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 August, 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

  • 6-day Adult Paris Pass: €199
  • 6-day Child Paris Pass: €72

Exclusive discount for Price of Travel readers

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

Louvre Museum: €17

Obviously you can visit Paris and not visit the Louvre, so it’s good that it’s included in the Paris Pass. You now have to make reservations for your visit, but it’s an enormous place so that is usually simple. The building itself is a historic palace that would be worth a tour even if it didn’t contain the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, among thousands of other important pieces.

If you are an art fanatic, feel free to spend 4 or 6 hours in the Louvre or even visit twice. But honestly for most people, it gets overwhelming after an hour or maybe two. When I bring new people to Paris I walk them to the Mona Lisa and then to the Venus de Milo. By that time we’ve passed by thousands of paintings and sculptures and been there 45 minutes. After that we look around at anything else that has caught our eye, and then exit through the gift shop. A focused hour is more enjoyable for most people than wandering around for four hours unsure of what you are looking at. It’s also always pretty crowded.

Musée d’Orsay: €16

Located across the Seine from the Louvre in a gorgeous former train station, the Orsay Museum is actually more enjoyable for most people because it’s far more compact and yet also filled with super famous pieces. Here, along with smaller crowds, you’ll see one of Van Gogh’s Starry Nights, Whistler’s Mother by Whistler, and Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir. Honestly, you’ll probably recognize at least 10 or 12 famous paintings and you won’t wear out a pair of shoes in doing so.

Arc de Triomphe: €13

You already know what the Arc de Triomphe looks like, and it’s definitely worth going up to the observation deck on top because you’ll get many of your best Paris photos from there. Most people will climb the 234 stairs, but they also have an elevator for anyone who doesn’t look like climbing 234 stairs is possible (or a wise move). The HOHO buses stop here and it’s a good place to get off for a visit because many other people also get off so there will be empty seats on top when you want to get back on. That isn’t true of several other stops.

Sainte-Chapelle: €11.50

Conveniently located just a short walk from Notre Dame cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle church will be another unexpected highlight of your Paris visit. This 800-year-old church has easily the world’s most impressive and beautiful stained glass windows in several different rooms. It’s breathtaking when you first see it, and one other great feature is that it’s small enough that you can easily enjoy it in less than an hour. The Paris Pass allows you to pack in many smaller and quicker attractions like this without worrying about going broke in the process.

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: €36

This is an exclusive deal for Paris Pass holders and it’s not for everybody, but it will be the highlight of your Paris trip for many. This is a climb of the 674 stairs up to the 2nd Floor (out of 3) with interesting live commentary and explanations in English. It takes 3 to 4 hours in total, so you won’t be racing up. If you are fit enough this will be amazing. And honestly, the 3rd floor isn’t much higher and it’s so high that all of your best photos will be from the 2nd Floor anyway.

Wine Tasting: €35.00 (includes free full-size bottle of wine for each person)

If you want to learn more about wine and try a few interesting French bottles then this is perfect. It’s a long block from the Louvre but an easy walk along the Seine, so it’s an ideal activity to schedule for after your Louvre visit. You get an English-language mini tour in a historic cellar explaining the key aspects of wine making, and then samples of three different wines near the end. They even send each visitor away with a full bottle of French wine to take with you, so it’s a hard one to pass up.

1-day Big Bus Paris hop-on, hop-off tour: €42.00

This is a full-day hop-on, hop-off pass on the doubledecker bus that goes by and stops at almost every major tourist attraction in Paris in about a 3-hour loop. You can use it as transportation to get from one attraction to another, but I highly recommend starting early and doing the full loop once before hopping off. I’ve done at least 25 similar HOHO bus tours in major cities and the Paris one is easily my favorite. Paris is compact enough that the loop isn’t too long, and all of the main sights are clustered on either side of the Seine, so you don’t waste much time driving through random areas.

Whether you buy a Paris Pass or not, I highly recommend you take the HOHO bus tour on your first full morning in the city, and you will have seen all of the main sights and know how to get back to them later before noon.

Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise: €18.00

In my opinion, this is the other must-do tour in Paris, whether you buy a Paris Pass or not. These large boats with plenty of top-deck outdoor seating leave from near the Eiffel Tower on a frequent basis, but they are popular so it’s wise to get there a bit earlier than you want to depart. The trick is to select a departure right around sunset. Paris is stunning as it is lighting up for the evening, and you pass under 18 bridges that are each lit up in a unique way. By the time you get back to the Eiffel Tower an hour later, it will also be gorgeously lit up for amazing photos.

Parc Astérix: €55

This large theme park in the northeast suburbs of Paris is based on the Astérix comic book and characters, so it’s a great option and compromise if you are traveling with young ones. The places has many roller coasters and other thrill rides to go along with the character themed attractions. There are buses that leave from central Paris that take you to the park for a fee. You can also take the RER train to Charles de Gaulle Airport and then a special shuttle from that train station to the park.

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour: €36

Leaving three times per day (10AM, 2PM, 5PM), this 90-minute walking tour is a highly recommended way to get to know perhaps Paris’ most interesting neighborhood. Especially gorgeous at night (so the 5PM tour could be perfect), Montmarte is the city’s most famous art district and community. At its center is the namesake hill with the stunning Sacré Coeur cathedral perched on top. This will be one of your favorite stops in Paris and some of your favorite photos as well.

Grevin Wax Museum: €25.00

This is the French equivalent of Madame Tussauds and it’s far more enjoyable than most people expect. With a central location close to several other included attractions, the Grevin Wax Museum is in a gorgeous building filled with over 450 characters that look so lifelike that you keep expecting them to move. There are obviously many French historical figures, but also international historical figures and athletes and actors and pop stars. You’ll know scores of them. While it’s true that you might not normally pay €25 to visit a wax museum, it’s great with the Paris Pass because you can just pop in for an hour or so in between other places. Most people are very impressed.

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. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Tuyen,

      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

  2. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Judhajit,

      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

  3. Aditya says:

    Thanks Roger,

    I will hold on. Thanks 🙂

    Regards,
    Aditya

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Aditya,

      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

  4. 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.

    Regards,
    Aditya

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Aditya,

      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

  5. 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

    Regards,
    Aditya

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Aditya,

      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

  6. 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.

    Regards,
    Aditya

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Aditya,

      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

  7. 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
    -Pantheon
    -Notre Dame Cathedral
    -Holy Chapel
    -Champs Elysees
    -Arc de Triomphe

    Is this too much to visit in a day?

    Day 3
    -Louvre
    -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!

  8. 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!

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Victoria,

      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

  9. 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! 🙂

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Jeanne,

      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

  10. 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

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Marie,

      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