I would like to know if The Paris City passport. 2 Days pass is a good deal. The pass costs 60 euro and includes unlimited access to transport bus, metro, tram and RER from zone 1 to 3. Plus Paris Museum pass for 2 days. Plus Batesaux Mouches sightseeing cruise in addition to some discounts. As I have not been to Paris, not sure if it is worth buying. Please advise.
In my opinion, the Paris Pass is definitely not a good deal. You'd have to run like crazy to even come close to taking advantage of all the offers, some of which you likely wouldn't pick anyway. The Paris Visite pass is overpriced. You can do better on your own. The price for an adult two-day Paris Pass is €105.00, not €60.00. Buy a two-day Paris Museum Pass for €39.00. For transportation buy a ten-ticket carnet for €12.70. A ticket is good anywhere the Metro goes (some lines end in zone 3) and on the RER in zone 1 (all of central Paris). A ticket provides unlimited Metro and/or RER transfers until you exit the system. A ticket provides bus transfers up to 90 minutes after boarding the first bus, but you cannot transfer between Metro/RER and bus on one ticket. A ticket is good on the Montmartre funiculaire that goes up the hill to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. If you're traveling with someone else, you can share the tickets. Or buy two one-day, zone 1-2 Mobilis passes and use one each day. The passes are undated so don't mix them up. Each one will only be good on the day you first use it. The pass costs €6.40 so two of them will cost you only 10 eurocents more than a carnet. The Bateaux Mouches boats are huge. For a more intimate ride on smaller boats, go with Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. The price for a ticket bought at the landing is €13.00. Right now there is an online special discount price of €8.00. Take a ride after dark to see why Paris is called the "City of Light".
Mmmmm, it looks like €60,00 to me (scratching head...)...What am I missing, Tim? But ONLY if you pick it up there (carefully note the pickup days and hours). I also suggest just buying the Museum Pass and metro tickets instead of the Paris City Passport. I can't imagine using basically €21,00 worth of transportation in two days (ignoring department store discounts, etc.)! And go with the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. You can (could, anyway) buy the Museum Pass at any of the participating museums, though I always get mine from the vending machine/automatic kiosk at the Louvre ;-)
Eileen, am I mssing something (likewise scratching head)? The price list at parispass.com lists a two-day teenager pass for €61.00 and a two-day adult pass for €105.00.
Here is the link to Parisinfo page which shows the cost of an Adult for the Paris City Passport 2 days pass as Euro 60.
John, even at 60 euros it is overpriced. You can get a two day Museum Pass for 39 euros , and take a cruise for 11.50 euros, and for two days you may only take the metro a few times, one carnet , which is ten one way tickets can be split between two people( and you may still have some left over) is 12 euros. So, splitting the Carnet means your per person total is 56.50 euros . Personally , are you sure you need the Paris Museum Pass,, if you are only going to one or two museums( you only have two days) then you may not need to spend so much on a pass. Which sites do you think you wish to see?
Thanks Tim, Eileen & Pat, for your valuable opinions. As per Tim's & Eileen's advise I booked the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf cruise and now they were offering a special internet price of Euro 8 per adult (instead of Euro 13). So a good deal. As suggested I will buy the carnet for transport and separately the museum tickets as we may not be able to see more than 2 museums a day. Btw, would appreciate your suggestions on the day or night tours- best operators, etc. We are a family of 4 and planning to be in Paris for 3 full days.
You're welcome, John. No more head scratching! The fog has cleared and the mystery is solved. It turns out that the Paris Pass and the Paris City Passport are two different animals. Since I wasn't familiar with the Paris City Passport, I thought you were referring to the Paris Pass. The Paris City Passport appears to be a scaled down version of the Paris Pass. So I learned something - remarkable for someone of my advanced years!
It seems to be a lot of stuff jam packed into a pass. It's not a bad deal necessarily, but between museums and the cruise, you would have to be a very busy person for those two days in order to see the full value of it. The museum pass part of it is pretty sweet, but how many do you think you could actually see? Personally I could probably spend a day, maybe two in the Louvre alone. Add in Muse d'Orsay and that would be all I could handle. I found the Paris Metro very easy to navigate, and never once used the RER or bus transport for anything. At least you have the chance to plan! My trip was last minute and I had no idea what I was doing!
John, Children under 18 are admitted free to all museums and monuments covered by the Paris Museum Pass. Provete museums (for example, the Musee Marmottan Monet), charge admission for everyone. If your children are 10 or younger, you can buy a carnet reduit for them. It costs €6.35, half the price of a regular carnet. If any of your three days in Paris will include a Saturday or Sunday, you can buy one-day Ticket Jeunes passes for each person 25 and younger for either or both days. A zone 1-3 Ticket Jeunes costs €3.55/day.
Tim, our kids are 14 and 17 and one of the days we are in Paris happens to be Sunday. So we can benefit from the weekend fare for the teenagers. I was advised to take the Museum pass in order to avoid the long ques particularly at the Louvre. I also read that the side entrance from the metro station at Louvre is faster. Is that so? Should I order the tickets for adults online or buy at the museum?
There is an entrance to the Louvre that is by the underground shopping center adjacent to the Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre Metro station. There usually aren't any lines at that entrance. Buy your tickets at the museum.
john, at Louvre use entrance that Tim suggested. I have never needed a pass to skip long lines at Louvre,,ever since I learned about entering from underground through the shopping mall .. You can enter mall off Rue Du Rivoli, there is an entrance under an awning, then you go downstairs and buy tickets from machines. It is an easy way to avoid long lines.