Why choose the Paris Pass?
The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive tourist pass, offering easy and economical access to over 80 iconic sites. This pass turns the discovery of Paris's wonders into a hassle-free and queue-free experience.
This article explores the pros and cons of the Paris Pass.
What is the Paris Pass?
The Paris Pass is an all-in-one solution for tourists in Paris, offering access to a wide variety of cultural and leisure attractions, a wise choice for a first visit to the French capital.
It offers 4 packages:
|Adult rate (from 18 years old)
|Child rate (from 2 to 17 years old)
|2 days (48h)
|3 days (72h)
|4 days (96h)
|6 days (144h)
The cost of the Paris Pass is generally much lower than that of buying individual tickets. It therefore proves to be the most economical option for visitors with a dense cultural discovery schedule.
Many national museums are free for children under 18 years old. Keep this in mind before purchasing a Paris Pass for your children!
The Paris Pass includes the Paris Museum Pass which grants you entry to over 50 renowned museums at no additional cost.
What's included in the Paris Pass
Paris's top attractions
The Paris Pass provides access to over 80 attractions in and around Paris, from must-sees to more original and unusual experiences. Among them are:
- Iconic museums such as the Louvre Museum, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou.
- Historical monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower.
- Unique experiences like a Seine River cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off tourist buses, and guided tours through picturesque neighborhoods like Montmartre.
The Paris Pass does not cover metro tickets, which must be purchased separately.
The pass also offers skip-the-line access at most tourist sites, allowing visitors to avoid long queues. Particularly useful during the high tourist season, this privileged access can save valuable time.
Purchase and activation of the pass
The Purchase of the Paris Pass is done exclusively online. Once purchased, the pass can be instantly downloaded to your smartphone via the free Go City app.
Activation of the pass automatically occurs upon your first entry into an attraction. It remains valid for the consecutive number of days chosen (2, 3, 4, or 6 days).
Other tourist passes for Paris
The Paris market offers several tourist passes, including the Paris Pass, the Paris Museum Pass and the Paris Passlib':
- Paris Pass: It provides access to over 80 attractions, including the museums of the PMP, and allows savings of up to 50% compared to purchasing individual tickets. It is the most comprehensive pass for visitors who want a diverse experience, with priority access to most venues.
- Paris Museum Pass: Specifically designed for art and history enthusiasts, this pass offers privileged access to 50 museums and monuments in Paris and its surrounding area.
- Paris Passlib': This flexible tourist pass offers several options, allowing customization according to each visitor's preferences. It is ideal for those who wish to combine cultural discovery with specific leisure activities in Paris.
Each pass has its unique features, allowing visitors to choose according to their interests and their planned itinerary in Paris.
Comprehensive list of attractions included in the pass
- Eiffel Tower Guided Climb
- Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off 1-Day Tour
- Parc Astérix
- Louvre Museum
- Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
- Notre Dame and the Archeological Crypt experience
- Tour Montparnasse
- Arc de Triomphe
- Perfume mini workshop by Fragonard
- French wine tasting at Les Caves du Louvre
- Palace of Versailles
- Morning Macarons in Montmartre
- Cheese tasting at Ô Chateau
- Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour
- Champagne Gourmand in Montmartre
- French Sweet Crepes at Bistro Marbeuf
- Aquarium de Paris
- Croque Monsieur & Champagne Cocktail by the Seine
- Ballon de Paris Generali
- French Apéro in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Saint-Germain-des-Prés Walking Tour
- Musée d'Orsay
- Paradox Museum Paris
- Fly Over Paris - Virtual Reality Experience
- Parisian Breakfast at Café Louise
- Emily in Paris: The Unofficial Tour
- Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette
- Gourmet Chocolate Museum
- Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking Tour
- Orangerie Museum
- Grévin Paris - Wax Museum
- PanoraMagique at Disney®Village
- Latin Quarter Walking Tour
- Galeries Lafayette guided heritage tour
- Women of Paris walking tours
- Covered passages walking tour
- Petit Train de Montmartre
- Beer Tasting & Gifts at Maison BAPBAP
- Rex Studios: Les Etoiles du Rex
- Solve a Mystery - The Murder by Notre Dame
- Stade de France
- The Army Museum
- Dali Paris
- Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour
- Montparnasse Neighborhood Walking Tour
- Centre Pompidou
- Picasso Museum
- Rodin Museum
- La Conciergerie
- Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
- Chapelle Expiatoire
- Quai Branly Museum
- Gustave Moreau Museum
- Museum of Arab History
- Museum of Air and Space
- Paris Science Museum
- Museum of Music
- Villa Savoye
- Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération
- Abbaye Royale De Chaalis
- Château de Compiègne
- Château de Malmaison
- Château de Maisons-Laffitte
- Château de Pierrefonds
- Château de Vincennes
- Chateau de Rambouillet
- Château de Fontainebleau
- Château de Champs-Sur-Marne
- Condé Museum - Château de Chantilly
- House of Auguste Rodin at Meudon
- Museum of Decorative Arts
- Museum of the Cinema
- Guimet Museum of Asian Arts
- National Museum Of Eugéne Delacroix
- Museum of the Arts and Invention
- Nissim De Camondo Museum
- History of Immigration Museum
- Museum of 3D Relief Maps
- Museum of Jewish Art & History
- National Museum of the Renaissance
- Sèvres Ceramics Museum
- National Archaeology Museum
- Musée Port Royal des champs
- Musée Franco-Américain du Château de Blérancourt
- City of Architecture & Heritage
- Jean-Jacques Henner Museum
- National Museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny)
- France Miniature
Some experiences may require advance reservations, which can be made through the Paris Pass reservation portal.
Depending on the venue, you will need to present your Paris Pass or your Paris Museum Pass for entry.
Your pass allows you access to each of these activities once only, repeated entries are not permitted.
Attractions not included
While the Paris Pass provides access to a wide variety of sites, some popular attractions are not included. Among them:
- The Palais Garnier: this architectural gem, known for its opera house, is not accessible with the Paris Pass.
- Disneyland Paris: the famous theme park remains out of reach for Paris Pass holders.
- The dome of the Sacré-Cœur and the Catacombs of Paris are also examples of attractions not covered by the pass.
The Paris Pass is an excellent option for visitors wishing to discover Paris in a comprehensive and economical way. It offers access to over 80 attractions, allows for significant savings, and facilitates time management with its priority access. Although the pass does not cover some popular attractions and requires the separate purchase of metro tickets, its usefulness for a rich and varied stay is undeniable.
This complete guide to the Paris Pass aims to enlighten tourists about the benefits, how it works, and the limitations of this pass, thus helping them to plan their visit to the City of Light in the most rewarding way possible.