Paris City Passes Reviewed

This post reviews and compares the various Paris city passes, tourist attraction discount cards and bus and boat combination tickets to help you chose the best for you.

 

 


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a lot of different tourist attraction discount passes you can get in Paris. Let’s cover the various types of attraction passes that are available.

All-Inclusive

This type of tourist pass will allow you to visit several notable sites, attractions, and tours. You can expect admission for dozens of popular activities to be included with the price of the card.

 

Paris City Passes All Inclusive

 

Passes are available for between 2-6 days, allowing you to enjoy whichever activity you wish at your own leisure without worrying about purchasing individual tickets.

Prepackaged Pass 

Unlike the All-Inclusive Pass, this option will allow you to pay one price for a specific package of attractions and tours. These passes usually include fewer activities, but they are also a lot more affordable.

 

Paris Passlib

 

If you can find a pass that features attractions and services you intend to use while visiting Paris, this may be a better option.

Explorer Pass

This pass is sold by the number of attractions you wish to see rather than the number of days you want a pass. This pass is sold in increments of 3, 5, or 7 attractions.

 

Pick Your Attractions Tourist Paris City Pass

 

You pick your attractions from a list of 19 offerings, many of which are the most popular in Paris. By purchasing a pass rather than each attraction individually, you can save quite a bit of money off the total cost of your sightseeing.

Museum Pass 

This tourist pass is fairly self-explanatory, in that it provides access to dozens of different museums in Paris. Some monuments and landmarks are also typically included with this type of pass.

You can purchase the Museum Pass for between 2-6 days at a time, allowing you to visit each included location at your leisure.

 


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ALL-INCLUSIVE PASSES

The following tourist passes will allow you to visit a wide variety of attractions for one flat price. Rather than paying for individual tickets, you’ll pay for a pass that is valid for a total of 2-6 days.

This section will provide information about each all-inclusive pass available in Paris and the details you should consider before purchasing. 


THE PARIS PASS

If you want to gain entrance to as many different attractions as possible, this may be the best deal on the list.

With the Paris Pass, you’ll have access to more than 60 different activities in and around the city.
 

 
In addition to the tours and tickets, you’ll also receive a Paris Visite Travelcard that offers free, unlimited travel via on bus, metro, trams, and RER within Zone 1-3. 


This pass also guarantees you fast-track entry into a lot of popular areas.

No matter what you want to see while in the city of love, this pass is a great way to both save money and access dozens of wonderful venues.  


Top Attractions Included With Paris Pass

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Big Bus Tour Ticket
  • The Louvre Museum
  • Arc De Triomphe
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Pantheon
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Rodin Museum
  • Picasso Museum
  • Learn about all 60+ attractions included for free. 

Prices as of 2019 (more info)

  • 2-Day Pass – €139 Adults / €84 Teens (ages 12-17) / €46 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 3-Day Pass– €174 Adults / €104 Teens (ages 12-17) / €53 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 4-Day Pass – €209 Adults / €114 Teens (ages 12-17) / €59 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 6-Day Pass – €259 Adults / €141 Teens (ages 12-17) / €79 Children (ages 4-11)

Extra Perks

  • Free Starter or Hot Fudge Sundae at Hard Rock Cafe
  • Get a 10 € discount at Idéal Gourmet
  • Get 20% off all food and drink at Monument Cafe
  • Enjoy 15% off Chauffeur driver 2CV Tours
  • Receive a 15% discount on any Bike, Segway or Easy Pass tour at Fat Tire Bike
  • And more!

Things to Consider

The more time you spend in Paris, the better your chances are of enjoying the great value provided by this tourist pass.

If you’re planning on spending a week in the city of love, the 6-day pass will be an excellent option. Over the course of 6 days, you should be able to visit and experience pretty much every significant attraction that you want to see with the help of this service.

Additionally, you’ll also get access to what they call “Fast Track Entry.” Skip the ticket lines at locations such as The Louvre Museum, The Orsay Museum, Centre Pompidou and the Grevin Wax Museum. 

