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Looking for ways to save on your trip to Paris? Keep reading for our budget hotel picks, and articles on ways to save on Paris’ best affordable restaurants, bars, shopping, and much, much more.

Our Paris articles and guides:

• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on sightseeing and museums and shopping
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• The best affordable restaurants and bars
• Ways to save on transportation
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Sometimes budget-minded travelers are so preoccupied with saving on big things like hotels and flights that they end up losing money in more stealthy ways, like spending unnecessarily by failing to embrace cultural differences. One way to avoid letting your trip to Paris burn a hole in your wallet? Think twice before you tip. Americans » Read more

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Here are some budget-friendly ideas for how to celebrate French independence if you find yourself in the nation’s capital for Bastille Day this weekend. Warming Up Every year, Bastille Day (July 14) kicks off with the fireman’s brigade ball on the evening of July 13, where you can go and dance the night away (until » Read more

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

Models, beauty editors, bloggers, make-up artists and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are always obsessing about the French pharmacy and its legendary selection of cult beauty products. These secret weapons aren’t overpriced luxury items sold in department stores but no-nonsense everyday staples that can be found in every French person’s medicine cabinet (and in every make-up » Read more

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

Going to the movies is a no-brainer of a cheap date pretty much anywhere in the world. But France is the birthplace of cinema, and the Lumière brothers invented the concept when they held their first paid public film screening in Paris in 1895. Today the French are Europe’s number one movie-going population (and in » Read more

An Ephemeral Garden at Paris’ Hotel de Ville

An Ephemeral Garden at Paris’ Hotel de Ville

Every year since 2006, the sprawling plaza in front of Paris’ city hall has been transformed into an ephemeral garden, offering a shock of verdant relief in the heart of this eternally gray city. The Paris municipal crew responsible for maintaining the city’s 480 gardens, 20 cemeteries and the 100,000 trees lining its avenues and » Read more

How to Avoid ATM Fees While Traveling in Paris

How to Avoid ATM Fees While Traveling in Paris

UPDATE: As of 2014, Bank of America now charges 3% on withdrawn cash using the Global ATM Alliance. So while you can still save the $5 fee for withdrawing cash abroad using a Global ATM Alliance machine, B of A now charges you 3% on withdrawn money, making what was once a welcome customer service » Read more

Cheap Summer Film Festivals in Paris

Cheap Summer Film Festivals in Paris

If Hollywood is the movie-making capital of the world, Paris is the world’s mecca for cinéphiles. And while there are plenty of ways to save on big-screen entertainment all year round in Paris, summer is especially kind to film lovers, with a handful of annual events that exist for the sole purpose of making it » Read more

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

The “bateaux mouches,” Paris’ pleasure boats, are a surefire way to spend an hour or so any evening or night. The Seine is best experienced by night, when monuments are illuminated and feet are generally tired and ready for a break. Originally from Lyon, these boats have been a top attraction for tourist since the » Read more

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Planning a trip to Paris this summer? Your won’t be alone–or wanting for things to do. From “beaching it” along the Seine to exhibits of Titanic proportions, the city offers summer visitors plenty of opportunities to relax, indulge, learn and be entertained. Here’s my list of 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer: 1. Paris » Read more

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

The upbeat 12th arrondissement of Paris is in a constant process of reinventing itself and today constitutes one of the city’s most modern districts, with several upscale urban renewal projects to its name. A predominantly business and residential district, the 12th was traditionally regarded as one the less touristy quarters of Paris. Today, however, visitors » Read more

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

Your first time in Paris can be stressful, to say the very least. Among the stresses encountered when planning the trip is anticipating the costs–how much is this trip really going to cost, and what can you do about it? Like most major cities, Paris can be quite pricey, especially for first-time visitors who don’t » Read more

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Is it even possible to write a fresh word on Paris? “La ville lumière” is Europe’s most celebrated destination for tourists and it has attracted a galaxy of fine travel writers. The dust had hardly settled after the Napoleonic Wars before a flood of English-language guidebook writers descended on the city. Edward Planta’s 1814 guide » Read more

Paris: What makes a budget hotel special?

Paris: What makes a budget hotel special?

