Paris is one of the richest European capitals in terms of art and culture. In the French capital we find some of the most important museums in Europe, such as the Louvre or the Orsay Museum, and world-famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower.
There are so many attractions to see and activities to do in the French capital, so to save money we suggest you consider buying a tourist pass, which allows access to museums, activities and attractions at a discounted price.
The range of cards and tourist passes on offer in Paris is vast, and with this article we’ll try to compare all the possibilities, highlighting the pros and cons of each solution to help you choose the card that best suits you and your travel needs.
When planning a trip to Paris, you may find yourself struggling to understand the differences and features of the various existing passes. It’s hard to say which is the most advantageous or the cheapest overall: the answer changes depending on your particular needs, how long you intend to stay in the city and the number of attractions you intend to visit in Paris.
The confusion increases as you start to evaluate the various passes: in fact, most passes come with very similar names and characteristics, to the point of misleading many people. Generally speaking, we can divide Paris tourist passes into two broad categories: all-inclusive passes and modular passes . Let’s look at the differences together.
These are tourist passes that offer a long list of attractions to visit within a set number of days.
This type of pass generally always includes a basic pass, the Paris Museum Pass, which allows access to more than 60 museums, monuments and castles in and around Paris, through a skip-the-line system lasting several days (with various options).
What makes the difference with all-inclusive passes is the addition of various extra attractions and activities, the composition of which varies according to the type of pass. For example, the cruise on the Seine is one of the most popular and popular attractions, along with the climb up the Eiffel Tower. In general, this type of pass is recommended for those who want to visit as much as possible in a specific number of days.
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|Over 60 attractions and activities, including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. The Eiffel Tower is EXCLUDED||All Museum Pass attractions and activities + Eiffel Tower, Seine cruise and more||All Museum Pass attractions and activities + Eiffel Tower, Seine cruise and more|
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Modular passes are cheaper to start with than all-inclusive passes as they include fewer attractions and activities. They are suitable for those who may have already visited the French capital and only want to enter a few specific attractions or for those who do not want to spend their entire stay in Paris inside museums and prefer to enjoy the city more.
In the case of customisable passes, you don’t decide how many days the card is valid for but simply which attractions or activities it includes.
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At one time, the Paris Tourist Passes also included unlimited use of transport, however the conditions have changed and the public transport pass must be purchased separately. You can find more information in the article on Paris public transport passes.
Also remember that, even if entry is already included in the various cards, some attractions such as the Louvre, Disneyland and various guided tours must be booked in advance. You will receive the links for choosing the day of the visit in the booking email.
The Paris Pass Museum allows entry to more than 60 attractions, museums and monuments in Paris (including the surrounding area). Different validity options of 2, 4 or 6 consecutive days are available.
Examples include the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the Orsay Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Sainte Chapelle, the Pompidou Centre and the Pantheon.
However, it does not include the Eiffel Tower, nor the cruise on the Seine, nor transport.
The Paris Museum Pass is a paper card complete with a map of the attractions you can visit. It must be presented directly at the entrance to the museums and is activated from your first visit.
In most cases, you don’t need to go to the ticket office to convert it into an entrance ticket, which is why the card allows you to skip the queues, which at certain times of the year and for certain attractions, translates into significant time savings.
Remember to check carefully at which museums and attractions entrance tickets must be booked in advance online.
The Paris Museum Pass is certainly worthwhile if you plan to spend a lot of time visiting museums and attractions, with a preference for the artistic heritage of this incredible city: with the Paris Museum Pass, you will save on the cost of tickets and skip the queues at the entrances.
Please note that the Paris Museum Pass is the basis on which other more comprehensive cards are configured, so if you intend to visit more than what is included take a look at the other cards.
You can buy the Paris Museum Pass online and pick it up at the tourist office located at 23 Rue d’Aboukir, just a 10-minute walk from the Louvre Museum, which is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Alternatively, you can also buy it directly in Paris: at the airport, at train stations, or in some of the museums included in the card.
The Paris Pass is one of the most comprehensive tourist passes for Paris, providing free access to over 80 attractions, museums and activities.
In addition to everything included in the Paris Museum Pass, it also offers a guided climb up the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on the Seine with Bateaux Parisiens, the Montmartre train, a climb up the Montparnasse Tower, guided tours of different Parisian neighbourhoods and the Hop-On Hop-Off bus.
You can choose the formula of 2, 3 or 4 consecutive days. Please note that even the Paris Pass does not include public transport . Any transport pass must be purchased separately.
The Paris Pass is actually a package consisting of two elements: the Paris Museum Pass and the Paris Pass. It can only be purchased online and, after completing your purchase, you will immediately receive the Paris Pass by e-mail for use on your smartphone, while the Paris Museum Pass must be picked up at one of the pick-up points on your arrival in the city, such as the Big Bus Information Centre at 11 Avenue de l’Opéra, every day from 10am to 5pm.
The Paris Pass is activated upon visiting the first attraction. At that point, the pass will be valid for the number of consecutive days you have chosen. For example, if you activated a 3-day pass on Tuesday, you can use it for the entire day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We recommend activating the pass early in the morning to make the most of it.
The Paris Pass allows you to skip the queue at several attractions, which is something to keep in mind especially during peak season. Priority access is available, for example, at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Grevin Wax Museum.
The Paris Pass is recommended for those planning a trip to Paris full of museums and attractions. If this will be your first time in Paris and you want to visit as many attractions as possible, then the Paris Pass is perfect for you: with the skip-the-line entry, you’ll save a lot of time to spend in the city.
The pass is particularly convenient for those staying several days: with at least 4 days, you’ll be able to visit as many attractions as possible, taking advantage of the many options available with the pass.
