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Palais Garnier Tours

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Palais Garnier
Home to the Opera de Paris, ballet performances, and the fictional Phantom of the Opera, the grand 19th-century Palais Garnier—also known as Opera Garnier—recalls the splendor of France’s Second Empire, an era synonymous with elegance and extravagance. Beyond its opulent exterior and foyer, the 2,000-seat auditorium is a riot of red velvet, gold, and bronze, with a massive chandelier and a colorful ceiling painting by modernist master Marc Chagall.
 
The Basics
With its gilding, grandeur, and lavish ornamentation, Palais Garnier is often compared to the Palace of Versailles. While you can admire architect Charles Garnier’s Beaux-Arts and neo-baroque masterpiece from the outside on Paris sightseeing tours, it’s also possible to see the interior by attending a performance or taking a self-guided audio tour or a guided tour of the venue. Book an after-hours tour to explore the Palais Garnier without the crowds. You can also combine a tour of Palais Garnier with visits to other nearby architectural gems, such as the historic Galeries Lafayette department store and the passages couverts (covered shopping galleries).
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar inside the theater sells drinks before performances and during intermissions.
  • Operas are usually performed in their original language, with French (and sometimes English) supertitles.
  • While no official dress code is enforced for regular performances, most operagoers dress smartly. For special gala events, attendees wear more formal attire.
 
How to Get There
Palais Garnier is in the Opera and Grand Boulevards area, one of Paris’ shopping hotspots. The Opera station, just across the street from the venue, can be accessed by Metro lines 3, 7, and 8, while lines 7 and 9 serve the nearby Chaussee d’Antin–La Fayette station. Alternatively, take the RER A line to Auber station.
 
When to Get There
Palais Garnier tours are held daily throughout the year and attract the biggest numbers during summer. To escape the crowds, book an after-hours tour, which allows you to traverse quiet corridors and the hushed auditorium without the daytime crowds. Note that access to the auditorium is dependent on availability; for the best chance of seeing it, opt for a morning tour, as rehearsals typically take place in the afternoon.
 
Highlights of the Palais Interior
The interior’s standout features are the fresco- and gold-adorned Grand Foyer, the bronze Pythonisse sculpture, and the imposing Grand Staircase (Grand Escalier). Auditorium highlights include the 2,600-square-foot (241-square-meter) ceiling painting by Marc Chagall, in the center of which hangs an enormous, seven-ton crystal and bronze chandelier that inspired the dramatic chandelier drop in Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera.” 
Address: 8 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009, France
Hours: Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Paris

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Had to pay for another ticket
Nicola_D
, Feb 2020
I couldn't find the place where I was supposed to redeem my ticket so I had to pay for another ticket
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Overview
siminbm
, Feb 2020
The whole operation was cumbersome and inefficient. We had to go to a different location to get our tickets and then go back to the venue. Most likely, we would have been far better off to buy the tickets at the Opera House.
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Wouldn’t let us skip the line!
Kelli P
, Jan 2020
Disappointed when the whole idea was to skip the line. We waited 35 minutes outside. The Opera itself was amazingly beautiful. Just didn’t get was was advertised with the ticket.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Palais Garnier hours of operation?
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Palais Garnier hours of operation: Open Daily 10am – 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palais Garnier tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palais Garnier can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 164 Palais Garnier tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Palais Garnier 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palais Garnier costs USD 16.11. Guided Palais Garnier tours start around USD 16.11 per person. See all 164 Palais Garnier tickets and tours on Viator.
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