Is the Paris Pass 2022 worth it? We review prices and value here

As glorious as it is, Paris can be expensive. There are two main Paris attractions passes available and each offers a great many benefits that could make it a good value to some people, but for many others these passes are poor value, or worse yet, might encourage visitors into such a sightseeing frenzy in order to get their money’s worth that they are unable to really enjoy the wonders of the city.

You can get a good look at most important Paris travel costs, translated into US dollars or any currency you like, on the main page. But here we are going to be concentrating on attractions, museums, and transportation prices to examine the value of the Paris Pass, the Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Travel Pass that is included with the main Paris Pass.

Note: This article was first written in 2011, and has been updated regularly, most recently in June, 2022. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. This helps to keep this site going.

COVID Updates in 2022 for the Paris Pass

As you might already know, a lot of the included attractions in the Paris Pass have been closed off and on since March, 2020. Now that we are in 2022, things are starting to look up and it seems likely that vaccinated visitors will be able to explore Paris almost completely.

Even though many attractions have raised their prices since the start of 2020, the Paris Pass itself is now quite a bit cheaper than before. It’s a MUCH better deal than it used to be, at least at the moment.

Paris Passes are good for two years from the date or purchase AND they will give a full refund of any unused passes for the first year. So, with that said, there isn’t much risk if you buy a Paris Pass, and prices will probably go back up once things are closer to being back to normal.

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 Bateaux Parisiens 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

Paris Pass 2022 prices

2-day passes

  • 2-day Adult Paris Pass: €124
  • 2-day Child Paris Pass (ages 4 to 11): €42

3-day passes

  • 3-day Adult Paris Pass: €149
  • 3-day Child Paris Pass: €52

4-day passes

  • 4-day Adult Paris Pass: €169
  • 4-day Child Paris Pass: €62

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

  • Louvre Museum: €17
  • Musée d’Orsay: €16
  • Arc de Triomphe: €13
  • Centre Pompidou: €14
  • Dali Museum: €13
  • Sainte-Chapelle: €10

What ISN'T included in the Paris passes

  • Eiffel Tower – 2nd floor elevator: €16.60, 3rd floor elevator: €25.90
  • Catacombs of Paris: €15.00

Extras included in ONLY the Paris Attractions Pass

  1. Eiffel Tower guided climb to 2nd floor: €34
  2. Wine Tasting: €35.00 (includes free full-size bottle of wine for each person)
  3. 1-day Big Bus Paris hop-on, hop-off tour: €42.00
  4. Grevin Wax Museum: €25.00
  5. Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise: €17.00

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

On 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

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

The 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

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One last thing to consider about budgeting your time in Paris

There are plenty of free things to do in Paris, many of which should be high priorities for first-time visitors, including strolling the Champs-Élysées, exploring the Montmartre neighborhood, and admiring the Eiffel Tower and the Arch de Triumphe from the street, so spending a lot of money on museums and attractions isn’t necessarily the key to enjoying the city.

Also, remember that there are only so many hours in the day, and you can only do one thing at a time. The Louvre itself takes at least 3 hours even for a “quick” visit, and while you are inside it doesn’t matter if you get 50 or 100 other “free” things included, you’ll only have time to do a few per day at the most.

However…

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.

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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  1. 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)

  2. 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 parispass.com. 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)

  3. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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.
    Thanks

    1. 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

      1. 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]!

        1. Roger Wade says:

          Steve,

          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

  6. 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

    1. 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

  7. 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!

    1. 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

      1. 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
        charlie

        1. 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

  8. 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?

    1. 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

  9. 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 .

    1. 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

  10. yaffa says:

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