Wise up and enjoy culture on a budget in Paris!


Although it may often seem an expensive place to live, Paris does offer a huge amount of cultural things to do for free (or cheaply) – you just need to know where to go and when! For young people under 25 from the EU, museum entry is normally free – all you need to do is show your ID. At the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre, for example, this even means you don't have to queue for tickets inside! Although it means places are sometimes crowded, it's also well worth noting that on the first Sunday of every month, most Paris museums give free entry to all visitors. The website Paris Info gives an extensive guide to what is free and when – you might be suprised by how much there is on offer.


Theatre, opera and concerts on the cheap! If you're under 28 and an opera, ballet or classical music fan, the Opéra de Paris offers great value last minute tickets if you are prepared to queue for a while beforehand. You can do this at both the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. You can see an opera for 30€, a ballet or symphony concert for 20€ and go to a 'salon musical' for 10€. The best deal is definitely the 32 standing places at 5€ which go on sale about 90 minutes before each performance at the Opéra Bastille! Take a look at the website to find out more.


The Comédie Française offers good last minute tickets as well. The 'petit bureau' sells limited view tickets for 5€ and on the first Monday of every month gives out free tickets to those under 28 with an ID! There is no reservation so you have to be prepared to queue and this is limited to availability. However I was told that if you call up before and ask, you can get a better idea of the likelyhood of getting in. There are also other good last minute ticket options at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. Have a look on the website to find out more.

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