Type of passes
- 2, 4 or 6 days
- Child/teen/adult passes
First, the ‘Paris pass’ is not an official city pass, this is just bundle of passes like the combopass. It includes the unlimited metro pass for 2, 4 or 6 days, the museum pass (same length), 1 day of Big Bus hop on/off buses, one hour river cruise, wine tasting session, Grevin wax museum and a guidebook. We used it once back in 2009 (two families) and we were quite disappointed afterwards and we’re going to explain why. We selected home delivery and got them in time, no problem there. The main reason why we selected this pass deal was for the wine tasting (certainly not wax museum looking at French people you never heard of, a total waste of time!) and while in Paris, the wine company could not find any available spots for us during our stay. Weird enough, you end up paying for things you won’t do because of lack of time or availability. The big surprise was back home when comparing prices with the ComboPass, the Paris pass was so overpriced, we couldn’t believe the rate difference for almost exactly the same services, you can check their rates here compared to Combopass rates here, this is really crazy. We finally made the wine tasting last year but by booking/paying directly, no more bad surprises. One last detail about the hop on/off, they are using Big Bus that has just a few stops and a lack of frequency where you almost have the time to walk from stops to stops.
Which pass is best for paris? Forget about Paris pass and take Paris ComboPass instead directly from the provider, it’s cheaper and it offers much more flexibility. The Paris pass is a very attractive marketing thing but overly priced by 20 to 30%(!) after comparaison. Their markup is very high because they need to feed their distribution network with fat commissions, stay away and you will save money for a good restaurant in Paris!