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Looking for a little advice to make your Paris trip planning easier? As you can see below, we’ve got lots to say about practical matters, including simple ways to save, using credit cards, getting cash, what you should expect to pay, and more.

Also in our Paris guide:

• 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
• 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

10 French phrases that will save you money in Paris

10 French phrases that will save you money in Paris

So you’re feeling like you’ve mastered the “bonjours” and “mercis”? Maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don’t always work when you are shopping or dining in a café. We know the feeling when you want to say, “No, stop, please, I didn’t want the €65 box of » Read more

5 things tourists should relax about when visiting Paris

5 things tourists should relax about when visiting Paris

Some people come to Paris and try to fit in by wearing their best black outfit, staying in an obscure part of town and avoiding speaking English as much as possible. Sure, it’s fun to be a local, but at the end of the day, being a local also means working, cleaning your own bathroom, » Read more

Paris: When (and when not) to tip in Paris

Paris: When (and when not) to tip in Paris

Note: This article was updated on September 15, 2014 with new links and information. In a city where customer service is as low a priority as cleaning up after your dog, the scarcity of tipping in Paris should come as no surprise. Still, many Americans find it difficult to stop calculating 15-20% of the bill » Read more

Paris: 8 ways you can vastly improve your trip by paying just a bit more

Paris: 8 ways you can vastly improve your trip by paying just a bit more

As experienced budget travelers, we love to save money, but sometimes it’s just worth it to pay a bit more for something in Paris. After all, you probably flew from somewhere quite far away so why get the worst when a few cents more can get you something even better? Selective splurging won’t break the » Read more

Paris: Cheapo guide to the Opera district

Paris: Cheapo guide to the Opera district

Tucked between the chic rue St-Honoré, the brand-name department stores, and the Place Vendome, the Opera district doesn’t instill much hope for budget travelers. Crowned by the ornate Opéra Garnier, it might seem like this district is best left to the high rollers and Chanel-seekers. But fear not Cheapos, there is plenty to discover on » Read more

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

So you visit France every year—maybe two or three times a year—and you are thinking that you’d rather just move here for a while. Airfare does add up, after all. Well there’s no easy way to stay in France legally for more than 90 days unless you are a EU citizen, but there are plenty » Read more

12 tips for studying abroad in Paris

12 tips for studying abroad in Paris

If you’re a university student, chances are you may be planning your study abroad trip. If you’re lucky enough to be coming to Paris, you’ve got a lot to look forward to! Summer students have just descended upon the streets of Paris, and the fall semester and year-long students are on their way. If you’re coming » Read more

Summer in Paris: 9 ways to celebrate that won’t break the bank

Summer in Paris: 9 ways to celebrate that won’t break the bank

Looking for fun and affordable things to do this summer in Paris? Look no further. Just make sure you bring your own SPF since sunscreen can get pricey here… 1. Stroll les Berges de Seine The renovated banks along the Seine were one of the best gifts the mayor gave the city last year. This » Read more

Visiting Paris for the first time: 8 rookie mistakes to avoid

Visiting Paris for the first time: 8 rookie mistakes to avoid

Let’s face it, being a first-time visitor in Paris isn’t easy. Travelers have to deal with everything from jet lag and language barriers, to a new currency and figuring out the public transit system. Some of us save up our whole lives to visit the City of Light, so pricey mistakes aren’t something we want » Read more

Paris: 50 ways to save time and money in 2014

Paris: 50 ways to save time and money in 2014

Worried about what your upcoming trip to Paris might do to your wallet? Fear not! The City of Light might be Europe’s most visited, but it doesn’t need to be its most expensive. Below you’ll find tips for saving on every aspect of your trip, from getting in from the airport to sleeping, shopping and » Read more

How to spend three days in Paris

How to spend three days in Paris

Previously on EuroCheapo, we’ve presented helpful itineraries for a one-day trip to Paris that takes you to the city’s main attractions and a two-day trip that also includes the Left Bank and Montmartre. For a three-day tour, you’ll have even more liberty to wander a bit and take your time. Once you book your Paris » Read more

Paris here we come: 14 reasons to go in 2014

Paris here we come: 14 reasons to go in 2014

We know you don’t really need another excuse to visit Paris, but just in case you haven’t booked your ticket yet, maybe the thought of drinking at new hotspots along the Seine this summer or swimming under spectacular Art Deco ceilings will inspire you. Or how about the 125th birthday of that little tower you » Read more

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

More than half a million iPhones are stolen every year in Paris, and a majority of thefts on public transport, whether by pickpockets or more hands-on violent thieves, are targeted at iPhone owners. Here are some common sense tips about how to protect yourself before you leave for Paris, how to hamper a thief’s chances » Read more

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

We’ve given suggestions on how to avoid racking up ATM fees and offered an argument against indiscriminately using credit cards while traveling with your American wallet in Paris. To help you combat the stress of handling loose euro change and avoid ending up with an unused pile of centimes at the end of your trip, » Read more

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Many people prefer to pay for everything with plastic, to keep tabs on spending, accumulate rewards points or not have to hassle with ATMS or making change. But a brilliant system for managing your budget on home turf doesn’t always work when traveling in Europe, and hidden costs from using your American credit card abroad » 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

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

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

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: 6 books to read before your visit

Paris: 6 books to read before your visit

Now is the time to plan your next trip to Paris while the Parisians are suffering through cold wet days under dreary gray skies.  It’s a mess here.  Come now if you must, but otherwise take a bit of time to prepare your next trip by reading up on those who have already explored the » Read more

Paris: 13 reasons to visit Paris in 2013

Paris: 13 reasons to visit Paris in 2013

The New Year is upon us and it’s once again time to start planning that next trip to Paris, n’est-ce pas? Start searching for cheap airfare and the perfect hotel (in our Paris guide, naturally!) and, in case you need a little push, consider some of these 13 reasons to visit Paris in 2013: 1. » Read more

Paris without Parisians: The pros and cons of visiting in August

Paris without Parisians: The pros and cons of visiting in August

It’s August and that means vacation time in Paris! While the Louvre and Notre Dame are flooded with tourists from around the world, one piece of Paris is curiously lacking – the Parisians. Neighborhoods around town have seemingly emptied out and the usually crowded parks and picnic spots have a surplus of vacant space for » Read more

Paris Bastille Day Events

Paris Bastille Day Events

Bastille Day – or Le Quatorze Juillet – is right around the corner on July 14, so it’s time to prepare.  The national holiday in France is a serious affair.  Fortunately, no matter what your tastes are, there’s plenty to do in Paris all day long without emptying your wallet.  Here’s this year’s round-up of » Read more

Paris: Best Neighborhoods by Activity

Paris: Best Neighborhoods by Activity

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— In the same way that every region in France has its specialty food, every neighborhood in Paris has its strong point.  (Some areas just do a thing better!) To save you from seeking free museums or cheap eats in the wrong section of town, we’ve compiled a list of 10 popular Paris activities and neighborhoods that do them » Read more

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