that price. We could look right out our window and watch the lights twinkle on the Eiffel Tower!
Transportation ~$55/Per Person
Taking the bus to and from the airport is a great option to save money. Taxis can be very expensive with traffic, and if you take the bus, you don’t have to haul your luggage around on the metro. We used Le Bus Direct and were satisfied with their punctuality and friendliness. Once you are in the city, the metro is a great budget-friendly option. You can buy 10 tickets for about $17. There are metro stops all over the city that can get you anywhere you need to go. Paris is very walk-able, so save money and explore the streets by foot!
Food $40-$50/Day Per Person
Food can be expensive in Paris, but there are great budget-friendly options. For breakfast, pop in a local bakery and get a warm croissant or pastry for just a few euros. Take a refillable water bottle on your trip if you don’t want to pay $2 or more for a bottle of water. For lunch, stop by a sandwich shop and get a Croque Monsieur or a ham and cheese baguette. If you budget your lunch and breakfast, you can splurge a little and have a nice dinner. If you want to learn how to make your own pastries, we have the perfect experience for you too!
Activities ~$150/Per Person
If you are going to be doing a lot of activities, the Paris Pass may be the best option for you. It includes tons of museums as well as transportation passes. If you don’t have time to hit everything on the pass, you will probably want to book your tickets separately. I used headout.com to get skip-the-line tickets to main attractions like the Louvre. We were able to visit the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, Notre Dame, the Catacombs, and Arc de Triomphe for about $200. If you want to tour around with a local, you can do so with Marion! She will show you around and give you a personally-tailored experience!