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• 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

The Louvre, Versailles and Musée d’Orsay to expand opening times in 2015

The Louvre, Versailles and Musée d’Orsay to expand opening times in 2015

Good news for fans of European vacations and French museums. Some of the biggest attractions in and around Paris have just announced that they will be extending their opening hours to seven days a week for a two-year trial. Starting in 2015 and running through 2017, The Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and Musée d’Orsay will » Read more

Paris Lunch Deals: 5 tasty set menus from €12

Paris Lunch Deals: 5 tasty set menus from €12

Now that the busy summer season has come and gone, the city is starting to settle back into its everyday rhythm. This means you’ll find the people of Paris scattered across lovely terraces around lunch time, stopping by for déjeuner à prix fixe. These meals, often a daily special or a traditional French dish, will be » 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: 6 breakfast pastries to try that aren’t croissants

Paris: 6 breakfast pastries to try that aren’t croissants

We all hear about the croissant and its rich little brother the pain au chocolat, but these are not the only breakfast items available at the bakery. Parisians aren’t about to dive into an éclair or creamy millefeuille for breakfast, but they do have other options. Skip breakfast in the hotel to save a few » Read more

Budget Paris: 12 things to do in the 12th arrondissement

Budget Paris: 12 things to do in the 12th arrondissement

Paris has 20 arrondissements, and there is at least one reason to visit each. Well, sometimes there’s only one… But the 12th, to the east of the city and on the Right Bank (north of the river), is one of the lesser-visited districts that still has plenty of reasons to spend a day. You don’t » Read more

Parc des Buttes Chaumont: A breath of fresh (and free) air in Paris

Parc des Buttes Chaumont: A breath of fresh (and free) air in Paris

It’s summer in Paris, and what better way to enjoy the warm breeze than a picnic in the park? When one thinks of parks in Paris, Champ de Mars is often the traveler’s favorite. It’s the long stretch of grass surrounding the Eiffel Tower… you know, the iconic spot that’s probably in your Paris daydreams. » 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: Favorite cheapo restaurants and cafes that remain open in August

Paris: Favorite cheapo restaurants and cafes that remain open in August

We’ve made it again—it’s summertime in Paris! As you may already know, this means Paris has become somewhat of a ghost town. Now that August has hazily rolled over the City of Lights, all the locals have headed to their chateaux in Normandy or their hotels on the Mediterranean. What’s left? All of the tourists, » 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

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

I hate writing about food. Suggesting someone a restaurant or a café is like trying to suggest a favorite color to someone. Just because I like a place, doesn’t mean you will, even if the food is stellar or the service above par. I’ll leave you all to battle it out on TripAdvisor. Instead, let’s » 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

Should you visit Disneyland Paris? Some thoughts on a Goofy day trip…

Should you visit Disneyland Paris? Some thoughts on a Goofy day trip…

Disneyland Paris—the words that strike fear in so many, and joy in so many others. I’ve been there. And I’d go again. But is it really worth leaving Paris to visit? Before you start rolling your eyes, know that in 2013, nearly 15 million visitors thought it was worth it to make the trip. So » Read more

Paris in the Rain: 5 activities for Paris when it drizzles

Paris in the Rain: 5 activities for Paris when it drizzles

Travelers are spoiled when there is constant sunshine in Paris, but when the weather turns to rain complete with lightning strikes, it gives a new meaning to the name “City of Light.” Walking or biking around Paris, however, can become a drag when the sky opens up and even the most prepared tourist may be » Read more

AntiCafé in Paris: Unlimited coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for €4

AntiCafé in Paris: Unlimited coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for €4

Sometimes, traveling in Europe can seem like a constant struggle to find good Wi-Fi. Maybe you have to check your flight details, or plan the next leg of your trip. Maybe you need to upload some photos or just shoot an email to your family back home to let them know you’re doing great. Maybe » Read more

Paris: Will buying a Navigo pass help you save on the Metro and bus?

Paris: Will buying a Navigo pass help you save on the Metro and bus?

Everyone wants to feel like a local in Paris, and taking the Metro is one of the best ways to achieve such status. But is it worth taking the plunge and subscribing to a transit pass, called the Navigo? Let’s break it down. The Navigo The Navigo pass is a card that allows you to » Read more

Paris: Q & A with Hotel du 7e Art, an affordable stay with a fun movie theme in the Marais

Paris: Q & A with Hotel du 7e Art, an affordable stay with a fun movie theme in the Marais

If you’re a film buff, a fan of independent hotels and plan on visiting Paris soon, Hotel du 7e Art is the place for you. Decked out with vintage film posters that give nods to Hollywood musicals from eras past, this hotel has a very special theme. Situated within the trendy Saint-Paul neighborhood in the » 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

Hotel de Nice photo essay: A cheapo classic in Paris

Hotel de Nice photo essay: A cheapo classic in Paris

For years, Hôtel de Nice has topped EuroCheapo’s list as one of the more beautiful and charming, while still affordable, places to stay in Paris. With rates between €80-220, gorgeously kitsch interiors and a central location in the Marais, this place is hard to beat. Walking into the hotel through the turquoise blue doors, you » Read more

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

Housed in an ornate, mirror-filled 19th-century hall with mile-high ceilings and tiled floors, le Boullion Chartier is certainly a classic Parisian restaurant. How many restaurants can say they have a history dating back to 1896 or even their own Wikipedia page? While normally these Belle Epoque-style bistros will cost you a pretty penny, Chartier is » Read more

Coffee in Paris: New cafes serving up tasty drinks from talented baristas

Coffee in Paris: New cafes serving up tasty drinks from talented baristas

The coffee scene is changing in Paris. Gone are the days when all Parisians dined at fancy bistros and sipped on bitter Café Richard espresso. Now it seems like every time you turn around a new trendy café has opened that’s serves a decidedly hip clientele. But most importantly, at many of these spots the » 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

L’As du Fallafel dishes up the best €6 meal in Paris

L’As du Fallafel dishes up the best €6 meal in Paris

Looking for a tasty bite to eat in Paris without breaking the bank? Unfortunately, that’s a pretty tall order in this city, where it’s hard to find a meal for under €10 that isn’t McDonald’s. It almost feels wrong to eat at a fast food joint in Paris, one of the culinary capitals of the » Read more

The hippest hostels in Paris: Affordable lodging with style

The hippest hostels in Paris: Affordable lodging with style

Paris may be infamously chic, sophisticated and beautiful, but it hasn’t always been viewed as a ‘hip’ city. What do we mean by hip? You know, the kind of place that’s always one step ahead of the trends, cooler than cool. But recently, the climate has been changing, and Paris has been gaining an edge » Read more

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