Paris Travel Planner   Buying Tickets for the Louvre, Paris, France
Buying tickets in advance can save you time!




If you're going to the Louvre, be prepared for large crowds. About 10 million people visit the Louvre each year, triple the number of visitors when the pyramid opened in 1989. As a result, lines are longer and crowds bigger, so it helps if you can know how to save yourself a little time. Here are some suggestions.

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The Paris Museum Pass can save both time and money, if you're planning to visit several museums. It also allows you to "coupe file," or avoid the long lines at the entrance and go in a special line for Paris Museum Pass holders and other advance tickets. Note that the Paris Museum Pass is included as part of the Paris Pass, which also provides transportation and access to some other monuments and activities. More...

Lines at the Louvre, Paris  

A long line to enter the Louvre, but with my Paris Museum Pass I could go in the very short line on the left.


Advance Tickets

It's now possible to buy tickets in advance, if you have the time to plan your visit. The Louvre website can provide current information on where to purchase tickets in advance. While these won't save you money (and some may involve a premium price), they can save you time, since you can go in the advance ticket line.

Buying a Ticket on Site

If you just decide to visit, you'll wait in line and pass through security and find yourself inside the Louvre, under the pyramid. Now you need to buy a ticket. First of all, pick up a map of the museum at the information desk, so you review it while waiting in the ticket line. There are several ticket counters under the pyramid, so choose whichever seems to have the shortest line.

Next to each ticket counter there are also ticket machines, which you may be able to use. Here's an example of the types of cards/cash that one machine accepts:

Louvre, Paris, France

Be aware that American credit card with magnetic stripsmay not work, whereas most chip and signature cards should work. These systems are still evolving, and some places will only take chip and pin cards. If you have a chip and signature card or cash, it would be worth trying the machine to avoid waiting in line.

Now what? You're through security and you've got your ticket, but it's still pretty overwhelming and crowded. Lots of people and several sets of escalators leading up...You need a strategy for your visit so you can use your time most effectively. We've made a few suggestions for how to plan your visit to the Louvre.

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Winged Victory of Samothrace, Louvre, Paris

Above, Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Below, Amphitrite, Cour Marly, Louvre.

Louvre, Paris, France



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