ray at Louvre museum
Sneh sitting by Eiffel Tower

Paris is a popular destination among tourists. Everyone wants to visit this city whether it be people who have seen it only in the pictures or the ones who have already visited but still cannot wait to come back for more. This is how charismatic the city is.

The sheer number of people visiting this place makes it very touristic and very expensive on the budget. Approximately, 18 million people visited Paris in the year 2018. The prices for travel, stay, food and visiting the attractions can add up to a lot.

In this guide, you can find smart travel tips and free things to do in Paris. We will show you how you can save your pennies and make the most of your trip to this magical place without breaking your bank.

1. Free Entry to Louvre Museum:

Louvre is the worlds largest museum with an impressive collection of Arts. The most famous piece here is the the Mona Lisa painting which attracts a lot of visitors to this place with its intruiging smile. You can enter this Museum for free if you coincide your visit on first Saturday of the month when the entry is free for everyone from 6 PM to 9:45 PM.

It is one of the free things to do in Paris if you are someone who is –

  • Teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts.
  • A visitor with a disability and the person accompanying them
  • Or under 18 years old or under 25 years EU citizen

Spend quality time outside the museum to take in the beautiful architecture of this place. The lights of the Pyramid are illuminated in the evening which makes it even more breathtaking. There is also a smaller version of Arc de Triomphe near to this museum called Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which can be visited together.

ray at Louvre museum
Sneh at Louvre museum

2. Visit Musée d’Orsay for free:

This Museum houses 3 floors of Frence Art collection dating from 1848 to 1914. It is famous for its largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world.  This includes work from the famous painters  by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. 

It is another free things to do in Paris on first Sunday of each month when the gates are open for everyone.

3. Free entrance to Museums on first Sundays:

There are some other museums where you can find free entry, they are listed in detail here

  • Musée national d’art moderne – Centre
  • Metiers Art Museum
  • Paris Museum of Modern Art
  • More details can be found here

4. Enjoy a picnic with mesmerizing view of Eiffel Tower:

Eiffel Tower is the main attraction in Paris. Fortunately, this place can be enjoyed equally with a picnic at the park, with views of the tower or from the sidewalk of the Seine river which is only accessible for the pedestrians.

Get yourself some delicious French food variety and sit by the river with enchanting views of Eiffel tower glittering after the sunset. Believe us, this was the highliht of our trip to Paris.

Sneh and Ray sitting by river side

5. Try Budget-friendly stay alternatives:

Stay takes up most of your expenses when you are travelling. You can reduce this amount by renting a shared apartment or by staying in a hostel. If you are seriously tight on budget, there is another option to stay with the locals with Couchsurfing, it is a free site allowing like-minded people to share their places in nothing more than kind gestures in return. Go by reviews when looking at a place at this site.

6. Public Transport:

This is a no brainer when travelling to most of the European cities. Public transport offers well-connected routes and you can hop on to buses and metros when in Pari with public transport tickets.

The city has 5 zones and most of its attractions are in Zone 1 and 2. You can buy 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive day tickets for the zones you will be travelling to. Check the latest details here

7. Visit Arc de Triomphe:

A visit to this famous monument in Paris is a must. The Arch commemorates the soldiers who fought in the French revolutionary and Napoleonic war. Names of the soldiers are engraved on the inner and outer walls of this structure paying them respect.

It is absolutely free to tour the base of the Arch, and study the names of 660 soldiers engraved on the walls. Marvel at the astounding beauty of this structure or take a picture infront of this arch.

Sneh and Ray at Arc de Triomphe

8. Buy a Carnet of 10 tickets for 14 Euro 90 Cents:

If you want to use the public transport for the limited journeys in a day, it makes more sense to get the carnet of 10 tickets for 14.90 Euro. These tickets can be used on the Metro or RER and also allows you to transfer between the lines.

8. Save some bucks on Food:

When eating out in Paris, walk away from the main attractions to find comparatively cheaper restaurants and eateries. The prices doesn’t necessarily mean good quality food. You can find authentic French food when you are away from the touristic places. Ther are also some street food options to eat like Crepes or small food stalls.

When you have a kitchen in your appartment, cook some meals at the place, you can get a variety of easy to cook meal options at the supermarket that can be made in minutes. Be innovative with different noodles, pizzas or other healthy options to choose from or simply pick ready to eat salads and sandwiches to eat out ( many Parisians do the same )

Crepes with ice cream

9. Save money on drinking water:

In Paris, tap water is safe to drink. When in restaurants it is quite normal to ask for tap water instead of bottled water for free. You can order it in french by saying ‘carafe d’eau’ (K-raf dough).

10. Hit the Gardens for free:

Paris is filled with beautiful gardens. One of the most famous and beautiful ones is the Tuileries Gardens. Entrance to this place is free, you can enjoy a nice walk around this place or simply relax by its ponds.

Tuileries garden Statue

11. Take a Free Guided Tour:

This is one of the options you should not miss. In a new city, you can research your heart out but you will still learn something new when you go on these guided tours. And the best part is many of them are free.

There are many self-guided free tours that you can take if you are a film buff, you can also download offline guides. If you are more of an audio/podcast person, then try to download podcasts from sites like cityzeum or zevisit

12. Attend free events by the month of the year:

There are many free events that happen every month in Paris, you can try to look for such events here.

13. Get a magnificent view of the city from Sacre Coeur:

Sacre Coeur basilica is located at the top of the Montmarte hill. This is the second-highest point in Paris only after the Eifell tower. The entrance to the basilica itself is free, but in order to get sweeping views over to the city, the entrance to the dome is at a charge of 7 Euro.

Sacre coeur

14. Walk on the most beautiful bridge in Paris:

Pont Alexandre III is the most stunning bridge in Paris and a walk across this bridge is a must. Its ornate design with golden statues is simply mesmerizing. You can also enjoy the view of the Seine river and Eifell tower from here.

Pont Alexandre III

Paris is a spectacular city and the trip to this city does not have to be expensive if you follow our little tips and the free things to do in Paris.

Have fun and enjoy your time in this eternal city.


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  • Ketki Kulkarni

    October 26, 2019

    Wonderful Sneha and Kaushik… I am dying to visit Paris now…. And a note here.. I have become a fan of you both now…. Please share these kind of stories with us…

    • Ray

      October 26, 2019

      Hi Ketki,
      Thank you for your wonderful words . Your words will motivate us to create and share more stories and experiences .

      Also you can subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on our new content 🙂

  • October 31, 2019

    Hey Sneha and Kaushik!
    This is a very inspiring and helpful resource that I and my husband can go back to when we decide to visit Paris! Truly it really does not matter how much or less you spend but how you will make the most out of each opportunity!

    Happy travels!

    • Ray

      October 31, 2019

      Very well said Hanna, we do not need a lot to enjoy in life. As someone said – the best things in life are free. 🙂
      I wish you a wonderful time when you decide to go back to Paris.


  • Shorna

    November 6, 2020

    Great help! One of the best guide ever, easy to budget, no extra stress required for the trip! Excellent job guys! Love ❤️


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