5 Ways to Save Money When Visiting France

View from Pierrefonds Chateau

If you do some planning, it’s quite easy to have a luxurious French holiday on a low budget.

5 ways to save money on holidays to France

1. Shop around to find good deals

Hotels often have deals available on their own websites, however, you can often find better prices when you use different sites, so always shop around.

Booking.com is a useful site to try for good prices plus they sometimes have added bonuses too, such as being able to cancel your reservation for free very close up until the day you’re staying.

You can find some great value budget hotels that don’t feel like they’re a cheap hotel at all such as the Mercure Lille Metropole Hotel.

You can sometimes find great value deals for luxury hotels in France on Secret Escapes too – sometimes they do packages with added extras included such as free breakfast, complementary gifts and free use of spa facilities. You can often find deals on there that include Eurostar travel, so that’s worth bearing in mind if that is how you would like to travel.

2. Stay at both budget and luxury hotels

If you’re planning on visiting a few different places in France and you want to watch how much you spend but you also want to enjoy some luxury, mixing budget and luxury stays is a great idea.

Perhaps when you’re visiting cities, book cheap budget hotels – when you’re visiting a busy area where there is lots to do and see, it’s often the case that you’re going to only be sleeping in the hotel, so it makes sense to book somewhere cheap.

It makes a really nice mix to stay in some cheap hotels to keep to a lower budget, with a luxury stay to look forward to later in the week. This way, you’re still indulging in some luxury but keeping your overall spend for the holiday down.

3. Travel for free on the Eurotunnel or ferry

If you have a Tesco Clubcard, you can save up your vouchers and use them to pay for Eurotunnel tickets, or for the ferry. Tesco vouchers are currently worth triple the value for these partners, so vouchers can go a long way. It’s an easy way to get free or very cheap travel to and from France.

4. Find the free attractions

There are plenty of free things you can do in France. A good tip is to search on TripAdvisor for things to do in the area you’re looking to visit. By doing this, you can find good ideas of what attractions you can visit for free, plus helpful information from other visitors about the sights and activities. There are so many free parks and gardens to visit, cathedrals and monuments and much more.

Planning your visit to coincide with free admission dates provides another way to have free days out. Throughout France, there are many tourist attractions you can visit for free on the first Sunday of the month. An example of this is the Chateau de Fontainebleau, which is usually costs 11 Euros per person to visit.

5. Have a picnic

France is renowned for it’s plentiful fresh bread, delicious cheese and wonderful cakes. Instead of going out for lunch every day, having a picnic is a great way to save some money. So much of France is picturesque and green that it’s often easy to find scenic places to sit and have some lunch.

The grounds of beautiful attractions like Pierrefonds chateau make perfect spots – you don’t get a backdrop quite like that for a lunch date very often!


  • Reply
    27th April 2017 at 19:13

    Great tips! I will have this list in mind 🙂

    xx, Melissa

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      30th April 2017 at 11:23

      Thank you 🙂 It’s a fab country to visit x

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    28th April 2017 at 01:07

    So many great tips! Useful because I’ll be holidaying in France later this summer! Thank you



    • Reply
      30th April 2017 at 10:59

      Thank you! Oh I hope you have a wonderful time – we enjoyed visiting there so much 🙂 x

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    28th April 2017 at 07:31

    I didnt know Tesco clubcard points can be exchanged for tickets! I’m definitly going to stop sending them now! Love the look of that pool.
    Kate xx

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      30th April 2017 at 11:02

      The spa was amazing! Yes, definitely save them because it’s so much better to get triple their value on tickets or other things xx

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    29th April 2017 at 18:56

    The hotel looks so nice! I love that you recieved a box of chocolates on arrival, I haven’t been France in years but I’d like to again at some point x

    S x

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      30th April 2017 at 11:21

      It was such a lovely extra! Particularly as they were made on site in their own chocolate factory x

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    30th April 2017 at 13:36

    Oooh thank you so much for sharing! I’m planning on visiting France at the end of this year and, of course, saving tips are always welcome 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

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      3rd May 2017 at 20:52

      I hope you have an amazing time! Hope my tips might come in handy 🙂 x

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