Paris For Around SGD 2,000
Two travelling together for one week (seven nights). Free and easy,
transportation by Paris metro and trains. At the time of writing, EUR 1
= SGD 2.
If you have less time and / or a tighter budget, consider going to Paris
for seven days. Notice that I am not going to make it sound nicer as what
you always see in those tour packages. If you study them carefully,
typically an eight-day tour package to Europe involves only six nights
Here we are talking about seven nights, which means at least six full
days in Paris, or eight days as per tour-package advertising. The math
- Flight: Qatar Airways to CDG via Doha, SGD 1005
inclusive of all taxes. Fuel surcharges have probably increased since
- Accommodation: 7 nights at about SGD 51 per person per
night. Cost of accommodation: SGD 357. Check out Accor Hotels and look for ETAP
hotels. These hotels can sleep two or three persons and have an attached
bathroom and shower. An example of a decent ETAP hotel is HERE.
It is very convenient as there is a Carrefour in the same building.
Note that if three of you travel together, the cost per room is still
the same (SGD 102), but then each person pays only
SGD 34 per night. So the cost of accommodation drops to
If you are on your honeymoon and looking for a better hotel, try this IBIS
- Dinners: 7 nights at about SGD 25 per person per
dinner. Cost of dinners: SGD 175. Good and cheap French food
can be found at the area around the St-Michel metro. The good
restaurants are the crowded ones. You do not need to do any tipping as
all taxes and service charges are always built into the price by French
- Ticket Admission: Versailles (SGD 40), Louvre
(SGD 17), total is SGD 57.
- Transportation: Metro tickets cost SGD 21 for a carnet of ten
tickets. Each trip costs SGD 2.10 regardless of the distance
travelled. If you travel four times a day, SGD 8.40 for six full
days is SGD 50.40.
You can save more money if you get the Carte Orange, which is valid from
Monday to Sunday only.
The total cost is: SGD 1644.40, which gives you
SGD 355.60 for breakfasts, lunches, admission to other famous
landmarks, and trains within Paris (you need to take a train to get to
So you can see that spending around SGD 2,000 per person is
entirely possible for a one-week trip to Paris. Quite affordable!
If you have more time and a higher budget, consider France for SGD 3,000 per
I have written a guide on planning your own free and easy self-drive
holiday to France, an article on why I do not like Tour Packages, and
an article on buying cheap
train tickets in France.
To see the real Paris, see Mireille
Guiliano's Paris Pleasures.
How to Stay Safe in Paris?
Last updated: Wednesday 11 November 2009, 22:58:41 hrs