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Paris Pass

Short description

Paris Pass is a combo pass deal for Paris including: Paris Visite metro pass, Paris museum pass, Hop on hop off bus, River cruise tour, more details below.

Type of passes

  • 2, 4 or 6 days
  • Child/teen/adult passes

Description

First, the ‘Paris pass’ is not an official city pass, this is just bundle of passes like the combo pass. It includes the unlimited metro pass for 2, 4 or 6 days, the museum pass (same length), 2 days of Car Rouges 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) 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 Paris 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. 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 Car Rouges that has just a few stops and a lack of frequency where you almost have the time to walk from stops to stops.

Conclusion

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.

7 thoughts on “Paris Pass

  1. I’m so glad I’ve found this blog. I’m visiting Paris each year during Easter which is a very busy period. I used Paris pass a couple of times without any particular issues. I will use the concierge combo pass this year to save money and afford my “croissants” expenses in Paris! :-)

  2. I agree with your statement, we bought the paris pass back in August and it wasn’t such a great deal, really expensive, “oversized” with things you don’t do but still pay for anyway.

    • No since the metro pass included covers only 3 zones. You will need to buy individual roundtrip train tickets to get to Versailles (5 zones).

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