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The various sightseeing and transport passes for Paris at first glance can confuse the visitor.
However, the Paris Pass featured here is one of the most comprehensive (and most expensive) Paris visitor passes. The only thing missing is a public transport add-on.
You choose your time period, either 2, 3, 4 or 6 days. Paris Passes can be bought at anytime and then activated within the next year, so you can plan ahead and make savings before using the pass.
During the year the Paris Pass occasionally has flash sales that make this pass even better value. These Paris Pass Flash Sales offer up to 15% off the price of the pass. As the passes can be bought at anytime and then activated at the time of your choosing within the next year, these flash sales can be a great way to save money.
If you are looking for a pass to cover a longer period of time then the Paris Explorer Pass allows you do do this. Please see our separate page Paris Explorer Pass for more details.
The Paris Pass bundles other passes together to offer comprehensive coverage of the main Paris sights. These include the Paris Museum Pass (also available on its own) and the Paris Attractions Pass.
The Paris Museum Pass gives you free entrance to 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris - and you can visit each one as many times as you want!
Fast track entry applies at many of the attractions included - simply show your card at the entrance and head straight inside.
The Paris Museum Pass covers many of the blockbuster Paris attractions, the Louvre, Orsay Museum, Army Museum (Tomb of Napoleon), Science Museum, Notre Dame, Pantheon, Pompidou Centre and Rodin Museum in Paris.
If you want to visit the Louvre using the Paris Pass you must now book a timeslot online in advance. You will then need to bring your Paris Pass and documentation of your timeslot booking with you to the entrance, at the appropriate time.
Around Paris there are many châteaux, but it is Versailles that is the feature act for most visitors.
The Paris Attractions Pass grants you free entry into an additional 8 attractions, tours and experiences that will make your visit to Paris that extra bit special, however not the Eiffel Tower. If you are looking for a pass that does include the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Explorer Pass does this.
The most popular two of the eight is a 1 day pass for the Big Bus Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus and the Bateaux Parisiens 1 hour river cruise.
Previously, the backbone of the transport provided with Paris Pass was a Paris Visite Card. This gave you unlimited journeys on all Paris Metro, RER, Buses, Trams, SNCF Overland Suburban Trains, and the Montmartre Funicular in zones 1-3 of the Paris public transport system for the duration of the pass.
Unfortunately, since 2021 the Paris Pass no longer includes any public transport at all. The best they offer is the Big Bus hop-on-hop-off ticket for getting around Paris. This is certainly something to factor into your consideration of buying the pass, as you will now need to plan and pay for your transport to each attraction in addition to the card.
Use our link below to learn about the Paris Public Transport system. For reference, zones 1-3 of the public transport system cover all the central Paris attractions and hotel districts. However it doesn't stretch out to the airports, Disneyland or Versailles.
Paris Public Transport & Visite Pass details
Paris Pass holders fast track entry at the following popular places:
With the Paris Pass you get free and fast track entry at top Paris attractions. There are over 75+ amazing Paris attractions where you can use the Paris Pass. You can save money and time with the skip the line fast track entry too.
Popular attractions include Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Bateaux River Cruise, 1-day Paris Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour, Arc de Triomphe, Montparnasse Tower and Centre Pompidou.
The Paris Pass is really easy to use. Just choose your duration and either get it delivered or pick it up on arrival. Then just scan your pass at any attraction to gain entry. The Pass is also valid for one whole year so you can buy now and activate it later.
It is worth noting that during the pandemic restrictions, advance booking will be required as will a relevant health pass for entry to most attractions. Just select your Paris Card as the means to pay in the ticket checkout window of each attraction.
So is the Paris Pass worth it?
You will save time and money with the Paris Pass as opposed to visiting each attraction independently. You will have to pay for public transport tickets for attractions that are further away than a comfortable walk from each other, or if you can plan your timings, you may be able to utilise the included big-bus ticket as your means to get around Paris freely.
So, if you intend to see as many attractions as you can whilst in Paris and are happy to plan ahead, then the Paris Pass should be well worth the investment.
Big Bus is one of the two main hop-on, hop-off open top sightseeing buses in Paris. You get a 1 day pass on Big Bus with the Paris Pass, whose 2.5 hour route covers all the main attractions in the centre of Paris
Big Bus hop on, hop off details
Also included is a river cruise along the Seine River on the Bateaux Parisiens to discover the City of Lights from the water.
Glide past the Notre Dame Cathedral and under the famous Pont Neuf, to name a few, starting your trip at the Eiffel Tower, or Notre Dame itself.
You can buy the Paris Pass for 2, 3, 4 and 6 days (the options being driven by the Paris Museum Pass which has these same durations).
You order the Paris Pass online in advance via the banner link below and have it delivered to your home address for which there is a charge.
You can download the pass at the time of purchase and either keep it on your phone or print it out. The Paris Museum Pass part of the package will need to be redeemed in the city though. These need to be picked up from Big Bus Information Centre, 11 Avenue de L'Opera, 75009 Paris. You just show your Paris Pass at the redemption centre and they will give you aphysical Paris Museum Pass.
The Paris Museum Pass is one component of the Paris Pass. But you can buy the Paris Museum Pass as a stand-alone product without all the extra facilities of the Paris Pass.
The new Paris Explorer Pass is a more leisurely pass option, allowing you to spread out your sightseeing over 60 days. You can choose 2, 3, 5 or 7 attractions from a selection of 40, to visit. Attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise, Opera Garnier and many more.
The Paris Explorer Pass more details
|Paris day tours|
|Paris hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses|
|Half-day Paris city tour with Seine river cruise and Eiffel Tower||From €87|
|Paris in one day city tour with lunch||From €166|
|Skip-the-line fast track Eiffel Tower tickets||From €33|
|» See the full list of Eiffel Tower tickets and tours|
|The Louvre and Musee d'Orsay|
|Louvre fast track tickets||From €17|
|Louvre Fast track tickets + Audio tour||From €43|
|Louvre Fast track tickets + Walking tour||From €57|
|Orsay Museum (Musee d'Orsay) fast track tickets||From €16|
|Montmartre art lovers tour + Musee d'Orsay fast track tickets||From €45|
|Louvre + Orsay combo small group walking tour||From €182|
|» See the full list of Louvre tickets and tours|
|Palace of Versailles|
|Versailles Palace tour from Paris||From €85|
|Versailles Palace and Gardens tour from Paris||From €65|
|Versailles by bike full day tour from Paris||From €101|
|» See the full list of Versailles tickets and tours|
|Other best selling Paris tours|
|Moulin Rogue tickets and combos|
|Catacombs of Paris|
|Disneyland® Paris (EuroDisney)|
|Day tours from Paris|
|Giverny tours and tickets|
|Mont Saint Michel day trip|
|Loire Valley day trip with wine tasting|
|Normandy D-Day battlefields and beaches day trip|