In Paris, Visitors Are Pinching Pennies to Extend Their Stay

Visitors to Paris are staying an average of two days longer than they were last year, according to data from the Paris Sightseeing Pass. The pass gives visitors discounted access to more than 55 museums and monuments, along with savings on shopping, dining, and entertainment. More than 70 percent of international travelers who used the Paris Sightseeing Pass in 2010 said they stayed in the city five nights or longer, up from three nights in 2009.


But longer stays don’t mean that visitors’ travel budgets have increased. Evidence shows that they’re trying to stretch their funds farther, with more than 50 percent of travelers reporting that they stayed in budget-friendly 3-star or below hotels, bed and breakfasts, or hostels. Even though they’re looking for inexpensive lodging options, 87 percent of those surveyed rated their accommodations as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent.”

“We’re finding that it’s the less romantic, more practical services on offer that are wowing international travelers,” Amanda Truman, director of product marketing for the Leisure Pass Group, parent company for the Paris Sightseeing Pass. “Tourists visiting Paris are impressed with the hotels, the transport and money-savers such as the Paris Sightseeing Pass more than French icons such as fine dining.”

Perennial favorite destinations including the Louvre, the Museé d’Orsay, and the Palace of Versailles still top visitors’ must-see lists, along with sightseeing tours like the Bateaux Parisiens Seine River tours. All of these attractions are part of the Paris Sightseeing Pass program, which more than 90 percent of users said offered good value for the money, convenience, and time saving, says Truman.

Paris, Notre Dame with boat on Seine, France

The Paris Sightseeing Pass is available online, where customers can read about all of the included attractions and special offers while planning their budget-conscious trip to the City of Lights.