Paris is one of those cities with endless museums and tourist attractions. Visiting them all can really add up. That’s where the Paris Museum Pass comes into play. With the Paris Museum Pass, you can visit more than 50 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area for one low price. Here’s how to save money with the Paris Museum Pass.
What is the Paris Museum Pass?
The Paris Museum Pass provides entry to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Since there is no need to buy tickets, you get to skip the line as well. There are three options for the Paris Museum Pass:
- 48 hour (2 day) pass for €52
- 96 hour (4 day) pass for €66
- 144 hour (6 day) pass for €78
You can check out the list of museums and monuments here. Highlights include the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Palace of Versailles. Note, the Paris Museum Pass does not include entry to the Eiffel Tower.
How to Buy a Paris Museum Pass
You can buy your Paris Museum Pass online here, but it requires you to pay hefty shipping fees or pick it up at the Paris Tourist Office (main office or at Gare du Nord). The easiest option for buying a Paris Museum Pass is to get it at the ticket office of one of the participating sites. For example, we bought ours at the Arc de Triomphe. You can also buy the Paris Museum Pass at the airport and some stores and kiosks.
How to Use the Paris Museum Pass
The Paris Museum Pass has a barcode on the back. Simply show your pass at the entrance and a staff member will scan it like a ticket. The clock starts from first use. You can only visit each site once. When visiting the Louvre with the Paris Museum Pass, you are required to book a time slot in advance here. You will need the serial code on the back of your pass to secure your time slot.
When choosing which days to start using your Paris Museum Pass, keep in mind the weekly closing days for each site. For example, the Lourve and many other museums are closed on Tuesdays.
Does the Paris Museum Pass Save You Money?
That depends on how often you use it. Here’s how we saved money with the Paris Museum Pass. For our four-day Paris itinerary, my husband and I each bought a 96-hour pass for €66. To break even, we needed to visit enough museums and attractions to exceeded €132 in entrance fees. Here’s all of the places we visited and the price for two people:
- Lourve – €34
- Musée d’Orsay – €28
- Sainte-Chapelle – €23
- Arc de Triomphe – €26
- Napoleon’s Tomb – €28
- Pantheon – €23
- Musée de l’Orangerie – €25
- Palace of Versailles – €36
Even though we only used our four day pass over the span of three days, we saved a ton of money. If we had bought tickets to each museum individually, we would have spent €223. The Paris Museum Pass saved us €91!
If you plan on visiting Paris for at least two days, buying a Paris Museum Pass can save you a ton of money. An added bonus of the Paris Museum Pass is that you save time buy skipping the ticket line. The more you use it, the more you save!