Top 10 FREE Things to Do in Paris: The City of Love & Lights (France)

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Paris, France’s capital, might just be the most popular destination in Europe and I’m pretty sure that a visit to this wondrous city has been or is on your travel bucket list — it has certainly been on mine and I first landed in Paris a long time ago, yet up till now, I can still remember its utter magnificence!

I have to admit though that before my arrival, I had grim thoughts that it would just be one of those overly-romanticized destinations… but I was absolutely delighted when I proved myself wrong. With its sophisticated ambiance, cafe culture, wide boulevards, picturesque 19th-century cityscape, Axe Historique (line of monuments, buildings, and thoroughfares that extends from the center) and so many other enthralling features, there should really be no doubt at all about how Paris is a magical place!

In fact, it becomes even more magical once the night creeps in.

Best Tours in Paris?

Come and check out this list of the top things to do in Paris which features the best activities and tours to do in and out of the city!

However… as one of the global centers for art, culture, fashion, and gastronomy, I can understand how it can be such a dizzying ordeal to plan out an itinerary in Paris. So in order to help you save some time and effort, I will be giving you the highlights of this vast metropolis that you must absolutely see and do.

To make this deal even better, given how Paris is known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, I’d also like to prove that your trip does NOT need to be pricey at all because there are various things that you can do without spending a single dime!

So with this, I present to you the top 10 FREE things to do in Paris, the esteemed city of love and lights!

Free Things to Do in Paris

1. View the iconic Eiffel Tower

Free Things to Do in Paris: Eiffel Tower

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I bet that you’ve seen this coming! But well, of course, a trip to Paris will never be complete if you don’t take the time to visit the Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel) — though surely… how could anyone miss it? It sticks out like a sore thumb in Champ de Mars and it is the highest structure in the city!

TRIVIA: Standing at 324m high, the Eiffel Tower was supposed to be a temporary exhibit during the 1889 World Fair, functioning as an entrance arch to the event. But due to its popularity, it was never taken down. Today, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world named after Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, an engineer whose company designed and built this tower.
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Personally, knowing this fact amazed me because it’s similar to the story of Brussels’ famous Atomium structure which was also built during a World Fair and was not intended to last long; but since everybody liked it, it remains to stand today much like the Eiffel Tower.

It’s absolutely free to see the Eiffel Tower (either from Parc du Champ de Mars, Place du Trocadéro, Montparnasse Tower, and others). Though if you really want to experience climbing it, you will have to pay. To add, you have to be aware that the lines can get very long — remember, it IS the world’s most-visited paid monument!

Now, I haven’t tried climbing it myself but I know that the entrance ticket to the top is priced at €15 for adults (if you want to avoid long ticket queues, do book your ticket online.)

The tower has 3 levels: eating places on the 1st and 2nd levels and the observatory platform at the 3rd level. You can climb the stairs to the top, but typically, they close those off and make visitors use the lift (hence the reason for the long lines).

TIP: You don’t really have to go high up the tower because lounging by the park of Champ de Mars as you enjoy the view is already a rewarding experience in my opinion. To make the most of it, I suggest that you do a small picnic there: bring some food, wine, and a blanket! And if you have the time, stay up until dusk because it is in those moments that the Eiffel Tower truly transforms into a breathtaking structure. (They do a light show come night time).

Metro stop: Bir Hakeim or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel

2. Visit the two Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arches)

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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Yes, two! There’s the well-known Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Place Charles de Gaulle near Champs-Élysées and the lesser-known Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel near the Louvre Museum.

  • Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile
    (Arch of Triumph of the Star or simply ‘Arc de Triomphe’ which means Triumphal Arch)
    Standing in the center of the Étoile (‘star’) roundabout, this 1836 monument was built in order to honor those who have fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. If you stand under this arc, you will see all the names of the French victories and generals inscribed on the inner and outer surfaces. Another notable thing as well is that the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ is placed beneath this arc as a tribute to the 1.3 million French unidentified soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.
    • It is possible to go up the arc but that comes with a fee wherein ticket prices are at €9.50 for adults (children are free to come in).
    • Metro stop: Charles de Gaulle–Étoile
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  • Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
    Half the size to its eastern counterpoint Arc de Triomphe and located near the Louvre Museum, this Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was completed in 1808 in order to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories in 1805.
    • Metro stop: Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre
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3. Relax in the stunning city parks and gardens

Jardin du Luxembourg

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There are several beautiful gardens around Paris and some of my favorites are:

