travel advice & savings
 
RAIL PASSES GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES at RAILPASS.COM Click Here
12 replies
Paris 6-day trip - first-time
Coin
Coin's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 15
Member: 6722
Joined: 09/26/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 34 weeks ago.

Hey everybody !

I’m planning to visit Paris with my girlfriend (we’re both 25, not students anymore) – flying in 22nd of November to Paris-Beavois and flying back from Paris-Beavois on 27th of November. Since that’ll be my first trip where I will organize everything myself (not paying some tourist agency to do that for me) I’d really use some help/hints from more experienced travellers.

Question is mostly about budget.
Let me go step by step:
1. I assume Paris-Beavois is not exactly Paris – how do I get to the city center from there and what is the cost for a ticket? We picked Paris-Beavois due to cheap tickets – we’re flying from Katowice, Poland for less than 50euro both ways per person.

2. Accomodation. I’ve been browsing www.hostelworld.com lately, hoping to fins something for around 15euro per night (5 nights for us in total) but from what I see it’s not really possible if we want a twin-bed private room, right? Want to clarify one thing – if the price for a twin-bed private ensuite is 25euro it means the cost of the room is 50euro, since that is the price per person – correct?

I found few hotels/hostels that offers price of around 22-25 euro per night per person. Question is – is it better to find something cheaper but in a longer distance to the visiting places or is it better to pay let’s say 30euro or more but to get a location from we could walk to majority of the sights to see? (don’t know if actually the second option is even possible).

I thought about either Boissiere, or Hotel du Commerce or Hotel Le Quercy. Still searching – maybe you can recommend something? Smile

3. Costs of travelling throughout the city. We will try to minimize it and the best option would be a metro to the centre, all day in the centre, metro back. But I guess that won’t be as simple as that. How much is a metro/bus ticket and what sort of budget for 5 days do you suggest?

4. Costs of visiting – I’m not sure what sights we will visit yet, naturally Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triumphe (bad spelling, sorry) are a MUST, but I bet there are a lot of other nice places and I believe 4 full days + Thursday afternoon is enough time to see most of them. I wanted to ask – what sort of budget should we reserve for entries and visiting those places. I don’t think we’ll take guided tours, but still I guess you have to pay to enter certain places.

5. During our stay we gotta eat. I believe breakfasts and suppers we’ll prepare in the hotel/hostel buiyng stuff in a grocery store, but we will probably have to eat a dinner somewhere in town. Any places we can eat a decent meal for a reasonable price? How much is a ‘reasonable price for a dinner’ in Paris?
(in comparison – how much does a mcdonald menu cost for example, or a medium sized pizza?)

We are trying to make it as cheap as possible, still – on a decent level. Any hints would be useful.

Thanks, and hello – that’s my first post Smile
Coin

Canuck17
Canuck17's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 87
Member: 1681
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 48 weeks ago.

[=“times new roman”]Wow, quite the post. I will try to shed some light after my trip 3 years ago (others may correct me if I’m wrong). Never flew into that airport, but I doubt its that hard to get to the city centre. They have a major train/metro system that was very easy to use.[/]
[=“times new roman”]When I went we paid under 20 Euros for our hostels. Paris is really big, compared to some of the other popular cities. You will never be able to stay somewhere “central” unless you only want to see a limited number of things. That being said, Montmartre area is a bit racy, near Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge. It is like the Amsterdam of Paris. Fun, but not super clean. A bit of an arty district. The Eiffel tower area is more where the working class live and can be more expensive (especially for bars). [/]
[=“times new roman”][/] 
[=“times new roman”]Try budget hotels. We stayed in two hotels and found them to be the same price as a hostel. They even charged us per person! Although a hostel with a kitchen can be a big advantage. Although I think that Paris is one of the cities where the main grocery stores are closed on Sunday (we found out the hard way). Most hostels provide “breakfast”: baguette and butter and coffee, maybe juice! I packed my own lunch from the hostel, and made my own dinner at night, with a few meals out. It’s not exactly living it up, but I managed my four month trip on a pretty tight budget. McDonald’s is about 5 or 6 euros for a regular meal. I think they have a $1 euro menu![/]

[=“times new roman”][/]
[=“times new roman”]The metro is super easy to use. I think it was about 1.60 euro per one way trip. Buy their 10 or 12 ticket package (at the machine) and save money. You can use these tickets until they’re done. Try to see things that are in the same area together. Like the Louvre, Champs-Elisées and Arc de Triomphe, lots of walking, but no big prob! Look for deals. I know when I went the Louvre, it was free to under 26’s on Friday after 6pm or something. You don’t HAVE to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc, but it seems kind of a shame to go all the way there and….If you eat at the hostel and are selective about what museums you go to, around 50 euros/person/day. [/]

