6 Places in Paris With The Longest Queues, And How To Avoid Them (2018 Update)

[LAST UPDATED: January 2018] It is well knows fact that Paris sightseeing have terrifying long queues. It is sad that tourists don’t know about some simple tricks and spend hours of their precious vacation time waiting in the lines in Paris.

I have been to all the main tourist spots, stayed in all the queues, made some mistake, and have decided to write this post so that people learn from my experience.

People who know me well, know – I HATE waiting, I hate all kinds of queues. If I have the possibility to avoid it, I will find it and use it.

Here is how to not waste your vacation queuing in Paris, enjoy!

6 places in Paris with the longest queues, and how to skip the line by simply avoiding it:

1. The Eiffel tower

Eiffel tower lines in Paris

There’s no secret that the Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most busy tourist destination in Paris, and maybe the world! Lines are getting bigger each year and you probably would spend a few more hours visiting the beautiful city instead of waiting in the queue. Fortunately, you have a couple of options:

If you want priority access to skip the huge lines and a guided tour, you should take this Skip the line Eiffel Tower Tour or this one (includes summit of the Eiffel Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city).

You can buy your ticket to the Eiffel Tower here for a normal visit with no guide. It is easy, you don’t even have to print it, just show it from your phone. Just make sure to buy your ticket at least a couple of days in advance (better 4-5 days in advance), because the online spots are fast to sold out. If this fails, you still have option 1.

If you are looking for an exclusive visit, this friendly semi- private tour provides priority access along with an entertaining guide. It’s great for families with children as well!

If it happened and it is sold out online and you really have to see the tower tomorrow, no worries, you can just come there regularly and wait in the line with everybody.

2. Notre Dame de Paris

notre dame cathedral queue lines in Paris

The entrance to the cathedral is free. Even though the queue there is moving quite fast I never understood its purpose to be honest. The capacity of the cathedral is biiig, you will see it when you get inside. The queue is long only because there are many tourists crowding inside right near the entrance to take a picture. It is so spacious inside, it can fit an army, but for some reason people prefer to crowd inside the cathedral right in front of the entrance making others wait for hours outside.

Nobody manages the queue, it is self organized, so what I usually do is – I sneak in right near the entrance (shht..). If somebody of the visitors once decided there needs to be a queue, I do not see a point of following him. Why would I?

Of course this advice works only if you are traveling alone or with 1 more person. You cannot really cut the line if you are traveling as a big family.

Talking about Notre Dame, did you know that there are free tours inside the cathedral in many languages? Click here to find yours.

3. The Towers of Notre Dame

Notre dame towers paris queue

For a couple of months I was passing by this place, saw a terrifying queue and I didn’t go there.

Unfortunately, unless you are going with an organized tour, there is no way to avoid it, even if you have Paris Museum Pass. The entrance in this case will be free for you, but it won’t give you any priority, you will have to wait with everybody in a loooong line. What you can do is to come 40 minutes before the opening (it opens at 10 a.m.). Yes, either way you will have to wait at least 40 minutes. But otherwise, if you come later, you will stay in the queue for at least 1 h 30 min. Do you really want that?

If you are traveling with a family or a big group of people, you can divide, one part stays in the queue, the other one goes see the cathedral/drink coffee/play in the park and then you change. That is the only solution I see, sorry. The other solution can be skipping this attraction. If you have less than 3 days in Paris, I would suggest not to waste time on that.

If you don’t want to wake up early and wait in the queue forever, I have some good news for you! Getting this “Skip the line” tour will give you a permission to both attractions – Notre Dame towers AND the Sainte-Chapelle cathedral (also incredible queues!). You will discover all the mysteries of the dark ages with an English speaking guide in a small tour without staying in ANY lines.

If you wish to visit JUST the Notre Dame without Sainte-Chapelle, this tour will give you a Skip the Line access without any hustle (choose the option for 46 EUR and do not be late!)

