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. Kathy says:

    Hi,
    I’m going to be in Paris with my husband and 2 kids (ages 10 and 13) at the beginning of jUly. We only have 3 days so after reading your very informative article I don’t think we want passes. I am wondering if you can buy Eiffel tour tickets and bus passes ahead of time (online) so that we don’t have to wait in line ups? Thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Kathy, yes, you can buy Eiffel Tower tickets in advance at the official site:
      http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/en/preparing-your-visit/buying-your-tickets.html

      Or you can pay more if you go through a tour company (so buy them through the official site).

      As for buses, if you are referring to a “city tour” or hop-on hop-off sort of bus, you should just buy those tickets before you climb aboard. If you buy them in advance you’ll be paying about 20% more and you’ll be locked in for no reason. Those things rarely, if ever, sell out, so even if you buy tickets the day before or on the morning you’ll be fine. -Roger

  2. Chesta Vishwanath says:

    Hi Roger,

    Thanks a lot for this detailed article… I have gone through most of the FAQ.. However hope you could answer my concern…

    We will be visiting paris from Norway on June 3 to June 6 … Will be arriving to paris at 11.30 pm on monday … Along with three year old hyper active toddler .. 🙂 so here is my concern our initial taught was to buy paris pass… However after reading so many comments.. Not sure about it..
    Could you please suggest an alternative plan for us.. So we could relax and explore few major attractions .. Carrying a kid would ward off all our energy.. Will buying individual ticket will help like paris visit travel card… So we could cover major attraction… Or hoho bus pass… Which includes river cruise…

    Any inputs will be appreciated…thank you in advance

    Chesta

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Chesta, for such a short visit to Paris I’d recommend just choosing the things you want to do most and paying for them individually. In early June the ticket queues won’t be too bad yet, and you really don’t want to be racing around to try to take advantage of a package anyway. So I’d recommend just picking two major attractions per day, and paying for them as you go, while allowing plenty of time to just wander around the city in between and after the attractions.

      The river cruise is a nice orientation on your first full day, and you can just pay for that before you board. There are many to choose from once you are there. A Paris Pass is perfect for part of a longer stay, but not for all of it, and in only 3 days you are best off just doing the things that appeal to you most, making sure to just absorb the city itself, and not put any undo pressure on because you’ll be back again to see the main attractions. -Roger

      1. Chesta Vishwanath says:

        Thank you Roger… Sounds percfect

  3. Rachel says:

    Hello~ Thank you for this wonderful information. My fiancé and I will be going to Paris from July 22-29 for our honeymoon. We have rented an apartment in the Latin Quarter and would like to do a great deal of sightseeing. We really want to use the metro and avoid lines if we can. Also, we would love to get the most “bang” for our buck. Your blog is very informative, but I am still a little lost on the Paris Viste Pass front. Is it worth it to get one of these to travel between the arrondissements? If we are going in July, would the Museum Pass pay for itself just for time not wasted standing in line at the museums? Thank you for your help!
    ~Rachel

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Rachel, thank you for the kind words. Especially if you are staying in the Latin Quarter (nice choice, by the way) I’d recommend a transit pass such as the Visite Pass that comes with the Paris Pass, whether you get the Paris Pass or not. Most of the main attractions are a bit spread out and not in the Latin Quarter, so you’ll be riding the Metro a lot regardless. Also, the great thing about the Paris Metro is that there is a stop every 200 meters or so, so EVERYTHING is near a stop (at least in the center) and the Metro moves fast even when traffic isn’t moving above.

      I think your situation is ideal for a Paris Pass as well because it’s designed to provide good value for people seeing the main sites, and it allows you to skip most of the ticket queues (but not the security queues) as well. In July, Paris’s attractions will be packed and ticket lines will be long. However, you still might want to only get the 2- or 4-day pass (instead of the 6-day pass) and concentrate most of your sightseeing into those days. Especially if this is your first trip to Paris, I’d wait at least a day or two to activate the pass, which will give you time to acclimate and just wander around. People tend to feel a bit of stress once they activate the pass because the clock is theoretically ticking. Congratulations and bon voyage. -Roger

  4. John says:

    Ok here’s what we did yesterday (15 may 2013) with only 3 days left….
    Went to buy a 2 day Musee pass on a fine day ( possibly important depending what you want to see, and some of the queues are NOT under cover) . Called in to Louvre carousel, to find very very long lines everywhere including into the shop just to buy the passes. I scouted ahead, but cold not find any pass jumping spot, and I think the queues were for security before the separation of entry points take place… So not worth the wAit here….even to get the bloody pass!!!!
    Went to FNAC ( Champs Elysees) where they only sell 4 and 6 day passes!!!!!! Told us to go to Arc de Triumph where there is still a small queue waiting to get in via one small door, with ticket office on left and others to right. We bought 2 day passes quickly once inside and went to riright and straight up… A great morning view then!!!!
    Then went Pompidou about 12 pm – no lines anywhere so didn’t matter about passes and got in quickly. restaurant Goerge for lunch ( can get there without any tickets) , pricey but the BEST view for miles….. Then scooted inside to see the Picassos, Miro and a few (!!!) others. After a quick tea break back in apartment , headed off again to Conciergerie, finding queue at St Chapelle, and again no obvious outside entry for pass holders….No queue for Conciergerie just along the road so went there instead….again pass saving us money not time…..
    day 2 wet and cold. Took a punt and headed to Orangerie which opens earlier then most at 9 am…( have queued out in sun for at least Half an hour in previous years mainly for security here as pass holders don’t get separated off till after this…)
    Anyway, hardly anyone there, straight in thru security and it actually did not look as though there was any separate pass holders line….but there could be if lots of people were there?????. Straight into Les Nympheas, no photos allowed now unfortunately as only 3-4 people in each room……also has a great collection of Renoirs, Cezanne, Modigliani and others. Italian ” impressionists” expo was also included with no extra fee…
    All done and dusted and back at Louvre 11 am. Cafe Marly for reviver highly recommended for brief feeling like a king!!!!
    Somehow got shown thru security after flashing passes at group entry point just to left of Marly in one of the walk through arches…no people here but long queues for security in Carousel and in pyramid.. Once in there at the actual entry point to the artwork a few people only in front to flash passes or tickets ( again no obvious difference to me, but queues to buy tickets inside were VERY long). The woman hardly even looked at the pass or at others with tickets and just waved us through, and we were in!!!!!!
    I know this is long and rambling, , and I think there is still a lot of luck involved in whether you get to where you are going fast or slow!!!!!!. My advice is always have a back up plan if queues too long , but look for Alternative entry sites especially when security checks seem to be e bigger issue than which ticket you have, as they often precede the ticket purchase or do not care what type you have ……

  5. Caryn says:

    Rodger,
    I found 2 different websites that offer the Paris Pass; The Paris Pass site and Parisinfo.com. The latter offers 3 and 5 day passes at less money than the 2 and 4 day passes listed everywhere else. Is this a legitimate site? I don’t see any differences in what the pass covers. Does the metro portion of the pass cover transportation to Versailles?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Caryn, the parisinfo.com pass is legit, but it’s basically just the museum pass and a transit pass. The official Paris Pass also includes an Attractions Pass that covers the most popular non-museum attractions. And in either case, the included transit card only includes zones 1 to 3 and Versailles is in Zone 4 so you have to buy a separate ticket on the RER (suburban rail) system for about €4 each way. -Roger

  6. kerry says:

    Will be in Paris, including Versailles, for 3 days. Sounds like walking around a lot will work for us. How does Versailles work? Catch a train for the day and return to Paris? We’ll be leaving for Loire Valley after that. Do we take the train to Amboise or do we need to rent a car?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Kerry, Versailles is in a nearby suburb of Paris and the palace has 3 rail stations near it that range from 15 to 35 or so minutes from Paris on the RER (suburban rail) system, which is different from the Metro system in the city center. The fare is €4.10 each way in 2013. So it’s an easy day or part-day trip.

      To reach Amboise you could rent a car but you could also get there directly by train on the high-speed TGV system. From Paris it takes from 90 to 120 minutes to get there, with the faster trains costing a bit more. -Roger

  7. sherenne says:

    Hi Roger, we are rather confused about the Paris pass and museum pass combo. Do they have to be activated at the same time or can we use the Paris museum pass for the 6 days and then use the Paris pass to see all the attractions linked to that? Effectively using it for 2 weeks or thereabouts? We have 2 seperate cards in the pack sent out. 🙂

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Sherenne, that is a little confusing for sure, but unfortunately all three cards (including the Transit Pass if you get that option) are connected in the computer system so once you first activate one of them, the clock is ticking on all of them. Bon voyage. -Roger

  8. Mary Sasso says:

    I have about an hour left to make or not make the arrangements for the Paris Pass and I am torn about what to do………..we will be there for 7 days next week and I really want to see a lot of things but I don’t want to over pay OR run around like crazy. Two days seems too short but four seems too long since we want to go on a day trip to Normandy………….We are there from Tues thru Tues, the 7 -14.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Mary, it’s probably too late as I’m writing back, but in case it’s not, I would probably recommend a 2-day Paris Pass. Spend a couple days just walking around before you activate the pass and then use it on 2 (weekdays, hopefully) when you will concentrate on the included sights. You’ll still have plenty of time for other things and 2 busy days won’t be overwhelming. -Roger

  9. Manizheh says:

    Hi Roger,

    My husband and I will be in Paris for 3 days as part of our delayed honeymoon trip to Europe. Would you recommend getting the Paris Pass as we would also like to see other attractions such as the vineyards, eiffel tower, bakery/cheese tour, etc.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Manizheh, for only a 3-night stay in Paris it’s a tough call. You could still see those other things in your non-Paris Pass day, but if I were you I’d probably skip it and just pay individually for the things you want to see most. Otherwise you’d be racing around all 3 days and you’d miss a lot of the magic that Paris has to offer. -Roger

  10. Christine says:

    My husband and I will be in Paris June 2 (Sunday) and 3. Are the museums, HOHO buses and river cruises open on Sundays?

    (Christine, yes, all museums and main attractions are open on Sundays. Many museums in Paris are closed on Monday or Tuesday but not both. Transportation goes every day. -Roger)