Paris is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It offers so many things — food, fashion, culture, nature, etc. It is also a city that can break the bank very quickly. BUT that doesn’t have to be the case because there are plenty of ways visit the city affordably. Below are daily costs to help you estimate your daily travel costs.
How much you can expect to spend on an average day for the budget-conscious traveler.
Average Daily Cost: €75 (Approx. $90)
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Paris: €40 (Approx. $48)
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 there are a ton of subpar restaurants in Paris so if you’re not careful you’ll spend a lot of money on a bad meal.
Budget Breakfast — Free – €7
Budget Lunch: €5-€15
Budget Dinner: €10-€20
Drinks and Alcohol:
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 away. For this reason, I recommend purchasing a pack of 10 tickets and using them as needed. Note: The metro (subway) and buses use the same tickets and are the same prices.
Single one-way ticket: €1,70
Pack of 10 one-way tickets: €13,70 (€1.37/each)
Unlimited Day Pass: €6.80
Paris Visite Pass
RER (train) ticket from CDG airport into the city: €9,75
Bus from CDG airport into the city: €10,50
Taxi CDG airport into the city: €40-€70
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 aren’t that great — especially for how much they cost. Apartment rentals can be a very attractive option if you’re traveling with two or more people.
Hostels: €25-€45 (bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about €32/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room expect to pay €50-€100.
Budget Hotels: €50-€150
At the low end you shouldn’t expect much but once you get around €100/night the hotels get a bit better (think Super 8 or Motel 6).
Rental Apartment: €65-€120+
From my experience rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals.
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