Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How to See Paris without Spending a Fortune

Paris without a doubt is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and from historic and cultural sights to shopping, dining and nightlife, Paris offer only the best but beware it all comes with a hefty price tag. No doubt Paris is an expensive place to visit but at the same time I would say Paris is also a paradise for budget travel. Seriously, you don’t need a fortune to see Paris; all you need is proper planning.

Here are some tips on ‘How to See Paris without Spending a Fortune’.

Getting Around: Just to travel from one point to another, the Metro, undeniably, is the fastest and the cheapest means but to see more of Paris, take a Paris L’Open Bus Tour which charges around €26 per person or hop on to one of the city buses, which are very tourist friendly. For more active travelers, renting a bicycle or a skate is an amazing way to see the city. But above all, nothing beats the experience of exploring Paris on foot.

Dining: Paris may be Europe's culinary centers but eating out in Paris can be very expensive. While dining out in Paris always order from the Prix-Fixe menu, dine in those small restaurants where average locals go for lunch. If your accommodation has a kitchen, cook your own meal, you will find possibly anything and everything you need in markets like Boul Richard Lenoir and Rue Mouffetard.

Accommodations: Hostels are the cheapest form of accommodations in Paris, but if hostels are not your thing, book a hotel in neighborhoods like 10th Arrondissement near Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. If you are visiting in group, rent a vacation apartment.

No matter where you are heading, planning ahead, booking your airline tickets, hotel rooms in advance, researching on that destination and knowing when to go always pays off.

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