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9 Paris travel tips for affordable luxury travel

An exciting and chic city, Paris is renowned for its culture, fashion, art and culinary scenes.

Overflowing with designer boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants and iconic attractions, there are endless places to go in Paris for luxury travellers.

To help you explore the City of Light, here are nine Paris travel tips to help you with getting there, getting around and making the most of France’s capital.

1. Go by Eurostar

Travelling by Eurostar has its benefits, with fares starting from just £29 one-way, and an average journey time of two hours and 30 minutes from London St Pancras to Gare Du Nord in the centre of Paris.

To get your luxury break off to the right start, upgrade to Business Premier for faster check-in, and exclusive access to the business lounge to relax in before departure. Onboard you can choose from hearty breakfasts, indulgent afternoon teas and dinners designed by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc.

Travel is free for children under four, and with a two bag allowance plus no weight restrictions, it is seriously worth considering. Also try to book six months in advance as buying early increases your chances of finding the best value.

Paris travel tips - The Eurostar is a convenient and affordable way to get to Paris Pic Pablo

2. Choose the Prix Fixe menu for lunch

Famed for having more Michelin-star restaurants than any other European city, swap your evening meal for a lunchtime fixed price menu for better value. At Restaurant Auguste the set lunch menu offers a three course meal from €36, the same price as just an entree in the evening.

The Prix Fixe is an affordable way to sample the city’s best fine dining restaurants and stay well within a fixed budget.

Paris travel tips - the fixed price menu is the most affordable way to enjoy fine dining in Paris Pic Restaurant Auguste

3. Purchase a Paris Pass

Valid at over 60 attractions in Paris, and giving you the ability to skip queues with fast track access, the Paris Pass is a great way to save money on sightseeing. The pass also allows you unlimited travel within central Paris on the metro, bus and tram.

With the potential to save over €81, and the convenience of being able to queue jump, it’s more useful if you are planning to pack a lot of sightseeing into a short break.

Paris travel tips - the Paris Pass is a cost effective way to visit more than 60 attractions in Paris Pic Dennis Jarvis

4. Save on tickets to Moulin Rouge

With two shows a night at 9pm and 11pm,  grab an affordable late lunch or early dinner, then enjoy guaranteed premium seating and a bottle of champagne per couple for the VIP performance.

Alternatively, visit the Kiosque Théâtre booths on Place de la Madeleine, Montparnasse and Ternes for savings of up to 50% for same-day performances.

Paris travel tips - visit the city's ticket booths to save up to 50 per cent on tickets for Moulin Rouge

5. Take advantage of free entry to museums

There are 14 museums in Paris featuring permanent collections and offering free admission year-round, including the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

More than 50 museums provide free entry on the first Sunday of every month including the Louvre from October to March, so if you are a fan of art and history, plan your visit to include a Sunday.

For the full list of museums offering free entry, click here

Paris travel tips - many museums in Paris offer free admission on the first Sunday each month Pic Denis McLaughlin

6. Visit the opera

Experience the opulent surroundings of the grand Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera House. They each offer some phenomenal deals for the opera from €5-10 per ticket, in addition to flash sales on selected Wednesdays at midday.

Paris travel tips - the opulent Palais Garnier in Paris offers great value tickets for the opera

7. Pack a picnic

Enjoy the views from many of the city’s green spaces such as the Jardins du Trocadéro which affords stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. Pack a picnic to lunch on the finest fresh French breads, cheeses, meats, olives and red wine from the Marché Couvert des Enfants Rouges in the Marais (closed Mondays).

Paris travel tips - the Trocadero Gardens opposite the Eiffel Tower is an ideal spot for a picnic

8. Designer buys

If you like designer shopping deals, take a trip out to La Vallée Village, just 45 minutes from the heart of Paris.

With over 110 boutiques offering average savings of up to 70%, there are plenty of designer bargains to be had. Here’s some of the outlet’s exclusive offers.

Paris travel tips - for designer bargains visit La Vallee shopping outlet just 45 minutes from the centre of Paris

9. The best apps to find your way

There are a whole host of apps out there to navigate Paris. If you like to avoid the tourist traps and go more local, Secrets de Paris helps you discover the lesser-known highlights.

Paris App Offline is another great app which allows you to navigate the city without racking up hefty data roaming charges.

Paris travel tips - there are hundreds of smartphone apps that work offline to help you find your way around Paris Pic David McKelvey

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