You Asked – Do You Have A Paris City Pass Comparison Guide?


I can't decide between the Paris Visite Metro Pass, the Paris Museum Pass, and the all-inclusive Paris City Pass. I'll be in Paris for 5 to 7 days this coming March. Can you help?

"Your advice is appreciated.
– Carter, USA"


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We Answer – Guide to the Paris City Pass

Dear Carter,
Thanks for that question, it's one that puzzles a lot of readers. Paris city pass information can be a tad confusing. So, let's look at a comparison of the passes and explain the differences between the passes you ask about, along with our recommendations.

Paris City Pass

Let's start with the Paris Visite, which is the pass that covers all of Paris transportation. This one's easy to explain — it gives you unlimited transportation on the Metro, RER, buses, and tramways. It does not include museum passes or any other activities. The Paris Visite Pass is also included as part of the city pass we recommended, the Paris City Pass.

Next up is the Paris Museum Pass. This gives you free access to virtually all the museums in Paris. But, it includes only museums, no extra activities, no Metro. The Museum Pass is also included as part of the Paris City Pass. The Museum Pass will save you money but, maybe more importantly, it will save you time because the pass lets you skip the long ticket lines at all the museums it covers.

The Paris City Pass is the most robust and all-inclusive pass. It incorporates all the features of the other two passes — plus a few extras. That's why we recommend it.

Details of the Paris City Pass

As we said, the Paris City Pass includes unlimited Metro and bus transportation as well as the RER urban trains and the tramways. This means you won't have to purchase tickets or worry about how many to get. You simply swipe the included Metro pass at all Metro entrances. (The same pass works for all the types of transportation we mentioned.)

Paris City Pass

Another benefit to the Paris City Pass is free entrance to all the top museums and monuments, including the Louvre, Pompidou, d'Orsay, and Versailles. It also includes a great variety of smaller museums that you may not discover on your own, like the Rodin Museum, the Dali Museum, and the Museum of Eugene Delacroix. The Paris City Pass also come with a couple of great extras — a Seine river cruise and a hop-on-hop-off bus pass.


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Our Recommendation for Carter

We recommend the Paris City Pass for you since you will be in Paris long enough to pack in enough museums, monuments, and activities to make it worth your while.

Paris is a very busy city and line-ups at museums can be daunting, even during the off-season. With a Paris City Pass in your wallet, you end up doing a lot more, saving money, skipping ticket lines and having more fun!

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