Paris Pass 101

Paris Pass 101

When I decided to visit Paris this fall, the first thing I knew I needed to do besides book my accommodations was buy a Paris Pass. I had such a good experience with the London Pass, I wanted to use a city pass again. Now, I’ve created this Paris Pass 101 Guide to show you how you need one for your next adventure! 

What a Paris Pass Includes

Paris Pass Items
What you receive: Paris Pass card, Museum Pass booklet, Paris Visite Travel Stub.

  • FREE Entry to over 60 museums, iconic monuments, and unique experiences!
  • FREE Guidebook including info about all the places you can access plus a metro map
  • FREE Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for a day
  • FREE Paris Visite Travel Pass for public transportation

Perks of the Paris Pass

  1. A public transportation travel card that gives you full access to Zones 1, 2, & 3 of Paris metro (subway) and buses. It is valid for the number of days you ordered your pass. This gives you virtually unlimited access to all the important places in the city.
  2. Your museum pass acts as a “fast track” entry to most museums you use it at. This means shorter lines for you and more time exploring the museums or city.
  3. Your Paris Pass includes entry to the Louvre, but you have to sign up for a specific time slot. Your “reservation” then acts like a fast pass entry ticket!
  4. Free Hop On/Hop Off Bus access for a day! This was a nice perk to sit and enjoy the sights, have a tour guide, and rest our feet from walking. 

The Paris Pass DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Eiffel tower tickets
    • I would highly recommend purchasing tickets to go to the summit or second floor. It gives you a new perspective to the city day or night.
  • Catacombs
    • SO worth the ticket cost! Make sure to purchase these ahead of time as well to skip the line and make sure you gain entry.
  • Versaille Royal Gardens (behind the palace)
    • Not as critical to see, but if you enjoy statues, landscaping, or a beautiful place to take a leisurely stroll, it may be a good option.

Quick Tips

  • Get it for at least three days!
    • Paris is such a large city, that anything less than three days is a deep disservice to you and the city. Although this was a shorter trip for me, I wish I could've stayed for an extra day or two to check off everything on my "must see" list.
    • BONUS: If you use the code "NOV19" you can get an extra 5% off a 3, 6, or 10 day pass.
  • Buy separate “fast pass” Versailles tickets to skip the line or get there SUPER early.
    • Versailles palace IS included, but the line is always atrocious. It may be worth the investment to buy your own fast pass tickets. 
    • If you don’t want to spend the extra money, get there before it opens early in the morning. Otherwise, plan to spend the whole day there.
  • Take advantage of the travel card!
    • The metro system is pretty easy to learn (similar to London underground). If you download the Paris Pass app, you can access maps to the metro, buses, and Hop On/Hop Off bus tours for easier planning. There is also a map of the metro as the back cover to your free Paris Guidebook!

Overall, my trip wouldn’t have been nearly as seamless or amazing without the Paris Pass. I know the price might be a sticker shock to some who prefer budget traveling. However, if you do the math, you will quickly find that just by visiting the top attractions you can easily save over a hundred dollars. If you’re looking for other ways to save money when traveling, check out my Frugal Travel Tips series!

If you have any questions about my experience with the Paris Pass or what’s included, don’t hesitate to comment below or message me in my Contact Form.

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