Appropriate budget for France trip in late January (in USD)
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2012 7:27 AM Last Post By: MTL
Oct 23, 2012 4:38 PM
Appropriate budget for France trip in late January (in USD)Hi,
I'm tentatively planning a trip to France in late January for 7-8 full days. Given the short amount of time there, I'm planning to just visit Paris, Lyon (or another city near the Alps), and the Alps themselves, with a couple of days at each.
What might a realistic budget be assuming the following:
-traveling by train and public transit (cabs in cities if only necessary)
-staying in hostels w private room or 2-3 star hotels
-eating out once/day and buy remaining food, snacks, and coffee, and wine at stores- I'm not big eater
-Average 1 activity /day- a museum, attraction (eg. eiffel tower), snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
Ideally I'd like to stay for around 200 USD/day, but that's somewhat flexible.
Also, I would traveling there alone, so would it be easy to link up with other groups there for snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.?
Any help at all on this would be great. Thanks!
Oct 23, 2012 5:34 PM
1Hello 02, welcome to the Western Europe forum
First of all, since you'll be paying for things in euros, you'll need to get used to them now as prices are not quoted in US$ on this forum.
Second, without knowing more about where you want to stay, personal recommendations for lodging aren't possible, so what is usually recommended is that you check out what's available on
Likewise, we can't really estimate travel costs until you make up your mind where you're going and when, and even then you'd probably be directed to another website.
Fortunately, there is one site which will help you understand rail travel options and explain how to travel that way
The cost for eating out would depend on where, when and what: I know in France that eating lunch is a better deal than dinner but what you want to eat will determine the price as well.
The dollar is currently worth about 155 euro. You didn't say if that daily allowance would have to include travel costs.
I don't know how much archive information is available on the forums you've used elsewhere but I'd strongly suggest you get to know the Search function (top right of page) for lots of useful information ('Paris free' for free events in Paris etc for other areas, 'Paris metro bus' for lots of posts on what it costs and how to ride the metro or Paris bus, etc).
Hostels are one of the places to meet up with people but you'd have to check them out to see if they have private rooms available, not all do. There is nothing wrong with a no-star or one star hotel; in fact that categorisation of hotels is being phased out with new classes and standards.
You have to determine your level of comfort (bath ensuite or down the hall? etc) and be prepared to pay accordingly.
If you return to the main Western Europe page you'll see that a lot of this information has already been provided in the Welcome, FAQ and Itinerary or Budget Question threads at the top of the page. Please read.
Oct 24, 2012 12:59 AM
Oct 24, 2012 1:12 AM
Oct 24, 2012 1:42 AM
Oct 24, 2012 1:44 AM
5As noted, there are online resources that will enable you to answer your own questions.
4-5 of your days will be travel days, counting arrival and departure and depending on whether or not you fly open jaw. Either way, that's an awful lot of travel in a very limited time. Transportation, given your current itinerary, will be one of your major expenses. Check the SNCF website for train timetables and prices--link in the first FAQ of the WE branch.
Oh dear, looks like SNCF asks for your country of origin and re-directs you to the middleman RailEurope if you're from the US. You'll pay greatly inflated prices there.
I have no idea how much snowboarding passes cost at a ski resort. But I would think OP is going to need every one of those 155 euro on any day he'll be traveling or snowboarding.
Oct 24, 2012 1:46 AM
6155 euros a day is a pretty healthy budget.
Of course you will spend a lot on moving around...with only 7-8 days I'd cut it down to Paris and one place in the Alps.
Get an open-jaw ticket so you don't have to take the train back to Paris.
Oct 24, 2012 5:37 AM
7Oh dear, looks like SNCF asks for your country of origin and re-directs you to the middleman RailEurope if you're from the US. You'll pay greatly inflated prices there.
Just choose another country... Great Britain, Antarctica, whatever. You just won't be able to get tickets mailed to you, but the best deals have e-ticket options anyway.
Oct 24, 2012 7:00 AM
Oct 24, 2012 7:27 AM
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