Is the Paris Pass 2020 worth it? We review prices and value here

ParisArch400As 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.

Note: This article was first written in 2011, and has been updated regularly, most recently December, 2019.

The main Paris attraction passes

  1. Paris Pass – This includes a Paris Museum Pass, a Paris Attractions Pass, and a public transportation pass for the length of the main pass.
  2. Paris Museum Pass – This includes only admission to nearly every major museum in Paris.
  3. Paris Visite travel card – This is the unlimited public transportation card for Paris that you can buy once you arrive.

The main Paris Pass that we are discussing here actually includes the museum pass and the transportation card, as well as the Attractions Pass that gets you onto the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, the Seine River Cruise, the wine tasting experience (including a free bottle of wine), and many other top sights.

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 2020 prices

2-day passes

  • 2-day Adult Paris Pass: €139
  • 2-day Teen Paris Pass (ages 12 to 17): €84
  • 2-day Child Paris Pass (ages 4 to 11): €46

3-day passes

  • 3-day Adult Paris Pass: €174
  • 3-day Teen Paris Pass: €104
  • 3-day Child Paris Pass: €53

4-day passes

  • 4-day Adult Paris Pass: €209
  • 4-day Teen Paris Pass: €114
  • 4-day Child Paris Pass: €59

6-day passes

  • 6-day Adult Paris Pass: €259
  • 6-day Teen Paris Pass: €141
  • 6-day Child Paris Pass: €79

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Paris Museum Pass 2020

  • 2-day: €48
  • 4-day: €62
  • 6-day: €74

ParisPalaisMost 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 several 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: €19.50
  • 3-day: €26.65
  • 5-day: €38.35

Prices of the most popular museums covered by the Paris Museum Pass, which is included with the Paris Pass

  • Louvre Museum: €15
  • Arc de Triomphe: €12
  • Centre Pompidou: €11 or €13 (depending on time of year)
  • Orsay Museum: €12
  • Dali Museum: €12

What ISN'T included in the Paris passes

  • Eiffel Tower – 2nd floor elevator: €16, 3rd floor elevator: €25
  • Catacombs of Paris: €8.00

Extras included in ONLY the Paris Attractions Pass

  1. Wine Tasting: €32 (includes free full-size bottle of wine for each person)
  2. 1-day Big Bus Paris hop-on, hop-off tour: €38
  3. Grevin Wax Museum: €23.50
  4. Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise: €15.00

The Paris Big Bus Tour and Seine River Cruise are great ways to get oriented for first-time visitors

ParisNotreDameOn your first visit to Paris you definitely want to visit the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and hopefully the Palace of Versailles (a bit outside the city center), but you also want to have a good look at the city of Paris itself. Whether you buy the Paris Pass or not, you'll want to strongly consider taking the Paris Big Bus Tour (included in the Paris Pass) as well as the Seine River Cruise. Both of these offer an excellent and efficient look at all of the famous places you might want to visit later, and you can do both of them in half a day. Take the hop-on, hop-off bus tour as early in the day as you can, and plan on doing the Seine river cruise just after sunset in order to see how beautifully lit the bridges and famous buildings are at night.

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.

For great value hotels check out our recommended Paris hotels section, which gives you 5 excellent choices without the hassle of going through nearly two thousand hotels in the area.

New: How to get the most out of a 2-Day or 3-Day Paris Pass

>>>Best 2-Day and 3-Day Paris Pass itineraries for maximum value and best sights

Important advice for getting good value out of a Paris Pass

After using so many of these city passes through the years, and also getting some comments from customers who don't feel like they got good value out of the Paris Pass, I can reveal two important bits of advice for Paris Pass holders.

1. Start early in the day, at least on your first couple days using the pass

ParisSubwayThe number one struggle for those who regretted buying a Paris Pass is starting early enough. Especially on your first couple of days using the Paris Pass you are strongly encouraged to leave your hotel by 09:00 or so, and go to the most popular attractions first. Places like the Louvre or the bus tour tend to not get too busy until 11:00 or so, which means that if you start on those things right after breakfast you will have time to do TWO top attractions before lunch. After that you'll have the rest of the day to do one, two, or three more activities, and you'll still have the whole evening free to have a long dinner and wander the beautiful neighborhoods.

NOTE: As of August, 2019, the Louvre requires an advance reservation. You can make the reservation at the Paris Pass pickup desk or online using a link they will provide.

Some people complain that by the time they got to their first attraction of the day, the place was packed, so they started on a bad note and then felt rushed the rest of the day trying to catch up.

2. Plan your day and route before you leave your hotel

The Paris Pass comes with a very helpful booklet that shows all of the attractions on a map, with hours of operation. If you spend some time before you leave your hotel for the day, planning an efficient route that connects the attractions you want to see that day, it will all seem easy and you'll get the most out of your Paris Pass.

If you aren't able to plan ahead like this then maybe the Paris Pass isn't ideal for you. If you aren't able to spend a bit of time planning ahead, chances are you'll be racing around and wasting a lot of time, and you'll be unhappy with the Paris Pass.

The Paris Pass is ideal for:

  • First-time visitors to Paris who want to cover most of the main sights in a few days
  • Travelers who want to see and do as much as possible on a short trip
  • Visitors who want to orient themselves with the bus tour and Seine river cruise

The Paris Museum Pass by itself is ideal for:

  • Culture vultures who plan on visiting at least 2 museums each day but don't care about tours or anything else
  • Budget travelers coming during busy season who want to skip the ticket queues

Visiting with no pass is ideal for:

  • Visitors spending more than 7 days in the city who might prefer to see only one sight per day
  • Backpackers and other extreme-budget travelers

Paris Pass highlights video

Below you'll see a short video that takes you through some of the highlights of the Paris Pass.

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One last thing to consider about budgeting your time in Paris

ParisSeineThere 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.


The Paris Pass is a popular and efficient way for first-time visitors to see all the best sights in a short time, with little stress and almost no time wasted in ticket queues. Whichever way you decide to visit Paris, you will have a good time. If you can get a discount on the Paris Pass, it's obviously a better deal and worth considering.

581 Responses to “Is the Paris Pass 2020 worth it? We review prices and value here”

Jill Levin says:

What a great article and good reminder that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to getting a good value and a wonderful experience. My husband and I will be first-time visitors to Paris, but everywhere we go we always love checking out neighborhoods, and strolling or biking around at least as much as seeing all the ‘required’ sites. This was a helpful reminder that Paris is a great city to relax and enjoy even without being at the main attractions.

K g says:

We have had a seven day trip to Paris. We bought the one week metro and rer pass and separately the 4 day museum pass the second full day. This was the perfect way to do it because we settled in, got over the jet lag and wandered around at first. Then we started hitting multiple museums a day with the pass. No lines. We bought the pass in the office on the lower level of the louvre the first visit. The louvre is open at night on wed and Friday so we went twice one day. Orsay and lorangerie are closeby so you can have a bite in a cafe closeby and switch museums when you need a break.

    Giulia says:

    Hi, Roger I’m coming from Australia staying in Paris for 6 night in march, these are the places I would like to see.
    Eiffel tower /Lunch tour.
    The Louvre museum
    Palace at Versailles
    Tours De Notore- Dame .
    What is the best way to form matt these into a passes and which one is best to do separate with out a pass. And where do I go to get the passes as I would like to buy on line to make sure I dint have to wait in a line I will be going with just myself and my daughter .

      Roger Wade says:


      If these are your main goals, then I don’t think a Paris Pass would be wise for you. The Eiffel Tower is the only major attraction which is NOT covered by the Paris Pass, and the other three items on your list will cost only €40 per person in total if you pay as you go. The main benefit of the Paris Pass is it covers the very popular (and recommended) hop on, hop off bus tour (€33), and Seine River cruise (€15), and several other high-price attractions that many people want to visit anyway. If you are doing those tours and visiting a couple of the other pricey attractions, then the Paris Pass will save you time and money. But if you just want to visit a few museums and the Eiffel Tower, it’ll be cheaper to just pay. With some of those you can buy tickets online, which lets you skip the longest ticket queues.

      If you do want to buy a Paris Pass, you have to buy it online from the official site, and you can pick it up once in Paris. Bon voyage. -Roger

Sue from Wigan says:

Great article, made me realise that getting a Paris Pass would not be the best option for a family visit with our 3 boys as I’m sure we would fall into the ‘got to pack it all in’ frenzy and miss out on soaking up the atmosphere of such a wonderful city. Whilst we plan to dip our toe into a couple of the museums and art galleries, we plan to mix that with a cycle tour, a visit to the catacombs, a wander round Montmatre and other delights. Can’t wait!

    Roger Wade says:

    Thanks Sue. These passes really are ideal for some visitors who plan on hitting many of the top attractions anyway, but I firmly believe that a city such as Paris is kind of an attraction on its own, and when you are inside a museum you are missing out on today’s Paris. I think most people have a gut feeling whether these passes will work for them, and most of those people are right. -Roger

Farhana says:

This article is really useful as we are contemplating whether to buy paris pass not for our 3 days stint in paris early june this year. This will be my second trip but first trip with our 3 boys aged 19, 15 and 10. I guess my gut feeling is right after reading your article. Thanks.

Pamela Scire says:

My 78 year old mother and I were recently in Paris and thought the Paris Pass would be a great idea to avoid having her stand in long lines. What a disappointment.

1. The only place this helped was at the Louvre and that could have been accomplished with just a museum pass. This skip-the-line feature should also be true for other attractions such as the Eiffel Tower but isn’t. We felt very misled.

2. The river cruise. Why on earth did we have to stand in line to get a ticket? Travelers should be able to use the Paris Pass as the ticket.

3. It would be really helpful if the H.O.H.O. Red Bus tour did not have to be consecutive days for those who would like to rest in between and not have to be on a firm schedule. It was a bit hectic.

4. They do not include a Metro and bus map… both of these were useless to us without one and just try to find one… impossible. This part was completely wasted money because of this since we only took the Metro once… and got lost without a map.

5. Way overpriced for what it is. We would have been much better off financially to purchase tickets only for the attractions we saw. It is impossible to see everything on a vacation trip and there was no added convenience to make up for the extra cost because we had to stand in lines anyway.

In short, I would not do this again unless you intend to run your fanny off.

    Roger Wade says:

    Pamela, Thanks for the review, and I agree that the Paris Pass is not for everyone. Still, I’ve found that the vast majority of people who buy them are very happy with it and would recommend it. It’s good to hear the other side as well. -Roger

D and G Stone says:

The Paris Museum Pass is not worth the money. You would need to do nothing but rush from one museum to another to get the price of the pass back. Some main Museums will be closed for e.g. refurbishment (e.g. Picasso, Conciergerie when we were there). Many good museums in Paris are free-or part free anyway. The no-queuing claim is false (e.g. Notre Dame Towers – you have to queue for security bag checks anyway. Pay as you go is better.

Michelle A. says:

Hello Roger:

I am a little confused, above you’ve said “Extras included in ONLY the Paris Pass and not the Museum Pass …Palace at Versailles: €18.00”. However, when I looked on the official Museum Pass website, it appears that Versailles and all the gardens and Trianon is included on the Museum Pass.


Thank you for your help,

    Roger Wade says:

    Michelle A., I just checked and you are correct. I think they must have added this to the Museum Pass since I put this together, so I will change the article now. Thank you for pointing it out. -Roger

Fernanda says:

I’m planning a 6-day trip to Paris for New Year’s Eve. I’m going solo, I like museums but also the different attractions. 2 years ago I went to NYC and got the pass, and loved it, specially because of the shorter lines. Even though I don’t like to rush through places, I still think it might be worth it.

Des Trigg says:

My wife and I are visiting Paris [ first time ] from NZ Mar 26-29 . Visiting inet has me really confused – to allow free time to wander am looking at ” hop on / hop off ” bus tour + a river cruise . Any comments / suggestions as to tour operator / cost [ ie buy online pre leaving NZ ] greatky appreciated

    Roger Wade says:

    Des Trigg, well, the Paris Pass includes both a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour AND a river cruise, and both are recommended for a first trip to Paris, especially one of only 3 days or so. Really, the Paris Pass is perfect for your situation since it comes with those and admission to most of the top attractions as well. However, if the Pass seems a bit expensive and you might prefer to just walk around the city and visit only a couple of the famous attractions, you’ll still have a great time and it obviously won’t cost as much.

    If you don’t want the Paris Pass but you want to do the bus tour and/or river cruise, you can just pay before you board. Late March is still the low season so you won’t have any trouble getting spots. -Roger

      Lisa says:

      Still a little confused…..will be in Paris middle of June….spending 8 days in London and thought we would spend an evening in Paris….any suggestion?

        Roger Wade says:

        Lisa, if you can spend an evening in Paris, and especially if you’ve never been, do it. -Roger

Linda says:

Hello Roger. We will be spending 8 days in London (May 20 – 28) and have purchased the London pass on line. Will also be spending May 28 – June 5th in Paris.Of course we want to see the main sites and museums as well as spending time just wandering around the different neighbourhoods. In your opinion would the 6 day Paris pass prove beneficial for us? Thank you!!

    Roger Wade says:

    Linda, One thing about using these city passes is that you tend to stay very busy, which isn’t a perfect vacation for everybody. On the other hand, if you are interested in seeing much of what the Paris Pass covers, then being able to skip some queues will give you more time, and by the end of May the lines will be long. Since you’ll have 8 or 9 days in Paris, the 6-day Paris Pass might still be good because it gives you at least a few days to just relax and walk around. Or you might consider the 4-day pass instead, so you could compress your main sightseeing into those days (hopefully weekdays) and have even more time to relax and enjoy the gorgeous city itself. Bon voyage. -Roger

      Linda says:

      Thank you for that bit of advice Roger. I think you may be right about the 4 day pass so I think that’s what we’ll do and have the best of both!! I expect the pass is 4 consecutive days which kind of sucks but c’est la vie. Thanks!! Linda

yaffa says:

What would be better, economically, for a visit of five days :
Passe Navigo Découverte
Paris Visite travel card

Marissa Simhachalam says:

I will be arriving in Paris on June 27 at 8:45am. The first day there we would like to do the Eiffel Tower and then pick up the seine river/dinner cruise on the Bateaux-Parisiens that leaves at 8:00pm. Friday the 28th we were thinking of doing Musee d’Orsay, Saint Chapell, Notredame and tower. Saturday 29th my child has to move in dorm so taking that day off to explore and get oriented with surroundings, Sunday the 30th do the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and champs- Élysées. We would also like to squeeze in the free Haute Coutre 100 dresses at Hotel de Ville and maybe dinner one night at Chez Michou- dinner/ show. Can you please advise me if the this is the best order to see these places and what would be the best value. Would we be able to skip the lines and have unlimited metro if we purchase a pass? This is for two adults. I appreciate your help and getting the best value for the things we would like go do .

    Roger Wade says:

    Marissa, yes, each Paris Pass comes with a Paris Visite Pass, which is good for unlimited rides on all Paris Metros, RER, Buses, Trams, SNCF Overland Suburban Trains, and the Montmartre Funicular within zones 1 – 3, which covers the entire of central Paris (no access to airports). This is especially nice since buying individual tickets can be a pain.

    As far as which order to see the sights in, it depends a bit on where your hotel is, but I believe that all of those you mention are in the center so they are only a couple Metro stops apart, if not walking distance. If you order the Paris Pass online in advance they will send you a really nice booklet that shows all the included attractions on a map along with their opening hours and a brief description. Once you have that it should be pretty obvious which order to see them in, and you’ll probably discover a few interesting things nearby or on the way as well. Bon voyage. -Roger

Arlene Smit says:

After reading your blog I am really glad that we have started planning our trip so early as there is so much to consider. We are ski-ing in Chamonix for a week in Jan 2014. I really want to ‘save’ France for the spring, but since we are already paying the airfare (from SA) we decided to spend a week or so in Paris from the 27th Dec. We’re travelling with our two sons (11 & 15) and plan to make day trips from Paris to Normandy (for 15yrs) and Disney (for 11yrs) and to Chantres.
So we were going to get a rail pass (also to take us through to Chamonix). Do I understand that the metro is not included in the rail pass?

    Roger Wade says:

    Arlene, it’s true that a Metro Pass is not included with a France Rail Pass, however a Metro Pass is included with a Paris Pass. Buying a Metro Pass once in Paris should be simple enough though. -Roger

Maggie Romano says:

Hi Roger! My husband and I will be in Paris next weekend celebrating our 20 year anniversary… from the 26th to the 29th of April. We are staying at Hotel du Louvre. We have purchased the 4 day Paris Pass that we will pick up at the Hard Rock upon our arrival. As it is our first time in Paris…would you suggest an itinerary for each day that includes the must see attractions and the seine river cruise. Thanks in advance!

    Roger Wade says:

    Maggie, congratulations on the anniversary and trip. You are going to love Paris, but it would be difficult for me to suggest an itinerary without knowing your tastes and so forth. There are fine art museums and modern art museums and palaces and so on. I’d suggest taking the Seine River cruise as early as possible, and also consider the bus tour that comes with it early as well. Doing those will give you an idea of where everything is and what you want to see up close.

    Also, the Paris Pass comes with a really nice little book that has a map of all the included attractions along with opening hours and short descriptions. Once you have that it won’t take more than an hour or so to figure out which things you are sure you want to see and which other things are close by. Bon voyage. -Roger

      charlie says:

      Hi roger I would like to know the proper attire for daytime in paris
      some people have told me no shorts. we are going june 1st of this
      year I am sure it will be hot can you advise me. thanks you

        Roger Wade says:

        Charlie, first off, on June 1 in Paris the average high would be about 70F/21C so long pants might be the better choice anyway. And partly because there are so few really hot days in central and northern Europe, not many Europeans wear shorts. But on warmer days there will be plenty of tourists from the US, Canada, Australia, and Brazil that wear shorts, including me. If you’ll feel self conscious being in the minority then go with long pants, though that is really the only issue. -Roger

David says:

Please confirm that the Museum Pass would skip the long lines at the Louvre and Versailles, which on previous visits can be hours long. Thank you…David

    Roger Wade says:

    David, yes, both the Paris Pass and the Paris Museum Pass allow you to skip the ticket queue at the Louvre and the main Versailles museum. -Roger

Sherry says:

Hi Roger,
I understand that to get to Giverny we take the train from Gare St. Lazare to Vernon for about 25 euros. When buying tickets online you have to specify a date & time. But I’ve also read that they can be used anytime, would you please comment. We are planning going on a Mon. & will be arriving in Paris on Sun. when the SNCF boutiques are closed.

    Roger Wade says:

    Sherry, this isn’t really my area of expertise although I’ve done plenty of short journeys like this. It appears to be only a one-hour direct train ride, with departures every 30 minutes or so. If it were me I’d just go to the station and buy a ticket just before boarding. It should be a bit cheaper than buying online in advance and these local trains never really sell out, so even if you go at rush hour and get incredibly unlucky the worst case scenario is having to stand up. Buying in advance online isn’t really worth it for shorter trips and especially if you are not sure of exactly when. -Roger

      Steve says:

      We have been going to Paris for ten years, and have seen moslty ever major & minor sight sight in Paris multiple times. We have found ourselves with a timeshare one block from the Champs for a week beginning in mid-january. At this point, we’re looking for ideas on places to go that are not on the regular tourist route. FYI…we are two seniors comfortable with public transportation & willing to try anything once! Wine, food and architecture are high on our lists. Nightlife at 66+ years old – is not.

      Don’t mean to sound anything less than gratious, as Paris is an incredible city – our favorite in the world. And that’s why we want to dig deeper on this next visit.

      Is there a question here? Yes: Would either the Paris Museum or Paris Viste passes likely suit us?

      Thanks very much, Roger

      [email protected]!

        Roger Wade says:


        If you’ve been going to Paris for 10 years then I am guessing you know the city better than I do. My hunch is that the Museum Pass wouldn’t do much for you. It sounds like you’ve been to all the famous museums, so it would mainly be a way to save a bit of money while visiting the less famous ones. If you’ve gone to Paris 10 times and haven’t been interested in those less famous ones, it’s probably because you just aren’t that interested rather than that they were too expensive. But it’s a personal choice, of course.

        The Visite Pass is just a transit pass, as you certainly know. I think those are great for people who are planning to hustle around the city, taking at least 4 Metro rides per day. Those in Paris for only a few days will usually do that, especially if they are trying to take advantage of a Paris Pass or Museum Pass, but if you are just doing normal sightseeing (and you’ll be back over and over) then I’d think that the 10-ticket book is probably a better deal. But again, I think you probably already know which things work best for you while you are visiting this amazing city. -Roger

Donna says:

hi Roger,my parents and I ,are going to Paris ,they’re not to young ,…I Was thinking at a paris pass,but now i read that you can’t reach the airports,and also ,you d’ont skip the lines as it says,….also the tour eiffel isn’t included, we’re going to remain 5nights , what card do you thik we schould buy ,also what do you think about the mini appartaments you rent ib the centre of paris ? thank you so much

    Roger Wade says:

    Donna, the transit pass that comes with the Paris Pass is good for all travel in and around Paris, but it’s true that it doesn’t cover the full trip to the airports. But during the main sightseeing days it will cover everything. And it does allow you to skip the ticket queue at virtually all included attractions, there are just a few that have security lines that you still have to go through. Still, it’ll be faster. I’d recommend the 2-day or 4-day Paris Pass in your case, and you can see the Eiffel Tower on a non-pass day. The 4-day passes are on sale for the next few days, although the 2-day pass could work if you wanted to just concentrate your sightseeing into those two days.

    And yes, those apartments are a wonderful idea for visiting Paris if you can afford them and they are within the first two district rings. -Roger

Bessi says:

Hi Roger, my husband and I and our 15 yr old are going to Paris this Sept for 5 days. It’s our first trip and I’m a little unsure about the best option for us. We want to see the sights and museums as well as Versailles and a day in Disneyland. I’m thinking to get the 5 day zone 1-6 Paris Visite Travelcard for each of us plus 2 Paris Museum passes for my husband and I as I read somewhere that Under 18’s get free entry into Museums. Do you know if that’s true and also whether you think these are a good option for us? Much appreciate your advice. Cheers.

    Roger Wade says:

    Bessi, yes, children under 18 and European citizens under 26 are allowed free access in most of the museums and monuments included in the Paris Museum Pass itinerary. And those travel passes sound wise as well, although you might not need that many zones unless you are sure you are going to the edges of the city. -Roger

Robert Beaver says:

I have tried to purchase a Paris Pass. I have entered all the data and paid for it on my credit card however I can not print out a receipt or information of my purchase Can you please help me?

(Robert, you’ll need to contact the company itself at Hopefully you got a confirmation email when you bought it and that should tell you what to do next and whom to contact. Good luck.-Roger)

Fj WOLFSON says:

Any special recommendations for seniors??? Special savings,etc??

(Fj, sorry, but the Paris Pass is the same price for all adults. -Roger)

Christine says:

My husband and I will be in Paris June 2 (Sunday) and 3. Are the museums, HOHO buses and river cruises open on Sundays?

(Christine, yes, all museums and main attractions are open on Sundays. Many museums in Paris are closed on Monday or Tuesday but not both. Transportation goes every day. -Roger)

Manizheh says:

Hi Roger,

My husband and I will be in Paris for 3 days as part of our delayed honeymoon trip to Europe. Would you recommend getting the Paris Pass as we would also like to see other attractions such as the vineyards, eiffel tower, bakery/cheese tour, etc.

    Roger Wade says:

    Manizheh, for only a 3-night stay in Paris it’s a tough call. You could still see those other things in your non-Paris Pass day, but if I were you I’d probably skip it and just pay individually for the things you want to see most. Otherwise you’d be racing around all 3 days and you’d miss a lot of the magic that Paris has to offer. -Roger

Mary Sasso says:

I have about an hour left to make or not make the arrangements for the Paris Pass and I am torn about what to do………..we will be there for 7 days next week and I really want to see a lot of things but I don’t want to over pay OR run around like crazy. Two days seems too short but four seems too long since we want to go on a day trip to Normandy………….We are there from Tues thru Tues, the 7 -14.

    Roger Wade says:

    Mary, it’s probably too late as I’m writing back, but in case it’s not, I would probably recommend a 2-day Paris Pass. Spend a couple days just walking around before you activate the pass and then use it on 2 (weekdays, hopefully) when you will concentrate on the included sights. You’ll still have plenty of time for other things and 2 busy days won’t be overwhelming. -Roger

sherenne says:

Hi Roger, we are rather confused about the Paris pass and museum pass combo. Do they have to be activated at the same time or can we use the Paris museum pass for the 6 days and then use the Paris pass to see all the attractions linked to that? Effectively using it for 2 weeks or thereabouts? We have 2 seperate cards in the pack sent out. 🙂

    Roger Wade says:

    Sherenne, that is a little confusing for sure, but unfortunately all three cards (including the Transit Pass if you get that option) are connected in the computer system so once you first activate one of them, the clock is ticking on all of them. Bon voyage. -Roger

kerry says:

Will be in Paris, including Versailles, for 3 days. Sounds like walking around a lot will work for us. How does Versailles work? Catch a train for the day and return to Paris? We’ll be leaving for Loire Valley after that. Do we take the train to Amboise or do we need to rent a car?

    Roger Wade says:

    Kerry, Versailles is in a nearby suburb of Paris and the palace has 3 rail stations near it that range from 15 to 35 or so minutes from Paris on the RER (suburban rail) system, which is different from the Metro system in the city center. The fare is €4.10 each way in 2013. So it’s an easy day or part-day trip.

    To reach Amboise you could rent a car but you could also get there directly by train on the high-speed TGV system. From Paris it takes from 90 to 120 minutes to get there, with the faster trains costing a bit more. -Roger

Caryn says:

I found 2 different websites that offer the Paris Pass; The Paris Pass site and The latter offers 3 and 5 day passes at less money than the 2 and 4 day passes listed everywhere else. Is this a legitimate site? I don’t see any differences in what the pass covers. Does the metro portion of the pass cover transportation to Versailles?

    Roger Wade says:

    Caryn, the pass is legit, but it’s basically just the museum pass and a transit pass. The official Paris Pass also includes an Attractions Pass that covers the most popular non-museum attractions. And in either case, the included transit card only includes zones 1 to 3 and Versailles is in Zone 4 so you have to buy a separate ticket on the RER (suburban rail) system for about €4 each way. -Roger

John says:

Ok here’s what we did yesterday (15 may 2013) with only 3 days left….
Went to buy a 2 day Musee pass on a fine day ( possibly important depending what you want to see, and some of the queues are NOT under cover) . Called in to Louvre carousel, to find very very long lines everywhere including into the shop just to buy the passes. I scouted ahead, but cold not find any pass jumping spot, and I think the queues were for security before the separation of entry points take place… So not worth the wAit here….even to get the bloody pass!!!!
Went to FNAC ( Champs Elysees) where they only sell 4 and 6 day passes!!!!!! Told us to go to Arc de Triumph where there is still a small queue waiting to get in via one small door, with ticket office on left and others to right. We bought 2 day passes quickly once inside and went to riright and straight up… A great morning view then!!!!
Then went Pompidou about 12 pm – no lines anywhere so didn’t matter about passes and got in quickly. restaurant Goerge for lunch ( can get there without any tickets) , pricey but the BEST view for miles….. Then scooted inside to see the Picassos, Miro and a few (!!!) others. After a quick tea break back in apartment , headed off again to Conciergerie, finding queue at St Chapelle, and again no obvious outside entry for pass holders….No queue for Conciergerie just along the road so went there instead….again pass saving us money not time…..
day 2 wet and cold. Took a punt and headed to Orangerie which opens earlier then most at 9 am…( have queued out in sun for at least Half an hour in previous years mainly for security here as pass holders don’t get separated off till after this…)
Anyway, hardly anyone there, straight in thru security and it actually did not look as though there was any separate pass holders line….but there could be if lots of people were there?????. Straight into Les Nympheas, no photos allowed now unfortunately as only 3-4 people in each room……also has a great collection of Renoirs, Cezanne, Modigliani and others. Italian ” impressionists” expo was also included with no extra fee…
All done and dusted and back at Louvre 11 am. Cafe Marly for reviver highly recommended for brief feeling like a king!!!!
Somehow got shown thru security after flashing passes at group entry point just to left of Marly in one of the walk through arches…no people here but long queues for security in Carousel and in pyramid.. Once in there at the actual entry point to the artwork a few people only in front to flash passes or tickets ( again no obvious difference to me, but queues to buy tickets inside were VERY long). The woman hardly even looked at the pass or at others with tickets and just waved us through, and we were in!!!!!!
I know this is long and rambling, , and I think there is still a lot of luck involved in whether you get to where you are going fast or slow!!!!!!. My advice is always have a back up plan if queues too long , but look for Alternative entry sites especially when security checks seem to be e bigger issue than which ticket you have, as they often precede the ticket purchase or do not care what type you have ……

Rachel says:

Hello~ Thank you for this wonderful information. My fiancé and I will be going to Paris from July 22-29 for our honeymoon. We have rented an apartment in the Latin Quarter and would like to do a great deal of sightseeing. We really want to use the metro and avoid lines if we can. Also, we would love to get the most “bang” for our buck. Your blog is very informative, but I am still a little lost on the Paris Viste Pass front. Is it worth it to get one of these to travel between the arrondissements? If we are going in July, would the Museum Pass pay for itself just for time not wasted standing in line at the museums? Thank you for your help!

    Roger Wade says:

    Rachel, thank you for the kind words. Especially if you are staying in the Latin Quarter (nice choice, by the way) I’d recommend a transit pass such as the Visite Pass that comes with the Paris Pass, whether you get the Paris Pass or not. Most of the main attractions are a bit spread out and not in the Latin Quarter, so you’ll be riding the Metro a lot regardless. Also, the great thing about the Paris Metro is that there is a stop every 200 meters or so, so EVERYTHING is near a stop (at least in the center) and the Metro moves fast even when traffic isn’t moving above.

    I think your situation is ideal for a Paris Pass as well because it’s designed to provide good value for people seeing the main sites, and it allows you to skip most of the ticket queues (but not the security queues) as well. In July, Paris’s attractions will be packed and ticket lines will be long. However, you still might want to only get the 2- or 4-day pass (instead of the 6-day pass) and concentrate most of your sightseeing into those days. Especially if this is your first trip to Paris, I’d wait at least a day or two to activate the pass, which will give you time to acclimate and just wander around. People tend to feel a bit of stress once they activate the pass because the clock is theoretically ticking. Congratulations and bon voyage. -Roger

Chesta Vishwanath says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks a lot for this detailed article… I have gone through most of the FAQ.. However hope you could answer my concern…

We will be visiting paris from Norway on June 3 to June 6 … Will be arriving to paris at 11.30 pm on monday … Along with three year old hyper active toddler .. 🙂 so here is my concern our initial taught was to buy paris pass… However after reading so many comments.. Not sure about it..
Could you please suggest an alternative plan for us.. So we could relax and explore few major attractions .. Carrying a kid would ward off all our energy.. Will buying individual ticket will help like paris visit travel card… So we could cover major attraction… Or hoho bus pass… Which includes river cruise…

Any inputs will be appreciated…thank you in advance


    Roger Wade says:

    Chesta, for such a short visit to Paris I’d recommend just choosing the things you want to do most and paying for them individually. In early June the ticket queues won’t be too bad yet, and you really don’t want to be racing around to try to take advantage of a package anyway. So I’d recommend just picking two major attractions per day, and paying for them as you go, while allowing plenty of time to just wander around the city in between and after the attractions.

    The river cruise is a nice orientation on your first full day, and you can just pay for that before you board. There are many to choose from once you are there. A Paris Pass is perfect for part of a longer stay, but not for all of it, and in only 3 days you are best off just doing the things that appeal to you most, making sure to just absorb the city itself, and not put any undo pressure on because you’ll be back again to see the main attractions. -Roger

Kathy says:

I’m going to be in Paris with my husband and 2 kids (ages 10 and 13) at the beginning of jUly. We only have 3 days so after reading your very informative article I don’t think we want passes. I am wondering if you can buy Eiffel tour tickets and bus passes ahead of time (online) so that we don’t have to wait in line ups? Thanks

    Roger Wade says:

    Kathy, yes, you can buy Eiffel Tower tickets in advance at the official site:

    Or you can pay more if you go through a tour company (so buy them through the official site).

    As for buses, if you are referring to a “city tour” or hop-on hop-off sort of bus, you should just buy those tickets before you climb aboard. If you buy them in advance you’ll be paying about 20% more and you’ll be locked in for no reason. Those things rarely, if ever, sell out, so even if you buy tickets the day before or on the morning you’ll be fine. -Roger

Kate says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for the great information. I’m traveling to Paris in mid-June with my 17 and 20 year old children. I’m torn about the Paris Pass. It seems like a good idea, but I wonder how long lines are in June? We’ll be there June 12-18.

    Roger Wade says:


    The ticket queues will be very long in June, at least at the top attractions. The weather is perfect so people from all over the world arrive for the summer months. It’s true that July and August are the traditional holiday months for locals on the continent, but the Paris hotels start filling up in May, if not earlier.

    If you don’t want to buy a Paris Pass you can save a bit of time in queues by being at the top attractions before they open or an hour or two before they close. Most people still try to go in the middle of the day, so queues are shortest before opening. -Roger

Adrian says:

hi Roger
I plan to visit in late august i already got my hostel book. i will be seeing Paris last i doing London then Amsterdam then Paris. i will be in Paris for 5 day i want to see what you think should i buy the Paris pass or the museum pass and a subway pass. i love to see all the old stuff but i love see the Paris of now and the people. what would you suggest what should i buy?

Adrian s

    Roger Wade says:

    Adrian, I wish I could be more helpful, but I covered the pros and cons to the degree that I am able in the article above. In my experience, people who buy the Paris Pass usually have a great time and are happy they did, and people who don’t buy a Paris Pass have a great time and are fine that they didn’t, though they tend to see fewer of the main attractions. I really think whichever way you go you’ll be happy. -Roger

Jan says:

This site has been really helpful! I am going to Paris with my sister from June 15-18…I’m wondering if it makes sense to buy a 2-day Paris Museum Pass and a Paris Visite Travel card? We already have a Minibus tour and Seine cruise tour booked and we’d really like to see the Louvre and Versaille at a minimum. I noticed for your replies to people on shorter trips it sounded like the passes are not a good idea…but to skip lines it seems to be worth it! I appreciate your advice!

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m happy that people are finding this information useful. My specific advice about passes and shorter trips is that I don’t think they are a good idea for the entire duration of a 2-day or 4-day trip. Especially on their first visit to Paris, I recommend taking at least one day where you aren’t “on the clock” of a pass, trying to get as much value as possible.

    So for a 3- or 4-day trip, I think a 2-day pass is perfect, assuming you are interested in seeing the main things it covers. And for you, if you already have a Seine cruise and minibus tour booked, I think just getting a 2-day Museum Pass and a Visite Travel Card is ideal. -Roger

Darlie Khin says:

Hi roger,
I will be arriving Paris around 11:00 a.m. on 7 july by train (paris nord station). Hopefully staying at a hotel close to the station (I have not yet booked). Then I will proceed to Brussels on 8 july (my train will depart 17:25). During this one ang half day, I would like to see Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, River Cruise,Paris bus Tour and shopping center, Arc of Triumph and Concord square and Versaille. In order to finish all during this limited time, is it sufficient to buy paris visite travel card and museum pass? Your kind advice ih much appreciated.

    Roger Wade says:


    The Museum Pass doesn’t cover the river cruise or the bus tour, and both of those are quite nice for a first visit because they let you see a lot of Paris in a few hours, as opposed to being inside a museum or palace where that’s all you see for a few hours. So you might consider a 2-day Paris Pass, or just pay as you go, although you’ll have to wait in the ticket queues that way. A Museum Pass and Visite Travel Card might be better than having no pass though.

    On the other hand, you might instead choose to cut down your sightseeing goals a bit. Versailles, for example, is an hour outside of Paris by suburban rail, so that whole visit takes half a day even if you rush through the grounds. If you cut out Versailles you can probably see and do all the rest in those two partial days. It’s really up to you just how much rushing around you want to do. -Roger

      Darlie Khin says:

      Hi Roger,
      Thank you for your suggestion. I might drop versaille trip. I will opt paris pass. Have a nice evening!!- Darlie

Éliane C. says:

Good day Roger,

My husband and I will be arriving on Saturday the 10th of August and leaving on Friday the 16th. 6 days of Paris at it’s fullest with the Paris Pass 4-6 days. The 15th of August is the Assumption of Mary, a Parisian Holiday. I might be suffering from a slight hang over since we will be celebrating my 40th B-Day the day before…. 😉 hence the reason for our trip 😀 . Any recommendations as to a place to just hang out and listen to birds chirping without too many Parisians around? We’ll most likely need that AM to recover.

Thanks for the advice in advance, Éliane

    Roger Wade says:


    Paris in August (and July to a lesser degree) is interesting because it’s packed with tourists, but literally half the locals leave the city on holidays of their own for the whole month. So the touristy areas like the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Champs-Élysées will be jammed, most other areas will be half or more empty. The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens), for example, is a huge green space in the center of the city that will have many open benches and grass areas in August because few tourists do any more than walk through it once. In other words, it won’t be hard to find quiet and lovely places just by walking around a bit.

    Sounds like a great birthday and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time. -Roger

      Éliane C. says:

      Thanks so very much for the lead. We’ll send some pics of us on the grass having bread and cheese.


Natasha G. says:

Hi Roger,

I am going on a solo trip to Paris from Toulouse in late June/early July and will be staying only for a day – is the Paris pass still a good choice? And will there be a tour guide or is this a strike-on-your-own thing?

    Roger Wade says:


    The shortest duration of a Paris Pass is 2 days, and I don’t even recommend that for a 2-day trip unless people are sure they want to rush around seeing the top sights the whole time they are there. In one day I’d recommend just paying as you go for the things you want to see most. A bus tour or the Seine River tour might be good in the morning so you have seen much of the city, and then the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triumph or whatever else interests you in the afternoon. -Roger

Craig says:

When using the Paris Pass on the Metro, how does it work? Do I just show the pass for entry or do I use it to get a ticket?
Thank you for this site.

    Roger Wade says:


    When you buy a “Paris Pass” you actually get 3 things. One is a Paris Museum Pass, and also a Paris Attractions Pass, plus a Paris Visite Pass, which is what you use on the Metro. So once you’ve validated any of those 3, the Visite Pass allows you to swipe in and out of all Metro stations for free as long as it’s valid. -Roger

George says:

Hi Roger,

I am arriving in Paris for a 4 nights trip with my family in July. 2 adults and 2 children below 11. We will be staying near Gare de Lyon station and plan to cover Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Varsailles flea market at minimum and paris bus tour.

Do you suggest a Paris pass for this? Also would it help us skip lines. Since this is our first visit to paris need to plan well. Looking fwd to your expert advice.

    Roger Wade says:


    As mentioned in the article above, the Eiffel Tower isn’t included in the Paris Pass, but to be honest, going up to one of the platforms is barely worth the trouble even when ticket lines are short. The Louvre and Versailles Palace are included, as is the bus tour. If it’s only those 3 things you are interested in then a Paris Pass probably isn’t worth it. But if you are interested in including 2 or 3 more things in two days, then a 2-day pass might be great. Being able to skip the ticket queues and also having a transit pass will allow you to see a lot more in a shorter amount of time, especially in July like you are going.

    Specifically what I’d recommend is to get a 2-day Pass, and activate it on your first full day in town (the day after you arrive). Do the bus tour in the morning and then your other high priorities. After two busy sightseeing days, you’ll have seen all the main things and you’ll still have a day or two to just relax and enjoy the scenery and just walking around. Bon voyage. -Roger

Sue says:

I will be taking my daughter to Paris on July. We will staying there for 5 days. What do you recommend for transportation, as we will not have a car.
From there, we will be going to Florence and then Rome. What would be the best way to get there? Train?

    Roger Wade says:


    By far the best way to get around Paris is on the Metro (subway). With the Paris Pass you get a Paris Visite Pass, which is good for unlimited rides on the Metro as well as the suburban rail network within the city. If you don’t get a Paris Pass, getting a transit pass is still recommended once you get there. Paris has Metro stations every few blocks so you never have to walk far to reach the nearest one.

    From Paris to Florence you’ll probably find flights to be cheaper than trains, and obviously much faster. Flights from Paris to Milan or Rome rather than Florence might be cheaper, and then you take the train once in Italy. -Roger

      Sue says:

      Thank you so much for the helpful tips about how to get around Paris!
      Have an amazing day!

Tcordz says:

Hi Rodger,
My wife and I are arriving for our first visit to Paris on Sunday the 1st of September, at 11:00 in the morning after a long flight from San Francisco. We leave on Wednesday. We definitely want to see the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, the Arc, Notre Dame, Invalides, and take a night cruise. Recommendations on the Paris Pass?

    Roger Wade says:


    That’s a short visit and I don’t think a Paris Pass would be worthwhile. Just go through your priorities and pay as you go with only 2.5 days in Paris along with a couple things (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame) that aren’t even part of the thing. -Roger

Beverly says:

Bonjour Roger,

this may be a stupid question. when purchasing Paris Pass on line, are the documents mailed to you or do you receive them through an email. Meric Bev

    Roger Wade says:


    That’s not a stupid question at all, but the answer is you get them in the mail or you can pick them up when you arrive. You actually get 3 cards per pass, a Paris Attractions Pass, Paris Museum Pass, and Paris Transite Pass, plus a really nice compact book that describes everything that is included along with opening hours and maps and all that. For that reason I recommend people get them in the mail as early as possible so they can plan and study a bit before they arrive. Once you buy a Paris Pass you have 6 months to validate it. Bon voyage. -Roger

      Beverly says:

      one more question! I promise. where do you pick up the Paris Pass if you want to get it in Paris?

        Roger Wade says:


        If you choose to collect your order in Paris you will need to print and bring with you the Paris Pass voucher which is emailed to you on completion of your online order. Your Paris Pass order can be collected from:

        Cultival Agency
        42 rue des Jeuneurs
        75002 Paris

Beverly says:

first time to Paris traveling alone, female over 70,after flying into CDG need to get to Chartres. there for 7 days next back to Paris to meet up with Adult daughter in the 18th district. Aware of pickpockets and do not except any one to harm me. What are my chances of dying in Paris, why do so many elders get sick there or pass on?
Merci Bev

    Roger Wade says:


    Pickpockets can be a problem for those who aren’t aware how to stay safe, but obviously you do. I’m puzzled about your question about elders getting sick (or worse) in Paris because I’ve never heard anything about that. Paris is a very safe city with low pollution and great healthcare (even for English speakers). What specifically have you heard? -Roger

      Beverly says:

      Doing research on famous African American writers who came to Paris because treated them fairly, accepted and praised for their work. Both came to Paris in their sixties and the trails ends in Paris. I can not find out why, but it may be too much wine, good times and over doing it. When I tell people I am going to Paris, they say, “You may not come back.” I am hoping they mean I will love Paris so much I wlll not want to leave.

        Roger Wade says:


        I’m quite sure it’s the latter. There is a lot of hype about Paris being so beautiful and all that, and then you get there for the first time and you find that everyone was right. I think almost every visitor daydreams about just staying on in Paris, and many do so. -Roger

Beverly says:

Thank you for answering. Very helpful and all your advise to others.
Peace and Love.
Beverly (Bev)

Niti says:

Hi Roger

Hope you’re doing well!

I will be arriving in Paris on June 23rd night and will stay till June 26th (leaving for Brussels June 27th early morning). I have read the trail of comments above, and they already give a good lead on the major places to visit and the planning to do, however, I had some specific questions-:
1. I want to cover the major attractions such as Lovre, Notre Dame, Montparnasse, Seine River Cruise, Palace of Versailles, Moulin Rouge, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower to name a few. Not sure if I should buy a 2 day Paris Pass? Or probably just pick up individual tickets for some of them?
2. Would be helpful if you could recommend which places to club together, that are possibly in close proximity to each other?
3. In case you think it is a good idea to buy the Pass, do you suggest I use it on Day 1 and 2(i.e June 24th and 25th)or Day 2 and 3?
4. Should I buy the pass online now? or in Paris?
5. In case I buy the 2 day pass, then do I need to buy a Metro pass for the 3rd day? Where can I buy it from? Should I buy it online or once I reach there?
6. I am on a budget trip and would only want to want about 200-250 Euros in Paris at the maximum.

I will be staying at Le Regent Montmartre for the duration of my trip. and will be travelling alone.

Apologies for the incessant questions, but would be great if you could help – been quite confused as to what to do.

Thanks so much for your prompt response!


    Roger Wade says:


    In #1 you have a good list, and only a couple of those are covered by the Paris Pass. So for you I wouldn’t recommend buying one at all. Several of those are free to visit or look at, and you’d really be rushed if you added some extra museums and such just because they were part of the pass.

    The Moulin Rouge (maybe better to just see from the outside unless you are a Japanese businessman?) is near your hotel. The Versailles Palace is about a 45-minute ride on the RER (suburban rail) from the city center, and all the rest are walking distance or short Metro rides from each other in the center.

    If you think you’ll be riding the Metro several times a day, which you probably will, you can buy a Paris Visite Pass (the same one that comes with the Paris Pass itself) for 1, 2, or 3 days. You can buy them online or from a ticket booth in the Metro once you arrive.

    On a budget like yours I’d concentrate on just enjoying the beauty of the city and its different neighborhoods. Montmartre itself is stunning at night, take the funicular up to the cathedral above. The Eiffel Tower is gorgeous from below, but paying to go up the stairs to the 2nd level or the elevator to the 3rd level isn’t as interesting as you’d assume, especially with the crowds. There are plenty of cheap and free things to do to go along with your list of top sights. -Roger

Dee says:

We will be in Paris July 20-26. We are wondering what the temperature will be like? Will it be super hot? Is it humid in Paris in July? What is the hottest month in Paris? Can I wear capri pants (pants that come just past the knee in length)and not be too hot? Is it rainy in July? Mainly just wondering what July will be like. We are going to get a 4 day Paris Pass and then 2 days or so with the transit pass we think. Your responses have been so helpful to so many people, it is really kind of you! Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    The average high in Paris in July is 76F/24C and the average low is 61F/16C. In the coming two weeks it’ll actually be cooler than that so you’d want to have a jacket with you, but of course I can’t know what the temperatures will be like in a month. That said, on average Paris is wonderful in July and the heat rarely gets high enough for humidity to matter. Sometimes it can be cooler, but in the past few years there have been a few heat waves where it’s gone above 90F. So most likely you’ll have wonderful weather unless you get quite unlucky. August is usually a bit hotter than July, and it doesn’t rain much typically in either month. Your Capri pants should be a good option, but you’ll also want to pack something longer, particularly for the evenings. -Roger

Steven Forman says:


We are going to be in Paris for 5 days in early July. We are considering buying the Paris Pass for me, my wife and two college age sons. What I do not understand about it is that are we still required to go onto the websites for Versaille, Pompidou Center, The Louvre, etc and set up exact days + times of entry, as is required by these places, or, does the Paris Pass allow you to go right to Versaille no matter what day/time, and without any further arrangements, just go into versaille? Of course we would need to go at the days/times that the attraction is open, but we are seeing that the days on the websites no longer offer tickets in early July. Will the Paris Pass still get us in without any further ticket arrangements ??

No Paris Pass website responds to this question.


    Roger Wade says:


    With the Paris Pass you can just go to any of the included attractions at any opening hour, which is one of its greatest benefits. You can go at any time without a pass, but then you have to first stand in the ticket queue, which can be very long in summer. Some of the museums do allow you to book online to skip the ticket queue, but that’s only needed for non-Paris Pass holders. Enjoy your trip. -Roger

Blythe says:

I so appreciate that you share your expertise here. My husband and I will be in Paris for 7 days at the end of September to celebrate my 40th, and I’m not sure if a Paris Pass is right for us. We certainly love museums and plan to hit the major attractions (including Versaille), but would also like to spend a few days just wandering aimlessly. 🙂 Would you recommend combining a longer metro pass with a shorter museum pass? Where I’m really torn is that we will likely do a HOHO tour and a river cruise, so would we be better off with a Paris Pass that would cover at least the first several days? Also, is the end of September still considered “high season”?

Thanks so much for your input!

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you, and I love your idea of wandering aimlessly. There is no better city in the world than Paris for that. For a 7-day trip I think the 2-day or 4-day pass would be ideal. My hunch is that the 4-day pass would be best for you, and on your other 3 days you can probably just walk or take a few Metro rides here and there. As long as you are staying in one of the more central districts (Arrondissements 1 through 11) then you’ll have a lovely time without taking 3 or more Metro rides on those days.

    For hotel purposes, September is definitely still high season, though for museums the crowds will be a bit thinner than in June through August. -Roger

Laureen says:

Roger – Great information, thank you! My daughter and I will be arriving @ 4.30pm in Paris July 14-18th and will buy a 2 day Paris Pass. We plan to meet with friends for Bastille Day dinner and fireworks and see the main sights. Should we buy the pass online at this late date (given the mail time to Los Angeles) or buy it in Paris nearby if you have a suggestion. we are staying in the 7th arr. Rue de Verneuil near Rue du Bac.

If we buy it in Paris, how could we arrange a bus tour on our first day there, Monday?

THank you,


    Roger Wade says:


    You can only buy a Paris Pass online, but you can pick it up in person in Paris after you arrive, which is what I’d recommend for you. The office opens at 10am so you could pick it up then and go right to the bus tour to validate it for the day. The pick-up office (you’ll find a map and directions on the Paris Pass site) is fairly central so it would be a short Metro ride from your hotel. Once you have the pass you’ll also have the Metro pass so you can then go to any of the bus stops to hop on. -Roger

Habiba says:

Hi Roger,

Thank you very much for your valuable information and time.

Maybe this will be helpful for the people inquiring; below are the list of place of interests you would like to visit then they shall buy the Paris pass in between 2 days if 3 sites and 4 days pass for most of the list. Plus Paris pass will help in saving time during Jul-Sep.

1. Paris Bus Tour €31
2. French Wine Tasting €30
3. Palace of Versailles €18
4. Seine River Cruise €13
5. Louvre Museum €11
6. Grevin Wax Museum €22.50
7. Notre Dame Cathedral €8.50
8. Dali Museum €11
9. Centre Pompidou €13
10. Montparnasse Tower €13
11. Paris Opera House €13.50
12. Paris Story by Victor Hugo €10.50

Claus (Denmark) says:

Hi Roger
So, the last day of Paris passport today.
Hibiba list above from July 14 is my guide her.
1 Paris Bus Tour € 31
Nice ride, but remember that there is much traffic in Paris, so you spend long time driving in queues.

2 French Wine Tasting € 30
A fun feature, but not for 30 euros

3. Palace of Versailles € 18
Beautiful, but you are not jumping the queue at the security check, and it is the same queue all use , since all going the same way. The ticket does not apply to the garden the day we were there, because there was music in the garden , so it’s 8.50 euros extra.

4 Cruise on the Seine € 13
A good trip, but the same experience as the bus tour.

5. Louvre Museum € 11
Gossip, we jumped the queue and it was long 🙂

6 Grevin Wax Museum € 22.50
Many Frenchmen of wax (suprise), but nice.

7. Notre Dame Cathedral € 8.50
Remember it is only to get up the tower, cathedralen is free to enter in.And you dont jump security check.

9 Centre Pompidou € 13
The 2 upper floors had special exhibition, so we could not get into.

10. Montparnasse Tower € 13
Super views, no queue.

11 Paris Opera House € 13.50
It was the highlight at the Paris Pass, we got 1 1/2 hour guided tour 🙂

12. Paris Story of Victor Hugo € 10.50
Well there we got our afternoon nap.

13 Arc de Triomphe / Pantheon / Chapelle Expiatoire / Conciergerie/Chocolate Museum.
we also went straight into.

You get a book from the Paris pass, but remember to read it all.
Many things are not something you will get used.
Otherwise, they require you to purchase something else.

We spent 4 busy days, but was able to use the card for about 250 euros, we pay 160 Euro for 2 pass.
Thank you for the discount Roger
Looking forward to enjoy Paris the last few days 🙂

Peter Johnson says:

Hi Roger

Can you please take the Dali museum off your list of example prices. This is not covered by the museum pass as it is not a state-owned museum. We couldn’t use our passes there today, but had assumed we could because it was in the list here.


Ana-Maria says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for this detailed article. Very interesting and helpful. However I am really scared about Paris and need your help:)!
My husband and I will be arriving on Friday the 6th of September and leaving on Monday the 16th. So we will be in Paris for 10 days.

It’s our first trip and I’m a little unsure about the best option for us. We want to see the sights, bridges, gardens, as well as museums and churches and Versailles. I’m thinking to get for us the 6 days Paris Pass + 2 days Paris Pass. Could you tell me, please whether this is a good option for us? I would highly appreciate your advice.

Best regards,

    Roger Wade says:


    I would definitely get the 6-day Paris Pass (which is €15 off through Monday, August 12), but not an additional 2-day pass. Ten days is a long time in Paris for a first visit, but there are so many wonderful little free things to do that you’ll want to have those 4 days where you aren’t worrying about trying to get value out of a pass. Just wandering around some of the historic neighborhoods and through the gardens and doing some window shopping is something that will be very entertaining with no admission fees.

    If you do the bus tour and river cruise early in your trip, you’ll discover many little areas that you’d like to return to later to just wander around, and if you have non-pass days at the end you’ll have plenty of time to do it. Bon voyage. -Roger

maggie says:

Dear Roger
I read almost all the reviews, and still don’t know what to do.
I will be in Paris for 5 days from august 17th to 22th. I’m going with my husband and my 14 and 9 year old girls. My husband and I have been to Paris several times, but it is my daughters first time. It is our first time in Paris during the summer, and I’m worried it will be very hot for long walks, my kids never walk!!!!! I was thinking on going to these museums: Louvre, D’orsay,Pompideau, wax, and the science museum over at a park called La vilette (never being there). Also we would like to do the bus tour, boat tour and heard the bycicle tour was fun too. Do you recommend paris pass?? 2 or 4 days??
Is it true that kids under 18 do not pay at the museums?? Then I should not buy the paris pass for the girls?
I don’t have much time, need your expert advise.
I forgot to tell you, that we will return to Paris for 4 more days on september 4.
Thanks so much,
Best regards

    Roger Wade says:


    First off, the current forecast for Paris on those days is the high 70s F or mid 20s C, so you’d be incredibly unlucky if a heatwave formed during that time. Paris does have a few scorching days here and there, but those are rare and it’s usually pleasantly warm.

    It’s true that under 18s get free admission to many Paris museums, but not to the bus or boat tours and those sorts of non-museum attractions. The Child Paris Pass is fairly cheap, but if you are concentrating mostly on museums I wouldn’t bother with one for the kids.

    For a 5-day trip where you are on the fence I’d recommend a 2-day Paris Pass. Needless to say, you can concentrate the included attractions into those two days and you’ll still have 3 days to just enjoy the city itself. Since you are coming back in September it might be wise to get the 4-day Pass instead though, but only if you really want to do more than 6 or so of the included things. Two days is probably the sweet spot, and there is plenty to have fun with on the days you don’t have a valid pass. -Roger

apurva says:

Hi Roger,

A very well written article indeed!

My friend and I are in Paris for 2 days in Mid-September. We plan to do few key museums (we want to be quick and just see key things) + Eiffel + Notredame + Bus tour around the city+ Chateau de versailles.
Dont want to do the Boat cruise as we have done that already in our previous visit.

We plan to buy the Paris Museum pass at the airport and buy the bus tour on the spot. We will buy the RER and metro tickets as required.

Is it a good plan considering the tourist season in September or you have any suggestions? Which Bus tour you will recommend? Which neighborhoods would you recommend? We are staying near the Richelieu Drouot metro.

Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m glad the article has helped. By the time September rolls in, crowds are thinning out a bit in Paris, although all the locals are back from their own holidays so public transport and such will be packed, even if the museums aren’t.

    Your plan seems fine if you don’t want to get an actual Paris Pass. I haven’t done all the bus tours, and I think most of the main ones run a similar route as the one included in the Paris Pass, so unless you want a specialty tour I don’t think it matters too much. Just find one with live English commentary instead of the recorded one, and you’ll enjoy it for sure.

    Recommending neighborhoods in Paris is quite a personal thing. I personally adore Montmartre, especially in the evenings, but it’s quite touristy and most things are expensive. I’m not much of a shopper so the many shopping districts don’t appeal to me. In other words, you’ll have to figure out which things seem to interest you, although in Paris you can’t really go wrong as long as you are anywhere near the center. Bon voyage. -Roger

heba says:

hello Roger
thank you for the useful article, in fact i am hesitating between paris pass or city pass passport
Also, not being a french speaker makes me afraid of getting lost or not knowing how to use my card, for ex. for the bus tour, is it enough to just stay at the bus stop and show my pass at getting onboard?

    Roger Wade says:


    You don’t need to worry about not being a French speaker in Paris as long as you are anywhere near any of the major sights. The city is always filled with visitors who know little or no French, so all the ticket takers and tour bus drivers speak enough English. When using the Paris Pass you’ll unlikely be alone so it’s literally just a matter of holding it out in front of you and they’ll usually wave you inside or on board.

    On the other hand, one key anywhere in France is to say hello or introduce yourself before you ask anything else. So whenever you walk into a hotel or shop or oe cafe or approach a bus driver, just say “bon jour” (or bon soir if it’s in the evening) first. They will instantly detect your non-native accent and they will be expecting you to proceed in English from then on. If you do that, you’ll be very welcome. If you skip this step, some people might get annoyed. -Roger

Amanda says:

Hi Roger,
My hubby and I are going to Paris between 4-13 December this year. It’s our very first time in Paris and am excited. Indeed, am wondering if the Paris Pass would be worth the while. Would definitely love to cover as much as we can when we are there. But we would also love to enjoy and soak in Paris. Do recommend/suggest.

    Roger Wade says:


    Since you’ll be in Paris for 9 or 10 days, you’ll have more than enough time to just enjoy the ambiance of the different neighborhoods by strolling around and sitting at cafes for awhile. If you are interested in doing the included things with the Paris Pass, then it will definitely save you money and be convenient because it comes with the transit pass and the ability to skip most queues.

    I’d recommend getting perhaps the 4-Day Paris Pass, which is on sale for the next few days as well, and activating it on your 2nd or 3rd day in Paris. You should take the bus tour and the river cruise early on, which will help you get a feel for the whole city center and where you want to return to later on when you are on your own. Then do the rest of your major sightseeing over those 4 total days, and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and hang out after the pass expires. -Roger

      Amanda says:

      Thanks Roger. Which arrondissement would you recommend to stay in and do you have any reasonably priced and good hotels to recommend too. Thanks

        Roger Wade says:


        One great thing about Paris is that the Metro (subway) has stations literally every few blocks in almost every direction so you can get from anywhere to almost anywhere else in maybe 15 or 20 minutes in most cases. So for that reason, many budget travelers stay in the arrondissements one out from the central ring to save money and still be close enough. But it’s a personal choice and I usually like to stay near the neighborhood I like to spend the evening in because traveling around at night can be dodgy or at least intimidating. I prefer the Montmartre area because it’s gorgeous, artsy, and has plenty of cheap options, but if you prefer shopping or history or to be near gardens there might be better choices.

        I actually do have a page of my best Paris hotel recommendations, each with a link to the cheapest place I could find to book them online:

        Bon voyage. -Roger

RalphVilla says:

Hello Roger!
What a nice article! And I badly need your help regarding our fast approaching trip to Paris. We are currently in Barcelona after a 2 day trip in Amsterdam. We will be leaving BCN tomorrow (Sept10)in the evening and we will be arriving in Paris by late evening. We got a hotel VERY near CDG (Ibis Roissy Nord2) and upon reading previous comments, it seems like that the transportation to our hotel to the City is not covered in the Paris Pass, right? We will be stayin 3 full days and 2 nights in Paris. It will be our first time in Paris. Do you recommend us to get A Paris Pass? Our goal is to see all major sites and attractions and maybe just enter the Louvre. A Seine River Cruise would also be lovely. Will it be wise to get a Paris pass in our case? And just to ask, where is the pickup point of the Paris Pass? THank you so much!

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s correct when you heard that a Paris Pass doesn’t cover transport all the way from CDG to the city center, but it does cover all transport anywhere in the tourist area of Paris once you get there. So in your case, you’d take the RER (suburban rail system) from the airport area into the city center, and once you get within the central zones you can switch to the Metro (subway) and ride for free.

    A Paris Pass is great for what you have in mind on a short visit like that. Honestly, the included sightseeing bus tour is a great thing to do first, as it allows you to get oriented and see where most attractions are in relation to each other. However, even though it’s theoretically “hop on, hop off” it’s not a good idea to use as transport because you end up spending too much time waiting for buses and the routes are rarely as direct as you’d like. Instead, do the whole tour, and then jump off and use the Metro to get around. There are stations every few blocks in Paris so you are never far from one. The Seine Cruise is also good for early orientation.

    If you are mainly interested in just the museums then the Paris Museum Pass is probably a better deal. However, it sounds like you might be similar to me in that you like checking out the main museums, but you don’t want to spend all day in there. A Paris Pass is really nice for this sort of thing because you can do the bus tour and river cruise and a few other “fun” things, but also pop into 3 or 4 of the most famous museums for an hour or so each. Personally, I don’t like to spend an hour in line to spend €11 on a museum ticket to only spend 45 minutes inside. With the Paris Pass, you go right into the entry queue and if you want to move on in a hurry you don’t feel so bad because it was included.

    If you choose to buy a Paris Pass you do it online and then you can pick it up at their office for €2 each. -Roger

    Paris Pass Desk
    Entree 4, Grand Rex Cinema
    35 rue Poissonniere
    75002 Paris

Steve says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for your info. I was wondering, if I was to buy a Paris Pass online, how long would it take to arrive in Sydney, Australia?

    Roger Wade says:


    To be honest, I’m not sure how long it would take to get to Sydney, and you are probably better off looking for answers on the official Paris Pass site. I do know that they ship from France as quickly as they are able, but whether that takes 5 days or 10 days to Oz is beyond me. You can also buy online and pick up your passes in Paris at their office if you don’t have enough time. -Roger

Neil says:


Great article and info. My wife and I will be visiting Paris for the first time March 21-28. During that timeframe, I was told it will be cold and overcast and that it is not that busy. Is it true that the queues shouldn’t be too bad. Is the pass worth it to beat the queue’s during this time?

    Roger Wade says:


    It will be chilly in Paris in late March, but it’s not always cloudy so you might get lucky and get some sun. It’s true that queues for the popular museums and sights are shorter in March than in June or July, so if that was the main feature of getting a Paris Pass then you can probably get by without it. There are other benefits of a Paris Pass however, including entry to several popular tours in addition to the museums, plus an unlimited transit pass as well. Either way, I’m sure it’ll be a great trip. -Roger

Ray VanSteenkiste says:

We will be in Paris from Nov 15-19, and I was curious how the lines are that time of year? Anything to be worried about?
Awesome article, and AWESOME responses by the way!

    Roger Wade says:


    By the end of November, crowds at the museums and other attractions in Paris will be smaller. Several of them, like the Louvre, tend to have queues pretty much all year because they open fewer ticket windows in the off season. But generally you won’t have to wait too long, even if you buy tickets on the day. -Roger

      peter says:

      We are planing to visit on dec 22 and dec 23. my wife is 5 months pregnant and i have 3.5 years of old kid.
      in 2 days what all can i cover?
      is it paris pass worth fo r me.
      thanks in advance

        Roger Wade says:


        One nice thing about the Paris Pass is that it’s designed for visitors to see a lot in a short time. You can do the sightseeing bus tour and the Seine River Cruise on your first day, and they give you a great sense of where all the main sights are. They also make it so you feel like you’ve seen much of Paris already because you tour all the famous neighborhoods and see all the famous buildings. You also have time to visit the Louvre and several other museums and attractions over those two days, and having taken those tours you’ll have a better idea of which ones you want to see with the rest of your time. It also comes with a helpful book describing all the included sights and where they are on a map, and you also get the unlimited transit pass, which helps you see things efficiently.

        However, if your pregnant wife and young child aren’t in the mood to move quickly, the Paris Pass doesn’t help that much, aside from those tours where you get to sit down and see Paris go by. -Roger

Neil D says:

A few years ago, my wife and I bought the London Pass when we went there as part of our honeymoon. We knew it was pricey but we liked it because it allowed us to go anywhere and anytime while allowing us to skip some of the lines. We went at the end of July/Beginning of August so London was packed during that time and it saved us a lot of time.

We are going to Paris for the first time in March 2014 and I just bought the 6 day Paris pass. I know it’s steep but we like the fact that we can skip some lines and not have to worry about buying tickets. I like to pay in advance so I don’t worry about getting tickets, etc…The London and Paris pass is not for everyone and we did feel a guilty of not seeing as much as we could’ve in London but we still wouldn’t change anything.

Neil D says:


Just one more thing. Any advice on the cell phone options in Paris? Is it cheap to just buy a disposable phone in Paris? Or should I just bring my cell phone from the US and get the international rates? Just checking my options.

    Roger Wade says:

    Neil D,

    The subject of mobile phones while traveling internationally is a complicated one. If you think you’ll make a lot of calls and you want people to be able to call you while in Paris, then a disposable phone might be your best option. However, those don’t have many other features so if you won’t be doing many calls then they don’t offer good value.

    If you have a smart phone (iPhone or Android) you can use many helpful features like GPS navigation just using wi-fi, and you can make calls for free using Skype (on the wi-fi at your hotel). If the SIM card is replaceable and the phone is unlocked, it’s much better to just buy a SIM card in Paris, which will give you a local phone number and a data package for your own phone. I hope this helps a bit, but as I said, it’s a complicated question depending on what you are actually hoping to do with a phone. Feel free to ask a follow up if you like. -Roger

Matt says:

Very useful article. Will be using this website again; it’s a refreshing change to stumble upon a website that actually gives the visitor clear, concise and thoughtful information. Nice work.

Michelle Craven says:

Hi. What a great site. Our family will be in Paris for 6 days in mid December. We are a family of 6 with older kids 15 – 21. I would love to know anyone’s recommendation of restaurants that are good value for what you receive. Thanks Michelle

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for the compliment about the site. I don’t live in Paris so I can’t recommend specific restaurants, but I can give you some basic tips that should help.

    First off, by global standards almost every meal served in Paris is of very high quality, even the cheaper places. For the best value you should look for places that are at least a few blocks from the main tourist areas, and also look for places where the menu (which will be displayed out front) is only in French rather than also in English. And at traditional French places, you can usually get the “plat du jour” (daily special) at a very appealing price.

    There are so many restaurants in Paris that you’ll pass a few on every block, and it’s really not worth going across the city for something you can usually get within a short walk of your hotel that is similar. Bon voyage, and I’m sure you’ll eat very well on your trip. -Roger

Heidi says:

Hi! We’re planning our trip to Paris as family (2 adults and 2 children aged 4 and 7) and plan to stay for a minimum of three weeks in an apartment. What advice would you offer regarding passes considering we will have a much longer stay than the norm? We will be arriving in April/May or September/October (yet to be decided). Thanks, Heidi

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s a personal preference, and I really love these city passes for visits of maybe a week or less. But when I stay for several weeks in one place I don’t think a city pass is a good idea. They are really designed to help people see all the main sights in only a few days, and with so much time I think it’s better to see only one or maybe two things per day. Also, when you have so much time in Paris, you can time your visits to the museums to the morning or evening hours when they are less crowded and there are small queues. It just doesn’t make much sense to cram all your main sightseeing into 2 or 4 or 6 days when you have 3 weeks to enjoy it all at a more leisurely pace. -Roger

Ashley says:

I am taking my daughters to Paris during Easter week (April 12 – 18). Is that a busy time of year? Would the pass be worth it for the sake of skipping lines at some of the attractions? Also, if you buy a Metro pass for zones 1 – 3, is Versailles in those zones or do I need a zones 1 – 5? Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    Easter Week is likely to be busy in Paris and all over Europe. They don’t really observe “spring break” there, but enough Americans will be there that week to notice a difference. Still, it won’t be as crowded as July or August (at the museums), so the ticket queues shouldn’t be too bad. There are plenty of other reasons to consider a Paris Pass, but skipping the queues probably isn’t a huge one that time of year.

    And unfortunately, the train stations nearest Versailles are in Zone 4, so you have to pay a small supplement if you only buy the standard Zones 1 to 3 pass. That’s really the only major attraction outside of Zone 3, so it’s likely cheaper to just pay extra for that one ride instead of getting a pass for the full system. -Roger

Emily says:

Hi, thank you for setting up this useful website & all the good tips. I am planning to visit Paris on New Year Day (Dec 31 – Jan 4)for 4 days with my husband and my 16-year old son. Are the shops & tourists attractions operating on New Year’s eve and New Year Day? We will be staying at the Millennium Opera Hotel. Is that near to the place where we pick up the Paris Pass? Thank you! – Emily

    Roger Wade says:


    The opening times around New Years are a mixed bag. The bus and boat tours will be operating, and the Eiffel Tower, for example, will be open. But the Louvre and many other museums will be closed on December 31 and January 1. So you could buy a 2-day pass and validate it on January 2, or a 4-day pass and validate it on January 1, and you’d still have plenty of time to visit all the things you want. Even if you validate it early, there should be plenty of things to do that are open so you can do those, and then hit the others on January 2 or later.

    The office to pick up the Paris Pass is about 800 meters from your hotel, which is about a 10-minute walk or a shorter bus ride. -Roger

Belinda says:

Can I bye paris musseum pass in Paris, not by internet?

    Roger Wade says:


    If you are looking for just the Paris Museum Pass rather than the full Paris Pass, then yes, you can buy it in Paris. You can buy it at most of the museums that accept it, so it should be easy for you. -Roger

Michele says:

Hi Roger!

My husband and I will be traveling to Paris this July. We will be arriving around 12:30 pm on a Saturday. We were only planning on staying for a night then flying over to Rome around 530 pm the next day. Do you thibk we will have enough time to get the Paris pass and would it be worth the money? Or do you think we need to stay another night in Paris. If we only stay the one night. Where would be the best places to visit? Thanks so much! This is out first time going over to Europe and we would like to see all we can in the short time we have. 🙂

    Roger Wade says:


    With only around 24 hours in Paris, I don’t think even the 2-day Paris Pass is good value. You’d be rushing around so much to try to see at least 4 or 5 attractions, that you would be stressed and not really enjoy yourselves. If you can stay an extra day then the 2-day version could make sense because it’s not difficult to see at least 3 things each day, especially when you get to skip the queues.

    If you only stay for one night then I think starting with the same sightseeing bus tour that comes with the pass is the best place to start on arrival day. You’ll still have enough time to visit the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, plus a stroll down the Champs-Élysées (shopping street). Those are the highlights and will take you that whole day to appreciate, along with the walking between them and just enjoying the city itself. -Roger

Daniel says:

Hi Roger,

Excellent and very detailed advice, however. I was hoping you could orient us a little bit more. My wife and I are going to Paris for the first time this upcoming February, arriving the evening of the 12th and leaving on the 18th. Also, we will be staying at Le Méridien E’toile. Any advice you might have that is specific for those dates? Actually any advice at all will be greatly appreciated. We were debating getting the Paris pass, but from I read on your site it seems we should be ok using the metro (visit pass) as this is low season. Also the days seem to be cold and quite short, do you recommend any particular planning for this? (Sunrise around 8am and sunset at 5pm?). Thank you in advance for any advice you might give us.


    Roger Wade says:


    I’m happy that you’ve found some useful advice on the site, and I’m afraid I don’t have much more for you. I’ve only been to Paris a handful of times, and as fond as I am of it, I’m not really an expert on the city. I try to help people decide if a Paris Pass is a good choice for them, and anything else I can help with that comes up.

    That said, I do agree that in February you won’t have long queues to deal with, so a Paris Pass would mainly be a money-saving and convenience product if you thought you were going to use enough of the included attractions. I highly recommend the bus tour as well as the river tour early in your visit, whether you get a Paris Pass or not.

    Otherwise, I’m sure you’ll find it easy to have an enjoyable stay, regardless of the season. Most of Paris is quite dense and built for the indoors, and it should still be warm enough to walk through a couple of the main parks and gardens in the city center. In addition to the main museums and such, you’ll want to stroll around some of the historic neighborhoods, and every meal is a treat in Paris (except perhaps for Breakfast, which is usually just coffee and a roll). Sorry I don’t have anything more specific for you. -Roger

Barbara Rosenthal says:

A question. If I purchase a 6 day museum pass at the airport and do not activate it for a week as I intend to be in Paris for a month; must it be used 6 consecutive days from first use?

Pamela says:

Hi Roger, I was wondering if you could help me here. My husband and I will be in Paris in Feb 8th until valentines day and we only really want to see Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Pantheon and the Tower. I was wondering if buying a pass would be beneficial to us. Also we are staying in the 12th arr and wondering if the pass would help save money on metro. Please any assistance you could provide is great.

    Roger Wade says:


    Based on that list, I don’t think a Paris Pass would be good value for you. The Eiffel Tower isn’t included, although the other things you list are included. Still, the best features of the Paris Pass are the bus and boat tours to help get your oriented on a quick trip. I really do recommend those, but if you aren’t interested in them then you’ll be better off with just a Paris Museum Pass, or paying as you go. In February you really shouldn’t have to spend much time in ticket queues, so just paying as you go is probably best.

    The transit pass that is included is fantastic, but you can buy a Visite Pass (as they are known) once you get there if you want one. They sure do make seeing a lot in a short time much easier, and they also save you from buying individual ride tickets from ticket booths with attendants that prefer not to speak in English. In other words, they just make everything easier, so even if they don’t save you much money, they will save you headaches. -Roger

Kris says:

Hi Roger,
Thank you so much for this enlightening information. I am traveling to Paris June 20-28 with my daughter, son and two year old granddaughter. We have rented an apartment off louvre st from an agency recommended by Parisinfo. I picked that location for the apt because it is centrally located. We would like to take the Eurostar to London for one day, and shopping/Disney Paris for another. In addition, we are planning a visit to the catacombs. Based on the extra activities we have planned I am thinking about the 4 day paris pass. Does that sound appropriate? Thanks so much for your advice!

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m always happy to hear that this information helps people, so thank for mentioning it.

    Yes, I think a 4-day Paris Pass is a great choice on any trip of 6 or more days (and it’s also on sale through Tuesday, February 25). In Paris especially, it’s nice to have at least a couple of extra days to just walk around and enjoy the architecture and food. So even with a London day and a Disney Paris day, you’ll have a couple extra days when you are not “on the clock” trying to see as much as possible. I’d recommend doing the bus tour and perhaps the Seine cruise on one of your first days in Paris, and that will help orient you so you can find places you want to return to later on your non-pass days. Bon voyage! -Roger

Zohaib says:

Hi Roger,
First of all, thanks for the great piece of info. I am going to Paris in the first week of May on my honeymoon its a 5 day visit n then we are heading south to nice. Just wanted to know, are there long queues on major attrations like Eiffel Tower and Louvre in May as well since May is not a high season. If not, what would you suggest?


    Roger Wade says:


    While the month of May isn’t the peak season in Paris, it’s still packed with tourists. So yes, the ticket queues in May can be expected to be pretty long, especially on weekends. Part of the problem is that the big attractions don’t open all of their ticket and admission windows until June, so queues can stay long even with fewer people there each day. It’s really only November through March when crowds are thinner. -Roger

jane says:


We are arriving in Paris on April 8- the day of our silver wedding anniversary. On that day – we want to visit the Eiffel tower and maybe Notre Dame or a church. We are thinking of buying th 6 day museum pass as we wouldlike to visit all the main ones – louvre, arc de triumph, pompidou,notredame towers, orsay and versaille. not sure if the Paris pass is worth it. we would also want the Seine river tour. i think the Paris pass is a bit expensive. we plan to get either a day pass or weekly metro pass. what do you think is good? also we might want to go to Lourdes. Any thoughts/recommendation/tips.
btw – thanks for helping all of us with your insights. maybe Paris tourism shoudl pay you 🙂

    Roger Wade says:


    I agree that the main Paris Pass does seem expensive at first, but if you are going to be visiting so many of the included attractions, it can be good value. The Seine River Tour is interesting and worthwhile, but I’m actually quite a fan of the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris that is included, especially if you do it early in your trip. Once you get started your sightseeing, you’ll end up walking within many touristy neighborhoods, but otherwise you’ll be taking the Metro from place to place. The bus tour gives you a really nice orientation of the whole city center from the open top.

    However, if you don’t think you’ll do the bus tour, then the plain Museum Pass might be better for you. It’s tough for me to give any more specific advice without knowing precisely which things you’ll end up doing. Whichever method you choose, I’m sure you’ll have an excellent anniversary trip. In other words, try not to stress about choices like these because Paris is wonderful whether you hit everything on your list or if you don’t.

    If I were you I’d get the weekly Visite (transit) Pass, whichever way you go. It’s really nice to be able to use the Metro as often as you please (which will be often), without having to stand in ticket queues and try to get what you want in broken French. If you happen to speak French then it’s not as important, but for those of us who don’t speak the language, it can be quite stressful to be in a long ticket queue and trying to order the exact right thing from a clerk who may or may not understand you. Bon voyage! -Roger

Anil says:

Hi Roger,
I plan to be in Paris from 3rd to 6th June when we will leave for Mumbai from CDG,with my wife,who will be here for the 1st time,though I have been here earlier-ages back in 1987! We shall arrive from Amsterdam by 11am on the 3rd and will have half the day to do the river cruise and the hoho tour to get a general feel of the city. We plan to be staying very close to Du Nord. We would buy tickets for those as we board.
The next 2 days we plan to do the Eiffel Tower,Arc de Triumph,Champs Élysées, and the louvre and anything else we can squeeze in on our 3 rd day there ie 5 th. I possibly will buy only a Metro tkt book and pay as we go.
Do you think this is the correct way to go about our 3 days in Paris?

    Roger Wade says:


    This looks like a fine plan for a quick Paris visit. I especially like the idea of doing the two tours on the day you arrive to help get oriented. And those 4 things you mention for the other days are all quite close together, so you could do them all in one day if you preferred. But of course there are so many interesting things to do in Paris that you’ll have no trouble filling up your time. And I do think for a trip of this nature that getting a 10-ride carnet of Metro tickets to share between you should work well. -Roger

Daina says:

we are a family of 4, with two teens. Is it worthwhile getting the teen pass if teens under 18 are free? what are the benefits that we would otherwise not realize if we did not buy them the passes?

    Roger Wade says:


    That’s an interesting question. The benefits of getting Paris Passes for the teens would be that they are valid on all the non-museum attractions that aren’t free for young people, such as the hop on hop off bus tour, the Seine River cruise, and several others. You’d also get to skip the ticket queues as a family because the teens would still have to stand in the ticket line to be checked and get in for free at the museums.

    It’s hard to say whether that would be worth getting them each a Paris Pass. Those tours are recommended, but if you think you’ll mostly be going into museums, I’d probably skip the pass for them. Have a great trip either way. -Roger

Sonja says:

I will be staying in Paris for two weeks in September with my 78-year-old father. We will be in the 13th arrondissement and plan to travel to most major sights and areas. My father is not so keen on museums and art galleries. Would the Paris Pass be worthwhile (the river cruise and HOHO bus looks attractive) or would we be better off just getting two weekly Visite passes? We want to spend a bit of time exploring the left bank, going to markets and just pretending to be locals! Thanks for your very informative website and replies to comments.

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for the kind words. It’s tough to say, but it sounds like the Paris Pass might not be a great choice for you and your father. The bus tour and river cruise are indeed really great ways to get oriented in the city. But aside from those, most of the other attractions are similar to museums, if not museums themselves.

    Also, since you have two full weeks, it makes more sense to pace yourself on sightseeing. The Paris Pass is usually great value for those who have a week or less to see everything, and especially for people who plan on hitting many of the fabulous museums that Paris offers. You’ll have a great time either way. Bon voyage. -Roger

Abdelhamid Attia says:

Hello Roger,
Thank you for a very informative blog. I will be visiting Paris for a week with my family (4)and will stay first night at Holiday Inn CDG. Will take the RER & Metro to central Paris and will be back again by night. 2nd day I will take the RER to Disney for 2 days then back to Paris (central Paris) and from there to Versaille and back. My question is does the Paris Visite Travel card (zones 1-5) cover these destinations and does it worth buying?
Thank you in advance

    Roger Wade says:


    The CDG Airport area is in Zone 5 on the RER, and Disneyland Paris is also in Zone 5, so the Visite Travel Card would cover the journey. However, if you are staying near the airport it’s probably better to take the express train from Terminal 2 that goes straight to Disney Paris in 10 minutes. Going into the city center and back out to Disney would probably take 90 minutes or so.

    Versailles is in Zone 4, so that one is simple with the Zones 1 to 5 Visite Card. Depending on whether you want to use it for the Disney visit or not, it might be good value, but if you are able to take the express train (to Disney) then you are better off just paying separately for Versailles, and probably buying the Zones 1 to 3 version for general sightseeing.

    The Metro (and the RER in some cases) is essential to getting around Paris quickly, so I recommend getting a travel card if you can. The alternative is standing in the queue to pay for each ride, or fumbling with the (cheaper) 10-ride ticket books. Really, it depends on how many rides you think you’d take, but for most visitors they are great value. -Roger

Bela S says:

Hello Roger. Very informative blog. Taking a leisurely trip 6/13-6/21 Paris/London. I almost bought London and Parispass. Arrive in Paris, travel thru Eurostar to London, back to US. What are your thoughts on Carnet(Paris)? Also, any alternative for Londonpass? Thanks much.

    Roger Wade says:


    As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the carnet of 10 Metro tickets in Paris is better than paying for each ride, but it’s not as convenient as the Visite Pass that comes with the Paris Pass itself. It depends on where your hotel is in relation to most of the things you’ll be seeing. Paris is a city where tourists end up taking many Metro rides each day, but it will be fewer if you are staying very close to the Eiffel Tower or Louvre areas.

    The Paris Pass and London Pass are really good for most people who buy them, and they cover almost all the major sights that people actually want to see. In London there are no other attraction cards, but that’s mostly because all the major museums there are free. So if you want to spend most of your time in the British Museum and Tate Modern and such, no card is needed. But if you want to see the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey and the other major sights, the London Pass is the one you want. -Roger

Rahul says:

Hi Roger,
I’ll be in Paris for 3 days.
One day for Disneyland, but this is planned on the second day of our trip.

We want to get to the top of Eiffel tower, visit Versailles, do the river cruise. Do the museums may be 2-3 on one day. I also understand, first Sunday of the month, Museums are free.
What would you suggest?
My dates are 2, 3 and 4th may 2014.
I understand, its very late to plan things like this, but there is no choice…

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m not sure I understand the question here, but I’ll take a shot at it. It doesn’t look like a Paris Pass would be good value for you. The Eiffel Tower isn’t included in the Pass, and as you say, your final day there will be the day the museums are free anyway. Those free-museum days always come with really huge crowds because so many locals wait for them each month. So I think you’ll be best off just paying for the Seine Cruise and other attractions on those first two days, and seeing your top museum choices on Sunday.

    If the question about about something else, please let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

Noel Bevan says:

Hi Roger
Have read through the queries and your replies – very informative. One question though – in one you say that travel at night in Paris can be ‘dodgy’. Does this cover from dusk to dawn or after certain hours, and are here any particular areas that should be avoided. Thanks

    Roger Wade says:


    Central Paris is very safe in general, although there are some rougher neighborhoods in the suburbs (that you’ll never visit). In that comment you are referring to I said that I prefer to find a hotel in an area where I’d like to go out for the evening because it can be “dodgy or at least intimidating.” What I meant by that is that when you are riding the Metro at 10pm or so, it can feel a bit less safe than riding during the day. As with nearly all other cities, there are beggars and other people that might give you caution out at night. Since I speak basically zero French, I feel a bit more helpless when crossing the city late in the evening. If I can go to a restaurant or bar within a decent walk of my hotel, I find it easier and less stressful.

    So that comment was really more about the strategy I prefer, especially as a non-French speaker. In general, the bigger train stations tend to attract more questionable people hanging around, so those neighborhoods may not be my first choice. But otherwise Paris is very safe, and the main touristy areas will all have a wide variety of restaurants and bars nearby. -Roger

Claudia Crompton says:

Thank you for a most informative sight-however as a first time visitor to Paris with very little experience of travel in Europe,I am still anxious to make some informed decisions.
We fly into Charles De Gaulle at midday on June 15th. We the need to get to accommodation at Rue Pierre Brossolette Invy Sur Seine. What is the best way to do this? We are in Paris for 4 nights and would like to do the Hop On Hop Off, River Seine, Versailles, Giverny and enjoy the city. We leave by train from Mont Parnesse Station. How to we get there from our accommodation? We are considering the Paris Pass for maybe 2 days, or should we just get the rail pass for the duration? I would like to have the Metro, bus, train maps and details before we arrive . What is the best way to get these. Thanks for your help

    Roger Wade says:


    From CDG to your hotel area there are several ways to go, but the best is probably to take the RER commuter train (line B) from the airport into the city center, and from there you can transfer to the Metro (or perhaps another RER line), which will take you within a short walk of your hotel.

    Gare Montparnasse is a busy train station that also has a Metro station attached, so it will be fast and easy to get there from your hotel on the Metro. It might feel intimidating or confusing right now, but it will be pretty straightforward and easy once you are there.

    If you order a Paris Pass, it comes with the Visite Card, which allows you unlimited use of the Metro and the more central RER stations. You can have all of it mailed to you for a small fee, and you’ll also get a 120-page electronic guidebook, which should help you plan your sightseeing and how to get from one place to another. Since you are staying a bit away from the center, I do think getting a transit pass for the whole stay would be good. You can buy or extend those passes once you are there, and that will be easier than buying individual tickets or the 10-ride carnet book of tickets.

    For a 4-day total visit, it might be worth it to get a Paris Pass (with the transit pass) for all 4 days, as it’s really not too much more expensive compared to a 2-day pass plus an extra 2 days of a transit pass. On the other hand, the 2-day one would allow you enough time to see the main sites, plus obviously 2 extra days to just wander around. I’m sure you’ll have an excellent visit whichever way you do it. -Roger

Claudia says:

I will be traveling to Paris at the end of june with my kids (3 teenagers). We will be there for 4 full days. Do you recommend the Paris pass? Should I buy the skip the line Eiffel Tower tickets? Is it worth the value? I know museums are free for them but I do want to avoid the lines. Thank you.

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s difficult to say whether the skip the line Eiffel Tower tickets would be worth it for you. Late June will indeed be crowded so you might save a couple hours with that. On the other hand, the views from the Eiffel Tower aren’t as amazing as you might expect. I think it’s an amazing piece of architecture and it looks great from the ground, but the irony is that the view from the tower is the only one in Paris where the tower itself isn’t visible. Most of the city center is very flat. I’d recommend it to everybody if they could just go up and come back down without the hassle, but it’s always packed, which takes away a bit of the charm.

    The case for or against the Paris Pass itself is in the article above. It’s really nice to be able to skip some of the longer ticket queues, as well as have the transit card already in your possession when you arrive. It also comes with a guide book (electronic and an actual book) that is great for planning your sightseeing.

    It sounds like this is your first visit to Paris, or at least for your teenagers. Whether you get the Paris Pass or not, I really recommend starting with the hop-on, hop-off bus tour as well as the Seine River Cruise as great ways of getting oriented in a hurry. The pass includes both of those, but of course you can buy tickets for them on your own when you get there if you decide against the Paris Pass. Bon voyage. -Roger

Katie says:

Hi, I’ve been living in Paris for 6 years and am familiar with the long queues at busy times of year! Just wanted to add that newspaper kiosks around town are now selling attraction tickets too now for some hop-on/off tours, river trips and museums.

Tracy says:

Hi Roger,
A friend and I will be in Paris for 2 nights the end of May. What would you recommend for passes and sight seeing? Thank you.

    Roger Wade says:


    The whole article above is meant to help people decide if a Paris Pass is right for them or not. I definitely recommend it for people who are intending to see Paris and several of its main tourist sights in only a couple days like you are. If you have specific questions or concerns, please ask again. -Roger

Will Irwin says:

If you buy the Paris Pass, do you have to collect a separate ticket to get on the H/O/H/O bus Tour? The website says “Collect your ticket from 11 Avenue de l’Opera…” which seems like a bit of extra and unnecessary time wasted.

    Roger Wade says:


    I know what you mean, that it’s a little inconvenient, but it shouldn’t take much time at all. That address is the main office of the Big Bus Tour company, just a block away from the Louvre. It’s also stop #4 on the tour, so you show your Paris Pass, get a ticket, and hop on board for the whole loop leaving every 10 minutes or so. I think you just have to go to a window, where there are rarely queues.

    I believe they do this because every passenger has to have a ticket of one kind or another, and it’s complicated to give every bus a computer system that shows which Paris Passes are valid and which might be expired. Bon voyage. -Roger

Aparna says:

We would be visiting Paris from 10th – 14th June. We are two adults and two teenager daughters (18 and 15 years)interested in visiting the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc De Triompe, a vineyard, Eiffel Tower, Palaces of Versailles and Seine river cruise. Kindly assist me with the following:
1. From the above posts it is clear to me that if we take 2 adult and 2 teenager Paris Passes for two days we should hopefully be able to cover most of them except the Eiffel Tower.
2. From CDG, we would have to buy separate tickets to reach the city centre.
3. For wine tasting experience, would they take us to a vineyard?
4. These passes would cover the major transportation options for us too. Would travelling to Versailles be possible with this pass? I mean the train and the entrance is covered in it?
5. There is an offer currently on buying Paris Pass as we save up to Euro 15. If we book today, how early can we receive it at Maldives?
6. Once we buy Paris Pass for two days and wish to extend only the travel card for another day, is it possible and economical?
Looking forward to your revert. Thank you

    Roger Wade says:


    1. Yes, in two days you’ll have enough time to cover at least 6 or 7 included attractions, if not more.
    2. Yes, from CDG it’s fastest to take the RER (suburban train) into the city center, and the RER is only covered in the city center by the included Visite Card (Metro pass).
    3. Unfortunately not. The wine tasting experience is located in the city center so you won’t see a vineyard as part of it.
    4. The transit pass only covers Zones 1 through 3, and Versailles is in Zone 4. But a ticket from Zone 1 to Versailles is only €3.25 each way for adults. It’s really worth it though, and a good chance to see some of the nicer suburbs as well.
    5. They say Worldwide Standard Delivery takes 12 working days, so it’s too late for that. Express delivery takes only 3 working days (at a cost of €35) so that would work, but you could also buy online and pick up the passes at their office in central Paris. That way you can get the electronic guidebook and so forth right away so you can start planning, and then pick up the cards when you arrive.
    6. It would be easy to buy a new Visite Card (transit pass) for an additional day at any Metro station. For adults they are €10.85 for one day in Zones 1 to 3.

    Have a great trip. -Roger

Pegpang says:

Hi Roger,
Great tips here! Will be reading your London pass info as well later.
Just tried using coupon code POT10 on checkout under step 4 “enter promo code” but it doesn’t work saying it’s not valid or code expired. Please advise. Thx for help!

    Roger Wade says:


    Hmmm…they told me that the promo code was extended through June, but on the London Pass it only works on the 3-day and 6-day versions. On the 1-day version you’d have to use the 6% code on the same page.

    Is anyone else having trouble using the POT10 coupon code? -Roger

      Water92 says:

      Hi Roger,

      I have the same problem with the coupon code. It tells me that it’s not a valid promotion code or code has expired.
      Do you know how to make it work or if there is another one?

        Roger Wade says:


        Hmmm…this is unfortunate. I’ve just emailed my contact at Paris Pass to see what might be happening. Originally this was an exclusive offer for May, but they told me late last week that it was extended at least through June and I’m sure that is what is supposed to happen.

        In other words, I’m quite sure that it WILL work very soon if it’s not working today. I will add to this comment when they get back to me and assure that it’s working, which should be in the next day. Thanks for pointing it out, and sorry for the hassle. -Roger

          Water92 says:

          Thanks for your quick answer. It would be great if the 10% discount would work since we’re quite a big family (6 persons) and therefore it could save us a considereable amount of money.

          Roger Wade says:


          My contact at Paris Pass says it’s now fixed, so please try again. It should work, but please let me know if it doesn’t. -Roger

eshwar says:

Hi Rodger. Thanks for the helpful info.I will be visiting Paris from 10 June to 15 June 2014. If you don’t mind me asking, I will be turning 18 yrs old this December, so if I were to buy a paris pass, should I buy the teens pass or adult pass? And if I am considered under 18 yrs old, I am entitled to free admission to most of the museums and monuments but must I be accompanied by an adult for this advantage? Do I still have to queue up to get a free ticket if I go unaccompanied? Thank you very much for your response.

    Roger Wade says:


    For the popular museums like the Louvre and Centre Pompidou, it’s free for anyone under 18, and you can go in alone for free. But for the Musee de Orsay, it’s under 17 who are free, and for the Eiffel Tower elevator it’s only under 12 who are free. However, even though they don’t require a paying adult to accompany you, they do request proof of your concession qualification. In other words, you’ll at least have to show an ID, but that’s it. And most attractions have a ticket queue and an entrance queue, so you’d usually be able to skip the ticket queue, which is usually the longer of the two.

    If you are only 17 at the time of your visit, you could get by with a Teen Paris Pass. Enjoy your trip. -Roger

      eshwar says:

      Thanks for the reply. Just wanna make sure, I checked the website of Orsay and it said no reservations for under 18 yrs but you said under 17 yrs, so who should I follow? And just wanna know if the following places are also free for under 18:
      1. Grand palais and Petit palais
      2. Napoeleon’s Tomb(Army Museum)
      3. Conciergerie
      4. Notre Dame Towers
      5. Orangerie Museum
      6. Pantheon
      7. Rodin Museum
      8. Saint Chappelle
      9. Versailles Palace
      10. Paris Opera House
      One last question, if I have to show my passport as ID, don’t I still have to stand in the ticket queue or can I skip it? Thank you very much.

        Roger Wade says:


        Sorry for the confusion. The Orsay is free to 17 and under like the others. I don’t have the rest of them memorized so you’ll have to see what the official website of each one says.

        As for getting in, most attractions (including all the big ones) have two different queues. One is where you buy tickets, and that is the one that usually gets very long. The other is the entry queue, and all they do is collect a valid ticket, or check your Paris Pass to make sure it’s valid. In my own experience, they rarely or never check ID if you have a pass, but they will scan the pass to make sure that it’s valid because they all look the same. I’m not sure how it works for under 18s, but I believe you’d only need to show ID at the admission queue rather than the ticket queue. Bon voyage. -Roger

Susan ZAREW says:

Hi Roger, my sister in law and myself( in our 60s and 70s and with some mobility slowness) are visiting Paris from the 4 th to 11 th October this year. We are staying in the centre on one of the islands. We would like to visit Versailles, Givency and Monet gardens, Eiffel Tower, Luxenberg Gardens , markets and some other museums. We would like to also just enjoy the atmosphere.. sitting in the cafes and taking the day as it comes. What would be the best option for us to get around and avoid the queues if they are a problem this time of the year? What is the weather like this time as well..looking forward to some info as I’m confused as to our best way to get the most out of our visit.

    Roger Wade says:


    This is mostly good news because mid-October tends to have smaller crowds and shorter ticket queues. And staying on one of the islands means you could not be more central, so you’ll be pretty close to everything. Since you’ll be there for 7 days, I think you’ll be best off just seeing one or two major sights per day, and spending the rest of the time “cafe sitting” (as they call it) and wandering around the various beautiful neighborhoods in central Paris. The average high temp in October is 61F/15C and average low temp is 51F/11C, so it should be mild. Paris isn’t a particularly rainy city, including at that time of year.

    Whether you get a Paris Pass or not, I think the hop-on, hop-off bus tour and the Seine River cruise could be very good for getting oriented early in the trip, and you’ll have plenty of time to go back and see some of the sights in depth in the following days.

    Another helpful thing about Paris for you that there is a Metro (underground) station every couple of blocks all over the city. In other words, you are never more than a 4 or 5 minute walk from a Metro entrance, and most of them (but not all) have escalators, plus some have elevators, though not all of those are working. So a Metro Pass (Visite Card) will allow you to take unlimited Metro rides on the days it’s valid, and that will cut down a lot of walking. There’s also a Metro station in front of nearly every major attraction, so you can still see a lot without walking all day long.

    Lastly, I think it should be helpful to consider that Paris is a gorgeous city and it isn’t necessary to hit all the famous museums and sights to enjoy yourselves. Just strolling around and stopping once in a while for a coffee and/or pastry will be entertaining for hours at a time, and many neighborhoods are quite unique so you can enjoy each of them in a different way. Hopefully this helps, and let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

      Susan says:

      Thank you Roger for that appreciated advice. We thought the hop on/ hop off and river cruise would be great for first couple days. Can we buy the HOHO tickets on the bus or do we need to buy beforehand? We thought it should not be a problem to wait until we are in Paris to book any tours we are interested in as it should be quieter? ( namely Versailles and Monet gardens) thanks again !

        Roger Wade says:


        Yes, you’ll easily be able to buy tickets to the bus and river cruise when you arrive. And especially since you’ll be visiting during a slower time of the year, the ticket queues should not be long at all. And that goes for the tours and day trips as well. Once you arrive you’ll be able to take a tour out to Versailles leaving the following morning, so it will be simple to just wing it. -Roger

alvin says:

Hi Roger just a question. I am 17 so I believe I will get free entry to most of the museums such as the Louvre, Orsay etc. I will be going to Paris in mid June where the ticket queues would be longer. Do I still have to wait in the lines to show my ID and get a ‘free ticket’ or can I skip the ticket lines and show my ID at the entrance? Thanks a lot.

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m not 100% sure about this, but my understanding is that you’d only need to show ID at the admission queue, which tends to be short, as opposed to the ticket queue, which tends to be long (in summer). Many locals qualify for free admission, and I don’t believe they are given tickets, they are just let in. -Roger

Brenda says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for all the time you put in to answering all our queries! There are 6 of us in our party travelling to Paris in July. We will be travelling with 2 kids under 17 (ages 12 & 15) and visiting mostly those venues that they would get in free to. If we bought Paris passes just for the adults, would the kids be able to enter with us through the admissions line or do they still have to stand in the ticket line to be “validated” as free? Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    From what I’ve read and heard from others, all of the museums included in the Paris Pass that offer free entry for children (and many other groups), don’t require a ticket for the free entry. Evidently a few of the less popular museums and attractions DO issue a ticket for the free admissions, but none of these have long ticket queues like the famous ones. In other words, in all places where it would matter, you can totally skip the ticket queue if you have a Paris Pass are have children with you. For one thing, I think they’d have a huge problem with eligible people getting their “free” tickets and then selling them to other people in the queue, so checking at the admission door seems to be the only way it would work. Bon voyage. -Roger

Urmi Ray says:

Will the Swiss Half Price Card deduct 50% off when I buy train tickets from Zurich to Paris and Paris to Zurich? Or it is only for rides within Switzerland?

I have posted the following in Switzerland forum. But didn’t get much reply. Could you PLEASE help me ?

I am going to Switzerland for the first time in the end of July. I would like to take rest in a remote countryside village in a valley and enjoy nature. It would be good if it is not too cold. And I would like to take a day trip from there to see green mountains and snow cap mountains of Switzerland. Could you please tell me which village should I choose and which day trip? I will get down in Zurich. I was thinking I will take rest in Murren and take a day trip to Jungfrau. But it seems that Murren is in high altitude and will be very cold. I will have elderly parents with me. In a day trip I would not mind if it’s cold but I would like to rest in a comfortable (not too cold) and quiet place and enjoy countryside in a small cottage or even a small bed and breakfast or be a paying guest in an outer house provided by a family.
Would it be a better choice near Zurich or near Interlaken?

    Roger Wade says:

    Urmi Ray,

    This is an unusual place to ask a question like this, but I’ll try to answer it anyway. I’m sure the Swiss Half Price Card is ONLY for rides within Switzerland so it wouldn’t half your fare all the way to Paris. But, it’s possible that you could get a 50% discount on the portion of the ride that is within Swiss borders (Zurich to Basel). You might have to buy the discounted ticket from Zurich to Basel and then another ticket from Basel to Paris, but that should still save you money and it won’t add much, if any, time to your trip.

    The classic town to visit the Alpine villages is Interlaken, but there are some great possibilities from Lucerne as well. Either should be just what you are looking for, and you’ll have many options once you get there so you should be able to find something that fits the amount of exertion and temperature you prefer. One of the best small Alpine villages is Gimmelwald, near Interlaken. It’s small, car-free, and there are several friendly guesthouses and restaurants that should be just the sort of thing you are looking for. -Roger

Desiree Yen says:

Hi Roger,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Paris this coming August for full 4 days. We are staying at Rue Vicq d’Azir. Should we get the 2 days or 4 days pass? Would a 2 days pass be enough to cover the famous museums so that the other 2 days we can spend the other 2 days visiting other places that do not need the Paris Pass.

We are looking at going to Montmartre,Palace Versailles, Les Champs Elysées, The Louvre – Museum,The Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel tower, Seine river boats, Notre Dame cathedral, The Musée d’Orsay and maybe The Moulin Rouge. Is there anything else that we should cover?

Sorry if my English is bad. Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    Your English is quite good and I assumed you were a native speaker until that last sentence. 🙂

    Yes, I do think that your plan of buying a 2-day Paris Pass is probably best. You’ll have enough time in those two days to fit in all the sights that it covers on your list. And I also think it’s desirable to have other time set aside in Paris where you won’t feel the pressure to go from one sight to the next. It’s a gorgeous city with many charming neighborhoods, so you’ll enjoy having at least one day (or two half days) to just roam around and window-shop and such.

    All of the things on your list should be great highlights, with the possible exception of the Moulin Rouge. It’s interesting to see it from the outside, but people who go inside seem to agree that it’s overpriced and VERY touristy (because the audience is only tourists, no locals at all).

    If you start on your Paris Pass days with the bus tour and the Seine River Cruise, you’ll get more ideas of things you want to go back and see more closely. And again, I don’t think it’s wise to create a very long list of attractions to see. The major ones on your list will take most of your time, and then you’ll want to stroll around and sit at cafes and that sort of thing with much of your remaining time. Have a great trip. -Roger

deeps says:

Hi roger,

by tomorrow we are in paris,after reading your article we are not taking paris pass,we are coming for 3 days in paris, and one day already booked for disneyland, just checking for 2 days plan,

would you please suggest main attraction in paris in 2 days without any pass, just thinking for one days hop on hop bus,

please suggest..

    Roger Wade says:


    I agree that a hop-on, hop-off bus tour is a good choice for a short visit. Not only does it help you get oriented, but it will show you nearly all of the main sightseeing options so you can choose the ones you’ll want to visit later. There are so many sightseeing options in Paris that I can’t really recommend anything without knowing your preferences. But I’m sure you won’t be bored, and that you’ll find more than enough things to do once you are there. Also, even if you don’t buy a Paris Pass, the website is actually a great guide to most of the top attractions. Bon voyage. -Roger

Daniel Fowler says:

Hello Roger,

Firstly, fantastic piece! Pretty much got all the information I was looking at in one place with all the different passes and seeing who would benefit from each type of pass.

I just have a few questions and looking for advice from yourself if possible;

1) I noticed when looking at the museum pass and in the comments above that EU citizen/nationals under 26 get in for free at the main muesums, do I therefore have to be in the queue with everyone else or is there a way to get tickets in advance with this offer?

2) My Girlfriend and I are staying in Sofitel La Defense, would you recommend a Metro pass or like a carnet of 10 tickets? As I know we are a little bit away from the centre.

Any other tips or places to go for a romantic getaway would be great :).

Thank you

    Roger Wade says:


    Thanks for the kind words.

    1) Visitors who qualify for free admission at museums and such do not get a ticket. They just get in the entry queue and show ID/proof to get in to the person collecting tickets from those (suckers) who have to pay.

    2) Your hotel is a bit outside the center of Paris, so you’ll be riding the Metro many times a day. It’s a great system because there are stops every few blocks, so it can save time even on trips where walking might only take 20 minutes. Personally, I’d go for the Visite Pass with unlimited Metro rides because it’s fairly cheap and it means you don’t have to worry if you make a mistake or want to add another quick trip somewhere. My guess is that you’d want to take at least 4 Metro rides per day, so with two of you you’d go through those 10-ticket carnets pretty fast. With a Visite Pass, you should be able to buy one for your whole trip before your first ride, and then you wouldn’t have to deal with ticket sellers anymore (many of whom don’t speak much English).

    I don’t have any specific tips on romance in Paris, but you’ll have nothing to worry about. The city center is just one gorgeous sight after another, only broken up by parks and the Seine. Actually, one thing not to miss would be to plan a stroll through the Montmartre area in the evening, and take the funicular up to the view area in front of the cathedral there. That part of town is stunning at night, and the views from the top are hard to beat. Watch or rewatch the movie Amélie, which was mostly shot in that neighborhood. Bon voyage. -Roger

Margo Allen says:

Will be in Paris week of August. 22 for three days. We already have a few excursions planned and we are staying at kyriad bercy village. I was wondering what would be the best transportation from the Kyriad into the main city of Paris and is there a pass available?

    Roger Wade says:


    It looks like your hotel is fairly close to the city center, and only 2 blocks from the Cour St Emilion Metro station. Once on the Metro, you can get anywhere in central Paris in only 10 or 15 minutes.

    The Paris Pass comes with a Visite Pass, which is good for unlimited rides on the Metro, so it would work out well for you. Have a great trip. -Roger

Greg says:

My wife and I will be in Paris in late September. Will there still be long lines at the usual attractions? Just thinking that maybe we wont need to get a Paris Pass to avoid ticket lineups.



    Roger Wade says:


    The ticket queues in late September are usually a bit shorter than they are in July and August, but they can still be quite long for the most popular attractions. It’s really only the coldest months where queues are reliably short because Paris is so incredibly popular with people from around the world. So a Paris Pass will likely save you some time, but if you go to the most popular things just before they open for the day, you can still see a lot without it. Best of luck. -Roger

JOYCE says:

Thanks for the great info and finding time to answer all of the questions here. Reading through the thread, I have decided to get a 2day pass since I will be in Paris late September for 4days, and in those 4 days my friends who are with me will be travelling to Lourdes and I will try to explore Paris on my own for 2 days they are not with me. I plan to do the Seine River tour and go from there where my feet will bring me…I have planned the routes ahead and I plan to get lost in Paris too.
The pass is activated on the first time it is used and a day is based on date and not on 24hour time, am I correct? So is it beneficial to get the pass from the redemption center a day before I use it? Are there more pick-up points for the Paris Pass or that’s the only one?
Thanks so much!

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m always happy to hear that people find this information helpful. Yes, the Paris Pass works on calendar days, so it expires at midnight even if you don’t start using it until midday. I’m only aware of that one pick-up center for the Paris Pass, but fortunately it’s very central and actually near quite a few attractions. Most people prefer to have the Paris Pass shipped to them at home, although for one short pass the shipping charge might seem like a lot. Once you buy the pass, you have up to one year to activate it, by the way. So it could be wise to pick up your pass in Paris the day before you want to use it, and then start early the next morning with the sightseeing.

    And you probably won’t get too lost in Paris, but I love the idea of just wandering around a bit rather than racing from one attraction to the next. It’s a stunningly gorgeous city and there is a visual treat around every corner. Have a great trip. -Roger

Trisha says:

Hi Roger

My parents, brother, and I will be staying in Paris for 2.5 days, starting from August 11 at 2pm to end of August 13. We are leaving on August 14 in the morning. We will stay at the 13th district near Chinatown. It’s our first time here so we want to see all the top attractions as well as the cruise. Do you recommend to get this Paris Pass? I was 100% positive that I would get it until I have read some posts that mention about how they do not help much with the queue. We are not very into museums, we just want to see the main/popular attractions that the city has.

In case we’re not getting this pass, what attractions do you recommend? Is there any way to pass through the lines quicker (with no Paris Pass), like buying tickets online ahead of time etc? Also, where do we buy the cruise ticket, at the boat or online? Do you recommend buying the HOHO bus? Would it be better if we take the metro to the attractions, instead of the HOBO bus?

Thank you so much for your time. Your reply would help us greatly.


    Roger Wade says:


    August is a peak month for tourists in Paris, even though many locals take the whole month off and go elsewhere. Seeing as how you are going in the busiest month, and you have such a short time, I really do recommend the Paris Pass as the best way to see a lot in a hurry. The 2-day version should be perfect, and you can validate it for August 12 and 13, which will allow you the first afternoon and evening to walk around and soak in some general atmosphere. The pass really should save you time in those ticket queues if you want to see the top attractions, which it sounds like you do.

    I highly recommend the hop on hop off bus tour for the first morning of your pass, and probably the Seine cruise later that day. Between those two things, you’ll be able to see most of the main sights from the outside, including all the key neighborhoods and gorgeous park areas. If you opted to go without the Paris Pass, you’d spend quite a bit of time sorting out all the little details that are included in the pass.

    You aren’t staying too close to the center, so you’ll be riding the Metro quite a few times, but it’s very easy to use once you’ve been down there once and had a look at the map. There are Metro stops literally every few blocks in the main areas, so every hotel and attraction is close to a Metro station. Oh, and while I highly recommend the HOHO bus as a tour and orientation, I don’t think it’s useful as transportation. As a result, I recommend taking the whole route once and then going between attractions by Metro. Not only does the bus move slowly in street traffic (good for a tour, bad for transport) but they can often be packed, so people trying to get on at a random stop might not even fit or they’d have to share seats with others. It’s best to start at the first stop, or the stop in front of the Paris Pass ticket office, because plenty of people will be getting off at those.

    Best of luck, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time. -Roger

      Trisha says:

      Thank you for your recommendation.
      I do have 1 more question. Do you think I should save 1 day for the Palace of Versailles, and 1 day for HOHO bus, Eiffel Tower, Arc of Triumph, Seine cruise, Louvre, and Notre Dame? In this case, I wouldn’t need to buy the Paris Pass, right? Do you recommend doing that? Do you think we can go through them in 1 day?
      Again, thank you so much for your help.


        Roger Wade says:


        Yes, that plan you have in mind would work, but on such a short trip I’m not sure I would dedicate a whole day to the Palace. It’s true that you have to get there by RER (surburban rail), though it’s under an hour each way, so you could do a 3 or 4-hour Versailles visit and still have half a day to see a couple of the sights within Paris. Trying to do all of those other ones in a single day would be very busy, especially if you had to wait in the ticket queues.

        So I really do think a Paris Pass would work well for your goals, but it’s an amazing city and I’m sure you’ll have a great time no matter what you decide. It sounds like you are well organized, and that’s really the key on a short visit. You’ll do fine either way. -Roger

          Trisha says:


          The reason why I plan on not to use the pass is because I am not sure if I have enough time to get in those attractions, so I might just look at it from the outside especially the Eiffel Tower, Arch of Triumph etc. So it could be a waste if I don’t utilize the pass.

          Sorry, 2 more question.
          1. Should I buy the Paris Visite Travelcard, can I get to most attractions from my hotel without paying extra?
          2. Where can I buy the cruise ticket? Do you recommend buying in person or online?

          Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

          Roger Wade says:


          1. You’ll be riding the Metro many times in those days you are in Paris, so a Visite Travelcard will come in handy and I’d recommend it even without a Paris Pass. And yes, all of the main attractions are within the city center that is covered by the Travelcard, except for the Versailles Palace, which is a bit farther out.

          2. You can buy a cruise ticket in person, or online at the official site. Other travel websites sell those same tickets, often for higher prices, so stick with the official one or just buy when you get there. -Roger

Anna Kenward says:

Hi Roger.
May I say what a brilliant feature this is. Thank you so much for starting it. I have read it all the way through and some of my q’s are already answered so thank you.

I will be in Paris from 25 Sept to 28 Sept meeting up witha friend from Texas who flies in to CDG around 8.45 Am. I fly in to Orly from Southampton at 8.30 Thurs evening. I would like to know how I can get to my hotel from Orly. We are staying at the Montpellier Hotel in Montmartre area, 18th Arr. Also, I would like to meet my friend at CDG on Fri am if poss. She asked about going to the Moulin Rouge Sat. night, but after your comment, I’m not sure it’s worth the £90 pounds to get in! We are there for the Mozart De L’Opera concert on the Friday evening. The Stadie des Sportes on the Porte des Versailles I think. What zone is that in please? I plan the HoHo bus and Seine river tour on Friday. I’m really only interested in the Eiffel Tower, Arc, the Louvre, and maybe Notre Dame and Sacre Coer (which is within walking distance of our hotel anyway.) Are any passes or travel tickets necessary for this or shall we be better off walking and pay as you go? We both leave Paris on Sunday evening. I have a return flight from Orly at 8.55 pm.

Many thanks if you can answer these q’s.


    Roger Wade says:


    I’m especially happy to hear that you found answers to some other questions in the article and other comments above. My goal is to try to answer questions that relate to the article above, or some general advice if I feel confident in the answer. Many of your questions I’d need to Google myself, though you can actually find answers to several of them on the Paris wikitravel page, which is always updated. For example, there are at least 3 or 4 different ways of getting from Orly into the city center, and I don’t know your preferences well enough to recommend just one of them.

    It’s also unclear if you are considering a Paris Pass or not. It sounds like it might not be a great fit for you, although many of the things you are planning are obviously included so it could still save you time and money. As for getting around, you’ll want to take the Metro between most things because there are stations every few blocks, and traffic can make walking longer distances a bit of a headache. In the Montmartre area there is little traffic, so you’ll enjoy just strolling around, especially in the evenings when the lighting is amazing. And yes, I’ve actually not been inside the Moilin Rouge myself, mostly because it’s long had a reputation as a tourist trap that no real French person has visited in decades.

    Best of luck, and I’m happy to help more if you have a question that is more up my alley. -Roger

      Anna Kenward says:

      I just wanted to know if there was a train or bus from the airports to the centre or where our hotel is. Or what the best way was, bearing in mind it will be late in the evening by the time I get outside the terminal! I am also on a very tight budget. I am happy doing anything. Also on the Expedia UK website, there is shared or private transport to the hotels from the airports, but none of their links work when you click on them, so I was unable to get more information, or book anything. Thanks anyway for your answer. I was considering a pass and or the travel pass, but it seemed cheaper to just pay for what I wanted to see rather than a lot of extras I didn’t actually want. I am trying to get an idea of how much money I need to spend and or budget for. I also have to eat, so some ideas of fairly cheap eateries would be good. Thanks again.


Jennifer says:

Roger, First, I have to say that this is a great resource thank you so much for all of your valuable information. I am traveling to Paris and will be there from Aug 25th – Aug 30th. I am trying to decide whether to purchase a Paris Pass for 4 days or separate Museum Pass for 4 days and a Paris Visite card for zones 1-5 for 5 days. I am traveling to Paris for the first time and alone. I plan on taking the transit from CDG to my hotel near the Eiffel tower and to visit Versailles. I also want to hit most of the major museums and attractions during my trip. I am confused because I have done a bit of research and it appears to be cheaper to buy a Museum pass for 4 days at 56 Euros and a Paris Visite travelcard for zones 1-5 for 5 days at 65.50 Euros than to buy a Paris Pass for 4 days (173 Euros) which does not cover travel to Versailles or the Airport anyway. Would you be able to confirm this for me? I want to get the best “bang for my buck”. Thank you Jennifer

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you. Yes, it’s true that a Museum Pass and a Visite Card are cheaper than a Paris Pass, mainly because the Museum Pass doesn’t include such popular attractions as the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, the Seine river cruise, the chateau wine attraction, and a few more. Most of those extra things are kind of expensive on their own, but if they don’t interest you much then the Museum Pass is the way to go. The Paris Pass also comes with a helpful guidebook and a few other small extras, though I’m sure you’ll have a great trip without them if you are mainly focusing on museums. Bon voyage. -Roger

Haleh says:

Roger- Great info!! I don’t think I’ve seen this question: Should I do a combo tour of Giverny and Versailles by tour bus or is it better to do Versailles with the Paris Pass and then a Giverny bus tour. I want to maximize my time since I will only be in Paris for 3 1/2 days. Thank you so much!!

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you. I’d recommend doing Versailles with the Paris Pass by taking the RER train out there, and doing a Giverny tour separately. For one thing, it looks like adding Versailles to a Giverny adds about €100 to the price, and it will probably actually be faster on your own taking the RER. Also, I’ve been on dozens of those kinds of day tours, and the longer they are, the less fond I am of them. They always require waiting for the slowest person to get back on the coach, and of course you are always traveling in a pack as well. Using the Paris Pass, you can get there in like 35 minutes for about €3.50 each way. And once you are at Versailles you can spend as much or little time there as you please. It’s quite straightforward once you see the instructions once, and your hotel can probably help you as well.

    You could actually do the same thing to see Giverny as well, but it won’t be as much of a savings since it’s not part of the Paris Pass. Best of luck with it all. -Roger

Vishal says:

Hi Roger,
First of all let me compliment you for the great job you are doing. I think your advices are very specific and helpful.
I am Planning my first visit to Paris from 16th to 20th September 2104 accompanied by my wife & 4 year old daughter. I want to cover the main sights along with Disneyland. Can you please help with ideal places considering that the child may not like to walk much and if there are some facilities(like Pram or play area) for children at some of the attractions. I am planning to buy a travel pass for 4 days, paris pass seems to expensive so would rather buy a museum pass or individual attractions passes. Please suggest. Thank you in advance.

    Roger Wade says:


    I wish I could help you more, but I’m not really an expert on child-friendly alternatives to the popular attractions in Paris. In general, Paris (and all of France) is very child friendly so I think you’d be okay going almost anywhere. The article above is meant to help people decide on a Paris Pass or not, and I try to answer questions if people are still unsure. In your case it sounds like you’ve got it figured out, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time. -Roger

A. Combes-DaMatta says:

Great article, Roger!! I assume you live in Paris too…? I moved over last year and I just read our article out of interest as a friend who will be visiting soon asked me about that. I agree with all you said, I just wanted to pin point one thing with regards to the Visit Travel card… (not sure if someone else already did..). I’d suggest the NAVIGO card for those visiting for more than 3 days… it costs an average 36.00 Eur (rechargeable card included) weekly pass (Monday to Sunday) zone 1-4 and 38.00 Eur weekly pass (Monday-Sunday) zone 1-5 (Val de Europe where the Designers Outllet & Disneyland are located in zone 5 for those interested…). In fact, as a Parisian, I don’t see much advantage in the “Visit Travel card”…
Best wishes, Aldria

    Roger Wade says:

    A. Combes-DaMatta,

    No, I don’t live in Paris, but I’ve been there many times and have studied most of the tourism options for years. Thanks for the kind words. The Visit card that comes with the Paris Pass is extremely easy, especially for those who don’t speak much French, but this sounds like a good tip for those choosing to skip the pass and yet want to move around a lot. Much appreciated. -Roger

Mariel P says:

Hi Roger,

Good day!

I’m so glad I found this article. There are a lot of very good tips in here.

Anyway, my husband and I will just be in Paris from Oct 23 (8am) to 26, so technically, we’ll just have 2.5 days in Paris.

We are thinking of getting the 4 day Paris Pass to see the major attractions (including Versailles), but based on the feedback here, it seems there won’t be much queues already around this time. Is my understanding correct that we can only use the HO/HO bus access only once the entire 4-day pass? Also, if we do decide to visit Louvre twice in our stay, would this be allowed in the Paris Pass?

Is the Paris Pass only good for one entrance per attraction for the entire duration? I am getting confused. LOL!

Hope you can help us decide if it’s worth getting the pass in the first place.

Thanks again!


    Roger Wade says:


    Always happy to hear that this information is helpful. In October there will still be fairly long queues for the most popular attractions, partly because they usually have fewer ticket windows open after summer is over. Still, if you go to the popular ones early in the day, you should be okay either way.

    Unfortunately, you only get one entry to each included attraction with the Paris Pass, including only one day on the hop-on hop-off bus. However, one day on the bus is really perfect because it’s much better as a city tour than it is as transportation between the attractions. The Pass also includes a transit card for unlimited Metro rides, and that is a MUCH more efficient way of getting around.

    Also, on such a short visit, you probably wouldn’t want to visit the Louvre twice anyway. It’s huge and amazing inside, but I think you’d get more out of visiting another museum or attraction instead.

    It’s hard to decide on a Pass for you, but as I’ve said many times before, you’ll almost certainly have a great time in Paris whether you get a pass or not. Bon voyage. -Roger

Chris Balding says:

Hi Roger, what a great piece. Just a little of questions. Me and my girlfriend, who is under 26, maybe coming over for our 1st trip to Paris in late November for 3 nights, so 2 whole days and a half day. We both love our museums and art and also want to visit the Notre Dam and of course the Eiffel tower. I was thinking of getting a 2 day card for us but is it really worth it?

    Roger Wade says:


    Mainly to sum up what’s in the article above, a Paris Pass is great for those who want to see a lot on a short visit, especially if it’s their first visit to Paris. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour and the Seine River Cruise are both really nice ways to get oriented in a hurry. And as long as you intend on going into at least a few of the more expensive museums and other included attractions, it’s probably a wise purchase. The included transit card is also really nice because it allows for unlimited Metro rides, and more visitors take the Metro many times per day on a visit like this.

    But as I also say in the article, Paris is a really lovely place and if you are more in the mood to just wander around and see only a few of the main attractions, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it even without a Paris Pass. Best of luck either way. -Roger

      Chris Balding says:

      Cheers for that Roger, Having done some workings out and, with the discount code, It does seem to be worth it. More so for me but even if my partner only used her card for the Bus tour, wine tasting, opera house tour and the river cruise it still comes to 90 euro.

      A couple more questions the metro travel card does that work for both days or only one if we got a 2 day Paris pass Also as we may arrive on the Tues afternoon so we will pick it up then, does the pass , not the metro card, start from then or is it from the 1st time you use it, I.E Wednesday morning?

Christine Hines says:

I am arriving in Paris on November 11, 2014. We leave the 18th at 1 in the afternoon. I am travelling with my 18 year old son. We are staying in Arr 11. The first day is a holiday so I thought we should start out at the Eiffel Tower. Any ideas on what else we should do since it is a holiday.

I’m thinking about buying the 6 day Paris pass. We will activate it on the 12 so the 11th we will need to pay for the Metro. The only time we will leave the city is for Versailles. I was thinking about the Louvre on the 12 and Versailles on the 13. I want to hit all the major points and travel with only enough money to eat throughout the day. I have a backpack for my camera, maps and wallet.

We only plan on being out one night for an Opera or show. Can you recommend a show? Other than hitting the major spots we don’t shop or spend a lot of money. We like to jamb it all in and do everything trendy. I would love to see a show at the Palais Garnier. Anything for a budget concious mother you reccomend will be helpful. Also I am nervous about being out at night so as early in the evening as possible.

Do you think the 6 day pass is too ambitious? I like that I am also getting the Metro card. We will probably need it at least twice each day.

Also we are flying into the Charles De Gaulle airport. Staying on Rue Petion in ARR 11. Is it beneficial to arrange for a transfer or a shuttle. Or is this something we could use the Metro to navigate on our own.

Thanks for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s difficult for me to make specific recommendations for entertainment options in Paris, partly because I don’t live there. But I have spent quite a bit of time in Paris and I think you’ll feel safer than you realize once you get there. Particularly in the city center, Paris is probably safer than most US cities. There’s a bit of a pickpocketing problem, but that actually happens more during the day, and in specific areas where tourists are easily distracted by street performers and such. If you’ve seen “civil unrest” in Paris on the news, that actually happens way out in the suburbs, far from where you’ll be.

    One reason Paris is quite safe is that there tends to be many people walking around well into the evening. The usual warnings apply in that you shouldn’t go down dark alleys by yourself late at night, but even then, it’s extremely unlikely that anything would happen.

    During the day, just be careful with your camera and how you are carrying your backpack. If you find yourself in a big crowd on the street, there could be someone trying to grab something and run, but again, that advice is the same in any large city, and Paris is far safer than most.

    The nice thing about the 6-day pass is that it doesn’t cost much more than the 4-day pass, so it allows you to see the sights at a more relaxed pace and still get good value. As I mention in the article above, Paris is a gorgeous city and you’ll want to spend some hours just strolling around the central neighborhoods rather than rushing from sight to sight. So since you’ll be there for a week, I think the 6-day pass is a good call, especially if you use a discount code.

    Since you are trying to keep costs down, I’d suggest taking the RER (suburban train) from CDG Airport and then taking the Metro to your hotel. It’s quite straightforward and you’ll be one of hundreds of tourists doing the same thing at the same time. The important signs are also in English.

    Lastly, my best budget tip for Paris is to shift your main meal of the day to lunch, as you can get something fantastic for around €12 that would cost at least €20 in the evening. Look for small neighborhood restaurants that offer a “plat du jour” (meal of the day), which will always be good and usually be great value. There aren’t many chain restaurants in Paris, so these little places are easy to find.

    I hope this helps, and I’m sure you’ll have a great trip. -Roger

Mary-Lynne Tennant says:

Does “unlimited use” of the hop-on hop-off bus mean that I can do the trip twice round in one day?

    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, actually you could ride the hop-on hop-off bus many times on the day you choose. The only restriction is that you only get one calendar day of riding the bus around, even if you buy a multi-day Paris Pass. But on the one day you choose, you can ride it all you want. Have a great trip. -Roger

Mike C says:

The parispass website says that their pass can only be used once per museum/activity. Is this accurate or can you use it to revisit the same museum on 2 different days?

    Roger Wade says:

    Mike C,

    Unfortunately it’s true. The whole Paris Pass system is computerized so when they scan your Pass upon entry they know if you’ve visited already. Sorry. -Roger

Karen F. says:

I will be in Paris during the week of November 8-13th. This is my first time in Paris, Should I purchase a two day pass, or a 4 day pass? Also, do you know how I should pack for the weather during the month of November?

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s hard to recommend one pass over another without knowing how many attractions genuinely interest you. It sounds like you’ll have at least 2 non-pass days, which I think is wise. Paris is a beautiful place and you want some time to just stroll around rather than rushing from attraction to attraction. So either pass could work for you since you’ll be there for 6 days.

    As for what to pack, Paris will be cool over those days, but not to the point that you’d need a heavy jacket. In general, people tend to dress up a bit in Paris, unlike many other European cities. And it’s a cliche but it’s true that you should pack layers so you can add or subtract a garment as it gets cooler or warmer. Bon voyage. -Roger

Ting Ni says:

Hi! Roger
Thanks for offering so many good advice. We will get to Paris on Xmas evening and be there until Dec. 31 (6 whole days). The questions I have are:
1. Is this period a peak tourist season in Paris? Should we buy a 2-day or a 4-day Paris Pass?
2. Regarding seniors’ discount, What is the age requirement in Paris. We are 60 and 62.
3. What kind of weather will be like in Paris in Dec.? What kind of clothes should we take
Many thanks,

    Roger Wade says:


    The last week in the year isn’t really a busy week for the main attractions in Paris. The hotels will be pretty full, but many guests will be families visiting relatives and such.

    Either a 2-day or 4-day Paris Pass could work well for a 6-day visit like that. As long as you have at least a couple of non-pass days to just stroll around and enjoy the neighborhoods, having a pass for the rest should save you time and money. It really depends on how many of the included sights you hope to visit. If it’s only 4 or 5 sights, you can fit them into 2 busy days.

    Unfortunately, Paris doesn’t have many senior discounts at all. The Catacombs has a discount, but the museums consider all adults the same.

    In late December you can obviously expect Paris to be cold, but it rarely gets below freezing and stays there. The average high is 8C/40F, and snowfall is rare, though it could happen if you are unlucky. Have a great trip. -Roger

Carole says:

Roger, thank you for your expertise. I’ve read many of the questions written to you and your replies. One such letter by Manizheh…said he was going to be there for 3 days. I too am going to Paris for that length of time. I arrive on a Saturday and depart on a Tuesday. I’ll have my 3 teenage grandchildren and their mother and need to figure out what is best for us. We would like to visit at the very least….the Eiffel Tower, of course, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles Palace, and Sacré-Coeu, and Seine River cruise. Is this something that can be accomplished without a pass or do you recommend a pass? Can you help? Many thanks.

    Roger Wade says:


    It sounds like you are planning to do many of the key things that are included in the Paris Pass, so I think getting the 2-Day pass should save you money and time as well. You can validate the pass for Sunday and Monday, giving you the rest of Saturday and maybe a bit of Tuesday to just wander around. And if you do get a Paris Pass, you might try to do the Big Bus tour on Saturday morning first thing, as it’s an ideal way to get your bearings and see a lot in a short time. The Seine Cruise is also good for that, and the views are quite different. The Palace of Versailles is a bit out of town so you can do that Sunday afternoon, as it’s closed on Mondays. Musée d’Orsay is also closed on Mondays, so you can do that after the bus tour and/or cruise. The other main attractions are open both days.

    All of that said, you could do all of this without the Paris Pass as well, and I’m sure you’d have a great time. The pass is also very nice because it comes with the Metro card so you have unlimited transportation on the valid days, which makes sightseeing more efficient. The metro pass isn’t valid all the way out to Versailles, however, but that trip is fairly cheap, and you can use it a lot while exploring everything else.

    Have a great trip, and let me know if you have more questions. -Roger

roy says:

hi roger,so much info from you.u have a good heart no doubt.i am planning to visit france for 4 to 5 days along with my 6 year old twins was thinking if march 20 will be a good date or july 5.i want to see the country alive and blooming so please advise which will be the best time.

    Roger Wade says:


    The second half of March is a good time because it’s warming up after winter and the crowds will be very light. Paris doesn’t get much rain (or snow) at any time of year, so you really don’t have to worry about a rainy season. Hotels will also be cheaper in March, so you can afford a nicer or more central place for the same money.

    July is also great because it’s warm (and rarely sweltering) and the days are long. However, all the attractions will be packed and queues will be long. On the other hand, Paris has several large and lovely parks in its center, and the vegetation will be more impressive in July. Still, the gardens look really nice all year long and the city is quite green, so if it were me, I’d go in late March and enjoy the smaller crowds and lower hotel prices. Bon voyage. -Roger

Mark says:

Hi Roger,

First of all, I want to thank you for your patience and commitment to answering all these questions.

I plan to visit Paris from early May to early July this year, to study French at one of the local schools. I’ll be there for roughly eight or nine weeks. I don’t know how I’m going to get around, though: the Metro passes (E103/5 days?!) would really hamstring my budget and seem customized for short-term stays… I’d almost be better served to pay cash out-of-pocket for individual trips. The only monthly pass offered seems to be the Navigo, but if I’m not mistaken it can only be used by Parisian residents. I just can’t find an affordable option for public transit. (* I visited Paris on an exchange 10 years ago and we used the Carte Orange at that time, but sadly it’s been discontinued.)

What would you recommend for someone like myself who’s staying for a full two months? The school hasn’t responded to me yet. I don’t think the ParisPass is suited to my needs since I don’t expect to move around at that pace, while it would break the bank even if I did (E173/6 days @ 60 days = E1730! i.e. nearly as much as the school itself. Yikes).

Thanks in advance,

    Roger Wade says:


    You definitely don’t want a Paris Pass for a long stay like that, and I normally try to keep close to that topic, but I’ll gladly make an exception here. If you are just looking for a Metro or transit pass, you want a (€5) Navigo card. An unlimited pass with a Navigo for a calendar month is about €67 for zones 1 and 2, and the ones that cover the suburbs aren’t too much more.

    The school will certainly help once they get around to it. But for sure it will be much cheaper than you are fearing. Have a great time in Paris. -Roger

Teresa says:

Hi Roger, My husband and myself will be visiting Paris from 11th to 15th July. We want to see the Bastille Day celebrations and the march along the Champs Elysee. We are staying in the Travelodge Arc De Triomphe. Where is the best place to be for us to enjoy the spectacle? We arrive on midday Saturday and wonder is a 2 day Paris Pass a good option to see the major sights on Sunday and Monday as Tuesday 14th is a National Holiday? Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you. Teresa

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m afraid I’m not of much help with Bastille Day advice since I generally avoid cities on their busiest days of the year. Hopefully you can find information about that elsewhere.

    A 2-Day Paris Pass could be ideal for what you have in mind. The city will obviously be very busy with tourists from all over France and elsewhere in Europe, so being able to skip the queues at some of the main places will help you see a few more things in those two days. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help and have a great trip. -Roger

      Teresa says:

      Hi Roger Thank you for your advice. We will purchase a 2 day pass and I will look for information regarding Bastille day elsewhere.

      Much appreciated


J. Waite says:

Hello Roger, Thanks for the great review on Paris Pass. I am a bit confused amongst the different options that are available for the Paris passes, as I was asked to pick up some for my relatives who are coming through to visit Paris for between 2 and 4 days late summer. I see the Paris Pass, the Paris City Pass and then you have the Paris Combo Pass Premium sold by different establishments with the latter one even stating on their site that the Paris Pass is not an official pass so it is not even promoted by the city of Paris. For me I look at Paris Pass as convenient to purchase to lock in the discount and also that it has the validity of a year to be used, so is it possible with the Paris Pass that a 2 day consecutive pass can be validated to do the museums itself on both days and the additional ticket for the bus and cruise can be taken on the 1st or 4th day instead independently, or both the HOHO and Seine Cruise need to be taken inside the validity of the 2 days main pass usage. Thanks for your insight.

    Roger Wade says:

    J Waite,

    Unfortunately, a 2-day Paris Pass is only good for those two consecutive days, for everything it includes. All of the passes you have looked at are real and legit, so it’s just a matter of picking the best one for you. The main feature of the Paris Pass is that includes the bus tour and Seine cruise, which are both popular and worthwhile. If you mainly just want to see the museums then the Paris Museum Pass is probably your best bet. Whichever you choose, I’m sure you’ll have a great trip. -Roger

Peter says:

Hello — If I’m traveling only with a 12 year old (who seems to get in free to many Museums). We will be in Paris for 4.5 days, what is the best option if we still would like to do bus/boat trips and other museums where we’d like to avoid the lines. If I have a Pass, will I have to wait in lines to get her tickets or is there a good alternative? Thank you for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    This is a tricky situation. When going into museums, a young person won’t need a ticket so you can both skip the ticket queue and go right to the entrance. But for the bus ride or boat ride you’ll have to buy the young person a ticket. Fortunately, the ticket queues on those buses and such are usually short so it won’t cost you much time. It’s really the popular museums that have the long ticket queue, so you’ll save time on those, and it shouldn’t take much time in the other queues. Have a great trip. -Roger

Cecilia says:

Hello Roger,

My husband and I are planning a six days trip to Paris by mid September, this is our original itinerary:

First day: Louvre Museum, take the Paris bus tour and wine tasting

Second day: Visit Palace of Versailles, cruise on the Siena, Wax museum

Third day: Walking around Latin Quarter, visiting Jardin du Luxembourg, Pantheon and perhaps going into St Germain and visiting St Sulpice.

Fourth day : Jardin De Tuileries, Place de l Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Montmarte at night

Fifth day: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, maybe Trocadero and walk around Hotel des Invalides area.

Sixth day: A day trip to Province

My questions are:

1. According to my itinerary should we only buy a 2-day Paris Pass?
2. Regarding seniors’ discount, What is the age requirement in France since we are 60 and 69?
3. What kind of weather will be in Paris by that time of the year.? What kind of clothes should we take?

Please, feel free to make any changes to our itinerary if you consider the time is too tight some days.

    Roger Wade says:


    Your itinerary looks well balanced and well planned. And yes, based on what you have in mind, I do think a 2-day Paris Pass will work well for you. Since you are able to fill those first two days with the main Paris Pass attractions, I think it’s great to have the rest of your trip to do the rest, including plenty of just wandering around. I wish I were going with you.

    Senior citizen discounts are far less common in Paris than they are in the United States. I know I’ve seen a few, but not on any of the top attractions than I am aware of. Needless to say, keep your passport with you and hopefully you can find a discount somewhere.

    In mid September it should be pleasantly warm during the day, and only a bit cool at night. In other words, a light sweater should be enough in the evening, and you might not need it during the days. Generally speaking, people in Paris tend to dress up a bit more than they do in most other places, so you’d feel out of place in the same casual clothing that is normal in so many other cities. I’m sure there are great articles out there about what to pack and wear in Paris. Have a great trip. -Roger

Al says:

Aloha Roger,

Cant decide which pass or passes to get, please help. I have looked at paris city pass, paris museum pass, the paris pass, paris visit pass, im confused.

Im taking wifey to Paris 28-31 March for 1st anniversary and birthday. Will be staying at the latin quarters. (first time in paris)

1st day: arrive at CDG Airport 13:55, Dali Museum, Socre Coeur and Philharmonie Paris.
2:champ elysee, eiffel, louvre, notre dame, catacombs, La Coupe
3: not sure to explore the city or go to versailles cheateu
4: Pantheon and Tuileries Garden flight at CDG 15:00

some of these passes cover Dali museum and caracombs and some dont.

I also want to get a card that will cover the travel cost from and to airporta and hotel.

should i get for the first and last days zone 1-5 paris visit card for travel and for the second and third days 1-3 paris visit card. And museum passes for 4 days?

Thank you.

    Roger Wade says:


    Unfortunately, none of the passes will cover transportation to and from the airport, although if you take one of the commuter trains (RERs) it’s not very expensive anyway. As for which pass to buy, I’d think that the Museum Pass should work well enough for you since you don’t seem to be planning on doing the bus tour, river cruise, or some of the other popular features of the Paris Pass.

    And especially since you are staying in a fairly central area, you might not need to take the Metro nearly as often as you think. As long as the weather is nice, you should be able to walk between most of the things on your list. Best of luck and have a great trip. -Roger

Lydia K says:

Hello Roger,

We are visiting Paris next week. We are a company of four. The two of us are under 26 years old. I ve read in older articles that the entrance is free for those under 26 for the most of the museums. Also i ve read for the Louvre the entrance is free for those under 26 only friday evenings. What is true and what should we do? Can the two of us skip the lines? How does this work? Thank you in advance.

Best Regards,
Lydia K.

    Roger Wade says:


    In most museums of France, admission is free for anyone under 18 years old, AND for anyone under 26 years old that can prove EU citizenship. So if you live somewhere in Europe and can prove it, the young ones can get in free. The Louvre is free for all on the first Sunday of each month (March 1, 2015 included) from October through March, but not from April to September. AND on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., admission to the permanent collections is free for under-26s regardless of nationality.

    I’ve done a handful of these “one free evening per week or month” things and they have always attracted enormous crowds, for obvious reasons. To take advantage of it you just go to the entry line and you can skip the ticket line. Bon voyage. -Roger

Rodel says:

Hi Roger,

Me, my wife, and our kid (4yrs) will visit Paris on April (4days) and planning to enjoy the below tours;

Disneyland for my kid (obviously not included in Paris Pass)
Paris Bus Tour, Cruising at River Seine, Louvre Museum, Grevin Wax Museum, Montparnasse Tower, Paris opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower (separate tickets), and other if there is time. My inquiry is that all of the places that we are planning to experience will be covered by the Metro Pass (Paris Pass Travel)? I mean we will not expend anymore for transportation for all the sites if we purchase the 2day Paris Pass? Thank you for your advise…

    Roger Wade says:


    The only major Paris attraction that is located outside of the zone covered by the transport pass is Versailles. The attractions on your list are all near the heart of the city, and some are walking distance from one another. Have a great trip. -Roger

Linda Curry says:

Hi Roger,
We will have a week in Paris starting 5th April this year to celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday. After that we will be visiting other parts of France and Belgium. It will be my third visit and my husband’s fourth. My previous visits have only been for two days each time but i have been a Seine River Cruise, a bus tour of the city, visited Musee d’Orsay and walked past many major attractions. This time we are planning a bike tour to Versailles, a trip to Monet’s garden, Louvre, Rodin Museum and maybe go inside a few other attractions this time as well. My husband spent a week in Paris in the 1960s with someone who insisted on a tight schedule of visiting museums and doesn’t want to repeat it so i have to be careful to get the balance right. I’m thinking we might get too stressed with a museum pass trying to fit too much in but from past experience regret not visiting some places because of the cost. I can see that the bike tour is 20 euros cheaper if you have a museum pass but don’t know if we would if we would get our money’s worth buying a pass as they seem quite expensive.

    Roger Wade says:


    Based on what you have mentioned, I don’t think any of the passes would be appropriate for this trip. It sounds like you’ve both seen most of the major attractions in the past, and you are both aware that it’s easy to have a wonderful time in Paris even if you don’t spend your days in museums. Just go and pay for things as you decide to do them. Personally, when I visit a museum multiple times, I don’t get all that much out of the later visits. Bon voyage. -Roger

Gemma Knox says:

Hi, my husband and I are going to Paris on Wednesday (11th March) and want to do the following: arc de triomphe, louvre, notre dame, champs élysées, seine boat tour, bus tour, Versailles. Would it be worth our while getting a Paris pass or would you recommend anything else? Thanks

    Roger Wade says:


    The bus tour and boat tour are only included with the Paris Pass and not with the various museums passes. So I think it will be a good value for you, and it will also allow you to skip the ticket queues at a few of the more popular places. Have a great trip. -Roger

suzuki says:

any recommendations for a bike tour

Samantha says:

I’m planning a trip with my daughter this summer, she will turn 18 right before we come. She has a british passport but we live in the states, do you know if she will qualify for the discounts or not. It seems the site mention residents of Eur nation which she isn’t.

    Roger Wade says:


    Just checking the website of the Louvre, which will have the same policy as the others, and it says that admission is free for anyone 18 to 25 who is a resident of the European Economic Area. The UK is part of that organization, so she should get free admission to all of the participating museums. Have a great trip. -Roger

Carla says:

Hi. My daughter is a EU citizen under 26 (she will turn 19). I understood that she can skip the line, just show her ID and go inside the museums at same time as we (we have the Museum Pass), right?

Can you tell me in which museums will she have free admission?
Many thanks.

    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, she should be able to show her ID at the entrance (rather than the ticket window) and go right into most museums in Paris. There is a list of the ones with the Under 26 EU citizen discount at the bottom of this page.

Carla says:

Hello again, Roger. In the last days I made some research and I ended up buying the pass for her too, because that only works for young people under 18, who visit the museums with their parents. 🙁 If you have 18 or more you have to stay in the line to get a free ticket (i think because of statistical reasons). 🙁 I discovered that in tripadvisor and other websites too. Since I want to spair time I decided to buy the pass for her. Regards,

Sharath says:

Hey Roger? Thanks for all the work you have put in!

I ordered a 4 day pass online. They are shipping it to my place here in USA. I just wanted to know if they will ship the Metro Card/transit card (unlimited metro rides) as well along with the Paris Pass?
I may be wrong but I read somewhere that I would need to go to a particular place ( a bakery, maybe) in Paris to collect my metro/transit card because they only ship the Paris Pass to me prior to my trip but not the transit card.

    Roger Wade says:


    I’d never heard of them not shipping the transit card along with the Paris Pass. And looking at the Paris Pass website, it says you can have it shipped to you or you can pick it up in Paris, but it doesn’t say anything about having to pick up the transit card even if you have the main one shipped. So I think you are going to get it all in the same package. Best of luck, and please let me know if that turned out not to be the case. -Roger

Alan says:

Hi Roger
This is a very informative blog. Thanks for all your input. We are first time visitors to Paris and will be arriving midday APR 14 and leaving early on Sunday, so we will have 4 full days in Paris staying near the Eiffel Tower. We want to do as much as possible (bus tour, seine river cruise, Versaille, Louvre, Arch de Triumphe, Nottre Dame, Montmarte, , Opera House, etc, as well as having time to walk around and enjoy the city. Would you recommend a 4 day Paris Pass and at that time of year (MID APRIL) will the lines be long at the attractions? Thanks in advance.

    Roger Wade says:


    Thanks. It sounds like you are planning to visit a great number of attractions and tours that are included with the Paris Pass, so it sounds like the 4-day version would be ideal for you. The 2-day version could work, but you’d be rushing around like crazy people trying to fit it all into those two days. A 3-day version would be nice if they offered it, but the 4-day version is only about €40 more than the 2-day version when it’s on sale as it is now. For the extra €20 per day, you’ll easily get good value out of it, partly because you’ll be able to pace yourself and do only 3 or 4 things per day rather than 5 or 6 if you tried to do it in 2 days.

    As for the ticket queues, they won’t be enormous in mid April, but during peak hours they can still be pretty long because they don’t open all ticket booths in the shoulder season like this. Being able to skip those queues will also help you get more sightseeing done in a shorter time. Have a great trip. -Roger

Sepideh says:

My family is planning on staying at Marriott Village d’Ille de France for 5 nights in mid May. We are interested in seeing the major attractions in Paris: Louvre, Orangerie, D’Orsay, Notre Dame, Eiffel, Versaille, Arch de Triumphe, Sainte Chappel, and an evening Seine River cruise. Would you recommend we purchase a 1 day mobilis day pass (zones 1-5), a 3 day Paris Visite Pass (zones 1-5) (so we have a total of 4 days of transportation from our resort to the attractions, plus a 4 day Paris museum pass? It doesn’t look like the Paris Pass would include the RER to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy train station and we are not interested in wine tasting. Please let me know what you think would be the best options for us as we would like to have time to experience walking along the champs de’elysees, and the tuillerie gardens and possibly taking a trip to catacomb. We plan on renting a car as we will be heading down to Marseille/Nice area for an additional 4 nights but understand driving/parking in Paris is not recommended so we would be parking the car at the Marne-la-Vallee Chessy train station each day. Thanks for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    Based on what you’ve said that you want to see and don’t want to see, I think your plan sounds quite good. And I agree that you don’t want to drive or try to park in central Paris unless you are prepared to pay about €30 or more per day for daytime parking. It looks like you’ve researched this well and have come to a very good strategy. Have a great trip. -Roger

Hellen says:

Hi Roger,

Thank you for your kind help and blog.

I will be visiting Paris for the second time, with my husband and 1 yo son this coming April for 7 days.
My first trip to Paris was with tour group and we did the usual, going up Eiffel tower, Seine river tour, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame and most of the time we were travelling by tour bus. So this time I want to really experience Paris, by walking and metro. I want to spend half a day at the Louvre, full day at Versailles, a day walking at the Montmatre, Marais neighbourhood and going to the Quen Flea market and having picnic at Jardin du Luxembourg, etc.
Do you think I should buy Paris Pass? Seems like I wont make full use of it. I will be staying at Champs Elysess area.
Is there any travel card that I can use as when I need? not based on days.
What is the weather like? do i need to pack my winter coat?

Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    Considering that this will be your second visit to Paris, and that you want to see things at a more relaxed pace, and that you’ve already done at least a few of the key attractions, I think you’ll be best off without a pass. The Paris Museum Pass is obviously cheaper, but still it encourages visitors to maximize sightseeing and move quickly. In 7 days it will be nice for you to visit things as you please without rushing. Also, many of the things on your list for this trip are free anyway, and there are plenty more that you’ll discover just by walking around.

    So in other words, I continue to think the Paris Pass is a very good deal for most first-time visitors who want to see the famous sights in a short amount of time, but your situation is different.

    The weather in April is generally cool and fairly dry. You’ll need a light jacket or sweater, but even late at night it should be well above freezing so I don’t think you’ll need a winter coat. Bon voyage. -Roger

Linda says:

Hello Roger,

Thank you for your very helpful blog! I have gained much useful information. I am traveling from the US to Paris in late April with a friend and our two daughters (15 years old). I am still unclear whether 15 year old US citizen need to pay to enter the museums. Part of what i need to factor in to my decision on whether to buy a pass (and which one)!. I assume that all riders on Metro/buses/river cruise need tickets — 15 year old same as adult?

    Roger Wade says:


    Thanks. Anyone under 18 can visit most museums in Paris for free, and any EU citizen from 18 to 25 can as well. So your 15-year-old would get free into the museums, but would still have to pay the child rate on transport and the tours etc. That probably doesn’t make your decision much easier, but at least you know what the options are. Have a great trip. -Roger

Fatima says:


I am planning to be in Paris May 3-15. Most likely, I will be starting my “tourist” schedule on Monday May 4th.
I’m wondering if any of these passes (individually or a combination) will be worthwhile for me, since I have ample time (purposely planned, so I can ENJOY the city like a local would).
I’m definitely a museum/culture buff, so I intend to spend one full day at the Louvre, and definitely a daytrip to Versailles.
I will only be using the metro and RER to get around.

Your suggestions and advice are appreciated!

    Roger Wade says:


    With 12 or 13 days and the intention of going at a slow pace, I don’t think a pass would be good value for you. They cover all of the things you’ll want to see, but they are only efficient for people who want to do 2 or 3 or even 4 things per day. The Paris Pass is also great for covering the bus tour and the Seine cruise, which are ideal for visits of 5 or fewer days. But with as much time as you’ll have in Paris, you’ll be able to see all of those sights just in your normal travels. Bon voyage. -Roger

Robin says:

Hi Roger,
The info provided by you is brilliant. I will be in Paris from the 3rd to the 6th of April and wondering if all the museums and tourist spots will be open. Can you kindly advice if all will be open or some closed due to Good Friday and Easter.
Also Sunday being Easter half a day will go in Church, so is it still worth taking the Paris Pass or is it wiser to take the 3 days 1-3 central Paris pass and 1 day 1-5 Paris+CDG/ORY pass (24.80 + 23.50) along with the museum pass.
Also there is this Paris City Pass 4 Days – Adult for 139,00 €. Price wise the Paris Pass is about 182. What is the difference between Paris Pass and the Paris City Pass as the price diff is way diff.
The below website says that the Paris city pass covers – Paris Visit zone 1-3, Paris Museum Pass (4D), Cruise and big bus.
Your advice can help me book on-line tomorrow if possible as Friday early morning I leave to Paris

Thanks in Advance

    Roger Wade says:


    I just checked a few attractions and I didn’t see any that had different hours for Easter week. The French aren’t known to be very religious, and the big attractions are key parts of their economy, so evidently they find a way to stay open.

    As for the differences between the Paris Pass and Paris City Pass, the Paris Pass includes an Attraction Card that covers a popular (€30) wine tasting attraction, the Dali Museum, a tour of the Opera House, the Grevin Wax Museum, and a few other things that don’t come with the other one. And if you use the 10% discount code for the Paris Pass, it’s a bit under €164 for the 4 days.

    Bon voyage and I’m sure you’ll have a great trip whatever you decide. -Roger

Michele says:

Hi Roger,
My husband and two teen children will be visiting Paris in June for 3 days only. I still can’t figure out the best pass for us. My husband is a sit in a cafe and enjoy the ambiance type of traveler, while the kids and I like to see things. We want to see the Louvre, Versailles, Notre Dame, Eiffel tower and maybe D’orsay as well as Les Invalides. Suggestions on what is the best pass/route for us. We want things to be convenient as we have limited time, but we don’t want to feel like we need to run from one thing to another to get our money’s worth.

