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Paris, Region Ile-de-France, France

How much does it cost to travel to Paris?

Budget-Friendly Travel Planning

How much money will you need for your trip to Paris? You should plan to spend around €233 ($250) per day on your vacation in Paris, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €41 ($44) on meals for one day and €21 ($23) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Paris for a couple is €304 ($326). So, a trip to Paris for two people for one week costs on average €3,263 ($3,498). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Paris for one week usually costs around €1,631 for one person. So, a trip to Paris for two people costs around €3,263 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs €6,525 in Paris. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Paris can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Paris? How much money do I need for Paris?

How much does a trip to Paris cost? Is Paris cheap or expensive? The average Paris trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Paris prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Paris is €152. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Paris is €304. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Paris

Looking for a hotel in Paris? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Paris based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $126. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Paris is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Paris.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Paris
How much does it cost to go to Paris? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Paris
The price of renting a car in Paris will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

What did other people spend on Transportation in Paris?

Typical prices for Transportation in Paris are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Paris, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Metro
  • Train from Airport
  • Metro tickets
  • Train

Food Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Paris can vary, the average cost of food in Paris is €41 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Paris should cost around €17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Paris is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Paris?

Typical prices for Food in Paris are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Paris, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Ice Cream
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Dinner on River Cruise
  • Dinner
  • Cheese

Entertainment Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Paris typically cost an average of €77 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

The Go City Paris Pass offers great discounts on attractions in Paris. With the Go City Explorer pass, you can choose to visit specific sights and attractions at a discount. Or, you can visit as many included attractions as you like with a multi-day All-Inclusive Pass. The average visitor saves 30% off of the regular admission prices.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Paris?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Paris are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Paris, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Louvre Entry for Two
  • Admission to Pantheon
  • Catacombs (2)

Tips and Handouts Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Paris is €23 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Paris is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Paris is €185, as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about €24 on alcoholic beverages in Paris per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


What did other people spend on Alcohol in Paris?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Paris are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Paris, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Wine

Water Budget in Paris
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend €2.49 on bottled water in Paris per day. The public water in Paris is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2023
Paris On a Budget
Paris The Louvre, Paris
Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

The city is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, with over 2 million people living in the central city and more than 12 million in the entire metropolitan area. A large part of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are world famous monuments and landmarks throughout. It's also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with about 45 million tourists every year.

Paris's climate is oceanic and relatively mild. The summer months are warm, with average temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees C (60 to 80 F). Spring and fall are mild, but temperatures can be somewhat unpredictable. The winter months can be overcast and cold, but daytime temperatures are usually above freezing. Snow is rare but does happen occasionally.
While there are no shortage of sights in Paris, do not over organize your visit. The city's atmosphere is something to be experienced. If you find yourself rushing from one attraction to the next, then you will miss what Paris is really about. Make a point of walking between destinations and popping into shops or stores that strike your fancy along the way.

The most famous sights in Paris are, of course, the Eiffel Tower, as well as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Catacombs, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Pantheon. And with a huge number of art museums, it's not hard to just spend all of your time admiring paintings, but there's more to see of course. Paris is also a city of gardens and wandering on foot allows you to see the neighborhoods in detail.
Paris is divided into 20 districts, or arrondissements. They are numbered 1 through 20 and form a clockwise spiral from the city center. Kilometre Zero is Notre Dame, which is at the very center of the spiral. It's is best to pick up a map before you arrive in town, or get one at one of the tourist information centers around town. They are also available at most hotels.

As a large, cultural city, there is really no shortage of activities that you can enjoy during your time in Paris. There are almost always shows, concerts and events going on around town. And if you only have 3 days in Paris, other than visiting the landmarks mentioned above, you should spend some time getting to know the city and its events. Some of the most famous events in Paris include Fashion Week, Chinese New Year, the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, the French Tennis Open, La Fete Nationale, Gay Pride, Bastille Day, and Rock en Seine. Finally, here's a great list of things to do if you have 4 days in Paris.

Another popular activity for families is to drive to Disneyland Paris. Here, kids will experience the French version of the American dreamland with plenty of rides, shows, and fun. It's only an hour or so outside of Paris.
Food and Dining
French food is some of the best in the world, and you will find no shortage of options in Paris. If you're on a particularly tight budget, eat a nice meal out at lunch and plan for a picnic dinner. And check out these strategies for saving money on food in Paris, too.

You can enjoy a "business man's" lunch which includes a soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert, all for a reasonable price of around 10 to 15 Euros. It's a great way to sample multiple dishes and try some unique French dishes without blowing your budget. Then you can go to the local market and pick up some fresh fruit or produce as well as French cheese and some wine to enjoy a nice dinner picnic as you watch the city light up at night. If money is less of a concern for you, then enjoy dinner out as well, and make sure you sample some of the more unique and exotic French delicacies that are available at some of the nicer restaurants.

Paris is full of a diverse set of restaurants, with everything from traditional French food to modern cuisine, to streetside cafes. Also, you can find some amazing Vegan restaurants in Paris. The city of light offers something for everyone.

You can book train tickets to or from Paris connecting to most cities in Europe. Or, you can buy a France Country Pass from Eurail to save money if you plan to make multiple trips around the country, or the rest of Europe.

Paris is served by several international airports: Charles de Gaulle, Orly, and Beauvais-Tille, all of which provide flights to and from destinations all over the world.

Larger bus companies also run from Paris to other major cities around Europe.
Getting Around Paris
Make sure you spend some time walking around Paris. You can cross much of the city in a few hours and the views and diversity of neighborhoods are well worth the effort. If you're hoping to see more sights in a shorter amount of time, then the metro is a good option. It's best to avoid taking the metro for two or less stops though, because you could cover the distance on foot in about the same amount of time.

The metro stations are marked with a large "M" sign. There are 16 lines and trains arrive every few minutes. The metro can get crowded during rush hour, but the train frequency does increase to help accommodate the situation.

It's possible to rent a bike in Paris and this can be a fun way to explore the city. It's best to have at least some biking experience though, because navigating the city can be a little tricky. Paris continues to add amenities for bikers, but the traffic can still be challenging.

If you can't efficiently reach your destination by metro, then the bus is a good alternative. It's a complicated system, but is, in general, tourist friendly. There are electronic displays on each bus that tell you where you are and what stops remain. This can be very helpful if you're unfamiliar with the city.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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Travel Tips

Paris Metro Passes

By wanderinggurl in Transportation
If you're going to be taking the metro a good amount plan ahead and buy your tickets in bulk. It'll save you a few euros in the long run and you want have to worry about buying a pass every time you ride the subway.

Rent a Room in an Apartment

By backpackguru in Accommodation
Accommodation can be expensive in Paris. Many young people rent out rooms in the apartments to travelers at cheaper rates. This will also give you access to a kitchen so you can enjoy cooking your own meals and shopping at the local markets. Check websites like craigslist to see if anybody is advertising a short term rental. Of course, watch out for scams, because they do exist, but generally this actually a very safe and fun option to find affordable rooms

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