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Paris in 4 days: Perfect tour to enjoy for little money

After hearing several people say that Paris is a costly city, I decided to draw up a mega economic tour. This is to show that it is possible to enjoy Paris in 4 days and get to know the Parisian clichés and still try the French cuisine without having to spend a fortune.

In the course of this post, I will also give you many tips for saving a few euros. When you reach the end, you will change your view and plan a trip to the French capital.

Paris Route 4 days: FIRST DAY

Considering you will have four full days (morning, afternoon, and evening) in Paris, start the day by ordering a croissant and a coffee at the bakery for up to € 4. With a full belly, head straight to Paris’ main attraction, the Eiffel Tower.

The morning is excellent for taking photos without thousands of tourists. Another advantage is that you get less queue to climb the tower. Speaking of climbing, the ticket with access to the three levels costs 17 € and you can buy in advance over the internet. Depending on how long you stay in the area and if you have a whip, you can have a crepe (between € 5 and € 6) at one of the kiosks spread between the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro.

Seen from the Iron Lady, it’s time to walk to the Rodin Museum (79 Rue de Varenne), where it has a collection of over 300 works by the French artist, including the famous work The Thinker. It is one of my favorite museums!

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You will be near the Saint-Germain region, twelve minutes of walking. At this stop, you can visit the department store Le Bon Marché (24 Rue de Sèvres).

Next to the religious is next to the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (140 Rue du Bac), with a small shop full of religious items of all prices.

Moving on, we will reach Boulevard Saint Germain avenue, where you will find two very famous cafes, Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. Both were frequented by Hemingway, Zelda and Fitzgerald, Sartre, and several other intellectuals.

The coffees are very refreshing, but as it is an economic itinerary, the suggestion is just to know from the outside, because an espresso will cost you 4.60 € and coffee with milk 5.70 €. You can spend this money trying one of the best macarons in Paris at the Pierré Hermé store (72 Rue Bonaparte) – Not the cheapest (on average € 5). Still, you deserve to taste a real macaron totally different from what you sell in Brazil.

Then you can rest your legs in the Quartier Latin region, more precisely in the Jardin de Luxembourg. A beautiful place with lounge chairs, palapas, and bathrooms.

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Then follow to see the Pantheon, monument to Voltaire’s grave, and other icons.

To end the day, walk another ten minutes to the Grand Mosque of Paris. In fact, even the mosque café, to eat a piece of pistachio cake (the sweets are cheap) and a tasty mint tea that costs only 2 €.

Then look for the Monoprix supermarket chain (near the mosque has several) to buy your breakfast the other days. And for dinner, you can grab a bite to eat in the area or, if you have a microwave where you are staying, you can stop by Picard and buy a prepared dish. The products are quality, and the ready-made meal is delicious – I buy it straight to eat at home. =)

Paris Route 4 days: SECOND DAY

Let’s start the day at the Arc de Triomphe, a monument built to celebrate Napoleon’s victories. Make multiple photos of the bow, but don’t pay to climb to the top.

You can see the city from above somewhere else without paying anything. Then walk down one of the most famous avenues in the world, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where there are several shops, cafes, and restaurants.

From this avenue, head towards the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the Alexandre III Bridge. It will give you beautiful pictures!

For a short break, the perfect place is the Jardin des Tuileries. In addition to being beautiful, it has several sun loungers and a cute mini lake. In summer it is great to have a very Parisian picnic. Once you have rested, it’s time to stomp inside the Louvre Museum (75001).

The ticket costs 15 €, and you will need at least three hours to see a part of the museum (the first time I spent a whole day to see everything).

Be sure to see the famous Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Egyptian and Greek artifacts. To avoid queues at the entrance, you can buy in advance on the museum’s official website.

Closing the day, walk towards the beautiful building where the Opera de Paris (Place de l’Opéra) is housed. In the surrounding area, you will find several places to eat and the Galeries Lafayette (Boulevard Haussmann) with its incredible glass dome.

Remember I told you about a place to see the city? Then the shop has a terrace with free access where you can see Paris from above.

Paris Tour 4 days: THIRD DAY

Start the day in the most charming neighborhood of Paris. In Montmartre, you have numerous things to do for free. The first stop is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, a stunning all-white church.

In the vicinity of the church, you can go to Place du Tertre, a square full of street performers, cafes and restaurants; take some pictures of La Maison Rose (2 Rue de l’Abruvoir), a cute pink corner restaurant-bar; walk the tree-lined streets and marvel at the charming buildings.

Going down towards the Moulin Rouge, you can make a stop at the square where is Le Mur des Je t’Aime (Square Jean Rictus), a wall with “I love you” written in several languages.

Then walk along Rue des Abbesses until you reach Rue Lepic, where the Café des Deux Moulins is located. Scenes were recorded from the movie “Amélie Poulain’s Fabulous Destiny.” If you’re a fan, come in and order something. Now if you don’t mind, you can have a Croque Madame (9 €) for lunch at a bar in the front called Lux ​​Bar.

After lunch, you will make your last stop in Montmartre at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Take thousands of photos and grab the subway (Blanche station) towards Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of Paris’s most visited sights. Inside the church, you will not pay anything, but if you want to climb to the top, the ticket price is 10 €.

Nearby you can visit the English bookstore Shakespeare and Company (37 Rue de la Bûcherie). It’s cute! But don’t go to the coffee shop next door because it’s just a tourist-catching coffee (ok service and a bit bland coffee). Another place to visit is the Fontaine Saint-Michel (Place Saint-André des Arts), which is among the most beautiful fountains of the City of Light.

After, cross the Île de la Cité to reach the hippest area in Paris. I’m talking about the Le Marais neighborhood, where there’s a lot to do.

My suggestion is to walk without commitment through the neighborhood. You can stop by the Fleux store (Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie) to pan some well-priced design objects (not hard to find). Also, try L’As du Fallafel’s famous falafel sandwich (34 Rue des Rosiers) for 6 €.

Stroll through the streets until you reach place des Vosges, Paris’s oldest square, where you can rest before visiting Maison Victor Hugo. Take advantage of the museum’s free admission to see what the author of The Miserables book was like.

You can end your day in this area or head to the neighboring Bastille neighborhood for a drink in a secret bar.

That’s right! You enter a pizzeria, go to the bottom, open the door that seems to be stock evoilà! You will fall into a bar with tasty cocktails (between 13 € and 17 €) to the sound of jazz. Right in the style of those banned bars of old.

The Moonshiner (5 Rue Sedaine) is small but very cozy. I think it’s very valid that you spend a little to have a different experience.

Paris Route 4 days: LAST DAY

Finally, I suggest you leave Paris towards the most significant symbol of the time that France was a world power, the Palace of Versailles. To reach the destination of the day, the best option is to take the RER C5 public transport and get off at Versailles Rive Gauche station.

Get ready to spend virtually a full day on the ticket tour – starting at 15 euros. Make the most of your ticket, including a visit (with audioguide) of the main castle, access to temporary exhibitions, and beautiful gardens.

Be sure to visit the large apartments of the king and queen, the beautiful Gallery of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel, the Batalha Gallery, the Ladies’ Apartments, and the Castle History Gallery.

When you return to Paris, say goodbye to the City of Light, admiring the Eiffel Tower at night, all lit up and blinking. Every night, every full hour, she blinks for 10 minutes. This will leave you with a beautiful reminder of Paris.

One tip is to do this on a boat trip across the Seine. This way, you save your legs and see the city from another angle, just as amazing. To find the perfect ride, I recommend Paris City Vision. They have several options that fit in every pocket.

Where to eat cheap in Paris

In addition to the tips I already left in the guide, you can save money by always looking for establishments that offer formulas of the day. Especially for lunch, it is common to find formula-midi in restaurants, between € 10 and € 16. They include a menu with a starter + main course or main course + dessert, or it can be complete. In some places, the formula consists of a glass of wine, but if not, ask for tap water that is good for drinking and should be served free of charge (it’s law).

Another way to save money is street food. For more information you can read my post about street food in Paris.
For instance, baguette sandwiches sold in bakeries are good cheap options. Crepes are also an excellent alternative to save money, including I wrote a post with suggestions for eating crepes in Paris.

Making reservations in advance through the LaFourchete website is the option for those who prefer restaurants but don’t want to spend horrors.

Many establishments run promotions and give exclusive discounts (up to 50{e7a52b1766653e5331f60fc2ac848da77792257506ce8968f1e5d5119bfb2019} if lucky) to anyone booking through this site (also has an iOS and Android app).

Cheap restaurants

Bouillon Pigalle – Located on the outskirts of Montmartre, this restaurant offers classic French cuisine at super-affordable prices. Say you are with one more person and order starter, plate, dessert, and wine, you will pay around 50 euros in total. Very cheap for Paris. Not to mention that the dishes are delicious! [22 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris]

Important to know! The place does not accept reservations, and if you have more people, it will let you in only when the group is full. There’s not that thing, so-and-so is coming.

Popolare Pizzeria – Part of the most successful pizza chain in Paris. The pizzas start at prices from 4 euros. A bit annoying detail, like Bouillon Pigalle, does not accept reservations, so is facing a line that begins early, even before opening. Despite this, it is a new and worthwhile place. [111 Rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris]

Tips to enjoy Paris in 4 days

♦ Public transport – As you may have noticed, you can visit many places on foot. However, you will need to use public transport from time to time.

I suggest, on the first day, buy a carnet with 10 tickets for € 14.10, as the individual ticket costs € 1.90. The ticket is accepted on the subway, RER (within Paris), and bus.

For transfers between the airport and your accommodation, use public transport from Paris. If you are in a group with more than three people, it is worth a taxi or an Uber if you have 3G.

Read also ⇒ Transportation in Paris: Learn how it works

♦ Flights –  The best way to get a cheap ticket is to keep an eye on the ticket websites and sign up for various alerts.

I really like the Skyscanner site to search for tickets, but I always buy it directly from the cheapest airline site (so I avoid hehe fees).

 Tickets – For young people under 26, admission is free to several museums in Paris and Europe. For people over 26, your option is buying tickets on official websites or websites like PARISCityVision or Come to Paris that sell in addition to individual tickets, packages with various options.

Accommodation for 4 days in Paris

Accommodation is one of the most substantial items on a trip, especially if the destination is Paris. However, it is possible to save euros if you stay in a hostel. I selected some of the best hostels in Paris.

Generator Hostel (from 23 €) – Present in many countries, this hostel offers free wifi, 24-hour reception, lift, restaurant and terrace with a beautiful view of Paris.

Plug-Inn Boutique Hostel (starting at 25 €) – Near subway stations and the famous Moulin Rouge, it features lift access, free wifi, airport transfers, and free breakfast.

⇒ Cheap Hotels in Paris: Best with rates up to 150 €

Did you see it?! You can really enjoy Paris in 4 days without having to spend a fortune!

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