    Roger Wade says:


    I understand your dilemma, and unfortunately there is no easy answer. The Paris Pass might be your best bet because it’s ideal for seeing a lot in a short time, notably the bus tour and river cruise, which are ideal for getting your bearings on your first day. The Paris Pass also will save you time by avoiding the ticket queues of most of the popular places. But the Museum Pass is obviously cheaper because it doesn’t include those tours and several other key attractions. It’s a tough call, as you’ve already discovered. I’m sure you’ll love Paris no matter what you decide, and you can see a lot more in a short time with a Paris Pass, but if you take the slow-moving approach with your husband then you’ll still enjoy the city. Sorry for not being able to help more. Bon voyage. -Roger

      Michele says:

      Giselle…do you know if it is possible to use the HOHO bus pass on a day that is not one of our museum days? I want to buy a two day pass, but will be in Paris 3 days. I was thinking that taking the HOHO bus the 1st day would be a great way to sight see w/my kids before we do all the museums. It will also make my husband happy not to have to do so many things in one day.

        Roger Wade says:


        Unfortunately, all of the elements of the Paris Passes (and all other such passes) are valid at the same time. A 2-day Paris Pass has everything starting on one morning and finishing at the end of the following day. Best of luck with what you decice. -Roger

Giselle Smiley says:

I was recently in Paris with my sister and niece and had purchased Paris Passes for all of us. Even though I questioned whether I would get my money’s worth, when we arrive at the Louvre and were able to bypass a line about a quarter mile long (it was Spring Break), the pass immediately paid for itself in my opinion.

We went on to tour L’Orangerie, Musee D’Orsay, Versailles, Saint Chappelle, Musee Cluny and the Notre Dame Crypt and every place we went we except Saint Chappelle, we walked right it, flashing our pass.

We also took the Big Bus. Using our coupon for the bus was by far the biggest hassle of our trip as we had to get the tickets for the day of or the day before we used them. We used our metro passes to travel to sites too far from our flat to walk.

If you don’t want to spend your precious time waiting in line to buy tickets and you want the flexibility to visit or revisit a museum, I highly recommend the museum pass. Yes, you will be paying a premium of sorts, but it is worth it!

    Michele says:

    Giselle…do you know if it is possible to use the HOHO bus pass on a day that is not one of our museum days? I want to buy a two day pass, but will be in Paris 3 days. I was thinking that taking the HOHO bus the 1st day would be a great way to sight see w/my kids before we do all the museums. It will also make my husband happy not to have to do so many things in one day.

Xenab says:

Hi Roger,

I am visiting Paris with my husband on 25th april till 27th april. Would like to ask certain questions whether to get the Paris pass or not?

we are first time visiter. We like to roam around and explore the city at the same time enjoy and relax as well.

How’s the weather in the last week of april? is it cold?
Would need your recommendations on Halal food as well.

Thanks in advance.

    Roger Wade says:


    Right now the forecast in Paris for those dates is a high of about 20C/68F and a low of about 12C/50F with clear skies. Obviously it can change, but you should generally expect pleasant weather, and Paris isn’t known for frequent and heavy rainstorms.

    If you only have 3 days and you want to put a high priority on just roaming around, then I don’t think a Paris Pass or similar passes would be wise. They are best for people who want to see the main attractions in a short time, and you have to move pretty quickly in order to save money with them. They also allow you to skip most of the longer ticket queues, so it’s easy to go quickly with them. But if your main goal is to just wander through the lovely neighborhoods and maybe see a couple of the big attractions, then just pay as you go and try to hit the sights early in the day for the shortest queues.

    You should have no trouble finding halal food in many of the central neighborhoods, as Paris has a famously large Muslim population. As far as specifics, I’m no expert so you’ll be best off asking at your hotel. Bon voyage and I’m sure you’ll have a great visit. -Roger

Sheila says:

Hi Roger, thanks for your informative site. I’m confused; I began to buy a Paris Pass but they seem to require that you give them the date on which you intend to start using it. is that correct? I would prefer to buy a pass and decide the specific date to begin using it during my visit, and not have to make that decision before I get there. I am visiting friends and they may have plans for me on various days, so I need to decide myself at the time, which day to actually start using the Paris Pass. Am I understanding their information correctly? Also I could find nowhere on their site to contact anyone to ask a question. Also, one final question: does the travel booklet that they advertise come as a hard-copy booklet in the mail? And does it include a full map of Paris, and of the Metro system? Thanks so much for answering these questions.

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m not sure exactly why the Paris Pass asks for the date you want to start using it, but I’m sure it doesn’t matter what you put. Every Paris Pass is good for 12 months after the date of purchase, and it doesn’t become valid for the first day until you actually use it to get into an attraction. In other words, just enter your best guess for a start date, and use it whenever you are ready. This is a quote from their Terms and Conditions page:

    The Paris Pass is valid for use within 12 months following date of purchase unless otherwise specified. Once activated it will expire at the end of consecutive days purchased.

    And yes, the Paris Pass comes in the mail with a 120-page booklet that includes a description of each attraction, and a map of all of the included places. It’s actually incredibly helpful for planning your visit, so I highly recommend ordering as early as possible so you’ll have more time with the booklet. You can actually download a digital copy of the guidebook on the Paris Pass website, even before you buy the pass.

    The Visite Card (transit pass) will include a map of the Metro, and there might be one in the Paris Pass book as well. It looks really confusing at first, but once you are there it quickly becomes simple so don’t stress about that part. Paris has more Metro stations by area than any other city, so you are always a short walk from one, and no more than one transfer from just about anywhere in town.

    Have a great trip and let me know if you have more questions. -Roger

ajay says:

Hi, I think for our family we plan to take just the travel pass for transportation. Does this include all transportation like metros, bus, subways etc?

    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, the Visite Card is a transit pass that covers the Metro (which is the name for their subway) as well as buses, and even the RER commuter train as long as it’s in the central zones that are covered. But realistically, you’ll be taking the Metro pretty much all of the time because it goes everywhere and there are stops every 300 meters or so. Have a great trip. -Roger

Ron says:

My wife and I and our two children (aged 10 and 14) will be in Paris June 30 to July 9. Is there any pass that covers that time period? What is the best way to cover the time period (as I envision we will have July 1-8 to do actual visiting of sites)? It appears that we have to visit two to three sites per day to get our money’s worth according to what you wrote as well as the comments. Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    The longest Paris Pass offered at the moment is the 6-day version, which should be ideal for your visit. I’d recommend activating it starting the first full day in Paris (the first day that you actually wake up in Paris) and start with the Bus tour and Seine River cruise. Both of those are perfect for getting your orientation so you know where most of the rest of the famous and included attractions are located. In the following 5.5 days you’ll have plenty of time to visit all of the included ones that interest you, and then you’ll have a couple days at the end to just wander around and appreciate the neighborhoods.

    The reason this is ideal is that when you are “on the clock” with a city pass, you’ll feel a bit of pressure to mainly stick to the expensive attractions that are included with the pass. But it’s also great to have some time “off the clock” where you can just stroll through the nicer parts of Paris, across the bridges and through the parks, and up the hill in the Montmartre district in the evening. Paris is a gorgeous city and you’ll be thankful having extra time to just enjoy the scenery without having to scurry to the next attraction. Have a great trip. -Roger

Steve Kammerer says:

My wife and I plan to visit Paris for 10 days at end of September. If we buy the Paris Pass, can we make multiple visits to the same attraction on the same day or diiferent days if we feel like it?
Thanks for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    This is an interesting question. The Paris Pass comes with a Paris Museum Pass, a Paris Attractions Pass, and a Travelcard. You CAN make multiple visits to everything covered by the Museum Pass, which includes the Louvre, the Orsay, and the Arc de Triumph among others. But you can only make ONE VISIT to the things included in the Attractions Pass, which covers the Seine River Cruise, the Bus Tour, and the Wine Tasting Event, among others. I assume you might have been interested in multiple museum visits to the Louvre since it’s so huge, and this is good news then. Bon voyage. -Roger

Carole says:


My friend and I are visiting Paris will be there 6th July(pm) to 11th July (midday). We are staying in St. Germain Des Pres.

We would like to visit main attractions in Paris where most of them are included in Paris Pass. We also would like to just take it easy and enjoy a coffee by riverside. Would a 4 day pass make more sense?

Thanks for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m not sure what you are asking, but I’m guessing you are trying to decide between a 2-day Paris Pass and a 4-day Paris Pass? If so then it’s kind of a tough call with your situation of having basically 4 full days to work with. On one hand, the 4-day Pass is much cheaper per day, especially after the discount, so you won’t have to push yourself so hard to hit all of the main attractions in 2 hurried days. With a 4-day Pass you might try for only 3 attractions per day, or 4 including a smaller/quicker one, so you’ll have several hours per day to just wander around and enjoy the city.

    But with a 2-day Pass you’d want to push yourself to hit 4 or 5 attractions per day just to get your money’s worth out of it. Those could be slightly stressful days, but then you’d be rewarded with 2 more full days with no agenda other than strolling and shopping or whatever. I think if it were me I’d probably prefer the 4-Day Pass where I can set aside a couple of relaxed daylight hours and all evenings to just look around, rather than 2 days where I won’t let myself relax (even into the evening) followed by two days that are freestyle.

    Whichever way you choose I’m sure you’ll have a great time, so it’s mainly just how you like to spend your days while traveling. I’m sure you’d see more famous attractions with a 4-day Pass, but the 2-day one is obviously cheaper and you’d still have a really nice time. Hopefully this is helpful, and bon voyage. -Roger

Angel says:

The link for 10% discount in Paris Pass return an error.
Is IT still valid the offer?

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for letting me know. I’m not sure what happened, but I just fixed the link and it’s working again. And the 10% discount is definitely still good if you use the POT10 code. -Roger

Sophie says:

Completely confused. Going to Paris for 9 days. Very arts orientated so the Paris museum pass would be worth while perhaps. Not a person who wants to cram things in though, but would appreciate skipping lines. If I saw one museum a day is it still worth buying a 4 or 6 day pass. We are there for the first sunday in September and I believe Monday and Tuesday museums are closed. Which leaves perhaps wed-friday available before we leave on saturday. The more I think about it perhaps it is better to just book individual museums before arriving in Paris. Can we just print tickets out at home or is it better to buy in Paris. Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    Not many of the main Paris museums have systems of buying and printing tickets at home yet. For example, you can buy Louvre tickets online, but you have to pick them up at various retailers around the city, so it’s not much more convenient than buying at the Louvre.

    Also, most museums in Paris are closed on Monday OR Tuesday, but not both, so you can visit different museums every day of the week. I think the 6-day Museum Pass would be very worthwhile for you to both save a bit of money and also time in the ticket queues. Bon voyage. -Roger

Mostafa says:


I am visiting Paris for the first time with my wife, staying for 6 days. I am thinking to get the 5 days Paris pass. Mainly I would like to visit a lot of museums like the Louvre, Versaille, Conciergerie & Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame, Grevin wax as well as the Eiffel Tower, boat trip and open bus. I am completely confused what to do. is it worth it to get the pass or there is any other deals to make. Can you advise?

    Roger Wade says:


    It actually sounds like a Paris Pass will be ideal for your visit. Some people are more drawn to just the traditional museums and for them the Paris Museum Pass is probably all they’ll need. But the bus tour, Seine cruise, and wax museum are all things that are expensive and NOT covered by the Museum Pass. Using the 10% discount I think you’ll find that the Paris Pass is quite a good deal for the places you want to visit. Have a great trip. -Roger

Diana says:

Could you please help or recommend:
1. If Versailles is in zone 4 how does the metro pass work since it only covers zone 1-3?
2. Does Paris Pass allow unlimited metro use once it’s activated or is it only 2 times per day?
3. they discuss activation, but is that at the first attraction? do we physically have to GO somewhere to “activate it”?
We are traveling end of June-mid july with 2 teens. some of the poor reviews concern me tbh.

    Roger Wade says:


    1. Versailles is indeed in Zone 4, but it only costs €3.25 each way for a separate Zones 1-4 ticket, and that’s the only included attraction outside of Zone 3. In other words, for €6.50 round-trip you can get from central Paris to Versailles and back.
    2. The Paris Pass includes a Paris Visite Pass for every day of your Paris Pass, and that allows UNLIMITED rides in Zones 1 to 3.
    3. Once you have the Paris Pass in your possession you only have to use it an any attraction to activate it, so you don’t have to go anywhere else or do something special.

    It’s true that some people are frustrated when trying to use the Paris Pass, and that it’s not ideal for everyone. I’ve used these passes many times and I’m pretty well organized before I activate them so I get a LOT of value out of them. I think some people get a late start to their sightseeing day and then everything is crowded and they don’t get to visit as many things as they had hoped, so they sometimes blame the Paris Pass. But if you start early, say around 9am, then you can visit 2 big attractions before lunch and then 2 more in the afternoon, made easier because you can skip the queues. If you plan it out a bit, you will probably be very happy with the Paris Pass.

    But as I say in the article above, you will probably have a great time visiting Paris with or without a Paris Pass. It’s just that you can easily see all of the famous attractions faster and a bit cheaper with the Paris Pass. Have a great trip. -Roger

Motema says:

I’m visiting Paris for the first time with my wife end of July. We would like to see Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Louvres…… but not interested in museums. We are also interested in hanging out around the city. Will it a good idea for us to buy on line 1 day hop on & off bus + 1 Seine cruise + 3 days Paris visite pass; or will a 2 day Paris pass be an option for us. Thanks for your help.

    Roger Wade says:


    From the sound of it, you’d end up spending about the same amount of money with either of the strategies you mention, but you’d save time with the Paris Pass by not having to stand in the ticket queues of the bus ride or river cruise. Those ticket queues aren’t always long, so it may not matter much either way.

    Also, you mention that you aren’t interested in museums (and I’m kind of with you on that after seeing so many of them), but you are planning on visiting the Louvre anyway. I think this is wise because the building itself was originally a palace and I think it’s as interesting as the artwork inside. The Centre Pompidou is also quite an amazing place even if you don’t care for modern art. So another nice thing about the Paris Pass is that it allows free entry into these places and many more, which allows you to just pop in for maybe 15 minutes to see what is inside without worrying about staying long enough to get your €13 worth if you paid separately. Whenever I use these city passes I find myself seeing many more things because I can skip the queue and just go in long enough to look around. Sometimes I do leave after 10 minutes, but other times I like something enough to stay an hour or two.

    So if you are paying individually for everything then you’ll only enter things you are confident that you’ll like, while if you use a pass you can walk into any attraction that you pass by, just for a look.

    I’m sure you’ll have a great visit whichever way you decide. Bon voyage. -Roger

Fredrik von Bahr says:

Hi Roger,

I’m planning on going to Paris with my wife and 2 year old daughter.
We’re planning on visiting the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, Louvre, Versailles, Grevin Wax, Notre Dame, boat trip and open bus.
As we have a 2 year old we don’t like to stress so we won’t be able to see that many sights so to speak. That said we do not enjoy standing in lines either and we do like the flexibility the pass seems to offer.
Also, I’m not sure if I need to buy a Paris Pass for my daughter as well or does she have FREE entry into all museums, boat and bus because of her age.

In your opinion, in our case, is it worth buying the Paris Pass or not?

Thank you very much in advance. Sorry, forgot to mention that we’ll be staying 4 full days 🙂

    Roger Wade says:


    Your situation actually sounds ideal for a Paris Pass since you plan on seeing and doing most of the more expensive things that it includes. Children under 4 do indeed get in free to everything so you won’t need to buy a Child pass.

    One compelling reason to buy the pass is that the ticket queues for most of these attractions will be fairly long through November or so. This obviously means less time standing around and much more free time where you can tend to your daughter as needed. The pass also comes with the unlimited transit card, which will also reduce stress and save time since you can just go on the Metro as often as you want.

    And by the way, with or without the pass I think you’ll have a great time in Paris with your daughter. It’s one of those cities where the locals really warm up to young children and having her with you will probably open some doors for you and make the city more friendly. Bon voyage. -Roger

Sunny says:

Hi Roger,

We are planning to spend 4 days in Paris. We plan to visit different attractions using 2 day Hop on Hop off L’ Open Tour Bus instead of Paris pass . 3rd day to palace of Versailles and final day back in Paris using metro. Is this right approach?

    Roger Wade says:


    In my opinion, the hop-on, hop-off bus is a great way to see a lot of Paris in a short time and get explanations of the many sights you pass. But it’s not an efficient method of transportation between sights. The buses do get crowded and sometimes it’s tough to get a seat if you try to board at one of the middle stops. And they are relatively slow in getting across town because of all the stops and general traffic. The Metro, which is free and unlimited with the Paris Pass, is MUCH faster and quite easy to use. Paris has Metro stops literally every few blocks so you never have to walk very far. And of course many sights are actually walking distance from each other, so you’ll want to do some strolling as well.

    So again, the bus tour is really great on a shorter trip like yours, and if you get on at the first stop or other main stop (where many people get off) then it’s usually easy to get a seat up top. But at stops where few people get off, it can be tough to get a seat. Bon voyage. -Roger

Ashton says:


Just got 2 Paris Passes for myself and girlfriend.(2-day)
Now going to make a list of all the attractions we want to see using the pass and the opening times.

Does it go 48 hrs from the the time of first use or is it to end of day, If i use it on a Thursday evening will it count that as a day?
I’m in Paris on a Thursday evening and wondered if i used it on the metro to get to the hotel it will activate it and i lose some time, so i was thinking about paying for metro that evening and then using/activating the pass the next day so i can have it fri/sat.

Is there any certain order to doing the main attractions?

My hotel is near the arc de triomphe just above it on a map.

Is it best to use the metro to get to these attractions? or is using the hop on hop off a good way also?

Can it be activated by using it on the metro?

Thanks very much

    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass is like all the other city passes in that it operates on calendar days rather than 48 consecutive hours. So unfortunately, if you used it for the first time on a Thursday evening, that would count as your first day and Friday would count as your second day. If you used the Metro Pass on Thursday evening THAT would also start the use of the Paris Pass, so it’s best to just buy any Metro tickets you’d need and then start using the card in the morning.

    As far as which order to visit things in, I normally recommend starting with the bus tour so you can get your bearings in the city and know where everything is for the rest of your sightseeing. Whatever you do, I’d recommend starting as early in the morning as you can. The attractions start opening up around 9am, and most of them don’t start getting very busy until more like 11am. In other words, it can be wise to do the most popular things early in the day for the lightest crowds. From 11am until 4pm most things are pretty crowded, although you’ll be able to skip the ticket queue in most cases so at least you don’t waste a lot of time. Late afternoon and early evening can also be easier times to visit, so it’s not a terrible idea to have a leisurely lunch from, say, 1pm to 3pm, and then see a few more things when the crowds start to dissipate around 4pm or 5pm.

    The hop-on, hop-off buses are a great way of seeing the main sights in the city in a short time, but I don’t recommend trying to use them as transportation between attractions. The buses are often full at the first or main stop, and not many people get off at many stops. As a result, the next bus might come and there are no seats so you’d have to stand up on the bottom floor, where you can’t see much. I’d just start the bus as early as possible and ride the whole circuit. After that, get around on the Metro with the included pass, and you’ll be able to walk between many attractions as well. Bon voyage. -Roger

Meei says:

Hi Roger,

We will be in Paris on 9th Sept for a night then move to another city before coming back to Paris at the end of our leg for 3 nights. Paris Pass sounds like the option as we are first time visitor. But it won’t work on 2 occasions, correct? If so, what would you recommend us to do on the first night? If so, is it still worth it for us to get the pass on our return?Thanks

    Roger Wade says:


    Sorry about missing this question. For the record, I’ll try to answer every question that people ask on this site, so if there is no answer it means that it slipped through the cracks.

    As you suspect, the Paris Pass must be valid only on consecutive days, so you can’t use some days one time and the rest at another time. And with your new revelation that you are only in Paris for about 36 hours each time, I don’t think you could get enough use out of a Paris Pass. The city is packed with famous and worthwhile sights, so I’d recommend just focusing on the ones that appeal to you most. And if you want to get a quick orientation of Paris, the bus tour included with the Paris Pass does a very good job at that, even if you pay for it individually. I’m sure you’ll love Paris and want to come back for a longer stretch in the future. Bon voyage. -Roger

Meei says:

Hi Roger, not sure if you seen my post? But I would like to correct my questions. We are only spending 1.5days on each stay. Is it still worth it for us to get the pass? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

Denyse says:

I use a walker. I have been to Paris a few times, but first time with a walker. Is Paris handicap friendly? Is it easy enough to get around with walker in Metro and museums and such?

    Roger Wade says:


    The big museums and other main attractions are handicap-friendly with elevators anywhere they are needed. And I know that many or most of the major Metro stations also have elevators and the rest have escalators, but some of the more minor stations only have stairs. I think as long as you are staying in the main tourist area, you should be fine with pretty much everything you want to do. Bon voyage and I hope it works out for you. -Roger

Gurcan says:

Hi Roger,

Never saw such a support for travellers. Thank you . Me and my wife planning to visit Paris on November 1st for a 5 days trip. 1 of 5 days is Tuesday and the museums are closed that day but we can still enjoy walking around and could have wine tasting, boat and bus tours. Do not know if eiffel is closed also on Tuesday. Hope no rain for that week. Did you experienced the weather on november? I’ve calculated all the places and activities we want and the daily public transport costs and saw that the total cost is very close to 4 day parispass for two adults. Today is the last day of summer discount of 10%. Do you know if any more discounts for winter season will be made ? And do you think if we face long cues on November. With regard to all my notes about our trip I’d like learn if you recommend us to buy parispass for our visit?

Thanks in advance

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m happy to help if I can. The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, and you might also want to see this list of Paris attractions and their closed days. You’ll notice that enough of them are staggered over Monday and Tuesday so it’s easy to fill all of your days up as long as you plan in advance.

    Paris weather in November is usually mild, and it rarely gets rainy for days in a row when it rains at all. November is a pretty good month for pleasant weather and smaller crowds, so I think you’ll have a great time. Needless to say, watch the forecast once you get there so you can plan indoor attractions for periods where it might rain.

    The Paris Pass folks have extended my special discount code so you can still get 10% off if you buy in September.

    The crowds will be fairly small in November, but this also means that they operate fewer ticket booths at the larger attractions, so the ticket queues can still be long if you don’t get there first thing in the morning.

    And as I usually say, if you are planning on doing the bus tour, river cruise, and the wine attraction, then the Paris Pass pretty much pays for itself, even without a discount. Then you also get the free Metro pass for your time there, which will not only save you money but save you the stress of having to buy individual tickets at Metro stations from an attendant who might speak little or no English. Bon voyage and let me know if you have more questions. -Roger

Georgina Stone says:

Excellent advice you give. We will be in Paris Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2015 and want to purchase the 4 day Paris City Pass. We live in Nova Scotia, Canada and I want to know if I will receive the passes in time if I order them today? Thank you.

    Roger Wade says:


    The “Standard Shipping” option will get the Paris Passes to you in “up to 15 working days.” So if you order today you should get them in time. I’m sure when they say “up to 15 working days” they usually get them there in closer to 10, or they would have to deal with many angry customers if they arrived late. There is also the Express Shipping option, which will get them to you in about a week, for a higher fee. Best of luck and have a great trip. -Roger

JC says:

Hi Roger, reading thru your site is great. We are going to be arriving in Versailles on November 14, a Saturday, in a rental car, which I am planning on dropping at the train station there. We are going to spend the night in Versailles, and plan on visiting Versailles that afternoon. Then on Sunday morning we are going to take the train into Paris proper, where we are staying for two nights at the Marriott on the Champs Des Elysees. We definitely want to see the Louvre and other obvious things. I know we will want to do the Eiffel tower at night. We will leave Paris to fly back to the US from CDG on Tuesday morning. I like the idea of a single ticket to cover the RER trains to and from Versailles and CDG, and the metro, including HOHO buses, etc. Is there a single ticket that will cover all of this? I am not particularly concerned about the price, but really like the convenience factor. I have not been to Paris before, but my wife visited 35 years ago before we were married.
thanks for you time and consideration.


    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass is the closest thing you’ll find to a single ticket that covers all of these things, but it doesn’t include that RER train to and from Versailles or the airport, unfortunately. It does cover the Metro (with the included travel card) and the HOHO bus and many other things. I know what you mean about the convenience. I don’t speak French and I find it a bit stressful to buy things like commuter rail tickets when everyone else in the line is only speaking French. But of course, Paris is very tourist friendly and it’s actually well set up for non-French tourists to buy rail tickets to the airport and Versailles and such, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. Bon voyage. -Roger

lee says:

Thank you for the wealth of information on your site. My husband and I will visiting Paris for only 2 days and would like to know your opinion on what the “must sees” are and the best way to see them. We definitely want to visit the Louvre. Is the Paris Pass our best option or should we spend the money for a private tour of the city, museums, locations, etc.? These private tours are quite costly! How does the bus tour system work? Does it stop at most sights to HOHO? If so, is purchasing the Museum Pass the way to go? Any information and/or suggestions you have would be most appreciated.

    Roger Wade says:


    A private tour of Paris or even individual museums would indeed be VERY expensive. I think the Paris Pass is ideal for a short visit like yours because it allows you to see a lot in those two days.

    I’d recommend doing the hop-on, hop-off bus as your first thing on your first day. Start at one of the main stops and stay on it all the way around. It’s not efficient to use as transportation between attractions because it doesn’t always come at predictable intervals, and it can be full at some stops because people don’t get off at every one. After the bus tour you’ll know exactly what interests you and where you want to go in the remaining two days.

    The Seine River cruise is also good in this regard because it shows you many of the most interesting sights in a short time, and allows you to go back later. Most of the top attractions are covered by the Paris Pass, and it allows you to skip the ticket queue on the busiest ones as well.

    For getting from place to place quickly, you’ll want to use the Metro (underground), and an unlimited ticket is included with the Paris Pass. Once you have your ticket, it’s actually a very simple system, and there are stops every few blocks so it takes you everywhere.

    As for the must-sees, I think all of the famous attractions are famous for a good reason, except for the Moulin Rouge, which people say is an overpriced tourist trap these days. In addition to the museums and such, a personal favorite of mine is to visit the Montmartre area in the evening. The neighborhood is just stunning at night, and after a stroll you can take the funicular to the top for the best views from in front of the cathedral. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip. -Roger

deepa says:


My husband & I are planning a visit to Paris in 2 weeks time for 5 days. I want to visit all the below however Paris pass doesnt comprise of some of these.

What do you recommend. Could we take separate entry fee to each location or is there any better way of doing it.
Champs Elysees Street
Moulin Rouge
Arc De Triomphe
Louvre Museum
Hop On Hop off
Palace Versailles
Orsay Museum
Paris Opera House
Notre Dame Cathedral
Siene River Cruise
Monteparnesse Tower
Centre Pompidou
Eiffel Tower
Wine Tasting
Wax Museum

I realise it is expensive if were to opt for a paris pass & then a separate moulin rouge show+effiel tower dinner+cruise.

Looking forward to your suggestion

Thakn you

    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass does actually cover nearly everything on your list so I think it would be very good value for you. Not only would it cost quite a bit more to pay for each thing individually, but you’d be spending quite a bit of time in the ticket queues, which can be long at the top attractions.

    As for the Moulin Rouge, I’ve never seen a show there, mostly because it has the reputation as a tourist trap these days. People say it’s very overpriced for what it is, and once you are inside you are surrounded by 100% fellow tourists. On the other hand, some people must enjoy it for it to continue to be so popular. If I were you I’d read the reviews carefully. Just reading them now myself, it seems that most people love it, as long as they know what to expect.

    I’m not sure I was much help, but either way I’m sure you’ll love Paris. -Roger

Wayne says:

I just purchased a 3 day pass and I.T. ticket for my wife and I for Sept 25-27 but either there was no place for the ^% discount code or I missed it. … is it too late to get that? .. if it’s too much of a hassle to deal with it after the fact, then forget it. It’s ok.

    Roger Wade says:


    The discount code entry field can be hard to find, so I do mention it near the link on this site. But if you bought without using it, you’d have to contact the Paris Pass people to see about using it after. Best of luck. -Roger

Mario M says:

If I purchase a Paris Pass can I use it more than once per attraction, e.g. do a bus tour more than once?

Also, do the River Cruise and Bus Tours have hop on/off points or are they start-to-finish tours with no chance to hop off (or on) at different points?

Thank you

    Roger Wade says:

    Mario M,

    Generally, you can do each tour or attraction only once during the valid period of your Paris Pass. The Seine Cruise lasts one hour and starts and ends from Pier 3, just next to the Eiffel Tower. For the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, you can get on and off for one full day at any of the 9 stops. One of those stops is in front of the Eiffel Tower, so if you plan well you can cover many of these things in a short time. Bon voyage. -Roger

Dan says:

Great article and comment response section Roger. Our upcoming Paris stay is over the next 5 days and I unfortunately stumbled onto your site a bit late. Nonetheless, I have learned a lot and I am now wondering where the best place to buy the Paris Pass is located if we need to purchase the pass on our arrival via train station (and wanting to give you advertising credit with 10% discount of course)?
Also, if we use the 2-day Paris Pass on Days 2-3, what do you recommend for days 4-5 when we just want to meander the city and explore? Pay-as-you-go or some sort of Metro/bus pass?
Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m always happy to hear that this information is helpful. The best thing to do is to buy the pass online and then pick it up at the Paris office for an extra €2. The office is a very central location and easy to find, and that way you can lock in the 10% discount.

    If you use a 2-day Paris Pass on days 2 and 3 of your trip, I’m confident that you’ll have a long list of places you want to return to on your following days, just by moving pretty quickly around the city. And depending on where you are staying, you might not be taking too many Metro rides on those days, so you might be best off just buying a few tickets as you need them. You’ll discover that one of the great joys of a visit to Paris is just strolling the historic central neighborhoods. Montmartre at night is my favorite, but you’ll be stunned by the gorgeous parks and boulevards all over.

    So long story short, you’ll be finding plenty of things to see on those last two days, so you’ll have no trouble filling them with interesting possibilities. I hope this helps. -Roger

Sourabh says:


I am planning a Europe Tour with 2 days in Paris in June 2016. The itinerary is :
Day 1 : Visit Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre (Quick Tour in 3 hours..?) , Seine-River (Takes 1 hour max..?)
Day 2 : Disneyland Paris

I have 4 questions :
1. Would you recommend me to take the pass , and will it be a good deal for me?

– If I don’t benefit from the pass, then 3 questions:

2. Where can I get tickets for Eiffel tower, Seine river cruise and Louvre online via any website ?

3. How far is Louvre from Eiffel? Should I start with Eiffel, do the seine river and move to Louvre ? Also is it possible to see Eiffel in day-light as well as in night-light on the same day in the same ticket ? If so, how should I plan the day ?

4. Can the Seine river boat trip drop us at Louvre ? I don’t know how to travel inside the city, from Paris station to Hotel, to Eiffel, do sight-seeings and come back to hotel at night?

    Roger Wade says:


    1. No, I don’t think you should buy a Paris Pass for only one day of sightseeing with it.

    2. You can buy Eiffel Tower tickets online from the official website. You can buy Louvre tickets from their site, but at this point you still have to pick them up at a store or office in Paris (not at the Louvre itself), so it may not save any time. For the river cruise you can buy a ticket from the official website of the company. The cruise takes one hour and begins and ends next to the Eiffel Tower.

    3. The Louvre is about 3 kilometers from the Eiffel Tower, which takes about 40 minutes to walk along the river, or about 30 minutes if you take the Metro and change lines once. Both things are just off the river and easy to find so I’d visit whichever is closest first and then take the Metro to the other. As far as I know you only get one entry into the Eiffel Tower per ticket, so I don’t think they’ll let you back in at night.

    4. The Seine Cruise does take you right by the Louvre, but it’s not a hop-on, hop-off cruise so you can’t get off midway. The cruise is really interesting throughout so it would be a shame to miss half of it anyway.

    The easiest way to get around Paris is by Metro (underground). There are stops every couple of blocks so you are always near one. It might seem a bit mysterious at first but once you try it once you’ll discover that it’s a really fast and simple system. If you are going to use it a lot you might buy an all-day pass (Paris Visite Pass), which is going for €12.30 at the moment and it’s also good on buses and even the Montmartre funicular. A single ride will cost €1.80 as of now, so you have to use it a lot to make it worth it. Or you could buy a 10-pack of passes called a Carnet for €14.10. The good thing about that is you can use the 10 passes among your group, so 2 people could take 5 rides each for that price. Bon voyage. -Roger

tw says:

hi ,

My upcoming trip in Paris will be over 5 days. Following your recommendation, i will be visiting Montmartre area in the evening and taking the Paris big bus tour, together with Seine river cruise.

Need your recommendation on the following.

1) Having 3 full day, i am not sure to get 2 or 4 day Paris Pass? Will likely visit the top 5 attraction, and spend the rest of time wandering around.

2) I have managed to change some Euro dollar, but the smallest value given was 500 Euro dollar. My train will arrive in Paris Gare Du Nord station, and the first thing i would like to do was to buy the metro tickets to my hotel.
However, I heard that it will be very difficult to break down the 500 bill as it is not readily accepted in Paris.

Please advise what can i do , or where i can go to change to smaller note.

    Roger Wade says:


    If you have 3 full days in Paris then get only the 2-day Paris Pass. You’ll be able to see all of the things on your list plus a few more in two days as long as you plan ahead and start early. Then it will be great to have that other day free so you can just wander around at any pace you prefer.

    I’ve never tried to break a €500 note in Europe, but I really doubt that it will be a major problem. The Metro booths might not take it, but your hotel or obviously a bank should be okay with it. To buy your Metro tickets you should be able to use a credit card as long as it has a chip in it (most banks in the US have been sending these out all year). Or what I normally do is go straight to the ATM at the airport or in the train station and withdraw euros. The machine will dispense €20 notes, and you can save the €500 note for when you see an open bank. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Aj says:

Hello roger ,
Great work on helping out tourists visiting Paris. I’d be visiting Paris with my wife in December for 2.5 days and then continuing my trip to Amsterdam.i would be staying in trocadero.

1. Plan on visiting louvre, Notre dam, Eiffel, arc de triumph, catacombs. All places I would be using the metro/ RER.
2. Also from and to the airport , from the hotel to gare du nord to catch the train by RER/metro.
3. Would u recommend the Paris travel pass.also have been told about a booklet that one can buy at the station of tickets that would turn out to be more economical?

Also any of the attractions I could visit at night as I would like to utilise the half day I get when I reach there. Would be arriving in Paris around 5pm.

Thank you

    Roger Wade says:


    Thanks. This thread is mainly dedicated to helping people decide if the Paris Pass is right for them, but I do try to answer other questions if I know the answers. It sounds like you are asking about the Paris Visite Travelcard that comes with the Paris Pass. That pass is good for unlimited travel within zones 1 to 3. CDG Airport is in Zone 5 and Versailles is in Zone 4, so you’d need to pay a supplement to reach either of them. Also, the Paris Pass itself activates once you first use the Travelcard, so most people don’t use it until their first sightseeing day.

    So you’d want to buy a 2-day Paris Pass, and start using it on your first full day. As for your first evening, the Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triumph are both open well into the evening, and many museums are open late at least one night a week (usually a weekday). If this is your first visit to Paris then you will likely be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds on your first evening and you’ll see many things that interest you. I hope this helps. Bon voyage. -Roger

Amy says:

Hi Roger,

We are having a 23 hour layover in Paris.We are planning on staying at CDG. We land at 10 am and leave at 9.20am the next day. How much can we achieve in a day? If possible we only want to cover the main attractions? Any recommendations HOP ON/ PARIS PASS? How do we get to the Eiffel Tower from CDG and back? Any inputs are high appreciated.

    Roger Wade says:


    The shortest Paris Pass is 2 days (as you probably know), and I think it would be challenging to get value out of that in one day. From CDG Airport you can take the suburban train called the RER, take the B line, and it will take you into central Paris in about 40 minutes for €10. Once you are there I do think the hop-on, hop-off bus would be a great idea to get a quick orientation and at least see all the main sights from the outside. Then you might also want to do the one-hour Seine River Cruise, which leaves from the base of the Eiffel Tower. It takes you down the river and back, explaining all of the main sights as you pass, and the views and quite different from the bus.

    After that you’ll want to probably go up the Eiffel Tower since you are right there. After that you can head over the the Arch de Triumph and the Louvre. By then you’ll be exhausted and ready to head back to your hotel near the airport. If you pay to visit all of those things it won’t be cheap, but it should be at least a bit cheaper than the 2-day Paris Pass. Of course, while you are on the bus tour or boat cruise, you might see some sights that look even more interesting that you’d want to visit instead. You’ll have far more interesting choices than time at that point, and it should be a pretty amazing day. Bon voyage. -Roger

Amy says:

Many thanks for the info, Roger.

Sanjay says:

Hi Roger, thank you for taking time out and replying to all travel queries from travellers. Indeed a good deed. I need few suggestions from you:

I will be visiting Paris with my wife and 15 year old daughter as follows:
I will be landing in CDG at 5pm on April 9, take a cab to hotel in central Paris, after check in will travel to Trocadero to watch the Eiffel Tower illumination, have a dinner and head to hotel.
On April 10 we would like to do HOHO at 9am the full circle, walk a little bit, have a great lunch, walk a little more to see Arc de Triomphe from outside, stroll at Champs élysées than take a seine river cruise around 5pm, than visit Eiffel Tower at 6.30pm, have a dinner and back to hotel.
On April 11 we would like to take a tour of Roland Garros park since we are big fan of Rafa Nadal, have lunch nearby, come back to centre of Paris for some shopping, visit Montmartre in the evening, take a little walk, take funicular to see the cathedral and views, have dinner at Montmartre and head to hotel.
On April 12 we would like to visit Disneyland for the entire day and come back to hotel in the night.
On April 13 we take 11am Eurostar to London from Gare du nord

Do you suggest buying Paris pass as we don’t intend to visit any museums? Also should we buy metro travel pass for 3 days (April 10,11,12)? Please let me know your valuable thoughts and suggestions to make this better. Thank you very much for reading this and replying back…..

Kind regards,

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m happy to try to help when I can. It looks like you’ve got your trip very well planned out, and I think it’s clear that a Paris Pass would not be good value for you. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour is an excellent way to get oriented in Paris, especially when combined with the Seine River Cruise as you are doing. But it appears that those are the only Paris Pass attractions on your list, so it will be far better to just pay for those when you arrive.

    As for getting a Metro Pass, it will mostly depend on the location of your hotel and your willingness to walk between things. In other words, many of the places are your list are, say, a 20-minute walk from each other, or 10 minutes using the Metro. If you think you might do more walking that Metro riding, you could just get a “Carnet” (10-pack) of Metro tickets for €14.10. That would allow you to take the Metro sometimes, without paying for an unlimited pass that you might not use fully. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful trip. -Roger

Vinaya says:

Hello Roger,

My husband & I will be visiting Paris between Dec 24th – 30th. We have been recommended to take a 5-day Paris pass(for Dec 24 – 28). On Dec 29 we plan to take the tour of the Loire Valley. Dec 30th we return to India.
Can you help me put down a day-wise itinerary ensuring we make best use of the Paris pass, visit as many must-do places – places to visit in plan in the Lourve, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, catacombs, Montparnasse, Champs élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Hop on hop Off tour, Siene River cruise.. and anything else that i might have missed. I would like to keep aside one of the days for generally strolling around the city.

    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass comes in a 2-day, 4-day, and 6-day version, so I think you’d want the 4-day version, especially if you are planning a (wise) free day of just roaming around.

    I don’t have time to type out a whole itinerary for you, and I don’t think it’s a good idea even if I did have time. Sightseeing is quite personal and you might not like some of my favorite things. That said, I will give you a few tips to help you plan your own itinerary.

    First off, I highly recommend doing the hop on, hop off bus tour on your first full morning in Paris because it provides an excellent orientation so you’ll know where everything is and you’ll have more ideas for things you want to see up close. Then I also recommend the one-hour Seine River Cruise for the same reason. You see many different things from the river than you do from the bus, so there is very little overlap. The river cruise leaves from the base of the Eiffel Tower, so you can obviously climb it or take the elevator before or after the cruise.

    Within a fairly short walk (or fast Metro ride) from there, you are close to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs élysées, just to name a few things. In other words, many of the top attractions are quite close together in that area, so you can see all of them that interest you in about two days there. Notre Dame is close by as well. Versailles Palace is about 30 minutes out of town on a suburban train, so it’s best to do that trip starting in a morning to avoid the heavy crowds close to noon.

    Right there you have seen almost everything on your list, and you still have a day and a half left on your 4-day Paris Pass. Fortunately, there are quite a few more included attractions, including the wine tasting and some other tours, so you’ll have plenty of time to take even more advantage of your Paris Pass. I’m not a big museums guy, but if you are museum people there are plenty of excellent ones in Paris that are part of the pass. I hope this helps, and feel free to ask any other specific questions if you have them. -Roger

Meena says:

Hi Roger :
I need to buy Paris pass card for me and my wife . so should i buy one or two cards ??

Subramaniam says:

Can you please clarify :
1. Is it unlimited entries to each of the attractions (eg can I visit Louvre museum for 2 days) or is it only 1 entrance for each attraction
2. Is it valid for only one Hop On Hop Off tour or can we use Hop On bus for more than one day
Thanks in advance for your reply

    Roger Wade says:


    My understanding is that a Paris Pass allows one entry to each attraction, so you can’t return on multiple days. And it’s also a one-day pass on the hop-on, hop-off bus, so you can’t use it on multiple days. -Roger

Sheelagh says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks so much for your informative article and your amazing responses. I’ve read most of them but didn’t see an answer to one of my questions.
I’m travelling to Paris for the first time and will be in Paris for 4.5 days, Sunday afternoon to Thursday night in March.
I’ve found a “Paris Pass” and a “Paris Passlib'” on-line. They both seem to offer similar attractions and Museums and Metro, but have different # of days available (2, 4, 6 for the Paris Pass and 2, 3, 5 for the PassLib’), and there’s quite a significant price difference between them. What is your recommendation? Thank you for your time.

    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass also comes with what they call the Paris Attractions Pass, in addition to the Museum Pass and the transit pass. The Paris Passlib includes the bus and boat rides, which are both worthwhile, but it does not include any of the other popular attractions that are included in the Attractions Pass. Check the Paris Pass website for that list and you’ll understand why the Paris Pass costs more, although that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you. It all depends on what things you want to see and do while you are there. Have a great trip. -Roger

Augusto says:

Hi Roger
Thanks for sharing, We will be visiting Paris in a 10 day trip on April 10 /2016, we are planning to buy the 6 day Paris Pass, my only concern is my 72 year old mother Is not ready for an adventure, please kindly recommend us you experience.

    Roger Wade says:


    I know what you mean, and to be honest, sometimes I don’t feel like traipsing all over a city in a hurry to do sightseeing. Still, I think the Paris Pass will be of good value because it covers the bus tour and the Seine River cruise, both of which require nothing more than sitting down while looking at the amazing scenery.

    Also, Paris is a city that is very well suited to visitors with mobility issues, so it should be one of the easier places to spend time. Most of the major Metro stations even have elevators (although not all of them), or at least escalators. And the Pass comes with a Metro ticket, so you can get around the city for free. Another interesting thing about Paris is that there are Metro stations every 200 meter or so, so every attraction is pretty much within steps of a Metro stop.

    The only cases where quite a bit of walking is needed are the larger museums like the Louvre. Otherwise you’ll find that you can see and do a LOT without too much walking or stair climbing and such. I’m not sure if this is what you meant or not, but let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

Sumit says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for such an informative article. I need your advice.My wife and I will be in Paris for 2.5 day.
We want to visit the following places:
Museum of the Arts and Invention
1.Museum of Air and Space
2.Paris Science Museum
3.Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
4.House of Auguste Rodin at Meudon
5.Bateaux River Cruise
6.Palace of Versailles
7.Notre Dame Cathedral
8.Arc de Triomphe
9.Louvre Museum(we are happy to just see it from outside)

Is it really worth going inside the Louvre Museum if we are not art lovers?
I hope our itinerary is not very ambitious.
We are not culture vultures. So, which pass do you suggest us to buy?

    Roger Wade says:


    That is a long list of museums to see on such a short trip. And I should point out that the Palace of Versailles is out in the suburbs so it requires a good 4 to 5 hours minimum to get out there, get in, and see enough of the place to justify it. On such a short stay, I’d probably save it for next time.

    Since you don’t have the bus tour or wine tasting on your list, I think you might be best off with just the Paris Museum Pass or no pass at all. The main Paris Pass wouldn’t be good value for you.

    As for the Louvre, many people who go in are mainly there to catch a quick glimpse of the Mona Lisa. As you may know, the Mona Lisa is small and always surrounded by dozens of people, so it’s a pretty disappointing experience. On the other hand, the Louvre is a very posh former palace and the inside of it is quite amazing, while the outside is very plain except for the little glass pyramid. I think it’s worth at least an hour inside, even as not a big classical art lover myself, but the ticket queues are usually long so it might be best to skip it.

    I don’t know all of the places on your list, but at least a couple of them should take less than an hour to visit, like Notre Dame for example. I think you’ll have time for all of them if you skip Versailles.

    On the other hand, as I mention at the end of the article above, part of the magic of Paris is just to spend a few hours here and there wandering the neighborhoods. The entire center of the city is gorgeous, with many parks and loads of public art. So allow yourself some time to just stroll around. You’ll do some of that in the evening for sure, but leave a bit of daylight for that as well.

    Bon voyage. -Roger

Noah says:

Maybe I’m missing something, but the Paris Pass looks like a poor deal. If I’m going to be in Paris for 4 days, I could get the 4-Day Museum Pass (€56) and the 5-Day Visite Travel Card (€38.20) for a total of €94.20. In comparison, the 4-Day Adult Paris Pass is €189. Is the extra €94.80 worth it just for the “Extras included in ONLY the Paris Pass and not the Museum Pass”?

    Roger Wade says:


    For many people, the Museum Pass is ideal, but for many others the extra attractions (especially the bus tour and Seine cruise) are worth it because they are going to do them anyway. It’s a personal choice and it seems to work out well for each visitor as long as they have examined the list of options. Those extras are among the more expensive and popular attractions in Paris, so those sound interesting to you, then the full Paris Pass is probably the better deal. And if you can get it with a discount, as is usually the case, it works out even better. Have a great trip with whatever you decide. -Roger

Alan says:

We will be visiting Paris this June for our 1st time. Looking at visiting the Eiffel Tower, is there a trick to getting all the way to the top without hours of waiting?

    Roger Wade says:


    The best tip for that is to get there before the Eiffel Tower ticket windows open, which is at 9am during summer and 9:30am the rest of the year. If you are there before it opens you will probably be at the top before 10am, but if you come later in the day you might be waiting two or more hours. Good luck. -Roger

Saurabh says:

Can someone help mention detail for Museum pass.
If I buy a 2 day pass, can I use that on Tuesday and Thursday or I need to use it on two consecutive days only?


    Roger Wade says:


    These passes are always good only on consecutive days. It says so right on the official site. Sorry about that. -Roger

SW says:


I will be visiting Paris from 2nd – 6th June , which includes a weekend. Will the queues be too long?

    Roger Wade says:


    The ticket queues for the major attractions will all be quite long in early June, but the Paris Pass allows you to skip most of them so it’s especially helpful during the summer months. Even with the Paris Pass, these places will all be quite crowded, so planning ahead is the key to getting the most out of your visit. My best advice is to start at the most famous and popular attractions as early in the day as you can. Like for the Louvre or Eiffel Tower, if you can be there a few minutes before they open (around 9am) then you can usually get in only a few minutes later. Many tourists are slow to get started, so everything is at its least crowded during its first two hours of operation.

    By the time noon rolls around, all of the main places will be quite full, so if you’ve already visited one thing at 9am and another at 11am, then you’ll be ready for lunch by 1pm and you’ll still have time to do two more things after that. And you’ll still have time to walk around the neighborhoods in the early evening because the sun doesn’t go down until around 8:30pm in June. So again, plan ahead and start early with the most famous things, and you’ll see a lot without having to deal with the worst crowds. Bon voyage. -Roger

Lisa says:

Roger – this is a great site and i was hoping you could answer some questions. We are planning to be in Paris from evening of Sept 5 through the morning of the 10th when we leave for the airport. I normally would get a three day pass but it appears that trips to Chartres (guided tours) leave only on Wed so i might have to buy a 4 day pass to bridge that day in the middle. Is a guide tour to Chartres recommended vs doing it yourself? I am fine walking but my husband cant walk forever – if we can take a train there will the paris pass get me any discount? We are staying at the Marriott Champs Elysees (on points) so close to a metro station.
We would do the HOHO Bus /Boat Tour and Eiffel Tower (since near the boat tour) the first day Sept 6. The 7th would be Chartres if we have to do tour vs by ourselves – if by ourselves we would push to the 9th. The next day for the paris pass we would do Versailles in the morning and then the wine tasting /and Louvre in the afternoon since i understand the wine tasting is near the Louvre. Then the last day of the pass we’d do Notre Dame/Saint Chapelle and Arc du Truimphe. So my question on our itinerary is – is this doable in terms of time and second, given i am not hot on the wine tasting i am not sure if the price of the paris pass is worth it. It is currently 170 Euros for 4 day pass and 143 for 3 day pass. the not waiting in line or buying of individual metro tickets is attractive however so i am leaning towards it esp if i can do Chartres on my own. Tours seem to be prohibitively expensive – about $225 per person with pickup and dropoff at your hotel and including lunch and tour of town – all in small van – while expensive it seems to be hassle free which might have benefits. thank you – Lisa

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you. I’ll try to help if I can, although I haven’t myself been to Chartres so there are probably better sources on some of this.

    You sound quite savvy at this and that is even more reason that going to Chartres and doing your own tour is almost certainly the best option. I’ve visited literally hundreds of these types of places and the main problem with those group tours, aside from the high price, is that you can only go as fast as the slowest person in the group. Not only that, when they pick each guest up at their hotel, that part always adds an hour on to each side of it. So I’d just buy the roundtrip tickets on the train (about an hour each way from Paris) and do a tour of the cathedral or perhaps and audio tour, and then see the rest of the town on your own with the help of a guidebook or information from a website. You’ll be able to see at least as much in 4 hours on your own as you would in 6 or 7 hours on a group tour. And if it can also save a day of a Paris Pass, even better.

    I think the rest of your itinerary sounds very doable and well thought out. The Paris Pass isn’t ideal for everyone, but I do urge you to do that HOHO bus tour and the river cruise on your first day, just as you have mentioned, because the two together provide an excellent orientation and will make the rest of your visit better and more comfortable.

    If you are on the fence about the wine tasting thing, then it is a bit harder to get value out of a Paris Pass, though I can assure you that the crowds will be pretty large in early September so the queue-skipping really helps. You’ll usually be able to fit another attraction into your day in the time you saved on the queues, and there are obviously loads more good ones to choose from that are included. And yes, having that unlimited Metro pass is also great for those of us who don’t speak French well. I don’t, and I find those places quite intimidating when I try to stumble through buying a ticket in half English and a few words of French. However, at the tourist attractions (unlike on the Metro), you’ll find that the staff speaks English quite well because most of the tourists are from outside of France.

    And again, those orientation tours are great for your first visit to Paris, whether you buy the Paris Pass or not. If you don’t buy the Paris Pass I’m sure you’ll love the city and have a great time, so either way you will almost certainly be happy. Bon voyage. -Roger

Leslie Harrington says:

Hi Roger – Leaving next week for Paris and just stumbled upon your site. Great information. Looks like the pass must be picked up at their office. Is it still the 35 rue Poissonniere address? Thanks in advance!

    Roger Wade says:


    According to the Paris Pass website, the local pickup address is:

    74 Rue de Cléry,

    Directions from Sentier
    1) Take Exit 1 marked‘ Sortie 1, r du Sentier
    2) On reaching street level, cross over at pedestrian crossing to the beginning of Rue de Cléry’.
    3) Continue straight for 400 metres (4/5 minutes) to 74 Rue de Cléry (Paris Pass collection office is on the right hand side).
    Opening hours:
    Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 3.30pm
    Saturday – Sunday: 10.00am – 1.00pm

    It’s in central Paris, a bit over 1 kilometer northeast of the Louvre. Bon voyage. -Roger

Kristina says:

Hi! I am headed to Paris the end of this month! We will be there for 4 full days. It’ll be myself, my husband and our two children (both under the age of 10). I am debating between the Paris Pass and the Museum Pass. It will also be our first time in France and our first time using the Metro-which intimidated me a bit. If we don’t opt for the Paris Pass, is there a pass for the metro that will make transportation less stressful/easier to use? Also, if we opt for the museum pass, do children need a pass to get in, even if they get in to museums in Paris for free? And, if they do need a pass, is the museum pass for children just essentially paying to skip the long lines? We would like to visit: Notre Dame, Opera Garnier, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, The Louve, Arc De Triomphe, Orangeries Museum, Seine River, Orsay, Rodin and the Army museum. Thank you in advance for your help!

    Roger Wade says:


    The Paris Pass comes with a Paris Visite travel card for the number of days on your pass. But if you don’t buy a Paris Pass you can still buy a Paris Visite travel card at any ticket booth in the Metro itself. I know what you mean about it being intimidating if you aren’t a French speaker, but at least with a Visite card you only have to do it once. You should be able to buy from an automated machine in the Metro if your credit card has a chip in it (which most newer ones do), or you can buy from a clerk in a booth. As long as you are in a Metro station in the main tourist area, the clerk will know enough English to help you.

    Most Paris museums are free for everyone under 18 years old (or under 26 for EU members), and as long as they are with an adult that has a ticket or pass, they don’t need a ticket of their own so they can also skip the ticket queue.

    For the above reason, they don’t sell a child Museum Pass because they already get in free. The child Paris Pass exists because it covers many popular (and expensive) attractions that aren’t covered by the Museum Pass.

    From the looks of your list, the only thing included in the Paris Pass that isn’t included in the Museum Pass is the Seine River Cruise. If that is all you want to do then a Paris Pass would not be good value for you. However, if this is your first visit to Paris then I highly recommend the hop-on, hop-off bus tour on your first morning as an excellent way to get oriented and see most of the top sights and beautiful architecture from an open-top bus. I recommend just staying on the whole way around, and then maybe using it to get from one attraction to another after you’ve done the whole loop. And of course, the bus is included in the Paris Pass.

    The wine tasting event is the other expensive and popular thing that the Paris Pass covers. If you aren’t interested in that then it’s probably best to just get the Museum Pass and pay extra for the tours and other things you do. Have a great trip and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it whatever you decide. -Roger

Amanda says:

My husband and I, with our two children (10 & 12) will be in Paris for w week in the second half of July and we are debating on the Paris Pass. I have used it before for myself, and whilst I probably did not come out ahead on $, I did on the time it saved me getting into sites and the metro.
Do you think it worth if for a family or would it be better to just pay as you go given many cultural institutions are free for children. We do not want to race around seeing everything, but do what to do a couple of major sites each day. Will need to pace ourselves so kids do not get on weary! We also want time to just wander and soak up Paris.

    Roger Wade says:


    As you know, the children will already get in free to pretty much all of the museums, so a Paris Pass for children is only worthwhile if you intend on doing the (recommended) bus tour and the Seine River Cruise, and at least a couple other non-museum attractions. Since you’ve visited before and if you mainly want to go to museums rather than the tours or other more expensive attractions, then a Paris Pass would probably not be a good buy for you. Have a great trip. -Roger

      Amanda says:

      Many thanks Roger,
      Can you suggest the best metro etc ticket for us, w Elan to walk a lot and would Metro when legs are weary. Would a 10 pass be best or should we get one of the more formal package deals

        Roger Wade says:


        The Metro ticket you want will mainly depend on the location of your hotel. If you are close to the Seine and the main attractions then you’ll be able to walk to many things, so you might be okay with just a 10-ride carnet ticket between you all. But if your hotel is a bit outside the center then it might be wise to buy the unlimited Visite Pass for your stay.

        Part of that will be your travel style. Personally, I like to do some sightseeing in the morning and then come back to my hotel in the mid afternoon for a rest, and then go out again in the later afternoon or evening. That’s also why I prefer a smaller room with a central location rather than a larger room outside the center. But you can also easily go back and forth if you have an unlimited Metro card for each person. One great thing about Paris is that there are Metro stations every few blocks so most hotels and all main attractions are close to Metro stations. I hope this helps. Have a great trip. -Roger

Terri says:

Hi Roger,

My husband and I will be travelling to Paris on April 26 to May 1 from London for our 40th Anniversary. Our package includes Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower plus the City Coach Tour. This has been booked for April 27th. We would like to visit Versailles which appears to be included in the Paris Pass but we are unsure how to get there and which pass we should consider purchasing. We are staying at the Mercure Opera Garnier and plan on visiting the Louvre and the normal tourist attractions and other museums as time permits.

Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Roger Wade says:


    Since you’ve already got a city tour and Seine cruise booked, I don’t think a Paris Pass would be good value for you. You might consider buying the Paris Museum Pass, which does include Versailles and the Louvre.

    This link explains the various ways of getting to Versailles. The train ride takes a bit under an hour from Paris. It sounds like you’ve got a great trip planned, and I’m sure you’ll love it. -Roger

Esther says:

Hi Roger,
My husband and I purchased a 3-day Paris Pass and planned to pretty see a lot of the sites. I know that the pass includes a guided tour at the Garnier Opera, so do we have to go at a specific time or do we just show up during opening hours and they will call a guide?

Also, for the Seine river cruise we would like to get on the 8:30pm one, what time should we get there by to secure a spot? Thank you so much 🙂

    Roger Wade says:


    I haven’t done the tour of the Opera House, but the website says they are (in English) at 10:30am and 2:30pm every day. It looks like there are also English tours at 11:30am on most days, though the ParisPass site doesn’t mention them so it might be that it’s only the early and late ones that are included.

    The Seine River cruises go from 10am to 10:30pm from April through September, and from 10:30am to 10pm the rest of the year. If you want to get the first cruise of the day you can probably do that by getting there by 9:30am because most sightseers don’t get an early start. The tours are popular in the evenings as well, so that’s something else to consider. Bon voyage. -Roger

Mark Klein says:

I will be in Paris for 2 weeks starting May 8. Would you suggest I buy 1 6-day pass at a time, or buy 2?

    Roger Wade says:


    I’d suggest buying one 6-day Paris Pass and that’s probably it. In those 6 days you’ll be able to see everything that appeals to you among the Paris Pass offerings, and it’ll be nice to have the rest of the time to see things at a more leisurely pace. Start with the bus tour and Seine cruise on your first morning, and by the end of Day 6 you’ll have done all of your major sightseeing, with time to spare to just wander around and do day trips and such. Bon voyage. -Roger

Nadya says:

Hi Roger,

We’ll be passing through Paris at the end of June and I’ll have 1.5 days in the city with 2 kids 11 and 15. We will arrive to Paris around 12 pm, so we we’ll have afternoon/evening on 1st day and full day the next day. Would you recommend 2 day pass for us or you think it would be more beneficial to purchase prepaid tickets to attractions? We would like to visit:

Arc De Triomphe
Hop On Hop off
Notre Dame Cathedral
Siene River Cruise
Eiffel Tower

Thank you for your time!

    Roger Wade says:


    If you only have a day and a half and those are the only things on your list, I think you’ll be best off buying the tickets individually online, as it should be a bit cheaper. Have a great trip. -Roger

Mark Klein says:

If I buy the Paris Pass online, how will you get it to me? When will I receive it? Am I correct in believing that the Paris Pass is valid for one year from the time of purchase?

Jim Makovetz says:

My wife and I have a trip planned to Paris, arriving from London on June 22 at~1PM and leave Paris on Saturday June 25 at ~1PM. I am debating the cost effectiveness of a Paris Pass. I don’t want to make our experience in Paris jam-packed with sightseeing but want to enjoy the city. I want to start with the Seine River tour and then go from there. Is the ‘Paris Pass’ worth it? We’ll be staying in the Latin Quarter. What about transportation? Is it better to purchase a carnet rather than use the 2-day Paris Pass also for transportation costs? Thanks!

    Roger Wade says:


    It sounds like you’ll have two solid sightseeing days, and two half days where you’ll be disoriented and maybe a bit stressed. So in your case, especially since you don’t really want to do a jam-packed visit, I’d skip the Paris Pass. Even if you buy the two-day version, you’d feel pressured to do at least 3 major sights each day just to get your money out of it. For you, it sounds like it wouldn’t be worth it.

    That said, there are definitely people on their first Paris visit that have the big sights as their number one priority. For them, the Paris Pass is a great way to save a bit of money and also time in the ticket queues. But Paris itself is so lovely that it’s kind of a shame to rush around on a first visit. Even if you leave your evenings free, which most Paris Pass users do, I still prefer to have some free time during a day where I don’t feel pressured.

    In the Latin Quarter you’ll actually be within walking distance of many of the famous sights. Still, the Metro is kind of fun and there are stops every two blocks or so, so it’s the fastest way to get almost anywhere. If you buy the carnet when you first arrive, those 10 rides will probably be enough for sightseeing so you won’t need an unlimited transit pass. They don’t work to get to or from the airport, however. Bon voyage. -Roger


This is the first time I am travelling overseas. We are going in Dec 2016. With the Rand being really low, is it advisable to buy the Paris Pass now or are there specials on them usually later in the year?

    Roger Wade says:


    I haven’t been following the flow of the Rand vs Euro, and it’s usually very hard to predict with any certainty which direction it will go next. As for the Paris Pass, the 10% discount currently running is about the best you’ll do until January, when the discount can get a bit deeper. If you are looking at one of the longer ones, particularly the 6-day pass, they sometimes offer discounts of 15%. But for the shorter ones the 10% is typically the best discount until January. Bon voyage. -Roger

Helen To says:

Hi, i will be staying in Paris arriving early Friday to stay the weekend and will leave Monday morning. I will be arriving at the ORLY airport and staying at the Melia Paris La Defense Hotel, and i understand a Metro is located opposite (though im not sure which zone this lies in). I was wondering if a Paris Visite Pass will be worth it? I am travelling from England so I am not sure how transport works, how much it costs, and what would be a more cost-effective method? I have been told that many places are walkable from one station located in central, so perhaps buying separate tickets would be more worthwhile? Additionally, are metro tickets only valid one-way when purchasing one? Apologies for all the questions! Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    I normally try to answer questions about the Paris Pass here, but I’ll take a quick shot at this one anyway. Your hotel is in Zone 3, and there is a Metro station as well as a RER station (commuter railroad) right there. It’s about 10 km from the Eiffel Tower and the other main attractions, so it’s outside of the center. A Paris Visite Card covers Zones 1, 2, and 3, so it would be a good choice for you. It also covers the RER trains, which will be faster to get into the center because there are fewer stops.

    Once you get into central Paris you can definitely walk to many attractions, but it might be worth getting the Visite Pass anyway because there are Metro stations everywhere, and it will save a lot of time if you zip around underground rather than fight the traffic and crowds while walking long distances above.

    Individual rides are €1.80 each, and they are each good for a one-way journey. You can buy a 10-pack of tickets called a Carnet for €14, so that is another option. It really depends on how much walking you are prepared to do each day. I think the Visite Pass is probably worth it because it allows you unlimited travel and you don’t have to stress about how many tickets you are using and how many you have left. Since your hotel is a long way from the center, but still in Zone 3, I think the pass is the best option. The Visite Pass is also included with a Paris Pass, just so you know. Bon voyage. -Roger

Sonia Georgia Tay says:

Dear Roger,
Thank you for taking time and replying to all travel queries. Amazing article and indeed a good deed. I need few suggestions and advice from you as my spouse and I are first time travellers to Paris, thereafter to Brussels & Amsterdam.
Just a few highlights of our trip;
Arrival from London: 25.05.16 Wed / 11.50am / Gare Du Nord
Accommodation : AirBnb in Menilmontant, Pere Lachaise (Flexi check in/ check out)
Departure: 27.05.16 Fri / 3pm / Gallieni Euroline
Places of Interest to visit: (estimated itinerary)
2. Eiffel Tower & Seine River Cruise
3. Notre Dame (cross Pont Notre Dame to Ile de la Cite to explore the tiny sections of Paris)
4. Lourve Museum
5. Arc de Triomphe
6. Tuileries & Luxembourg Garden
7. Sacre Coeur
8. Champs Elysees
Should we get a 2 days Paris Pass? If no, what are the other options that we have by looking at the above itinerary?
What we are looking for is a relaxed, cultural, enjoyable yet memorable trip in Paris. The above sights are really the tip of the iceberg. I believe it can take years to see the stunning myriad treasures Paris has to offer.
Thank you for your time and looking forward for your astute reply.
Best regards,
Sonia- Malaysia

    Roger Wade says:


    For the sort of trip that you have planned, the 2-day Paris Pass is pretty much ideal. Not only does it covers nearly all of the things on your list, but it will save you time skipping the queues at many of them. However, it looks like you’ll have one full day and two half days, so it’s not an obvious choice in that case. Unfortunately, it’s 2 calendar days rather than 48 hours, so you’d almost certainly want to use it on your first two days and leave that last half day for just wandering, including the free things on your list such as the shopping areas.

    So as long as you can check into your airbnb by 1pm or so, I think you’ll still have enough time to do the HOHO bus, the Seine Cruise, and the Eiffel Tower. You’d have the whole next day to see everything else, which should be plenty of time, including even a few things you discover as you go.

    You’d still have both evenings to wander around (I highly recommend Montmartre at night), and that last half day to see things that aren’t part of the Paris Pass.

    I’m sure you’d have a great visit even if you didn’t buy a Paris Pass, and it might not even cost any more without it. But having the ability to skip queues plus the included unlimited travel card should save you time and stress, so I think you’ll see more with the Pass than without, even with plenty of time to just stroll around. Bon voyage. -Roger


Hi Roger,

Good to see you on this forum as well.

How is the Paris Pass different from the Paris Pass Lib’. I find that the services offered are similar if not same but the latter is 20EUR cheaper.

The other question is whether there is a chance to get discounts on these passes in the should season (October)?

Many thanks,

    Roger Wade says:


    I actually run this whole website and wrote nearly all of the articles, so I see and try to answer every comment. I’m happy you found this article.

    I can’t find the list of included attractions for the Paris Pass Lib, so it looks like it’s the Museum Card, the bus and river tours, and the transit card. The Paris Pass includes all of those things in addition to quite a few premium attractions like the wine tasting and the famous wax museum. When you factor in the discount on the main Paris Pass, the price is about the same as well.

    Because I help so many people with Paris Pass questions on this site, they give my readers a 10% discount, which should be valid into the foreseeable future. In other words, they keep renewing the discount for me, and they haven’t mentioned that they’ll stop soon. Once in a while they offer 15% on the longer passes, but generally the 10% is the best discount they offer all year long. In January they sometimes offer 20%, but only in that month. -Roger



How do I get the discount?


    Roger Wade says:


    The discount is explained in the article right by the link that takes you to where you can redeem it. Look for those links above and you’ll use the code POT10 for the 10% discount. I think it’s in Step 4 of the purchase process. Bon voyage. -Roger


Thanks Roger.

This is very good.



Good evening Roger,

I spend 3 days in Paris. Transportation in Paris on first two days will be covered by Paris pass.
On third day we will buy metro tickets to wander around leisurely. I understand that a bunch of 11 metro tickets in Paris come for 15 euros. Is a bunch of 11 tickets good enough for 2 people for a day?
How much does an individual metro and bus ticket cost?


    Roger Wade says:


    Depending on where your hotel is located and where you want to go, you might not need any Metro tickets on that last day at all. But assuming that you will be staying at least a bit away from the river, in one of the slightly remote districts, then the 10-ticket carnet (€14.10) should be plenty. Metro and bus tickets are €1.80 when purchased individually, but forget the bus because the Metro goes everywhere and it’s much faster and less confusing for tourists. -Roger

Chua says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for taking time to reply to queries. My parents and I will be in Paris between 22 May (check in to airbnb appt at 1130am) and 29 May (check out at 11am). We will stay near the Chateau Rouge metro station. It is our first time in Paris.
I have previously bought the Paris Visite Pass for 2 days (mistakenly), thinking that it was the Paris Pass. Would like to seek your opinion if I should still buy the Paris Pass (and if so for how many days). We will spend one afternoon on Tues (24th) watching the Roland Garros and will also want to visit the main attractions eg Louvre, Sacred Coeur, Tour Eiffel, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe. We also want to visit some of the jardins and also Palace of Versailles and Chateau de Fontainebleau. But other than these, we are not very cultural lovers nor we want a super hectic schedule but we want to make our time and money worth.
I am also confused because I found out the Paris Pass will not include travel to Versailles and Fontainebleau but the Paris Visite that i bought for 2 days includes zone 1 to 5.

Thank you.

    Roger Wade says:


    Your upcoming trip is going to be wonderful. Having a full week in an apartment (as opposed to a tiny hotel room) will allow you to see Paris in a way that the standard 3-night visitor never does.

    I’d still recommend the Paris Pass, probably for the 3 days after your day at the French Open. Obviously the Paris Pass covers the museums and all of that, but it also covers the hop-on, hop-off bus tour and the Seine Cruise, both of which are highly recommended whether you buy the Pass or not. So you can wander around a bit on your own on your first full day in Paris, then the French Open on your second full day. Then starting on your third day you can activate the Paris Pass and start with those tours in the morning. When those 3 Paris Pass days are over, you’ll have seen all of the big sights, and you’ll still have another day and a half to see more gardens and other free things.

    As for your other Paris Visite Pass, I’m sure you can use both days of it, possibly even overlapping with the final day of your Paris Pass if you want to go out to Versailles. It’s not ideal to have two transit passes like that, but they are worth about €10 per day, so it’s not something to lose sleep over, or to rebuild your whole itinerary over.

    Hopefully this helps, and as always, let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

      Chua says:

      Hi Roger,

      Thanks for the kind words and the prompt reply.

      I have a few quick questions which I seek clarification:
      1. From my understanding, the Paris Pass has to be used on consecutive days, but not the case for the Paris Visite?
      2. Can i have the Paris Passes delivered to my air bnb appt or can I collect it at the office anytime while i’m in Paris? It seems too late to have them sent to my country with one week to go…
      3. I see that the Paris Pass will include some walking tours and wine tasting which my parents and I may be interested in, but we’re not sure as yet, are those activities available for walk-in at the last minute?
      4. Lastly, will the guidebook provided include all details and maps of the attractions/activities/museum that the Pass covers? There are so many of them and we may just want to pop by for impromptu visits if we happen to be nearby.

      Thank you.

        Roger Wade says:


        Here goes:

        1. Both the Paris Pass and the Paris Visite Pass (travel card) have to be used on consecutive days. If you buy, say, a 3-day Paris Pass, then the travel card automatically starts on the first day you start using the Paris Pass. Even a Paris Visite Pass that you buy separately is only good for consecutive days starting from when you use it first.

        2. They do deliver Paris Passes to hotels and apartments in Paris, as long as you buy online first, but I’d think an airbnb could be complicated because you don’t normally get a mailbox key. Fortunately you can pick the pass up in Paris at their office, which is centrally located, so that’s what I’d recommend.

        3. With the walking tours they say you can join by just walking up to the meeting point, but that a reservation guarantees your place. So I think you can probably join in, though calling or booking the reservation online, even just before the tour, is probably wise. The wine thing works the same way in that you are supposed to reserve online, and I think you can do that at the last minute as well.

        4. Yes, the downloadable guidebook has all the needed details on all of the included attractions, including a list of the nearby attractions so you can plan in advance knowing which other included attractions are a short walk away. It’s a pdf file, so you can load it on a smart phone or tablet and take it with you. -Roger

Chua says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for the reply. You have been of a great help.


Keegan says:


Is it possible to reserve a specific time for an attraction with the Paris Pass? My family and I want to visit the Louvre at 10:00 on a particular day. I believe it is possible to reserve a time if you buy just the ticket for the Louvre. Is this correct?

Thank you,

    Roger Wade says:


    With the Paris Pass you get free FastTrack entry into the Louvre and many other top attractions. The longest queues are usually for buying tickets, so you can already skip that queue and you’ll be in quickly. I’m not sure how reserved-time entry going direct through the Louvre works, but I imagine it’s basically the same thing. Also, if you are there at 10am you’ll be earlier than the big crowds, so you shouldn’t have to wait long at all as long as you have a Paris Pass or an advanced ticket. Bon voyage. -Roger

Vinoth says:

Hi, we are planning to visit Paris on 10th and 11th june. We are two adults and one child 7 years. Staying near gare due Nord.
I am confused about which pass I should take for just 2 days of Paris visit. We want to cover most important sites only due to very short timeline and want to avoid rush considering Euro cup. Please suggest.

    Roger Wade says:


    I think the 2-day Paris Pass would be ideal for you, and it’s the shortest one they offer. On your first day you can start with the hop-on, hop-off bus tour and then do the Seine cruise, both before lunch. At that point you’ll know your way around and you still have time to see all of the other top sights. And with the Paris Pass you can skip many of the ticket queues, so you can avoid most of the worst crowds.

    It’s hard to say, but my guess is that the Euro 2016 won’t make the tourist sights worse in a way that anyone would notice. For one thing, Paris is always very crowded every summer. And also, the football fans might be booking hotel rooms that normal tourists might have booked otherwise, so it’s even possible that the main tourist sights will be a bit less crowded. But again, it’s hard to say, and Paris seems packed every summer. Bon voyage. -Roger

Ken says:

Hi there, I’m glad I found this site. Great info as I try to make my final decisions. I am traveling to Paris next week wit my 16 year old daughter. I am contemplating the Museum Pass and figure the Paris Pass isn’t for us (?). I already have an Eiffel Tower summit tour that comes with Louvre entrance and a boat tour. This will be Tuesday morning. I want to see Notre Dame, Versailles, Cluny and other main sites. We are in town for 7 days. Should I assume that the 4-day Museum Pass is best for us if I start on Wednesday and then have it last through Saturday at Versailles? We can get a lot in for 4 days then. Is there a best place to purchase it? We do have Louvre tickets already so should I get it when I go inside there? Or somewhere else? What do you recommend for our situation? THANK YOU!

    Roger Wade says:


    From the sound of it, a 4-day Paris Museum Pass would be a good fit for you. You can buy it online and pick it up for free at their Paris office, or you can buy it just after you arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport. There are other locations within Paris as well, all helpfully mapped on the official Museum Pass website. I’m not really an expert on the Museum Pass itself, as it’s just one of the things included with the Paris Pass, and it’s pretty straightforward from what I understand. Have a great trip. -Roger

David Collins says:

Roger – my wife and I will be traveling to Paris Sept. 7 thru Sept. 21. We plan on breaking up the trip by taking several day trips out of the city. Since the Paris Pass runs consecutive days I’m not sure if its best to buy several 6 days cards or to by multiple cards of shorter duration. That way we’re not paying for days we’ll be out of the city.

    Roger Wade says:


    That will be a nice long trip and you’ll have plenty of time to see all the main sights in addition to several great day trips. What I’d actually recommend would be to think about perhaps one 6-day Paris Pass, or even a shorter one. One 6-day pass will give you more than enough time to see all of the included things that really interest you, or at least the more expensive ones. That will also give you many days in Paris where you can just wander around and enjoy the beautiful scenery without worrying about getting value out of an attraction pass.

    Once you look closely at the included attractions, you’ll see that only about 10 of them are €12 or above. That includes a few that are in the €20 to €30 range, so a Paris Pass can save money, but only up to a point. In those 6 days or so, you’ll have plenty of time to do all of the more expensive attractions that are included. So then you do a day trip or two, and come back to Paris. At that point there will still be a few €10 attractions that interest you, but not enough to warrant buying a whole new pass. Have a great trip, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy those extra days just fine even without a pass. -Roger

Ramya says:

Hi Roger,

brilliant information here. chanced upon it, unfortunately after i bought my 2 day paris pass.

