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
- Paris Pass – This includes a Paris Museum Pass, a Paris Attractions Pass, and a public transportation pass for the length of the main pass.
- Paris Museum Pass – This includes only admission to nearly every major museum in Paris.
- Paris Visite travel card – This is the unlimited public transportation card for Paris that you can buy 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 Adult Paris Pass: €124
- 2-day Child Paris Pass (ages 4 to 11): €42
- 3-day Adult Paris Pass: €149
- 3-day Child Paris Pass: €52
- 4-day Adult Paris Pass: €169
- 4-day Child Paris Pass: €62
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- Get 10% off all Paris 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
- Eiffel Tower guided climb to 2nd floor: €34
- Wine Tasting: €35.00 (includes free full-size bottle of wine for each person)
- 1-day Big Bus Paris hop-on, hop-off tour: €42.00
- Grevin Wax Museum: €25.00
- 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.
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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
Exclusive discount for Price of Travel readers
- Get 10% off all Paris Passes
Use coupon code: PPPOT10 ( – Look for “promo code?” in Step 4 of checkout)
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.
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.