The info about the open hours and the price of Notre Dame Towers is here.

4. Louvre museum

Musee du Louvre skip the lines Paris

Considering the fact that Musee de Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, the staff is doing their work great!

It really depends on the day, sometimes you can be lucky and go through the main gate almost without waiting, but usually it is extremely crowded and the waiting time is loooong. Here is my advice how to skip the lines in Louvre museum:

Louvre museum map entrance

Solution 1: Use the Porte des Lions entrance.

As you can see on this map (better quality downloadable here), there are 3 entrances to the museum. Do not choose the most obvious one, that is where you will wait the most.

There is this Porte des Lions secret entrance, that not many people know about! Try that one first, it is the best and almost NOONE knows about it! If it is closed for a technical reasons, head to Carrousel de Louvre entrance (underground shopping mall). The main one (Pyramid entrance) is always crowded, avoid it any cost.

More info about entrances and their working hours here.


Solution 2: Take a Louvre Museum prioritized entry or a guided tour

For a bit extra you can skip the line and enjoy the masterpieces of Louvre with a professional tour guide. One cool advantage – by taking this tour you can also see the Mona Lisa without any hassle! For more info please go here.

However, if you want to take a guided group tour of the world famous museum and skip the line, this is a great deal!

Moreover, if you want your own guide, you can get a private tour here.

Visiting with kids? There are special family guided tours that makes it interesting for all ages. You can find the family tour here.


Solution 3: Get Paris Museum Pass.

Paris Museum Pass can also be a solution, it will give you a fast access to the Louvre and 60 more museums in Paris! You can find the complete list of the museums here.


Solution 4: Buy your ticket online.

Even though it is an option, I am not giving it as Number 1, as the procedure is a bit complicated –  you will have to pick up your ticket in one of the stores in Paris, or have it posted to you. Not comfortable.

Also, what you can do is to go to FNAC and buy it from there. FNAC is a huge retail store of books, magazines, CDs and so on. Located everywhere in the city center, more info here.

By the way, when you are inside the museum, I highly recommend to take a 3D guide to navigate your visit, it is super cool!


Solution 5: Visit Louvre on Wednesday or Friday evening

REALLY awesome info: Not many tourists don’t know that, but on Wednesdays and Fridays Louvre museum is open to the public until late (until 9:45 p.m. to be exact). On all the other days Louvre is closed at 6 p.m. (on Tuesdays it is closed for the whole day). So, take advantage of that, go after 6 p.m. and you will have Mona Lisa only for yourself!

PRO TIP: Many people know that if you are a European citizen younger than 26, you can get in Louvre for free. But not many know that you can do it free of charge even if you are not from Europe (still, you have to be younger than 26 though). Just come on Friday after 6 p.m. (the museum is closing at 9 45 p.m. that day) and you will get to LOUVRE MUSEUM FOR FREE!

Congratz, you have just saved yourself 9 Euro just by being smart! 😉

5. Musee d’Orsay

musee d'orsay queue paris

Solution 1: Go there on Thursday after 6 p.m.

The majority of people don’t know that the museum is open late (till 9 p.m.) every Thursday. Thus, after 6 p.m. the queue will be short –  max. 10 minutes. As a nice bonus the ticket also will cost you less – 8 50€ instead of 11€.


Solution 2: Get a Skip the Line: Musée d’Orsay Tour with a guide

If you would like to know more about the art pieces and you happen not to be an expert, I would say get the small walking group tour with a cool professional guide. It will allow you to SKIP THE WHOLE line, and also learn so much about the largest collection of Impressionist art. Musée d’Orsay is my favourite museum in Paris and I highly recommend taking a tour!


Solution 3: Get Musée d’Orsay – Musée Rodin Passport 

Rodin museum is also an interesting museum of sculptures, I do recommend it for a visit!

What you can do is take a combined ticket that will allow you to visit both museums in 1 ticket.

