How to Do a Trip to Paris on a $1700 Budget

View of Paris from the Sacre-Coeur
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As you plan your travels, it helps to consult a comprehensive Paris travel guide for how to visit a city such as Paris. This famous and beautiful city offers plenty of easy ways to pay top dollar for things that won't really enhance your experience, so if you are looking to travel on a budget, read on below.

Know the Best Time to Go

Romantics will say spring, and most everyone else will pick summer. For money, the best time might be the so-called "off-season" between November and April. Lines are shorter, budget accommodations are easier to find, and airfares are apt to be heavily discounted.

But many people are limited in their opportunities for such visits. If you must go at a peak time, be sure your planning factors in longer lines and higher prices. Time will become a precious commodity. Use it carefully.

Plan out Your Parisian Dining Ahead of Time

Budget travelers are sometimes willing to eat ordinary food and save for other experiences. Food is a huge part of experiencing the local Parisian culture and should not be missed. 

For that reason, budget dining strategies are more important in Paris than most other cities. Be certain to save up for a few nice restaurant meals, and plan those ahead of time so that you know ahead of time where you're indulging and can live cheaply at all other times.

Another experience not to miss here is buying a meal at an open-air market. They sell fresh products at prices that don't include the mark-ups so commonly added in restaurants. It is a common experience for Parisians and one you'll enjoy.

Look for Specific Assets in Accommodations

Start your budget accommodation planning for Paris by knowing a few simple things: big breakfasts and spacious rooms are not always a part of the budget travel equation here. Unlike the bed and breakfast inns of the United Kingdom, the value in accommodations here often focuses solely on location. How close will your accommodation be to the Metro line or to major attractions?

Consider more than just hotel listings as you shop for a place to stay. Apartment rentals are an economical way to go for larger parties traveling together.

Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Those who think Paris is too expensive are often quite surprised to find out transportation here is available at very affordable prices. The Paris Metro is among the most sophisticated and extensive mass transit systems in the world. It spans the entire city so completely that you'll find a stop within walking distance of almost any point of interest.

Get a Pass to Budget for Paris' Biggest Attractions

Attraction information in Paris comes with generally good news for budget travelers. Many of the best experiences are either free or moderately priced. And did you know there is a pass that will enable you to skip lines at crowded Paris attractions and provide free transportation as well?

Did you know the best view of Paris is not the one for which you pay lots of money and stand in line? Do you know about how gratuities work in Parisian restaurants? These are money-saving questions for which you need answers prior to your visit to Paris.

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