[=“times new roman”]I took a boat ride at pier 9. Kinda lame in 5 languages, but it was cheap (9 euro) and fun for a few hours. Beware of the usual tourist traps (people wanting to draw your pic around the Louvre area and selling you key chains at the Eiffel tower). Paris was really fun, just try not to have any expectations, it is a city of its own. Very beautiful. I found the people to be quite friendly and helpful. Another cheap-o tip: At the grocery stores, we hid our beer in the cooler in the afternoon and then came back for it at night. Saved some money! ENJOY!![/]

Looking forward to Israel, Egypt, Jordan and India in the fall!!

heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 7 weeks ago.

Last time we were in Paris, we stayed here:
Le Village
20 Rue d’Orsel
75018 Paris
 
It was ~30$ a night, a nice hostel.  But the best thing about it was, across the street there’s this big grocery store that has insanely cheap prices… 1.5L of water was like 10 cents, they had bottles of 750ml of wine starting at 1$. SInce the hostel has a microwave, you could also buy food to cook yourself.
 
Another great thing about this hostel, it’s outside of the centre but surrounded by reasonably priced and good quality restaurants.
 
Downtown was only a 15 min metro ride, very easy to navigate thru. 


Coin
Coin's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 15
Member: 6722
Joined: 09/26/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 34 weeks ago.

Quote:
ORIGINAL: Canuck17

[=“3”][=“times new roman”]Wow, quite the post. I will try to shed some light after my trip 3 years ago (others may correct me if I’m wrong). Never flew into that airport, but I doubt its that hard to get to the city centre.


It’s not, buses leave 20 minutes after each plane arrival, airport’s website says it’s around 1h20m trip for around 13euro per person.
I just hope we won’t have problems on our flight back – we have a departure at Beauvais at 9am, so we should probably be at the airpor around 7am… hope there are buses that leave as early as 5-5:30am.


[/][/]
[=“times new roman”][=“3”]
Quote:
When I went we paid under 20 Euros for our hostels.


Well, we were looking for a double-bed private room with/without toilet/shower but the cheapest we found is around 22euro per person per night. I selecetd 6 of them, we’ll look at googlemaps to check their locations and compare prices and we’ll pick one over the weekend. I would go with Boissiere I guess, but I’ll consult with my gf before we make a deicison Smile
 [/][/]
[=“times new roman”][=“3”]
Quote:
Although I think that Paris is one of the cities where the main grocery stores are closed on Sunday (we found out the hard way). Most hostels provide “breakfast”: baguette and butter and coffee, maybe juice! I packed my own lunch from the hostel, and made my own dinner at night, with a few meals out.


That’s a good hint about those groceries. If the hotel will proovide us with some kitchen space to prepare something else than just sandwitches, than I guess we’ll go for it. Otherwise we’ll just have to dine somewhere else… pizza, mcdonalds – whatever is reasonable in terms of price.

[/][/]
Quote:
[=“times new roman”][=“3”]The metro is super easy to use. I think it was about 1.60 euro per one way trip. Buy their 10 or 12 ticket package (at the machine) and save money. You can use these tickets until they’re done.


We’ll definetely try to go with some ticket promotions (buy 1 get 1 free haha). We’ll also try to minimize the travel and walk as much as we can. We’re both 25 so we’ll cope I guess. I just hope it won’t rain all the time Smile The ideal situation would be if we had one ticket to go to the centre in the morning, and then another one on our way back to hotel in the evening.

Quote:

 Try to see things that are in the same area together. Like the Louvre, Champs-Elisées and Arc de Triomphe, lots of walking, but no big prob! Look for deals. I know when I went the Louvre, it was free to under 26’s on Friday after 6pm or something. You don’t HAVE to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc, but it seems kind of a shame to go all the way there and….If you eat at the hostel and are selective about what museums you go to, around 50 euros/person/day.


Well I have not yet selecetd what sights we’ll see. I’ve been to Paris when I was 9, Eiffel Tower is not something you forget but still – I really need a refresher I guess. But of course – we’ll try to minimize travelling and maximize walking and sightseeing.
It would be good if we actually fit into 30-40euro per person per day but it all depends. I mean the budget we’ll spend only on food, metro and sightseeing. No shopping, no expensive restaurant dining. One or 2 times an internet cafe to download the photos from the camera.
[/][/]
[=“times new roman”][=“3”]
Quote:
I took a boat ride at pier 9. Kinda lame in 5 languages, but it was cheap (9 euro) and fun for a few hours.


It might not be the best idea in November but we’ll see Smile)

[/][/]
Thanks a lot for the hints. Your post was quite a post as well Smile

Coin
Coin's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 15
Member: 6722
Joined: 09/26/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 34 weeks ago.

Quote:
ORIGINAL: heavydrinker

Last time we were in Paris, we stayed here:
Le Village
20 Rue d’Orsel
75018 Paris

It was ~30$ a night, a nice hostel. 


Seems it’s 30euro per person right now. I guess we’ll go with something cheaper. It’s only 5 days we’ll cope, hopefully. I just pray it doesn’t rain all the time.

heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 7 weeks ago.

Quote:
ORIGINAL: Coin

Seems it’s 30euro per person right now. I guess we’ll go with something cheaper. It’s only 5 days we’ll cope, hopefully. I just pray it doesn’t rain all the time.

 
If you’re going with >1 person, it’s probably cheaper to get a private double room

Coin
Coin's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 15
Member: 6722
Joined: 09/26/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 34 weeks ago.

heavydrinker – a double-bed private room is what we’re aiming for.


All
I got one more question – is Paris underground working 24/7 or does it close at a certain hour to reopen in the morning? I am wondering how late will we be able to return to our hotel via metro.

Canuck17
Canuck17's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 87
Member: 1681
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 48 weeks ago.

I don’t know the answer to that question, but make sure your hotel/hostel stays open late. Both the two we stayed in Hotel and hostel closed earlier than 1am! We almost got locked out!
 
BTW: when it says kitchen, there are usually a couple of stove top elements and a fridge. I made pasta, hot dogs, chicken, rice, etc. We didn’t starve!

Looking forward to Israel, Egypt, Jordan and India in the fall!!

renagel
renagel's profile picture
Traveler
TravelerTravelerTraveler
Eurotrip Points: 322
Member: 1414
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 8 years 32 weeks ago.

look at eurocheapo.com for budget hotels
i stayed at the BVJ Quartier Latin
i paid 35 euros for a single private room with shared toilet
if there were 2, i would do the hotel thing as opposed to hostelling it
happy travels

I am leaving from Palo Alto with $123 for 22 days
London, Paris, Tours, Caen, La Rochelle, Annecy, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome
heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 7 weeks ago.

Quote:

I got one more question – is Paris underground working 24/7 or does it close at a certain hour to reopen in the morning? I am wondering how late will we be able to return to our hotel via metro.

 
It’s open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. , I believe last train is 2am on Saturdays.
 
Most hostels don’t have a curfew, but make sure to check just in case

Jennifer&Chester
Jennifer&Chester's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 882
Member: 190
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 10 weeks ago.

Can’t remember where I heard this or read it (may have been on this site) but someone once got locked in on the Metro overnite, and apparently all the homeless came out of the woodwork and just spent the nite there, which is a normal thing to do

ansh6187
ansh6187's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 12
Member: 6736
Joined: 10/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 37 weeks ago.

hey how r u ? how is the trip planning going? just wanted to give u some tips for ur trip. Well about the metro tickets just if ur thinking to use one ticket for both of u in the same trip be careful because there are always the people who check ur ticket it will cost u 50 euros for the ticket so if u want to take the chance, normally they are at rush hour around 8 to 9  and in the big stations like chatelet or les halles… Well there is always the chance to buy a weekly pass calles la carte orange it costs about 15 euros and u can use it as much as u want fo the week and u can use it in the trams the metro and the buses, they will try to sell u the tourist one for 18 euros really dont see it worthy, for the cart orange u’ll need a pic but if u dont have it and u get checked they’ll just give u a warning, (about all these, been there done that).
If u go to sacre coeur be careful with some guys that are at the steps of it they’ll try to put a bracelet they say it is not charge but after they do it there is no way back and ull have to give them money, if u dont they’ll get a bit scary its better if they get a bit scary before u get the bracelet than after. 
About the boat trip u should totally do it. I lived in paris from july-december and did the boat thing in november, they are some closed ones so u dont have to worry about the cold.
If i think about something else ill post u
take care enjoy

Coin
Coin's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 15
Member: 6722
Joined: 09/26/2007
User offline. Last seen 10 years 34 weeks ago.

Hey,

Thanks for all the tips.
Right now we have the plane tickets and will try to locate the places to see on the map. Then we’ll decide which hostel to go with.

I’ll post something when we decide which hotel to use.
Thanks again !