I am going to be in Paris in late June. I plan on going to the usual Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Muse d'Orsay, Oranger Museum, Notre Dame, and Oranger Muse. Should I buy a ticket at each or is they're a pass that is worthwhile? I know this question has been asked many times before so thank you for your help. I will be in Paris for 4 days.
I like the museum pass; even if it does not save you any money (and it might), it saves time skipping the line.
The Paris Museum Pass may be a good choice for you. (The "Paris Pass" is something else and not usually worthwhile.) You can compare its price with the admission costs of the museums you know you want to see. It doesn't cover the Eiffel Tower. You don't need a pass or ticket to enter Notre Dame (but you do to climb up to the towers). Whether or not it saves you money, it will save you time by letting you skip the ticket-buying lines (but you'll still have separate security lines). It also makes it easy to visit other attractions, perhaps just briefly to see one or two things or use a bathroom. You can get a Museum Pass at various stores and at all the attractions it covers -- if you buy one at a museum choose a less popular museum so you don't have a long wait. You don't need to get it before your visit. Don't fill in the start date till you actually use it the first time.
We got the Paris Museum Pass and we thought it was a good investment as it covers many museums and monuments.
If you’re planning to go up the Eiffel Tower, make sure you book your tickets about 60 days in advance.
Check the website and be prepared to book your tickets as soon as they become available, because they sell out very quickly.
Enjoy your time in PAris!
I've purchased the Paris MUSEUM Pass each time I've been in Paris. (be sure to get the Museum pass and not the much pricier "Paris Pass") I've found that since so many places are included on the museum pass, I've tried some interesting venues that I hadn't planned on visiting. You can also pop in somewhere just for a short time and not feel like you need to get your money's worth. Yes, Ste. Chapelle is very worth visiting. I have also enjoyed going up the Arch de Triomphe. I love to get the Eiffel tower in my view/photos. Also consider the Pantheon and the Pompidou(if not for the art, the amazing views at dusk and sunset)
Yes, along with my friends here, to the Museum Pass.
It does not cover the Eiffel Tower. It does cover the Tower climb at Notre Dame but the cathedral itself is free.
You never skip the security line but you do skip the ticket line. On a recent visit to the Louvre the security guy was just doing a cursory look into bags of those of us in the Pass line whereas the non-pass line was having to put things thru the scanner.
I also agree it allows you to go into museums where you are not sure you are really interested in their collection. I recently popped into the Delacroix Museum. It was mildly interesting to me, glad I went. Don’t have to go again, lol! Ditto the Pompidou and Picasso! It also allows reentry so you can spend 2-2.5 hours at the Louvre then when the crowds get too bad, head outside for some fresh air. Then pop back in another day for a few hours with a targeted visit.
You don’t need to buy before you get to Paris. I’ve been buying mine at the Tabac down the street from my hotel but they are available for purchase anywhere.
Pam, others: Is the cost of purchasing the Paris Museum Pass online in the US different than purchasing it in Paris?
@gma -- You can pay an additional 24 euros for shipping it to the US if you want. Or you can order online and pick it up free at one location in Paris. But I see no advantages, and some disadvantages, to either. Use the website supplied above to see where you can get the pass in Paris, and buy the duration that fits your plans best.
I always purchase the pass at my first stop, very easy. I try to make that first stop to be a less busy attraction like Pantheon, etc.
It does cover the Tower climb at Notre Dame but the cathedral itself
Although as of today, neither will be accessible to visitors for a long, long time. :O(
We loved the Museum Pass but whether you should buy one depends on your ability to get the most good out of it. You need to compare the cost of individual pre-purchased tickets versus the price/convenience of the pass.
In any case, as you currently only have 3 attractions (Louvre, d'Orsay and l'Orangerie) on your list that you can use a pass for, I'd come up with one or two more to make a 2-day pass worth the price, and even more if considering a 4-day pass.
as mentioned you can do a comparison cost of the museums you want to visit vs the cost of the 4 day pass. But I still found it was worth the price for the time value of skipping long lines.