Louvre Museum Guide
Find all your answers to the Louvre Museum here: Directions, exhibit information, admission prices, and hours of operation
Directions to the Louvre
As the Louvre is so centrally located, it is easy to get to. There are numerous methods of transport in the city of Paris that will drop you off right at the Louvre's pyramid.
The easiest way to get to the Louvre Museum is by the Paris subway. Simply exit at the Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre station, and the Louvre is right there.
The second best option for getting to the Louvre is by taking one of Paris’ efficient buses. Many of the city buses make stops at the Louvre Museum including: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, and 95.
Traveling by car to the Louvre Museum is not recommended, however a parking garage is available underground for those arriving by car. The entrance is located on avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Get on the RER B train, towards Massy-Palaiseau, and change trains at Châtelet-les-Halles to line 14, towards Saint-Lazare. Exit at Pyramides station and simply walk to the Louvre (only takes 3 minutes). Or, you could take Métro line 1 at Châtelet-les-Halles, and exit at at the Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre.
Louvre Admission Fees
There are several different ticket options to access the Louvre, depending on what you want to visit.
General Daily Admission: €9
The general daily admission ticket provides full-day access to the Louvre. It is also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix. **Note: does not provide admission to the temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
General Evening Admission: €6
The general evening admission ticket is good for visits after 6 p.m. (until closing at 9:45 p.m.) This ticket provides access to the Louvre, on Wednesday and Friday evenings. **Note: does not provide admission to the temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon: €9.50
Daily Combined Ticket: General Admission and Hall Napoléon Exhibitions: €13
The combined ticket provides access to the both the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Evening Combined Ticket: General Admission and Hall Napoléon Exhibitions: €11
The evening combined ticket provides access to the permanent collections from 6 p.m. until closing at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings. You get access to all the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in the Louvre and Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Louvre Hours of Operation
Because the Louvre is understaffed, the entire museum is not open every day. Visit their website, www.louvre.fr, to make sure the exhibit you want to see is open on the day you’ll be visiting.
Daily Hours: the Louvre Museum is open every day (except for Tuesdays when it is closed) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesday and Fridays, the Louvre has extended hours when it is open until 10 p.m.
**Note: the Louvre is free the first Sunday of every month (if you decide to visit the Louvre that day, go early to avoid the crowds)
Holiday Hours: the Louvre is also closed on January 1, May 1, November 11 and December 25 for holidays.
**Note: The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions typically close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31.
Entrance Opening Hours:
There are numerous entrances to the Louvre, each with different hours:
Pyramid entrance: daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)
Galerie du Carrousel entrance: open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)
Passage Richelieu entrance: open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays).
Porte des Lions entrance: is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays and Fridays)