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In most countries, getting older not only means you have to start worrying about things like savings and wrinkle cream, it also means prices for activities rise. This maybe the case in most places, but it most certainly isn’t in Paris, where measures are put in place to improve the accessibility of cultural activities and entertainment for young people up to the ages of 26 (and sometimes even 30). Reductions, free entry, and discount tickets are offered to this age group for most attractions across the city, and if you’re lucky enough to be a student, as well, then you’ll find you benefit so greatly you barely need to dig into your pocket at all.
Paris is proud of its culture and roots and wants its young people to be, too. It actively encourages learning about all things cultural by offering free entry to all those under 26 from EU countries to its National Museums year round. This includes the most famous museums in Paris (The Louvre, The Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou). If you love art, this is a great opportunity to see some great works, and if you don’t love art, well… it’s free.
A large portion of your time visiting Paris will be spent looking at the beautiful architecture. While admiring from the outside is all well and good, it can’t compete with the divine detail that often lays hidden inside. While tickets to monuments in Paris are by no means terribly expensive, there is so much to see that it can quickly add up. Well, no need to pick and choose, as you can walk into many of these places free of charge if you’re under 25 and from an EU country — see the Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle, and The Panthéon. If you’re from outside the EU, not to worry; you’ll still benefit from a reduced rate.
Paris isn’t all seriousness; tourist attractions offering fun days out are also reduced for young people. Benefit from a reduced climb up the Eiffel Tower if you’re under 24, a discount rate at The Catacombs if you’re under 26, and Batobus even offers students the chance to sail their stress away along the river for a special tariff. While not completely free of charge, with the savings you’ve made on your museum trips, you’re sure to have fuller pockets than anticipated. Besides, you can’t put a price on fun!
A genius idea of which many people are completely unaware, the three Kiosque Jeunes around Paris offer free and discounted tickets to concerts, theater performances, and comedy events for people up the the age of 30. Whether you feel young or not, you can obtain two free invitations to two different shows, as well as four places at a reduced rate for three different shows every single day. Kiosque Jeunes is so generous that it leaves you literally no excuse not to go out.
A trip to the hairdresser in Paris can be expensive, as Paris is home to some of the top hair salons in the world. However, the chic styles of Parisian hair aren’t just reserved for those with heavy wallets; if you’re a student, you can take a trip to one of the hundreds of hairdressers around Paris at reduced rates. The glamorous Raphaël Perrier in the 8th arrondissement, the spa-like Auréa Bautista in the 7th arrondissement, and the laid-back Rodrigo Valverde in the 9th arrondissement all offer special student pricing. Paris encourages education, but as one of the Fashion Capitals of the world, it also encourages beauty, no matter what your budget is.
The French make some cracking, authentic films. Watching films in French is a great way not only to improve your language, but also to learn more about the French sense of humor and ideals. A trip to the cinema in Paris may take some getting used to, especially if you’re used to a pick ‘n’ mix selection the size of a small supermarke; however, what you’re sure to get used to very quickly is the reduced prices offered to students and young people. Allociné offers tickets for under five euros to those under 26 year old during the week, and under eight euros during the weekend.
There’s nothing quite as sophisticated as an evening out at the theater, but for many young people budgets are small, meaning they have to prioritize less refined experiences. Luckily, the arts are celebrated in Paris — so much so that Paris wants to make sure youths get to enjoy them, too! If you enjoy live performance, you’re in luck. Theater tickets are available to those under 26 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for ten euros (just ask at the ticket office) and even last minute opera and ballet tickets are reduced if you’re under 28 — sophistication at its finest.