It's one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it's no wonder so many people book a holiday in Paris. The French capital has so many sites to explore such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and Château de Versailles. Window shopping on the exclusive Champs Elysees is a must as is a trip to flea market at Saint-Ouen where you can pick up a bargain. And then there's the delicious food. You can't go far without seeing cafes and restaurants offering traditional French fare.
Budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet offer plenty of cheap flights to Paris. There are three international airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly International Airport and Beauvais Airport. Ryanair flies direct from Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Beauvais Airport. EasyJet and Flybe have direct flights from a good variety of UK airports including Bristol, Liverpool and London Luton arriving at Charles de Gaulle International, while British Airways, Air France and Flybe have flights from London Heathrow, London City and Southampton direct to Orly International Airport. It's also possible to fly indirectly from most UK airports to Paris.
There are a number of options for getting to your Paris hotel and all three airports are served by local buses which offer the cheapest way of reaching the city. Taxis are also readily available, although can be expensive. From Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Orly International Airport you can also catch the RER train.
The cheapest, and often most enjoyable, way of getting around the city during your Paris holiday is by foot but the Metro is also an affordable option with most single journeys costing just €1. The extensive Metro system serves the whole city and runs every couple of minutes. If you plan on using the Metro a lot during your holiday in Paris it can work out cheaper to purchase a one-day ticket or weekly pass.
Paris offers a wealth of accommodation options from basic hostels to luxurious and grand hotels. If you're on a budget it's possible to find cheap hotels in Paris by booking in advance as affordable accommodation always fills up quickly. Shop around online for the best deals and look out for small guesthouses and B&Bs which tend to offer the best value for money.
Contrary to popular belief, eating out in Paris doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact if you avoid the typical tourist haunts you can pick up great value food. Look out for small bistros offering authentic French fare at great prices - it pays to learn a few basic words of French if you do plan to look for restaurants off the beaten track. Also look out for the prix-fixe menu, this is always cheaper than going a la carte. And don't forget you can get free tap water when eat out, simply ask for une carafe d'eau!
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