Planning Your Stay in Paris

Be sure to plan your visit in advance! Consider the length of your stay as well as your personal interests, because the list of things to do in Paris is infinite. It would be a shame to miss out on the side of Paris that could dazzle you the most. The internet is a great place to start, but you could also purchase a more precise guide, for a more local Paris tour. Also, take a look at a map before arriving to give yourself an idea of the city’s geography.

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When to Visit Paris

Visitors flood Paris all year round, especially in the summer. If you’d rather avoid the hoardes of tourists, come in winter (outside of the holidays, bien sûr!).The ideal times to come are between April and June and from September to October as there are fewer tourists, a more hospitable climate, and various events (Journées du Patrimoine, Nuit blanche, fairs and exhibitions).

Budget

You get what you pay for and this tends to be inflated in Paris. Visiting one of the world’s most beautiful cities comes at a high price! Count on paying at least 80€ a night for a basic hotel room. Also plan on dishing out at least 20€ euros eating out for lunch and up to double that for dinner. If you’re on a tight budget, consider alternative accommodations such as couchsurfing, airbnb, and youth hostels (you could slash the cost of your trip in half!). Take advantage of the menus offered by small neighborhood bistrots. They usually run around twelve to 15€ at lunchtime (double at dinner) and comprise three courses. This is also a great way to experience authentic cuisine à la bonne franquette.

If you plan to use public transportation, consider multiple-day specials or carnets. Thirty euros could get you an unlimited five day pass that grants access to the metro, bus, and tramway systems, which will seriously pay of off if you use public transportation at least three times daily for five days.

Concerning museums and entertainment, you’ll pay anywhere from 5€ to 12€ for an entrance (those under twenty-six often get in for free). If you’re a museum person, consider getting a Paris Museum Pass. Going to the movies costs 9€ a pop, double that for plays and triple it for opera.

Quench your thirst with a refreshing beer for around 4€. Watch out for tourist traps and stick to more remote bistrots instead of train station cafés where the same beer can cost you up to 5€ (rude server included). In the mood for a quick coffee? If you consume at the bar instead of sitting down en terrasse, you’ll save about half the price.
Finally, don’t forget your camera, something warm to wear, an umbrella, among the things qu’il faut to visit the French capital.

Bon voyage!

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