Palais Garnier

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Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

1. Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Benefit from quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris. Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes. You will receive your digital ticket directly after your booking, just show it at the Opera visit entrance to enjoy your visit.

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

2. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket or upgrade to the 48-hour deluxe option, which includes a ticket for a Seine River cruise. Drive-by iconic attractions like Notre Dame, and the Sacre Coeur. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées, the historical Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, and Louvre Museum. Discover over 15 locations on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route.

Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

3. Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

Explore the best of Paris on a discovery bus tour with an audio guide. From the comfort of an eco-friendly bus, see sights like the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. Jump on board a hop-on hop-off bus to get an overview of Paris. Learn about the city through the audio guide commentary specially designed for the route. Pick the sights you want to explore in more detail, and hop off at the closest location to visit the attractions (at your own expense). See the top art masterpieces and paintings at the Louvre Museum, stop at Notre Dame and take a moment to admire its architecture from the left bank of the Seine, shop in the Champs-Elysées, or climb the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for the best views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the most charming neighborhoods in Paris such as the bohemian Montmartre, the buzzing Latin Quarter, the trendy Marais, or the peaceful Ile de Saint Louis. If you are traveling with children, the child-friendly channel available in French and English will keep them entertained. The kids' audio guide is designed to capture their attention all throughout the journey.  Upon first validation, your ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours, according to the option booked. You can hop on or hop off an unlimited number of times within the validity period. The route stops are as follows: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 11, Rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, Avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, Rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, Quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 50, Avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, Quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

4. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

Explore the city and discover the magical atmosphere of the River Seine with a bus pass and a 1-hour cruise combo. The combo is available for 1 or 2 consecutive days. This open-top bus tour offers the largest network of interconnected hop-on hop-off routes in Paris, covering every attraction in the city. Hop on and off at your convenience at any of the stops to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the city of Paris and its monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Then, hop onboard the boat and relax with the sound of the water while sailing across the Seine. Bus stops: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 13, rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 15, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

5. Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

Journey through the heart of Paris after dark and marvel at the floodlit monuments of the "City of Lights" from a front-row seat. Board the open-top vehicle on the Champs-Elysées and set off to marvel at all the iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris and much more. Admire the glass structure of the Louvre Pyramid as you listen to an informative commentary by a live English and French-speaking guide or on the multilingual audio guides. Get a free reward booklet with exclusive offers and recommendations.

Paris: Opera Garnier and Seine River Cruise Tickets

6. Paris: Opera Garnier and Seine River Cruise Tickets

With this combo tour, benefit from entry to 2 of the most famous cultural attractions of Paris. The Palais Garnier, or Opéra Garnier, is a 1,979-seat opera house. When the new opera house, the Opéra Bastille, opened at the Place de la Bastille, the Palais Garnier began operating primarily for ballet. The theater has been a historic monument of France since 1923. Following that, meet beside the Eiffel Tower to board a Parisian boat for a cruise on the Seine River. Unwind while contemplating the history of Paris, and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture. The audio guide on board the boat is available in 13 languages, and you can also listen to it from an application on your smartphone. Upon purchase, you can use your ticket at any time, valid until the date indicated on the ticket.

Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

7. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores, and many more.  Discover the "City of Light" and immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

8. Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

Make the most of your trip to Paris with an exclusive experience attending a fashion show. This is a unique opportunity to discover the latest trends from the biggest names, and get the inside scoop on the "must have" items of the season. Set in the heart of a store that is the epitome of French style, this 30-minute show will seduce and inspire you. Enjoy the show every Friday at 3:00 PM, at the Opera Theatre, on the 4th floor the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann (near the Lingerie department).

Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

9. Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

Tour the City of Light in a vintage Citroen 2CV. Your personal driver will pick you up at your Paris hotel, or other central location, and drive you through the city’s lively streets on a 1-hour tour. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and its instantly recognizable design still sets hearts aflutter.  See Paris through the eyes of a true Parisian and discover many of its top attractions, from the Avenue des Champs Elysée, Place Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadéro, to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Louvre, and the Opera Garnier.

Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

10. Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

Embark on the first immersive flight experience of Paris, in which visitors fly over Paris and its monuments in virtual reality, complete with real flight sensations. Head to the departure lounge for your flight instructions then, in the takeoff room, don your jetpack, put on your virtual-reality headset, and take flight over the rooftops of Paris. Enjoy a 35-minute experience (including 20 minutes in virtual reality), filmed with real-life images. Fly past the Eiffel Tower, soar over the Seine, and discover the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and other iconic monuments. Experience the realistic feeling of actually flying through the air with the virtual-reality headsets and your jetpack (flight simulator). After this amazing flight over Paris, fly over seven dream destinations, taking in 360-degree views of the Great Wall of China, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Angel Falls in Venezuela, Lake Baikal in Russian, and others.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Palais Garnier is open for visitors to wander around or take a tour from 10:00AM to 5:00PM most days. Due to performances and rehearsals, however, some access may be limited. You can check for exceptional closure information at visitepalaisgarnier.fr.

  • How to get there?

    The Palais Garnier is located outside the Metro stop Opéra on lines 3, 7, and 8. It can also be reached via numerous bus routes: 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, and 95.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM most days.
  • Is it expensive?
    An adult ticket to visit the Palais is just 10.00 €.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take Metro lines 3, 7 or 8 to the Opéra stop, or one of the numerous buses that runs by.
  • Additional information
    ** There are occasional exceptional closures, so check the official website and plan ahead!*

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What people are saying about Palais Garnier

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7,136 reviews

Really good bus tour, the audio was informative and funny. The stop was easy to find using the map on their site. The Seine tour was ok but it was a real person speaking and she spoke mostly in French (which she would being in France of course) and then translated to English by which time we had sometimes already passed the attraction she was speaking about but the boat tour itself is a good way to see the tourist attractions. I would recommend both tours.

A really nice way to see the city and learn about the history. We also used it for our transportation around the city. VERY PLEASED!!!

It was a nice experience. The buses were in good shape and the frequency was excellent.

Thia is a must when you're in Paris. So beautiful. Worth it.

Easy…amazing! Do not miss exploring this amazing space!