An Ultimate Guide to Paris Tourist Passes
Which is the best pass for your stay in Paris? Well that depends on what you want to do.
Paris Museum Pass
As the name suggests, the Paris Museum Pass is solely and specifically for museums and monuments. You can purchase it for a duration of 2, 4, or 6 days. With that, you have free, unlimited, and priority (no lines!) access to over 60 museums and monuments including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers.
You can order it online and it’ll be valid for a year after the purchasing date but once used, it has to be used consecutively thereafter. You can have it shipped to your home or hotel but shipping fees will be incurred. To avoid that, you’re able to pick it up at the central Paris tourism office. There’s also the option to purchase it at one of the other many tourism offices around Paris or at one of the museums.
Prices are 48 € for 2 days, 62 € for 4 days, and 74 € for 6 days. Remember, if someone you’re traveling with is under 18, they’re allowed free entry to most places so you’ll only need it if you’re 18 and up.
This pass is especially beneficial for the people who want to spend their days going from museums to monument and back. If that doesn’t sound like you, then definitely check out one of the other passes.
Paris City Pass
The Paris City Pass is an all inclusive sightseeing pass. It allows you free entry into 60 different attractions and tours with the ability to skip the long lines that plague Paris’ famous sights. Most passes won’t cover the price of a boat cruise on the Seine, but this one does. The best part is that it also includes unlimited travel on the metro, bus, and RER journeys in zones 1 to 3.
You can purchase it for a validity of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 days maximum. The prices for this pass are broken down into age groups: 99.00 € for adults, 39.90 € for teens ages 12-17, and 19.90 € for children ages 4-11. You’ll also receive discounts at select shopping partners.
Just like the Paris City Pass, the Paris Pass shares all the same benefits. The one edge that the Paris Pass has over the City Pass is that it includes a free one day hop on and hop off bus tour. So on top of the free entry to attractions, fast track entry, unlimited travel, and discounts at restaurants and shops, you also have the chance to take a bus tour whose normal admission price is 38 € for an adult. You can only do the bus tour over one day during the pass’ duration, though.
It can be bought for 2, 3, 4, and 6 day durations. The 3 day Paris Pass also comes with a 2 day Museum Pass. You can buy it in Paris or online, where you’ll be able to receive discounted pricing but with the cost of shipping, it may be worth picking it up in person.
A 2 day adult pass will cost you 131 €, 81 € for teens, and 44 € for children.
Paris Visite Pass
The Paris Visite Pass only includes travel on public transportation like the metro, buses, RER, tram, and regional SNCF trains so if you only want something that covers your travel expenses, then this is the one. It offers unlimited travel on public transit for 1,2, 3, or 5 consecutive days. If you buy a pass for more than just a day, you won’t be able to use it one day, not use it the other, and then have it be valid on the day after - it will only be valid consecutively. They are also valid from the first day of use and not the first time of use which means that even if you started using it at 4 pm, the first day will expire at midnight.
In addition to being able to choose how many days its valid, you can specify if you want it just for zones 1 to 3 or zones 1 to 5. Zones 1 to 3 cover Paris and the nearby suburbs whereas Zones 1 to 5 cover that as well as the airports, Disneyland, and Versailles. If you don’t plan on visiting Disney or the famous chateau and have separate airport accommodations, choose zones 1 to 3.
The price for an adult ticket for one day for zones 1 to 3 is 13.20 € and a child’s (ages 4 - 11) will be 6.60. For a single day adult ticket for zones 1 to 5, it’ll be 27.80 € and a child’s, 13.90 €. Check the website for more information on pricing. You can purchase it online in advance or at any Paris metro station.