How to avoid lines at the Louvre museum
While visiting the Louvre and looking at breathtaking works of art all day long may sound like a perfect way to spend one of your holiday trips, you have to take into consideration that there most likely will be a long line of people ahead of you thinking the exact same thing. Here are some extremely helpful ways to avoid the long lines at the Louvre.
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During the peak season from June to August, around 15,000 people that visit the Louvre daily. Like most tourist sights, it is better to visit them during low season and, in the case of the Louvre, make sure to avoid the first Sunday of every month and Bastille Day. While the free admission on these days may sound tempting, you will quickly regret it when you see the line at the Pyramid entrance.
The Paris Museum Pass enables you to get into the Louvre in a more interesting manner. This pass will get you entry into 60 museums around Paris and you can purchase pass from 2 days to 6 days depending on how much time you have. A 2-day pass will cost you £33 while a 6-day pass costs £54 and can be purchased at any participating museum, monument, metro station or Paris tourist offices.
The other option is to buy a Louvre ticket in advance through FNAC or Ticketnet. You can find a list of participating stores on the Louvre website to check out where you can pick up tickets. With this pass you will be able to access the quieter Passage Richelieu entrance, which is off of Rue de Rivoli and across from Palais Royal-musee du Louvre metro station. You will need to go through security, as with every entrance, but it should be extremely quick and much less hassle.
If you don’t have time to get a ticket for the museum in advance, you will need to use the Pyramid, Porte des Lions or Galerie du Carrousel entrances. There is a side door that is a 5-minute walk from the Pyramid entrance near the river, called Porte des Lions. You can buy your ticket from here and will then have direct access to Arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas which will save you from queuing.
Another entrance where you would need to buy tickets at is through the Le Carrousel du Louvre also known as the Shopping mall entrance. To get here head to 99 Rue de Rivoli where there will be a Tuileries further down on the left hand side and Place de la Concorde at the end. Here you will find automated machines where you can purchase your tickets and grab something to eat if you find yourself hungry.