EuroCheapo's Paris Planning Articles

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

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

Paris: 5 tips for doing laundry in Paris

Paris: 5 tips for doing laundry in Paris

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— While walking down Avenue Montaigne in Paris and checking out the Chanel and Givenchy shops, I get self-conscious. This is why I rarely walk down that particular street. Fashion is a quintessential part of Parisian culture, whether we like it or not. Alas, if I’m not going to wear designer clothes in » Read more

Arriving in Paris: Getting to your hotel, situated and settled

Arriving in Paris: Getting to your hotel, situated and settled

By Theadora Brack in Paris— It’s almost summertime, and soon the touring and discount shopping in Paris will be easy. Feeling the love, rhythm, and a bright new mood, here are few tips to help you ease into your first day in the city. I will take you there! (Here’s a shopping fanatic alert: “Les » Read more

Paris: 55 ways to save on your trip to Paris in 2012

Paris: 55 ways to save on your trip to Paris in 2012

As we prepare for the summer travel season, we turn our attention to Paris, the world’s most visited city—and a city that remains quite Cheapo-friendly, if you follow some basic rules. Fortunately, EuroCheapo’s two fantastic Paris correspondents, Theadora Brack and Bryan Pirolli, remind us of those rules in their weekly dispatches from the city. We’ve » Read more

Best Paris movies, books and music of 2011

Best Paris movies, books and music of 2011

By Theadora Brack in Paris— According to my movie producer pal, George, the world boils down to two basic categories: the best and the worst. Anything in between isn’t worth talking about. Mediocrity is a crime, he often quips. As you can well imagine, his dinner parties in Paris are always quite lively, dramatic and » Read more

Paris Prices: The maximum we’d pay for everyday items

Paris Prices: The maximum we’d pay for everyday items

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Sometimes when I hear what people spend on certain items in Paris, I can’t help but feel a little depressed, especially if they tell me they’re on a budget. Splurge items aside, there are limits to what I’ll pay on everyday items (mostly in order to afford the aforementioned splurges–I’m » Read more

Paris: 7 things that are always free in Paris

Paris: 7 things that are always free in Paris

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— While many essentials in Paris, like hotels and macarons, or even plastic bags and shopping carts, come with a price, other items are surprisingly free. Knowing when to ask for basic Parisian rights can be tricky, so here’s a list of a few things for which you should never have » Read more

Paris: The not-so-hot list, with happy alternatives

Paris: The not-so-hot list, with happy alternatives

By Theadora Brack in Paris— Typically I share what’s hot in Paris, but this week, I’ve decided to drop what’s not so hot. My list is short and personal. There isn’t much I dislike about the city. Heck, I even dig the kitschy Latin Quarter. Like designer Jean Paul Gaultier says, “Everything is beautiful if » Read more

Proposing in Paris: 5 romantic spots for an inspired proposal

Proposing in Paris: 5 romantic spots for an inspired proposal

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Whether you’re a gay couple from New York celebrating your newfound right to wed or you’re simply inspired by the romantic aura of the City of Light, proposing in Paris never goes out of style. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the padlocks of love lining the Pont » Read more

Are Parisians rude? 5 tips to minimize bad treatment

Are Parisians rude? 5 tips to minimize bad treatment

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— It’s a longstanding and debatable stereotype that Parisians are rude. Many visitors to Paris who try to speak French, order a salad without pork, or try to ask for directions often have the impression that the local they address are anything but kind and welcoming. It may be cultural misunderstanding, » Read more