As my regular readers will have caught on to by now, I’m a huge fan of budget hotels, and specifically those in Paris. I visit them, stay in them and follow their changes (and sadly for some, their transformation into boutique hotels). I see them as a force of good in travel, a way for » Read more

Paris: 14 excellent budget hotels in the nearby suburbs

Paris: 14 excellent budget hotels in the nearby suburbs

Strictly speaking, the suburbs of Paris (“la banlieue”) are those communes that lie beyond Paris “intramuros,” in other words, outside the Peripheral Boulevard, the highway that runs around the city. While the word “banlieue” is meant to be a socially neutral term, the media often use it in a derogatory sense that is inexact and » Read more

Solo Travel in Paris: Simple tips for visiting Paris on your own

Solo Travel in Paris: Simple tips for visiting Paris on your own

Paris is a city for couples, and the countless number of lovers embracing in the streets is a constant reminder. But solo travelers needn’t shy away from the City of Light. Take it from an expert – there are plenty of ways to indulge in Paris on your own! Here are some tips I’ve developed » Read more

Paris: 5 hotels in the 10th and 11th that should be on the Cheapo radar

Paris: 5 hotels in the 10th and 11th that should be on the Cheapo radar

A few weeks ago I wrote about some favorite budget hotels in Paris’ less-touristic 19th and 20th arrondissements. These are great small hotels that I believe are too often dismissed by travelers as not central enough for their trips. However, as I pointed out, Paris’ northeast quarter is buzzing these days, and travelers seeking out » Read more

Paris Art Museums and Galleries: 5 ways to save on art

Paris Art Museums and Galleries: 5 ways to save on art

With its world class museums, Paris is a veritable feast for art lovers. If you’re planning on spending some of your time in the French capital soaking up all that glorious artwork on display, then it’s worth planning on how to get the most out of it. The majority of the city’s museums charge an » Read more

Paris: Who wins when budget hotels go boutique?

Paris: Who wins when budget hotels go boutique?

Legend has it that Oscar Wilde remarked shortly before his death: “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” The comment pertained to the hotel room where he was staying, which would become his final resting place. These days, the same building houses » Read more

Paris: 7 public buses that are great for cheapo sightseeing

Paris: 7 public buses that are great for cheapo sightseeing

There is a certain, almost voyeuristic charm to taking the buses in Paris. While plenty of tourist buses pack visitors in and offer them headsets to learn about the history of the major monuments, why not opt for a more local soundtrack? If nothing else, at €1.80 a ticket, riding the public buses is definitely » Read more

Paris: 5 Budget hotels with boutique style

Paris: 5 Budget hotels with boutique style

When looking for your home away from home in Paris, there are a few things to consider: location, comfort, ambiance, and, of course, price. But just because you’d rather save on accommodation and spend your cash on the many other fine things Paris has to offer doesn’t mean you have to settle for a shabby, » Read more

Paris: Popular budget hotels in less touristic neighborhoods

Paris: Popular budget hotels in less touristic neighborhoods

Northeast Paris is witnessing an interesting phenomenon. In this multicultural collage of gritty historic neighborhoods, bohemian quarters and more recently, piecemeal gentrification, several independently-run, quality budget hotels are enjoying increased popularity with travelers, thanks mostly to word-of-mouth. While these properties may be too far away from the traditional touristic routes for some tourists, other travelers » Read more

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

After a day of meandering through Paris’ museums, trolling boutiques or pounding the cobblestones as you see the sights, there’s nothing quite like taking a load off and parking yourself at a corner café to partake in that most pleasant of French table traditions, “l’apéritif,” or “l’apéro” for short. The French cherish that time of » Read more

Paris: 11 cheap hotels with personality

Paris: 11 cheap hotels with personality

When it comes to budget hotels in Europe, Paris is in a class of its own. Although it has a reputation as a city possessed by glamor and glitz (with prices to match), Paris still offers a range of inexpensive hotel options that make it surprisingly reasonable to visit. In our guide to Paris, we’ve » Read more

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

It’s market day and the Parisians go from the fruit stand to the cheese shop to the butcher – such a quaint way to shop, right? Well, actually, you’re just as likely to find Parisians going to the Monoprix or Carrefour supermarkets for a one-stop fix on all groceries, so this image is a bit » Read more

Religious Accommodations in Rome and Paris: Comparing convent-ional cheap sleeps

Religious Accommodations in Rome and Paris: Comparing convent-ional cheap sleeps

A few weeks ago, cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio checked in at the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI, a clerics’ hotel in Rome, before the launching of the secret electoral conclave that would lead to the Papal election. A few days later, now the new Pope, Padre Bergoglio religiously paid his bill while checking out. The final » Read more

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