Paris is one of the most popular destinations in Europe because it offers so many things—food, fashion, culture, nature, etc. But prices in Paris are generally high so it’s easy to blow your travel budget if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to visit Paris affordably.
In this Paris travel price guide, we’ve outlined the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit Paris
This Paris Price Guide is part of our City Price Guide Series where we break down the travel costs of Europe’s most popular cities.
Average Daily Cost For Visiting Paris
It costs around €65-€95/day to visit Paris comfortably as a budget traveler.
If you want to upgrade your accommodations, add another €80-€100/night depending on your level of accommodation. These prices also don’t include big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc.
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Paris: €95 (Approx. $100)
- Attractions: €18
- Food: €31
- Breakfast: €4
- Lunch: €8
- Dinner: €16
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €3
- Transportation: €4
- Accommodation (hostel): €40/night
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Paris: €63 (Approx. $68)
- Attractions: €8 (stroll around the city, spend the day in the park, or visit a free museum)
- Food: €21
- Breakfast: €2
- Lunch: €6.50 (sandwich from a bakery or a kebab with fries)
- Dinner: €10 (cook your own meal in the hostel)
- Treat: €2 (coffee in a café or a pastry)
- Transportation: €1.70 (single metro ride)
- Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): €32/night
Attraction and Museum Prices In Paris
There is never a shortage of things to do and see in Paris. You can easily spend a few weeks and not see everything. Wanting to see a lot? You might be able to save some money by using the Paris Pass. Check out our Paris Pass Review to get the most value from this popular city pass.
- The Louvre: €15-€17
- National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou: €15
- Musée d’Orsay: €14-€16
- Musée de l’Orangerie: €12.50
- Sainte Chapelle: €11.50
- Eiffel Tower (Top Level): €28.30
- Palace of Versailles (Palace and Grounds): €21.50
- Catacombs of Paris: €18-€29
- Walking Tours: Free (€5 tip) – €25
Paris Food Prices
Paris is world-renowned for its cuisine… but it comes at a cost. Luckily, even cash-strapped travelers can still eat well on a budget. However, it’s important to do your research because Paris is full of subpar restaurants so it’s easy to spend a lot of money on bad meals.
Check out The Savvy Backpacker’s guide to the Best Budget Restaurants in Paris to see how to eat cheaply in Paris.
Paris Budget Breakfast Prices: €2–€7
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less).
- You can also find plenty of budget-friendly options at the bakery. Croissants and other baked goods start at around €1.50. Coffee from a typical café will cost around €2. Hint: Drink your espresso at the bar and you’ll pay less.
Paris Budget Lunch Prices: €7-€15
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few Euros.
- Cheap takeaway meals (like kebabs with fries) will cost about €6.
- A ham and cheese crepe from a street vendor will cost about €4-€6 and more hearty crepes cost around €6-€10.
- A ham and cheese baguette sandwich with a small dessert and drink costs around €6-€8.
- A simple, yet filling and tasty, lunch from a local (i.e. non-touristy) restaurant will cost about €10-€15
Paris Budget Dinner Prices: €10-€20
- It isn’t too tough to find a good meal for about €15-€18. Look for the plat du jour or a fixed price (prix fixe) menu for the best deal. Again, you’ll need to leave the touristy parts of the city to get the best prices.
- A McDonald’s combo meal (burger, fries, and a drink) will cost €7-€9.
Paris Drinks and Alcohol Prices:
- A pint of beer will cost anywhere from €3-€7.
- A six-pack of beer from the store will cost €6-€8.
- A decent glass of wine starts at €3.
- A decent bottle of wine from the store will start around €5.
Recommended Budget Restaurants in Paris
- Grenier au Pain: Local favorite bakery and sandwich shop.
- Le Petit Vendôme: Classic Parisian bistro.
- Maison Castro: Baguette sandwiches with a Mediterranean twist.
- Urfa Dürüm: Amazing Turkish kebab sandwiches made with fresh homemade bread.
- Breizh Café: One of my favorite crepe restaurants.
- La Crêperie Josselin: Another crepe place that consistently makes the “best crepes in Paris” list.
- Bistrot Victories: Bistory that serves up tasty French classics at really good prices.
- Bouillon Chartier: Founded in 1896, this massive old-school Parisian restaurant is officially classified as a historic monument.
- Café de l’Industrie: A fun and lively neighborhood French bistro/restaurant near the Bastille.
- La Petite Rose des Sables: Tiny restaurant that’s run by an old French couple who are some of the nicest people in Paris.
- L’As du Fallafel: This spot is famous for its excellent falafel sandwiches.
- Pho 14: Cheap and tasty pho. Some of the best in Paris.
Paris Transportation Prices
Paris is a super walkable city so you’ll want to try walking as much as possible. You may find yourself only using public transportation once or twice. For this reason, we recommend purchasing a pack of 10 tickets and using them as needed. Note: The Métro (subway) and buses use the same ticket.
Since the beginning of 2022, metro tickets are still on sale, but are less widely used. They have been replaced by a rechargeable ‘Navigo Easy’ travel card, which is on sale in most stations on the Paris transport network, as well as in approved shops such as tobacconists, and can be recharged at station ticket offices, at kiosks or on the Île-de-France Mobilités application.
- Single one-way ticket: €1.90
- Pack of 10 one-way tickets: €14.90 (€1.37/each)
- Unlimited Day Pass (Mobilis): €7.50
- Paris Visite Pass
- 1-Day: €12.00
- 2-Day: €19.50
- 3-Day: €26.65
- 5-Day: €38.35
- RER (train) ticket from CDG airport into the city: €10.30
- Bus from CDG airport into the city: €12-€18
- Taxi from CDG airport into the city: €40-€70
Hostel, Hotel, & Rental Apartment Prices in Paris
Budget hotels are small, kinda junky, and still fairly expensive in Paris. You’ll have to drop some cash to get something nice. Hostels in Paris also aren’t that great—especially for how much they cost but there are a handful of solid hostels.
Paris Hostel Prices: €32-€60/Night
The nightly price of a well-rated hostel in Paris starts around €36-€48/night per person—although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. Private rooms start are around €100-€160. Check out the latest hostel prices at Hostelworld.
The Best Hostels in Paris
- Les Piaules
- Le Village Hostel Montmartre
- The Loft Boutique Hostel Paris
- Generator Paris
- St Christopher’s Paris Gare du Nord
Check out The Savvy Backpacker’s guide to The Best Hostels in Paris to get a more in-depth look at the city’s various hostel options.
Paris Budget Hotel Prices: €110-€150/Night
A decent budget hotel near the city center will cost around €130/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city or if you don’t mind staying in a super low-budget place.
Looking for a budget hotel? We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing based on demand, time of year, etc.
Paris Rental Apartment Prices: €100-€170+/Night
Paris has more vacation rental apartments than any other city so you’ll find a wide range of options. These rentals can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, you may also have to deal with inconvenient check-in processes and things like extra cleaning fees and service charges (which makes short stays quite a bit more expensive). For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice option for longer stays. Airbnb is popular but here’s a list of Airbnb alternatives that could help you find cheaper/better options.
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