Louvre Museum Tickets

Louvre Museum Tickets

Louvre Museum Ticket Information & Visiting Tips

If you have only time for one museum when in Paris, then make it to the Louvre. Lying on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement, the Louvre is one of Paris's landmarks. It was home to the French monarchy until Louis XIV moved the royal household to the Palace of Versailles. A century later, the palace opened to the public as a museum. Today, it houses nearly 35,000 works of art in its galleries, sweeping you from the Egyptians to the Greeks and on to the Romans, Renaissance and beyond. As you browse this grandiose former royal palace, be sure to admire the world's most famous painting: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Read on to discover everything you need to know about Louvre ticket options and some tips on planning an enjoyable visit.

Where to buy tickets for the Louvre Museum?

The Louvre is always busy. In fact, in 2018 a record-breaking 10.2 million people passed through its doors, making the Louvre one of the most visited attraction in the world! That's great for the museum, but not so great for culture vultures as queues at the ticket office can keep them waiting for two hours or more at peak periods. Definitely not our idea of fun, especially when it's hot outside. In high-season, like summer school holidays and Christmas, the museum becomes full to capacity, sometimes so full that the ticket office runs out of tickets for that day.
However, there is a way to avoid long queues or possible disappointment. Buying your Louvre ticket online in advance guarantees entry for a day and time that suits you. And, of course, with no waiting in a queue, you have more time to explore the museum.

Louvre Museum Ticket Options

Visiting the Louvre is an absolute must when in Paris and, in order to be granted admission to the museum, visitors need to be in the possession of a ticket. Below we list the different ticket options available, what they include and how much they cost.

    Louvre Museum Ticket - this is the standard entry ticket available at the ticket office located at the entrance of the Louvre. It gives you same-day entry to Louvre’s permanent and temporary collections and free admission to the Musée Eugène-Delacroix within 48 hours. Is the cheapest ticket option available as it does not include the 3 euro booking fee which you need to pay when buying your ticket online. However, as already mentioned, lines at the ticket office are usually very long and tickets can sell out. So, you need to decide if saving a few euros is worth the time spent in line and the risk of possibly not being let in.

    Louvre Museum Skip the Line Ticket - this ticket is identical to the standard ticket with the only difference that, as it’s bought online, it gives you skip the line entry into the museum. This ticket costs 20 euro - the online booking fee is 3 euro. But the extra cost is absolutely worth it, as your fast track ticket will save a lot of time. Time which is much better spent visiting the museum.
    This ticket gives you access to the museum's permanent collection, the museum's temporary exhibitions (subject to availability) and also access to the Eugène Delacroix Museum on the same day of your Louvre Museum visit.

    Louvre Ticket with Audioguide - you can add an audio guide to both ticket options described above (the standard ticket and the skip the line ticket). The audio guide is a great addition to your ticket. It contains recorded commentaries about the museum's works as well as a route map including numerous itineraries to help you organize your tour better. You can download your self-guided tour on your smartphone device or pick up your multimedia guide at the Louvre. These informative audio guide cost 5 euros and are available in many languages including French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.

A few more notes about Louvre Museum Online Tickets

  • With your online tickets you can skip the entrance lines but you cannot skip the lines at the security checks, which every visitor has to go through before entering.

  • Be punctual! When you buy your ticket online you need to select a date and a time slot for your visit. If you are late you won't be allowed to enter through the dedicated priority entrance and will need to get in line with all other ticket holders without a time slot.
  • Your Louvre Museum ticket is a single entry ticket. You can enter the museum only once. When you leave you won’t be allowed in again with the same ticket.
  • You can spend as much time as you want inside the museum.

Visiting the Louvre for Free

On the first Saturday of each month and on Bastille Day, the 14th of July, admission is free for everyone from 6pm to 9:45pm.

There are some visitors who can always enter the museums for free anddon’t need a ticket to enter. They might, however, be asked to show their ID at the entrance in order to be allowed in. Visitors who can visit for free include:

  • Children - all visitors younger than 18 years.
  • Visitors under the age of 26 - all residents of the European Economic Area between the age of 18 and 25 can always visit the Louvre for free. While, all visitors younger than 26 years old regardless of their residency can visit the Louvre for free every Friday from 6:00pm to 9:45pm
  • Visitors with disabilities and the person accompanying them
For more information regarding free visits and the complete list of visitors who can visit the Louvre for free visit the official website.

Can you visit the Louvre with a Paris City Pass?

Visiting the Louvre with a Paris city pass is possible and also recommended, especially if you are planning on seeing numerous top museums and sights in Paris. The most popular pass is the Paris Museum Pass.
The Paris Museum Pass gives you free skip the line entry to over 60 top museums and monuments in and around Paris, including, of course, the Louvre Museum. Visiting the Louvre with the Museum Pass is easy but a reservation for your visit is required. To reserve your visit go on the official website of the Louvre Museum, click on buy your ticket, then select Paris Museum Pass holders. Here you can choose the date and time slot of your visit.
If you are also interested in free public transportation buy the Paris Passlib. The Paris Passlib combines the Paris Museum Pass with the Paris transportation pass.

Louvre Museum Guided Tours

Louvre tours are great, they always guarantee skip the line access as well as last minute entry. This is particularly useful when Louvre tickets are sold out. There are many different tours types to choose from, from private tours, to family tours, to night tours. Exploring the Louvre with an expert guide is highly recommended and an unforgettable experience.

Louvre Museum: Visiting Tips

  • Bring your ID - ticket holders, regardless of whether or not they bought a discounted ticket, could be asked to show their ID at the museum entrance. If you do not have your ID, you may not be allowed in.
  • Best time to visit - the Louvre attracts thousands of visitors every day. So avoiding the peak times is an absolute must if you want to make your visit more enjoyable and peaceful. The best thing to do is to go really early in the morning as soon as the museum opens, or in the late afternoon, after 3pm. Alternatively, you can go Wednesday or Friday night, when the museum is open until 9:45pm. Try to avoid weekends, especially the first Saturday of the month when admission is free for all visitors.
  • Leave big bags at home - bags bigger than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are not permitted inside. If necessary, you can check your oversized bags in the free self-service lockers at the museum entrance.
  • Plan your visit in advance - the Louvre is the largest museum in the world and it would take you several days to see the entire museum. This makes it important to plan your visit in advance. Decide in advance what sections of the museum most interest you and familiarize yourself with the layout of the museum. Make sure to download the map of the Louvre from the official website.
  • Wear comfortable shoes - you will spend a long time standing and exploring the museum so this is essential.
  • The Louvre is easily accessible with a wheelchair. You can also borrow wheelchairs, walking sticks and foldable chairs free of charge.
  • Beware of pickpockets - Petty theft is an ongoing problem both inside and outside the museum. Keep a close eye on your belongings and be alert when you are in crowded areas.

How to get to the Louvre Museum?

Address: Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
The Louvre is located in the first arrondissement, on the right bank of the river Seine. Getting there is easy. Below we provide a few transport options:

    By Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre, is the closest metro stop. Lines 1 and 7 both stop there.

    By Bus: There are a number of busses stopping at the Pyramid including: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 & Paris Open Tour Bus.

    By Batobus: Louvre stop - quai François Mitterrand.

    By Car: there is a private underground parking close to the Louvre, on avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open daily from 7.00am - 11.00pm.

    By Foot: the Louvre is located in the center of Paris, thus very easy to reach on foot.

Louvre Museum Opening Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:45pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 9:45pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm