A Student’s Guide to Paris

Paris is a must-visit city – there’s so much rich culture to explore, delicious food and fascinating history. But if you’re a student travelling there, it can be quite costly. When I went interrailing, Paris was by far the most expensive place to stay in a hostel (and I should add, the room was awful) and it wasn’t cheap to see the attractions there either. That’s why if you’re thinking of visiting Paris, it’s best to plan ahead so that your budget covers everything you want to do, and you don’t miss out on anything.

Notre Dame Cathedral – €10

The medieval Catholic cathedral attracts thousands of visitors each year, and is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. You can observe it’s beauty from outside for free, or spend €10 to go inside the towers.

The Eiffel Tower – €5 – €14.50

The tower was built as a symbol of France’s industrial prowess, and to honour one hundred years since the French revolution. The tower has over 1,000 steps (and, fortunately, a lift!) and the views of the city from the top are fantastic. But if you don’t fancy the trip to the top, there are plenty of good places to get a good photo of the landmark from the ground. Depending which level of the tower you want to get to, the price varies, but it’s cheaper for under 24’s.

Luxembourg Gardens – FREE

If you’re taking some time out of sight-seeing, the Luxembourg gardens are the perfect place to wander around for a relaxing afternoon activity. The flowers in the summer are simply beautiful, and they spread over 23 acres. It’s the perfect place to take kids too – they can watch the model sailboats on the pool.

Arc de Triomphe – 

This monument is located at one end of the Champ-Élysées, and attracts thousands of tourists each year. It was built in honor of the soldiers who fought for France, especially in the Napoleonic wars. The names of the wars and the generals leading them are engraved into the arch. If you decide to make the climb to the top, there are excellent views, so it’s worth the fee.

The Louvre – €12

The Louvre is one of the most famous art museums in the world. It is home to the renowned Mona Lisa painting and other incredible artworks, so with an entrance fee of just €12, it’s well worth the visit. But if you don’t go inside, it’s still worth viewing from outside. The triangular building is an artwork in itself.

The River Seine – FREE

Observe the beauty of Paris as you meander beside the River Seine. Following it’s path, you’ll see some of Paris’ most beautiful attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.



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