The inclusion of an unlimited transportation card for the duration of your pass is the icing on the cake. You won’t need to wait in lines to purchase tickets each time you take public transportation.

If you plan on seeing as much of the city as possible, the Paris Pass is an excellent value.

However, if you’re only planning on discovering a few select locations, you might want to consider a prepackaged pass where the attractions have already been chosen for you. 

 


TURBOPASS PARIS REVIEW

Paris Turbo Pass Review

The TurboPass is the same concept as the Paris Pass above. You choose the number of days and gain access to any of the attractions and tours included in Pass.

The Turbo Pass does not offer as many attractions, hence the slightly lower price.

It does, however, include the Paris Visite Travelcard that offers free, unlimited travel via on bus, metro, trams, and RER within Zone 1-3. 

You’ll find that many of the Paris tourist passes include similar offerings, so it’s important to choose the pass that offers the activities which interest you the most.

This pass may not have the most options, but if you aren’t interested in the extra attractions and perks available with other passes, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Top Attractions Included With the Turbo Pass

Sainte-Chapelle
Conciergerie
Pantheon
The Louvre
Arc de Triomphe
Centre Pompidou
Sienne River Cruise

Picasso Museum
Gustave Moreau Museum
Versailles Palace and Museum
Notre Dame Tower
Crypte archeologique
Notre-Dame
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Rodin Museum


Turbo Pass Prices as of 2018 (Learn more here)

  • 2 day Pass:  Adults  €102.90  /  Youth (12-17) €39.90 /  Children ( 4-11) €19.90
  • 3 day Pass :  Adults €122.90 /  Youth (12-17) € 49.90 /  Children (4-11) € 29.90
  • 4 day Pass:  Adults €162.90  / Youth ( 12-17) € 59.90 / Children (4-11) €35.90
  • 5 day Pass:  Adults €182.90  / Youth (12-17) € 69.90 /  Children ( 4-11) €39.90
  • 6 day Pass:  Adults €202.90  / Youth (12-17) € 79.90 /  Children ( 4-11) €45.90

Extra Perks

  • Get a free Hot Fudge Sundae at Hard Rock Cafe
  • Spend at least 35 € at Hard Rock Cafe to get a free gift
  • Get a 6 € discount on a Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Receive a 25% discount on a tour of Montparnasse
  • Receive a 30% discount on tickets at the Grevin Wax Museum
  • And More!

Things to Consider

When you factor in the exchange rate, the Turbo Pass is actually a lot more affordable than the Paris Pass.

Although it may seem like they don’t offer as much, the reality is that this pass provides free entry into at least 50+ attractions in and around Paris.

You’ll also receive free transportation on the Metro and Buses, making it much easier to get around the city with ease.

Much like their competition, this pass also includes what they call “skip-the-line” entry at locations such as The Louvre Museum, The Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou.

This tourist pass also comes with a free map of the city center and will be delivered to your house before you leave for vacation.

This service offers almost everything you’d get with their competitors at a much lower cost. If you find similar tourist passes to be a bit overwhelming, this might be a good alternative that will still provide plenty of activities and entertainment while you’re in the city of love. 

 


PARIS FAST PASS

This pass is very similar to other all-inclusive options in that it provides access to more than 50 different attractions for one low price.

In addition to fast-track admission to locations such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and the Palace of Versailles, you’ll also receive a free hop-on-hop-off bus tour and a free cruise on the river Seine.

The main difference you will notice between the Paris Fast Pass and their competitors is that they do not offer a public transport pass.

Silver Pass

  • 2-Day Fast Track Entry to 50+ sites
  • 1-Day Big Bus Hop-on, Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Silver Pass Price: €96.60 per person

Gold Pass

  • 2-Day Fast Track Entry to 50+ sites
  • 2-Day Big Bus Hop-on, Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Gold Pass Price: €100.60 per person

Platinum Pass

  • 4-Day Fast Track Entry to 50+ sites
  • 2-Day Big Bus Hop-on, Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Platinum Pass Price: €127 per person

Purchase or learn more about the Paris Fast Pass.

Things to Consider

Unlike their competitors, the Paris Fast Pass is only available for up to 4 days. If you’re looking to spend more time seeing the sites in Paris, you may want to consider one of the other pass options.

