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: Cheapo day trips to Giverny, Rouen, Chartres and Reims

Paris: Cheapo day trips to Giverny, Rouen, Chartres and Reims

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— As Paris begins to blossom, spring fever starts to hit and even the most ardent lovers of Paris may feel the itch to get away for a day and stretch their legs in the countryside. Many visitors will head to the grandiose Chateau de Versailles or even the nearby Chateau » Read more

Paris: 7 ways to avoid crowds at sights, stores and more

Paris: 7 ways to avoid crowds at sights, stores and more

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— When you’re visiting Paris and “hitting the sights,” you shouldn’t spend half of your precious time waiting in lines. If you follow a few simple tips, you could curtail those lines and large groups and spend more time strolling the streets and relaxing in cafés after a day of successful » Read more

Paris: Take care of yourself at the neighborhood pharmacy

Paris: Take care of yourself at the neighborhood pharmacy

By Theadora Brack in Paris— There are certain hazy shades of winter in Paris that can wreck a Cheapo’s complexion! So where do I go for a lil’ beauty SOS during the colder months? Like the locals, I usually head to my trusted neighborhood pharmacist, and she’s never let my well-hydrated visage (face) or mains » Read more

Paris: Top 10 Things to Do for Less than €10

Paris: Top 10 Things to Do for Less than €10

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Sometimes in my tiny apartment in Paris, I find a few euros that I hid away for a rainy day, which are numerous in this city. Discovering a ten euro bill, however, can offer me the chance to do something fun, different, or exciting. To finish up the year, here’s » Read more

Paris: Where to meet fellow travelers and make friends

Paris: Where to meet fellow travelers and make friends

By Professor Stephen Solosky— My fondest memories of traveling to Paris are when I traveled solo. Paris is a city of discovery and when traveling alone, I felt free to look into every nook and cranny of the city to find new museums, galleries, boutiques and markets. Traveling solo gives me the freedom to walk » Read more

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

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

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 before it hits the café table. Some visitors and foreigners in Paris take a » Read more

5 fun things to do with kids in Paris

5 fun things to do with kids in Paris

Growing up, my dad’s battle cry was, “Tour it, explore it and adore it!” Entire weekends were spent discovering Washington D.C. (with kazoos in hand). Because I helped plan the days we spent there, the museum-lined National Mall became both our second backyard and my very first frontier. So in celebration of freedom of choice » Read more

How to Street Signs in Paris

How to Street Signs in Paris

Hit the ground running in Paris! Don’t let a little language barrier trip you up, not when there is so much signage to lend a guiding hand and make your transition as smooth and exciting as a Johnny Weir solid gold triple axel! 1. “Sortie” Exit signs are clearly marked by the word, “Sortie,” which » Read more

Paris In A Cheapo Minute: City tips A-Z

Paris In A Cheapo Minute: City tips A-Z

With my pointy arrow, I feverishly pen this post from Paris. February marks my one-year anniversary with EuroCheapo! In honor of this sparkling occasion, I pop open the flashbacks along with a few brand-spanking-new insider nuggets! Read on, Cheapo! A for Abbesses By now it’s no secret that “Amélie” was filmed here, but did you » Read more

Paris Prices: What you can expect to pay—and how to pay less

Paris Prices: What you can expect to pay—and how to pay less

When you plan a vacation, you generally budget a certain amount that you want to pay for airfare and a hotel. Yet, many forget to plan for all the little expenses—which can really add up if you’re not careful. Here’s our handy cheat sheet for what you can expect to pay for some basic items in Paris, as well as » Read more

Paris Tips: Cheap airport taxi, cheapo makeover, post-holiday sales and more!

Paris Tips: Cheap airport taxi, cheapo makeover, post-holiday sales and more!

Ushering in 2010 like Folies Bergère high-kickers, let’s crack-open my personal Paris rolodex! Take a peek at a few of my insider tips and “bonne addresses.” Come hither, Cheaparazzi, let’s take a spin! 1.Cheapo taxi to the airport Let’s face it, we’ve all got baggage. And sometimes it’s pretty heavy, so occasionally I cab it » Read more

7 tips for spending the Christmas holiday in Paris

7 tips for spending the Christmas holiday in Paris

I love Paris in the winter when it glitters. I love this city when it glows with countless strands of tiny white lights. It goes straight to my head! Getting in the mood for the holidays here is never difficult, but to help it happen, here are seven ways to light your Paris match. Come, Cheapos, follow » Read more

Paris Dilemma: The museum is closed for renovations. Now what?

Paris Dilemma: The museum is closed for renovations. Now what?