  • Jardin du Luxembourg
    A backdrop to the Palais du Luxembourg, this was built in the 1620s for Marie de Médici, Henri IV’s consort, and is the 2nd largest city park in Paris. Today, you will find here a lot of delightful things: modern playgrounds, game venues, orchards, fountains, statues, and ponds among many others!
    • Metro stop: St-Sulpice, Rennes or Notre Dame des Champs, or RER Luxembourg
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  • Parc du Champ de Mars
    I’ve already mentioned this in #1 as it is the garden that’s right in front of the Eiffel Tower. This used to be a parade ground for the 18th-century École Militaire, but today it is now a grassy place where you can have picnics with your friends!
    • Metro stop: Bir Hakeim or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
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  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
    This is Paris’ steepest park and if you don’t mind the exercise, I advise that you see this place for yourself! With its designed landscape, you will find here a lake, an island (with a temple to Sybil), waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and grottoes.
    • Metro stop: Buttes-Chaumont or Botzaris
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  • Parc Monceau
    A lesser-known park for tourists in Paris, this area holds a lot of beauty and history! Must-sees here are the follies or scaled-down building models from different ages and continents: a classical Roman colonnade, the an Egyptian Pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch Windmill and more.
    • Metro stop: Monceau
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  • La Promenade Plantée
    Built 3 storeys above ground, this is a tree-lined garden walkway that was built on an old railway line east of Paris and interlaced with staircases, viaducts, and streets. You will also find that this passes trough Viaduc des Arts, a bridge wherein its arches are now transformed into galleries.
    • Metro stop: Bastille or Gare de Lyon
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4. Take advantage of FREE entry to museums!

Louvre Museum

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Did you know that you can actually visit museums in Paris for FREE? Yes, you can! They have various admission types:

  • Free every day, all year round (Examples: Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de la Vie Romantique, etc.)
  • Free on 1st Sunday of the month, all year round
    • Free on 1st Sunday of the month, from 1st October to 31 March inclusive
    • Free on 1st Sunday of the month, from 1st November to 31 March inclusive
    • Free on 1st Sunday of the month, from 1st November to 31 May inclusive
  • Free admission during late evening closures
  • Free admission for under 26-year-olds and teachers (Examples: the Louvre, the Conciergerie, etc.)
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To see a complete list of museums under each of these types, go to this page.

TIP: Not a lot of people know about these free schedules; in fact, what most tourists only know about is the ‘Free on 1st Sunday of the Month’ scheme. Anyhow, it’s always best to be cautious because given how it’s free, the number of visitors could be larger than normal!
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Therefore, I advice that you try to come to the museums either very early or very late in order to avoid the crowd. (Though if you don’t mind paying, you can always purchase the ‘Paris Museum Pass‘ at 42€ for 2 days which gives you the chance to enter any museum without queuing).

For the top 3 museums that I love and which you shouldn’t forget to visit:

  • Musée du Louvre
    Truly a must! After all, this is not only one of the world’s largest and most diverse museums, but it is also one of Paris’ historical monuments. With over 35,000 works of art and its sheer size, it would actually be quite a task to explore everything (some say that one must dedicate at least 2 days in order to truly explore it all). For the star attraction of the museum, it would be no other than Leonardo da Vinci’s La Joconde or better known as Mona Lisa in Room 6, 1st floor, Denon. When I first saw it, I didn’t realize that it would be soooo small (with a throng of tourists surrounding it!).
    • Metro stop: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre.
    • Tour: Book here for a guided skip-the-line tour to Louvre!
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  • Musée d’Orsay
    Containing the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, you will see here the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Pissaro, and many other renowned artists worldwide. TRIVIA: The building was originally a railway station, Gare d’Orsay, which is actually an art piece in itself! You should absolutely see this place.
    • Metro stop: Assemblée Nationale or RER Musée d’Orsay
    • Tour: Book here for a skip-the-line ticket
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  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris & Petit Palais
    Dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries, these 2 museums includes spectacular pieces. The building structure is also a marvelous work of art! TIP: Near Petit Palais, pass by the Grand Palais too which is an impressive exhibition hall.
    • Metro stop: Iéna / Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
    • Tour: Book here for a skip-the-line ticket
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5. Catch a FREE event for music, fashion, and more!

