Paris Pass Review: Is It Worth It?

By on Published: June 17, 2017 | Last Updated: April 2, 2020 in Europe, FRANCE with 4 Comments

Is the Paris Pass Worth It?

There’s no doubt that the Paris Pass – an all-in-one visitor card for travellers – is both a useful and easy way to explore the best of this amazing city.

Granting visitors free access to over 60 attractions across the city, as well as hassle-free travel around Paris, the pass definitely has some very appealing credentials.

But is the Paris Pass worth it financially?

As a dedicated budget traveller, I was committed to finding this out on my recent trip to Paris and feel very fortunate that the kind folk at Paris Pass gifted me one of their 2 day packages to put this money-saving offering to the test.

So here, is my honest Paris Pass review aiming to give you the full lowdown about just how worthwhile this travel card is …


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This Paris Pass Review

First, up, I want to give you an overview of how this review article is going to shape up, as well as remind and reassure you that, as always, this post is giving to give you my honest advice based absolutely on my personal experience.

First up, I’m going to let you know how the Paris Pass works – what it is and what it does.

Then I’m going to go through its advantages and disadvantages – what I see are the great bonuses, as well as annoying downfalls of this travel card.

Next, I’m going to give you a top 2 day Paris itinerary that will show you how to make the best of this pass.

And I’ll even price up this itinerary, both with and without the Paris Pass, to clearly show you the evidence of whether this pass is worth it… or not.

Finally, I’ll talk about some of the longer Paris Passes (3, 4 and 6 days), before giving you some of my exclusive Paris Pass tips, which I’ve picked up from using this card myself.

So, let’s get on with it…

 

How Does it Work?

 

It’s hard to consider whether the Paris Pass is worth it without taking a quick moment to explain exactly how this card works.

Essentially the Paris Pass is comprised of 3 parts:

  • 1x Paris Museum Pass
  • 1x Paris Attraction Pass
  • 1x Paris Travel Card

Between these 3 different passes, which come together under the umbrella package of the Paris Pass, holders are eligible to visit a huge selection of:

  • Paris Museums – such as the Louvre and the Towers of Notre Dame multiple times
  • Paris Attractions – such as a cruise on the Seine River and access to the Montparnasse 56th Floor once
  • Paris Travel – such as unlimited transport via Metros, RER, buses, trams within zones 1-3

Paris Passes are available for different lengths of time (2 days, 3 days, 4 days and 6 days) and for different ages (adult, teen and child).

Prices vary depending on the length of pass and the holder’s age.

The longer pass you buy, the greater the value it offers.

Passes are set for a consecutive number of days and are activated after their first use.

What this means is that you can buy the card far in advance (up to 12 months before your travels in fact), but that it won’t start until you get to Paris and use it at the first attraction or museum.

 

Advantages of the Paris Pass

There are definitely some huge advantages to the Paris Pass, which you should bear in mind when trying to work out whether it’s worth it for you.

 

#1 Free Access

Once you purchase your Paris Pass, you’re granted free access to over 60 attractions in and around the city.

The vast majority of the things you want to see in Paris are included i.e. the Louvre, Notre-Dame and the Palace de Versailles.

As these all come under the Paris Museum Pass, they can therefore be accessed multiple times.

This is great because it means you don’t have to waste time trying to buy any other tickets or spend any more money on additional attractions in the city.

The only exception is the Eiffel Tower, which you must buy a separate ticket for if you want to climb it.

 

#2 Free Tours

In addition to the free attractions, the Paris Pass also gives you the opportunity to sample some great tours around the city, including wine-tasting and cruises on the Seine (which are both included under the Paris Attraction Pass).

These really add an extra level to your Paris experience; after all, even the hardest culture-vultures can get a bit museum-ed out.

In fact, I loved exploring the city via the free bus and walking tours included in my Paris Pass perhaps more than the museums.

I think this is largely because the Pass they gave me the chance to experience things I normally wouldn’t have done, such as a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

#3 Fast Access

The Paris Pass will allow you to jump the queue in many of Paris’ top attractions.

If you’ve been to this city and stood in any of the ticket lines before, you’ll know this can be both a real drag, as well as a drain on your precious sightseeing time.

