In order to save some pennies, my friends and I decided to use the coach for our trip from London to Paris. This was a mistake. Had we actually booked it far in advance, when we first decided, it may have been worth it. Instead we kept leaving it so in the end we didn’t save enough money. It was still cheaper than the Eurostar but it took such a long time, so we spent a lot of our short time in Paris exhausted.
Paris can be very expensive. Whatever you do, don’t order food from a place where there isn’t prices on the menu. It won’t be a nice surprise, but if you search a little you can find good food that isn’t too expensive.
As a student under the age of 26, Paris was surprisingly cheap for me. We got concession entry into places like the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe meaning that it was free. Notre Dame also has free entry to one and all, unless you want to actually go up it, instead of just taking a peak inside, and it was the same for Sacre Coeur where you could get some fantastic views of the city from its hilltop.
The thing with Paris is that it is simply just a beautiful city, even if is cold and rainy like it was when I was there. You can spend a day just wandering around looking at the architecture. The Louvre is set in a lovely park with sculptures dotted around. Finding the Moulin Rouge means that you can get your obligatory tourist photos without spending a penny, unless of course you want to go in a see a show. You can get pictures of the Eiffel Tower and watch the light show without paying to go up it. If you want views, just visit Sacre Coeur. Then there’s the many bridges like the love-locked Pont de l’Archevêché and famous names like the Champs Elysees. You don’t need money to see them, just a decent pair of shoes so that you can spend a day on your feet. Although having said that, the metro was actually not that expensive so you could justify not walking everywhere!
It turns out that actually, where there’s a will, there is always a way and Paris can be done on a very limited budget.
None of these photos cost me anything to take: