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Paris Museum Pass, Paris Pass, or Paris Passlib’ - Which one to choose

Pros and cons for each one of the three tourist passes - the Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Pass, and the Paris Passlib’

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Paris is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide for a good reason. Not only is it full of charm, beautiful architecture, and famous neighbourhoods, but it is also one of the cities with the highest concentration of museums, historical monuments, and important sights in Europe.

Visiting all these attractions makes for an exciting holiday, but it can also add up and become expensive, especially if you plan on visiting quite a few sites. Fortunately, there are solutions to save up - Paris tourist passes. The three most recommendable are the Paris Museum Pass, the Paris Pass, and the Paris Passlib’.

Paris Museum Pass, Paris Pass and Paris Passlib’
While the Paris Passlib’ is a completely digital pass, the Paris Museum Pass and the Paris Pass (4 and 6 days) are printed cards. The Paris Pass for 2 and 3 days is also completely digital.

All of these offer free entries to the city’s major sights and attractions, but there are significant differences in terms of how they work, prices, and other services.

Our recommendations

If you are under 18 or an EEA resident under 26, you automatically have free access to national museums and permanent collections in Paris, therefore you might not have much use for tourist passes, especially the Paris Museum Pass.

Here is a comparison table of what the three passes offer and their prices.

Activities
Options
Museum/sight entries + skip the line
Hop-on hop-off bus tours
Selection of walking tours and food tastings
Public transport
Price
Activities Paris Museum Pass Paris Pass Paris Passlib’
Options 2, 4, or 6 days 2, 3, 4, or 6 days 3, 5, or 6 activities from different selections
Museum/sight entries + skip the line Always included Only included in the 4 and 6-day Pass Always included, different selections with different options
Hop-on hop-off bus tours Not included Always included Included in Explore and Prestige
Selection of walking tours and food tastings Not included Always included Included in Passlib’ City, Explore and Prestige
Public transport Not included Not included Not included
Price €52.00€66.00€78.00 €89.00€119.00€199.00€229.00 € 35.00€ 69.00€ 119.00€ 189.00

Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass
The Paris Museum Pass is ideal for those who prioritise visiting lots of museums and sights.

The Paris Museum Pass gives you free access to more than 50 of Paris’ most important monuments, sights, and museums. The PMP also lets you skip the queues at the entrance. You just need to present the pass and go in. Remember that the PMP only covers permanent collections and exhibitions, not temporary ones.

There are three duration options available: 48 hours (2 days), 96 hours (4 days), and 144 hours (6 days). No matter when you activate the Paris Museum Pass, you’ll be able to use it until the hours run out. You can get the Paris Museum Pass here and activate it at the first site you visit.

Here is a summary of the prices.

Duration
Price
Duration 2 days 4 days 6 days
Price €52.00 €66.00 €78.00

Here is the complete list of the attractions included in the Paris Museum Pass that you can find in the city centre.

There also are 16 more sites you can find outside of Paris’ city centre that are included in the Paris Museum Pass.

  • Versailles Palace and Trianon Estate
  • Château de Vincennes
  • Basilique Cathédrale De Saint-Denis
  • Abbaye Royale De Chaalis
  • Château de Champs Sur-Marne
  • Château de Chantilly
  • Château de Pierrefonds
  • Château de Fontainebleau
  • Château de Rambouillet
  • Château de Maisons
  • Musée de la Renaissance
  • Musée d’archéologie Nationale de Saint-Germain-En-Laye
  • Musée de Port-Royal Des Champs
  • Musée de L’air Et De L’espace
  • Musées et Domaine du Château de Compiègne
  • Musée du Château De Malmaison
  • Sèvres - Manufacture Et Musée
  • Musée Franco-Américain du Château de Blérancourt
  • Villa Savoye
  • Musée Rodin-Meudon

If you’d like to know more about the Paris Museum Pass, you can check out our dedicated article.

Paris Pass

Paris Pass
The Paris Pass is the best option for those who want a holiday full of visits and activities.

The Paris Pass is a multi-functional tourist pass. It includes a day-long ticket for a Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tour, a pass for tours and activities around the city (referred to as the Digital All-Inclusive Pass), and (for the 4-day and 6-day options only) everything the Paris Museum Pass includes as well.

Our recommendations

The Paris Pass is great if you plan on going on several guided tours and activities. If you prefer to focus on sights and museums, the Paris Museum Pass might be a better option.

There are four duration options available: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, and 6 days. The Paris Pass is activated on first use and each day is counted from midnight to 11:59 pm, no matter the time of first use. This means you should try to activate and use it as early in the morning as you can to get the most hours out of it.

If you choose the 2 or 3-day option, you will receive your Paris Pass electronically via email. If you pick a 4 or 6-day Paris Pass, you will need to pick it up in person at the Big Bus Information Center.