One of the best things about the Paris Pass, therefore, is that in many places it will allow you to skip the ticket queue, saving you heaps of time and the boredom of standing around for hours on end… especially useful for families.

Armed with a Paris Pass, my top queue jumps were at the Arc de Triomphe and the Musée d’Orsay, where I reckon I saved almost an hour at each!

 

#4 Easy and Convenient

And so, cutting out both the need to buy tickets and stand in long lines, there’s no denying one of the top advantages to the Paris Pass is the level of convenience it presents.

This is also true of the Paris Travel Card that comes with the Pass and allows you to hop on and off public transport without having to negotiate ticket machines or fines!

If you don’t speak French or aren’t a particularly confident traveller, the Paris Pass will definitely help remove many of the stresses that can occur during a trip to this bustling metropolis.

Add into this the fact that you can buy the Paris Pass from the comfort of your own home, while you are planning your trip, and the ease and convenience of this tourist travel card is definitely one of its major advantages.

 

#5 Money Back Guarantee

And while we’re talking about buying the Paris Pass online from home, before your trip, it’s also worth mentioning this card offers a 30 day money-back guarantee.

So if you order the card online, you’ll automatically receive a 30 day guarantee against any non-use of the product, giving you a full refund if you do not use and activate your pass.

In case your plans change, this is a great insurance option that gives you flexibility in the event of any unforeseen changes.

 

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Disadvantages of the Paris Pass

Making sure you get the best value for money from your Paris Pass can only really be achieved by putting a bit of time into your travel planning, as this review explores in more detail here…

 

#1 Organisation

Ensuring the pass works for you will mean planning your visit, or at least having a rough outline of how you want to spend your time in Paris ahead of time.

For example, if you mostly want to enjoy restaurants, bars and parks, the Paris Pass is unlikely to be worth it for you.

However, if you want to see many of the city’s key attractions such as museums, historical buildings and icons, then it’s likely your trip to Paris will hugely benefit from the Pass.

As such, having even a vague idea of what it is you want to do in Paris is crucial to ensuring you get the best value from the Paris Pass.

 

#2 Research

Along with organisation, you’ll also need to do some Paris research ahead of time.

By this I mean that you need to know what is included in the Pass and what you want to see.

It’s then a good idea to construct a rough itinerary and ensure you can get your money’s worth from the length of pass you’re looking to buy.

 

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Sample 2 Day Paris Pass Itinerary

However, I totally understand that planning a rough itinerary in a foreign city you’ve never visited before can be hard to do.

So, to help you do just that, I’ve constructed a perfect 2 day Paris itinerary, with a budget breakdown, that will ensure you get great value from your Paris Pass

 

# Day 1

Morning:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour – 2 routes available and a great idea to help get your bearings in the city
  • Paris Story – 1 hour film giving you a great introduction to Paris

Afternoon:

  • Musée du Louvre – The world’s most visited museum, which contains the Mona Lisa
  • Notre-Dame Towers – Climb to the top of this 12th century Gothic Cathedral and then head inside it

Evening:

  • Centre Pompidou – Leading modern art museum
  • Montparnasse Tower – Take in the Paris night sky from the city’s tallest building

 

# Day 2

Morning:

  • Musée d’Orsay – Home to the works of Degas, Monet and Van Gogh
  • Musée Rodin – Showcases the master sculpture’s greatest body of work

Afternoon:

  • Wine Tasting – Visit the historic Royal wine cellar of Les Caves du Louvre
  • Musée Picasso – The only public collection of Picasso’s works in the world

Evening:

  • Bateaux Parisiens – Cruise the Seine for an hour
  • Arc de Triomphe – Ascend Paris’ iconic landmark after dark

 

Is the Paris Pass Worth it Financially?

Based on the above itinerary, I’ve done a budget breakdown (with prices correct at the time of publication) as follows:

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour  €33.00

Paris Story                               €  9.50

Musée du Louvre                   €12.00

Notre-Dame Towers              €10.00

Centre Pompidou                   €14.00

Montparnasse Tower            €17.00

Musée d’Orsay                        €14.00

Musée Rodin                           €10.00

Wine Tasting                           €30.00

Musée Picasso                         €12.50

Bateaux Parisiens                   €15.00

Arc de Triomphe                     €12.00

2 Day Paris Travel Card        €21.00       

=  €210.00

The 2 Day Adult Paris Pass costs €200.00.

