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How much money to allot for a 4 night stay in Paris?

How much money to allot for a 4 night stay in Paris?

Sep 1st, 2012, 10:24 AM
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How much money to allot for a 4 night stay in Paris?

Hello all:

We are traveling to Paris in October, landing on a Sunday morning and departing Wednesday afternoon.

Hotel and flights are pre paid, just wondering what we should expect to spend while out and about? We're not fancy so have no interest in 4* restaurants, more interested in going to local coffee shops/cafes.

NataliyaNYC is offline  
Sep 1st, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Will you be sightseeing? You can get admission fees from the web sites.

Eating - it depends on what and how much you eat and drink. E25 per person to whatever.

Transportation from airport to wherever you're staying - E10 per person to E50/E60 for a cab. Plus transportation within Paris.

It's up to you what you spend no one can predict this. All of this fundamental information is in guide books.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 10:44 AM
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You will have to decide as you go into cafes, if it is within your price range. Check to see the prices/menu as you enter. It will will also allow you to see if counter service is less expensive than table service. Street tables are usually most expensive, but all of this muse be posted. Often then plat du jour is a good value.

Save money by not accepting bottled water but ordering tap water. L'eau du robinet, if I remember correctly. Usually cafes closest to tourist attractions are overpriced. Areas where there are more hotels than homes, will usually be more expensive than where locals live.

Paris is essentially like any large city, something in every price range...you can spend a little or ALOT! Expect to spend on par with most large cities worldwide.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 10:49 AM
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We're New Yorkers so this really helps! We'll expect to spend what we do on a day to day here, just with a 30% increase for the exchange. Many thanks!
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Sep 1st, 2012, 10:50 AM
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We typically don't spend that much when in Paris, but how much you should allot will depend on what you are interested in seeing and doing. You can buy a museum pass, or pay as you go. You can walk or take the metro, Paris Ville isn't that large (http://www.paris.fr).

When it comes to dining, you can do a fix price lunch at several great locations around the city, or opt for something a bit more sophisticated for not much more. One of our favorite restaurants, Le Clos de Gourments, has an excellent €25 Formule for lunch, and a Menu du Clos for on €32 for dinner. La Fontaine de Mars, where President Obama stopped for lunch a couple of years ago, has a Plate du Jour, offered every day of the week, for only €12,50. It's not much, but not a bad deal.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 11:03 AM
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I think you'll find Paris "cheaper" than NYC. I know we can eat in Paris for less than we can eat at a nice place here.
Hey Robert, glad to hear Le Clos is still there--one of our favorites also, as is Fontaine.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 12:48 PM
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If it's the first Sunday of the month, many of the museums are free.
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