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Paris Pass, Is It a Good Deal?

drussell's picture

I've noticed that quite a number of CTers have been or go to Paris fairly frequently. I will be going at the end of the month. I've been on line planning DH's and my days there. I came across a site called "Paris Pass". I am wondering if any of you travelers to Paris have ever purchased a Paris pass and if so what your experience was with it. Is it a trustworthy site, is the pass a good deal, are there limitations that are not obvious? Any and all information you provide is appreciated. TIA.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #47620, reply #1 of 28)

There are a few different passes out there, I am not sure which one you mean. Can you post a link?


For some reason I am having trouble with my internet connection tonight (took me a long time to get on here) or I'd post a link to the one I really like - it is basically just museums/monuments and it is offered for 1, 3, or 5 days.


 


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Wolvie's picture

(post #47620, reply #2 of 28)

if you can post that, do - if not, can you get to your email?


Also check your email for a hotel question from me. TY :-)


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drussell's picture

(post #47620, reply #4 of 28)

This is the site I was looking at for the pass.  http://www.paris-pass.com Hope this link works. I don't seem to be able to check it before posting this message. Thanks for your help.

Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #5 of 28)

I don't know anything about that particular pass, but I imagine it would depend on how much you plan to take advantage of the things that are included.


For example the Louvre admission is 8.50 and the Musee D'Orsay is 7.50.  Less at night.  And when we were there both were free on Sunday (may be first Sunday of the month).  I can't remember what a Metro pass went for, but it was quite reasonable.


If you plan to go absolutely crazy and go to a lot of those places that require paid admission, it might make financial sense.


For me, not so much, as I'd rather walk around and go to markets and eat and drink myself silly.


p.s.  I am going the first week in May -- maybe you'll see me.  I'll be the one whose clothes are bursting at the seams!

drussell's picture

(post #47620, reply #8 of 28)

We will be there the first week in May also. Seems like a good time to be there. If you're in our area ( Avenue de Suffren) or we're in yours, if the time and the inclination so moves, it could be a mini, mini Paris fest.

Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #14 of 28)

We are going to London first and then taking the train to Paris and won't get there till the morning of the 8th -- staying to the 13th.  I think you'll be gone by then  :-(


There are four of us -- friends from school turning 50 (not me, i'm the baby).  We are renting an apt. on Ile de la Cite. 


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #15 of 28)

Nearby is the Brasserie en l'Isle, right across the bridge from Notre Dame. Just a terrific good restaurant. You can eat outside under the awning.

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Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #17 of 28)

Tnx!  Across the bridge which way?  Right bank?

Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #18 of 28)

Across the bridge to Ile de St. Louis from the back end of Notre Dame. You'll run straight into its terrace, if you veer just a bit left!!.


I have neglected you guys. anyone want some recent ideas I have found in a postable form? I can e-mail it.


Gretchen

 

 I sent a recent article from the Times to our kids and got an immediate e-mail back "when are we going back?".  Not a bad idea!!


Edited 4/27/2007 5:39 pm ET by Gretchen

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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #19 of 28)

Just saw this on Chocolate and Zucchini--Clotilde is doing a book about food in Paris.


In the meantime, to keep myself busy as I wait for the finished copies to return from the printer, I have been devoting most of my time to a second book project: a food-oriented guide to Paris that is scheduled for publication by Broadway in the spring of 2008.


Gretchen

 

And this as an idea for Sunday--or any other day. I have seen a lot of posts about this restaurant for lunch or tea. I think it has a wonderful view also.  The Islamic museum (can't call the name)  is VERY interesting, but we haven't eaten at the mosque.

 


Well, one quirky but popular Sunday excursion is to go the mosque! Honest! To be more specific, there is a beautiful café in the Paris mosque that is hugely popular amongst Parisians as a venue for lunch (or for tea in the afternoon). It combines well with a walk in the Jardins des Plantes or a visit to the Natural History Museum.


Edited 4/29/2007 9:31 am ET by Gretchen

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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #20 of 28)

Here is a great list of things to do in Paris from Chocolate and Zucchini.


http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/cat_paris_city_guide.php


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Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #23 of 28)

Gretchen,


Thanks for this rec and for all your help!  It's going to be a great trip, I know

Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #24 of 28)

How soon do you leave? I can e-mail you some more stuff.

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Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #25 of 28)

T minus 3 days and counting.  We leave Sat nite.


Cool!  Send to imahotdish@yahoo.com.


TNX!

Wolvie's picture

(post #47620, reply #26 of 28)

leave notes for me in Paris - I get there on May 12th. :-)

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Chef Jen Jen's picture

(post #47620, reply #27 of 28)

I'll leave a trail of croissant crumbs for you!  On second thought, I'll probably hoover them all up!


 


THANKS TO EVERYONE, ESP. GRETCHEN FOR ALL THE GOOD ADVICE!

Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #28 of 28)

Enjoy--it's always great!!

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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #6 of 28)

Oh, geez, no!!  The museum pass is now sold for 2,4,or 6 days. You really only need it for the Orsay and the orangerie, if even those. But having it for 2 days and doing those days for mueums would work well. If you think about it, there is only so much transport cost needed--you walk a lot and you are in "places" a lot. So even if you used a whole carnet between you in one day (5 trips) that is 10E.  I think the 2 day museum pass may be about 24E.  So for 2 days, seeing all the museums you can and using all the transport you can you have spent (all theoretical) 58E for the two of you.