 

This means that yes, the Paris Pass is worth it financially… by 10 euros!

But that’s not all.

Because in addition to the saving, you need to remember all the other advantages that come with the Pass as well, which also make it worthwhile.

These include the added benefits of…

  • less time waiting in lines
  • not having to worry about speaking French
  • not having to navigate ticket systems, especially when it comes to public transport
  • being able to visit the attractions that come under the Museum Pass multiple times at no extra cost

 

3, 4 & 6 Day Paris Passes

It is also worth pointing out that the longer the length of your Paris Pass, the more cost-effective it becomes.

For example, while a 2 Day Adult Paris Pass costs €200.00, a 3 Day Pass costs only €250.00.

A 4 Day Pass is then €300.00 and a 6 Day Pass just €350.00

So, the longer you have on your pass, the less the daily rate and the more time you have to explore the 60 free attractions.

Essentially, this means greater value for you!

The Palace de Versailles, for example, is one of the city’s top attractions not included in my 2 day Paris itinerary above.

I would love to have visited it with an extra day up my sleeve and, in buying a longer length Paris Pass, this sort of flexibility would have been open to me.

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Other Top Tips for the Paris Pass 

#1 Start Early in the Day

Most of the museums are open from 9am-6pm, with last entrance normally 45 mins before closing.

If you want to get the best value out of your Paris Pass, therefore, I highly recommend starting your day early, so that you have as many hours as possible to visit the free attractions.

Again my suggested itinerary above makes use of this, by placing those activities that are still available after 18:00 into the evening slots.

 

#2 Make Use of Public Transport

With your Paris Pass, you have a free travel card anyway, so make use of this at no extra cost, by hopping on as much public transport as possible.

Doing this will get you around the city faster, allowing you to visit more attractions in a shorter space of time and making sure you get the best value possible from your Paris Pass.

 

#3 Buy Your Paris Pass in Advance

I’d also suggest buying the Paris Pass in advance.

Not only will this allow you to plan and organise your use of it ahead of time – helping you get the most out of it – but it will also mean you don’t have to waste time in Paris sourcing and buying the Pass.

Simple order your Paris Pass online today and have it sent direct to your home ahead of your trip – meaning your time in this great city can just be spent enjoying it!

You can order up to 12 months ahead of your trip and doing so also makes you eligible for the pass’ 30 day money-back guarantee.

 

#4 Get the App

And the 4th tip of my list of Paris Pass hacks is download the app.

Yes the official Paris Pass app is now available on both iOS and Android and can help you a great deal with navigating your way around the capital, discovering the attractions included in your pass, as well as planning and building your own customisable itinerary.

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So if you’re asking me whether I had an easier, less stressful, jam-packed and more exciting time in Paris due to my Paris Pass, then I’d have to say yes.

As such, I’d certainly agree the Paris Pass is worth it.. and I think this review shows that.

What do you think?

Have you had experience with the Paris Pass?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments box below…

 

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  1. Argie says:

    Greetings,
    We’re traveling with 2 kids ages 9yrs and 13yrs old in August? It seems we have to really pack a lot in 2 days to make it worth it, right? How many hours do you spend in Louvre and D’Orsay? With all walking with kids, we’re not climbing the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame is only visible outside since it’s burned? We’re going to Versailles. Versailles is almost a one day event and maybe add others in the evening that’s included in the pass? Any suggestions?

    • Steph says:

      Hi Argie, great to hear you are travelling as a family to Paris – honestly you could spend all day in the Louvre, or you could just spend a few hours, depends how into art your kids are! The D’Orsay is smaller, but still jampacked, I’d say a couple of hours too, but maybe do them on different days to spread the load out! Versailles is definitely an all-day event and likely you might be quite tired afterwards. I think kids would enjoy the Montparnasse Tower and they may like getting up the Arc de Triomphe too – it’s physical rather than intellectual which might appeal to them. A boat ride on the Seine would be nice for families too I thin, and the hop on hop off bus is a nice option for kids as well. I do give an itinerary and breakdown in the post, so consult this to see if you think the Pass would be worthwhile for you. Then consider the advantages of queue jumping etc, which are going to be a big plus in August. Plus the included travel card. Happy Paris planning 🙂

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