Galeries Lafayette

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The list of free things to do in Paris never ends because there are also tons of cultural events that you can go to at NO cost! For the highlights:

  • Free Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette
    Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket department store in Paris that is aesthetically breathtaking! In here, it’s possible to get a taste of the city’s fashion scene since every Friday afternoon (3PM), they showcase a free fashion show of professional models as they market the store’s collection. To be able to attend this event, you just need to confirm or ‘book’ your seat in advance by sending them an email at: [email protected], calling their number +33 1 42 82 30 25, or head to the Welcome Desk of Galeries Lafayette to inquire.
    • Metro stop: Auber or Chaussée d’Antin
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  • Free Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette
    Runs during July and August, this wonderful Parc hosts a free open air cinema festival every year as it follows a particular theme (with many of the films in English). To see the schedule, you can go to their website: www.lavillette.com/agenda
    • Metro stop: Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin
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  • Free Organ Concert at Église St-Eustache
    One of Paris’ beautiful Gothic churches, Église St-Eustache holds free organ concerts every Sunday at 5:30PM. Truth be told, their organ here is said to be one of the biggest in the world with over 8,000 pipies!
    • Metro stop: Les Halles
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To see a complete list of free cultural events around Paris, come check out this page!

NOTE: If you rather have the money to spare and are in the mood for a night out in a true Parisian opera house, come check out Palais Garnier, a 1,979-seat opera house which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. (Metro stop: Opéra)

6. Lounge and stroll around the picturesque rivers and canals

Seine River Cruise

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Apart from all the historical landmarks and monuments, you could also glance at the best views in Paris near its rivers and canals; that’s why you should try and spare some time for walking!

Come and stroll around the spots below:

  • Seine River Canal
  • St-Martin (between République and Gare du Nord)
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You should definitely try a night stroll too! Otherwise, you can always pick a spot where you can have a picnic or a nearby cafe where you can have a snack. Spend the time ‘crowd watching’, or just simply bask away in the atmosphere of Paris and its residents.

7. Celebrate and witness love in special attractions

Love Wall: Free Things to Do in Paris

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We’ve all heard of the Love Lock Bridge in Pont des Arts near the Louvre Museum where couples put locks on the rails, after which they will throw the keys to the river as a sign of their ‘eternal’ love. However, the authorities have taken the steps to take these down — which is for good reason! You can still see some leftover locks here and there though. Anyhow, you shouldn’t fret because Paris will remain to be a city of love.

You will not only see this through the French people and tourists on the streets but also through the numerous romantic places that Paris is adorned with. But if you really want to see a Parisian place that’s akin to the Love Lock Bridge, head over to the Wall of Love or Love Wall! (Pictured above).

I bet that most of you haven’t heard of this! Located in the Jehan Rictus garden square of Montmartre, the ‘Love Wall’ is a mural that features hundreds of ‘I Love You’ phrases in all the different languages in the world. (Tourists typically search for the phrase that is in their language so that they can take a picture with it).

NOTE: If you’re a fan of Inception (the movie), head over to Pont de Bir-Hakeim which is a bridge that crosses the Seine River. Though the movie wasn’t really that ‘romantic’, this place can be a dreamy spot of its own! (Metro stop: Bir-Hakeim)

8. See the final resting places of famous historical personalities

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

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This might be a grim tour for some of you, but if you’re interested, there are these two cemeteries that are famous in Paris (and even around the world) given how they have become the final resting places of several well-known people worldwide in arts, music, and more.

Plus, if you think about it… this could be the closest that you can get with some of the individuals that have made a name in history!

  • Cimetière du Père Lachaise
    With over 70,000 tombs, most of which are elegantly-designed, the most-visited ones are those of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Proust, etc. (You can pick up a cemetery map at the conservation office near the entrance).
    • Metro stop: Père Lachaise or Gambetta
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  • Cimetière du Montparnasse
    Paris’ second largest cemetery, in here you will find hundreds of eminent Parisians that have been laid to rest. Some of those that you will find here are the writer couple Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, playwriter Samuel Beckett, and singer Serge Gainsbourg among many others!
    • Metro stop: Edgar Quinet or Raspail
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NOTE: The Catacombs or Les Catacombes is the popular underground ossuary or resting place in the city that holds about 6 million French people (skulls and bones) and 2 kilometers long. This is a paid tour at €8 (for adults) and the wait can get long. But if you have the money and time to spare, it’s quite an interesting escapade. (Metro stop: Denfert Rochereau)
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Purchase a skip-the-line ticket for the Catacombs online.