The nice thing about a museum pass (buy it at a museum office or FNAC) is that if you pass a museum and need to use the WC or just want to see what that one is, you can.  But the line is only daunting at the Orsay. You can buy an admission to the Orsay and/or the Orangerie at FNAC.


There really is not a single "ticket" sold on the internet that is worth it in any way. We have never tried to time our visits to the Louvre to free days or even evenings (and aren't big fans of the louvre anyway).  There are entrances from the sides with no lines--just don't enter from the pyramid.  Any other museum will have virtually no lines.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #3 of 28)

If it is the Paris Visite pass, no, it is not a good deal. None of the things sold over the internet are.


How long will you be there and what days.  If you are there for most of a week beginning on Monday (especially) or Wednesday, then you may want to purchase a Carte Orange which is a pass for unlimited use of the transportation system, bus and Metro.


I know the "pass" includes entry to museums, etc. but most of them are not the major ones.


The Metro in Paris is SO easy and so inclusive that visitors often think there is just no other way to get around, but we LOVE the buses.  Sometimes they are much more convenient than traipsing around underground!!
If you do not buy a Carte Orange(it is about 15E for the week--you need a picture) then just buy a carnet of 10 tickets and share them between you--it is a discount to buy the 10 at a time--I think the current price is about 11E.  IF you have a particular day that you know you will be doing a lot of travel by public transport, you can buy a Mobilis pass for 5E and it gives unlimited travel. This comes out to equate to 5 or more trips on Metro or bus. The one thing about the bus is that there is no free transfer--you have to use another ticket if you need two bus routes to get to your destination.


Where are you staying? Want any restaurant advice?  RistottoGirl is, of course, the resident Paris guru, as well as SallyBr.


I can make suggestions about the museum pass if you need them.


 


 


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drussell's picture

(post #47620, reply #7 of 28)

I would love recommendations for restaurants! We will be staying at the Hilton on Avenue de Suffren. Also if you have any recommendations for things to see or do that are not typical tourist sights, by all means, let me know.


We will be in Paris from 4/29 through 5/6. Only two tours are part of our trip, so that gives us ample time to "do our own thing".


It's good to know that bus transportation is a mode we should consider in addition to the metro. Also very helpful that you mentioned that if we want to purchase a Carte Orange , we should have a picture. I'm assuming that must be a head shot. Oui? Non? I'm getting into the mood already! Ha, ha.


Thanks for all your info!

Risottogirl's picture

(post #47620, reply #9 of 28)

Okay, better internet speed today :)


This is the only one I personally think is worth it and you can buy it at any of the museums on the list so definitely don't pay extra to buy it ahead.


Honestly, I have been to EVERY museum in Paris so I normally buy it only when I am sure I am going to use it enough (like when someone visits or SO the museum FREAK is with me). if you are traveling during the high season, it can be worth while to be able to bump the lines! If you have a list of museums you want to do in a specific period, it can be a very good deal, though. Make sure that the stuff you are interested in is on the list before you buy. Also, most museums and monuments are closed Monday or Tuesday or both so consider that as well :)


Personally, I am not a Carte Orange fan because I would rather walk EVERYWHERE, so I buy "carnets" of 10 tickets and only use them in a rush or in the rain. But I rarely spend less thsn 3-4 weeks at a time there. You can get a photo pretty much anywhere (metro stations, Monoprix, etc.) though and a Carte Orange is easy to do if that suits your needs.


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

jojo's picture

(post #47620, reply #10 of 28)

I love the museums and think the museum pass is great! I think it is worth it not to have to stand in line to buy a ticket every time. More time to spend in the museum!

Wolvie's picture

(post #47620, reply #12 of 28)

your link has a double http doohickey in it, so I'm posting the fixed version:


http://www.parismuseumpass.com/en/home.php


I will be looking into this one - thanks. :-)


"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #13 of 28)

But don't buy it until you get there. You used to be able to buy them at the Metro which made it SO convenient to just get everything at one time. But not now.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #11 of 28)

The museum pass that RG recommended is good, but as I said, the lines are only bad at the Orsay and Orangerie.


As much as we also walk, you still have to get back to your hotel. The Carte Orange just requires a very small picture--you can cut it out of a digital.  You are there at a good time span and I would definitely recommend it. It is a cover thatcontains you picture and then a ticket that looks like a regular ticket from a carnet. You put your picture in the cover and write the number of the cover on the ticket.  When you use the Metro, you put the ticket through the machine, retrieve it, and put it back in the cover. For riding the bus, you do NOT put it in the machine--just hold up the cover to the driver.


Got to fix French toast --apsopos, non!!


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drussell's picture

(post #47620, reply #16 of 28)

Almost time for us to go. Getting excited and a little nervous. Want to thank all CT people who responded and gave me information but particularly you, Risotto Girl and Chef Jen Jen. Thank you all so much!

Geoffchef's picture

(post #47620, reply #21 of 28)

On our brief visit to Paris 15 years ago we managed to get that bus/metro pass for just our 2 day stay through the travel agent in the Hague. It was excellent value.

 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #47620, reply #22 of 28)

I really don't like to disagree, but it really doesn't "pay", even for a longer time. And especially buying it through a second party.  I have no doubt that you found it convenient, however.

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