Last updated on February 10, 2024 by Sophie Nadeau
On a recent trip to Paris, I was quite shocked to find that we were asked to pay over €16 each when checking into our four star hotel. The reason why? Well, since January 1, 2024, the city of Paris has implemented a high cost Paris tourist tax for those staying in temporary housing in the city. In this article we will look at how much tourist tax is and who should pay it.
Please note that when you book a hotel in Paris, there will be a note somewhere on the list of how much the tourist tax is. However, while some hotels factor the tax into the total price you’ll pay (although it will have its own line on the bill you receive), other hotels will make you pay the cost separately upon arrival.
What is the tourist tax for?
Generally speaking, the tourist tax is how the city makes extra money by charging non-resident visitors a mandatory tax to stay in the city. Tourist taxes are common throughout France and are intended to help develop and promote tourism in the areas where they apply.
When traveling through much of Europe, you will often find a mandatory additional fee known as tourist tax either when you pay for your hotel or upon check-in. Other countries where the tax applies include Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Greece.
There was a tourist tax before January 2024, but it was a few euros per night at most. In light of the Olympics coming to Paris, the city has decided to increase the tourist tax by over 200%!
To whom does the tourist tax apply?
Tourist tax is applied per adult (not per room) for visitors staying overnight in the following accommodation types. On the contrary, exceptionally, you also have to pay the tourist tax if you are camping in a campsite and have brought your own tent with you!
Children under the age of 18 are exempt from paying the tax. Visitors staying with family or friends are exempt from paying the tax. The following countries impose the tax:
- Tourist hotels
- Furnished rooms for rent
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Holiday villages
- Outdoor accommodation (think tents and yurts)
- Hostel for young people
How much is the tourist tax?
The good news is that tourist tax varies depending on the type of accommodation you’re staying in, meaning if you’re traveling to Paris on a budget then you can stay in a lower tax class accommodation to keep the budget your down.
If you are staying in a country which does not yet have a tourist tax classification, then you can expect to pay a proportional tax of 5% of the cost of the tax-free night with a maximum price of €14.95.
|Type of accommodation
|NET CHARGES PER PERSON PER NIGHT
|Palace (some five-star hotels are Palace-class such as Shangri La and Hôtel Plaza Athénée)
|Hotels, aparthotels, furnished rentals: 5 star accommodation
|Hotels, aparthotels, furnished rentals: 4 star accommodation
|Hotels, aparthotels, furnished rentals: 3 star accommodation
|Hotels, aparthotels, furnished rentals: 2 star accommodation
|Hotels and aparthotels, furnished rentals: 1 star. Holiday villages: 1, 2 and 3 stars. Bed & Breakfasts. Hostel for young people
|Campsite: 3, 4 and 5 stars
|Campsite: 1 and 2 stars
How do you pay the tourist tax?
Tourist tax will be paid directly at your hotel either in cash (France uses the Euro) or by card. As I mentioned, sometimes you will pay the tourist tax at the same time as your room, and other times you will be asked to pay at check-in.
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