As a family of five travelling is an expensive business. We had a brilliant time in Paris on a budget. We’ll share with you our secrets so you can do the same. We think travelling is great way to encourage learning languages and we learned and used a of French on that trip Language learning a Paris
As a family of five travelling is an expensive business. We often opt to drive when travelling in Europe but I did not relish driving in Paris so we found a good deal for Eurostar. The week we travelled there were petrol blockades and airtraffic controllers strikes so we were very pleased to have chosen Eurostar! Before we even booked we checked out money saving expert so we booked a long way in advance.
As our girls are still fairly small, toilet trips can be numerous and so expensive. Before we went away we downloaded the find free toilets in Paris app to have on Google Play or iTunes. There were self cleaning toilets by the Eifel tower and in many public places.There are 400 free self-cleaning sanisettes throughout Paris. We had a long queue at the one at the Eiffel Tower as many none French readers pressed the emergency door release to try shut the door which meant the toilet went through a cleaning cycle so we all had to wait again!
As there are many sights on Paris we decided to book in an open top bus tour l’open tour Very touristy I know. When we began to price it up we realised it only cost a few euros extra for another day. The first day we took the main route and stopped of at a few spots. The following day we took a different route to see a few more of the many sights. It was a wet few days so the open top tour was not ideal for the weather! The view from the top was brilliant though so worth getting a bit wet and cold at times.
The other days, we used the Metro to get around and a carnet of 10 tickets worked well for us (with five in our family that was only a there and back.) Buy at any Metro station for €14.10, saving €3.90 on buying individually.
Eating out is quite expensive for five so an apartment with a kitchen was high on our priorities list. Buying food in local shops is a real authentic experience and great for everyone to use their French skills. We had a few supermarkets and bakeries near the apartment which was brilliant. We were so pleased to be able to buy nice bread for breakfast and to make a picnic for each day so saving money and hassle of finding food when out for the day.
We were really excited to find Le Loft apartment in near Saint Denis stadium. It was really easy access into the centre and a fun quirky apartment with a kitchen. Yes, that is a 2CV bed, our girls loved it! Check out the website for a look at the eye popping fun decor. It’s location is close to Gare du Nord so great for access to Parc Asterix and Disneyland . The other quirky fun family apartments owned by the same guy are Paris Champion Paris Circus
I think the REAL reason we went to Paris is because Maik, my hubby had wanted to visit Parc Asterix for the last twenty five years! We booked tickets a long way in advance and took the bus from CDG airport as this was the best price and running regularly. Tickets are easy to buy at the airport. We wished we’d have gone for the flexible option with booking parc tickets as the SNCF were striking that day and the trains were rammed! Parc Asterix was lot of fun (I’m not really a fan of theme parks, so high praise indeed from me). It felt like good value for money as there was a really fun dolphin show, a multisensory, multilevel, multimedia competition between the Romans and the Gauls as well as all the rides with short queues.
I hope these tips inspire you to visit Paris with your family (and improve your French). Do you have any top tips on traveling to Paris with your family? Let us know in the comments below.