How Much Does It Cost to Spend a Month in Paris?

Mar 19, 2013    /    budgeting + saving, most popular posts, travel how-tos

Well, it’s that time again. I’ve tallied up my spending from Paris and I’m here to share my monthly budget. This “monthly” budget actually represents just under a month’s worth of expenses (as I was away on business for the first few days of the month), but it should still give you a good jumping off point for budgeting your own City of Light adventures. As usual, if you want some more details and notes, just hop down below the numbers.

 Euros  Dollars
 Tiny top-floor studio apartment with shared toilet in the hall via Airbnb  837.23  $1093.00
 Taxis + metro tickets  73.10  $95.76
 Wine  33.36  $43.70
 Train to Calais to catch the ferry to the UK  45.00  $58.95
 Groceries  213.13  $279.20
 Eating out  127.11  $166.51
 Haircut  35  $45.85
 Entertainment and museums  100  $131
 Misc.  137  $179.47
 ATM & exchange fees  $25

Total Euros: 1,562.93    /    Total Dollars: $2,118.44


I keep track of expenses by keeping receipts (and, occasionally jotting things down if I am somewhere that doesn’t give receipts – like a farmer’s market). Some of my Parisian receipts were a little confusing when I sat down to write out my expenses, so I’ve included those items under the Miscellaneous category. At least one of those receipts was for Luna’s food and several were for coffees.

My accommodations were about as cheap as you can find if you want a private space. But if you are willing to share space, there were lots of furnished rooms available at a much lower price point (I saw nice offerings for as low as 600 euro).

I have chosen not to include ATM and exchange fees in the Euro portion of the breakdown above since presumably Europeans would either travel with euros and/or have an account with a bank that could be found in Paris.

Finally, keep in mind that: A) I am running my business while traveling, so your budget is likely to be higher if you are exploring Paris 24-7; B) my favorite things to do are eating (which is why my monthly food budgets tend to run a little high, particularly in a wonderful foodie paradise like Paris) and walking/hiking (which is why my entertainment and transportation costs often run low).

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  • Rebeca
    March 19, 2013

    Wow did not know you could catch a ferry to the UK from Paris that is awesome and here I thought you would have to catch a flight. Thanks for the info. on that.
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    • gigigriffis
      March 19, 2013

      Actually the ferry is from Calais, but it’s not far from Paris by train (about 1.5 hours).

  • Lauren
    March 19, 2013

    YOU ONLY SPENT $44 ON WINE? Is it because it’s like 50 cents there? :)
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    • gigigriffis
      March 19, 2013

      Ha! Yes, wine is incredibly cheap in France (which I love). But keep in mind that the miscellaneous category might house a wine receipt that I couldn’t decipher.

  • Sarah Li Cain
    March 20, 2013

    Thanks for the breakdown! I have a feeling I’d be spending a lot more money on food, being the *ahem* glutton that I am lol.

    • gigigriffis
      March 20, 2013

      I hear that! My first time in Paris, food was a larger portion of my budget, as I only had five days and wanted to experience everything. This time I was a bit more relaxed, only really having one major dinner out – in part because it was winter and I get sluggish in winter and in part because I fully expect to be back in Paris soon eating wonderful cuisine again. Love it there.

  • Monica
    January 4, 2015

    I enjoyed reading your post on your month stay in Paris! I’d like to ask what arrondissements did you stay at?

    What are your top 3 arrondissements?

    Thank you for your time.

    • gigigriffis
      January 4, 2015

      I always try to stay in Montmartre (18th), but if I had to look elsewhere, I’d probably Le Marais (3rd).

  • Helen Andreou
    February 20, 2015

    I’m surprised yr eating out cost was so low?

    • gigigriffis
      February 20, 2015

      Eating out can be surprisingly affordable. I remember one particular cafe that had a $10 lunch that included a glass of wine and a coffee.

  • Dipan
    March 15, 2015

    Well, the listing was for someone who would like to travel. Can you shed some light on the expenses for a student who wish to study in France especially in the Nantes area.

    Thanks in advance. Any contacts in that area is also welcome.

    • gigigriffis
      March 16, 2015

      Hi Dipan,

      I can only give my own budgets for living in France. I have another for Biarritz (just click on the budgeting + saving link under the title and you’ll find it), but I have never stayed in Nantes.

  • CherrBi
    June 13, 2015

    I’m staying for the whole months of July and August this year, 2015. I love museums and wonder if there is a 2 month museum pass or one at least longer than the 6 day museum pass that is sold to tourists.

    • gigigriffis
      June 13, 2015

      Sorry – no idea.

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