That being said, this is undoubtedly the most affordable all-inclusive pass on our list, and it includes a lot of the same attractions that you will find on both the Turbo Pass and the Paris Pass. 

 


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PREPACKAGED PASSES

These passes are an excellent option for anyone who feels a bit overwhelmed with some of the other passes we’ve mentioned where you have so many choices and options.

Although you won’t have access to nearly as many attractions, you’ll still enjoy a variety of adventures while traveling throughout the city. 


PARIS PASSLIB’ REVIEW

 

 

Paris Passlib’ Mini

This 1-day pass is one of the most affordable tourist passes in Paris. For one low price, you’ll have access to the following activities and benefits:

  • 1-hour cruise/boat tour on the Seine with the Bateaux Parisiens
  • A 24-hour ticket on the L’Open tour sightseeing buses
  • Optional 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower Ticket for 15 € extra
  • Free Paris Passlib’ Booklet with useful information
  • Free Map of the inner city to help you get around
  • More information or to purchase.

Paris Passlib’ Mini Prices as of 2018

  • 40 €/Adults, 35 €/Teens, 26 €/Children

Multi-Day Paris Passlib’

This pass includes all of the attractions and benefits of the Passlib’ Mini, and you get these additional features:

The Paris Museum Pass – Access to over 50 popular museums in and around Paris.

The Paris Visite Travel Card: Gives you unlimited access within Zone 1-3 to the bus, metro, tram, and RER.

It is valid from the first day it is used to the end of the last day of the pass chosen (2, 3 or 5 consecutive days) which makes getting the most of your sing your Parislib’ Pass that much easier.

Prices as of 2018

  • 2-Day Pass – 109 €/Adults, 65 €/Teens, 35 €/Children
  • 3-Day Pass – 129 €/Adults, 70 €/Teens, 39 €/Children
  • 5-Day Pass – 155 €/Adults, 90 €/Teens, 47 €/Children
  • More information or to purchase.

Things to Consider

Although you could easily spend an entire day exploring the city of Paris with a cruise on the Seine and a sightseeing bus tour, it’s worth noting that the very affordable mini pass does not include access to many attractions such as The Louvre or The Arc De Triomphe.

You will receive entrance to these locations and many others with the help of a 2, 3, or 5-day pass, but at that level, you’re basically paying about as much as you would for the Turbo Pass.

If you’re not interested in paying for access to over 50 different museums at once, the mini pass might be a great deal for basic sightseeing.

The L’Open Tour bus will take you to many of the most popular locations in Paris, where you can pay for tickets to the attractions which interest you the most.

Depending on how you want to approach your vacation, this might be a better opportunity than going for a more expensive pass. 


PARIS CITY PASS REVIEW 

Not to be confused with the Paris City Turbo Pass above, the Paris City Pass is a bare-bones discount card that includes a few items, but ones that you may have been planning to visit anyway.

By bundling these items into a pass, you will save some money and you also get 20% discounts on many other attractions.

The pass includes

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Louvre Museum 
  • Free ticket for the Montparnasse Tower for stunning views of Paris
  • Free ticket for a Seine Cruise
  • 1-way shared shuttle from Orly Airport or Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city center
  • Option to add on a 3-day metro card
  • Discounts of 20% for top museums, attractions, tours, and excursions

Prices as of 2018

Without 3-day Metrocard

  • Adult €68.50
  • Child (13-18) €43.50
  • Child (5-12) €28.00
  • Child (0-4) Free
  • Click here to buy.

With 3-day Metrocard

  • Adult €101.50
  • Child (13-18) €78.00
  • Child (5-12) €52.00
  • Child (0-4) Free
  • Click here to buy.

How it works

You will be asked to enter your arrival date and airport. You then will select the number of passes you want and if you want to include the metro card or not.

Once you have completed the booking process, you will get an email including all passes as well as the discount code to get 20% off tickets for other top museums and attractions.

If you chose the 3-day metro card option, you’ll have to pick up your card once you are in Paris, at the pickup point conveniently near the Louvre.

