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. varsha says:

    Hi Roger,

    Thanks for such an informative article, it really helps for first time traveller like me. I and my husband are visiting Paris in September for 3 days and are super-confused if we should purchase the Paris pass/Museum pass. We would be interested in visiting

    Sainte Chapelle
    Arc De Triumphe
    Centre pompidou
    Jarden Des tuileries
    Musée d’Orsay
    Louvre museum
    Notre-Dame
    Sunset cruise – on the Seine
    Dining at Eiffel
    jardin de luxembourg
    Cheese and wine testing

    Please suggest us whether it can all be covered in 3 days and how to do the planning?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Varsha,

      Based on the list of things you are planning I would definitely say that a 3-day Paris Pass would be good value and a time saver. Nearly all of the things on your list are covered, and I think you should be able to do pretty much all of them in 3 days if you plan well. I notice you didn’t mention the hop-on, hop-off bus, which I actually highly recommend as early in your trip as possible because it takes you right by or very near everything on your list so you’ll know your way around. The HOHO bus also shows off how beautiful Paris is in about 3 hours if you don’t hop off. And because so many things are at the bus stops you can actually use it for transportation on one day if you plan ahead. The bus starts in front of the Eiffel Tower and it also stops at the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arch, Orsay, and a short walk from Saint Chapelle. The Seine Cruise docks are a short walk from where the bus starts and ends its loop as well.

      If you do the HOHO bus and start early you can do the whole route and have time to hop off at Sainte Chapelle, Orsay, Notre Dame, and the Arch. I would save the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower itself for another day, and go early to the Louvre for the smallest crowds. You might also consider spending an evening in the Montmarte area, which is my favorite at night. Take the funicular up to the Sacré-Cœur around sunset and then have dinner at one of the colorful restaurants you’ll pass as you are walking down the hill. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  2. Pam says:

    You are absolutely right Roger.

    It is not making much sense to purchase teen passes for the above itinerary. At the same time 2 adult passes will not include my 15 and 17 years olds to the following:
    – Hop In Hop Out Bus
    – Sienna River Cruise
    – Local Train rides

    What would be your suggestion? Guessing that I have to stand in the general queue to get their tickets for the above three although I have 2 adult passes. Or is there some other way of handling it?

    Thanks
    Pam

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Pam,

      For the HOHO bus you can quickly buy youth tickets from an attendant while you are waiting to board the bus for the first time. There will be someone there in a uniform and holding a mobile ticket-printing device. You show them your Paris Pass and they’ll run them through the machine to print out your ticket, and then you can give them a credit card to pay for the youth tickets. It shouldn’t slow you down at all.

      For the Seine Cruise you’ll have to wait in the ticket queue anyway, although there is a shorter queue for Paris Pass holders. Even in that queue I think you’ll be able to show your passes to get your tickets and also buy teen tickets for the others, so it won’t slow you down either. For Metro (subway) rides it’s easiest to either buy an unlimited rides ticket for each person if you’ll use it a lot, or buy a carnet, which is a discounted pack of 10 tickets, from a machine and then have the teens use those while you use your unlimited passes to enter the Metro. All of the tickets look the same, including the unlimited rides tickets, and they go through the machines in the same way. Once you buy the unlimited tickets or the carnets of discounted tickets it will be fast and easy each time. Have a great trip. -Roger

  3. Pam says:

    Hi Roger!
    Shortlisted the following for the 2 day Paris trip:
    Eiffel Tower (not included in Paris Pass)
    Arc de Triomphe
    The Louvre
    Versailles
    Sienna River Cruise
    Hop in hop out bus

    Children 15 years and 17 years with parents.
    Question :
    Do you suggest to buy both adult and teen 2 day Paris Pass considering the museums are free under 18?
    Also, how do they verify the child’s age?
    Pam

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Pam,

      As you suggest, it’s harder to get value out of a Teen Pass for those under 18 with the free museums. I don’t think you’d come out ahead so I would probably not buy the teens a pass unless you were doing more of the Attractions instead of a couple museums as well.

      For the age verification, I’m not 100% sure but I’m almost sure it’s mostly on the honor system. Non-European children would all have their passports with them, but since most local young people do not need to travel around with ID, I believe they just let everyone in who looks in that range. After all, it’s not like they are giving free entry into new 3D movies, they are just allowing young people into a museum for free so I don’t think they are too worried about scammers. I’ve been in these entry queues many times and I have never been held up by a ticket person insisting on proof of youth, although I suppose it’s possible. Oh, and by the way, the kids don’t even need tickets so they can just go in the same entry queue with you and you’ll show the Paris Pass and they’ll just mention their age. So it’s not like a “free” ticket that they might sell, it’s just being able to walk in for free. -Roger

  4. 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

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Darcie,

      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

  5. 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.
    Regards,
    AK PAUL
    INDIA

    1. Roger Wade says:

      AK Paul,

      I wasn’t able to answer questions on Sunday and I’ve commented on the Swiss Travel Pass question just a few minutes ago. -Roger

  6. 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
    Orsay
    Louvre
    Arc de Triomphe
    Notre Dome (not the tower)
    Pantheon
    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

    1. Roger Wade says:

      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

  7. 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
    Louvre
    Notre Dame
    Les Invalides
    Palace of Versailles
    One-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
    One Hour Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise
    Sainte-Chapelle
    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 !!

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Bimal,

      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

  8. 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.

    Regards
    Ash

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Ash,

      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

  9. 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

    1. Roger Wade says:

      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

  10. 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.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Tuyen,

      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