Creative ways to visit Paris on a budget. Get free entry to Museums and tourist attractions.
When travelling to Paris you don’t always need to break the bank. Paris on a budget is not as difficult as you think. Plan your day, pack a lunch, get your camera ready, lets explore. Start off by checking out the Paris sightseeing map below. Hop on - Hop off buses are great to get around to all the popular attractions. If you’d like to use local buses use the MOOVIT app to get bus routes and timetables. Some of us love sculptures, others love history or buildings architecture, museums, photography, flowers, cuisine etc, there is something for everyone. So just for you I have listed a few tips, links, free museums, gardens, churches, photo opportunities, and things to do, mostly free.
There are over 100 museums in Paris and some of them are free to enter!
Most State museums are free for everyone to visit on the first Sunday of each month.
**Always check times and free entry as there are restrictions. Some places are also closed midweek. Churches are free to visit, although, there may be an entry fee to visit areas such as the towers or the crypts.
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Of course the Eiffel tower is a must see, even if you only get pictures.There are hundreds of photo opportunities as the Eiffel Tower can be seen from mostly everywhere in the capital. If you are willing to take the 704 stairs to the second floor you pay a little less, saving about 3 Euros. See the magnificent views of the city from the Eiffel Tower, it is also a great opportunity to orientate and identify the other landmarks for later visits.
Boosted security measures are in place under the Vigipirate plan. You are advised to carefully read the conditions for visiting the tower before coming to the Eiffel Tower, so that you know what you can bring and what is not admitted. There is no left-luggage facility for non-permitted items at the Eiffel Tower (wheeled suitcases, large luggage, non-folding buggies and prams, etc.).
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Do you know you can get free access to the Louvre? On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is open from 6 pm to 9:45 pm and admission is free for all visitors. Did you know that every Friday from 6 pm to 9:45 pm admission to the museum is free for visitors under the age of 26 regardless of country of residence? Among the must-sees at the Louvre are these classic works, Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa, these are what they refer to as the museum’s three grandes dames.
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The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. It’s free to walk beneath the arch and take your photos. There is a fee if you’d like to climb the stairs, to the top of the monument and see the panoramic view of Paris. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Here lies a French soldier, who died for his country” is written on the tomb, laid to rest here in 1921. The eternal flame, literally is never put out, and it is rekindled every day at 6.30pm by one of the many Veterans Associations of France.
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The Botanical Gardens
(Jardin des Plantes) is a 400-year-old garden, with magnificent flower beds, remarkable trees, a 315-year-old pistachio tree, statues and pathways which offer visitors a remarkable experience. The rose garden, rock garden, peony garden and iris and perennial plant garden are all free. The gardens are one of the worlds’ oldest and largest botanical gardens; they have been open to the public since 1640. There is a charge to visit the Alpine garden. There is also a charge to visit the small zoo (Menagerie) located within the Gardens, the zoo specialises in the preservation of endangered species.
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The Tuileries Gardens are public gardens located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. These gardens cover 22.4 hectares and feature more than 200 sculptures, fountains and vases! The area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king
At the north end, two magnificent identical stone buildings were constructed. Separated by the rue Royale, these structures remain among the best examples of Louis Quinze style architecture. The famous luxury Hôtel de Crillon, which currently occupies the building, took its name from its previous owners.
Visiting the beautiful parks and gardens is a wonderful way to enjoy the city for free?
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Basilica du Sacre Coeur
This Beautiful church is located at the top of the hill in Monmarte. It’s quite a climb up the 222 steps to the entrance but not too onerous. Entry to the ground floor is free and open from 6am to 10pm every day. You do need to pay if you want to climb the extra 300 steps to the dome. For a magnificent view and free photo opportunity try sitting on the ground floor steps outside the church at night, you will be rewarded with the Eiffel Tower lighting up every hour on the hour. The Eiffel tower is visible from almost everywhere in Paris. Montmartre has market stalls, artists and local food and plenty of culture known for its charm and atmosphere.
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Rodin Museum Gardens
In the Rodin Museum Gardens you will find this very familiar bronze sculpture of the Thinker by Auguste Rodin the famous sculptor. The work shows a nude male figure of heroic size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought, often used as an image to represent philosophy.
You do need to pass through security to get in, but you can go in free and take pictures. There is an admission for entry into the building if you want to see more.
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Notre Dame is one of Paris’ most iconic sights, and one of the most famous Gothic churches in Paris, its sculptures and stained glass windows are spectacular. The main areas of the church are free to enter. This beautiful Cathedral is well worth a visit. Sadly, due to a terrible fire on 15 - 16th April 2019 it remains closed. Notre Dame is unfortunately closed for restoration. Keep checking for updates
Paris officials have announced that the forecourt in front of the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral could reopen to the public as early as March 2020. Local authorities said on Thursday 6th Feb 2020 that the square will be accessible as soon as it gets the all-clear from health and safety officials, who are still concerned about the presence of toxic lead particles in the area.
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Exhibitions may have an entry fee. Permanent collections are free.
The Paris Museum of Modern Art or MAM (Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris)
Latin Quarter (Arènes de Lutèce);
The Remains of a Roman arena is in the heart of Paris, you can sit on the terraces where Romans once watched games and spectacles.
The museum of the history of Paris.
The museum of fine arts.
You'll find the museum free of charge on the following dates: The first Sunday of every month from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Thursday afternoons from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
This museum has mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, it includes, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Musee D’Orsay was originally built as a train station. There is a great photo opportunity of the famous clock from the old station. This museum is free to enter on the first Sunday of each month (year round); it is also free to enter for under 18s and those aged 19-25 .
Galerie Lumière des Roses;
Another museum in Paris that is free, which is a real treasure trove of vintage photographs, this is no normal museum, as all the photos are credited to nobody. That’s right, nobody knows who took them, great photos, great find if you are into photography.
Here are a few great apps for your phone. Take a look and see what you think.
These will help you on your travels.
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