Paris Is Going to Be More Expensive for Travelers in 2024

08th Jan 2024

Alison FoxNB: This is an article written By : Alison Fox

Visiting Paris is about to get a bit more expensive as the city raised taxes on hotels and other accommodations at the beginning of the year.

The increase, which went into effect on Jan. 1, charges travelers up to nearly 200 percent more in nightly tax to stay in 2024, Skift reported. The tax increase varies based on the type of accommodation.

The largest increase is for travelers staying in “palaces.” Those tourists will have to pay a nightly tax of €14.95 ($16.38), a 199 percent increase compared to the 2023 rate of €5 ($5.48). Travelers in 5-star accommodations will have to pay a nightly rate of €10.73 ($11.75), a 186 percent increase compared to the 2023 rate of €3.75 ($4.11), and travelers in 4-star hotels will have to pay a new rate of €8.13 ($8.91), a 182 percent increase compared to the 2023 rate of €2.88 ($3.15).

Travelers staying in 1-star hotels, holiday villages, guest rooms, or hostels will have a more modest increase with the new rate of €2.60 ($2.85), compared to the 2023 rate of €1 ($1.10).

A representative from Atout France, the country’s tourism development agency, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Travel + Leisure.

The decision to raise taxes comes months ahead of the much-anticipated Paris Olympics. Hotel prices have been on the rise leading up to the games, averaging more than 300 percent higher than normal for this summer. Overall, Paris expects more than 11 million visitors to head to the city for the event, which kicks off July 26.

Paris is also not alone in raising taxes. Amsterdam similarly approved a city tourist tax increase for this year, requiring visitors to pay 12.5 percent. The tax will apply to both travelers staying overnight and visiting on cruise ships.

Some destinations are adding new taxes for travelers, like Iceland, which will start charging travelers in an effort to support the country’s climate and sustainability goals, and Venice, which plans to implement a fee for day trippers this spring in addition to the tax it already charges overnight guests.