If used strictly as a transportation pass, I've always discouraged people from purchasing the Paris Visite pass, because I think it's too expensive. But I usually also mention that folks should look at the other offers that come with the pass to see if it might work for them. I was bored this afternoon, and decided to do a little research to help people decide whether or not it might be a good buy. Every need is different, and it's often said on here that when it comes to transportation, one shoe definitely does NOT fit all, but for what it's worth to those of you considering the pass, here's what I found:
The following discounts are offered with the Paris Visite Card, in addition to transportation in the zones and time frames purchased:
Moulin Rouge: Free souvenir ashtray when you see the show. Value: €5,00???
Bateau Parisien: 50% off your second ticket when you take a lunch cruise. Lunch tickets start at €50,00, so it appears that the minimum savings would be €25,00
Canauxama Cruise: One ticket free with one adult ticket purchased. This is the St. Martin Canal cruise leaving from the Marina Arsenal. Tickets are €14,00 each, so you would save €14,00
Chez Clement: There are 12 Chez Clement restos around Paris. When you eat here, you'll get a free cocktail or creme brulee for dessert. €5,00??
Cite des Sciences: Reduced entry fee. Regular fee is €7,50. You pay €5,50
Les etoiles du Rex: The interactive tour of the famous Rex Cinema. One ticket free with one purchased. Regular cost is €7,50, so you save €7,50
Galleries Lafayette: You get a 10% discount card for a purchase of €30,00 or more and a gift when you visit the information desk. (A number of items are excluded) Value?? Depends on how much you buy I guess.
l'Opentour: Reduced fare of €21,00 vs. the regular €25,00. Save €3,00
Opera Garnier: €2,00 off the purchase of the second ticket for the unguided tour, plus 5% off a purchase at the book store.
Montmartrain: I can't find the price of this, but you get one ticket free when you purchase an adult ticket.
Musee Grevin: 25% off the regular entry fee, which is currently €17,50 so you would save around €4,50
Musee de Montmartre: Buy one adult ticket and get the second free. Current price is €5,50 so you'd save €5,50
Musee Jacquemart Andre: Buy one adult ticket and get the second free. Current price is €8,50 so you'd save €8,50
Musee du Vin: Buy one adult ticket and get the second free. Current price is €8,50 so you would save €8,50
Tour Montparnasse: 35% off the regular price to take the elevator to the 56th floor. Current price is €8,70 so you would save about €3,00
I hope this is helpful to any of you considering whether or not you should purchase the pass. Obviously, you're going to spend a lot of money to save some, but if you are planning on doing any of these activities, a few could add up fast.