Travelling on a budget often means looking for some local freebies that can make your trip worthwhile, without costing you an arm and a leg. You can usually find something interesting to do in almost every city in the world that won’t cost you a thing, you just have to know where to look.

     Paris is one of those cities that many people assume to be expensive to visit and it could be. But if you take some time to plan your visit and find some free or low-cost activities while you are there, it can save you a lot of money and make your trip that much more memorable.

     No time to research Paris and find out what the locals know? No problem, just take our advice and find some of the best free things to do in Paris on your next holiday.

The Best Free Things to Do in Paris

Sunbathe on Paris Plage

     During the summer months, visit one of Paris’ many “pop-up” beaches on the Seine and Basin de la Villette. The Paris Plage, now in its 17th summer, offers pétanque games and the chance to cool off under the giant cold air showers.

Wander the Sleepers of a Disused Railway Line

     La Petite Ceinture or ‘little belt’ is an abandoned railway line that once encircled Paris inside Napoleon’s Boulevards des Maréchaux. A section has been reopened to the public and it can be explored in four of the city’s outer arrondissements. From wild flowers alongside the old tracks, to foxes and other wildlife, La Petite Ceinture is worth a visit.

Hang Out with Local Artists

     There is a former squat located on Rue de Rivoli between the Louvre and Châtelet which houses 30 artists’ studios across six levels and the public are invited into the workshops six days a week. You can see everything from sculpture and colourful collage, to photography, traditional portraiture and more without spending a thing.

Soak in the Atmosphere on the Steps of the Sacré-Cœur

       Grab a bottle of wine and head to the steps of the Sacré-Cœur on the hill of Montmartre. Here, you will find street entertainment ranging from fire jugglers, buskers and more and the atmosphere, especially in the evening is lively and fun.

     With so much to see and do in Paris, we often forget that you can enjoy some of the most beautiful aspects of the city for free or very little money at all. Travelling affordably isn’t difficult when you do some research and find out where the locals like to hang out.  

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