The Louvre is the most famous and most visited museum in Paris and the world. Unfortunately, its popularity means that it’s almost impossible to escape waiting in long entry lines. Sometimes it takes hours to get in the door! If you want to get inside the Louvre quickly and not spend half your day in line, take our advice. Once you’re in, you can also use our audio guide to follow a path through the most important masterpieces in the museum. You can see them all in two hours and learn many new things. Download it before your trip to Paris!
The main entrance to the Louvre is through the glass pyramid. It decorates the entrance into an underground space with ticket booths, cloak rooms and other facilities. The pyramid was built specifically to make getting in easier for tourists. You can access any part of the museum quickly from the underground hall.
Previously, we recommended buying a ticket to the Louvre in advance to avoid standing in line at the ticket office. But since January 2020, to visit the museum you must book your visit online, i.e. buy a ticket for a specific date and time. Another option is to buy a separate tour. Free entrance is also included on discount tourist cards in Paris (Paris City Card and Museum Pass).
The entrance for people that already have tickets is across from the pyramid in the passage that leads to the Palais Royale (towards Rivolie street). You will go right into the museum and bypass the underground hall, but they won’t let you in without a ticket.
In general, there are crowds by the pyramid due to necessary safety measures like metal detectors and bag checks. The ticket line isn’t usually too long. There are many machines and ticket counters in the underground hall.
You can buy a ticket right here. Just pick a date and time.
How to use a ticket?
Pick a good date, time and number of tickets. We accept Visa and Mastercard.
- You ticket will arrive within 24 hours in your email. It usually only takes 15 minutes, but sometimes there are delays due to time zones and holidays.
- Print out your ticket or download it on your smartphone.
- Show your ticket at the entrance. Instructions on where the special entrance is located can be found below.
- [touringbee:link label:Download the audio guide for the Louvre here].
Entrance for children up to 18 years old is free, but you need to book this free ticket.
What’s the best time to go to the Louvre?
Unlike the Eiffel Tower, it’s best to visit the Louvre in the morning. If you go early enough, you can easily get into the glass pyramid (great place for a photo!) and then go into the underground part. Other than that, you’ll have enough time to see everything. The tickets last all day.
If you didn’t get up early, go after lunch, at 3 or 4. There won’t be much time left, but you can risk it ([touringbee:link label:especially with our guide] that will help you get to all the best masterpieces quickly). If you’re a night owl, the museum is open until 9 on Wednesdays and Fridays, and there’s no lines.
Free entrance to the Louvre
In January 2019, the museum has anounced free entrance for everyone on the first Saturday of the month from 6 to 9:45 pm. Only Sully and Denon wings.
Entrance is free on Bastile day, 14 of july.
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Entrances other than the pyramid
The pyramid isn’t the only entrance to the museum. It’s the most famous and most remembered by tourists, but there are other entrances as well, and they often have much shorter lines. You can get into the Louvre through the mall Carrousel du Louvre, one level above the museum’s ticket booths.
You can get to Carrousel from the metro station palais Royal/musee du Louvre (1st and 7th lines). Go straight ahead, follow the signs underground, and you’ll get to the mall. It has an upside-down pyramid, an Apple Store, many boutiques, restaurants, a Starbucks and McDonalds.
Across from the upside-down pyramid you’ll find group and individual entrances to the Louvre. There’s either no line or a much smaller one than above ground, and you don’t have to buy a ticket in advance. Like in the entrance through the pyramid, you’ll end up in the same underground hall.
There’s another entrance to Carrousel across from metro station Palais Royal. Cross the street, but don’t go into the arch (it leads to the pyramid’s courtyard). Go through the glass doors, and you’ll be in Carrousel. Then just follow to signs to get to the upside-down pyramid.
Finally, you can also get into Carrousel by going down from Tuileries Garden. On the square in front of the Carrousel’s arch (on the left and right of the Arch), you will see two inconspicuous underground entrances. One goes to the upside-down pyramid in the mall.
Louvre audio guides
We have prepared a tour of the world’s most famous museum. You’ll be able to see all the main pieces in just two hours. You can learn about Leonardo da Vinci and Venus de Milo, Raphael and Michelangelo, all without getting too tired. How did Venus lose her arms, why does Libertie have her breast uncovered, what kind of complexes did Freud find in Leonardo, was Dan Brown right, and where in the museum can you hunt foxes? We will tell you the history of the Louvre and show you how the palace looked in the days of the monarchy. Do you just want a selfie with Mona Lisa, or do you want to learn some interesting history? [touringbee:link label:Download it if you do]!
The Louvre is of course the most famous museum in Paris, but it’s not the only one, and you can find some information about other museums here.
Have a nice visit to the Louvre!