Europe is sometimes cruel to tight pockets, but if you are observant, in fact there are many free and inexpensive things that can be enjoyed, including at the fashion city as caliber as Paris.
Paris is the storehouse of the world famous museums. Two of them are are the Louvre and Orsay. Despite having to pay expensive tickets and lining up for a long time, being able to see Mona Lisa smile is an unforgettable experience.
The good news is, all the museums in Paris allow free admission on the first Sunday of each month. The line was still long, but free at least.
Imagine the following situation: you have checked out the hotel, but the departure time to the next town is still long. Instead of sitting idle you choose a walk, but you are reluctant to carry bags or pay locker rent.
The solution is, leave luggage at the luggage care counter in Louvre Museum. It’s on the inside of the main pyramid, not far from the museum entrance. Not only jackets and umbrellas, backpacks and luggages can be deposited, free of charge until six o’clock PM.
Paris Sunset from the Louvre window
Cost of tour guides in Europe is quite expensive, but it’s not an obstacle to enjoying the tour. Paris offers a “Free Walking Tour” program which is run every day from 11 AM to 1 PM. The point of departure is the area in front of the Place Saint Michel fountain. You can reach it using the Metro Line 4, then get off at Saint Michel station.
The guide can be recognized from their red T-shirt that reads “Neweurope”. For 3.5 hours, participants are invited to walk to some of the main objects, such as the Louvre Museum, Palais Royal, the Champs-Elysees gate, ending at the Grand Palais and Petit Palais.
In addition to telling about the history of the city and its attractions, the guide regaled facts and Parisian jokes.
After the tour, participants can hang out with the guide at an exclusive restaurant that has a promo program at certain hours-all you can eat including wine for only 9 euros!
RER is a fast train serving the suburbs routes of Paris. Eurail Pass holders are entitled to free RER ticket for the destination of Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord station. Ticket can be taken at the Airport Station counter.
Not bad to save travel expenses before finally changing the metro to your destination.
This tip should not be followed, unless it is really necessary and you have the guts. In the city as orderly as Paris, I often saw the Parisian who want to use the metro, but reluctant to buy ticket. They work around this by standing near the metro line exit, then sneak in when the door opened.
Seine Tour Discount
Paris looks different when you see it from the river. That’s why, after a full walking tour you must try a special open deck boat tour along the Seine River. Simply pay 10 euros to enjoy fun activity for 75 minutes.
Departure and arrival time intervals vary, depends on the season. Ship through 13 bridges that straddles the Seine River, like the Pont Neuf and the Pont Alexandre III, as well as through several major attractions in Paris, call it the Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Luxembourg Gardens.
The river tour is not free, but the owners of Eurail Pass (rail pass for foreign tourists in europe) can enjoy a 50 percent discount. Do not forget to consult this to your Eurail Pass sales agent, because the discount only applies if the pass has a special stamp.
Paris Plage, which is so-called as the “beach”. I can not help but laugh when I saw topless and bikini-clad Parisians around the main bridge of Seine River. Summer is more fun, because the deck chair and sprinkling of fake sand adorn the riverside to create the atmosphere of the beach in the middle of the city.
So, if you suddenly long for a beach, no need to spend money to go to the south of France, simply visit the Paris Plage.
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