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Will there still be lines at D'orsay/Lourve in the afternoon?

Will there still be lines at D'orsay/Lourve in the afternoon?

Apr 21st, 2007, 08:07 PM
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There is a museum only pass for Paris as well which can be purchased in advance or at any of the local museums that participate. You could get it at one of the less busy museums to save waiting in the long lines at the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay.

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Apr 21st, 2007, 08:10 PM
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I was thinking about heading toward the markets at around 8:30-9am - you found better products at 11am?

I'm just debating about the price of the museum pass, but it seems like if we want to go in the afternoon, we might have to pay the price to skip the lines.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 08:20 PM
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You do not really need advance tickets for the Louvre, as there are so many entrances now. Best, without a pass or advance ticket, are the Denon Wing (but check hours/days open on the website) and the entrances on either side of the Arc du Carousel. Even the line at the main entrance moves quickly (this is for security, not admission tickets). At the door, there are two lines - with bags and without. The "without" is much shorter and quicker. Once inside, there are many, many ticket windows. You can also pick up advance tickets for the Louvre at FNAC.

You might want to switch Musee d'Orsay to Thursday, the day it is open late, if you're not planning to go until afternoon. You can purchase advance tickets, with a nominal service charge, online to be picked up at FNAC, or at an FNAC after you arrive. It's almost always best to arrive at Musee d'Orsay with tickets. I've never gone by there without observing very long lines for those without advance tickets or a pass.

As for Versailles, when we went last year with friends, there were a number of "tour guides" once we arrived offering admission and guided tours at a very reasonable price who "found" us. The one we went with was fantastic! I think it's better to plan most of a day at Versailles than head there in the afternoon.

When you add up the individual admission prices, the museum pass will not be worth your while, and not worth the extra for skipping the ticket lines.

The street markets (roving) set up early and sell out as the day goes on. Though most are open until 2-2:30, many vendors pack up early, or as they sell out.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 08:28 PM
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I think I've confused some of you - we will spend the whole day at Versailles, I just listed down the four places we will go to that apply with the Paris Museum Pass. Can I buy a ticket for Versailles earlier to avoid lines?

I didn't realize it was so hard to get into the Orsay without a ticket - would this be the case even if we go there the days they are open late?
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:41 AM
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Hi Anna,

According to this website you can buy your tickets to Versailles in advance at FNAC or SNCF Outlets. Here is the link:

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Apr 22nd, 2007, 05:03 PM
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Anna1013- I guess I should ask what kind of market? In Paris, I went to 2 my 2 local street & produce markets near my hotel and got marvelous fruit & veg in mid-morning as well as pates and cheeses. In Nice, 5-6 am nothing was set up yet I had to return after 8-9. (However, for example, at Portobello Market in London, I went as early as possible to get the best selection and avoid thronging crowds). Did you have particular markets in mind?
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 10:41 PM
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I was in Paris early April. No queue jumping with the Museum Pass for Versailles, Notre Dame nor Ste. Chappelle.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 12:49 PM
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If we go to the Orsay around 5-6pm on Thursday, which I believe is the day they are open late, would it be easy to get in without buying a ticket in advance?
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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Anna - I went to the Louvre on their late night and didn't have too long of a wait, maybe 30 min, but it was packed. I went to Orsay first thing in the morning, waited on line for an hour, and walked in when they opened the doors, within 10 minutes after entry, I had checked my coat, gotten my ticket & my audio and was looking at sculptures! I guess it depends on the day.
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