Free Walking Tours Paris

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.  


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.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tour schedules may be limited.


New Europe Tours

This company, which pioneered the idea of free tours, offers a free tour of Paris’s highlights. The tour lasts for 3 hours and departs 4x each day. 


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: 

  • Every Day
  • 10:00 am and 14:30 (2:30 pm)
  • Closed December 24 – 25

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

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. 

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!

 


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.

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.


Free Tours by Foot

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. 

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. 

 


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. 


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

 


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.


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:

 


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.

 

Free Tours with Paris Pass

 

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. 

 


FREE WALKING TOURS IN OTHER CITIES

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


 

About the author

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.