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How much does a trip to France Cost? Three of us spent eight days and seven nights traveling in France.  Here is a breakdown of what it cost to travel in Alsace and Paris, France.

Travel ItemCost
Lodging$119.53/per person (7nights)
Local Transport$106/per person
Attractions$41/per person
Food$72/per person
Total$862/per person


We found airfare on Norwegian Air to Paris for only $229 each, so we couldn’t pass it up.

We flew back for $294, not as cheap as our departure, but overall still pretty cheap to fly across an ocean.

Total airfare:  $523 per person



Trip to France cost and expenses

We arrived in Paris on a train strike day, so we took a free hotel shuttle bus to the town of Roissy, about 15 minutes from the airport, and stayed at the Holiday Inn for 20,000 IHG points, which we earned from signing up for the Chase IHG credit card, with a 100,000 point bonus.

Cost:      $0


Place Kleber in Stasbourg
View from our room of Place Kleber in Strasbourg

We had planned to stay two nights in Strasbourg, but the train strike changed our plans, and we ended up only spending one night.  We found a great apartment, with a kitchen, named Life Renaissance, on Place Kleber.

The apartment cost $167.06.

Cost:      $55.69 for 1/3 cost of the apartment


Colmar, France
View from our room at the Grand Rue Apartment in Colmar

We spent three nights at Apartment Grand Rue, on the second floor, near Place de Ancienne Duoane, my favorite areas in Colmar.

The cost of Apartment Grand Rue was $191.53 for three nights.

Cost:      $63.84 for my third, a thrifty $21.28 per night


After Colmar, we took a train to spend three nights in Paris.

Courtyard Paris Arcuel:  we had two Marriott free night certificates from a “stay two nights, get one night free” promotion that were going to expire soon.  The hotel was nothing special, but it was free.

Cost:  $0

Holiday Inn Paris, Notre Dame:  for our last night in Paris, we decided to “splurge” at the Holiday Inn Paris, Notre Dame, a great location a 10 minute walk from Notre Dame and a 20 minute walk from The Louvre.

The Louvre
The Louvre

We used 40,000 IHG points from our bonus from getting the Chase IHG credit card.

Cost: $0

Total lodging costs: $119.53 per person for 7 nights in France

Local transport

Instead of using SCNF, the French National Railway, we found a company called Ouigo, and found train tickets for the two hour journey from Charles de Gaulle airport to Strasbourg for €10, and a ticket back from Strasbourg for €16, saving us almost $100 per person.

After Strasbourg, we took a 30 minute train to Colmar.  Surprisingly these tickets cost almost as much as our Strasbourg tickets, coming in at €22.90 round trip.

How much does it cost to travel trip to France
Riquewihr in Alsace France

We did some day trips on busses to some amazing towns in Alsace
for a total of €9.30 per person€9.30 per person

Once we got to the airport in Paris, we had to take the RER into the city, which cost €10.30.

We bought a carnet (10) of metro tickets for €14.90 and split it.

We had to ride the RER a couple times to our Courtyard hotel, for €11.20 each.

Finally, we took the OrlyBus to the airport.

Cost:      €86.15 per person for local transportation costs (about $106)


Admittedly we hardly spent anything on attractions, as one of our favorite things to do is simply wander the streets and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

We did splurge on The Louvre at €16, and €17 for the hop-on-hop off Batobus along the Seine.

How much does it cost to travel trip to France
Batobus along the Seine in Paris

Cost:  €33 (about $41) per person


When we were in apartments, we went grocery shopping and cooked cheap meals like pasta.  I know, not very French, but we were trying to save money.

Cost: approximately $72 per person

Total for our trip to France cost:

$862 per person for 8 days and 7 nights in Alsace and Colmar, France

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