Paris Travel Planner   Saving Money on Activities in Paris
The cost of visiting sights and museums in Paris can add up, but there are ways to save money, and also time.




We describe hundreds of sights, museums, churches, excursions, parks, walks and activities on Visiting them all (as we have done) costs a fortune, but we've discovered ways to save money, and also time and trouble.

1. Passes

A variety of passes—the Paris City Pass, Paris Museum Pass, and the Paris Pass—are packages of admission tickets, transportation tickets, etc.—are available at discounted prices. They can save you money if you use them right and get your full money's worth from them.

The Paris City Pass, for example, is best for visits of three or four days. The Paris Museum Pass is great if you want to visit a lot of museums, and the Paris Pass gets you into 60+ museums and activities, and even onto the Métro.

2. Combination Tickets

Some Paris museums sell combination tickets offering discounted admission to several museums. For example, the Musée d'Orsay, the Orangerie and the Musée Rodin offer a combination ticket for admission to all three museums, at a discount, so if you love Impressionist art, it may save you money. Ask about combination tickets when you enter a museum.

Combo tickets are also available for activities. Have a look at these.

3. Free Sights, Days & Ages

Some of the most interesting sights in Paris are free: the panoramic view of the city from Montmartre; the city's dozens of beautiful parks, and the sculptures and famous names in its park-like cemeteries such as Père Lachaise. Walks along the River Seine and the views from its bridges. Paris's monumental churches.

Many museums offer a time of free admission, such as the first day of the month, or one evening per week. We mention these free periods on the pages of when we have knowledge of them.

Also, many sights and especially museums want to encourage visits by young people, so children may be admitted free, and youth (up to the age of 26, in some cases!) may be admitted free or at a reduced rate.

On one day a year, most public buildings in France—even the Élysée Palace, the presidential residence—are open for free. It's called the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days). Long lines form for admission to the most famous and prestigious buildings, but for most, the wait is not onerous.

4. Transportation

If you're willing to climb the learning curve for Paris's fantastic Métro and bus system, you can save lots of money over taxi fares; and for longer trips, you'll probably get there faster by Métro than having to fight Paris traffic. More...

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View of the Eiffel Tower from Tour Montparnasse, Paris, France

View of the Eiffel Tower from Tour Montparnasse. Admission to the Tour's Observatoire Panoramique is included in many passes.

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