Husband, myself and 2 kids (6 & 3yrs) are arriving by noon on 9th July. based on all your responses to various queries, this is what i have planned. kindly advice if I am good with it or suggest changes. arrive in paris on 9th noon, depart on 14th morning, so we effectively have 4 full and 1 less-than-half day in paris. 2 days we want to cover disneyland, which leaves us with 2 days to see paris. we are not very inclined towards art etc, so wld like to skim thru the Louvre. we have 2 adult and one child paris pass for 2 days

9th: settle down, and take a walk arnd the neighbourhood (stay near St. Ambroise metro), go see Eiffel tower (we couldnt get online tickets, but i understand it can be bought right there)
10th: leave early, try to cover – Orsay, Louvre, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame. If time permits – Arc de Triomphe or Pantheon and Monsparsane Tower. since many of these attractions close by eve, planning to take the river cruise later in the eve.
11th: take the bis bus tour. cover Paris story, opera house, wax museum, chocolate museum, art & invention museum, Pompidou
12 & 13th: disneyland

pls advice. i know its too much to cover each day, we might not see everything too. but with kids, we dont see ourselves spending long hours in any museum. if any attractions mentioned above are not worth it, pls advice.

looking forward to your recommendations.


    Roger Wade says:


    I think your plan sounds quite good. Personally, I’m a fan of doing the bus tour on the first full morning there, but getting an early start to those popular museums on your first day might be an even better idea. And I’m actually the same way with art museums. I’ve been to pretty much every famous museum in the world, and I find them interesting, but only for an hour or so each. After that my attention drifts to other things. The Paris Pass is ideal for that since you don’t feel guilty leaving in an hour, because you didn’t pay full price, and you can get even better value by seeing several of them in one day.

    My guess is that you’ll have time to do all of them on your list, although just in case it’s probably best to save the least important ones for last. As long as you get an early start, you can see a lot in Paris with a transit pass because the Metro stations are absolutely everywhere and you can be in another part of Paris in 15 or 20 minutes. And most of the top attractions are fairly close together as well. The queue-skipping thing will also help.

    As for museums to possibly skip, that’s hard to say, especially since I’m not a huge art lover to begin with. Tastes can be quite different for those, so what I typically do is take at least a peek at the TripAdvisor reviews for each museum. The good ones will typically get 4 or 4.5 stars on average. If one gets 3.5 stars or lower, read the reviews and see why many people didn’t give it full points. You might have that same concern. Bon voyage, and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

      Ramya says:

      Thanks Roger, your response is really reassuring. I am considering swapping the HOHO tour and river cruise in my current itinerary. Great advice on looking up review of the museums, will do that. Few more questions
      1. not able to book time for Eiffel tower on official website. will the Q be too long to buy the ticket as we go there ? (9th eve)
      2. I bought the Paris Pass from the official website for 129 euros, and then came across other sites offering the same for 99 euros. Is there any fine print while buying tickets here at reduced prices?
      3.Are the transit packs valid for RER travel to disneyland too ? besides the 2 day of pass coverage, I need to travel to disneyland for 2 days, and also for 9th to Eiffel tower. what arrangements would cater to this?
      4. The Paris pass collection center will be open only till 1 pm on saturday while we arrive later. so we might have to end up travelling on the pass day to pick it [email protected] , and then head to the attractions, which might waste precious early hours. Any workaround for this?
      5. being vegetarians, any tips for food ?

        Becky-Kate says:

        Hi ramya, I have just been reading everyone’s comments, isn’t this websites awesome!!! I just wondered where you have seen the parispass for only 99euros?

        Thank you,


Sid says:

Hi Roger,

I was reading through the article and the comments and I must say, you are doing a really fine deed here, your information is super helpful!

I’ll be in Paris from 1st July (7.40 am, Orly Airport) to 3rd July (10.00 pm, CDG Airport) and we are a group of 4 friends. Below are some of the sights we would like to do:

Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum
Arc De Triomphe
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Hop-on Hop-off
Siene River Cruise

We will be staying in Montmartre, and using local transport for travelling. Would you suggest we buy the Paris Pass for this itinerary? As for travel, would we need a travel pass or will the 10-ticket pack suffice? We are willing to walk around a bit but not too much.

One more thing, we are also considering going to Disneyland. I understand it’s a little far and will require about an entire day. If we go to Disneyland, will there be enough time to cover the rest of the sights? We really don’t want to cramp up our entire schedule with too many things but also don’t want to miss out on must-sees! Quite a conundrum!

Thanks a ton!

    Roger Wade says:


    I think your plan looks ideal for a 2-day Paris Pass, and you could start it on 1-July or 2-July, and still get full use out of it. As long as you are planning both the HOHO bus tour and the Seine Cruise, the pass almost pays for itself with only a few of the other things you’ll definitely be doing. And of course, it includes a 2-day travel pass, which will be essential for seeing a lot without wasting a lot of time.

    Of course, a stroll along the Champs-Élysées is free (and will take 30 minutes or so because it’s a busy shopping street), and the Eiffel Tower isn’t included in the Paris Pass. You’d have plenty of time on your other non-pass day to do those, and see some other neighborhoods, and visit a few parks and other free attractions. But I’m confident that during your two days with the pass, you’ll get plenty of use out of it, and you’ll be happy to skip some of the queues and also have the transit pass.

    Montmartre is my favorite Paris neighborhood, especially in the evenings, but it’s not very close to many of the main attractions. So you’ll definitely be on the Metro a lot, and having that transit pass will be nice because you can just walk down into the Metro at any time without worrying about tickets and such. There are Metro stations every two blocks in the city center, so it’s always near where you are and where you want to go.

    As for Euro Disney, I’ve not been there because I grew up 6km from Disneyland in California, and I don’t have kids. It’s definitely a full and tiring day from Paris, and you do have enough time if it’s a high priority for you. You’d just have to skip a few of the Paris attractions, and a Paris Pass might not be ideal in that case. So really it’s two fast-paced days in Paris and one day in Euro Disney, or three busy but less exhausting days in Paris itself.

    And having done things like this in the past, I’d recommend using that arrival day to get acclimated and do the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, rather than starting your Paris Pass. It’s always a bit disorienting to do sightseeing right off the plane, and you’ll feel much more settled after waking up in Paris the next day. And you’ll still have time to hit all of the things you want on your final day before heading to CDG.

    If you don’t get a Paris Pass, you could probably get by with 2 or maybe 3 carnets (transit 10-packs) for your group. Many of the sights are near each other, but many aren’t, so it’s hard to say how you’ll feel about walking between them once you are there. Have a great trip, and let me know if you have any more questions. -Roger

    Ramya says:


    I am myself looking at booking euro disney tickets for my family, and i see lot of recent feedback that mentions many of the popular rides/attractions are being shut down currently for renovation and many have reported not having got value for their ticket. Since you are all adults, you might want to first check if the current set of active rides would suit you enough to spend a day there. there are one day 2 park tickets too but i see it might get too hectic for you.


Amanda says:

Hi Roger

My hubby and I are coming to Paris from the 1st of July – 4th July 2016 we basically have the afternoon of the 1st and two full days 2nd and 3rd for sightseeing, we have looked at both parispass and the pariscombopass premium and are at a crossroads on which is better can you give us any advise ?

Thanks you

    Roger Wade says:


    The pariscombopass is basically the Paris Museum Pass with the river tour and transit card thrown in. The Paris Pass includes all of that, as well as the (popular and highly recommended) hop-on, hop-off bus tour, the wine tasting experience, the Grevin Wax Museum, and several other premium attractions. If you don’t think you want to do the bus tour or the other more expensive attractions, you can save a bit of money by getting the combo pass. -Roger

Ranganath Nehere says:

Hi Roger,

Thank you for helping me for my Itinerary. Thanks once again on this forum.

We ( myself & my wife ) arriving CDG on 11th July at 11.30Am from Prague & leave from CDG on 14th at 7 PM. So I consider it as 2 clear days & 2 half days. We will stay near metro Porte de Clignancourt.

Although some of my questions are already answered in above reply to Sid, but can you help me with below:

1)As it is Monday to Thursday, I am planning to buy Navigo card for that week. Which will allow me all travel including Airport transfer. But then I won’t get discounts & queue relief. Also I will waste my time.

2) Or can I purchase 2 days Paris pass & buy separate airport transfer ticket. I can use “carnet” (booklet of discounted single trip ticket) for remaining 2 days.

Please suggest.



Hi Roger,

I’ll be in Paris 26-28th Sept. On the Paris Pass website, they mentioned that you only get a 2-day Museum pass for the 3 day Paris Pass. I will be with a friend for the first 2 days and will go around by myself on the 3rd. Is my understanding correct that on the 3rd day (assuming i used the Museum pass on my 1st day) I can only use the Metro card, HOHO bus and the attractions pass? Also, for the attractions, I am assuming that I can only use it 1 time for every attraction, correct?

Thanks in advance. Been reading your replies and they have been most helpful.


    Roger Wade says:


    Interesting question. The 3-day Paris Pass is new, as of only a couple months ago, and this is the first I’ve been made aware that it only comes with a 3-day Museum Pass. The Museum Pass currently only comes in 2-day, 4-day, and 6-day versions, just like the Paris Pass itself until about two months ago, so I’m not sure if they will begin a 3-day one or the Paris Pass is just set up that way for the foreseeable future.

    Fortunately, there many attractions that are included with the Attractions card, including pretty much all of the more expensive ones, so there won’t be a shortage of options for that museum-free day. I’m glad you pointed this out to me, and I hope it works out okay for you.

    And yes, a Paris Pass is designed to allow one entry to each of the included places. Fortunately that is enough for at least 99% of visitors because they want to see as many things as possible rather than one thing (like the enormous Louvre) multiple times. I hope that works for you as well. Bon voyage. -Roger


Hi Roger,
Did you see my email I sent you on Jun 12? I am ready with my trip and now need additional guidance from you.

    Roger Wade says:


    Sorry, but I didn’t see any email. Some of these comments slip through the cracks, but I don’t see an unanswered comment from you either. If you have more questions go ahead and type them in the comments here and I’ll answer them if I can. -Roger


Hi Roger,

No problem. My bookings are done. Thanks to you for the help in selecting the destinations and the itinerary.

I will be in Paris from 1st – 5th of October 2016 and staying near Voltaire metro station. I am confused how to plan my itinerary in Paris.

My idea is:
Oct 1, Sat – Reach Hotel by 16.00, evening stroll in Ile St. Louis
Oct 2, Sunday – Louvre (free entry Sunday), Jardin Des Tulieres, Seine River Cruise (really tight)
Oct 3 – Notre Dame, St. Germain and St. Michel area, Luxembourg Gardens, Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe
Oct 4 – Opera Garnier, Montmatre, Eiffel Tower
Oct 5 – Marais (evening train to Venice)
What do you think of this?

    Roger Wade says:


    I think your plan looks quite good and well organized. Many of the places on your list are things that take only an hour or so to appreciate, so I think you’ll have time for all of it. And particularly with a place like the Louvre, you’ll sometimes hear people say that it would take a month to spend even 5 minutes with each object, but that doesn’t mean you have to be there all day. The building/palace itself is gorgeous, and after an hour or two you might be ready to move on. Also, those “free entry days” are always totally packed, so you probably don’t want to spend all day there.

    Paris is also quite easy to get around within the center on the Metro, so I don’t think your plan is too ambitious. Bon voyage. -Roger

HENRY says:

Hi Roger,
Good day to you.
I’m from Malaysia, This is my first time to Paris, i will reach Paris on 25/7 only after 12PM, and stay until 28/7 morning to catch up train to Frankfurt.

May need your advice on below my plan. I may want to visit
Eiffel tower, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Catacombs (optional if time is free).
I need a 3 days public transport pass.
I need to skip the long queue
I need a ticket to Eiffel tower, as know the pass excluding this.

Appreciate your comments.


    Roger Wade says:


    Your plan with the Paris Pass looks quite good and you’ll have no problem doing all of those things. Everything on your list is bunched together in the city center, so you’ll be able to do something new every two hours or less. And as I always mention, the Paris Metro has stations every few blocks, so you are always within a short walk of one, and wherever you are going is always within a short walk of another station. I think you’ll also have enough time to do the hop-on, hop-off bus tour on the morning of 26/7, as long as you start early and get one of the first departures. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger


Hi Roger,

Thanks for the feedback.

Is it safe to move around in Paris at night (till 2300 hrs) by foot and metro. Are there any areas to avoid? I am staying at Hotel Du Chermin Vert near Voltaire metro station. Any idea that area is, especially at night?


    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, Paris is a very safe city at night, and you are staying in a central location where the streets will be busy until at least midnight. Paris does have a few sketchy areas where tourists might not want to visit, but those are actually all way out into the suburbs, so you won’t be anywhere near them.

    The other thing to know about Paris and pretty much all of Western Europe is that personal crime is extremely rare compared to almost anywhere else on earth. Petty crimes like pickpocketing and camera theft are fairly common so you do have to be aware and careful. For example, sometimes thieves create a distraction in or near a crowd of tourists, and then steal a few wallets in the process. But as long as you are aware of these sorts of things, it’s very easy to stay safe. Also, don’t walk around with your camera or phone dangling off you, or don’t leave them sitting on your restaurant table while you go to the bathroom because someone might snatch them. But that is really the worst that might ever happen, and you’ll find Paris to feel very safe. Have a great trip. -Roger


Thanks again Roger,
I do not want to book online a for the elevator up the Eiffel Tower. The online tickets have specific time and date slots. I want to keep things flexible. Would you recommend that?
Can I expect shorter queue if I walk up the stairs?
We are not particularly athletic. Will walking up the stairs be a good idea?
Which is the best time to climb the tower? Just before dusk?

    Roger Wade says:


    I think you can do better than me on these questions by checking the TripAdvisor reviews for the Eiffel Tower. It’s been many years since I climbed those stairs to the 2nd level, and it’s definitely a bit of a workout. Also, the stairs are always crowded so if you go slow there will be people passing you all the time. See what the current reviews say and you’ll get better info. -Roger

Eve says:

Hi Roger,
Im traveling alone with 2 kids and initial plan is to:
-Saturday (arrival) airport at 10am, we need to get to hotel to Paris, and then ….exactly, any idea how to plan this day?
-Sunday – disneyland for full day
-Monday – disneyland 2nd day
-Tuesday – flying back at 8pm so do you think we will be able to use hop in hop out bus?

Mainly we want to see Eiffle tower, louvre, arch..what else would you recommend to make sure we will fit in a time frame?

Also, if I buy 1-3 zone ticket for few days, how would it work then to get to Disneylan? Can I pay only for 4-5 zone?

Geting from airport to City centre, what is the cheapes way?

Many thanks,

    Roger Wade says:


    I generally try to keep these comments geared toward helping people decide on a Paris Pass or not, but I’ll help if I can even though you definitely don’t want one. For that Saturday you should just do the things on your list. They are all fairly close together and you’ll have time for all of them. If you want to go to the top level of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll want to reserve a spot from the official website at least a few weeks in advance, as it sells out early in high season.

    You’ll have plenty of time for the HOHO bus on the day you leave. I normally recommend just staying on the whole way around, but if you don’t have to leave for the airport until 5pm or so, you could hop off and back on a few times.

    I don’t believe you can pay just a supplement to get out into Zones 4 and 5. I suppose you could use your ticket to get to the last stop in Zone 3, and then pay for another ticket to your final stop. That would be cheaper than buying one from the city center, but it won’t be just an extra €1 or so. From the airport to the city center you’ll want to take the RER commuter train, which has different lines going to different stops in central Paris. If you hotel is close to one of those stops, it’ll be easy. If not you’ll have to switch to the Metro to reach your hotel. If you Google “CDG RER trains into Paris” you should find all the info you need. Bon voyage. -Roger

Megha Jain says:

Hi Roger,

I will be visiting Paris in the second week of Sept with my husband for 2 full days. We want to see the major attractions and also to capture the beauty of the romantic city in our eyes. We are not very interested in seeing museums apart from Louvre or Arc de Triomphe.

1. Can you please suggest us the places we should visit?
2. Should we go for Night tour as well with HOHO day tour and River Seine?
3. Paris pass would be beneficial for us or not in this case?


    Roger Wade says:


    You’ll really want to get a guidebook to find the best things that interest you. You can go online to for Paris or for Paris or for Paris, and those sites will give you the best options.

    The night Seine cruise is really nice, so it could be good since you’ll do the HOHO in the day.

    A Paris Pass covers the HOHO and the Seine Cruise, as well as many other non-museum attractions. You’ll have to see which ones interest you to know if it’s good value for you or not. Bon voyage. -Roger

      Megha says:

      Thanks Roger.

      Also, Could you please let me know from where can I buy the Eiffel Tower tickets as they are sold out on the official website.
      And what would be the best time to visit Eiffel Tower?


        Roger Wade says:


        You can buy tickets at the Eiffel Tower once you get there, although the queue is often an hour or more. The reserved tickets online allow you to skip that queue, but they still allow walk-up tickets.

        The queue would be shortest right after they open in the morning and probably late in the evening. The view from the top is fantastic day or night, so it’s your choice. Have a great trip. -Roger

gail says:

Hello Roger,
Thank you so much for this informative piece.
I was wondering:
I’ll be in paris with my best friend for our first time December 27-January 4. Arriving early Wednesday morning and leaving the following Wednesday morning.our tentative itinerary as follows:
Wednesday: hop on hop off tour, seine river cruise in evening
Thursday: louvre, eiffel, champs d’elysees and arc triomphe.
Friday: d’orsay, notre dame
Saturday sacre cœur, wine tasting?
Sunday free
Monday day trip to london
Tuesday free

I was thinking a 4 day paris pass would be best for our plans, what do you think? And then the extra days we need to use the metro, we can buy tickets? We mostly want to eat and drink our way through paris!

    Roger Wade says:


    I think your plan looks very good, and definitely not too rushed. You’ll have at least half a day free each day to wander around and experience the neighborhoods and parks and such. I think your idea for the 4-day Paris Pass is a good one, and you’ll have time to do a few more things in those days with the pass.

    There are ticket windows in all of the central Paris Metro stations, and the person in the booth should speak enough English to sell you what you need. You might consider getting one carnet, which is a book of 10 Metro tickets for €14, as opposed to individual tickets at €1.90 each, I think. You’ll easily get the hang of it. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip. -Roger

Sundeh says:

Hi Roger,

Can we buy our ticket to be used a few days after? We plan to buy our train tickets to Disneyland and Versailles all together when we buy our carnet books.

Sund h

    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, you can buy a Paris Pass online and then pick it up at the office once you get to Paris. From that point you have up to a year to start using it. The valid dates automatically start once you use it for the first time at one of the attractions or on the Metro. Have a great trip. -Roger

Andrei says:

Hello, I’m coming for the first time in Paris at the beginnig of November and I wonder if is still crowded at the main attractions. I will visit no more then 2 per day, and I think the Paris Museum Pass will worth only if it saves some time.

    Roger Wade says:


    The ticket queues at the main attractions will probably be less crowded in early November than in summer. The tricky thing with that is that they might have 4 ticket windows open until the end of October, and then only 2 ticket windows open starting in November. So it’s actually possible that the queues will still be long, at least at some places at some times of the day.

    But if you only plan on doing 2 things per day, I wouldn’t worry about it. A Paris Pass or Paris Museum Pass might save you 30 minutes per day that time of year, and if you only visit 2 things it’s probably not worth it. Bon voyage. -Roger

JD says:

Hi, I lead a group of students to Paris every spring, and for the last 5 years or so we’ve used the museum pass for entry to the main attractions in Paris. We purchase ones for our adult chaperones and all students over 18 at the time of travel, but our younger students (all high school juniors) just use their passports to get into the museums for free.
My question is laat year we were turned away from the L’Orangerie and Sainte-Chappelle because we were a ‘group’ and didn’t book in advance (it was about 8 people total, half parents and half students). We’ve never had any trouble like that before and I can’t find any reason that we couldn’t use the PMP that way. Any thoughts on that?

    Roger Wade says:


    Interestingly, I got this message just after I visited Sainte-Chapelle myself yesterday, and I noticed the sign that said all groups must reserve in advance. I’m not too familiar with it, and my only guess is that it is related to the tight security they now seem to have in front of all major attractions. Perhaps the security line can be overwhelmed if a group of 20 or 30 people show up all at the same time, and the other visitors get delayed as well? So if you reserve your visit in advance, perhaps they can add an extra guard or two?

    The ticket queues seem to go quickly at those attractions for those with Paris Museum Passes, so I don’t think that that part is the problem. I wish I had a better answer for you. -Roger

Ken W says:

Hi, Roger. Great advice and comments. Our first visit to Paris. Any advice on the best way to get from CDG airport to the Latin Quarter, D’Italie Ave., arriving Oct. 6? Also, we’ll be arriving by train at the Montparnasse station the evening of October 16. What is the best way to get to our hotel, near the Saint_Lazarre station? We’ll be in Paris October 6 am to October 15 am, then back late Oct. 16 with a full day to enjoy Paris Oct. 17. We don’t want to rush but also don’t want to waste time in lines. Which Paris Pass, if any, do you think would suit us?

    Roger Wade says:


    From CDG Airport you can take the RER (suburban train line) B to the Denfert-Rochereau stop in 43 minutes, which is already close to your hotel. Then you can take the #6 Metro line from there to Place d’Italie station. The whole thing will take about an hour and you can buy a ticket good for the whole journey from a machine or window at the airport station. Just look for the RER train signs.

    On your next arrival you can take the #13 Metro line from Paris Montparnasse to Paris Saint-Lazare, which is 7 stops and will take 10 minutes. Just look for the signs leading to the Metro and then the #13 line. It will be easy once you are there. You can buy Metro tickets when you are there first and keep them for that next arrival. Buy a 10-pack called a Carnet for €13.50.

    I can’t tell if you have one day in Paris or 10 days in Paris. If you have 1 day then a Paris Pass wouldn’t be good value because 2 days is the shortest one. If you have 10 days then get at least a 3-day pass, or a longer one if there is a discount. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Andrei says:

We will be visiting Paris from 25-28 november and I would like some tips. We would be staying at this hottel :ibis budget Paris Porte De Montmartre 45 rue du Docteur Babinski, 18th arr., Paris, 75018 and as I’ve seen on the map it seems to be on the third zone. Is that true ? Cause I would like to buy a Paris pass and I’ve seen that the metro pass covers only 1-3 zones. And I planned the trip like this : on friday arrive at the hotel then we go in the center and visit the Eifel tower.
Saturday : With the HOHO bus
Louvre 1-1:30 H
Notre dame 1h
Opera 30 min – 1h
Arc triomphe 1 h
The Aquarium 1h
In the evening vine tasting and the river cruies
Sunday : Montparnasse tower 1h
The Montmarte train 1h
Chocolate Museum 1h
Wax Museum 1h
Versailles 1-2h
Can we do it ? Or I’m too optimistic? At louvre we just want to see fast some main atractions and at Versailles just the pallace cause the gardens I think are not worth to see in november.
Thank you in advance.

    Roger Wade says:


    Yes, it does appear that your hotel is in Travel Zone 3, so all of your trips would be within the Paris Pass area, as nearly all attractions are in Zones 1 and 2.

    Your plan does seem a little ambitious, but you can do almost all of it, or all of it if you really hurry. The HOHO route takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes if you don’t get off the bus, and doing it the way you plan means that you’d spend probably 60 to 90 additional minutes waiting for the next bus. However, if you get on the bus around 9am you should have time to see it all.

    Also, as I explain in this article about how to get the most out of a Paris Pass in 2 or 3 days, it’s hard to even see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in less than 90 minutes considering all the walking. The good news is that you see much of the works and the museum in the process, but it’s hard to just rush in and out. On the other hand, you can visit Notre Dame in 20 minutes or a bit under an hour if you climb to the top. And the Arc de Triomphe is another than can be done in under an hour because it takes about 8 minutes to walk up and 6 minutes to walk down, while you can appreciate the whole view in maybe 20 minutes.

    So I think some of your allowed times are a bit short, and others could be done more quickly.

    Versailles is outside the city in Zone 4 and it takes about an hour each way to get there (and requires a fare supplement). You’ll need around 3 or 4 total hours for even a quick visit. And the wine tasting experience is really fun, and they give each person a bottle of wine in the end, but it closes at 18:00 each day so you’d need to get there by 17:00. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Reiner says:

Hi Roger,

Arriving Paris tomorrow. I bought Paris Pass using your code, thanks for the discount.

My boyfriend has a Museum Pass already so he plans to by just the Travel Card. It seems he can’t buy it from the site where I bought Paris Pass. Where can he buy it? Or can he buy it when I pick up my Paris Pass?

Also, what is the best way of transportation going to the place to pick up my Paris Pass from where will I stay at Rue Vieille du Temple (whose nearest Metro is Hotel de Ville line 1 or 11)? Or is it walking distance?


    Roger Wade says:


    Your boyfriend can buy a Travel Card at any Metro station. The Paris Pass office at 74 Rue de Cléry is about 20 minutes away by foot, or slightly less time by bus or metro, but there will be a fair amount of walking no matter what. The office is just a tiny little office where they distribute Paris Passes and they don’t offer anything else. But again, you can buy a Visite Pass for unlimited travel at a Metro station. Have a great visit. -Roger

      Reiner says:

      Thank you, Roger! I will look up your other write-ups for Venice, Florence, Rome, Budapest, Prague and Brussels as I will be visiting these places, too, in this Europe trip.

      Please feel free links specially those with suggested itineraries, Passes, etc.

Jeremy says:

Hi Roger
My wife and I will be in Paris on the 12th of Nov and depart
On the 20th. We will be staying in an apartment Junot avenue
District 18 Montmartre area I believe.

I am debating on the 4 or 6 day Paris Pass. We want to see as
Many of the sites we can. I’m curious if the pass will allow us to travel
From Junot avenue down to the main attractions.
I.e. The Louvre the Eiffel Tower the Notre Dame and the Arc de triumph
Any help would be great.

    Roger Wade says:


    Avenue Junot is a fantastic location in Paris, especially in the evenings. It’s also close to the Lamarck – Caulaincourt Metro Station, which is in Fare Zone 1. So yes, the travel card that comes with the Paris Pass will cover unlimited transport from your area to all the main attractions and back. The only exception is the Palace of Versailles, which is a bit out of town and requires a small supplement.

    I think 4 days for a Paris Pass should be enough to see all the sights you’ll want, and it would give you extra days where you don’t feel pressure to do specific sightseeing and you can just wander around. On the other hand, the 6-day pass only costs a bit more, so it would allow you to spend more time at each sight and still see everything and get great value. Either one will work well for you. -Roger

Abigail says:

This is such a handy guide. Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and I am sure most tourists would be willing to shell out as much as they can to make the most of the Paris experience. But there are a few others who cannot afford that. Again, this was really helpful!

Sandra says:

Hi Roger,

I am meeting my daughter in Paris on 12/1. We will have 3 full days of Paris, leaving on the 5th to Madrid. i bought the 3 day ParisPass. I am still a little confused on how it works, since it allows only 2 days of Museums. I can’t find anything on your Q&A that answers my questions.
1) Can I separate the museum pass (ex: day 1 & day 3) or do they have to be consecutive.
2) What activities would fall on the non Museum Day. (?Paris Attraction Pass). So looking forward to Paris & seeing my daughter but want to make the best of the time there, since we also want to add catacombs & Eiffel Tower. Please advise.

Thank you for all the information you provide, it has been very helpful.

    Roger Wade says:


    I’ll be happy to try to help.

    1) No, those days have to be consecutive so if you use the Museum Pass on Day 1, it won’t be valid on Day 3.

    2) Popular attractions in the Attraction Pass are the (highly recommended) hop on, hop off bus tour, the Wine Tasting Experience (which includes a free bottle of wine), the Seine River Cruise (highly recommended in the evening to see the lights), the Montparnasse Tower observation deck, the Chocolate Museum, and the Opera House Tour. There are several others as well. Definitely do the bus tour early in the day, and the river cruise shortly after dark. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

      Sandra says:

      Thank you for the quick replay!
      Do you suggest and is it possible to do all Attraction Pass has to offer on day 1 and use Museum Pass on day 2 & 3?
      Since you suggest hop on bus a good idea do first.


Todd S says:

Hi Roger,

My wife and I are going to Paris in April for 5 days (Sun-Fri). We arrive at Orly Sunday morning and are leaving Friday by train to London. I am torn between the 3 or 4 day. I am probably going to get the 4 day. Since we can take our time seeing everything. We figure Sunday we are going to take it easy and do the Eiffel tower that day…especially since its not on the Paris Pass. Just curious how is it (crowd wise) in Paris. We leave Paris right before Easter Sunday.

Thanks, Todd

    Roger Wade says:

    Todd S,

    Paris should not be overly crowded if you visit before Easter. The top attractions always seem crowded, but at least with the Paris Pass you can skip many of the longer queues. Really from May through September the crowds are heaviest, except for parts of August when it’s quiet again.

    As for the 3 days versus 4 days, I could go either way. On one hand, the difference in price is fairly small so the 4-day version allows you to see more and have to rush less. On the other hand, most people can see all of the Paris Pass sights that interest them in 3 days, and having an extra day where you don’t feel the need to see the famous sights is also nice. Have a great trip and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Priya Rathore says:

Me and my colleague are travelling to NICE and we decided to explore Paris first for 2 days. We really want to see all the major attractions places but we are not sure how much it will cost and if we buy Paris Pass also, weather we will be able to utilize it in better way in 2 days or just the H O H O bus pass is enough to take for 2 days tour.

Please suggest, We will be there on 3rd and 4 Th of March.


    Roger Wade says:


    If you will arrive in the morning of 3-March and will be staying through the late afternoon or evening on 4-March, a 2-day Paris Pass could be ideal. The HOHO bus is a great way to see the top attractions from the street, but with two days you’ll want to see inside many of them. The bus stops in front of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Orsay Museum, and very near the Opera, just to name a few. With a Paris Pass you could go inside all of those places and get back on the bus, so you could practically pay for the pass on the first day.

    The Seine River cruise leaves from the Eiffel Tower and is highly recommended to do just after dark in order to see all the bridges and buildings with the gorgeous flood-lighting, not to mention great views of the Eiffel Tower at night. On the other day you can do the wine tasting and get your free bottle of wine and visit everything else on your list.

    On the other hand, if you aren’t very interested in seeing the magnificent inside of the Louvre or the Orsay or the Sainte-Chapelle, then just taking the bus tour on your own should be enjoyable. Have a great trip and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Alex says:

I will be visiting Paris with my GF between 9-15 April.
She is under 26 and I have heard that she can enter most attractions\museums for Free. So the main question is do I benefit from getting the Museum pass and not waiting in the queues, when she will probably have to wait.
From the other side- this gives me the possibility to visit more museums in case we have some free time.
I am wondering if I should go for this card. And if it makes sense to buy one for my GF – to avoid the queues

    Roger Wade says:


    It’s true that people from ages 18 to 25 can enter most Paris museums for free, as long as they can prove that they are citizens of the EU. More good news is that those people don’t have to wait in the queue. They just show proof of citizenship to the same entry person that you’d show your Paris Pass or Museum Pass to, and you both stroll right in.

    As such, you definitely don’t want to buy her a Paris Pass, and it makes even more sense for you to at least get a Museum Pass. Have a great trip. -Roger

Joan says:

Can the Paris pass and/or Museum pass be used more than once for the Louvre. We usually like to take two partial days there. Also can you go in and out of the Louvre on a particular visit.



    The Paris Pass consists of 3 things, one of which is the Museum Pass, so it’s really the same thing. My understanding is that the Museum Pass only allows one entry into each included museum per pass. My guess is that one reason they do that is to prevent people from sharing one pass between multiple people. When you enter the Louvre or any other attraction you just have to scan the Museum Pass without also showing ID.

    As far as two visits on the same day, I’m not 100% sure, but I suppose it’s possible that you could get your hand stamped or something like that. On the other hand, security is much tighter since the 2015 terrorist acts in Paris, so it might just be one entry and that’s it. Best of luck on this. -Roger

Yolanda Finley says:

Nice summary – thank you! Is it required to use the pass in consecutive days once activated? Also, can you please review admission to the river cruise at night? I’ve read that one needs to go about one mile away to get a ticket for the boat, which causes frustrations then people just pay on the spot, which contradicts the use of the pass. Thanks very much!



    The Paris Pass (and all of these similar passes) are only active for consecutive days, but with the Paris Pass you can actually stagger it a bit. A “Paris Pass” is actually a Paris Museum Card, a Paris Attractions Pass, and a Metro Card. Each is valid for the number of days that you bought, but you can activate them on different days. So once you activate the Museum Card, it has to be used on consecutive days, but you don’t have to activate them on the same day. So you can, say, do the HOHO bus and the Seine Cruise on one day, and then begin your Museum Card starting the next.

    The Seine River cruise leaves from the south/left bank, just a bit west of the Eiffel Tower. You just get in the queue and show them your Paris Pass. They will give you a ticket for the next boat to leave, and you climb aboard. If you pay cash it’s the same process from the same ticket queue.

    The one thing that CAN be a bit frustrating is with the hop-on, hop-off bus if you pick up your Paris Pass at the Paris Pass office in Paris. The little office is about a mile from the main bus route and the bus company office, so if you are using it on your first day you have to pick up your Paris Pass at their office first and then walk or take the Metro to the bus office to climb aboard. You can board at any stop, but none of them are too close to the Paris Pass office. If you pick up your Paris Pass the day before then you can start using it the next day and get on an early bus.

    Again, I really recommend doing the cruise around sunset or even later. It passes under something like 20 bridges, and each of them is lit at night in an interesting way, along with many of the famous buildings on both banks. You’ll see some of the same areas on the HOHO bus during the day, so I really prefer the cruise at night. You’ll see why when you do it yourself. Bon voyage and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Heba says:

Thank you very much, the article and comments have been very helpful. I am planning a trip for students aged 8-14 in July/August and was thinking of getting them these passes, now I realize they won’t be of much use to them, as they are not really interested in visiting any Museums.

I have a few questions, if they’re staying for 5 days, the planned itinerary is 2 days Disneyland, 1 day Versailles, 2 days sightseeing: Eiffel tower, trocadero, arc de triomphe, champs d’elysee, river boat ride, sacre couer. does this sound good?
how can these attractions be grouped together to minimize travel? what other attractions might be interesting for kids?
do they need to spend the night in Disneyland if they are visiting for 2 consecutive days?
what can they visit or do for free, given that they are students coming from cairo, egypt, so no EU ID?
thank you



    I’m not sure how much help I’ll be, but I’ll try. I grew up very close to Disneyland in California, so I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris. I would have thought that one long day there would be enough, but I suppose two days would be better for kids of that age. It only takes about 40 minutes from Paris to Disney on the regional train (RER), so it’s not necessary to spend the night out there.

    I think your ideas for Paris sound good for kids. The Seine cruise only takes one hour and that should work well. I’m a big fan of the hop-on, hop-off bus in Paris, but that takes around 3 hours and they may not be patient enough for that. I’d recommend Googling “Paris for children” or something like that and you’ll find plenty of articles by family-travel bloggers and writers who will give you far better advice than I could give. Sorry I couldn’t help more. -Roger

Navin Saini says:

Hi Roger,
Great Article…..

We are visiting Paris for 3 days(29 May to 31 May). 8 People (4 to 70 yr old)
Day 1: Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre dame
Day 2 : Eiffel Tower, Hop on off, Orsay, Siene cruise(Night)
Day 3 : Center pompidue, Montparnasse, Opera

Queries :
1> Anything that is must see in Paris?
2> Louvre Entrance ->Ponte des Lions… Is it less crowded? How can i skip line at Louvre? Is it too long a wait
3> To commute using bus or Metro? (We will be residing at Rue Richer)



    Your itinerary looks great.

    1> You are hitting most of the highlights. Once you do the HOHO bus and the Seine Cruise you’ll see some other things that you may want to return to. Since you are buying the Paris Pass you might also do the Wine Tasting Experience. It’s fun, fairly quick, and they give you each a full-size bottle of wine when you leave. It’s close to the Louvre, although not too close to the main entrances. One of my favorite things is to go to the Montmartre neighborhood in the evening. Take a taxi or the funicular up to the Sacré-Coeur cathedral around sunset for the view, and then walk down the hill through the little neighborhoods, hopefully having dinner in one of the many sidewalk restaurants you’ll pass.

    The Orsay Museum is far more pleasant than the Louvre, so I’m glad that’s on your list.

    2> I’ve heard about that other entrance, but the last few times I’ve gone the main queue was pretty short. When you approach the pyramid you’ll see the normal queue on the right and a special queue for Paris Pass and Museum Pass holders, which is usually much shorter. That line just gets you through security, and then you take the escalators downstairs. There you’ll find the ticket windows, but since you’ll have the Museum Pass (which comes as part of the Paris Pass) you can just walk into any entrance and show the pass and walk in. It’s a nice time saver, but it depends on what time of day you go and what day of the week.

    3>Rue Richer is fairly central and you’ll be able to walk to a few things. But for anything else I’d recommend the Metro. It’s much faster than the buses and much less confusing to newcomers as well. You can get across Paris in 15 minutes on the Metro, while the bus can get caught in traffic and take 45 minutes. Also, with a bus it can be difficult to figure out where to get off, but with the Metro it’s all very easy. Bon voyage. -Roger

Navin Saini says:

Hi Roger,
Thank you for the detailed reply.
I am not planning on taking Paris Pass, I might consider Museum pass though

BRENT says:

Hello Roger,

I will be in Paris in two weeks time from the states for about 6 days. However one day will be in London and another in Nice. I was looking at purchasing the 2 day pass for me and the wife, since it will be our first time in Paris we were trying see to as much as we could with limited time. The first 2 days of trip we were planning on doing the 2 day Paris pass. My question is do you thinks its worth it for only a two day pass? and I also saw another pass with a one day option and was very similar to the Paris pass but was also cheaper by 45 euros. Its called Paris Passlib’ pass can you explain the difference if you could. The second pass seems attractive because of the one day option so I’m not restricted by having to use it for consecutive days.