Go to Musee Rodin first, and get your double ticket there. Again, it will be cheaper this way – 15 € for both museums instead of 18€.

And here’s even more! In the Rodin museum there will be a queue as well (shorter), but here is what you do to skip that queue as well:

just go in front where the guard is, and tell him you want to buy the ticket not from the cash register, but from the automatic machine. The machine is inside, but nobody knows it is there obviously. But now you do, tell him you want to buy it from the automatic machine, he will let you pass with no problem! 😉

Note: The ticket is only valid if you use it in the same day.


Solution 4: Get Musée d’Orsay /Musée de l’Orangerie Passport.

Musee de l’Orangerie is a museum with an magnificent collection of impressionist art located in Tuilerie garden.

You can do the same as with Rodin museum – first go to Orangerie and then to Orsay skipping the queue. It will again be cheaper  – 16€ instead of 20€.

Note: the ticket is only valid if you use it within 4 days.

6. Catacombs of Paris

catacombs paris crypt queue lines in ParisThe catacombs (described in more details here) of Paris are great, one of the creepiest things I have visited!

It also takes the longest to get in, unfortunately.

For whatever reason, no tickets online are sold (hopefully, they will change it one day!). You can only get your ticket on the cash register. Yes, that means staying in a looong queue not even being sure you will get in today.

Right after you get off Denfert-Rochereau metro station you will see this long line leading to the famous crypt.

My advice – if you arrive to the Catacombs an hour before closing, and see a huge line, don’t even bother to wait. You won’t go inside that day. As the crypt is not that big, the capacity of the place is only 200 people, so they let people in groups of 200 every 45 minutes. Make your calculation if it is worth it for you to wait or it is better come back another day.

Again, arriving to the place 30 minutes before the opening usually helps to save at least an hour waiting in the line. More info about the schedule is here.

Update: GOOD NEWS – 2 alternatives!

Solution 1: There is a way to get through the incredibly long queue – you can take Skip the line Catacombs tour! Sure, it will be more expensive, but this way you won’t have to spend 2 hours (at least) in the line and you will get to discover the extensive underground labyrinth with a great guide in a small group. I would totally go for this option! Get tickets in advance, there are only limited amount of tickets available!

Solution 2: Alternatively, if you are looking to visit with a private group, you can explore the Catacombs with the “Full Access Small Group Guided Tour”, which you can buy here.

A place that has no queue, but is just as awesome:

montparnasse skyscraper

Montparnasse is Paris’ skyscraper that recently opened a view point. It is cool for the following reasons:

  • – the overview is higher than for the Eiffel tower and you can actually see THE Tower from there;
  • – as it is new, it was build with all the high-tech standards. Elevators – so, no exhausting climbing. There are touch screens that will tell you what you see in front of you in your language. A great way to get to know the city!
  • – and finally, people still don’t know about it, so it is no pushing, no rushing, you can stay as long as you want and NO QUEUE at all!

Where to stay in Paris

In case you are looking for a good accommodation, I have some great options for you depending on your budget:

  • Luxury stayLe Roi de Sicile (located in trendy Marais district and offers stylish apartments), La Cour du 5ème (This hotel right in the heart of Parisfeatures a fireplace, antique furniture and a seating area)
  • Great value for money La Maison de Léa (7-minute walk away from Bastille, La Maison de Léa offers contemporary B&B accommodations with individually decorated rooms), Helussi Hôtel (book this one in advance as it gets sold out quickly! 15 minutes walk from Montmartre, close to the metro, stylish decor and a free sauna for all hotel guests)
  • Budget stay – La Maison Rouge (this hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in parks, ambiance and gourmet food), Chambre d’hôte des Artistes (this B&B is located in the 2nd district of Paris, in the center of the capital, this hotel has fabulous reviews, book in advance!).

Do you want to know where to stay in Paris? Check out my article about 5 neighborhoods in Paris with hotel recommendations for each here!

