There are generally 4 types of free walking tours in Paris, an intro to Paris overview tour, tours of the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and Le Marais.
We let you know about your options, provide schedules, and explain what you will see on each tour.
OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE
A free walking tour is actually a pay-what-you-wish tour in which there is no set, upfront pricing.
After the walk with your tour guide is over, you can pay what you think the tour was worth.
These tours are usually entertaining and always budget-friendly.
Below is a calendar of some of the great free walking tours available in Paris.
Click on the entry below to expand the listing for more details.
Tours listed below are run through us. More tour are available in the following sections.
However, they tend to be a bit impersonal due to the large size of groups. If you prefer more interaction with your guide, we suggest more specialized themed-tours.
RIGHT BANK AND LANDMARKS TOURS
The Île de la Cité and the Right Bank of the Seine hold many of the most famous landmarks in Paris, including the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, with great views of the Eiffel Tower.
If you are new to Paris, this should the first tour that you take. It will help you get a sense of the city centre and the general history of Paris.
These tours also give you a great overview of the biggest Parisian photo-ops.
Treat yourself to an introduction to Champs Elysées, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel tower, all in 90 minutes.
The tour take place Fridays through Mondays at 10:00.
- Photo ops: Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Montmartre
- 3 of the the world’s greatest museums: Louvre, Orsay and the Orangerie
- The haunts of Coco Chanel, Hemingway and Princess Diana
- Place Vendôme and Napoleon’s great column
- Some of the world’s most exclusive hotels: Crillon, Meurice, Ritz and now Mandarin Oriental
- Your guide: a born-and-raised Parisian who will bring Paris to life
This tour guide offers a regular tour throughout the city of Paris, touching on several notable landmarks and sites along the way.
The tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, departing at 10:30 am from Wednesday - Sunday.
Free Tours by Foot
If the above schedule doesn’t work for you, take a look at the tours we have listed for the banks of the Seine.
We have a 19-stop self-guided walking tour you can use to guide your exploration of the Right Bank and its many landmarks.
LEFT BANK / LATIN QUARTER TOURS
The Latin Quarter is also known as the 5th Arrondissement and got its nickname due to Sorbonne University and the students who lived in the area studying Latin.
Here are the walking tours available in this bookshop and cafe-filled neighborhood.
Discover Walks offers a 90-minute Latin Quarter tour to explore where students have lived and studied for the last 1,000 years.
Highlights include Sorbonne University, student cafes, Hemingway’s favorite places, and an interesting view of the Eiffel Tower.
- Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays at 11:00 am
- Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 14:30 (2:30 pm)
- Closed December 24 - 25
- Book this tour from the calendar above.
Additional Tour Companies
There are a few additional companies that offer free walking tours going through the Latin Quarter and along the banks of the Seine, which you could find here.
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If you want to see the Latin Quarter on your own, we offer a great self-guided walking tour.
You can start whenever your schedule allows and you can take as much or little time as you want at each stop!
If you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere in Paris, you’ll find it in Montmartre, where artistic geniuses of decades past once lived and found their inspiration.
Below we list the free tour options.
These tours could get quite large 30-40 guests. If you are looking for a smaller group experience, we have several options listed through the link.
Be sure to read our post on things to do in Montmartre for tips on planning your visit.
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We offer a GPS-led audio tour of Montmarte, developed and narrated by a local tour guide, that you could take any time you wish (no tips expected).
We list the most famous hangout spots of artistic geniuses and take you past the Moulin Rouge.
In addition to this option, we also have a self-guided Montmartre tour which you can take whenever you want!
This company offers a daily tour of Montmartre at 11:00 am and 14:30 (2:30 pm) each day. The tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and 30 min.
In addition to their main free tour of Paris, this tour guide also offers a regular tour of Montmartre every weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 17:00 (5 pm).
This tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
FREE TOUR OF LE MARAIS
Marais is currently one of the most trendy neighborhoods in the city.
This section lists the tours you can take to see how Paris has blended old, privileged townhomes with today’s trendy fashion.
See how Paris combines the past aristocratic neighborhood with current, trendy galleries and fashion spots on this Discover Walks free tour of Marais.
You’ll see the townhouses of the French aristocracy, fashionable gardens, the Jewish pletzl, and fashionable shops.
- Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 10:00 am
- Book this tour from the calendar above.
ALTERNATIVE PARIS TOURS
If you're looking for a free tour of Paris that will reveal a different side of the city, there are a few different options worth considering.
While some alternative tours focus on popular television shows set in this city, others are all about the darker, lesser known aspects of its history.
Miryam & Luzy Tours
This group of tour guides offers a special free tour which covers some of the most notable sites seen in the hit television show Emily in Paris.
This tour is offered every Friday and Sunday at 11:00 am, and it's approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
In addition to their other free tours of Paris, this tour guide also provides an outing that covers the mysteries and legends of the city.
You can take this tour on Wednesday or Thursday at 18:30 (6:30 pm), and it is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
Looking for all the self-guided tours?
This section lists the free walking tours you can take on your own, without worrying about meeting up with a guide at a specific time.
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We offer multiple written self-guided tours that will help you get the most out of your time in Paris.
You can pick and choose what you’re interested in or combine them to get to know Paris as well as you can without becoming a resident.
- Montmartre Self-Guided Tour (also available as a GPS-led audio tour)
- Latin Quarter Self-Guided Tour
- Right Bank Self-Guided Tour
Self-Guided Exploration Game
Although these services aren't free, you may want to consider them if you're interested in discovering Paris from an interesting perspective.
These games task you with solving a mystery, providing clues that you'll find at various locations throughout the city.
While the typical price is €10 per game, these outings sometimes go on sale for as little as €1, and if you were planning to offer a tip during any free walking tour in the city, chances are this fits into your budget.
Here are the self-guided exploration games currently available in Paris:
- The Mona Lisa Curse
- Lovers of Montmartre
- Edith Piaf's Musical Paris
- Save the Statues of Parc Montsouris
Tourist Attraction Discount Passes and Special Offers
An easy way to get a small group tour for free is by purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
These passes work by bundling discounts together so you get a cheaper price overall for all your sightseeing and attraction visits in the city.
The all-inclusive Paris Pass and TurboPass both offer free walking tours with your purchase.
You can also choose various walking tours with the Explorer Pass.
If you’re already interested in a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, you can find combo tickets that include other sightseeing tours in Paris.