hi there!! I am contemplating buying passes online so i can use the metro underground train buses etc all day with the pass. It also allows me to not wait in line for museums etc etc etc. does anyone have any knowledge in this before i go through with this?? heres to links
If you are on a severe budget, I would check the entry fees of the sights you want to see. Most of them are posted on the sights individual websites.
I looked at the London pass and I would not buy it unless I stayed somewhere in the outskirts of the city and needed unlimited public transport (tube, DLR, bus and tram) for zones 1-6. Reasons:
1) Free public transport is an extra surcharge of 5 to 6.33 GBP per day. The day pass most tourists use is 4.90 GPB (tube zones 1-2 off-peak).
2) A one-day adult pass in 30 GBP - not worth it if you only want to see one major sight like the Tower of London. Sure you might not have to wait - but is this really worth 15.50 GBP to you? Couldn't you just get your lazy arse up early and be there before opening times?
3) A lot of the sights that you get free entry with the pass to take a whole day to see properly. After them you'll be knackered and not really inclined to see yet another major sight. Unfortunately only by doing at least 2 major sights a day the pass will actually start to save you some money.
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 26, 2006 9:04 AM by t_maia ]
I would definitely recommend the Paris Museum Pass as well as the Paris Metro Pass (Carte Orange).
You don't need to buy them in advance. You can get a Museum Pass at any Metro station and probably at your hotel's front desk as well. If you plan to visit at least two attractions per day, it's well worth your investment and ... as you know, you can take advantage of special entrances and avoid the HUGE lines at the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, etc.
You should also consider a one-week Paris Metro Pass (Carte Orange). Bear in mind that the week begins on Monday, so plan your itinerary around this fact and enjoy free transportation anywhere in Paris for an entire week. To save time, hassle, expense, and confusion, bring along some small pictures of your face -- about 7/8" by 1 1/4" -- that are attached to the pass. Otherwise, you'll have to figure out the photo booths in the Metro station.
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