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How to skip the longest lines in Paris

by Vanessa White

Paris has so much to offer when it comes to museums, and you’ll probably have just a few days in the city, like the millions of tourists who visit it every year.

The lines are huge but your time is limited. So be smart and informed. Here is how you can beat the crowds and have more time for fun in the City if Light...

How to skip the line at the Louvre

As the most visited museum in the world, you can't expect to have the Louvre all to yourself. Few people know that on Wednesdays and Fridays the museum is open late (9:45 pm) and if you are at the entrance at 6 pm, you usually don't have to wait at all. For all the other days (except Tuesday, when it's closed) you can buy tickets online here and skip the line.


How to skip the line at the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

If you want to beat the crowds here, you can buy your tickets in advance from the museum website here (you don’t need to print the ticket, simply save the ticket on your smartphone). Then go directly to entrance C. Another option is to come on Thursday when the museum is open until 9 pm – if you are here at 6 pm, not only will it be almost empty but the ticket will also be cheaper.


How to skip the line at the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

This cathedral has free entrance, so the crowds are even bigger. The secret is to come earlier, while the big tourist groups are still eating their breakfast at the hotel. If you are an early bird, come between 8 and 9 and you can have a pleasant visit. Have in mind that there are two lines – one for the inside of the cathedral and another one for climbing the towers.

Bonus information: There are free guided tours of the cathedral in 8 different languages. You can check the schedule here.


How to skip the line at the Versailles Palace

The best option here is to buy a ticket in advance from the website of the palace here. Then you proceed directly to the entrance, skipping the ticket office.

Bonus information: You can visit the gardens of the palace for free at all times. You can visit the palace for free every first Sunday of the month from November to April.


How to skip the line at the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs are a fascinating and creepy destination at the same time. Also, it is the destination with the longest waiting time. You should spare at least two hours for the line outside. The catacombs are not so big and the maximum number of people that can be inside at the same time is 200. Basically, when one person goes out, one enters. Unfortunately you can't buy tickets in advance here – the only way to save a little time is to come 30 minutes before opening time. You will wait about 30 minutes, but this far less than 2 hours.


How to skip the line at the Eiffel Tower

We have the impression that the lines at the Eiffel Tower are getting longer every year. To skip them buy a ticket online, each ticket has a reserved date and hour when you need to arrive and just enter, leaving hundreds of waiting people behind you. The ticket can be bought here and can be saved on your smartphone.