Saving Time and Money Using the Paris Pass

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Which Paris Pass is the best? Is it worth it? Both questions are one of the doubts that travelers sometimes ask on Tiplr’s Facebook group about Paris, and on this article we address everything you need to know about using this sightseeing city card that saves you time, money, gives unlimited public transportation and fast track entry to more than 60 places to visit, including the Louvre Museum, the Bus Tour and other of the most crowded attractions listed in details on this page. However, it’s important to remember that the Paris Pass doesn’t include entry to the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and the Catacombs.

The Paris Pass is perfect for travelers who want to enjoy the most of their time in Paris visiting every place as possible at a great cost-benefit, with a clear plan of what to do for every hour in the city. Without a plan of your visits or if you prefer to explore the city spontaneously, you may spend more money than paying for each attraction you actually end up visiting. 

Pros: save time and unlimited travel on public transportation. 

Cons: it’s pricey if you don’t visit a lot of places and you need to pick up your pass in Paris.

Planning is crucial for using the Paris Pass. Photo credit: Paris Pass.

If you are already planning traveling to Paris, you can buy your Paris Pass in advance while you decide which landmarks to visit, it can be activated up to one year from the date of your purchase. Anyway, make sure that the attractions you want to visit are open during your trip, especially on public holidays. 

If traveling with kids in Paris, it’s important to search for entry information about the attractions you want to visit. Children and teens don’t pay or have discounted prices in most of the attractions. So here we describe the different travel passes in Paris.

Paris Pass

The Paris Pass is available for different lengths of stay and is a smart choice for travelers planning day trips or multi-day itineraries during your visit to the City of Lights. This pass is available in 2, 3, 4 and 6-day durations that are activated from your first usage at an attraction. When buying the pass, check the purse value of your ticket as the passes expire if you exceed it.  Paris Pass consists of three cards: the Paris Pass itself, the Big Bus Pass, and the Metro Card.

Paris Passlib

The Paris Passlib is distributed by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, similar to the Paris Pass but with fewer attractions available for 1, 2, 3, and 5 days. Once you buy it, you receive the cards for Paris Passlib, the Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Visite (Travelcard). This pass also includes a one-hour boat cruise by the Seine River and one day of a sightseeing bus tour in Paris. Buying the 3 days and 5 days pass, you can visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum with a special gift.

It can be shipped all over the world in a few days or you can pick it up in Paris, including the option of delivering to your hotel. This pass also includes skip-the-line access and paying an additional fee, some €15, you can access the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower. The Paris Passlib provides travelers a map-guide, a guide for using the pass and a free mobile app (Android or iOS).

The Museum Pass

The Museum Pass is a smart option for travelers willing to visit the museums during their trip to Paris, giving you access to more than 60 museums and landmarks at a reasonable price such as Louvre Museum, The Orsay Museum, Centre Pompidou, and more museums. It’s available for 2, 4, and 6 days, and must be used on consecutive days. It’s worth buying for travelers who have a clear plan and timing of their logistics around the museums in Paris.

What’s even more interesting about this pass is the fast check entry to skip the long lines in the major Parisian attractions. A big advantage of the Paris Museum Pass is that it can be used multiple times at each museum. However, it doesn’t provide access to temporary exhibitions.  

Louvre Museum in Paris. Photo credit: Joanne Clifford, Flickr.

The Paris Visite Pass (Paris Travelcard)

The Paris Visite Pass is included in the Paris Pass and Paris Passlib packages, and covers all the public transportation between the zones 1 and 3 in the Central Paris at any time of the day, including metro, bus, tram, SNCF train, RER, and Montmartre Funicular during the duration of your Paris Pass. It’s a smart way to move around the landmarks you want to visit in the city and save time instead of buying a ticket for every transportation you take. 

For attractions out of the Paris region, you need to buy a separated ticket for public transportation. It’s recommended to keep your Paris Visite Pass away from mobile phones and magnetic sources to avoid damaging the magnetic strip of your card.

Paris Bus Tour

If you want to make the most of your visit to Paris on a single day, it’s worth taking the Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour around the most popular attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and Paris Opera House. Its route has nine stops at the most famous attractions that no traveler can skip, available in eight languages. Champs de Mars, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum, Grand Palais, and Trocadéro are among the stops. You just need to board the bus with your Paris Pass. Objections for taking the bus tour are usually the traffic jam in Paris and the affordable prices of ride-sharing services such as Uber.


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