Free Walking Tours Paris

This post lists all the free walking tours in Paris in different neighborhoods as well as various ways to get free tours included with your other Paris experiences. 

 

 


WHAT IS A FREE WALKING TOUR?

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.

However, they tend to be a bit impersonal due to the large sizes of groups. If you prefer more interaction with your guide, we suggest more specialized themed-tours. 

We have some great tour suggestions for the Montmartre neighborhood, Latin Quarter, and on the banks of the Seine.  


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. 

 


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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

Discover Walks offers a 90-minute Latin Quarter tour every day 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. 

Times: 

  • Every day at 14:30 (2:30 pm)
  • April 19 – October 15 additional time at 11:00 am
  • Closed December 24 – 25
  • Book this tour through us.

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. 

Sandemans New Europe Paris Tour

The New Europe Paris tour offers a 3-hour walk through Paris, beginning on the Left Bank. You’ll see the Notre Dame and finish the walk near Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. 

City Free Tour

Every day at 14:00 (2:00 pm), you can see the Pantheon and Sorbonne University, as well as learn about Hemingway’s life, on the Latin Quarter free walking tour.

You must reserve online in advance, and the tour lasts 1.5 – 2 hours. 

Free Tours by Foot

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!

 


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RIGHT BANK AND LANDMARKS TOURS

The Right Bank of the Seine holds many of the most famous landmarks in Paris, including the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, and the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

These tours give you a great overview of the biggest Parisian photo-ops.


Discover Walks

Discover Walks offers a Paris Landmarks tour, featuring all the most interesting stops on the Right Bank of the Seine.

Highlights of this 90-minute tour include the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Tuileries Garden. 

Times: 


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 20-stop self-guided walking tour you can use to guide your exploration of the Right Bank and its many landmarks. 

 


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MONTMARTRE TOURS

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.

 

 

Free Tours by Foot

We offer a free, GPS-led audio tour of Montmarte, developed and narrated by a local tour guide, that you could take anytime you wish (no tips expected). 

We list the most famous hangout spots of artistic geniuses and take you past the Moulin Rouge. 

Here is a sample of the tour.



Discover Walks

Discover Walks will take you on a 90-minute, pay-what-you-wish walking tour of this most romantic neighborhood.

Times: 


Additional Companies

City Free Tour

City Free Tour will give you an overview of Montmartre in 1.5 – 2 hours, covering Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge, as well as the lives of famous artists like Vincent van Gogh. 

 


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MARAIS TOURS

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. 


Discover Walks

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. 

Times: 

  • Every day at 14:30 (2:30 pm)
  • Closed December 24 – 25

City Free Tour

Every day at 17:00 (5:00 pm), City Free Tour will take you around the Marais neighborhood to introduce you to the best macarons in the world, past royal residences, and trendy spots for Parisians to be seen. 

 


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SELF-GUIDED TOURS

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. 


Free Tours by Foot

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.


Rick Steves Audio Tours

Rick Steves is well-known for his detailed audio walking tours of many cities around the world.

These tours are downloadable mp3s to take with you on your walks and also come with maps to help you navigate the city and various museums. 

 


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FREE TOURS IN OTHER CITIES

Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.

Europe

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