Paris is a huge city, and boy does it take some getting around! With over 100 museums, and monuments like the Eiffel Tower (which you’ll want to see twice) and the Arch de Triomph, there are a lot of tickets, lines, and metro stops in France’s capital city. In June, my friend Tory and I spent two days in Paris and we ended up buying something called the “Paris Passlib‘” and it was literally a life saver.
The Passlib’ offers a variety of options, each with the opportunity to add a trip up the Eiffel Tower. Prices start at 40 Euros for adults, but we chose the 2-day pass, which cost 109 Euros and entitled us to:
-one day of hop-on-hop-off bus rides
-a one hour cruise of the Seine
-free use of the subway (and bus, and tram system for 2 days
-2 days of museum and attraction access (to most things*)
For 109 Euros each (85 for Europeans under 26**).
A lot of online reviews suggest that the pass just wasn’t worth the price, and I’m sure that, for some people, that is the case, but for us it paid for itself on day 1. To be fair, this probably was because we were so intense about covering ground; between the two of us, we walked over 140,000 steps, punctuated by 20 plus metro rides. I cannot stress enough how good it was to be able to just hop on the metro when our feet were sore. We rounded off our visit with the boat trip, and it was a nice way to spend an hour. We got great shots of the bridges along the Seine from the boat, and the breeze on the river while on deck was a great way to beat the heat! As far as museums and attractions go, we visited the Louvre, the Musee Rodin, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and we climbed the Arc de Triomphe, the Towers of Notre Dame, and visited the Sainte Chappelle, all of which would have cost over €60 without the pass. Add in the cost of subway rides (at €1.90 each), and the added convenience of skip the line access, and the PassLib was basically heaven-sent for two girls on a mission to discover the City of Lights!
I would completely recommend the pass for travelers who, 1) plan to use the metro system; 2) want to see a lot of museums; and 3) are tight on time (skip-the-line access is excellent). The pass can be bought at the Paris Tourism stands across the city or ordered online to be delivered to your home prior to your trip, The website provides a list of locations here. We got ours at Gare du Nord. Note, the stand outside Anvers metro station on Boulevard de Rochechouart was closed during our whole stay (as of 6/19/2017).
*Not all attractions are included in the Passlib’ but a full list can be found here. The only thing we wanted to do that was not included was going up in the Sacre Coeur.
**Many French museums are already free for European youth under the age of 26, so you may want to check that out before considering your PassLib’ purchase!