“ A pass which allows you to get into many Paris attractions for free „
A few months ago I took my boyfriend on a birthday trip to Paris. Whilst browsing the internet for things to do while we were there, I came across a website advertising the Paris Pass.
With the Paris Pass, you pay a set amount of money which allows you access to lots of different attractions in Paris, with the potential of saving a lot of money. There are three options to choose from a 2 day, 4 day or 6 day pass. We were in Paris for 5 days, so I decided to get the 4 day pass at a cost of Euro124 each. It did seem like a lot of money, but I knew that I wanted to do lots while we were there, and we probably would have ended up paying more than that anyway.
You have to order the Paris Pass online (from parispass.com), it is not available to buy in Paris (which seemed very strange to me!) You can either get it sent to you, or you can pick it up once you get to Paris. We chose to pick it up, and we had to go to The Hard Rock Café with our printed email to exchange it for our passes.
The passes come in a little plastic wallet. In it you get: a 5 day pass for the metro (for travel between zones 1 - 2), a four day Paris Museum Pass, a four day Paris Pass and a Paris Pass guide detailing all the places you can get in for free, and also special offers and discounts that the Paris Pass offers.
The guide book is A5 size, so its actually a great size to carry around with you as it is able to fit into a pocket. The guide book is split up in to different sections; ideas for days out, galleries, museums, monuments, historic buildings, places of interest and special offers. On each page, next to the attractions it shows a little map and address of where the attraction is, the nearest tube and bus stations, opening times, telephone number and website address. This was really handy, as otherwise I don't think we would have been able to find a lot of the attractions by ourselves.
There was such a great range of attractions available to see, they ranged from very popular attractions such as The Louvre, The Dali Museum, Arc De Triomphe and Notre Dame, to ones that were a little bit more obscure, such as the Sewer Museum. I really liked the fact that the Paris Pass allowed us to visit a lot of places where we otherwise wouldn't have thought of visiting.
One thing I wish I had known before is that if you are under 26 and from and EU country, you can get into a lot of Paris Museums for free. As we went to a lot of these museums, I'm not actually sure if I saved much, or any money buying the Paris Pass. We did do a lot of things that weren't available for free though, such as wine tasting and a river cruise.
On top of the access to attractions, there are special offers for people with the Paris Pass, such as a free welcome drink at selected restaurants, 15% discount off segway tours, and free dessert at The Hard Rock Café, as well as a few others.
The Paris Pass is credit card sized and has a little chip on it that they put in to a machine when you go into an attraction, meaning that you can only visit each attraction once. But there is so much to do you don't really have time to visit things more than once!
I think the Paris Pass is a great idea. I really liked the fact that you got everything you needed in the pack, including a metro card which allowed you free access to travel all over Paris. The only problem I had was that there was so much stuff to do I wanted to do it all, and felt like I was rushing through some of the attractions to get on to the next one! There was also the little fact that I could have got in to a lot of the museums for free, but all in all I didn't mind too much.
The Paris Pass is also available at a discounted price for children and teens, but we only bought the adult passes.
I would highly recommend the Paris Pass. We got to see so many wonderful attractions and went on some wonderful tours. We got to go to attractions I never even knew existed, and that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. The Paris Pass gives you access to over 60 attractions and there really is something for everyone, be you child, teen or adult!
A pass which allows you to get into many Paris attractions for free