9. Window-shop in Paris’ quintessential markets

Champs Elysees

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It’s no news that Paris can be ‘pricey’ — it IS the center of France and one of the globe’s most expensive cities after all!

Nevertheless, as I am trying to show you in this post, you can enjoy a lot of things here for free. One of which is visiting the city’s grand shopping spots that are so elaborately and elegantly designed. Walking along these areas is absolutely at no price and some of the best spots that you should remember are:

  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées
    Situated near the Arc de Triomphe, strolling through this tree-lined avenue is a MUST on your itinerary! It is over 1.9 kilometers long filled with various cafes, luxury shops, and theaters — this is also where the Tour de France typically holds its final sprint and where the military parade is held during Bastille Day.
    • Trivia: Its name is French for Elysian Fields which is ‘heaven’ for dead heroes in Greek mythology.
    • Metro stop: Charles de Gaulle–Étoile, George V, Franklin D Roosevelt or Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
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  • Galeries Lafayette
    With its golden hues and breathtaking glass and steel dome, this is a department store that could act like a landmark in itself! In here you can find various luxury stores, restaurants, cafes and many others for your window-shopping fancy.
    • Metro stop: Auber or Chaussée d’Antin
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TIP: Though not as ‘stylish’ as the two shopping places above, Shakespeare & Co. can be a literary-lovers’ paradise! Previously a gathering place for writers in the 1920s (to people like Ernest Hemingway and others), today, it functions as a regular bookstore, a second-hand bookstore, a reading library, and a budding writer’s haven.
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I say this because it is said that this place turns into a sleeping place for any struggling writer — and in exchange, they are just expected to help out in the bookstore. (Metro stop: St-Michel)

10. Marvel at the city’s breathtaking cathedrals and churches

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

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Three of my favorites:

  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
    A masterpiece of Gothic architecture in France, this is a historical cathedral that you shouldn’t miss! It helps to note that cathedrals are different from churches since for example, it is in this Notre-Dame cathedral where you can find the official chair (cathedra) of the archbishop of Paris.
    • Now if you have the money to spare (typically €8.50 for adults) you can enter the cathedral and climb up its North Tower wherein you can see a good view of Paris’ cityscape and the cathedral’s iconic gargoyles! But a view from outside is already enough; for the best view, go and sit at the park behind the cathedral that is called as Square Jean XXIII.
    • Metro stop: Cité
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  • Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
    Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this basilica is located at the summit of Montmartre which is the highest point in the city.  For €6 (adults) you can go inside and up to the basilica’s dome wherein you can enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. If not, lounging around the grassy area by the 234 steps or strolling around the artsy neighborhood is a rewarding experience in itself.
    • Metro stop: Anvers
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  • Église de la Madeleine
    Styled like a massive Greek temple, this was initially made in honor of the glory done by Napoleon’s army.  Today, it stands as a church where classical concerts are regularly held.
    • TIP: Go up the staircase to witness a Parisian panorama, and the best thing about it? Entry here is for free!
    • Metro stop: Madeleine
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BONUS: Other FREE Things to Do in Paris

La Defense, Business District

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  • EAT cheap or for FREE in Paris!
    This might sound too good to be true, but I kid you not — you CAN get a meal in Paris without paying anything! As long as you time your visit well, you can often get a free meal as long as you buy a drink first. For example, restaurants like Le Bouillon Belge, Le Grenier, Le Tribal Café and Les Trois Frères serve a free dish once or twice a week to its customers.
    • For more information about this, go to this page.
    • If you’re rather looking for cheap eats in iconic Parisian sections and markets, come check the following places:
      • Montmartre
        Called as the artist’s district, you will see here a lot of interesting shops and boutiques; but of course, you will also see a lot of great French eateries to satisfy your cravings!
        Metro stop: Anvers
      • Latin Quarter
        Filled with educational institutions, it follows that the Latin Quarter is known for its student life — as they are the district’s common clientele, you can expect that most of the bistros and restaurants here can be well within your budget.
        Metro stop: Saint Michael
      • Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
        A vast flea market, it is said that it could be Europe’s largest! Apart from the various stalls full of clothing and things, you will also find food and quaint specialties to be offered.
        Metro stop: Porte de Clignancourt
      • Marché d’Aligre
        In here, you will find all the fineset staples of French cuisine: wine, meat, cheese, chocolate, pastries, charcuterie and more!
        Metro stop
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  • Explore the modern side of Paris
    Although it is not officially a part of Paris, La Défense is a wonder of its own that you should absolutely see! Just west of the city, this is a major business district that is more modern and speckled with skyscrapers with interesting architectural styles and monuments.
    • For example, its Grande Arche de la Défense is a 20th century version of Arc de Triomphe, but instead of dedicating it to military victories like the latter, the Grande Arche is a monument that is for humanity and humanitarian ideals. Also, in line with Paris’ ‘Historical Axis’, it is positioned in a way that it faces against the Arc de Triomphe because if you stand from this point, you will clearly see the arc and Champs-Élysées in the distance. So in a sense, this is the 3rd arch in Paris.
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Paris Travel Guide

