You are in Paris, you just had a nice and cheap meal (re article Travelling cheaply in Paris: some additional tips (1)), and now you would like to see what Paris has to offer on the cultural front. Here are a few tips, mainly for those aged up to 26, which will help you save a bit more money.
You will probably find the main cinemas in Paris rather expensive, even if there are student discounts and all sorts of special offers. However, you will be able to find reduces prices in the two cinemas in Les Gobelins, which are near the « Gobelins » (line 7) and « place d’Italie » (lines 5, 6 et 7) metro stations. If you are under 26 years old, you will only have to pay 3,90 euros. And the films shown are the same as in other cinemas in Paris. Just arrive early if you are going there on a Saturday night – it is often crowded!
Even more than for the cinema, watching a play in Paris can be very expensive. However, there are special offers if you are under 26 years old which will allow you to go to a large number of plays, from the most famous to emerging talents, for only 10 euros on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For you to benefit from these interesting offers, go to the Paris private theatres website. Check out the list of plays, and once you have chosen, you can:
– Go to the theatre when it opens and buy your ticket at a reduced price (you just need to specify that you are under 26)
– Book your ticket on the phone – this will cost you one additional euro
And the more famous the play, the quicker you will have to be to buy your ticket, as there are only a limited number of 10 euro seats.
You would also like to go to a few museums in Paris, but you find them too expensive or you are afraid of being bored? Here is good news for you – there a quite a few museums in Paris (as well as in the rest of the country) which are free for under 26 year-olds. They are also free for all on the first Sunday of each month.
Here is the list of these museums:
– Musée national des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
– Musée du Louvre
– Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou
– Musée de l’Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
– Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
– Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
– Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration – Palais de la Porte Dorée
– Musée du Quai Branly
– Musée de l’Orangerie
– Musée d’Orsay
– Musée Picasso
– Musée Rodin
– Musée Jean-Jacques Henner
– Musée d’Ennery
– Musée Eugène Delacroix
– Musée du Moyen Âge – Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny
– Palais de la Porte Dorée Aquarium tropical
– Musée Gustave Moreau
– Musée de l’Armée – Hôtel national des Invalides
– Mobilier National & Manufactures Nationales des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie
– Musée des Plans-Reliefs
I would love to read your own tips to spend less in Paris !