Things to Consider

This Pass is best for people who are planning to visit the specific attractions included and like the convenience of having your pass before you even arrive in Paris.

This is also a great pass for pre-planners – with your 20% discount code, you can purchase tickets to other attractions before you even board the plane! 

The downside is that if you aren’t interested in the attractions includes, and you don’t need a one-way ride from the airport, this pass is not for you.

 


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THE EXPLORER PASS

This pass is great for someone who likes flexibility and has a longer amount of time to sightsee.

With this pass, you don’t have to choose in advance which attractions you want to see or what days you’ll visit them (except for the Eiffel Tower, which you must choose a time slot in advance).

 

Paris Explorer Pass

 

The pass is valid for 30 days from the date you activate it by visiting the first attraction so you’ll have more time to use your pass at your own leisure. 

This flexibility also extends to their policy that if your plans change and you no longer have a need for this pass, as long as it has not been activated you are entitled to a free 30-day money back guarantee from the date of purchase.

The Explorer Pass is available in digital form. This simply means that instead of getting a card, your pass is a unique QR code that acts as your pass.

Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive an email with the QR Code image. You can either print up the email or for ease, simply show the Mobile Pass on your mobile device when visiting attractions.

Some of the Attractions Included:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Bateaux Parisiens
  • Montparnasse Tour
  • Aquarium de Paris
  • Musée Grévin
  • Les Caves du Louvre
  • Montmartre Tour
  • Opera Garnier
  • Espace Dali
  • and more!

Prices as of 2019

  • 3 Attraction Pass – 79 €/Adults, 59 €/Children
  • 5 Attraction Pass – 109 €/Adults, 79 €/Children
  • 7 Attraction Pass – 129 €/Adults, 89 €/Children
  • More information or to purchase.

 


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PARIS MUSEUM PASS REVIEW

Although it is offered with almost every tourist pass we have already mentioned, it’s worth noting that you can actually purchase the Paris Museum Pass individually.

If you’ve already taken care of travel expenses and you don’t want to go on a bus tour of the city, you may want to avoid one of the more costly options on this list and simply pick up the Museum Pass instead.

As previously mentioned, this pass guarantees your entrance into over 60 different museums in the city. Depending on how many of these attractions interest you, this could be a great deal!

The Paris Museum Pass is sold in increments of 2 days, 4 days, or 6 days (days are consecutive), so you have options to dedicate a short time or a long time to enjoy all the museums included.

Just some of the museums/attractions included (See the full list here.)

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Conciergerie
  • The Louvre
  • Notre-Dame
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Pantheon
  • Rodin Museum
  • Gustave Moreau Museum
  • And SO MANY MORE!

Prices as of 2018

Additional Information

Considering that it provides access to more than 60 museums and historic sites around the city, it’s almost like you’re paying $1 for entry into each area.

With the use of this pass, you’ll also be able to skip the line at several different locations. 


Things to Consider

A big plus is that it is much easier to have one pass to use at all the many museums rather than having to wait in line to purchase individual tickets wherever you go.

It’s important to note that the days of use for the Pass are consecutive and are based on calendar days.

So for example, if you begin using your Pass at 14:00, that day will be considered as Day 1, even though you started midday. Get an early start if you want to make the most of your pass.

It’s also worth noting that many of the museums in Paris actually offer free entrance to children and young adults, so they may not actually need a Museum Pass.

This might not be the case at every single location you want to visit, so it could still be in your best interest to obtain a tourist pass for younger visitors.

 


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OTHER DISCOUNTS

In addition to all of the tourist passes available in Paris, you will also find several discounts on popular attractions and activities throughout the city. These deals are similar to the prepackaged passes in that they feature a few different services for one low price.

In this section, we will provide information about various combo packages that will allow you to save some money.  

We also include a section on Transport Passes. These passes include only transportation throughout Paris.  If you’ve already paid for the various attractions you want to visit, this could be a good way to save money on getting around the city.


BUS TOUR COMBOS

These combo deals combine a hop-on-hop-off bus tour with other activities such as a cruise, a night tour, or even admission to popular attractions like the Louvre and the Picasso Museum.