    A 2-Day Paris Pass is definitely worth it, as long as you are planning on doing enough of the included attractions, of course. You can add them up pretty easily on my best 2-day and 3-day Paris Pass itineraries article. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour during the day and the Seine cruise in the evening are highly recommended, whether you get a pass or not. Those two things pay for nearly half of a 2-day pass by themselves. But again, you have to see what else interests you.

    The ParisPassLib is almost the same thing except it doesn’t include many of the top attractions such as the (€30) wine tasting experience near the Louvre, which comes with a free full-size bottle of wine for each adult in addition to the tasting. Also the opera house tour, the view from the Montparnasse Tower, the Grevin Wax Museum, and the Dali Museum aren’t in the Paris PassLib. It’s €26 cheaper than the main Paris Pass, but if you aren’t going to do any of those extra things then you might as well save the money. I am not aware of an option of using a 2-day pass on non-consecutive days for any of the passes, but if it says that you can do that somewhere, that could be good.

    Actually, the Paris Pass includes a Museum Pass, and Attractions Pass, and a Transit Pass, each for 2 days. You can actually activate those separately, so you could even stretch it into a 3-day or 4-day pass if you did things in the right order. I hope this helps. Let me know if if you have any other questions. -Roger

Midland Bill says:

Roger, My son and I will be visiting Paris June 7 and leaving June 13, I’m thinking of getting the 3 day pass, one day I’d like to attend the French Open. Do you have any insight re’ purchasing tickets for the Open, how are is it outside the city and whether that’s a whole day affair? Thanks.




    The tournament, as you certainly know, is held at Stade Roland Garros, which is only a few miles from the Eiffel Tower, so it’s pretty central. It has its own Metro station, so you can reach it in 20 to 40 minutes from most Paris hotels. But as far as getting tickets, I have no insight and I’d be Googling for answers myself. It looks like you could see a match and it would still only be a half-day trip if you wanted. Best of luck with this. -Roger

K says:

Hi Roger,

I purchased two 6-day Paris Passes as I’m going to be in the city from May 1 to May 15 and want to hit as many attractions as I can (3-4 a day). I wanted to ask how the Visite Pass works? Will I be able to use it for each of the 12 days because that’s what I assumed given the wording on their website, otherwise it really doesn’t seem to hold value – if I can’t use the Visite Pass for each of the 12 days. Would really like to get this cleared up. Thanks.



    The Paris Visite travel card is the exact size and shape of the little tickets that most people use for all public transportation in Paris. If you get a 6-day Paris Pass then you’ll get a 6-day Visite Card, which you can use for unlimited rides in Zones 1 through 3. It’s very easy to use. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Elean says:

Hello,I am traveling to Paris with two teenagers (14 and 18). if we get the Paris pass for me and my 18 yr old and visit one of the museums that are free for the 14 yr old, would he be able to cut the line with us?
what do you recommend? thanks.



    Yes, you’d all be able to go in together. Those who qualify for free admission just go to the entrance gate rather than the ticket gate. With your Paris Passes, you’ll also just go to the entrance queue as well, so you can all go in at the same time. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Natalie says:

I have read a lot of old reviews where people said that the 2 day Paris pass only allows 1 day of attractions and 1 day of HOHO bus. Is that true? I would like to be able to use the HOHO bus to get to some of the attractions and I understand that the bus is only good for 1 day but I assumed the attractions would be good the full time. I am considering the 2 day pass, but this would be a deal breaker for me.



    These passes can be confusing, but there is good news. The 2-Day Paris Pass comes with three things. One is a 2-Day Museum Pass, and a 2-Day Paris Attractions Pass, and a 2-Day unlimited transport card. You can actually activate each of them on any day you choose. With the Paris Attractions Pass, you get one day of riding the HOHO bus, so you can’t actually ride it for free on both days. But one day is perfect because it takes about 3 hours if you stay on the whole way, and you can hop off at 4 or 5 stops (including the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe) and still complete it all in one day. I usually prefer to ride the HOHO bus all the way around once so I get the whole (amazing) city tour, and then if I want to use it later in the day to go between sights, I can do that.

    One factor is that the buses often fill up at certain stops, and if you climb back aboard at a popular stop, there might not be any seats available on top. After another stop or two you will get a seat, but I prefer to get the whole tour from one seat and then use it as transportation later if I’m still in the mood. It’s almost always faster to get around by Metro anyway, and you can ride that for free as well.

    For all the museums and all the attractions on both cards, you get one entry or use during the two days you are using it. So you can go into the Louvre once and to the top of the Arc once, but not once each day. Trust me, you won’t want to visit things more than once, since there are so many places you won’t have time to see in two days. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

lori says:

do you know if the catacombs are included in the Paris pass.
This will be my 3rd trip to Paris and 3rd time purchasing the Paris pass. I find it very convenient…
but I have never been to the catacombs and want to know if its included now or if not where I can purchase advanced tickets so I dont have to wait in a line to buy tickets

Chama says:

Will I be able to use the Paris Pass to enter the same attraction multiple time within the given period? Also does it include fast track facility in all attractions (other than waiting time to purchase tickets)

Moreover, any additional tips when travelling with an infant?



    Unfortunately, the Paris Pass only covers one entrance to each included attraction. That is the policy on all of these city passes all over the world. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘fast track facility”. The Paris Pass included the Paris Museum Pass, which provides a special queue for pass holders skipping the ticket purchase queue at 4 of the most popular museums.

    As for traveling with an infant, I haven’t done it, but I think Paris is one of the easier cities for that. It’s a very family-oriented culture and they seem to have very modern facilities at all popular attractions. Best of luck and let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

Ann says:

Good day, Roger!

Will be in Paris this coming Oct. to celebrate our Silver Wedding anniversary!!! We will be in Paris for 4 full days. our arrival & departure dates already excluded. Will be staying in an Airbnb apartment in Montmartre so we will be using the metro almost everyday, a minimum of twice daily, in order to reach the other top attractions

We purchased a Paris Pass yesterday, June 30, and still availed of the 10% discount for the 3 day Paris Pass. I bought the 3 day Pass because we will be spending another day in Versailles & that will eat up half day already so I decided not to use the Paris Pass that day.

Thank you for your suggestion to ride the HOHO bus all the way around once to see a first glimpse of the whole city! Will definitely do that!

Can we remain on the bus for another round then hop off to go between sights? Is there a time limit inside the HOHO bus?

From Montmartre, what is the nearest stop where we can hop on the bus & start our amazing tour?

Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,



    I’ve ridden probably about 40 or 50 of those hop-on, hop-off buses in different cities around the world, and honestly the Paris one is the best of all of them. Partly it’s just because Paris is so beautiful in its center, but also because the route allows you to see so much of it in a short time. With the Paris Pass you get a one-day HOHO bus ticket. So you can do the whole route (actually there are two routes included and one goes through Montmartre) and then you can do it again and hop on and hop off all you like. If you plan it well you CAN actually effectively use it for transportation between attractions because it literally stops in front of many of the best ones.

    Again, there IS a route that stops in Montmartre and if you like (and if you have your HOHO ticket from a ticket taker) you can hop on there and then change to the main route at the bus company office at Pyramides. Or you can take the Metro and get off at the Pyramides stop, which is just below the bus company office. That stop is a good one because each bus stops there for about 15 minutes and there is usually one waiting when you get there. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Arun Kumar says:

Good Day Roger!

I plan to travel in September, I am sceptical if I should get a 4 day or a 6 day pass, I wish to cover most off the attractions, I also would like to visit Disney Land & the hot air balloon place,
Please advice on what would I be getting extra on the 6 day pass when compared to the 4 day pass?
Also I would like to know if the Paris pass includes the free travel in metros and buses? or I have to purchase a separate travel pass ?



    I think it’s probably better for you to get a 4-day pass. Four days is plenty of time to see all of the included Paris Pass attractions that truly interest you, and you’ll even have time on those four days to do other things. Really the only benefit of the 6-day pass would be that you could see those same things spread out over two more days.

    And yes, the Paris Pass includes what they call a Visite Card, which is good for unlimited travel on the Metro, buses, and even the funicular in Montmartre, for the duration of your pass. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

pat stanson says:

This is a great article. I am confused though whether the the paris pass worth it if we are eu citizens (passports) and have a 14 year old and a 20 year old). We will be in paris for 7 days and rather than the pass is there something else we should consider.
thank you



    This is an interesting question. On one hand, you obviously don’t need the Museum Pass for your children because they can get in free to most things already. However, the Paris Pass also included the Paris Attraction Pass and the Paris Visite Card (unlimited public transport). The Attractions card covers the hop-on, hop-off bus, the wine tasting experience (including a free bottle of wine for each person), the highly recommended Seine River Cruise and a few more notable things that are NOT covered by the Museum Card.

    So really it comes down to how many of the things that are covered by the Attractions Pass that interest you? I’ve taken hop-on, hop-off bus tours in at least 40 or 50 cities around the world and the one in Paris is easily my favorite. It goes by nearly every major sight and provides great photo opportunities of most of them. It also stops in front of most of the famous and included museums and such. I also recommend that Seine Cruise in the evening because the bridges and many famous buildings are all illuminated in a way that makes the city feel even more magical. If you are doing those two things and a few others on the list, then a 2-day or 3-day Paris Pass could be worth it, at least for the adults. I don’t think you need a 6-day pass because you’ll be able to see all of the things you want in 4 days at the most.

    If you aren’t interested in the HOHO bus and the river cruise and some of those other things then perhaps just buying a Paris Museum Pass for the adults would work. They are fairly cheap and will save you money if you are going to at least a few of the famous ones. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Christine Diem says:

Hello Roger,
Thanks for the helpful article. Will be Paris from Tues-Wednesday in early August with 3 children: 18, 16 & 12 years for their first visit. Not certain if we should purchase a 3 or 4 day pass for everyone. We will be staying in a hotel near Gare Montparnasse area . The kids will not do more than 2 museums a day. Will follow your recommendation on some of the main sights with favorites: Musee D’Orsay & Rodin. Question: is the wax museum in Paris have similar figures to the one in Los Angeles, CA. Are there many European actors that the kids may not recognize being from the US. We will try the the HOHO bus for the first time after picking up the tickets and the Seine night boat. Aside note, really wanted to take a day tour to St. Mont Michel or Normandy (husband’s choice) for family of 5, have not found reasonable tours. Thank you for all the good insights and tips.



    I haven’t been to the Grevin Wax Museum yet myself, but I do know that they have many international celebrities and sports stars in addition to the French ones. For example, Katie Perry was added most recently according to their website. Still, I think at least half of the collection are French people that may not be internationally famous.

    I know what you mean about finding affordable tours to those places. Neither are too close to Paris so it doesn’t surprise me that the prices are high. You can take a train to the station nearest St. Mont Michel, which is Pontorson, in about 3 hours. But then you have to take a bus to the cathedral from there. However you do it you would need around 4 hours each way to go by public transport, although it would be cheaper than the organized tours. As for Normandy it obviously depends on where you want to go. Last year I took a train from Paris to Deauville in a bit over 2 hours. But if you want to see the WWII beaches and monuments it would take much longer. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Jacqui Owen says:

Any chance you’d like to be our tour guide 🙂
My daughter and I arrive in Paris next week and I am soooo confused about everything!!!! But reading your article has definitely helped to clear things up a little….. Think my biggest fear is getting lost
Suppose I could get lost in worse places



    That is flattering, but I’m sure you’ll be okay. The Metro system seems a bit confusing until you ride it for the first time and then it usually makes sense. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Joan says:

Hi Roger. We’ll be in Paris for 5 1/2 days in mid-September. This will be our first trip to Paris (3 adults) and we’d like to see the major museums and attractions, including a visit to Versailles. We definitely want to see the Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Versaille, Musee d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Musée Rodin, etc. The Seine boat ride also sounds nice. We usually avoid the HOHO bus crowds, but maybe that would be the best way to get around Paris for many of the places we want to see, depending on how late the buses run each night. We’ll be there from Sept 14 and leaving Sept 20. What would be the best way to see everything, including which pass or passes to buy?



    September is perhaps the best month to visit Paris, so I’m jealous of you. I used to avoid HOHO buses as well, until I started earning a living as a travel writer and discovered how good they are for seeing a lot in a short time. Since you aren’t travel writers you might still skip it, but honestly the Paris HOHO bus is my favorite in the world, and I’ve done close to 50 of them all over the planet. The thing is that the route takes you right past nearly every top sight in only about 3 hours, and the entire route is stunningly beautiful (because central Paris is stunningly beautiful). If you get a seat when you get on in front of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll enjoy the whole route. You can hop off at the Louvre or the longer stop in front of the bus company’s office and get a good seat as well. The buses don’t run after dark, but honestly that Seine one-hour cruise is better after dark.

    As mentioned, you can hop off the bus once or twice and get back on and get a good seat up top, but I wouldn’t plan on using it as transportation. The Paris Pass comes with an unlimited Metro pass, and that is by far the best way of getting around. The Paris Metro has stops that are fairly close together by underground standards, which means there is a stop only a block or two from almost anywhere you are in the central districts. If you are going to do the HOHO bus and the Seine cruise then a Paris Pass is your best bet. If you are going to skip the HOHO bus then you should probably just get a Paris Museum Pass. I’d get a 3-day Paris Pass if I were you, although you could get a 2-day pass and it would work.

    One unusual thing about the Paris Pass is that it’s 3 separate components and they aren’t tied together by computer. You get a Paris Attractions Pass, a Paris Museum Pass, and the transit card. If you get a 2-day Paris Pass you can activate the Attractions Pass for two days and then activate the Museum Pass for two different days. It’s a pretty cool hack for visits as long as yours. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Joan says:

Roger: Thanks very much for your insight and recommendations. This will definitely help us lean toward the 3-day Paris Pass. Quick question. If we purchase the 3-day pass for each of us, do I still need to make a reservation in advance for a specific day/time to visit the Louvre or Versailles, for example? Or can we just show up any day/time at the Louvre and other museums and attractions, show our passes and be able to get right in?



    With the Paris Museum Pass, which is part of the main Paris Pass, you can just show up at any museum and get in the special queue for passes. It’s usually quite a bit shorter than the main queue. At the Louvre pass holders enter on the left, and that’s actually just the security line on the main level by the pyramid. Once you go through the quick security check you go down the escalators and you can walk straight into any of the entry lines. There are usually no queues for those because there are several of them and they just quickly scan or pass (or collect your ticket) as you walk through. There are many ticket queues in that same area the the lines there can be long at times. There is a separate Museum Pass queue at all of the attractions that are popular enough to have long lines at times of the day. Bon voyage! -Roger

Sten says:

Hi Roger, your post is very helpful! I was thinking of purchasing the Paris Pass but after reading your article, it made me realise some might not work for me and my partner. I hope you don’t mind if I ask your opinion about our travel plans? We wil be in Paris on Sept 27 til Oct 3.. my plan is instead of purchasing the Paris Pass and with budget a consideration, will it be sensible if we purchase a 4-day Museum Pass and a 3-day Travelcard? We are thinking of doing a river cruise as well and Bus HOHO but probably as a pay-as-we-go. We thought of buying just 3 days worth of travel card because on our 4th day, we have set the day for Versailles which is not within Zone1-3 and the 5th days is for Disyneyland (of course! :D) which is on Zone 5. Do you think it’s sounds good or should we just rather purchase the Paris Pass? Thank you 🙂



    I think your plan sounds good as long as those are the only two Paris Pass things you want to do. The HOHO bus and Seine Cruise are around €50 total, and that plus a Museum Pass and a transit pass might be cheaper. Actually, depending on where you stay, you might not even want a transit pass. You can buy what they call a Carnet, which is a little bundle of 10 Metro tickets, for €14.50. They are individual paper tickets so you and your partner can each use one from the same carnet. Unless you are staying in a remote neighborhood, you can probably get by with two books of 10 tickets, which are cheaper and more flexible than the Visite Pass. Either way it’s only a few euro more or less. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Frank says:

Mr. Wade, my wife and I are spending 7 days in Paris and it is our first visit. I am trying to have an itinerary but it is overwhelming. We are staying in the 6th arrondissement and it seems like a lot of things we want to see are within walking distance. Also, we are non-drinkers so the wine tasting is a wasted cost to us in the pass. I need your help 🙂 we also plan on a day in Versailles. Thank you!!



    I’m not sure what help you are looking for, or if you are thinking about getting a Paris Pass. My tips for a first visit are to do the hop-on, hop-off bus on your first morning, whether you get the Pass or not. It’s an excellent bus tour that will show you all of the most famous buildings in a few hours, so you can go back to the ones you want to later. And plan on doing the Seine Cruise after dark one evening. The way the city is lit up at night, and particularly the many bridges you pass under, is magical.

    You might be walking distance from many things, which is great, but the Paris Metro is very easy to use and there are stops everywhere, so plan on using it often. It’s cheap as well, whether you get the unlimited pass or you buy a carnet, which is a bundle of 10 individual tickets. Leave early to see Versailles and you’ll be back by mid afternoon.

    Once you get there I think you’ll find it far easier to figure out than it seems from guidebooks and websites. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Lisa says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for writing such a clear, detailed article, and for updating it! One question, I was just on the parisinfo.dom looking at the Paris PassLib, and it doesn’t list the Big Bus Tour, but the L’Tour Open Tour bus… Do you know anything about that? Also, it says their ticket for the Eiffel Tour is a fast track ticket – I wondered if you truly do skip the line? And is it a legitimate ticket that you can use anytime? One of the comments someone said you couldn’t use it if their tickets were sold out for the day? Thank you!!!



    The Big Bus Tour and the L’Tour Open Tour Bus both go on the same route and provide essentially the same tour. That tour is amazing, by the way, and it’s my favorite hop-on, hop-off bus tour in the world out of the 30 or so I’ve been on. Don’t miss it.

    It looks like they allow you to reserve a ticket for the Eiffel Tower between 10:30am and 4:30pm, and you only get to go to the Second Floor, which is about halfway up. Many people prefer to go closer to sunset, so you obviously can’t do that with this ticket. When going to the Eiffel Tower you first have to stand in security lines, which are often quite long and can’t be avoided no matter what ticket you have. Once past security you either stand in the general queue for ticket holders, or if you have a reserved timed entry you stand in what is usually a shorter queue to board a different elevator. You can reserve a timed ticket online two months in advance for a small fee, and you can go as late as 8pm that way. And to be honest, you get better photos from the Second Floor anyway. The top floor is so high that the city looks flat below you.

    As far as I know the Paris PassLib is legit, but it does have those restrictions that I mentioned. That comment might have been from someone who showed up too late for their reserved time. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Akshay says:

Hi Roger
Wonderful article..I am visiting Paris in Jan between 25 Jan to 2 Feb 2018 along with my wife. The information on the passes is good but does any of these passes include Big Bus or the L’Tour for all the days of the passes say I take a three or a four day pass. How do you recommend I plan my Paris visit to enjoy as well as cover the most of the attractions. I was planning 4 days in Paris and Three days in sant tropez/ cannes/ monaco….please suggest



    Thank you. The Paris Pass includes a one-day pass on the Big Bus Tour, which is essentially the same as the L’Tour version. Honestly, the Paris hop-on, hop-off tour is the best one I’ve ever taken out of about 30 I’ve done around the world, but you really wouldn’t want to ride it around as transportation. My recommendation is to do one loop all the way around, perhaps getting off once or twice at a popular attraction, but you don’t want to rely on it to go from stop to stop. They come around every 15 minutes or so, however the top deck is often full so people who get on at less popular stops were few people get off will often have to ride on the bottom deck for a stop or two. Also, the Metro is MUCH faster getting from attraction to attraction, and a Metro pass is included with the Paris Pass as well.

    My recommendation is to do the bus tour on the first morning of your first full day in Paris, so you can get oriented and know where all the main sights are. Then plan on doing the Seine boat cruise just a bit after sunset at any other time in your trip. The bridges are all beautifully lit and seeing Paris at night is magical.

    As for St Tropez, Cannes, and Monaco, I would recommend taking a train to Nice and using that as your base. It’s a really nice city with many more affordable hotels and good train connections to the smaller towns. Cannes and Monaco are each around 20 minutes by train from Nice. Saint Tropez doesn’t have a train station and I wouldn’t recommend going, but if you do you can take a train to St. Raphael in 55 minutes from Nice and then a bus from there. I hope this helps. -Roger

marie says:

Hi Roger! i have an 11 year old daughter should i buy her Paris museum pass? since i will be buying it for myself. Thank you



    Most Paris museums offer free admission to anyone under 18 years old, so there is no need for a Museum Pass. If you have a pass for yourself you’ll both just be able to skip the ticket queue and go straight to the entry queue where they will scan your pass and just wave your daughter through. Have a wonderful trip. -Roger

Jeanne says:

Hello! I will be going to Paris for a week in March 2018 with my husband, son (9 years), and mother in law and had just a couple of questions. We do not need a museum pass for my son as he is 9, but are considering the best card or plan as he still would be taking public transport with us. We will be likely getting the Paris pass for the rest of us, and I noticed that the Paris pass for children is less- on their site it says this is because museums are free for them.

My question is this: is the lower priced ‘child’ Paris pass worth it or is it better to get a separate transportation pass of some kind?

Extra question: some museums list a lower price for ‘senior citizens’- is there a Paris pass discount card for them as well? I have only seen adult/child/teen.

Final less related question: we would love to also visit Chateau de Pierrefonds, but the bus from the train station there seems to be tricky to find- do you happen to have any suggestions? We have no issue getting to the needed station, but it is the bus schedule there that make me worried (given that we are travelling with a child).

Thank you in advance for any advice you may have…and you dedicated answers to all of these questions- wow! 🙂



    A Child Paris Pass can be a good value if you will be going on the more expensive attractions such as the (highly recommended) hop-on, hop-off bus tour and the Seine cruise (which is also highly recommended after sunset if possible), but if you aren’t planning on doing any or many of those, a Paris Pass might not be a good value even for the adults. The Paris Pass comes with what is called a Paris Visite Travel Pass, which is good for unlimited public transport for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. You can buy one of these for a child for half the adult price, so a 3-day Child pass would be only €13.30, for example. You can buy them at any Metro station, although the automated machines don’t take all credit and debit cards, and the clerks on duty don’t all speak English.

    The major museums in Paris, such as the Louvre and Orsay, don’t have separate prices for senior citizens, so there is no Senior version of the Paris Pass or for the Paris Museum Pass that comes with it.

    As for Château de Pierrefonds, I haven’t made it there myself and after a quick look I see what you mean about transport information. It looks like you have to take a train from Paris to Compiègne and then take a bus from there, but French bus websites tend to only be in French. It looks like there are only a few buses per day to the chateau. I’m sure once you get to Paris you’ll be able to have someone at your hotel figure out the exact schedule and the best train to take to get there on time. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. -Roger

Victoria says:

Hello Roger!

My husband and I will be in Paris for 5 days/4 nights in March 2018. I’ve already purchased and Paris Pass. For the first day on March 5, do you think we’ll have time to do all of this below:

-Arrive in Paris at 9:00am (after a long flight)
-Go to hotel near Eiffel Tower to check-in or at least drop off luggage
-Do hop-on hop-off bus. I think we’ll just do the whole classic route without getting off.
-Visit Eiffel Tower at 3:30pm. Hoping to purchase online tickets.
-Dinner reservations on street Rue Montorgueil at 6:00pm.

Once the bus drops us off at the last stop (Trocadero), is it a quick walk back to the Eiffel Tower?

Is this packing in too much activities? I wanted to add in the Seine River cruise but think we’ll be too exhausted so perhaps the next day instead.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!



    I’ll be happy to help. Your plan for your first day sounds very good. The HOHO bus takes about 3 hours to do a loop, so as long as you are aboard by 12:15pm or so, you should be fine. The Trocadero stop is in front of a lovely park, and as long as you have at least 5 or 10 minutes to spare you’ll have time to get the best selfies with the Eiffel Tower behind you. Then it’s maybe about a 10-minute or perhaps a bit less walk across the bridge that ends at the base of the Eiffel Tower. If you get a reservation for 3:30pm you can still go up if you are a bit late. I’m not sure what their grace period is, but I can guarantee you that probably around half the people don’t show up exactly on time. For one thing, the tower always looks a little closer than it really is when you are standing near it. And everyone also has to go through security lines to even get into the gates. At 3:30 those lines shouldn’t be long, but you might get unlucky.

    It would take you at least half an hour to get to Rue Montorgueil from the Eiffel Tower, whether by Metro or taxi or Uber, but probably not much more than that. After dinner I agree that you would probably be too tired to do the Seine Cruise, partly because it leaves from in front of the Eiffel Tower so you’d have to backtrack to get there. You’ll enjoy it on another day, and I highly recommend going shortly after sunset if you can in order to see all the lights on the bridges and famous buildings. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Victoria says:

Thank you Roger for your recent reply! Would you be able to comment on the rest of our trip?

Day 2
-Latin Quarter
-Notre Dame Cathedral
-Holy Chapel
-Champs Elysees
-Arc de Triomphe

Is this too much to visit in a day?

Day 3
-Orsay Museum
-Seine River Cruise (after sunset)

My husband wants to spend a lot of time at the Louve so we plan on being there for a while.

Day 4
-Palace of Versailles
-Costco France (we like to visit different Costco when we travel)
-O Chateau Wine Tasting

If you have any recommendations to moving activities around, that would be great! Thank you again for your time!

Aditya says:

HI Roger, Nice article and updated one 🙂

However, could you help me with the 10% discount? Signed up using the little box at the bottom of the page on paris pass. Updated Price sheet loaded. Added 2 passes. Now on the checkout page replaced some existing code with POT10. The site says, 5% discount applied. But price remains same as earlier 5 % discounted price.

Am looking to buy 2 passes for 6 days.

Thanks again for the great article.




    The only way to get a 10% discount right now is to also sign up for the newsletter by clicking on the Sign Up and Save button in the bottom right corner of the Paris Pass site. Once you do that the prices will all go down by 5% and then you can use the POT10 code for an additional 5%. Please let me know if that’s not working. -Roger

Aditya says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for the quick response. Yep, signed up for the news letter at bottom right corner. Then the new prices loaded. Typed in 1 in front of 6 days. The pass value is 214.8 after adding the 2 euro pick up and subtracting 5% discount.

However, under the PROMO code there is already a code (supposedly from signing the news letter). The system does accept POT10 and shows 5% price of travel discount applied. But the pass value still remains the same at 214.8




    That is interesting. I just tried the POT10 code myself and it said the code worked, but the total of the shopping cart stayed the same. Then when I clicked the button to check out, the next screen showed the lower price. So could you try that? Hopefully you see the extra discount in that next screen? -Roger

Aditya says:

Hi Roger,

Nope, Review and Pay takes me to the next page but the total remains same. Tried to vary ticket numbers, days, selection of approx first day etc. But the total remains same.




    Sorry about that. I’ll email my contact at Paris Pass and hopefully she can get it figured out. She’s in London so it will be at least 18 hours from now before I hear. -Roger

Aditya says:

Thanks Roger,

I will hold on. Thanks 🙂




    My contact at Paris Pass informed me that those two discounts are NOT able to be used at the same time, which is the opposite of what they told me originally. I’m sorry about that and I’m going to change the article. So at least for the time being, a 5% discount is the maximum you can get. -Roger

Judhajit says:

Hi Roger,

How are you? In consulted you on my first Eurotrip to France and Italy. Now I need your help on Central Europe. I have posted on the Prague page. Please help.



    I’m doing well and I answered the question on the Prague page. I went away for the weekend so I’m catching up now. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

Tuyen Ho says:

Hi Roger.
My son and I will arrive in Paris on June 7,2018 at 9:35 am., so can I buy 2 day Paris Pass for first day on HOHO, and Eiffel tower. On second day we will do the Seine Cruise.
Can I use paris pass for RER from CDG airport to my hotel at ibis Budget Paris La Villette 19eme ?
Thanks Roger.



    The HOHO bus is part of the Paris Pass, and so is the Seine Cruise, which leaves from in front of the Eiffel Tower, but the Eiffel Tower itself isn’t included. It also comes with a separate Paris Museum Pass, which gets you into the Louvre, the Orsay, and many more museums. You can activate the Museum Pass on a different day and then use it for two days. The included Transit Pass includes unlimited travel in Zones 1 to 3, including on the RER trains, but CDG Airport is in Zone 5 so it won’t work out there. If you are only in town for two days you could buy a RER ticket that gets you into Zone 3 and then use the Transit Pass for free from there. Your hotel looks like it’s near the border of Zone 1 and Zone 2. -Roger

Tuyen says:

Hi Roger,
Can you show me how to go to my ibis Budget Paris La Villette 19eme by RER ticket from CDG airport. Then after chrckung in hotel at 12 pm, I want to go to HOHO bus close to my hotel ? Can I go Seine Cruise after HOHO tour on the rest of this evening ?
I have to go 8 days tour in the morning of next day, so when I go back Paris on June 20, where can I go from 10Am morning for the rest of that day ?
Thanks very much Roger.



    From CDG Airport you need to take the RER B line, which will take you to Gare du Nord. From there you’ll change to the 5 Metro line for 3 stops to the Laumière station, which is closest to your hotel. The whole trip should take a bit under an hour from the airport to your hotel. The closest stop of the Montmartre line to your hotel is at Gare du Nord, but you should really do the classic Red Route first, and the closest stop is at the Opéra Garnier. It should take you 10 to 15 minutes on the Metro from your hotel.

    The HOHO bus takes about 3 hours if you don’t get off. You should definitely do the Seine Cruise later that day, and it’s best just after sunset so you can see all the bridges and famous buildings lit up. You could go anywhere after 10am when you return and I’m not sure how to help you with that. Bon voyage. -Roger

Melanie says:

First, this is the most helpful travel website I’ve used–and we travel a lot. Thank you!!! Secondly, we are a family visiting Paris the first weekend of May. We plan to see Versailles and Eiffel Tower on Thursday. Friday, we get to the Louvre at opening, then on to Orsay and perhaps HOHO bus tour before quick peek at Napolean’s tomb. Friday evening or Sat. evening, Seine cruise. With 3 pre-teen daughters, we’re trying to be realistic about packing too much in, which is why the bus and boat tours appeal–we see much with less walking for young legs. My question: does it pay to have any pass? Entrance fees are about the same, and we like flexibility of buying as we go. Oh but I hate the idea of spending any precious hours in line if we can avoid them! How hard is it to get into the Louvre at opening? How busy is Orsay–would the pass save us time? And finally, the bus and boat tours–how hard is it to show up the first weekend in May and just get on? Thanks a bunch! Melanie



    Thank you for the very kind words. Reading something like that definitely helps make running this site worthwhile.

    I think your itinerary looks very good and well thought out. If you add up the things you want to do and it comes to about the same as the Paris Pass, I think you should probably skip the pass. Going to the Louvre just as it’s opening for the day is a great strategy and usually the queue will be fairly short. It’s really the security queue that takes the time and everyone has to go through it, although Paris Pass and Museum Pass holders have a separate line and it’s usually shorter. Once you get downstairs the ticket queues are usually not too long either. You might get unlucky, but if you go first thing when it opens you’ll probably be inside in no more than 15 minutes and possibly less.

    The Orsay usually has shorter lines, but of course it’s much smaller and if you get unlucky and arrive at a crowded time it could take maybe 30 minutes in the security line before you get in. The Museum Pass and Paris Pass security line is usually shorter, but not by all that much. As for the HOHO bus, you can buy a ticket when you first board the bus and there isn’t a queue to skip so it’s the same. As for the Seine Cruise I think everyone goes in the same line, and that line can get a bit long around sunset so it’s wise to get there at least 30 minutes before the departure you want.

    One other advantage of the Paris Pass is that you can sometimes do things that you might not have done at full price. The wine tasting experience is probably the best example of this. It’s a bit overpriced for cash customers, but it really is fun and interesting and each visitor gets a full-size bottle of wine on the way out. But you should be fine paying as you go, and you might be too tired to do a couple things, which would end up saving money that way. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Ash says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for such an informative article. I and my husband are visiting Paris next week for four days and are super-confused if we should purchase the Paris pass/Museum pass. We would be interested in visiting
1) Louvre
2) Eiffel Tower
3) Palace of Versailes
4) Sainte Chapelle
5) Notre Dame
6) Luxembourg gardens
7) Pompidou centre, Louis Vuitton Foundation; my husband is an architect, so we also try to visit modern architecture elements when we travel 🙂
Although we are interested in doing an HOHO which will give us an overall idea of the city, we are still not very sure if we should buy the museum pass, since except for Louvre and Pompidou we still have to buy individual tickets, so it can all get pretty expensive at the end! It would be of great help to know what you feel.

Thanks in advance. Really appreciate your help.




    The HOHO bus is highly recommended whether you buy a Paris Pass or not, and the Seine River Cruise just after sunset is a wonderful way to see more of the city than you can any other way. If you want to do those things then I think the Paris Pass will be good value for you, but if you will skip at least one of those things it may not be worthwhile.

    If you DO get the Paris Pass I’m sure you’ll find other included attractions that will interest you that you can do in between your planned attractions. That said, Paris is a wonderful city and you’ll have a great time with or without the pass. -Roger

Bimal says:

Hello Roger
your article is so informative & I highly appreciate your contribution to many travelers.
I am travelling to Paris with my wife and daughter(Adult student) on 11th June till 16th ( 5 nights). We plan to stay at Couronnes. We would like to do the tour slowly, not in a rush. However, walking for too long is not preferred.
we would like to visit the following:
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame
Les Invalides
Palace of Versailles
One-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
One Hour Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise
Arc de Triomphe
sacre coeur
here are my questions:
Do you recommend a Paris pass?
if yes, which day pass should we opt for? 3 day or 4 day?
is there a student discount on the Paris pass?
Can we do the Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise more than once using the Paris Pass?
do you have a day wise suggested itinerary for us?
Is there any android app which can help us navigate through the metro? or is the metro map good enough for it?
Thank you, please continue the excellent work !!



    Yes, I think the Paris Pass will be ideal for your trip since it covers most of what is on your list. I think the 3-day version should be enough, but the 4-day version is only a bit more expensive and it allows you to go more slowly, so it might be worth it.

    There are no student discounts, but museums are free to those 18 and under. It sounds like that might not help you though.

    You can do each attraction only once. The Seine cruise is really wonderful and a great way to spend an hour, especially if you go around sunset or a bit later, but I don’t think you’d want to do it twice. There are itinerary suggestions in an article linked from this article, so hopefully that helps.

    I’m sure there are Android apps for the Paris Metro. And Google Maps will give you exact directions also as far as which trains to take and how many stops before you switch or get off. But the Metro is pretty easy once you get there and try it out. Bon voyage! -Roger

Jen Mason says:

Wow, thanks for this great info. We will be in Paris 4 days in a little over a week. We are three adults and a 17 year old. We were contemplating the Paris Pass but aren’t sure. We want to do the following:

River Cruise
Arc de Triomphe
Notre Dome (not the tower)
Opera House
Disneyland Paris
And a metro pass

It seems to be cheaper to do things separate but will it be faster with the pass?? We can get in quicker at the Louvre but we can also spend 2 extra euros to get the quick line Louvre tickets. Am I missing anything??

Thanks – Jen



    First off, the hop-on, hop-off bus in Paris is fantastic and an excellent way to see most of the best of the city in a few hours. But if you don’t want to take it then it’s definitely harder to get value out of the Paris Pass. The Seine cruise is also lovely, but even more so just after sunset and it obviously only shows you things right along the river. Notre Dame is free to enter if you don’t want to go up to the top. And Disneyland Paris isn’t part of the Paris Pass, so it sounds like it might not be right for you.

    For the Louvre and Orsay you’ll usually save some time with the Paris Pass, but sometimes it’s only a few minutes so I’m not sure it’s worth buying for that reason alone. And yes, buying those fast pass tickets online should get you into the same security queue. When you get downstairs in the Louvre you can just walk into the gates with a Paris Pass, but without you’ll have to stop to pick up your tickets at one of the ticket counters. If you go early in the day the lines are usually short, but later in the day they can get long. That really goes for all of the main attractions in Paris. Bon voyage. -Roger

AK Paul says:

Dear Roger Wade,
Yesterday I had posted a comment for 3 days Paris and 4 days Switzerland tour itenary guidelines from you. No reply so far. if you have already commented, please let me know where i should find it.

Darcie says:

I am headed to Paris for 2 full days tacked on to the end of another trip. What would be your suggestion, the Paris Pass? I don’t think we will spend a lot of time in museums due to the time limits. My trip is in early October. Any special recommendations? What is tourist season like at that time?
Thank you



    Early October should be great because the crowds aren’t bad and the weather should be pleasant and mild. The two-day Paris Pass could be a great option if you are interested in the hop-on, hop-off bus tour (which is my favorite in all of Europe so I recommend it even if you don’t buy a pass), and the Seine river cruise, which is also highly recommended just after sunset. If this is your first visit to Paris you pretty much have to at least spend an hour in the Louvre to get a quick look around at the Mona Lisa and a few others. The building itself is a former palace and it’s gorgeous. You should also spend an hour or so in the Orsay Museum across the river, which is much smaller and also an amazing space so it’s worth a quick visit. If you do those things, which can actually all be done in one day, the pass pretty much pays for itself. You also get the transport card so you can quickly get around, or use the HOHO bus to get between the places.

    Again, if this is your first visit to Paris then the Paris Pass can be a great way to save a bit of money and time on the things that almost everyone wants to do anyway. It doesn’t cover going up the Eiffel Tower, but honestly I think that’s overrated because it’s so crowded and the views from the top aren’t as nice as the views from the top of the Arch de Triumphe or even the cathedral in Montmartre. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger