I recently received an email from a reader for restaurant recommendations for Paris with a daily budget. I thought this would help a good amount of readers figure out a budget and what to expect to spend in Paris so I turned it into a blog post. While the original email was just about meals, I wanted to cover transportation as well as hotels to give more information.
Cost of getting to and from CDG
1. Taxi 55 Euros
2. Train 11. 40 Euros
3. Bus 12.50
4. Uber 55 euros
5. Private Car 75 euros
Meals in Paris
If your breakfast is not included in your room rate at your hotel, I would recommend skipping it. The hotel breakfast can be pricey. Parisian breakfast is typically a tartine (toast) and jam/croissant and a coffee. If you have an apartment, you can easily pick up a baguette for around 1 euro/ 1 euro 50 and butter at your local Monoprix for a few dollars as well as jam. This is the most cost effective. You can also get fresh orange juice at the grocery store for as little as 2 euros. It is my guilty pleasure and the machine juices it right in front of you. At a café, the price will be closer to 5 euros.
Croissants are around 1 euro to 1 euro 30 centime. You want to order a croissant au beurre not ordinaire.
For enjoying a Parisian breakfast on a terrace. The price is around 8 - 13 euros.
If you drink your coffee at the bar versus drinking it at a table, the price is different. It will be around 1 euro - 1 euro 30 centime if you are drinking an expresso at the bar. At a table the cost would be 3 euros. A café crème can be around 2 euros to 2 euros 50 centime at the bar and around 5 euros at a table.
Be on the lookout for a bar menu at Parisian cafés. The prices will be posted where you can see them so you know what to expect.
A craft coffee spot such as Boot Café or Fragments (full list here) will run around 5 euros for take away or if you drink it there. The price will be the same.
Lunch in Paris
Lunch can be a great option to try a restaurant in Paris without breaking the bank. They have set menus which allow you to have an entreé + plat or a plat + dessert for a reduced price. Some restaurants will offer a plat du jour and that is the only special that is offered that day for the special menu. Make sure to ask your server.
This was lunch on a Saturday at a typical French spot in St Paul. Duck and a glass of wine was around 27 euros.
A smoked salmon plate which is plenty of food and a glass of wine at La Favorite in The Marais was under 20 euros.
Budget Friendly Options for Lunch in Paris
Chez Gladines is a favorite with students in Paris are there are several locations now.
L’as du Fallafel in The Marais is a great option for a cheap lunch. Take it to go and eat it at a nearby park.
Breizh Cafe for crêpes or galettes.
Le Progrès on Rue de Bretagne has steak friîtes for around 14 euros.
Miznon has two locations and is a personal favorite. It is an Israeli spot with locations on Canal St Martin and The Marais. Pita sandwiches will run around 10 euros
I recently ate at Petit Cambodge and loved it. Bobun was around 12 euros - 15 euros.
Au Petit Fer à Cheval offers a Plat du Jour for 13 euros and sandwiches for 5.50 euros.
You can also pick up a baguette sandwich at a local Boulangerie for around 5-7 euros and take it to any park if the weather is nice.
I love a good picnic. You can shop at a local Monoprix grocery or pick up a baguette and cheese at a local fromagerie.
L’Avant Comptoir can be an inexpensive lunch option as well.
Croque Monsieur will run you around 7-9 euros and a salad 12 -15 euros. I love the Caesar salad at Marcel.
Specify which type of water you want when you order. Un carafe d’eau will get you table water which is perfectly fine in Paris. If you order bottled water, it can run you around 5 euros. This is when wine cost the same as water.
Wine can cost on average from 5 - 12 euros per glass.
Dinner Plats can average around 18-28 euros per person.
Tasting Menus are on average 68- 80 euros
Some to consider:
Verjus 68 (additional for wine parings)
Frenchie 74 Euros
Septime 80 euros.
I highly recommend getting the Museum Pass if you are planning to visit a few museums in Paris. It will not only save you money but also, time! There are separate lines for museum pass holders which means less waiting. Versailles is a great example of saving time. Preorder yours online ahead of time or you can purchase them in Paris at the Tourists Office on Avenue de l’Opéra.
2 Days 48 Euros
4 Days 62 Euros
6 Days 74 Euros
Budget Friendly Hotels are around 125 - 150 a night. I rounded up 10 Budget Friendly Hotels in this blog post.
4 star hotels are around $200-$400 a night. 5 Star hotels can run around $400-$600 per night depending on the hotel.
A metro ticket is 1.90 euros per ride. You can buy a carnet (10 pack) for 14.90
Is there something I missed? Comment below if you have questions on the cost of additional things in Paris to help you budget your trip.