"One Pass to Rule Them All" – The Guide to Paris City Passes

We've spent a lot of time reviewing and analyzing the various Paris city passes available to visitors. This article will help you understand them and choose the one that's best for you. We've analyzed them, picked them apart, and created charts where we compare all the city passes, including the Museum Pass and the Visite Metro Pass.

There are, let's say, two and a half options — There's the robust and inclusive Paris Pass, which combines museums, Metro and attractions. There's the Paris ComboPass Premium, another inclusive pass giving you free access to museums and the Metro, but fewer attractions. 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.

Paris City Passes Comparison Chart


Paris Museum Pass Free entrance to over 60 museums in Paris.
2, 4 and 6 day passes available.
Paris Attractions Pass Provides free entrance to 7 attractions, including:
• Palais Garnier
• Wine Tasting
• Seine River Cruise
Paris Visite Metro Pass Unlimited rides on the Metro & the Paris buses. 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-day passes available.
The Paris Pass — RECOMMENDED A combined 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 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?

The Paris Pass

First of all, be sure to buy your Paris city pass online and have it sent to you before you leave home.

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

You'll be ready to hop on the Metro (or a city bus, for that matter), visit any of the top museums and monuments, do a wine tasting, or go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

For the most robust, all-inclusive pass choose the Paris Pass

Paris Insiders Recommendation

This also nets you the the greatest savings. 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. We think it's the best, and it's even better with our exclusive 10% discount code.
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To save a little money choose the Paris ComboPass Premium

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 get the Paris Pass

The Paris Pass is 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.
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Traveling with children Plan B

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 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. More Information Here

How Do I Buy a City Pass?

Paris City Pass

Online, before you leave home. Arrive in Paris prepared — ready to get out and enjoy the city.

See those folks in the photo? They're waiting in a long ticket line at Musée d'Orsay because don't have a Paris city pass! If they had a pass they'd go down to the other door and walk right in.

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

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.

Our In-depth Reviews

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

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