Which Paris Passes do you really need?

Offering so much to the traveler, Paris is truly a feast for the senses and mind. With so much to see and do, a pass for the museums or metro make it so much easier. Allowing more time for seeing magnificent sites, passes make hopping on and off a possibility as well. Whether it is by boat, bus or metro, Paris calls for exploration with its charming areas, historic richness, café terraces, entertainment, arts and more.

If your love is Leonardo da Vinci, Rodin, Delacroix, Raphael or others in the art world, Parisian museums offer up the finest experience. Prehistoric objects and antiques can also be seen. Whether it is for the Louvre or Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum pass is s precious object as well.

Purchased in advance and sent to your hotel or mailed to you before the trip, your paris passes are ready to use to explore Paris like a Parisien. The sparkling lights of the city and magic become available on a moment’s notice with a pass; enjoying Paris is made simple, and your journey is more fun. Why not explore the passes available using the tabs above, and then explore Paris like a native! This website is the result of our family’s past experiences, along with 5 others, of our numerous stays in Paris, we hope you will find it useful. We will update it as often as possible.

Jeffrey W. 
(last update: February 2015)

21 thoughts on “Which Paris Passes do you really need?

  1. My daughter and I will be arriving at CDG airport on the morning of June 6th. We will need to take the train to the place we are staying which is in Zone 3. After checking in, we want to explore Paris. We will be here that day and leaving the morning of the 8th of June. We will need to catch the metro to Gare de Lyon. What kind of pass will we need to be able to get from the airport and use the metro for that day,until the morning of the 8th.

  2. We will be in Paris for 8 days and staying in the le Marais district. Should I purchase a 6-day pass? If so, which one would you recommend? We are pretty active and expect that we will see as much as possible during our stay. We already plan to use the RER to get to Versailles. It can be included in the Paris ComboPass. It’s really difficult to figure out which option makes the most sense financially… whether to pay as we go, buy the Paris Pass or buy the ComboPass. Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

    • Hello Stuart, I wouldn’t recommend the pay as you go because you’re going to waste a bunch of precious time. The question is how intensively will you visit the city during 8 full days? You can easily combine 6+2 days passes (either Paris pass or Paris ComboPass) with the bonus of cheaper price and add-ons available with ComboPass. You could also stick with a 6 days pass, and buy extra metro pass for 2 days, you can then decide as you go for the last two days.

  3. Hi
    I will be going with my husband and daughter (17) to Paris for 3 days and had a question about getting or not the ParisCombo pass for my daughter, who has European passport. Does she pay for entrance into the musems as a teenager or with European passport?

    thank you, claudia

  4. Hi Debra, neither Paris Pass or Paris ComboPass covers airport areas, only 3 zones metro passes included therefore inside Paris. I don’t think you will save much money with just 1 or 2 visits a day, but certainly time to get in, that’s up to you. You can also decide to just get a separate metro pass for travel and buy individual tickets, this means queueing depending on the museums/monuments visited.

  5. Hello ,
    we are a family of 4 travling to Paris the first week in July.
    Need advise on buying a pass.
    We are 2 adults and 2 teenagers(14yrs.,16yrs.)
    what is the more reasonable way for us to visit the sights ,museums etc.

    • Hi Teresa, then you probably know that teens will enter for free in museums and monuments? therefore they will only need to get transportation passes (adult) and maybe the river cruise ticket so they can go with you. Either Paris Pass or Paris ComboPass can help, second one is cheaper, visit both websites and ask for quotations maybe? It will certainly help you to take a decision.

  6. First of all thank you for your help with these reviews! My fiancé and I are going to Paris the last weekend of August. Arriving Thursday in the morning and leaving Saturday night our hotel is basically right at the Eiffel Tower. Which pass would be best for us? It’s our first time in Paris so the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Montmarte/Sacre-Coeur, and even though it’s not that great Moulin Rouge are must sees for us. If we have more time than anything else that comes our way we would most definitely like to take on! So again, if you could please suggest which would be the best pass for us it would be greatly appreciated!


    • Hi John,
      So you’re staying 3 full days and the only pass that would suit you is the ComboPass Premium 3 Days, I’m talking about it here: http://parispasses.net/combo-paris-pass.php
      Note that the Eiffel tower is never included with whatever pass, you can get tickets online on their website here: http://www.toureiffel.fr (do not wait!). Also do no wait for Moulin Rouge booking, the guys where you will buy your ComboPass will get you seats too.
      I hope this will help.

  7. Hi Jeffrey – My family of three is coming to Paris this July (2014) for the first time. We are staying for 3 days, and naturally want to visit the main sites – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Musee d’Orangerie, a Seine river cruise, etc. as well as enjoy the food and the ambience of the city without going at a crazy pace! We doubt that we’ll have time to visit Versailles. Can you suggest the best Pass for us to use? Thanks very much.

  8. Hi,

    My family and me (6pax) will be going to Paris for 3 days in July. This is our first trip to Paris. Which pass will be most suitable for us, for the airport transfer, metro travel and visit to some top attractions such as Louvre museum and Eiffel tower.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Robert,
      I would suggest the following:
      – Combo pass to cover your 3 days with transportation and access to museums (including Louvre) here
      – Airport shutle service like this one or this one.
      – Tickets for the Eiffel tower online here.
      I hope this will help.

  9. I will be in Paris for a weekend and wonder if I need a Paris Pass or will be be cheaper to pay for three museum visits and the Metro over e weekend?
    Since my time is limited and since I have been to Paris and know what I plan to do and see, I would appreciate your advice.
    I shall be staying in Monparnasse.
    Many thanks!
    Sept. 21 and 22 2013.

    • Do you know the museums you wish to visit? If Louvre and Orsay museums are included in your list then consider the Paris Combopass Lite version (more details in Paris ComboPass review above). You would need to get the ticket only for your third museum while in Paris. For sure, don’t buy the Paris museum pass for just a week-end, not worth it.

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