Essential packing list for Paris

A scarf!

Except the summer months, Paris can be quite chilly! Get a scarf!

Comfortable shoes or boots

It’s Paris, you’ll walk a lot so make sure to you are comfortable and look good, I mean, it’s Paris 😉

Packing cubes

These are lifesavers in any trip. One of my favorite travel gear. You’ll thank me later!

A waterproof makeup pouch

This is another very useful item when travelling. It’s compact and easy to hang in the bathroom!



Don’t be scared by all those queuing pictures – Paris can get that full sometimes, but certainly not all the time. It also makes sense to know your enemy from before and how to fight it. There are ways to go over the system if you are a smart traveler and skip the line by avoiding it!

If you read this article careful enough, it surely can save you hours of your time. The time that you could have used much more useful than just getting bored in the queue, right?

I hope I gave you some valuable advice in this article and you will use them!

And remember – Don’t avoid the place, avoid the queue! 😉

P.S. Want to save at least 20€ on you Disneyland ticket or going to discover non-touristic places in Paris? Check my other blog posts about it!

I also travel around France and write about many French cities, might be useful for you!

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If you have any suggestions, have something to add, do not hesitate to leave your comment below, I LOVE hearing from my readers!

Tell me – Did you manage to use the tips described here? What other attraction would you like me to write about?

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By | 2018-09-10T16:44:01+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Europe, France, Paris|67 Comments

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Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".


  1. MissEmelie 09.04.2015 at 16:08 - Reply

    The tickets for the Eiffetower are sold out weeks in advance. To avoid the queue of Notre Dame, be there before 10 am.
    For the Louvre, the Lions Gate is closed, and you can’t avoid the queues for the moment because of the controls due tu the 7th of januarary. Only if you are at least one hour before openingat the entrance.This is for all!!, Monuments and Museums in Paris!
    Sorry, but your tips are not helpful

    So , sorry but your tips are not very helpful

    • Yulia 14.04.2015 at 13:59 - Reply

      Hi Emelie!
      Yes, the best advice would be to go to all places a bit before they open. But usually tourists visit Paris for only a short period of time and they want to visit things in the middle of the day too. and that’s exactly when the queues are.
      I am sorry to hear my advice wasn’t helpful for you! it seems like you live in France and might know it all from before.
      Many foreigners don’t have time and/or desire to collect all these info from the Internet, so I decided to make a compilation of my knowledge for them!
      If you know more “secrets”, do not hesitate to share it with us, I will add them in the post.
      Best of luck,

    • Joachim 18.10.2017 at 11:10 - Reply

      Hello Emily

      Using these tips for the weekend we spent in Paris, we only waited 30 minutes at the Eiffeltower, going there 30 minutes before opening. We went to the Louvre on a friday at 6 pm as suggested here and literally walked in without any line, instead of having 50-60 people around the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo, there were only about 5 -10. We also sneaked into the Notre damne as suggested. These tips saved us heaps off time and we loved using them. Times change and certain details could change but in general I found this article more then usefull and it saved us valuable hours of not waiting!

      • Yulia 01.11.2017 at 13:31 - Reply

        Hi Joachim,
        thanks for the comment and I am happy it helped you save time on waiting on your vacation!
        Could you tell me what exactly changed? I will be happy to update the article with fresh info!

