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. 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,
    Ann

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Ann,

      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

  2. 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?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Chama,

      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

  3. 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
    thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Lori,

      No, unfortunately the Catacombs are not included with the Paris Pass. I hope they add them to the Pass in the next year or so, but for now they are not part of it.

      It looks like you can purchase tickets online from the link on this page of their official website. Bon voyage! -Roger

  4. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Natalie,

      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

  5. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Elean,

      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

  6. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      K,

      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

  7. 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.

    Bill

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Midland,

      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

  8. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Brent,

      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

  9. 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

  10. 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)

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Navin,

      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