At sunset, Pont Neuf — which means new bridge — offers one of the most stunning views of Paris. As one of the oldest bridges spanning the Seine River, it is a frugal destination and pathway for pedestrians in Paris. Located near the Louvre Museum and other attractions, Pont Neuf is an important landmark and a low-cost outing for travelers.
Meals: Breakfast menus of quiche with hot chocolate, Nutella-filled crepes, or a double order of croissants with espresso all cost less than $5, according to ramblingtart.com's Krista Bjorn. Traveler Donna Frose preaches the power of tap water. Bottled beverages can cost 5 Euros each at restaurants, but tap water is free, which translates into a savings of 20 Euros per meal for a family of four.
Deals: Frose booked Versailles tickets in advance, scoring a two-for-one entry price only available online. Check www.chateauversailles.fr for fresh offers. Michelle Snow (www.zengrrl.com) points to the Paris Museum Pass for priority entry and free admission to more than 60 museums. She saves money at the Eiffel Tower by walking up to the second level for less than 5 Euros. The view is comparable to the elevator ride, which costs markedly more.
Transportation: Snow skips the 65-Euro taxi ride from Charles de Gaulle airport, connecting to the Metro system directly by train instead for less than 10 Euros. Paris Visite Metro cards cost roughly $17 per day for unlimited use. Much of Paris is easily walkable, however, so you may be better off buying a carnet (10 pack) of Metro tickets to use at any time for shorter, one-way rides.
Freebies: The Paris Greeter program (www.parisiendunjour.fr) provides tours and tips to visitors. Meanwhile, it costs nothing to sample regional culture at Porte de Clignancourt, home of one of the most well-known flea markets in Paris. At that colorful market, we spent several hours walking through stalls of merchandise, which include antiques, jewelry and trendy clothing. What's more, the market gave us an authentic glimpse of Parisian everyday life. For free entertainment, check out the performances, poetry readings and presentations offered at Shakespeare and Company, a legendary bookstore on the Left Bank of Paris. A calendar of events is posted on the store's website (www.shakespeareandcompany.com.)