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The Opéra Garnier (or Palais Garnier) was built for the Paris Opera company in 1875 and is one of the most iconic opera houses in the world. Although most of the Paris Opera’s productions now take place in the larger and more modern Opéra Bastille, there’s a special place in the heart of Parisians for this older theater, which was the setting of the book (and musical, and films) of The Phantom of the Opera. Visitors can attend a concert or take a tour of the public areas of the theater, either with an audio guide or an expert on the building.
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Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier
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Skip the lines to the famous Opera Garnier in Paris, and enjoy more time to admire the largest opera in Europe.
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Learn even more about the Opéra Garnier when you take a tour with an expert guide!
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Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris
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Discover Europe's largest opera house on an informative 90-minute tour of the Opera Garnier. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides from the Opera de Paris will uncover the secrets of this Baroque masterpiece, located in the heart of Paris.
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Paris: Mysteries of the Opera Garnier After Hours Tour
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Uncover the mysteries of the Opera Garnier in Paris on a 90-minute tour of the public areas in English or French. See stunning gilt and mosaic decorations, lose yourself in the labyrinth of corridors, and learn about some of the legendary performances.
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Opera Garnier - Guided Tour
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Opéra Garnier: Guided Visit in French
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A French-language guided tour of the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera
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Guided walking tour from Palais Royal to Opéra Garnier
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Discover the Parisian secret passages with this exciting walking visit in the 9th district, and visit the Opera Garnier.
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Opera Garnier: Private Tour for Families
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Marvel at the Beaux Arts architecture of the Opera Garnier on a private tour designed for families with kids. Make history fun as you benefit from a guide who speaks your language! Hear fun anecdotes about the Phantom of the Opera and much more.
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Paris: Private Tour of Opera Garnier & Covered Passages
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Discover one of Paris' most delightful monuments: the Opera Garnier! Over the course of 5.5 hours your private guide will divulge the fascinating history of this renowned theater and museum, before touring the city's lively covered passages.
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Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Skip-the-Line to Opera Garnier
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Tour the enchanting city of Paris at your own pace on an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. You can hop on and off as often as you like over two routes. The pass includes a skip-the-line ticket to the famous Opera Garnier in Paris.
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Top Tips

1. If you’re booking a self-guided tour then it’s highly recommended to pick up an audio guide! The tour takes 1 hour, guides cost 5 €, and are available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean - plus there are versions for children and in French Sign Language. A multimedia guide is also available on a tablet, with extra activities and content. The tablet guide takes 90 minutes, costs 7, and is available in French, Spanish, and English.
Opera Garnier | Photo: Carles Tomás Martí CC-BY 2.0
2. Make sure to look up! Much of the Palais Garnier’s beauty can be found in the mosaic ceilings, which are stunningly beautiful.
Opera Garnier | Photo: levirus CC-BY-SA 2.0
3. The Opéra Restaurant offers fine dining options between 8 am and 11 pm, and it’s the ideal way to add another touch of luxury to your visit. If you’re planning to visit ahead of a performance, then make sure to reserve a table!
4. For those who like their opera a little more interactive, why not try the Phantom of the Opera escape game? It costs €28 for adults, €22 for children under 14, and is free for children under the age of 4. Visitors are asked to solve the Curse of the Phantom of the Opera by completing a set of challenging puzzles inside the opera house. The experience is generally available in French, but staff are also on-hand to make sure that English-speakers can understand enough to work on the puzzles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s so special about the Opéra Garnier?

The Opéra Garnier is one of the icons of Second Empire Paris and has always been visited by the chicest members of Parisian society. Completed in 1875 and designed to be the home of the Paris Opera, today the Palais Garnier is mostly used for ballet performances. Its international fame comes mostly from its use as the setting of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, a classic of French literature which has been successfully adapted into a musical theater sensation and several movies. Visitors will be able to see the stunning interior of the opulent theater, plus the famous chandelier and box 5, which was always to be left empty for the mysterious Phantom. Tours take between 1 and 2 hours, depending on whether you opt for the self-guided, audio-guided, or guided version.

What’s the best way to get tickets to performances?

Tickets to performances at the Palais Garnier often sell out in advance, so it’s best to book a few weeks in advance or a few months for a new production. It is sometimes possible to get cheap tickets on the morning of a show, the easiest way to buy these is to visit the box office in person at 10 am on the date of the performance you want to see.

Are there performances of anything except opera?

The Opéra Garnier now hosts as many ballet performances as they do operas, if not slightly more ballet. The opera house also hosts concerts and recitals, including a series of chamber music performed by musicians of the Paris Opera Orchestra.

Will kids enjoy the tour of the opera house?

A trip to the Opéra Garnier won’t necessarily thrill all children, especially very young ones, but some children will find it extremely interesting! There is a special children’s version of the audio guide available, and if you opt for the guided tour then the tour guide will tailor parts of their tour to ensure that any children present are included and engaged.

General Information

Opening Hours:

If you’re intending to watch an opera or concert at the Palais Garnier, check ahead of time to see when the doors open. In general, the Palais Garnier can be visited between 10 am and 4.30 pm daily. It’s closed on January 1 and May 1, and on selected dates throughout the year for a variety of reasons, from maintenance to special filming. However, when the Palais Garnier is closed the shop and restaurant are still open to the public.

Address:

Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra
75009 Paris

Tickets:

Tickets to events are priced individually depending on the event and your chosen seats. Tickets to the public areas of the Palais Garnier include access to any temporary exhibitions and cost €14 for adults or €10 for visitors aged between 12 and 25. Children under the age of 12, disabled visitors and the unemployed can enter free of charge. The multimedia tour costs an additional €5. Guided tours cost €17 for adults, €12.50 for students under the age of 26, and €9.50 for children under the age of 10.

How to get there:

The Palais Garnier can be reached via metro to Opéra station, which is served by lines 3, 7, and 8. The closest RER station is Auber, which is served by line A. Bus numbers 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95 also stop close to the Palais Garnier. The closest car park is the Q-Park Edouard VII, where spaces can be reserved in advance and fees apply.
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