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Paris museum pass versus Paris combo pass?

We are traveling to Paris in July. Rick mentions in the book the Paris Museum pass but I didn't find anything about the Paris combo pass. Looking for difference & if worth cost. We are a family of 4, 3 adults & 16 year old from US.

Also our dates to arrive is July 14, Bastille Day, how will that impact what we want to see?

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If by Paris combo you are referring to the Paris Pass which combines the Museum Pass with the Paris Visite transport pass and a parcel of discount coupons of doubtful value, the Paris Pass is a lousy deal. At least 30% to 40% of the cost goes to marketing costs and profit to the promoters. There are better transport options than the Paris Visite.

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Seconding Sam: the Paris Pass - which is a combo of the Museum Pass and Visite Travelcard - is a vastly overpriced bundle that I wouldn't recommend for anyone. I've never figured how anyone could come close to breaking even on the thing.

The Museum Pass, augmented by carnets (booklets of 10: 14,50 €) of single-ride transit tickets, was a much, much better deal for us but you have to do the math. Make a list of what you want to see, add up the total cost of entry fees and compare that to the price of the pass

Transport ticket info:

Carnets of tickets can be shared amongst your group. My husband and I shared 1 carnet and barely used all 10 tickets (5 rides apiece) over our 6 days in Paris but we're also big walkers so covered a lot of ground on foot. And even if we'd added quite a number of attractions or activities not covered by the museum pass, we still would have come in under the cost of the Paris Pass.

Your 16 year-old will be able to access a lot of museums for free: always have his/her passport along for proof of age.