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Tickets/Passes in Advance?

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Tickets/Passes in Advance?

I'll be in Paris in a few weeks, for a short, quick trip. Current activities planned include the Eiffel Tower, a trip to Versailles, seeing Notre Dame and a few hours at the Louvre.

My question is, for any of these destinations, should I pursue ordering tickets/passes in advance before I leave the U.S.? Are there any "jump ahead" privileges if advance tickets are purchased?

When I was there a few years ago, we simply purchased tickets as we went along, but this forum has been so helpful I'd be interested in other folks' opinions and guidance.


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1. Re: Tickets/Passes in Advance?

To my knowledge, there's no advantage to buying tickets before you go, unless you count paying enormous markups to overpriced middlemen as an advantage.

AFIK, there's also no jump ahead -- you have a ticket, you get in line.

January isn't a particularly busy time, and you should have no problems buying tickets as you go -- also eliminates the pressures and mess of feeling you just *have* to see a certain thing because you've got tickets -- when you've stumbled on something you're more interested in, but don't have the time to do it all.

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2. Re: Tickets/Passes in Advance?

Well, actually there are usually TWO lines. One to buy a ticket, and another for security/bag check. So if you pre-buy an entry ticket, you avoid that line and just deal with any security lines.

I don't think lines are that bad in the winter months although I haven't personally travelled then. I don't think you can prebook the Eiffel, but you can buy some museum tickets at FNAC.com, and pick them up at certain FNAC stores.

Alternatively, you can buy a Paris Museum Pass in place of tickets and, again, you avoid the cashier line and just go to the security. Do NOT buy a museum pass in advance as it will cost extra. Just buy it at the Tourist Office(s) or the first covered museum that you go to.

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3. Re: Tickets/Passes in Advance?

>>> unless you count paying enormous markups to overpriced middlemen as an advantage.<<<

On average, the '..premium..' (higher price, added shipping, handling, postage charges, etc) you pay for advance purchase runs somewhere around 30%-35% more than the official purchase prices in Paris....for very little or no added 'convenience'. ***DO NOT*** pre-purchase these pass products.

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