Do you want to visit Paris without spending a fortune? Here are some tips from Lodgis for a «Low-Cost» discovery of the city of light.
Where to stay in Paris?
Paris doesn’t have a precise city center; on the contrary, the whole city is central. So you can stay in the 18th or the 14th and still find many of the same attractions offered in the central districts, meanwhile getting a more authentic experience around the local Parisians.
When choosing a rental apartment, avoid the most central arrondissements as they are also the most touristic and, by extension, the most expensive.
To save money, choose a rental apartment in Paris for a few days or a couple of weeks instead of a hotel room. That way you’ll also benefit from more space, comfort and authenticity.
What to eat in Paris
Make the most of the fully equipped kitchen available in a Paris rental apartment, and cook for yourself! A great way to cut your food budget whilst still eating well! Enjoy the delicious, fresh produce that you can buy at your closest market, where you’ll be able to fill your basket for a picnic by the Seine or a romantic aperol in the comfort of your apartment.
Stay connected in Paris
Benefit from internet access thanks to Wifi hotspots across the city: in numerous parks and gardens and every library in the city you can enjoy Free Wifi access.
Moreover, some applications for living in Paris provide you with the closest Wi-fi hotspots!
If you want to use your phone abroad without spending a fortune, consider buying a French sim card.
Visit Paris inexpensively
Some museums in Paris offer free entry on the first Sunday of each month; others are free all year round.
Most museums in the city, such as the Louvre, the Conciergerie or even Sainte Chapelle, are free for young people under the age of 26.
You can find more information here: Paris Info.
Parisian volunteers, such as Greeters and Paris le nez en l’air, offer free walking tours of the capital.
Go and discover Paris’ contemporary architecture for the price of a metro ticket. Archi-Bus offers 12 downloadable tours across 9 bus routes (30, 53, 60, 63, 64, 87, 88, 95 and 96), the traverse Ney Flandre, the T3 tram and line 6 of the metro.
No need to buy a bottle of water: there are plenty of public fountains available! You can find them all across the capital thanks to this City Map.
Tap water is the most highly regulated product in France and must meet the same requirements as bottled water and even mineral water.
More of a coffee drinker? It’s possible to get a coffee for less than 1 euro in Paris! See this Interactive Map. .
A tip from Lodgis Lodgis: Instead of spending 4 nights in a hotel, stay for a week or more for the same price in an apartment, and have a real Parisian experience! Check out our selection of apartments –our specialist advisers, who are passionate about Paris, will help you make your stay a success!.
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