In some ways Paris can be a very expensive city to visit, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of cheap hostels as well as moderately priced hotel rooms scattered all over the city, and unlike many other destinations, staying in a central location isn’t critical in Paris since the Metro connects everything with ease. To save time choosing a place you can check out our recommended hotels and hostels for Paris, which gives you 7 great options in different price ranges.
If you have particular things in mind then you might find food and drinks to be expensive in Paris, but if you are flexible and try to eat and drink like a Parisian then it’s not bad at all. Excellent food can be found in neighborhood bistros, especially if you focus on the plat du jour (plate of the day), and while beer and spirits tend to be weirdly expensive, wine can be a great bargain almost everywhere.
You don’t want to skimp with the big attractions, though fortunately they aren’t too expensive anyway, and most museums have free-entry days once per month so if your budget is tight you should investigate that. Check out the Paris attraction prices page for more complete information on discounts and free entry. We discuss whether the Paris Pass is good value or not on another page. The free walking tours given by Sandeman’s New Paris are excellent and well worth the €5 or so tip you’ll want to give the guide at the end. And all the gorgeous architecture and monuments can be appreciated for free from the sidewalk as well.