PREBOOK YOUR EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS
When I first visited Paris I missed out on one of the greatest and most well known attractions simply because I thought it would be easier to buy my tickets there. From the moment I walked out of the taxi and saw the queues that twisted all around the tower I knew there was NO way I was going to get to the top that day. If you want to climb to the top, don’t make the same mistake as I did; prebook your ticket.
PARIS MUSEUM PASS
If you hate queuing up for hours this is exactly what you need. The Paris Museum Pass gains you free entry to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris WITHOUT queuing. There is no limit to how many places you can visit so you’ll be saving loads if you’re planning on indulging yourself in museums.
- Choose from 2 days (€42), 4 days (€56) or 6 days (€69).
- You can buy them here, or the Paris Tourist Office, or from tourist information desks around Paris.
Bonus tip: if you’re traveling with someone under the age of 18 or are a European Union Resident under 26 most museums and monuments are free so don’t splurge on a pass to save money because you’ll be getting in for free anyway.
The Batobus is a shuttle service that travels down the River Seine, stopping in all the major tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. It is so simple to use and the queues aren’t half as bad as the bus systems.
- More info here.
- You can buy your tickets at each stop or Roissy CDG Airport.
- Choose from a 1 day pass (€17 for adults, €8 for children under 16 years) or 2 day pass (€19 for adults, €10 for children under 16 years). You can also purchase an annual pass (€60 for adults, €38 for children under 16).
- Free for children under 3 years, student card carriers, ISIC cars & large family cards.
MASTER THE METRO
The metro system is SO EASY. Get a pamphlet with all the routes and a ticket accustomed to your needs and it will make your life 100 times simpler.
TAKE A DETOUR
Paris is an art in itself and whilst taking some time to walk around some of the lesser known streets you may just discover something you never thought you would. The guidebooks will tell you about all the popular destinations like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre but no one is going to take the time to document every little street and alleyway in Paris. You never know what you may find — maybe some street art, or some unusual decrepit building? Take some time to explore and you’ll find yourself making some discoveries of your own.