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Paris Museum & Sightseeing Passes

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There are several options for museum and sightseeing passes in Paris. How do you know which to choose?

The Paris Museum Pass isn’t a bad deal for those of you planning on seeing a lot of museums and monuments on consecutive days. The pass is good for over sixty sites in Paris and the surrounding area (like Château de Versailles). You can purchase them at Tourism Offices or at any participating museum or monument (the passes don’t have an expiration date until they’re activated).

If you think you’ll visit a LOT *and* you want to take the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, the Paris Pass may be a good deal for you. Keep in mind that if you’re staying in the center of Paris you might not even need a metro pass (one carnet of 10 tickets is only €15, which you can use any day).

I don’t recommend the Paris Visit card. It’s heavily promoted to tourists, but hardly offers a good deal. It’s an expensive transportation pass with a few token discounts to tourist sites (such as 10% off gift shops at Disneyland or a free Moulin Rouge ashtray). See the website for complete rates (from €12 for one day to €64 for five days within Paris).

You’re better off getting a museum pass and a separate transportation pass.

See the Paris Resource Guide for more information on sightseeing and Paris museums and monuments. 

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