3 Days in Paris Travel Cost – Our Budget Breakdown

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Discover our detailed breakdown of Paris travel cost for a memorable 3-day trip, including flights, accommodation, food, and exciting excursions.

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Paris is a destination that likely everyone has on their radar for one reason or another. We decided to add it to our one month through Europe and we are so glad we did! There is so much to do in Paris and we are already planning to visit again in the future. 

While we aren’t budget travelers, we do have a budget and try to be reasonable while traveling. Maybe one day, we’ll have an unlimited budget for our trip to Paris, but not yet. This post goes over everything we spent and all of our tips to help you save some money while still having a wonderful trip to Paris. 

We’ll cover what Paris travel cost us, cost of trip to Paris for 2, how much money you should bring to Paris, and more!

As a quick note, we are not backpackers; we rarely stay in hostels and are very cautious with street food. We like to save money where possible, but we certainly spend it on what is important to us.

This is not representative of what you will spend in Paris, even for the same period of time or season. This is merely an overview of what we spent and some of our tips and reasons for the amounts. Please use it as a guide to your future trip to France!

This post is all about what our Paris travel cost for two people.

Best Time to Visit Paris

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I am sure the summer is gorgeous with flowers in bloom and nice weather. However, it’s also peak season, which means it’s more crowded and more expensive. We usually travel in the off-season, and Paris was no exception. We visited in December and got a good rate on flights and accommodations, the two main budget categories affected by seasonality. This 4-night trip was in December. Most days, it was cold and overcast, but it was still nice enough to walk the city. The best part was there was no one there!

The city is exceptionally beautiful in the spring and fall, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds than in the summer months. These periods also tend to be more cost-effective. However, visiting in December can offer the unique experience of holiday lights and winter markets, and it’s often a period with good deals on flights and accommodations due to off-peak seasonality.

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Paris Travel Cost

Flights

Total: $380

We flew from Prague to Paris on a budget airline for $30. From there, we booked a one-way flight back to Los Angeles (non-stop) for $350. Flying the US to CDG is a popular route, and you should have plenty of options to find something in your budget. You can always fly into another city like London or Amsterdam and take the train to Paris.

Entry Fees

Total: $0

France is a part of the Schengen Area and allows US Citizens to enter without a pre-booked visa or fee. This great program allows you to travel through 27 European countries for up to 90 days within each 180-day period.

They have been floating the idea of a fee system for US citizens entering and plan on implementing that in 2025; however, it has changed it’s TBA date a lot. Stay current on the current visa requirements on government sites or with iVisa.

Accommodations

Total: $320

Average: $80 per night

Since we were traveling in the off-season, we were able to snag a gorgeous hotel in a prime location for fairly cheap. If you are flexible, staying during the weekdays, will help lower your cost of accommodations. Since there is a great public transportation system and Paris is enormous, you really can stay anywhere and be able to see all the sites still fairly easily. Be sure to book ahead to secure the best rates. If you have hotel status (like you can with these credit cards), book directly with the brand and you may even get upgraded or breakfast included.

Food & Drink

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Total: $200

Average: $50 per day

Average: $25 per person per day

This is the culinary capital of the world. And unfortunately, we did not take advantage of it. We were traveling with family, and prioritized other aspects of Paris. We did eat well, but mostly from cafes or market stalls. These were all take-away style and fairly inexpensive. For example, we paid $7 for a sandwich, $7 for a mulled wine, $5 for cookies, and $6 for beer at a Christmas market in the heart of Paris. If you look for affordable options, you can find them.

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Transportation

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Total: $100

Our main expense was the transportation from the airport. We flew into BVA, which is super far from the city. Luckily, they have a bus setup for easy transportation. It cost $36 for two tickets (one-way) and dropped us off centrally in Paris. From there, we called an Uber to our hotel, which cost about $12.

Overall, transportation is easy and you can easily walk many places or take the metro for cheap. We used contactless ticketing with our credit cards and paid about $4 daily riding the metro. We also rode the ride-share bikes they have around the city. This was a great way to see the city while getting to your destination. A lot of Paris is flat so the ride was easy and they have bike lanes. We paid around $10 per day for unlimited bike rentals (30-minute max rides each).

Excursions

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Total: $20

Surprisingly, we only spent $20 on our excursions in Paris. The one thing we paid to do was to visit the Catacombs. This has been on my bucket list for years, and it was well worth the trip. The audio guide is included, and it was super interesting to listen to you as you walk through the caves filled with skeletons. Hauntingly beautiful.

There is so much free stuff to do that we didn’t need to spend very much. It’s free to see the Eiffel Tower. You only pay to go up! It’s the same with Arc de Triomphe (plus, they have a free eternal flame ceremony that was really neat). The Notre Dame Cathedral is (and was) still closed, but we still got to see it from the outside. Christmas Markets are free to enter and you only pay for what you want to do once there (they have rides, games, food, and souvenirs). And don’t forget all the free museums in Paris

We have visited since and been to the top of the Eiffel Tower ($50 per person) and the Arc de Triumph ($17 per person). We also have visited Disneyland Paris.

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Personal

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Total: $50

I would love to visit when there are more outdoor markets (and not freezing temperatures) to shop more. However, this was spent on a few souvenirs, gifts, and a personal care item or two. Nothing significant to note here.

SIM Card

Total: $25

We paid for a Vodaphone package that covered us for one month throughout most of Europe. This gave us plenty data, minutes, and local text messages. It was $5 for the physical SIM card and then $20 for the monthly rate. 

You can also get data before you land with an e-SIM. They have affordable rates and it only takes a few minutes to set up. You can purchase a data plan for an entire region (like Europe) or for an individual country, depending on your trip! 

Purchase and download your e-sim before you even step foot in the country. Airalo allows you to have data when you land! 

Travel Insurance

Total: $20

We pay for a monthly plan for travel insurance. Our rate is $40 per month per person for full coverage on all travel (cancellations, delays, etc.) and medical (emergencies while traveling). This is just an estimate of what it would cost for a week from our monthly plan. If you don’t want to get monthly insurance, you can select the days you are traveling and get coverage specifically for those days. 

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Total Paris Travel Cost

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Total: $690

Average: $172 per day

Average: $86 per person per day

Total with Flights: $1,070

In conclusion, while traveling to Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, can indeed be expensive, it is not necessary to break the bank to experience all the City of Love has to offer. Our total cost of travel to Paris for two people was only $690, excluding flights. With careful planning and prioritization, you can save in certain areas (us: food) while spending more on what matters most to you (us: accommodations). So don’t let the potential cost deter you; with the right approach, the experience of visiting Paris can be priceless.

This post was all about our total Paris travel cost for two people.

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We’re Alicia & Nate, a couple that traveled full-time for 3 years straight. We are now living in a cozy little apartment in Albania. We have a passion for exploring new places and trying new foods.

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