      • ily 08.05.2018 at 11:47 - Reply

        i dont understand why ppl queue up for Notre Dame, i literally just go to the entrance and walked in with my friend. he is french living in Paris… he also dont understand why people queue up for hours like that 😀 there was no long queue when i was there for louvre. just normal. it was afternoon at that time. maybe i was just lucky 😀 …. perhaps the tips can help other travelers …

        • Yulia 09.05.2018 at 16:23 - Reply

          Yes, the problem is that the queue is self-organized and self-controlled. People stop right after the enter to take pictures and block the entrance. There is noone inside to ask visitors to proceed inside where there is plenty of space for all the tourists waiting outside as well. You know, like when you try to enter a bus and you cant because there are many people at the doors, but it is empty inside 🙂 I could never understand it!
          And yes, you were lucky about the Louvre! 🙂

          • ily 09.05.2018 at 16:49

            yeah… well i hope there are others tricks for free or cheap tips 😀

  2. Alan 15.04.2015 at 19:30 - Reply

    Yulia, now tell the truth. Yes, it was an hour and a half wait to get into the Notre Dame Towers, but the views over Paris and the Gargoyles at the top were worth it. Signed, “person in queue just in front of you”

    • Yulia 20.04.2015 at 00:15 - Reply

      Hi Alan!
      Nice to see you here, was really nice to meet you!
      Actually, that queue inspired me to write this post. Well, I had some time to think about it while waiting!:)

  3. Sharon Gavin 22.06.2015 at 06:23 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, I would like to ask you about the Paris Musees website, where you can buy a ticket for the Catacombs. They even give you an arrival time. Do you know anything about this at all? You had mentioned that there were no online tickets, so this may not be a good site. Your thoughts?

    • Yulia 25.06.2015 at 17:44 - Reply

      Hi Sharon, sorry for a late reply. I checked the website, I am quite sure you can trust them!
      I will buy the ticket through them and then make an update, thanks so much for the tip!

  4. Noah 23.07.2015 at 02:23 - Reply

    Don’t forget the Arc de Triomphe. There’s usually a long line to get to top, but there’s a small elevator with a worker inside. Pay a couple of euros and up you go.

    • Yulia 26.07.2015 at 14:56 - Reply

      When I was there, there was no queue, but brilliant tip, thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. Aurélie 05.08.2015 at 21:17 - Reply

    What I love in tourist’s blogs about Paris, is that you learn a lot about Paris, even when you live there 😉 Nice article, I didn’t know about the Thursday nights in Musée d’Orsay, I’ll try !
    I would just add something for the Eiffel Tower : if you want to have less queue, and pay less : take the stairs instead of the elevators ! (this only works for the first and second level however, for the third one you have to take the elevator…)

    • Yulia 07.08.2015 at 03:45 - Reply

      thanks for the tip, Aurélie! I was sure i mentioned that. Yes, that is a very valuable info!

  6. I’ve also experienced queuing up for several hours first time I ever visited Paris. I didn’t even want to see queues ever again on my 2nd and 3rd return to Paris. I always recommend to my friends and family to get an express pass online. 🙂

    Marj from: Fashion Travel Accessories : Fashion Girl : Fashion Travel

    • Yulia 26.08.2015 at 12:04 - Reply

      I hope some of my advise here helped you to solve this problem a bit!:)

  7. Laura 06.09.2015 at 20:24 - Reply

    Hello, I just wanted to say thank you! We went to the Louvre today expecting not to get in due to the huge queue. We walked past the main gate, headed to the lion gate and walked straight in!. So thank you for posting this tip. Thanks Laura.

    • Yulia 07.09.2015 at 01:10 - Reply

      Thanks so nice to hear, Laura! Check out my other posts about Paris (and maybe France), maybe you will find something interesting there too! 🙂

  8. Nadeesha 02.05.2016 at 10:18 - Reply

    Loved this post. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ll be visiting Paris in July and this blog is like the first one that gave some actual useful advice 😀

    • Yulia 02.05.2016 at 19:49 - Reply

      Hey Nadeesha, glad it was useful! I am sure you will make most of your time in Paris in July! 😉

  9. keval 25.05.2016 at 19:38 - Reply

    is it free for louvre under 26 or concession price now?

