If you’re going to Paris on a tight budget, you’ll find plenty of affordable things to do in town. Regardless of how much you want to spend, you’ll always have fabulous vacation in the City of Light. The French capital’s fascinating history and easy transportation options make it one of the most interesting destinations to visit. In fact, you could easily spend a couple of weeks enjoying some fabulous Paris attractions absolutely free of charge! Let’s take a closer look five of the best sights in Paris.
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Who wouldn’t love a view of the entire city of Paris? The Eiffel Tower is always free to admire from below. You can just walk around the area or have lunch with a view of the tower. The best place for pictures of the tower is near the Trocadero metro stop. The Eiffel Tower is open from 9:30 a.m. until midnight in the summer and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. during the winter. If you choose to ascend the tower, you’ll have to pay a variable price that depends on which floor you’d like to visit.
The Louvre is France’s largest national museum and the most visited museum in the entire world. There are more than 380,000 pieces of art in this museum, dating from prehistory to the 19th century. Admission to the museum costs 12 euros, but you can walk around the impressive building for free and take a picture with the famous Pyramide du Louvre.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame Cathedral is open 365 days a year from 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., with access to limited areas. Touring this historic site is free of charge.
Luxembourg Gardens is the largest public park in all of France, and you can enjoy this space at no cost. There are many statues, flowers, and fountains to catch the eye. You’ll find something for everyone here, including kid-friendly attractions such as a carousel, ponies, and puppet shows.
The Seine runs through the center of the city, and it’s the river that appears in many Parisian backdrops. Stroll along the river or hop on a boat to float under the 37 bridges along this popular tourist attraction.
How to Get to Paris
You can obviously fly from London to Paris, but the train is a much better option in so many ways. From central London to central Paris, taking the high-speed Eurostar train is quicker than flying in the end. Not to mention it’s more comfortable and convenient too. Eurostar trains run regularly every hour or so from St. Pancras in London to Gare du Nord in Paris, and the trains operate seven days a week all year round (except Christmas Day). GoEuro’s Eurostar page is a great resource if you are looking for price deals and general information about train travel between London to Paris.
You can discover the best of Paris even if you don’t have a huge budget. Use this article to help you get the most out of the City of Lights!