» Best Time to Visit

Any time and any season! May it be spring, summer, autumn, or winter, Paris is an amazing place to visit; however, if you want to avoid the crowd, the low season will be during winter (with late spring and autumn as shoulder seasons).

  • WINTER:
    Dec to Feb
  • SPRING:
    March to May
  • SUMMER:
    June to Aug
  • AUTUMN:
    Sept to Nov

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» Getting in to Paris

By air. Paris is served by 3 international airports, namely Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy ; CDG), Orly International Airport (ORY), and Beauvais (BVA) — with CDG being the most popular one. If you want to find the best flight deals, I suggest booking with Skyscanner.

NOTE: In 2022, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will require Japanese citizens to pre-register for stays up to 90 days in France. See here for more information on ETIAS France for Japanese.

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» Visa for France

France is part of the Schengen Area in Europe. If you’re NOT a citizen of any of Schengen’s exempted countries, you are required to avail of a visa beforehand. (If you’re from the Philippines, you can read my guide on how to get a France visa in Manila here.)

  • Check full visa requirements here as per your nationality.

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» Where to Stay (Paris Accommodations)

To search for the best hotel accommodation in Paris at the best prices, I suggest cross-checking hotel prices between Agoda and Booking.com. But if you’re rather interested in renting comfortable houses or apartments, you should search through AirBnB.

For the top picks in Paris hotels, see here.

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» France Currency

France uses the Euro (EUR) wherein €1 equals to about USD$1.14~ / Php 58~ (this is as of January 2022). In the event that you want to exchange your money for EUR, I highly advise that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport since the rates there are not competitive.

  • How to best exchange your currency? Either exchange it at a bank or at a money exchanger in your home country or in Paris’ city center. Better yet, just withdraw from an ATM with your debit/credit card — however, you must do one big withdrawal to minimize fees with your bank. Speaking of cards, a lot of Paris’ establishments accept credit cards but it’s always advisable to have cash on hand because a lot of smaller shops do not accept cards.

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» Cost of Travel in Paris

To give you an idea, you should expect to travel in Paris with an average daily cost of about USD $70~ per person on a budget, or at least $200~ if you want to experience more comfort on activities, tours, hotels, and more. (Values below show low budget to medium budget ranges).

  • Hotels: $50 to $130 USD / day
  • Food: $15 to $35 USD / day
  • Fun: $20 to $70 USD / day
  • Transport: At least $7 per day on public transport

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» How to Get Around Paris

By foot. One of the best things about Paris is that it’s a great pleasure to explore it on foot; after all, most attractions are not too far from one another and it makes for great opportunities to see sights along the way that you wouldn’t normally see under the metro subway.

By metro. Paris has an excellent underground train system called the Métro (short for Chemin de fer métropolitain, Metropolitan Railway) in which most entrances are marked either with a large “M” or by one of Hector Guimard’s ‘Art Nouveau’ station entrances. For buying tickets, all metro stations have both ticket windows and vending machines (take note that the latter usually only accepts coins or European credit cards with a pin-encoded chip on the front). A single ticket costs €1.90 but you can also buy tourist passes that span for 1, 2, 3, and 5 days.

By bicycle or scooter. This is certainly a good alternative to driving, public transport, and walking and there are several places where you can rent a bike such as Vélib in which you can rent for just €1.70 for 1 day or €8 for 7 days. As for scooters, there are several Vespa tour companies that rent scooters and they usually start from €40 per person.

By taxi or private car. Given the horrible traffic, I don’t recommend this as a mode of transportation. Also, taxis can get quite expensive _ but anyhow, if you want to, they usually have a €6.50 minimum fee on all taxi journeys (which is on top of your meter fare). Uber also operates in Paris so that can be an option if you want a more secure ride.

