If you’re in Paris and looking to maximize your travel spending, consider purchasing the Paris Museum Pass. The card offers free admission to many of the city’s major museums and attractions, with a few notable exceptions being the Eiffel Tower, Catacombs, Grand Palais, and Paris Opera (Palais Garnier).
With most places charging 8.00€ or more for admission, the savings can be considerable, especially if you’ll be in Paris for at least 48 hours and plan to visit as many sites as you can.
We’ve found that when we pay the full cost for entrance to museums with a steep admission price, we feel the need to spend a huge chunk of time there to get our money’s worth. But, with the Paris Museum Pass, it’s possible to see a number of places, spending as much or as little time as you like in each, and not feel like you’re wasting money. And, an added benefit, depending on the museum or attraction, is that cardholders can sometimes skip the line to get in.
To get an idea of the savings you might enjoy, here’s a sample agenda for 2 days in Paris:
The card can be purchased online via the Paris Museum Pass website and at various locations throughout Paris, including the Tourist Offices at CDG and Orly Airports. Note: We purchased ours late in the evening at Centre Pompidou and didn’t have to wait in line.
How much does it cost:
Paris Museum Pass for 2 days = 48€
Paris Museum Pass for 4 days = 62€
Paris Museum Pass for 6 days = 74€
How to validate and use your Paris Museum Pass:
To validate your museum pass, write your name and the date of first use on the back of the card. To use the museum pass, just present it at the point of entrance at designated museums and attractions. Note: There’s no need to stand in the ticket purchase line; however, you may still need to stand in line for security check depending on the sight. Your Paris Museum Pass allows unlimited visits to the designated museums and attractions.
Maximize the benefits of your museum pass by validating it on the morning of the first day of use. Plan to use your pass on consecutive days.