Traveling abroad is no longer a luxury just for the wealthy. Anyone can take a trip to Paris and make just $50 stretch for a whole day! Whether you’re looking for nightlife and exploring the French culture or wanting a relaxing time on the beaches and massages, there are affordable ways to experience all Paris has to offer! Allons-y!
When checking out museums and historical sites, churches, and castles in Paris make sure to check their websites for bookings on Sundays. The city of Paris participates in a program entitled: free first Sundays programme, which lets people visit magical places for free on the first Sunday of every month. Some of the amazing places that participate in this program are the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Assistance Publique, which celebrates the history of Paris hospitals. This program can be a wonderful opportunity to experience parts of Paris and French culture that otherwise might not have made it onto your itinerary!
Where To Spend $50 In Paris
If you love movies and miss the days of drive-in movie theaters, make sure to check out Parc de la Villette free open-air cinema on your summer trip to Paris. Tickets are priced at only €7 and there are different and exciting movies playing every weekend night! There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase. Grab your friends and blankets to experience movie night under the stars of Paris!
Many people think of the busy and wild city life of Paris - one of the major metropolises in the world. However, in addition to the city life, there are also beautiful scenic areas and wild gardens of beautiful flowers to explore and these places are free to visit. Here are some amazing and exotic gardens to visit:
- Jardin d'Acclimatation
- Le Jardin des Plantes - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
- Parc de La Villette - Plein Air
- Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Square René Viviani
- Jardin du Luxembourg
While we are exploring romantic areas and beautiful surroundings head on over to The Love Wall. A wall dedicated to beautiful messages of love in every language from people around the world since 1992. Write your own messages of love or simply enjoy the spread of harmony and joy on this fantastic mural located at Square Jehan Rictus, Pl. des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France.
Continue your romantic date with a late-night picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant. Get a taste of the bohemian nightlife of Paris with your partner and head down to the Square du Vert-Galant with a bottle of wine, or your preferred beverage. This beautiful, intimate park is on the western tip of the Ile de la Cite. Watch the boats sail past on either side of the island and watch the sparkling tea lights add to your special dinner date in Paris.
Famous, Local City Spots with Free Tours
Of course, there’s no way to visit Paris without hitting some of the most popular highlighted spots but did you know some of these spots are actually free to visit? The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is open daily to the public from 8 am until 7 pm on weekdays. Admire the sculptures at Atelier Brancusi, free any time and experience authentic French art at its finest. In addition to art, France is also known for some of its famous architecture. Take a moment to Walk La Promenade Plantée. If you love fashion and all the glamour of French life but can’t afford tickets to some of the top runway shows, head over to Galeries Lafayette for free fashion shows! See all the latest trends hitting the streets in Paris and the world. Call ahead to check out showtimes: +33 0142 823025
Of course, one of the best and easiest ways to stretch your dollar in Paris is public transportation. Most places in the United States don’t have the best public transportation systems or prices are too expensive. In Paris, there are many options. If you love exercise and are willing to put in a bit more effort there are bike stations all around Paris. Rent a bike for the duration of your stay in Paris and bike around! This is a great way to discover small local places you might have missed otherwise - see where the locals go and find the best foods for the best prices!
If biking isn’t for you, there are still options! Try a temporary bus pass and download bus maps for easy travel around the city. Bus passes start at just €20. There are regular bus routes all through the major city and out to other small areas surrounding Paris if you’re looking for something more scenic.
With all these opportunities to save money and try amazing free adventures in the city, it’ll be worth it to splurge every once in a while on a fancy dinner out in Paris! à bientôt!