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Paris tourist passes - pros & cons

Is a tourist pass essential in Paris?



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Visitor passes

There's a massive amount of advertising on the Internet to encourage anyone interested in visiting Paris to buy a tourist pass. For some visitors, a pass will definitely be worth having; but for others a pass is quite unnecessary.  Check out the pros and the cons with this clear guide.

Visitor passes are not essential, but they are very valuable

You will want a pass if....

You value your limited time in Paris, and don't want to waste too much time standing in queues. With a Paris tourist pass in your pocket, you can "skip the lines", i.e. avoid most of the queues that form outside the entrance to all the main monuments and museums... and that can mean litterally saving several hours of queueing if you visit Paris during a popular period. If you value your time, you'll value a pass.
There are several different Paris visitor passes available.
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   Visitors who take a full pass including travel can also just walk on to buses and metros, saving even more time.

You will not need a pass if...

You have all the time in the world while visiting Paris. If you're not pressed for time while in Paris, or don't want to visit a lot of monuments, attractions and museums in a short space of time, there's no point in buying a pass unless you still want to avoid queuing for tickets at the main museums or monuments.
   If you plan to visit just a couple of attractions or museums in a day, or want to spend a whole day in the Louvre or taking a trip out to Versailles, for example, it will be a lot cheaper to buy tickets individually. You can buy print@home e-tickets on the official sites for the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay : to visit Versailles, you can buy a half-day coach tour from Paris City Vision, or make your own way to Versailles by RER train.

 

Ticket queues and security queues

Even if you have a pass, you may need to queue to get past security... or just to show the pass. But you won't need to waste time standing in a line to buy a ticket for each visit you make . If you have a combined transport and attractions pass, you won't have the hassle of needing to buy a ticket each time you take public transport.


Compare the main  different Paris Passes:  updated 2022 prices

Compare  Paris passes for content and standard prices - updated as of December 2021
What is included.. Go City inclusive pass
Biggest choice
Paris City Pass
Best value
Go City explorer pass
Paris Museum Pass
Website Go City Paris inclusive Paris City Pass Go City Paris explorer Museum Pass
Metro, buses  No Yes - Zones 1 to 3 NO NO
Main museums and attractions Yes Yes Options Yes
Eiffel Tower  To second floor on foot (674 stairs). Reservations -  subject to availability No Option - Elevator to second floor Reservations required -  subject to availability No
Seine river cruise  Yes Yes Option No
Hop-on hop-off tour bus Yes No Option No
Monet museum No No No No
Prices 
2 Days
Adult 18+ :  109 €  
Child 2 - 17 : 39 €
Adult :  104.90 €  
Youth 12-17:  39.90 €
Child 4-11 : 19.90 €
Passes valid 60 days

Adult rates:
From 41€ for two attractions, to 95€ for 7 attractions
Child rates (up to 17)
From 29€ for two attractions, to 64€ for 7 attractions
Adult :  52 €  
Under-18  :  Free
Prices
3 Days
Adult 18+ :  129 €  
Child 2 - 17 : 49 €
Adult :  124.90 €  
Youth :  49.90 €
Child : 29.90 €
(4 days)
Adult : 66 €  
Under-18  :  Free
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Go City Paris inclusive

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Paris City Pass
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Go City Paris explorer

Museum Pass
Buy in advance or at the first museum you visit, or at Paris visitor centres

Note: Most passes are offered for periods of 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, sometimes 5 days, and 6 days. The Paris Pass'lib is also available for just one day, this "mini" version just includes the  hop-on tour bus and a Seine river cruise; but at 40 € for one adult, it is 20% more expensive than the Combo bus tour + Seine cruise offered by Paris City Vision
IMPORTANT: Eiffel Tower : None of the Paris passes include a lift/elevator ride up the Eiffel Tower. (One pass offers a second level Eiffel Tower ticket  on foot....  but a second level ticket is only € 10.50 on foot, or €16.70 by lift/elevator on the official Eiffel Tower site !) Access to the top of the tower must always be purchased separately, or as part of  certain specific tours . It cannot be bought once you reach the second level. Buy your Paris City Pass or your  Go city Paris inclusive pass online, then buy Eiffel tower ticket online from the official site. See Eiffel Tower information.

The passes in more detail....

Other passes:

WHICH PASS BEST SUITS YOUR NEEDS?

PASSES are often the easiest solution, but not necessarily the cheapest way to visit Paris ...

 Choosing which pass is best for you, or whether you actually need a pass at all, will depend untimately on what sights you want to see, what you want to do in Paris, and how long you are staying.  Paris has litterally hundreds of different tourist sights (see Paris tourist attractions), including museums, monuments, views, places to walk, tours, concert halls, cabarets, restaurants and cafés. No-one has time to see everything. In fact, most tourists, in the space of a short trip to Paris, can do no more than scratch the surface.
  So before choosing a pass, or no pass, ask yourself the following questions.
  1. Do you want to take in at least three paid entry attractions a day (between monuments, museums, river cruise...)  . If so, the Paris City Pass is probably your best value option, 
  2. Do you want primarily to visit Paris's world-class museums, more than other attractions? If so, the Museum Pass may be your best solution.
  3. Do you want to avoid the big paid-entry sites, with their queues, and enjoy Paris by visiting smaller museums, taking in Paris's free attractions (including museums), soaking in the atmosphere of the old streets and riverbanks, and enjoying the bars and cafés ? If so, you don't need a pass at all, it would be a waste of money. Just pay at the entrance to the paid-entry sites you visit, and enjoy the others for free.
  4. Do you plan to use the metro or buses several times in a day, including getting to and from your hotel located in central Paris or the inner suburbs? If so, the Paris city pass will give you free public transport plus entry to dozens of attractions. Alternatively the Paris Visite transport pass will just provide you with free travel in the city for the duration chosen.
  5. Do you want to pack in as much as possible in a short space of time, including the main sights ?  If so, the Paris City Pass is your best value option. If you want a pass including hop-on hop-off buses, the go for the Go city Paris inclusive Pass
  6. Are you spending a few weeks in Paris, during which time you'll visit different attractionsin your own time, on different days? Then maybe the Go city Paris explorer pass is best suited to your needs.


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