The lines for the sights and attractions in Paris are no joke. Here are a couple easy tips and tricks that will help you see and experience Paris instead of waiting for it on a line.
Tips for Sightseeing:
I was lucky I didn't have to use the shortcut into the Louvre and entered through the beautiful main entrance designed by I.M. Pei. However, if you're not as lucky, there are a couple travel hacker tricks you can try.
- Purchase your tickets in advance. It will give you access to a shorter line.
- Enter by the Porte des Lions(see map below). It is another, but less-known, entrance into the Louvre. Not many know about this entrance so this will be your best chance of getting in without having to wait in the awful line. The entrance can be found by the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. If you're at the pyramid (main entrance of the Louvre), face and walk towards the Arc. When you pass it, make your first left. You will be greeted by lion statues.
- Combine trick 1 & 2 and you'll be well on your way!
A.K.A. La Tour Eiffel.
I can almost guarantee that when you first arrive at the Eiffel Tower, your excitement to ascend to the top will be quickly replaced with disappointment.
The infamously long line to the Eiffel Tower is a crime against humanity.
BUT I've got good news. There's a better way--a shorter line.
In order to beat the lines, go early in the morning and/or get on the line to take the stairs and climb to the 2nd floor where you can get another ticket for the elevator that will take you to the top.
I prefer climbing to the 2nd floor because of the breaks and view along the way.
Pro Tip: It's 704 steps to the 2nd floor so wear comfortable shoes. Walking up the Eiffel is a taxing, regardless of how active you are.
If you're at the Notre Dame, you might notice a strange line. That's because it's policed by no one. Guess what? There really isn't a line and doesn't need to be a line to get in. Discreetly make your way to the front and go on in. I say discreetly because people will likely get upset. After all, they did, in fact, wait on a line they thought was mandatory.
The Paris Pass
The Paris Pass is expensive, but it's worth considering because it could save you a great deal of time and headache. Although this pass will not give you the power to cut every line, it will send you down the express line on some attractions that do matter. There are 3 different passes. Here is a link to review each pass's offering.
That's it for today!
If I've forgotten anything or you have tips of your own, feel free to comment below and share!