I took an overnight bus from Amsterdam to Paris, France. In spite of being excited about all of the Paris attractions that I was about to embark on, I was able to get some sleep. Plus, I saved on one night of accommodations, for the win. If you’re traveling around Europe, Flixbus really is the way to go!
WHERE TO LAY YOUR HEAD ON A PILLOW
My friends and I stayed at Inter-Hotel Parisiana. Equipped with three twin beds, the room was like a scene from “I Love Lucy.” The hotel was conveniently located near a metro and bus stop, which made getting around simple.
GETTING AROUND PARIS
The bus and metro systems make it pretty easy to get around Paris. Tickets are 1.90 € , just keep track of the number of trips you’re taking because that can add up quickly. With that said, don’t be alarmed by the transportation line in my budget; I opted for Uber here and there.
WHERE TO EAT
One of the major Paris attractions is the food. Treat yourself to a macaron, cheese, wine, escargot…wander around and eat until your heart’s content. One night, we indulged in a nice dinner at Le Hide. It was pricey but worth it.
THINGS TO DO
Paris offers tons of things to see and do. Interested in free activities? Explore Montmartre, relax in le Jardin du Luxembourg, spend some time at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Willing to pay a fee? Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, be wowed by the beauty of Sainte Chapelle, tour the Catacombs, visit the Louvre, journey to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Whatever you decide to do, you won’t be disappointed.
Sainte Chapelle was one of my favorite Paris attractions. It wasn’t at the top of my list until a friend told me it was a must-see. Luckily, I decided to spend 10 € and check it out for myself. The story telling on the painted glass windows was breathtaking!
Of course I can’t forget about the Eiffel Tower. A ticket, including a lift to the top was 17 €. Tickets were sold out online, so we went to the tower and stood in an actual queue. Between security and purchasing the tickets, we waited for about 45 minutes. Not too bad, but it was pretty cold…so bundle up, buttercup. Minus the temperature, I enjoyed visiting at night to see the light show.
Here’s a breakdown of my budget for four days in Paris.
|Amsterdam → Paris||40 € = 48 USD|
|Accommodations||112 € = 134 USD|
|Getting Around||25 € = 30 USD|
|Food and Drinks||110 € = 132 USD|
|Activities||27 € = 32 USD|
|Total||314 € = 377 USD|
*I used an exchange rate of 1 € = 1.2 USD
Looking at the activity line, I’m realizing that it might have been wise to invest in a Paris Museum Pass. The pass allows you to gain access to various museums without waiting in line. I decided not to partake in some activities because I was deterred by the line and/or the price. Think about what you want to see in Paris and do the math; purchasing a pass might allow you to see more Paris attractions while helping you save a bit of time and money.
Ciao for now,