How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Paris

The French are quiet possibly the rudest people in Europe. Or maybe it’s just the Parisians. Either way that won’t stop you from having a fun and cheap holiday in Paris.

In this post I will cover:

– How to get to Paris for cheap

– Cheap and free accomodation in Paris

– Eating Cheaply in Paris – Seeing Paris Cheaply

– How to stay long term in France

– More ways to save money whilst travelling

 Paris is possibly the most beautiful city in Europe. Unfortunately the people know it and often treat English speaking foreigners as lesser beings. Thankfully, there are plenty of nice Parisians as well (tho usually they have grown up in the South of France!)

Anyhow, follow the tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience 🙂

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Paris. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in Paris or other parts of France? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.


The first and most obvious option is through flying.

PROS: With a decent website that has all the budget airlines,these days you can often get a cheap flight easily.

CONS: The cost to our earth.

 IMPORTANT: Paris has several airports including:

>>Orly (9 miles) >>Charles De Guille (12 miles from Paris)

>>Beauvais – May seem the cheapest at first due to the three budget airline carriers, however, be aware that it is 40 miles out of Paris and you will have additional costs associated with getting into Paris itself.

By Train

PROS: Can be very cheap with discounts for groups, the young, and in some cases kids under 16 travel free. Also very earth friendly.

CONS: Takes longer than a flight.

Cheap and Free Accomodation

Prices keep going up and down depending on demand, so it is difficult/ pointless for me to list them. You will more likely benefit if you look at and compare the prices for yourself. The good thing about this booking site is that unlike its main competitor hostelworld, it doesn’t charge a US$2 booking fee on top of the 10% deposit. A nice saving in itself.

Otherwise, the free option for staying in France

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