As is true for museums in all cities, it’s sometimes necessary for museums in Paris to shut their doors for renovations or just to get the works back in peak condition. But what’s a Cheapo to do when that happens during your visit? Though these three museums and museum wings may be closed for the » Read more

Paris: Smart tourists know these 3 scams

Paris: Smart tourists know these 3 scams

Sure, we all know Paris is a big city with it’s fair share of petty crime – even the announcements in the Metro stations warn tourists to “faire attention aux pickpockets.” But aside from just generally watching your wallet or purse, there are a number of scams typically used on tourists in Paris. They should » Read more

Paris Transit: Buying RER and Metro tickets with an American credit card

Paris Transit: Buying RER and Metro tickets with an American credit card

Arriving in Paris can be a wonderful experience. Certain aspects, however, can be quite frustrating—especially for travelers who arrive armed only with an American credit card. Why? Because the RER (regional train) and Paris Metro ticket machines only accept “EC” credit cards that are security-chip enabled. American credit cards are not equipped with this technology and, » Read more

Paris Tip: How to solve minor travel emergencies

Paris Tip: How to solve minor travel emergencies

You’re in Paris and you forgot your camera’s memory card at home. Oh, and your watch just stopped. To top it off you’ve got a splitting headache. So, what’s a Cheapo to do? Never fear, this practical guide will help you navigate some minor emergencies and other incoveniences you might experience while in France. My » Read more

Paris Packing Tip: Umbrellas for when it drizzles…

Paris Packing Tip: Umbrellas for when it drizzles…

Sometimes in Paris, a little rain must fall.  No matter when you’re visiting the City of Light—and light sprinkles, don’t forget to pack a parapluie. The weather here can change at the drop of a Schiaparelli hat. While showers don’t typically last long,  I recommend toting a compact “parapluie” (umbrella). Make it rain “Never carry » Read more

Paris Budget Tips: Now it’s your turn!

Paris Budget Tips: Now it’s your turn!

As you may have read by now, our Editor-in-Cheapo (er, Chief) will be leaving this Friday for Paris.  He knows where he’s staying, he knows which hotels he’s reviewing, but wait, there’s more. Here’s where you come in. If you’re a budget traveler with a passion for Paris, you’ve no doubt come up with your own savvy methods for » Read more

Paris: Five free podcasts we love

Paris: Five free podcasts we love

We use our iPod like it’s going out of style. And, that doesn’t stop once we get to Europe. In fact, before we head off, we load it up with free podcasts depending on what city we’re visiting. We’ve saved many a euro by taking our own free tours, headphones in. Here are five picks » Read more

Paris: Most popular tourist attractions in 2006

Paris: Most popular tourist attractions in 2006

Last week, Paris’ office of tourism announced that 69 million tourists visited the city’s attractions in 2006. Yowsa. And what were the most popular sights? First place: Notre Dame — 13.5 million visitors graced the cathedral, up from 13 million in 2005. Second place: Basilica de Sacre Coeur in Montmartre — 10 million visits, up » Read more

Versailles: Day trip from Paris

Louis XVI’s castle at Versailles is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring monuments, not to mention one of the most visited tourist spots on the globe. If you’re joining the masses of tourists on the RER C from Paris out to the castle, be sure to visit Marie Antoinette’s estate while you’re there. Yes, this fantasy-park » Read more

Paris: Free walking tours

Paris: Free walking tours

Sandeman’s New Europe, the travel company whose free walking tours have already taken Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, and London by storm, has come to Paris. Every day, rain or shine, tours start at 11 a.m. in front of the St. Michel fountain (metro St. Michel, line 4). No sign-ups are necessary. Prospective tourers just need to » Read more

Paris: Cafe Etiquette

Paris: Cafe Etiquette

Photo by Melanie Clatanoff Cafés, the pinnacle of French culture, operate with their own rules and regulations. These can get confusing. Here’s a crash course on how they work. Follow them and ensure a faux pas-free trip to France: 1. Say “bonjour” and make eye contact with the bartender if you walk by him, or » Read more

Paris: Some Basic Tips

Paris: Some Basic Tips

We admit, living like a Cheapo in Paris is not always easy. Trust us, we know. Here are three tried-and-true tips for saving euros in Paris. They’ll be old hat for some, but nonetheless bear repeating. Eat in a park. If it’s nice out, always take your lunch in a manicured park. No matter where » Read more

Cheap Ideas in Paris

Cheap Ideas in Paris

France goes to the polls on April 22 and a big theme of this year’s campaign has been purchasing power. The widespread perception in France is that wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living, and that the middle class—squeezed is being left behind. Consumers have responded by defecting to no-frills discount supermarkets » Read more