Here is a summary of the prices and what each Paris Pass option includes.

Duration
Price for adults(18+)
Discounted price (2-18 year old)
Activities
Duration 2 days 3 days 4 days 6 days
Price for adults(18+) €89.00 €119.00 €199.00 €229.00
Discounted price (2-18 year old) €54.00 €69.00 €74.00 €84.00
Activities Digital All-Inclusive Pass1-day Big Bus hop-on hop-off Tour Digital All-Inclusive Pass1-day Big Bus hop-on hop-off Tour Digital All-Inclusive Pass1-day Big Bus hop-on hop-off Tour4-day Paris Museum Pass Digital All-Inclusive Pass1-day Big Bus hop-on hop-off Tour6-day Paris Museum Pass

You will find that there are different kinds of activities covered by the Digital All-Inclusive Pass. Some of them are entry tickets for some of the city’s attractions.

Others are walking tours.

Others yet are food tastings.

And finally, others are workshops, events, or special transport tickets.

  • Perfume mini workshop
  • Fashion Show at the Galeries Lafayette
  • PanoraMagique at Disney Village
  • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
  • Virtual Reality Experience
  • Ballon de Paris Generali
  • Petit Train Montmartre

If you’d like to know more about the Paris Pass, you can check out our dedicated article.

Paris Passlib’

Paris Passlib’ card
The Paris Passlib' is ideal for visitors who are a little more selective in their activities.

The Paris Passlib’ is a customisable tourist pass. While the other two passes we have seen are all-passes, the Passlib’ lets you choose which activities you want from a given selection. Depending on the number of attractions you are interested in, you can get a different type of Paris Passlib’.

There are four Paris Passlib’ options, They are: Mini (3 activities out of 23), City (5 activities out of 46), Explore (6 activities out of 54), and Prestige (6 activities out of 79). Of course, the list from which you can pick the attractions is expanded with every option, so that you get a bigger selection with the more expensive Passlib’.

Another difference between the Passlib’ and the PMP or the Paris Pass is that the Paris Passlib’ doesn’t have such a short duration. All four kinds of Paris Passlib’ are valid for one year from their activation (the first time you use the pass to book an attraction).

Since the Paris Passlib’ is fully digital, there is no point in buying it in person (although that’s possible). It’s much better to get the Passlib’ online, which you can do here .

Here is a summary of the prices.

Type
Price
Type Paris Passlib’ Mini Paris Passlib’ City Paris Passlib’ Explore Paris Passlib’ Prestige
Price € 35.00 € 69.00 € 119.00 € 189.00

Following is the complete list of attractions and activities included in the Paris Passlib’.

First is the list included with the Paris Passlib’ Mini.

Aside from the previous list, the Paris Passlib’ City, Explore, and Prestige also include the following.

The Paris Passlib’ Explore and Prestige options also add the following list to choose from.

  • Parc Zoologique de Paris
  • Open-top bus hop-on hop-off ticket (1 day) with Tootbus
  • Open-top bus hop-on hop-off ticket (1 day) with Big Bus
  • Paris by Night open-top bus tour with Big Bus
  • Gourmet Box River Cruise with Les Vedettes de Paris
  • Cruise and champagne with Bateaux-Mouches
  • Guided bike tour
  • ‘Oh my God she’s Parisian!’ Show

Finally, only the Paris Passlib’ Prestige includes this list of activities, as well as all the previous ones.

  • Disneyland Park (1-day ticket)
  • Walt Disney Studios Park (1-day ticket)
  • Guided e-bike tour (half a day)
  • Cabaret show at Le Crazy Horse - ‘Totally Crazy!’
  • Food tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Food Tour in Belleville
  • Lunch cruise Bateaux Parisiens (service Étoile)
  • River Cruise plus lunch or dinner at the Bistro Parisien
  • Gastronomic lunch on the Bustronome
  • Workshop on the French art de vivre
  • Cheese & wine tasting in a private home
  • Macaron-making workshop
  • Guided tour of the Caves du Louvre and premium wine tasting
  • Chocolate-making workshop
  • Parisian shopping experience in Galeries Lafayette
  • Escape game in virtual reality with VirtualTime
  • Immersive Escape game Le Bureau des Légendes
  • Hop-on hop-off (2 days) bus tour ticket and Paris by night with Tootbus
  • Hop-on hop-off (2 days) bus tour ticket with Big Bus
  • Chauffeur-driven VIP tour of Paris
  • Running tour of Paris
  • 2CV tour ‘Paris Highlights’ (45 mins or 1 h 30 mins)
  • 2CV tour ‘Paris By Night’ (45 mins)
  • 2CV tour ‘Secret Paris’ (1 h 30 mins)
  • 2CV tour ‘Paris By Night’ (1 h)

If you’d like to know more about the Paris Passib’ and how it works, you’ll find all the information in our dedicated article.


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