BACKPACKER INDEX: US$81.53
Paris hotel prices
Singles from €50, doubles from €60
With a very central location for this price range, the Hotel Voltaire Republique also gets solid reviews and is a popular pick for budget travelers.
Beds from €26/night
This is the best of the cheaper hostels, and it's located in the heart of the Bohemian Montmartre neighborhood.
Beds from €31/night
Centrally located and highly rated, this hostel is part of the well-run chain that features a lively bar/restaurant instead of a lobby.
Paris always seems to be filled with tourists, but officially the high season lasts from May through September. In August many of the locals are on their own holidays and have left town, but hotel prices still usually stay high for visitors, even though many shops and restaurants are closed for the month.
October through April is considered the low season, though the winter holiday period is also very popular here so if you are coming then you should book as early as possible.
Outside of the peak summer season it’s usually quite easy to get a hotel in Paris upon arrival, though the best deals tend to be found online in advance, as the better, cheaper, and more popular places do get full first.
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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.
Paris attraction prices
|Eiffel Tower (3rd level)||Elevator to top level observation deck||adults||18.67|
|Eiffel Tower (2nd level)||Elevator to second level (stairs to 2nd level are about half these prices)||adults||11.33|
|Louvre Museum||Tickets for the Permanent Collections (temporary exhibitions require separate admission)||adults||14.67|
|Arc de Triomphe||Easy to appreciate for free from the street, but this is if you want to climb the 280 steps to the top.||adults||12.67|
|Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour||The Paris L'Open Tour buses are popular even though there are better ways of seeing the city. This is for 24 hours, but 48-hour passes are only a bit more.||adults||41.33|
|Catacombs of Paris||This collection of bones is one of the city's top attractions.||adults||10.67|
|Palace of Versailles||The super impressive palace where left-wing and right-wing was invented is a train-ride away in the suburbs.||adults||24.00|
|One-hour Seine River cruise||These popular cruises leave from the Eiffel Tower and point out the most famous landmarks.||adults||14.67|
|Centre Pompidou||The national modern art museum is yet another popular Paris museum. The price is lower during some periods.||adults||17.33|
|Orsay Museum||This former train station houses mostly French art from 1848 to 1915.||adults||12.00|
Paris Transportation prices
|Train from CDG airport to city center||12.33|
|Train from Orly airport to city center||14.33|
|Taxi from CDG airport to city center||53.33 - 73.33|
|3km taxi ride in Paris||8.00 - 13.33|
|Metro ride in Paris||2.27|
|All-day metro pass for center||8.53|
Paris food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Many Paris hotels include a free breakfast, but don't expect much as the classic morning meal here is a fresh roll and coffee.||2.67 - 6.67|
|Budget lunch||If you look for simple neighborhood places then great food can be cheap in Paris.||6.67 - 13.33|
|Budget dinner||Again, the plat du jour at modest bistros will usually deliver a great meal at a fair price.||10.67 - 20.00|
|House wine (.375L)||House wine in restaurants is usually a great bargain in France.||5.33 - 13.33|
|Cheap wine (bottle)||Obviously the price of wine has no upper limit, but in local shops you can get surprisingly good quality in this price range.||2.67 - 13.33|
|Beer (.33L bottle)||While wine is cheap in Paris, beer is usually outrageously expensive, and happy hours are rare.||6.67 - 10.67|
|Coffee (cup)||Tiny cups of coffee are cheap in bakeries and expensive in sidewalk cafes.||1.33 - 5.33|
|McDonald's Big Mac||McDonald's isn't particularly cheap in Paris.||4.53|
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|Airports||Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris-Orly Airport (ORY)|
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As if Paris didn’t already have enough going for it, the city has a pleasant and mild climate almost all year long. Summers rarely get too hot so humidity doesn’t become much of a factor, and it rarely drops below freezing so snowfall is also rare.
Rainfall is consistent throughout the year but even that tends to be mild, though sudden fierce showers do happen with little warning at times. There’s always plenty of shelter available so you probably don’t need to pack for the storms, and layers are always a good idea.
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