Is the Paris Pass 2014 worth it? We review prices and value here
As glorious as it is, Paris can be expensive. There are two main Paris attractions passes available and each offers a great many benefits that could make it a good value to some people, but for many others these passes are poor value, or worse yet, might encourage visitors into such a sightseeing frenzy in order to get their money’s worth that they are unable to really enjoy the wonders of the city.
You can get a good look at most important Paris travel costs, translated into US dollars or any currency you like, on the main page. But here we are going to be concentrating on attractions, museums, and transportation prices to examine the value of the Paris Pass, the Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Travel Pass that is included with the main Paris Pass.
The main Paris attraction passes
- Paris Pass – This includes a Paris Museum Pass, extra included attractions, and a public transportation pass for the length of the main pass.
- Paris Museum Pass – This includes only admission to nearly every major museum in Paris.
- Paris Visite travel card – This is the unlimited public transportation card for Paris that you can buy easily once you arrive.
Prices for the Paris attraction and transportation passes
(all prices quoted are for adults. There are student and youth passes that are cheaper, but all proportional to each other so the value is the same.)
Paris Pass 2014
- 2-day Child Paris Pass: €50
- 2-day Teen Paris Pass: €76
- 2-day Adult Paris Pass: €117
- 4-day Child Paris Pass: €50
- 4-day Teen Paris Pass: €96
- 4-day Adult Paris Pass: €173
- 6-day Child Paris Pass: €66
- 6-day Teen Paris Pass: €110
- 6-day Adult Paris Pass: €210
NOTE: The Pass is good for one year so you can buy now and validate it anytime in the next 12 months.
Use coupon code: POT10 (expires 31-July, 2014)
Paris Museum Pass 2014
- 2-day: €42
- 4-day: €56
- 6-day: €69
Most of the popular museums, including the Louvre, cost between €9 and €12 each, so it’s easy to see that averaging two of these per day means you are getting good value, and any more than that and it’s a great deal. Plus, the Paris Museum Pass, which is included in the main Paris Pass, allows you to skip the ticket-buying queue at all attractions, and especially during the busy season this can save 30 to 60 minutes at each place.
Paris Visite Travel card (zones 1-3, which covers almost all the main sights)
- 1-day: €12.00
- 2-day: €19.40
- 3-day: €26.50
- 5-day: €38.20
Prices of the most popular museums covered by the Paris Pass and Museum Pass
- Louvre Museum: €11.00
- Arc de Triomphe: €9.50
- Centre Pompidou: €11 or €13 (depending on time of year)
- Orsay Museum: €9
- Dali Museum: €11
What ISN’T included in the Paris passes
- Eiffel Tower – 2nd floor elevator: €9.00, 3rd floor elevator: €15.00
- Catacombs of Paris: €8.00
Extras included in ONLY the Paris Pass and not the Museum Pass
- Château Wine Tasting: €30.00
- Paris Bus Tour: €31.00
- Grevin Wax Museum: €22.50
- Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise: €13.00
Is the Paris Pass good value?
If all of the above seems confusing, you are in good company. These ‘city cards’ can be a great tool for many first-time visitors to destinations, but in some cases they cost too much or disrupt your trip in other ways. Before a trip it’s easy to plan 4 or 5 museums and attractions for each day, but once you arrive that always feels too ambitious. A big part of what makes Paris so incredible is the gorgeous city itself, not just the museums and main sights.
Another thing to consider is that if you lock in your sightseeing expenses before you arrive there will be the temptation to just rush from one thing to the next to get the most from your money. If you happen to have a day when you only get to one or two attractions, you might have a sense of guilt over missing your pre-trip goals.
On the other hand, if you prefer to pay in advance and then challenge yourself to make sure you see all the amazing sights that Paris has to offer, then the Paris Pass can be a great deal. If you are mostly interested in the museums then the Paris Museum Pass is probably the better deal, but if you also want to take a bus tour or a river cruise or do the wine tasting then the Paris Pass is the way to go.
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The Paris Pass is ideal for:
- Those who are comfortable with the high price tag
- Travelers who want to see and do as much as possible on a short trip
Use coupon code: POT10 (expires 31-July, 2014)
The Paris Museum Pass is ideal for:
- Culture vultures who plan on visiting at least 2 museums each day
- Budget travelers coming during busy season who want to skip the ticket queues
Visiting with no pass is ideal for:
- Visitors spending more than 4 days in the city, especially outside of the high seeason
- Backpackers and other extreme-budget Travelers
Note for visitors from June through September
The queues for attractions tend to be very long from June through September, and they can be ridiculous during July and August. Being able to skip a 2-hour ticket-buying queue twice a day could be worth a LOT during busy months. Combined with the outdoor heat, the ability to walk straight into the top attractions could really enhance your entire visit. If you are otherwise on the fence then you should really consider getting the pass during summer visits.
Paris Pass highlights video
Below you’ll see a short video that takes you through some of the highlights of the Paris Pass.
One last thing to consider about budgeting your time in Paris
There are plenty of free things to do in Paris, many of which should be high priorities for first-time visitors, including strolling the Champs-Élysées, exploring the Montmartre neighborhood, and admiring the Eiffel Tower and the Arch de Triumphe from the street, so spending a lot of money on museums and attractions isn’t necessarily the key to enjoying the city.
Also, remember that there are only so many hours in the day, and you can only do one thing at a time. The Louvre itself takes at least 3 hours even for a “quick” visit, and while you are inside it doesn’t matter if you get 50 or 100 other “free” things included, you’ll only have time to do a few per day at the most.
Those on longer trips might wonder is the London Pass is worth it or be interested in a review of the New York Pass. Each situation is quite different so there is never a single answer for any of these cities.