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The Paris Pass Review: The Easiest Way to See Paris in a Rush

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A walk through the Louvre, an elevator up the Eiffel Tower and a gruelling climb up the stairs to the Arc De Triomphe. Is this the Paris you have planned to visit?

For my umpteenth visit to Paris I decided it was time to check off all the “hot spots” I was yet to visit and finally be able to say I had seen the Mona Lisa up close and to walk the hallowed halls of the world’s most renowned museum.

Years ago I was standing in a 2 hour line to climb the Notre Dame Cathedral with my partner when I noticed a family of four flash a fancy card and gain immediate, complimentary access. Magic! I have since researched the Paris Pass and decided it was my golden ticket to fast track my way about town, finally ticking off all the attractions I was yet to visit.

So, what’s the verdict? Is the Paris Pass worth the money?

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The Paris Pass Price & What’s Included

Lets talk money matters first, because what’s the point in buying a Paris Pass if you’re not going to make use of it?

The cost of the Paris Pass is:

2 Days: €110
3 Days: €169.00
4 Days: €199.00
6 Days: €239

I chose the four days and pushed myself to see as much as I could each day, without robbing myself of enough time at each attraction and with plenty of pit stops (for macarons, mostly).

What is Included?

Access to Paris’ top museums and monuments.

Metro + Bus travel for the duration of your pass.

1 Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour.

Seine River Cruise.

Entry to a few other sights like the Palais Garnier & Versailles.

What is not Included?

It is important to note that neither the Eiffel Tower nor the Catacombs are included in the PP.

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Is it Worth the Money?

For me, yes. Because time is money and I’d rather be eating in a cafe feeling oh-so-Frenchie than I would be spending hours in a line to enter the Louvre. BUT, it totally depends on you and your itinerary when in Paris.

The best way to decide if it is worth your investment is to make a mock itinerary of all the museums +monuments + attractions you plan to visit. Crunch the numbers and then see if the value weighs up for you.

My pass being €199 for four days worked out to be around €50 per day, which meant a lot of sight seeing and cruising on the metro, which I only do if I have a long way to travel for fear of missing the action above ground.

Prices to Consider

Some of the major attractions you might be interested in visiting are:

Arc de Triomphe — Adult: €12.00

Panthéon — Adult: €9.00

Notre Dame Cathedral Towers — Adult: €10.00

Sainte-Chapelle — Adult: €10.00

Palace of Versailles — Adult: €20.00 (half to full day trip out of Paris)

Château de Fontainebleau — Adult: €11.00 (full day trip out of Paris)

One-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour — €31.00

Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier Opéra) — Adult: 11.00

Montparnasse Tower — Adult: €15.00

Unlimited Metro for 5 days – Adult: €37.25

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Is it Worth It?

For me the pass was not worth it money-wise, but time-wise it was a lifesaver. But for those who have not seen Paris and wish to visit all the major attractions in one hit – read on!

As this was my 10th (or 11th or 12th?) visit to Paris, I have already visited most of the major attractions. However I did enjoy cutting lines and skipping my way to the front with my magic card.

If you plan to visit big ticket sights like Versailles, do the hop-on-hop-off tour and see the best view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower ALL IN ONE DAY, then yes, this pass is totally worth it. The only hook is that you’ll need to wake early, hit the ground running, and make the most of the pass while you have it.

Click here to buy the Paris Pass (if you wish).

Happy travels!

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  • ejmont@wanderluststorytellers.com.au'
    Jolene Ejmont
    July 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for this detailed review of the pass. We are heading to France and I agree that the money is worth the time saving factor! Should we purchase it before we go?

    • Brooke Saward
      July 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I got mine before I arrived but had to collect it at their store as I ordered it so late that it didn’t have time to ship to my home. If you order ahead you can have it shipped to your home anywhere in the world 🙂

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    July 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    The pictures that are clicked looks amazing. France has always been a dream place that I wanted to go to. Surely these are the places that I would love to put on my checklist. THanks for sharing the information.

    Regards

  • b_tryon@hotmail.com'
    Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere
    June 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    We loved the Paris Pass as well! We bought the 4-day museum pass, which excluded bonuses like the hop-on-hop-off tour and the wine tasting, but was much better suited to our sightseeing style. For those looking to experience the most famous sites in Paris, this is a great way to go!

  • zhanna.seravokaya@gmail.com'
    Zhanna
    June 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I haven’t heard about the Paris pass before. I agree no one likes to waste time sitting in a line. Thank you for your tips! I might use the pass on my visit to Paris

  • thestyletune@gmail.com'
    chichi
    June 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    passes make a lot of sense if u have less time, there is less stress and you don’t miss out on top attractions.

  • ellylikeadoll@gmail.com'
    instagram
    June 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this helpful article. It’s so detailed! Other bloggers rarely write about the price 😀 What most of budget traveler like me consider the most.

  • Vidyutrautela@gmail.com'
    Vidyut Rautela
    June 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Passes are usually not designed for Budget Travelers but as you points they do save you a lot of time. I’d really consider it if I am there for a day or two… Much less hassle.

    Take a look ay my Paris posts here: triplyzer.com/paris

  • krystal@thekrystaldiaries.com'
    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    June 17, 2017 at 4:53 am

    This is really helpful. I’m travelling to Paris for four days in the fall and there are a few “touristy” sites I’d like to see but I really don’t want to stand on long lines. I’d kind of like to get in and out faster so I can then enjoy just wandering about and eating in cafes.

  • kate@onebagger.com'
    Kate from OneBagger
    June 17, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I found the Museum Pass to be a much greater value when I went. I wasn’t going to do much of what was on the regular Pass (bus tour, wine tasting, etc.) and it was much more expensive. It’s only 62 euro for the four days as opposed to 182, and if you’re looking to head to a lot of museums I really think it’s a good deal. Especially concerning the Louvre, when I probably saved myself a good hour or two in not waiting in line (only took me, like, a minute once I found the entrance AND I got there when it opened). You don’t get a travel option, but I found Paris’s metro fairly simple with its ten-ticket packets that I don’t know if you really need it.

  • dreamofadventures@gmail.com'
    the adventurer
    June 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    great tip! I lived in Paris and saw some of these places during the off season and middle of the week so there weren’t many people. But for the next time I go I think I will use this so I’m not waiting around all the time

  • charliemei88@hotmail.co.uk'
    Charlie
    June 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    We used the Paris Pass on our 4 day trip about 2 years ago and as you say it’s perfect if you are time crunched and want to pack a lot in – we managed to pick our passes up in a summer sale so it is worth checking their website regularly for deals. The metro and travel ticket was invaluable as we were saying in Plas de Republique, so all we really ended up paying for was our accommodation (Air B n B), flight (Easyjet sale) and food. We literally saw so many things in a short space of time and managed to fit picnics, lunches and dinners in whilst we were at it. My feet were covered in blister by the time we headed home! Definitely worth it for a whistle stop tour!

  • michael@mileinmyglasses.co.uk'
    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses
    June 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    The Paris pass sounds like a lifesaver! Such great value for money!

    I hope you have a lovely Friday,
    Michael

  • Mastouraya1@gmail.com'
    Aya
    June 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

    This post is so helpful, thank you for sharing I appreciate it, lots of bloggers never mention this but I’m glad you did !! I’ve never been to Paris but I definitely want to and this is something that I’ve always wondered on and now I know and i think that the card is definitely worth it cause I don’t like to spend time waiting !!