Should you get a Paris "pass" - in other words, a sightseeing attractions discount card - for your visit to Paris? And if so, which one?
Although several "flavors" of Paris passes are available, the two most popular Paris passes are the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass because they give you the widest range of choices. Both passes can save you a lot of money, as well as time and hassle. But there are also major differences between the two cards - so how do you decide which one is right for you?
In our Paris passes comparison in this article, we show you the differences between the Paris Museum Pass and Paris Pass, and give you sample itineraries showing how much money each card can save you. We also share our not-so-secret strategies for getting the biggest savings from whichever card you choose.
Are these Paris passes right for everybody? No. But that doesn't mean you have to pass up the chance to get discounts on top Paris attractions, experiences, and transportation. We'll show you how to find them.
"I've lost track of how many times I've used the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass when visiting Paris alone, with family, and with friends. They make it so easy to experience the best of Paris!
~ Susan, Paris Discovery Guide
Paris Museum Pass and Paris Pass Comparisons
How Do the Paris Sightseeing Passes Work?
Paris Museum Pass and Paris Pass work in the same way. Both are day-based, meaning that you purchase your pass for a certain number of days ranging from 2 to 6. During each day your pass is valid, you can visit as many attractions, tours, and museums as you want.
What Does the Paris Museum Pass Include?
Take a cooking class, look down on Paris from a hot air balloon, stroll high above the city on the Promenade Plantée.
Find the coolest spots to see and photograph the Paris skyline - including a few you might not discover on your own.
Cruise down the Seine River, sail a boat in Luxembourg Gardens, relax under the stars at an outdoor summer concert.
You'll never run out of fun things to do in Paris - or reasons why you should go for a visit.
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3. Paris Hotels & Apartments for Every Budget
Paris hotels and apartments are more affordable than you might expect. Spend a fortune or relatively little for a few nights of accommodations - the choice is yours!
Hotels & apartments in every price range can be found in every central Paris neighborhood near top attractions. Check out our guide to Paris hotels
Prefer an apartment? You can choose from budget to luxe.
4. Shopping ... Paris is a Shopper's Paradise
From the dazzling "Golden Triangle" of haute couture to Grands Magasins (big department stores) to trendy boutiques, shopaholics find plenty of places to stock up on Paris fashion.
Paris is a shopper's paradise. Find out more
5. Paris Museums & Cool Street Art
Be sure to also look at art on the streets - everything from classical sculpture to the latest creations by sometimes-edgy street artists. Start with a guided tour by bikes of Paris's urban art museum
6. Delicious Food & Wine (Some Say this Is the Best Reason to Travel to Paris)
From haute cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants to the trendiest bistros serving local fare based on what's fresh, Paris will please your palate.
Stop by a bakery for fresh croissants or pain au chocolat, sample macaroons from Hermé or Ladurée, sip tea at Mariage Frères or indulge in a decadently rich hot chocolate at Angelina.
Dig into steak-frites at a brasserie. Savor the couscous in a North African cafe. Find out how good a crepe with Nutella tastes.
And remember - wine and French food are meant for each other. Experience wine & cheese on a gourmet tour of Paris
7. Beautiful Parks & Gardens Where You Can Relax and Play
Luxembourg Gardens,and Tuileries Garden are famous for their statues and beautiful flowers. Kids love to sail their toy boats across pools, go for pony rides, and even take in puppet shows.
Visit Jardin des Plantes with its menagerie and maze, a hidden Roman arena in the Latin Quarter, the elevated Promenade Plantées, with views high above the city, and the almost-hidden Palais Royal Garden. And that's just the beginning of the gorgeous parks you can explore in Paris!
8. Day Trips from Paris to Famous Places
Versailles, Disneyland Paris, and several chateaus are less than an hour from Paris.
Go a little farther and you can visit the medieval city of Bruges, famous World War II battlegrounds, Mont Saint-Michel, and even London - and be back in Paris by evening.
Getting to all these places from Paris is easy. Find out more
9. Fun Places in Paris for Kids and Teens (& their Parents)
Planning a trip to Paris with kids or teens?
Fortunately, Paris has LOTS of attractions and activities that are fun for the entire family - including teens.
And great news - most are inexpensive or even free for kids under 18.
And of course, kids love Paris Disneyland, just a short train ride from the city.
10. "Hidden" Paris - There's Always More to Explore!
After you've seen the most famous Paris attractions, what's left?
Plenty - it's time to explore lesser known market streets, indie designer boutiques, cool bistros and brasseries. Relax on a scenic cruise up Canal Saint-Martin, visit excellent (and uncrowded!) smaller museums, find the parks where Parisians hang out. All of these non-touristy places are even more reasons to go to Paris.