"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 Paris Visite Metro Pass. (We love charts.)

Here's the quick version — the Paris Museum Pass gets you past the lineups and into virtually any museum in Paris you want to visit. The Paris Metro Pass gets you unlimited rides on the Metro, buses, trams, and the RER. The Paris Insiders Pass includes both of those passes, plus a couple of extra perks. In case you don't want to read through all the data, here's the bottom line — we recommend the Paris Insiders Pass.

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The Most Popular Ways to Visit Versailles

Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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VIP Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
Skip-the-Line entrance to the chateau through a VIP entrance, plus a private tour of the royal chambers and opera house not open to tourists.
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Paris City Passes Comparison Chart


Paris Museum Pass Free entrance to over 60 museums in Paris.
2- and 4-day passes are the most common.
Paris Visite Metro Pass Unlimited rides on the Metro & the Paris buses.
2- and 5-day passes are the most common.
The Paris Insiders Pass — RECOMMENDED A combined pass that includes the Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Metro Pass, a Seine River cruise, and a Paris hop-on bus pass. 2- and 5-day passes available.

How Do You Choose?

The Paris Insiders Pass

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If you're going to be in Paris for a week

Choose the 5-day Paris Insiders Pass. This also nets you the the greatest savings. It gets you into all the museums, numerous additional attractions, on the Metro for free, and includes bonuses like a wine tasting class, a river cruise and a hop-on bus tour. We think it's the best, and it's even better with our exclusive 5% discount code.

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If you're going to be in Paris for only 3 days

You're still going to want to visit a few museums, ride the Metro, and take a river cruise, so get the 2-day Paris Insiders Pass.

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If you're going to be in Paris for only 1 or 2 days

We'd probably recommend you skip the passes and just have fun roaming the city, buying tickets where you need to.

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The Top Seine River Dinner Cruises

Privilege Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup
This romantic dinner cruise includes pick-up from your hotel a 4-course classic meal, and live music. #1 Traveler Choice.
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Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise on the Seine
Cruise down the Seine on a bateau while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a French chef. Hotel transportation included.
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How Do You Buy a City Pass?

Paris Insiders Pass

Use our discount code to save 5% on the Paris Insiders Pass – INSIDERS5

You can buy any of the passes online and pick them up at an easy-to-find central location when you arrive in Paris. Your pass(es) will be ready and waiting for you. We'll give you three links below. Remember, we recommend the all-inclusive Paris Insider Pass and it's the only one that gives you on additional 5% on your order.

There's a Bonus!

An unexpected benefit to Paris city passes 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.

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