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The Paris Museum Pass, Paris Pass, and other discounts on the Louvre and Versailles

There are two main sightseeing passes in Paris:

Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass
You can purchase it ahead of time through Rail Europe (which has just about the lowest delivery fee) or in Paris at any participating sight, major Métro stations, and tourist office branches.

• €42 for two days
• €56 for four days
• €69 for six days


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The Paris Museum Pass (formerly known as the Carte Musées et Monuments) is one of the best deals in Europe.

Sights covered by the Paris Museums Pass

It covers more than 40 major museums and monuments in Paris (plus another 21 in the surrounding region).

The sights covered range from the statue-studded gardens of the Rodin Museum to the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and from the top of the Arc de Triomphe to the bowels of the city sewers.

In addition to the big sights of Paris itself, the pass covers 21 major monuments in the surrounding region, including such big ticket (and terribly expensive) items as Versailles, Fontainebleau, and the Châteaux of Vincennes, Chantilly, Rambouillet, Mainsons-Lafitte, and more.

What isn't covered?

The only notable sights not covered by the Paris Museums Pass are the Eiffel Tower, Picasso Museum (which used to be covered; sad), Montparnasse Tower, and Marmottan Museum.

The pass does not cover any special exhibitions or temproary shows within the museums that have a seperate entrance fee.

Is the Paris Museums Pass worth it?

The museum pass starts paying for itself almost immediately. Without it, you'd pay €42.50 just to visit the Louvre (€12), Musée d'Orsay (€9), the Towers of Notre Dame (€8.50), and the Pompidou (€13).

With the two-day, €42 card, you'd already be saving money—and every subsequent museum or monument would be free. Plus you get all the other perks.

Other benefits of the Paris Museums Pass

The best perk of the Paris Museums Pass is you get to skip the interminable lines at most sights—which at popular sights such as the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre can last well over 30 minutes in high season. Just walk right up to a special window, flash your pass, and you're in.

An added benefit: visits are unlimited, which means you can take a monster of a museum such as the Louvre and split it up, visiting one wing each day rather than trying (and, trust me, failing) to tackle it all at once. Or you could keep going back to the Orangerie every afternoon, just to sit for an hour surrounded by 360 degrees of Monet Waterlillies in the oval basement rooms.

The Paris Pass

The Paris Pass
You can purchase it ahead of time and pick it up in Paris.

• €122 for two days
• €182 for four days
• €219 for six days


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You might also look into the (substantially more expensive) Paris Pass (www.parispass.com), which includes:

If you're not interested in the extras—the bus tour, the Paris Attractions Pass—you're probably better off just buying a Paris Museum Pass and a Paris Visite transport card (or individual Métro tickets) seperately.

If, however, you plan to do even a handful of those extras mentioned above—say the bus tour and, on the Paris Attractions Pass, the Seine cruise, Montparnasse Tower, and wine tasting—the Paris Passparis pass will work out as a savings.

Do a price comparison for your planned trip to see what will be the better deal.

 

 

 



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