How much does it cost to spend a week in Paris? I’ve published a budget from travel in France before, but it was a quick pass through in the midst of my round-the-world trip. As a broke backpacker, I leaned on couchsurfing, overnight buses, and hostel dorms. For the first international adventure of my 30s, I went full bougie and it was worth it… but I’ve got some sticker shock. Read on for the complete breakdown of my week in Paris budget:
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I spent a total of $561.45 on transportation.
$518.45 round trip flight BWI to Paris
$43 train to BWI
*I used credit card points to cover my Navigo Decouverte card
Accommodations Budget for a Week in Paris
I spent a total of $319.32 on my accommodations.
$319.32 6 nights in private Airbnb near Latin Quarter
*I used credit card rewards to cover half the actual cost of my Airbnb
I spent a total of $302.80 on food during my trip.
$31.13 groceries at Franprix
$5.52 coffee at Beans on Fire
$4.41 coffee at Musee de la Vie Romantique
$1.99 pastry at Les Petits Mitrons
$8.83 breakfast at L’Eclair
$6.62 breakfast at a rest stop cafe
$16.55 lunch at Le Consulat
$9.93 lunch at L’As du Fallafel
$4.75 lunch at a boulangerie near the opera
$5.52 lunch at a boulangerie in Blois
$8.72 lunch at Pret a Manger (I know, not ideal – I only had a minute and couldn’t go into a wine tasting on an empty stomach)
$11.31 lunch at CDG airport
$27.59 dinner at Au Pied de Fouet
$33.11 dinner at Bouillon Pigalle
$77.26 dinner at A La Petite Chaise
$6.62 dinner at a creperie on Rue Mouffetard
$9.80 dinner at BWI airport
$11.07 macarons at Laduree
$13.24 eclairs at L’Eclair du Genie
$8.83 coffee and choux at Odette
I spent a total of $605.03 on attractions and activities.
$62.09 Galeries Lafayette macarons class
$30.83 Fragonard perfume workshop
$38.45 Les Caves du Louvre wine tasting
$186.89 Paradis Latin cabaret with dinner
$18.15 Louvre ticket
$181.36 Loire Valley guided day trip
$26.63 Opera Garnier evening tour
$32.01 Catacombs ticket
$14.35 Musee Cluny
$14.27 Arc de Triomphe rooftop
I spent $202.52 shopping in Paris for gifts and a very unexpected souvenir after accidentally forgetting to pack my trench coat.
$143.47 trench coat at Les Halles
$18.21 gift at La Mere de la Famille
$40.84 gift at Fragonard
Total Cost for 1 Week in Paris
My total amount spent is $1991.12.
Average Cost per Day: $248.89
Total Cost Minus Flight: $1472.67
Average Daily Cost Minus Flight: $184.08
My week in Paris is one of the most expensive trips I have ever taken. Even a round-trip flight on a budget airline wound up totaling over $500 and while I stayed somewhat budget conscious, I definitely prioritized specific meals and experiences regardless of the cost.
Looking at this tally, it’s no wonder people believe they could never afford to quit their jobs and travel!
But let me assure you: $2000 a week is not the norm for long-term travel. I went all out on this trip. You can read my full round-the-world trip cost on the blog or click here to book a call with me and learn more about how long-term travel can fit a smaller budget.