Whether you’re looking for a better deal on these types of services or you just want to make sure that you’ve got your tickets ahead of time, this is a pretty good alternative to some Paris discount passes.

For more information on these options, make sure to read the combo package section of our post about Paris Bus Tours.


COMBO TICKET OPTIONS

In addition to bus tour combos, you will also find combo packages for various activities in Paris. Some of the combination deals included feature attractions such as dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on the river Seine, bike tours and more.

You’ll also find deals which combine tickets for popular landmarks like Notre Dame and the Louvre. These combo deals are a great way to save money on the specific services you intend to use while in Paris.

Purchase or learn more about combo tickets.


TRANSPORT PASSES

Below is information about the Paris transport passes you can purchase. We will cover details such as prices, services offered and what you should consider before making a purchase.

Even if you’re not interested in one of the tourist passes above, the following options will make it much easier to get around the city. 


Paris Visite Transport Pass Review

This is not an attractions pass, but rather a transportation pass that can save you time, money and aggravation. If you are looking for a convenient way to get around the city without having to deal with buying tickets each time, the Paris Visite Pass is a lifesaver.

This pass offers unlimited travel on the bus, metro, tramway and RER networks in Paris and its suburbs. Unless you plan on renting a vehicle or using a cab to get around, this is a great way to save money and avoid the necessity of exact change on public transportation.

NOTE: This pass is already included in the Paris Pass, Turbopass, and the Multi-Day Passlib, so if you are buying one of those, you won’t need to purchase this separately.


Prices

  • 1-Day Pass (zone 1-3)   12,85 € for Adults;  6,40 € for Children
  • 1-Day Pass (zone 1-5)  26,95 € for Adults;  13,50 € for Children
  • 2-Day Pass (zone 1-3)  21 € for Adults; 10,40 € for Children
  • 2-Day Pass (zone 1-5)  41 € for Adults; 20,50 € for Children
  • 3-Day Pass (zone 1-3)  28,50 € for Adults; 14,20 € for Children
  • 3-Day Pass (zone 1-5)  57,45 € for Adults; 28,75 € for Children
  • 5-Day Pass (zone 1-3)  41 € for Adults; 20,50 € for Children
  • 5-Day Pass (zone 1-5);  70,30 € for Adults; 35,15 € for Children

Things to Consider

Even if you have no intention of picking up any of the other tourist passes on this page, you might still want to consider purchasing the Visite Pass simply to get around town. As a matter of fact, you could actually save money by purchasing some of these passes individually.

You won’t have access to the free river cruise and bus tour offered through either the Turbo Pass or the Paris Pass, but some visitors might actually consider that a bonus.

If you have no interest in some of the benefits provided through the other services on this list, avoid the bundles and just pick up this transportation pass instead. 


Paris Rides Pass

Unlike the Visite Pass, this service offers more than just public transportation. The Paris Rides Pass includes a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and a Seine river cruise. Depending on which one you get, your transport pass will include a bus tour, a cruise and unlimited access to the public bus, metro, tramway and RER networks.

Alternatively, you can get a version of the Paris Rides Pass which only provides the bus tour and the cruise.

Silver Pass

  • 1-Day Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Silver Pass Price: €36.60 per person

Gold Pass

  • 2-Day Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Gold Pass Price: €42.70 per person

Platinum Pass

  • 1-Day Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • 2-Day Unlimited Public Transport Pass
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Platinum Pass Price: €55.90 per person

Diamond Pass

  • 2-Day Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Fast Track Entry
  • 2-Day Unlimited Public Transport Pass
  • Map of Paris & Public Transportation
  • Diamond Pass Price: €59.99 per person

Purchase or learn more about the Paris Rides Pass.

Things to Consider

Aside from the fact that this transport pass includes a bus tour and a cruise, the other huge difference between this option and the Visite pass is the length of service. While the Visite Pass can be used for up to 5 days, even the best Paris Rides Pass will limit you to only 2 days of use. If you plan on traveling around the city for at least a week, you may want to think about one of the other options in this post.

 


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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.

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