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Louvre Tickets

Leeds
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Louvre Tickets

Can anybody advise the quickets, simplest, safest way top buy Louvre tickets online in advance?? Leaving for Paris next Thursday (12 august)

Thanks a lot

Jez

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1. Re: Louvre Tickets

Why would you even want to? if you are worried about long lines just use either the Porte des Lions entrance a few yards east (upstream) of the Pont Royal or the entrance on rue de Rivoli. Lines at either place are usually not an issue.

But if you must you can buy tickets in advance on the FNAC site. You will have to pick them up from one of the FNAC stores in Paris.

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Everybody has to wait in line for security check. Buying tickets in advance or the Museum Pass doesn't save that much time in the Louvre. Even the Pyramid entrance is not very crowded sometimes, except on weekends and the day after the museum was closed.

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3. Re: Louvre Tickets

OK thanks to you both. Will risk the queues - just that my guidebook recommended buying in advance to save a lot of time waiting.

thanks again

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4. Re: Louvre Tickets

Buy a better guidebook. If they can't get something that basic right, who knows what other nonsense the book contains...

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5. Re: Louvre Tickets

A lot of guide books also recommend getting there ahead of opening time. So, how crowded do you think it will be at opening time?

If you do go at opening time, definitely use the Porte des Lions entrance. From there, it's only steps to the Mona Lisa. You'll be way ahead of everyone who's used any of the other entrances.

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6. Re: Louvre Tickets

the info about 'everyone' standing in security lines is not exactly accurate -- at the pyramid, if you have a pass you go to the line at the left and are let in ahead of the long line -- at the Carrousel entrance you go to the (signed) line on the ride and feed in ahead of the rest of the line (although in over 25 visits I have only once had a significant wait at this entrance)

so yes -- you go through security but you also can take a bypass line with pass or ticket in hand

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Thanks a lot guys. Will see how I go next week.

Will let you know.

Jez

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8. Re: Louvre Tickets

The Mall entrance is best and easy.....I think it's pretty much standard recommendation in guide books. We bought tickets in advance one time and decided that it wasn't necessary. Happy Travels.

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9. Re: Louvre Tickets

When we went in December 09 thePorte des Lions entrance said only groups could go in that way. We bought tickets from the tabac inside the carrousel and went straight in. Admittedly we ducked under a tape but we were merely following 2 French people, honest.

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10. Re: Louvre Tickets

we were there the day before yest, on Weds, and thank god we had the foresight to get up and out early, arrived at 0900, walked straight up and in (from Metro Palais Royal Musee on Ligne 1) total waiting time to buy tickets was less than 15mins, but oh boy by the time we left at approx 1130...forget it! (unless you enjoy 3+hrs in line!!).

(Mona Lisa - head straight for 'Denton', 1st Floor, hall 6) - and prepare for complete scramble to get an obscured picture! (and be totally underwhelmed at that!! - there are far more memorable and splendid painting in the place than the ML!!).

Absolutely loved Napoleon's Apartments in 'Richelieu' 1st Flr location A.

Had we not arrived so early and had there been lines, then (as recom on here) we would have entered via Porte des Lions (we cycled past this entrance on Monday and noted there were no queues at abt 12pm!!)

Edited: 06 August 2010, 11:43