  10. Tom Coppinger 09.06.2016 at 16:05 - Reply

    Brilliant article! Thank you for these tips! Saved! Musée d’Orsay also a favorite of ours, and the Musee Rodin is brilliant! Climbing the steps up to the Eiffel Tower also saves time, as queues for the lifts very long. Yes queue up to Notre Dame Towers is forever, but worthwhile if you want good selfies with gargoyles.

    • Yulia 10.06.2016 at 17:26 - Reply

      Thank you for your comment, Tom!
      Yes, in fact this article was mainly written in my head when I was waiting in the line to Notre Dame Towers to see those gargoyles. It was approximately 1,5 hours, but hey, it inspired me to write this post! 😉

  11. cherie 09.08.2016 at 05:52 - Reply

    Great article I am going in 2 weeks and have taken note!

  12. Aaaahhhhh. so the Lion Gate: best trick to visit Louvres. Thx for your article 😉

  13. Alex 23.08.2016 at 03:42 - Reply

    Thank you so much! I’m going to Paris for the first time and I’ll be there all by myself so avoiding lines and getting to make my time the most worth it are def something i’m looking for. XX

  14. Tourism in Bangladesh 28.09.2016 at 09:41 - Reply

    Great list dear! Paris is truly an amazing and a dream place for travelers. The photos you have shared are really captured the loveliness of Paris especially the Louvre museum and the Eiffel tower. Outstanding!

  15. Edgardo Ianuzzi 30.09.2016 at 19:33 - Reply

    Fine post! I adore your images. They are really good. Keep up the good work!

  16. Cecile 22.01.2017 at 18:27 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, as a Parisian I can testify you give some really smart and wise advices here! I agree with you about Tour Montparnasse: few people think about getting there while it is such a beautiful view! About the Louvre, I am more radical: I often advise my foreign friends to just skip it!
    Unless you’re a specialist of classic arts and paintings, I think that you don’t really need to visit Le Louvre. May be because, when I was in school we had these boring visits that seemed us to take hours…That’s just my opinion but I really think that catching Paris spirit is more about strolling in nice historic neighbourhood. But for those who’d like to go there you gave them all the clues. You really deserve your blog success. Congrats!

    • Yulia 25.01.2017 at 11:30 - Reply

      I’d say you would miss out a lot by not visiting the Louvre when in Paris! 🙂

  17. Cynde 23.01.2017 at 08:37 - Reply

    Family of 4 traveling with little ones and on a budget beginning of February. I am thinking of purchasing the paris museum pass to try to avoid the hassle of long lines and waiting. My husband really want to see the Notre Dame and gargoyles. But, after reading your blog, i dont know if i want to go there. I checked the tour and skip the line tickets—all sold out for my date/time. Any other suggestions?

    • Yulia 25.01.2017 at 11:38 - Reply

      Hello Cynde!
      As you can see, the Paris can help you avoid the queue, but sadly not everywhere. Waiting near the Notre Dame in the queue for almost 2 hours especially with little kids is not the most pleasant thing you can do during your vacation.
      Thanks for pointing out, that tour is indeed sold out, please try this one. There are not all the days of the week, but there are plenty to choose from!

      Have a great vacation!

  18. Dave R 25.01.2017 at 04:47 - Reply

    Hello! Great article.

    A question on skipping the line at the Louvre. Do the tours essentially offer the same access as purchasing tickets ahead of time, or do they have other ways to get into the museum quicker?

    • Yulia 25.01.2017 at 12:03 - Reply

      Not sure what you mean by that.
      By getting the Skip the line ticket you get the same ticket without waiting in the line, that is it.

      • Dave R 25.01.2017 at 15:35 - Reply

        I’m sorry… my question was around private tours vs. pre-buying tickets from the museum. All of the private tours advertising ‘skip the line’. Do they they have any tricks to get in any faster than if someone simply purchased their ticket online ahead of time? (Or, purchased the Paris Museum Pass)?

        • Yulia 30.01.2017 at 16:25 - Reply

          Hey, sorry, I misunderstood you!
          If you can buy a ticket online – go for it! That is the best option if you do not need a guide.
          The problem is that some attraction do not give you a privilege is you get your ticket online (for example, the towers of Notre Dame), some just don’t offer this option (Catacombs),and lastly, some attraction require you to buy online ticket at least a couple of weeks in advance (if you want to get an Eiffel Tower online ticket for tomorrow, you will be disappointed). In these cases, Skip the Lines tours are your savior – it costs a bit more, but it saves your precious time and nerves! 🙂

  19. Ann 03.03.2017 at 19:07 - Reply

    The information you provide here is awesome! I noticed through the Catacomb website you can now purchase individual tickets online for specific time slots, which is a bit different on the link you provide for skip the line tickets. Do you know if there is a different queue for ticket holders and if so how far in advance should you arrive if you have tickets say for 3pm?


    • Yulia 04.03.2017 at 10:57 - Reply

      hey Ann, I am happy it was useful! The queues in Paris are just becoming longer and longer.
      I didn’t know they offer tickets online, good move! But as I have read, they still have to work a lot on it – you still have to wait in the queue for hours like everyone else! Which makes no sense to me, what is the point of buying it online then?
      I will keep you updated if that will change anytime soon!

  20. Craig 08.03.2017 at 01:56 - Reply

    I see that disabled people and their carer get in for free, but do they still have to wait in the queue?

    • Yulia 09.03.2017 at 06:16 - Reply

      Not sure about that, sorry. You might have to check with each attraction individually

  21. Meg Hammond 18.03.2017 at 08:12 - Reply

    We are buying museum passes for our visit to Paris at the end of July. We want to go up the towers at Norte Dame. Also, we want to visit St Chapelle. Do the skip the line tours allow us to skip more lines than the Museum pass alone? For example, on the tour do we get to skip the security line at st Chappele? Thanks for your help

    • Yulia 20.03.2017 at 16:49 - Reply

      You should read the T&C in the pass, I havent been to St Chapelle yet so i am not sure.

  22. Sam 12.05.2017 at 20:11 - Reply


    I am unsure of what you mean by the unavailability of buying catacombs tickets online…

    I went to the official catacombs website of Paris and I found their prices and tickets to buy online in advance, do those not work at all?


    • Yulia 13.05.2017 at 17:41 - Reply

      Hey Sam!
      It would be cool if they finally started to do it!
      Can you please let us know afterwards if you skipped the link with that ticket?

  23. Amanda 13.05.2017 at 18:18 - Reply

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  24. Monica 15.05.2017 at 18:09 - Reply

    Thank you so much for these tips! I will be visiting Paris for 2 weeks at the end of June and I want to make the most of my time there. My favorite tips were the open late museums. That will be great since we will have a flexible schedule. We will be able to fill our day with other sites and finish off with the open late sites. Thank you so much! I will definitely be checking out the rest of your Paris articles.

  25. Helet Withers 28.05.2017 at 17:02 - Reply

    Hi Yulia!
    Thank you for the straightforward tips on the museums in Paris. I’ve been there 4 times & going to visit again in September 2017. I’m looking forward with these nice tips in my pocket! Great blog & well written.

  26. Kemalettin Gecit 03.06.2017 at 00:40 - Reply

    Thanks for the tips.I will visit Paris with my wife and 2 years old son this summer.Maybe my son”s charm help us to get better place in the long lines 😀

  27. TravelinaAngelina 31.07.2017 at 14:46 - Reply

    Thanks very much for these helpful tips! I’ve bought the Paris Pass and the Eiffel Tower tickets online so hopefully these will help avoiding queues

    • Yulia 02.08.2017 at 14:18 - Reply

      I am sure it will help you enjoy Paris in a proper way!
      Have a safe trip! 🙂

  28. Klara 04.09.2017 at 17:38 - Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing your tips! We are going to Paris in just few weeks so it came in really handy :). I was just wondering…We will get the tickets online to skip the line but we have two 20year olds in our group and we would love to use the free admission for them. Do they have to wait in the line to “buy” the free tickets or can they skip the line with us and just show them their IDs?
    Thank you for any advice!

    • Yulia 05.09.2017 at 12:58 - Reply

      Hey Klara!
      It really depends on which sight you will be going.
      If you go to Louvre, for example, the 20 year olds (if they are residents of the EU) can enter for free. In this case they do not need to queue for the tickets.

  29. Vini 30.01.2018 at 16:36 - Reply

    The Paris Musem Pass is so worth. Even more if you stay a week. Maybe it’s the only pass that is worth it’s cost from all major cities that have this kind of passes.

  30. Tricia 19.02.2018 at 19:42 - Reply

    Hi Yulia. I love the format of your blog! You mention that online tickets are not available for the catacombs, when in fact they are: http://b12-gat.apps.paris.fr/Information.aspx

    • Yulia 01.03.2018 at 13:01 - Reply

      Thanks a lot for the info, you are right! The site is in French though, so i still recommend people to by from here because they also have the Best price guarantee policy

  31. mine 26.03.2018 at 22:43 - Reply

    Hi yulia. i want to ask if you know somewhere that you can recommend and we can stay like airbnb that have a nice over-looking in eiffel tower or the city hehe if there is. My boyfriend i are planning to go on april 5 hehe

    • Yulia 28.03.2018 at 12:09 - Reply

      Hello, Mine
      Sure, I have some apartment recommendations for you.
      I recommend this apartment, because it has a gorgeous view and overall it looks amazing. This one has a nice view from the balcony with the Eiffel Tower and even a very convenient airport shuttle.
      And last but not least, this gem – very clean and with fabulous reviews!
      All of them are very well located, now it only depends on your budget and requirements 🙂
      I hope you’ll have a blast in Paris with your boyfriend!

  32. Michelle Lee 01.05.2018 at 09:43 - Reply

    Hello, your tips are awesome! My friend and I are all under 26, but we are from the US. We were wondering if we still need to go to the main gate for tickets or we just show them our ID to get the free tickets on wed/friday night? Thank you!

    • Yulia 06.05.2018 at 18:08 - Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      Awesome you are going!
      The line is usually for security which you cannot skip no matter the age.
      But as I said, not many people know that the museum is open late these 2 days and it is very probable you are not going to wait long especially if you are going to use one of the entrances that I mentioned above that are aslo less known by tourists.
      Good luck and have a great trip!

  33. vanessa 19.06.2018 at 20:24 - Reply

    this site helped with a lot

  34. Scott Hemsley 05.07.2018 at 01:50 - Reply

    Loved the tip about the Louvre entrance.
    NO ONE was there. We walked straight in.
    Thank you.
    Also we did the Notre Dame one as well. It was a stinking hot day, we just played dumb and wandered in.
    We only queued for a short time at the Eiffel Tower. We got there at 9:15am, and was at the top just after 10.
    The other museums we went to had no queues on the days and times we chose, maybe we were just lucky..
    Thanks again!!!

    • Yulia 05.07.2018 at 11:49 - Reply

      happy you saved so much time!
      Enjoy Paris! 🙂

  35. Kerstin 23.07.2018 at 15:38 - Reply

    Great tips – particularly for the Catacombes. May I add two more for everyone’s benefit: Eiffel Tower – for those with deeper pockets, food at ale Jules Verne, the Alain Ducasse restaurant is very good (EUR 200,- for lunch, more for dinner. Only fixed menu, but they let you bring children. Who have to pay though). Jules Verne has a private elevator and there is access to the 2nd level platform if desired. Arrival at least 30 minutes before reservation is recommended as despite the private entrance, everyone still needs to get through the security check.

    • Yulia 27.07.2018 at 12:16 - Reply

      Thank you very much for the info, Kerstin!

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