Free things to do in Paris

Planning to visit Paris? Here is a couple of things you need to know about the city sightseeing and how to avoid high costs – in other words: the best things to do for free in Paris! Visiting the city of lights can be rather expensive if you don’t plan ahead, which is why we recommend checking our videos to make your stay in this magical city unforgettable, without returning home broke!

Here are a few money saving tricks that can help you stretch your budget and maximize the money you do spend while visiting the city of lights. Just because places charge admission, doesn’t mean they are worth your money!

Top Free things to do in Paris

Want a great view of the city? Consider going to Montmarte and climb up to the Sacre Coeur, which is the highest point in all of the city rather than spending money and a lot of time going to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

And speaking of free there are a number of attractions in and around the city that offer free admission, like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries gardens and the Sacre Coeur, and other attractions like Versailles that offer discount entrance fees if you visit for a half day. So plan ahead to find out about all the ways you can save money before your trip to Paris.

You could purchase the attraction combo-cards, which have various prices, depending on how many days you plan to use them. The card offers free entrance to Paris’ main attractions. View our Paris video guides to get more information on the attraction combo-cards, and how they could help you saving money while visiting the city. One of their advantages is their free red bus tour offer, which is a great way to see the city! Use its hop-off- hop-on service to visit all the attractions that you plan to see.

Looking for more Paris top attractions that won’t cost you a fortune? There are plenty of free things to do in Paris! Picnics are a great alternative to spending money in restaurants; once you are hungry you can stop for a quick picnic at one of the fabulous gardens located throughout the entire city, saving your money to dine in one of the more popular restaurants in the evening. We’ve produced special videos about food and gardens in the city which might come in handy here – to get the best tips on where to have your nice picnics and more. Watch them now to get more ideas and information before you go on your vacation!

Finally, our last tip is: save money by saving time! Attractions in Paris often have long waiting times and you didn’t spend all the money and effort to visit this city only to “enjoy” its long queues, so plan ahead and have a look at the package offers that we have, saving you time and money when visiting the main attractions in the city.

Moulin Rouge Show Paris

The Moulin Rouge is the number one show in Paris, if not the whole of Europe. No wonder it sells out quickly! Don't miss your chance to see the world-renowned showgirls and French Cancan dancers strut their stuff on the Moulin Rouge's historic stage.

USD 129.71$

Paris Pass

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and take advantage of special offers at various Paris restaurants and shops.

USD 140.13$

Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small group tour from Paris. With a maximum of only eight per group, this small group trip to Versailles ensures a more intimate experience. Hotel pickup from centrally located Paris hotels is included, taking all the guess work out of your trip. You can choose from a half-day tour (independent tour), either in the morning or afternoon, or a full-day tour (guided tour). On both the half-day and full-day tours you'll also be able to wander around the garden's groves and pools. If you visit Versailles on a Saturday or Sunday during April to October, you can see the famous fountain show in the gardens. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court.

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Don't waste time waiting in queues -- take a Louvre Museum prioritized guided tour. Make a booking and jump the queue to make the most of your limited time inside the world's largest museum. After your guided tour, you can stay on if you want to and continue exploring the Louvre Museum at your leisure.

USD 61.38$

Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular excursions from Paris in one trip. You'll explore France's royal history at the incomparably grand Versailles palace and see the gardens that inspired so many of Claude Monet's masterpieces at Giverny.

USD 208.46$