Ahhh, the City of Love. Other than the reknown Eiffel Tower, what is Paris known for? Every bit of Paris, from plane tickets to accomodation, can be painfully expensive, deeming this city an unreachable goal for fresh graduates looking for a grad trip destination. The Paris expert at KKday put together a handy Paris guide on how she saved money and skipped queues while fufilling her Paris graduation trip dream. Following her advice, you might soon be on your way to the City of Lights as well!
In today’s day and age, internet access is every traveller’s number one priority. Let’s all admit it, wifi is a necessity, almost comparable to oxygen. This is especially for solo travellers who wish to stay connected with family and friends and update social media accounts. The best place to get a SIM card is to book it online prior to your trip, ensuring that you’ll get your connection as soon as you step out of that plane.
>> High Speed Europe Prepaid SIM card
#2 Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) / Orly Airport
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After you get connected to your wifi, that’s when your first test starts. Trying figuring how to get to the city from the airport upon reaching the arrival hall can leave you lost and confused as the directions and information are mostly in French. To avoid this whole situation, opt for a Paris airport shuttle service. This is especially great for solo travellers with a poor sense of direction (*raises hands*) or bigger trips with family or friends.
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Airport shuttle services are definitely necessary instead of a waste of money if you aren’t fluent in French because you may take a wrong transport and end up lost while attempting to get to your destination. Paris airport transfer saves you the horror of things that could possibly go wrong.
>> Paris Shared Arrival/ Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport
#3 Sightseeing tour bus around Paris attractions
Transportation is terribly complicated in Paris — getting from point A to B may require you to take flights of stairs, several turns before making a transfer. A good alternative to solve all inconveniences is to take the Big Bus Paris.
You can get either a day or two-day pass to go around Paris and check out the major attraction as well. If this is your first trip to Paris, you’ll be glad to know that Big Bus Tour’s stops include Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Louvre, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum and more.
>> Getting your Big Bus Paris pass online
#4 Seine River Cruise
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Experience a different side of Paris on Seine River Cruise; besides appreciating the beautiful scenery of Paris, you can even feel romance and love in the air. Get your tickets online — it’s way cheaper plus you get to skip the queues!
>> Seine Cruise (KKday Special Price)
#5 Louvre Museum
Pretty sure you’ve heard that one of the must visit places in Paris is The Louvre. Not only is it the largest museum in the world, The Louvre is also a monument in Paris.
Even if you aren’t a artsy-fartsy person, you definitely know Mona Lisa, situated in The Louvre. Tourists all over the world flock to The Louvre for a glimpse of Mona Lisa. On a regular day, you may have to queue over two hours to purchase an admission ticket into Lourve. To save your time, be smart and beat the queue by getting your tickets to The Louvre online.
>> Audio-guided visit to Louvre Museum
#6 Paris Museum Pass
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If The Louvre is on your itinary because you’d like to experience Paris’ culture, how does a Paris Museum package sound? If museum hopping is your thing, rejoice!
This Paris museum pass allows you to enter 60 museums in Paris, saving you a lot of precious time queuing for tickets, and 35 euros (that’s almost SGD $60!).
>> Paris Museum Pass