What is Paris Pass?- A Paris Pass Guide

What is Paris Pass?

Paris pass is an all-in-one comprehensive sightseeing package for visiting Paris. You can buy a two, three, four or six-days Paris Pass which can be used in that specific duration of days. It means that, for instance, a four-day package is valid for only four consecutive days starting from the first time you use any of the services i.e. travel-card, attraction pass etc. So, it is recommended to use it early in the morning to make the most out of it.

Overall, it saves us some money and time on buying tickets at every single place.

Benefits:

It benefits includes

  • Free-entry in various attractions and monuments in Paris
  • Free-entry in numerous museums of Paris
  • Fast track entry at the busiest Paris attractions, museums and art galleries like Louvre Museums, Musee d’Orsay, Grevin Wax museum, Centre Pompidou etc
  • Free Paris guidebook and map
  • Free one-day tour in Paris Big Bus
  • Free (one-time) Bateaux cruise tour in River Seine
  • Discounts in some shops and restaurants
  • Unlimited travel within Paris

These all benefits are for specific days depending upon the package you have taken whether its 2, 3, 4 or 6 day.

Paris Pass Kit:

These are the things that you will get when you buy Paris Pass

  • Paris pass card
  • Museum pass
  • Travel-card
  • Paris Pass guide booklet
  • Paris metro map
  • Paris tourist map
  • Bus tour map of attractions
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Paris pass kit

Paris Attraction Card:

It allows you free-entry in top Paris attractions like Paris Opera House, Palace of Versailles, Montparnasse Tower, Paris Aquarium etc and free tours like Paris Big Bus Tour and Bateaux River Cruise as well as the experience of Paris story and wine tasting.

Paris Museum Pass:

The museum pass gives free entry to Paris’s famous museums and monuments such as Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame Cathredal, Pantheon, Center Pompidou, Saint Chapelle, Grevin wax museum and more.

Paris Travel-card:

Paris travel-card can be used to travel within central Paris (zones 1 – 3) for the duration of your Paris pass package (2,3,4 or 6). It can be used on Metro, RER, Buses, Trams and SNCF Trains.

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Metro station sign in Paris

My Experience:

While I was planning my trip to Paris I came across Paris pass. I researched about it and I and my husband decided to buy it for us. We chose four-day package as our plan was to stay a week in Paris and it was enough and affordable for us. On 9 May 2017, we ordered 2 four-day Paris passes for 179.10€ per person with 9.95€ shipping fee. It totally costs us about 368€ which is around 431 USD. We waited for one and a half month for its parcel to arrive but we didn’t receive it. So, we contacted them through email, they said that passes have been shipped and we should wait but in case if we are unable to get it till our visit to Paris, we can collect them from their office in Paris and they will return us our shipping fee.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get our parcel (not even yet) on time, so we decided to collect our passes from their office which is located near Louvre. We took print of our confirmation email with us. It didn’t take us long and we get our passes with free guidebook and maps. The woman behind the counter advised us to start using them next morning to avail the most of it because it will activate with our first use. For instance, if we activate it in the evening it will be considered as the first day and your one day will be lost even if you used it for just one place. I knew it already but we appreciated her advice.

First Day:

On our first day of using paris pass was 15th July 2017. We took Big Bus to visit the most prominent attraction places. Though we didn’t hop off at every stop. As the blue route of the bus was near our hotel so we first went to its nearest stop and purchased tickets from the conductor standing outside the parked bus by showing him our pass. Inside the bus, as we entered there were a lot of discount vouchers for the restaurants and shops so we took some. Also, there were earphones to connect to your seat side and listen to the audio guide in several languages.We sat on the upper open deck to enjoy the sights closely and clearly. I listened to the guide and took pictures of the beautiful buildings throughout our journey.

At stop 4, that was the Big bus information office we changed our buses from blue route to red route (routes were written in front of each bus). The red route is the main route with all big attractions including Eiffel Tower, Trocadero garden, Arc De Triumph and more. We hopped off the bus at some stops and enjoyed our time there.

The ticket for one day on the Big Bus is generally 34 € per person but with metro tickets (around 5-6€) and ticket for Arc De Triumph (12 €), we saved total of 52€ on our first day using Paris pass.

Second day:

We didn’t use Paris pass much on the second day because we were so tired from the two days we were in paris from walking alot. So we just went to Luxembourg park and Montparnasse Tower. Luxembourg park has free-entry for every one but there is a ticket priced 17€ for Montparnasse Tower but obviously we used travelcard for the metro and trains for our travelling.. It is a 210-metre office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris. Its 56th floor where there is an observation deck to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. It so beautiful from above and all the attractions are visible from there.

As Europe’s highest panoramic café and restaurant, Montparnasse Tower is the perfect place to replenish your energy and take in the views. From hot meals and fresh sandwiches in the cafe, to a romantic candle lit dinner for two. We saved 30€ each person that day, which wasn’t much but we definitely enjoyed very much.

 

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Eiffel Tower from top deck of Montparnasse Tower, July 2017, copyright

 

Third day:

On the third day of our Paris pass, we visited Louvre museum (15€), Paris aquarium (20.50 €), Grand palais, Eiffel Tower and also spend some time shopping on Champs elysees. There is fast track entry for the visitors with Paris pass. So the total cost that day was 43 € excluding grand palais and Eiffel tower tickets which were not included in the Paris pass.

Last day:

On the last day, we went to Grevin wax museum (23.5€), Musee D’Orsay (12€), Notre Dame Cathredal (10€) and finally in the evening we took a amazing trip alongside seine river on Bateaux River cruise (15€). And thats how we utilized 65 € worth of Paris pass on our last day.

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Orsay Museum, Paris France

Total money saved:

Paris pass: 179€

  • first day: 52€
  • second day: 30€
  • third day: 43€
  • fourth day: 65€

total: 190 €

saved : 11€

Note: I have added 5-6 € as our transport using travelcard.

There were some other places that we were not interested in but you can definitely check out these places and save more money such as

Paris opera house 5-200€, Wine tasting experience 30€, Picasso museum 12.50€, Centre Pompidou 13.0€, Pentheon 8.50€, Palace of Versailles €, and more.

Happy saving!