The pass can only be purchased online on the official website.
Created by the same company as The Paris Pass, the Paris All-inclusive Pass is a pass that includes practically everything Paris has to offer in terms of museums and attractions.
The features of the pass are identical to those of The Paris Pass. We imagine this is purely a marketing issue but in fact the two passes are the same.
In any case, again you can choose the 2, 3 or 4-day pass and the operation is the same as The Paris Pass.
As with The Paris Pass, you must purchase the Paris All-inclusive Pass online, download the Go City app and use your order confirmation number to add the pass to your phone.
On the other hand, the Paris Museum Pass must be collected on your arrival in Paris, at the Big Bus ticket centre, Avenue de L’Opera, 11. To enter the various attractions, simply show the pass directly from your smartphone.
The convenience of the pass is derived from the number of attractions you are going to visit and the number of days you have available. Certainly, the large number of extra attractions included makes a difference: if you’re not interested in taking advantage of the extras, the high cost of the pass is not justified.
The Paris All-inclusive Pass is sold exclusively on the official Go City website.
Paris PassLib‘ is the tourist pass created by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau: it has been designed to meet the needs of different types of tourists who want to personalise their visit to Paris as much as possible. It is available in 4 different versions and allows you to visit from 3 to 6 attractions/activities.
The Paris Pass Lib’ is exactly the opposite of the all-inclusive passes. It does not provide a predefined list of attractions to visit but allows entry to specific attractions of your choice. In practice, you don’t choose the number of days but the number of attractions to visit.
The pass is available in 4 variants:
The pass is activated on first use and is valid for one year. It can therefore also be used on non-consecutive days or even on several trips.
This type of modular pass is designed primarily for those who do not have a lot of time at their disposal, e.g. on a weekend, and who therefore plan to visit a few, targeted attractions in the city.
The pass is also particularly recommended for those who have already visited Paris and its most famous sights, or for those who want to see some of the city’s top attractions but prefer to spend more time experiencing the city in the open air.
The pass is completely digital: simply buy the pass online, download the QR code and the dedicated mobile app. Then all you have to do is follow the instructions to book the different activities and organise your days.
The Paris Explorer Pass is Go City’s modular season ticket. Like the Paris Passlib’, this pass grants entry to 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions of your choice, with a validity of 60 days from first use. It therefore does not necessarily have to be used on consecutive days.
The big difference with its twin pass is in the type of attractions and activities on offer: in fact, here you will only find some of the great classics that all tourists want to see while there is a wide choice of niche attractions, themed tours and special experiences to experience Paris from different perspectives.
Yes, there is the Louvre, but a visit to the exterior of the building is offered in combination with it. There is the Eiffel Tower, but not just the entrance, but a guided tour that will explain in detail the history and characteristics of the monument. Then there are gastronomic tours, guided tours to discover the most fascinating neighbourhoods, tastings and cruises on the Seine.
The pass is totally digital, you can show it directly from your smartphone, without having to print anything out and without going through the ticket offices.
The Explorer Pass is definitely recommended for those who have visited Paris before and therefore have already seen the must-see attractions and want to explore unusual places in the city.
But it’s also a good choice for those who don’t want to spend their whole holiday inside a museum and once they’ve seen the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, want to enjoy the city more.
In fact, the focus of the pass is on experiences: activities, themed tours outside the usual tourist circuits, tastings, cooking classes and minor sights that are generally discarded during a first visit to Paris.
Also included is an attraction that no other pass includes: Disneyland Paris.
The Paris Explorer Pass is sold by Go City and can only be purchased online.
Tiqets is an online ticket resale site that has designed its own Paris city cards. They are actually combination tickets, i.e. they offer a reduced cost for entry to a predefined number of attractions. They are decidedly simple but functional solutions, especially for those who have chosen to visit Paris over a weekend.
These passes allow you to visit only the most popular attractions in Paris and all of them offer a 10% discount on all other admissions to the monuments and museums in Paris. To access the discount, the attractions must necessarily be booked on the Tiqets website, which issues the tourist passes.
The cards are totally digital, you won’t need to print anything out and you can show them at the entrance directly from your smartphone.
The pass provides access to 3 top attractions: the climb up the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the cruise on the Seine.
Included in the price is an audio guide app, which describes and explains the attractions using commentary by local experts, interactive maps, walking routes, and public transport routes.
Again there are 3 attractions included but different from the previous pass: the Orsay Museum, a boat cruise on the Seine complete with an aperitif and entry to Saint Chapelle.
As the name suggests, this is a card designed for families. It therefore provides entry to child-friendly attractions, namely: the Zoological Park, the Grévin wax museum and entry to the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.
In general, all-inclusive passes are only worthwhile in one case: if you plan to visit a lot of attractions. Certainly a city like Paris, with such a high historical, cultural and artistic heritage, invites you to spend a lot of time at museums and monuments and it is easy, especially if it is your first visit to the French capital, to decide to buy a pass that includes a bit of everything. If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, you’ll want to see at least all the city’s top attractions and certainly tourist passes can be a good way to cut down on the high cost of admission.
In general, we advise you to make a basic plan of your stay in Paris, draw up a list of the museums you wish to visit and make a quick calculation of the total expenditure with tickets purchased at full price. Then all you have to do is compare this estimate with the cost of the various tourist passes.
If, on the other hand, you have already visited most of the attractions on a previous trip to Paris or if you wish to enjoy more of the city’s atmosphere in the open air, entering only a few museums, we recommend a modular pass.
Finally, we would like to remind you that the passes are not suitable for children or teenagers: in fact, entry to almost all museums in Paris is free of charge for those under 26 years of age who are residents of the European Union.