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Spending Money

Hi, Just wanted your advice on how much money to take to Paris. We are going for 3 and a half days in a few weeks. We will spend most of our time just wandering around the main touristy attractions. I was thinking around £200, but I'm unsure how much to expect to pay in restauraunts in the centre. Any advice would be really helpful, Thanks!

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1. Re: Spending Money

Take a debit card and get money out of ATMs as you need it. The exchange rate is better than you will get by changing cash.

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3. Re: Spending Money

I allow 75 euros per person per day. (I assume hotel is prepaid) This is roughly

Lunch 11

Dinner 35 (to include a drink or two)

Transport 7 (daily mobilis pass is less than 7)

Drinks 12

Attractions 10

Some days we spend more, and others a bit less. This is the absolute minimum I can get by on. My lunch budget allows for a baguette, a pastry and a coffee. Dinner - a good 3 course meal with house wine, in a non touristy area.

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4. Re: Spending Money

The exchange rate may be slightly better when using the ATM, but any advantage will be outweighed by the high service charges levied at each end -- ATM and customer's home bank.

We live in a large Canadian city with a number of currency exchange offices, with daily rates published online. With careful monitoring, we are able to buy foreign currency when the rates are most favorable. Of course, online hotel reservations and other large purchases are made using our credit cards, but even then, if we time it right, we may save a few dollars.

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5. Re: Spending Money

I have never had a French ATM charge me for using it, just my home bank

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6. Re: Spending Money

And, not all banks charge an international ATM fee. Mine does not. So, I will be using ATMs for euro cash.

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7. Re: Spending Money

I read the OP's question as one inquiring about a daily budget as opposed to ATM/exchange logistics. I tend to agree with and would probably raise kebabs' estimate of 75 Euro/pp/day to 100 Euro/pp/day. Paris is an expensive pleasure.

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8. Re: Spending Money

How much do you WANT to spend?

You can get a lovely sandwich on a fresh baguette at nearly any boulangerie for 7E or less.

There are plenty of restaurants that have a set formule for 20E per person...it won't be fancy, but it will be decent.

You can also spend 130 Euros on brunch at the Ritz and 200e per person at any of a number of restos around the city.

And there's something all along the range between, too.

European ATMs don't charge a fee...fees are charged only by YOUR bank...and most of the time, the fees charged are still less than going to a currency exchange point.

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