Meanwhile, when you’re mapping out your day-to-day route, just use Google Maps because it will show in detail the fastest connections you can do (by walking, by car, by bus, and by train).

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» Staying Connected in Paris

France has one of the fastest internet connections in the world so you’re assured of great connection wherever you go. Hotels and most shops (even convenience stores) offer FREE WiFi connections — but in order to stay connected online at all times during your Paris trip, I recommend getting your own pocket WiFi or an eSIM (use code AILEEN684 to get a $3 discount).

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» Safety in Paris

Paris is one of the safest countries in the world — however, this is NO excuse to get too complacent. ‘Little crime’ does not mean ‘no crime’, so stay vigilant and be “street smart” by using your common sense at all times (especially since Paris is one of the most visited cities worldwice).

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» Helpful French Phrases

Hello (formal): Bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR)
Hello (informal): Salut (sah-LUU)
Thank you: Merci (merr-SEE)
Yes: Oui (WEE)
No: Non (NOHN)
Goodbye (formal): Au revoir (oh ruh-VWAHR)
Goodbye (informal): Salut (sah-LUU)

Excuse me: Pardon (pahr-DOHN) or Excusez-moi (ehk-SKEW-zay MWAH)
I’m sorry: Je suis désolé (zhuh swee DAY-zoh-LAY)
Is there someone here who speaks English?: Est-ce qu’il y a quelqu’un ici qui parle anglais? (ess keel-ee-AH kel-KUHN ee-see kee PAHRL lahng-LEH)
Help!: Au secours! (oh suh-KOOR!)
Cheers!: À votre santé! (ah vot-ruh sahn-tay!)

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Booking Essentials

Book an AirBnB
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TIP: It’s a good idea to crosscheck your World Nomads‘ total travel insurance price with that of SafetyWing because the latter is often priced cheaper (especially when it involves travel that spans for several weeks or months — and even years!).
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However, take note that SafetyWing’s affordability typically means lesser coverage than World Nomads. So please always ensure that you read the fine print in order to decipher which travel insurance company is the right fit for you and your trip!

Looking for more travel tips for France?

Check out my other detailed France travel guides!

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Free Things to Do in Paris

Overall

A trip to one of the world’s most sought-after destinations — Paris — surely doesn’t have to be expensive. As you can see by now, if you’re into doing ‘budget travel’, there is no shortage of FREE things to do in Paris.

It just takes some research and fortunately, I’ve already done that for you with the help of this article. So enjoy!

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58 Comments

  1. rain

    Hi I we be coming to Paris 12/22/15-1/3/16 what places or area should I avoid since the bombings happen

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    • Aileen

      Hey Rain, it’s great to hear that you’re coming to Paris despite the recent attacks! Much like you, I think that we shouldn’t let terror hinder us from doing what we love to do. As for your question though, unfortunately, as I’m no longer in that area, I wouldn’t really know the places to avoid. Some embassies have advised that tourists avoid public areas, but that can’t really be avoided if you’re visiting Paris. So what I just suggest is that you stay vigilant, and contact your related embassy to know about the places you should be wary of. Enjoy your trip and keep safe!

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  2. Riz

    Great List! This one’s bookmarked!
    I’ve been researching about Paris and never heard about Love wall. Sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing ;)

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    • Aileen

      Thanks for that Riz! Are you traveling to Paris anytime soon? If you are, I hope you’ll love it!

      Reply
  3. Julie

    I am planning a trip next September to Paris and this information is extremely helpful. Thank you!

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    • Aileen

      I’m happy to hear that Julie! Enjoy your trip and I hope my tips can help you have a great time. Cheers!

      Reply
  4. προσκλητηρια γαμου

    Paris is definitely one of the most expensive cities of the world (although on of the most interesting…)
    Any suggestion to do and enjoy things in Paris for free or spending very little is always welcomed. Thank you!

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    • Aileen

      You’re welcome! I hope this helps you on your next Parisian trip ;)

      Reply
  5. Daniela Frendo @ Grumpy Camel

    This is a good summary of things to do in Paris.

    I visited this city four years ago, and it’s probably one of the most expensive places I’ve been to so far. In fact I wish I had known some of the things you mentioned here before visiting Paris.

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    • Aileen

      I’m happy to hear that you liked this post, Daniela! :D And aw, I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe now, this calls for a second trip, yes? ;)

      Reply

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