Insiders Guide to
Paris City Passes

One Pass to Rule Them All. We've spent a lot of time reviewing and analyzing the various Paris city passes available to visitors. We hope this article helps you understand them and choose the one that's best for you..

There are a couple of major choices in Paris city passes, and knowing which to select can seem confusing at first. But, don't worry! We've done the work for you.

We've analyzed them, picked them apart, and created charts to help you choose the best one for your needs.

There are, let's say, two and a half options —

1. There's the robust and inclusive Paris Pass, which combines museums, Metro and attractions.

2. There's the Paris ComboPass Premium, another inclusive pass giving you free access to museums and the Metro, but fewer attractions.

2½. And then there's the little brother of the ComboPass — the Paris ComboPass Lite, which is useful for shorter visits to Paris, of one or two days.

In this article, and the articles that link from here, we compare all the city passes, including the Museum Pass and the Visite Metro Pass.

Paris City Passes Comparison Chart


Description Included with
Paris Museum Pass Provides free entrance to about 60 museums in Paris.
2, 4 and 6 day passes available.
• Paris Pass
• Paris ComboPass Premium
Paris Attractions Pass Provides free entrance to 7 attractions, including:
• Palais Garnier
• Wine Tasting
• Seine River Cruise
• Paris Pass
Paris Visite Metro Pass Provides unlimited free rides on the Metro, the Paris buses, the tramway. 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-day passes available. • Paris Pass
• Paris ComboPass Premium
• Paris ComboPass Lite
The Paris Pass A combined Paris City Pass that includes the Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Attractions Pass, the Paris Metro Pass, and other features. 2-, 4- and 6-day passes available.
The Paris ComboPass Premium A combined Paris City Pass that includes the Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Metro Pass, and other features. 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-day passes available.
The Paris ComboPass Lite A city pass that includes a couple of museum tickets, the Paris Metro Pass, and other features. 1 and 2-day passes available.

How Do I Choose?

Paris Visite Metro Pass

First of all, we recommend buying one of the Paris city passes online and having it sent to you before you leave home.

That way you're all set once you arrive, you don't have to worry about figuring things out.

  • For the most robust, all-inclusive pass, with the greatest savings, choose the Paris Pass. It gets you into all the museums, seven additional attractions, on the Metro for free, and includes bonuses like a wine tasting and bus tour.
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  • If you want to save a little money, want a robust pass, and aren't interested in wine tasting or the Palais Garnier Opera House, choose the Paris ComboPass Premium.
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  • If you're travelling with children, we suggest you get the Paris Pass. It's available in children's and teen's versions and it gets you into some great family attractions like the Grevin Wax Museum, the Paris Story, and the Palais Garnier Opera House, as well as all the museums. (Children and teen passes don't include the Museum Pass because most museums are free for children under 18.)
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  • If you're travelling with children, want to save some money, and aren't interested in the Grevin Wax Museum, the Paris Story, or the Palais Garnier Opera House, then get the Paris ComboPass Premium for the adults and the Paris Visite Metro Pass for the kids. (Most museums are free for children under 18.)
    Paris ComboPassMore Information Here »
    Paris Visite Metro PassMore Information Here »
  • If you're not that interested in museums, then consider the Paris Visite Metro Pass to give you unlimited Metro and bus travel, perhaps combined with tickets to the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay.
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  • If you're going to be in Paris for only 1 or 2 days and want to visit the two main museums, definitely get the Paris ComboPass Lite.
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  • Finally, If you're really interested in museums, but not the Metro or any other attractions, get the Paris Museum Pass.
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Paris Insiders Tip

An unexpected benefit to a Paris City Pass is that you end up visiting some fascinating small museums you otherwise wouldn't have heard of. The Museum of Air & Space or the Paris Fashion Museum or the Postal Museum, for example. All fun, interesting, and free with a Paris Museum Pass.

How Do I Buy a City Pass?

Paris City Pass

In a word — online. As we said, we love to arrive in Paris prepared — ready to get out and enjoy the city.

See those folks in the photo to the left? They're waiting in a long line at Musée d'Orsay because don't have a Paris city pass!

So, our advice is to buy whatever passes you want online, and have them sent to your home before you leave. And it's never been easier to do that. Here are direct links to purchase the various passes:

Links to Purchase Paris City Passes

Our In-depth Reviews

If you want to read more information see our complete reviews of each of the passes:

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