We are planning to go to Paris and want to know the normal (and not expensive) places to book a hostel or an Airbnb.

I know for sure that these places won't be in the city center, but we want to know what is the center of the city to calculate the distance?

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    not expensive and Paris are mutually exclusive.
    – gerrit
    May 23, 2016 at 13:20
  • @gerrit I don't think the Parisians would have it any other way. That said, you can find stuff much cheaper in the Donut.
    – CMaster
    May 23, 2016 at 15:46

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We don't do specific recommendation on this site, so the best we can do is give you some ideas of places to look for cheaper accomodations.

For purposes of expensive accomodation, you can consider the centre of Paris to be the 1st Arondissemont, essentially the centrepoint of this map. Anything in the area of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower would be 'centre ville' as they say.

Your accomodations are going to be cheaper the further you get from here. Being near a metro station makes it easier to get into the centre, but places near a metro will be priced higher than those that are not. You are not going to find anything like 'cheap accomodation' within the Boulevard Peripherique - the ringroad around the centre on the above map. 'Normal accomodation; can be found just within that - depending on your definition of 'cheap' and 'normal'. However Paris transit is pretty good, and getting into the centre for a day from outside the Peripherique is perfectly doable. It should also be said that Paris is a pretty expensive city - even your cheaper accomodation is going to be more expensive than other less-well-known places.

Paris does have its share of hostels, and if you book far enough in advance, and don't mind the lack of facilities, you may be able to get something within your price range.

  • 1
    the OP is spamming questions "what is the center of..." It's perhaps better not to put in an answer; I believe questions can only be deleted if there are no answers.
    – Fattie
    May 22, 2016 at 21:39
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    two of them is not exactly spamming - looking at her profile, it seems like she is collecting info for a France trip, which is not a bad idea. Although a bit of googling wouldn't have hurt.
    – Aganju
    May 23, 2016 at 2:11
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    @JoeBlow There's nothing wrong with the questions themselves - it's useful information to a traveller, and not always obvious from maps.
    – CMaster
    May 23, 2016 at 10:29

Everything inside the "Boulevard Périphérique" (as answered by DJClayworth) can be considered city center.

But, a lot of people (tourists) consider the 7 most centered arrondissements (borough) as the city center because they contain most of the tourist attractions (museums...)

Every accommodations in those areas will be more expensive.

As you get further from those arrondissements, you will find cheaper accommodations (rentals, hotels and hostels).

If you stay inside the "Boulevard Périphérique", then you will have no difficulty moving around, you will be at walking distance to a subway station or bus that will drop you wherever you want.

If you decide to get outside to the Banlieue, something like Vincennes or Nogent-sur-Marne (the only places I really know outside the center); then be careful that you have access to proper transport (bus, metro, train).

When doing that, you need to plan your transport cost and all the "wasted" time spent in subway/train.


My sister lives in Nogent-sur-Marne, she has access to 2 trains that goes to Paris (RER A and RER E) and that takes about 30 to 45 minutes on a good day to get from there to the Louvre Muséum.


The centre would be Place du Châtelet, which also boasts the main transport hub of the city, Châtelet (Metro) and Châtelet-Les Halles (RER).

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