Updated on April 16, 2019
First of all: do not confuse this pass with The Paris Pass, that is a different one we will speak about at the end of this post.
This pass allows access to 36 museums and monuments in Paris, plus another 16 in not too distant areas of the city. If it’s worthy or not depends on each traveler, because what you pay is the time you will have to visit the sites: a person who intends to exploit the maximum of it and quickly go and visit all the sites, it will be worthy; most tourists, among whom I include myself, it will not. Here’s why:
- The pass costs:
- 2 days: 48 €.
- 4 days: 62 €.
- 6 days: 74 €.
- The three of them allow you to enter an unlimited number of times at any of the sites included in it.
- It can be purchased in almost all the attractions in Paris, in the tourist office or online. You can also buy it in travel agencies abroad.
IS IT WORTHY?
I have been to Paris three times, totaling 21 days, and for me it is not worthy. I’ll explain my case, which I think most tourists would share:
- I can not use any discount (I am not under 25, unemployed or other provisos).
- And let’s say we’re not on the first weekend of the month, when many museums are free.
There are some attractions that we, all tourists, regardless of the number of days of our trip, will go:
- The Eiffel Tower. If we have little time, we may not go up, but no matter if we do it or not, it is not included in the pass, which I consider unacceptable.
- The Louvre Museum. 17 €. I have visited it twice. I highly recommend going.
- The Musée d’Orsay. 12.40 €. I also recommend going, but I would be surprised if someone who only has two days in Paris would go to both museums.
- Notre Dame is free, although it is not known how long it will be closed after the fire on April 15, 2019; what you had to pay were the guided tours, climb the towers to see the gargoyles (12 €) or visit the crypt; towers and crypt itself are included in the pass. I went up to the towers. I recommend but do not consider it a priority.
- La Sainte Chapelle. 10 €. It is wonderful, definitely I recommend it.
- The palace of Versailles. 20 €, but be aware that to visit the gardens, which is in my opinion the best part, are free. I visited the inside and would not repeat, and especially I would not recommend the interiors to any traveler who has been before in another monumental palace, such as St. Petersburg’s Peterhof or Vienna’s Schönbrunn.
- The Arc de Triomphe. 12 €. It is also something that all tourists visit, but few of us go to the top. In this case I advise against going up. I felt myself scammed when I had to pay almost the same in the Louvre than in the Arc, when the first requires you the whole day and on top of the arch you will be just a few minutes.
- The Pompidou Centre. 14 €. Same as in the previous case. It sounds good to visit the free part and the building on the outside, but I refused to pay to see the collections.
So assuming that tourists go to the Louvre 17 € + Orsay Museum 12.4 € + Sainte Chapelle 10 € + Versailles 20 € = 59.4 €. You’ll probably have time enough to see those 4 places in 2 days but, you will not be seeing the rest? Won’t you spend time to visit the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Luxembourg Gardens or just to walk around the city? Because if you want to see these places, you might be the roadrunner, or need the 4 days pass, and the price would rise to 62 €.
Do you want to add the Arc, Pompidou or the towers? Then it’s OK, but I personally do not recommend the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles’ interiors if you have visited other palaces, or the Pompidou unless you are a fan of modern art (which is not my case). Let alone other secondary places that most people do not visit: Museum de l’Orangerie (although it is getting excellent reviews in recent years and soon will be a main attraction), Rodin Museum, Pantheon, Army Museum or the Arab World Institute, among many others. The Catacombs and Opera are also not included. And even more unlikely is to visit places further away than Versailles, I have never visited any.
In short, my conclusion is that for the average touris it will not be worthy. Great museum lovers and / or speedies going from one place to another, probably it will be.
THE PARIS PASS
It is another pass that includes the previous one along with two others:
- The Paris Atracction Pass. It includes 7 additional attractions, to highlight a cruise on Seine River and the Opera.
- The Paris Visite. It is a transport pass, allows the unlimited use of metro, buses, trams, urban and suburban trains and the Montmartre funicular.
- 2 days: € 135.
- 3 days: € 161.
- 4 days: € 194.
- 6 days: € 227.
If the other pass seems difficult to become worthy, considering the price of this, it seems illogical that it would be. A one-week pass by subway costs € 22.80, the visit to the Opera costs € 12 and a ride on the Seine by boat costs € 15.