Paris is one of the most exciting places to visit in the entire world. There’s so much to see, with a huge selection of restaurants, shops, museums, and attractions. But you don’t need a huge budget in order to enjoy all the amazing things the city has to offer. Here’s a breakdown of costs for 10 must-see sights in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower
Of course, you can’t go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. You can walk right up to the Tower for free - which means you can still marvel at the amazing architecture without actually setting foot inside. However, if you decide you must go up inside the tower, you have a couple of options. Don’t mind taking the stairs? It’s only 5 euros to go to the 2nd floor. If you want to go all the way to the top with a lift ticket, that’s 15 euros.
Want to make the visit a little more special? Paris City Vision offers a Skip-the-Line ticket that actually includes lunch for 45 euros. So, you don’t have to wait in line (which can sometimes be lengthy), and you can enjoy the amazing view while you dine on some tasty Parisian cuisine.
2. The Louvre Museum
The museums in Paris can be a little pricey if you don’t take advantage of special deals. A great option is the Paris Museum Pass, which offers you unlimited access to more than 60 attractions around the city. The best part? The pass lets you skip all the lines. Depending on how long you have in the city, you can purchase a 2-day pass for 42 euros, a 4-day pass for 56 euros, and a 6-day pass for 69 euros.
Just want to visit the Louvre (and the world-famous Mona Lisa) by itself? You can order your tickets ahead of time online for just $14.50 a person. Paris City Vision also offers a guided tour for 53 euros.
3. Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Cathedral is an absolutely stunning church in the heart of Paris. You can definitely include it in your visit because it’s absolutely free to enter. Enjoy the architecture, dating back to the 1100’s, and marvel over the gorgeous stained glass.
4. Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur is another must-see church in Paris. Located at the top of Montmartre’s hill, the building is as beautiful as the view from the site. It’s absolutely free to visit as well! Just be prepared for a pretty lengthy climb to reach it!
5. Arc de Triomphe
One of Paris’ most famous landmarks is the Arc de Triomphe (it’s in pretty much every movie set in Paris). If you’d like to walk around the structure, there’s no cost. However, if you decide you really want to climb to the top (warning: there are a lot of stairs!), it’s 9.50 euros. The Arc de Triomphe is also included in the previously mentioned Paris Museum Pass, so you can avoid paying an extra fee if you have one.
Montmartre is a great neighborhood to explore during a trip to Paris. Located in the 18th arrondissement, there are tons of interesting shops and restaurants. If you don’t feel like spending much money, just window-shop and pick up a baguette to snack on. Walking around this district is a fantastic way to get the feel of Parisian life (without spending too many euros).
7. Le Marais
An interesting area to explore is Le Marais in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in central Paris. It’s a great mixture of cultures, and because of the Jewish population, you can treat yourself to some delicious pastries. There are also some amazing options for Mediterranean food (I tasted one of the best falafel sandwiches ever here!). As long as you stick to a small budget for food, you’ll be able to venture around Le Marais without spending too much.
8. Champs de Elysees
The Avenue des Champs Elysees is like an even fancier version of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. They have tons of high-end stores and restaurants.To discover the area at its prettiest, consider taking a nighttime cruise that ends with dinner on the Champs de Elysees. Paris City Vision has a tour package for just 92 euros (a great deal considering you get a cruise on the Seine, a bus tour, and a delicious dinner!). You can also use a coupon code when you book the tour for even more savings!
9. Musee d’Orsay
Another can’t-miss museum is the Musee d’Orsay with one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist paintings. Admission is included in the Paris Museum Pass, or you can get an individual ticket for 11 euros. If you’d like a more in-depth tour, you can book an audioguide tour through Paris City Vision for 37 euros.
10. Musee de l’Orangerie
If you’re near the Louvre or the Champs des Elysees, check out the Orangerie Museum. You can view some amazing artwork or stroll through the picturesque Tuileries Garden. Tickets are 9 euros, but if you happen to be in Paris the first Sunday of the month, admission is free. You can also take advantage of a guided tour for just 6 additional euros.
The easiest way to stick to a budget in Paris? Do research before you head overseas. You’ll be able to find plenty of bargains so that your trip to the City of Lights can be a truly magical one!