Budget Travel in France: How much do you need

 

France is a country famous for its sophisticated cuisines, array of different types of wines, art and culture. You’ll have to go and visit the country to find out more. Did you know that France is referred to as the Hexagon and also it has 12 different time zones.

France is a famous place for tourist to visit many people may have the word France in some of their place’s to visit or in their goals. Many people from all over the world choose to visit this beautiful country, but a lot are coming from western countries. In this post we hope to give you information about what’s gonna be your budget travel in France and how much do you need per day. Hope this will help’s big time!

Read here things to know before visiting France and Instagrammable places in Paris.

Is it safe/difficult to travel in France

During our stay we definitely enjoyed our stay and felt very much safe in exploring the country. We’ve been traveling all throughout France to take pictures of this beautiful country and never experienced any problem. So guys, yes it is safe to travel in France.

Best time to visit in France

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter is mainly the season in France. In France every season brings out a different side of the personality of the city’s when it comes to the color of the nature. Summer takes place during the months of June-August in these months you’ll experience a high temperature, expect to wear sunglasses because it is a must. September to December the temperature cools down quite a bit and it is the perfect time to enjoy long walks through stunning neighborhood. And Spring season during the months of March-May is the best time to visit France. It starts out with chilly and gets warm, it is a perfect time to spend the day exploring the city’s beautiful garden, at night it remains pretty cold.

Click here to know more about the weather in France.

Visa in France

If you belong to the country that does not belong to a Schengen Agreement it is a must to apply a visa to grant an entry to France. Even if you choose to only stay for a short time you are required to apply for a visa. Good news for US Citizen, they may enter France for up to 90 days for tourist and business purposes. You can read here all about our article for the Schengen Visa Philippines.

Also click here to know more about the visa policy of France.

Cash in France

The currency used all throughout France is Euro just like all European country. The exact currency of Euro to dollar is A €1 = $1.13678 USD. You can use debit cards everywhere in France. ATM’s are available and accessible in all part of the country. Although credit cards charges 3% in exchange fees. Also it is convenient to use cash and to bring it in Euros.

Click here to know the exchange rate between the Euro and your currency!

Internet in France

Internet is not that hard to access nowadays, may it be free from cafes, shops, stores and maybe your hotel rooms. It is everywhere! You can also try to get tep wireless internet like we did when we visited Europe. It is very much handy all throughout our stay.

There are 4 major network provider in France and these are Orange, SFR, Bouygues Télécom and Free Mobiels. The prices for data in the country is higher because local prefer contracts rather than prepaid. The activation of SIM card can take of to 48 hours and you’ll have to present an ID to be able to purchase a SIM. Without a plan the cost of data is €0.50 per MB.

Read here if you want to be connected online when traveling the world!

Food budget travel in France

There are many food to choose from in the county. Remember that France is famously known for its delicious foods. One of which is their usual breakfast named “petit déjeuner” that consists of coffee or hot chocolate milk with a breakfast pastries like croissant. You wouldn’t leave France without having to taste macarons its colorful and tasty its nice to try this kind of delicacy in France where it originated, you can buy them in corner bakeries for €2-3. You should also try a baguette is is a long, thin loaf of French bread that is commonly seen in the country, the price of thus is around €0.90 in bakeries and €0.45 in supermarkets. We really loved cheese and salads in France!

Accommodation budget travel in France

Accommodation in France is very expensive than any other countries around Euro. You can access a dorm from that can go up to €18-30. And while a hotel that is double room in a budget can go up to €90. This prices vary depending on how much luxurious you want to. Also prices of accommodation can go up and down depending on what season you choose to go.

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Tour/Entrance Fees in France

There are many famous tourist spots that you can access in France, like for example you can access the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower for €15. Or you can Hop on and off on a Bus Tour around Paris for €38. You can also visit the famous glass triangle museum famously know as the Louvre Museum, the normal entrance Fee for adult is €15.

Local transportation in France

France has all sorts of public transportation from trains, metro, buses and taxi’s. Trains is France is highly centralized, reservation cost for about €30 and a standard premier is €40. Remember that night trains within France are rare. If you want a more convenient ride you can choose to ride taxi, taxi’s fare will depend on where is the pick up place and where is the departure are, for example you’ve been picked up in Nice the starting meter would be €6.50 and as it goes it will add €1.50 for every 1km. In Paris a metro ticket costs €1.90 and can go cheaper if you buy 10 tickets. For long distances journeys bus is cheaper than trains which are so efficient but little bit expensive.

Budget Travel in France per day

France is country considered to be quite expensive compared to other countries around Europe maybe because it is the most visited location in Europe. And this may be the reason too why it is expensive in Europe. For accommodation a dorm rooms price ranges from France France €18-30 and a budget hotel can get up to €90. But this still depends on where and what kind of hotel you want to stay in. For foods there are lunch meals that can be less than €20. You can buy a pre-made sandwich for €7 and have a snack in a  €5. Again this will depend on where and what you’ll eat. For transportation the average price would be  €7.

For more budget travel guides in Europe: read our budget travel in Portugal, Spain and Malta.

Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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