Summer months are the busiest time in Paris as the days are warm and long with bright and clear skies. The Parisian streets will brim with visitors, all looking to check out the same spots that you are planning to visit, making the queues super long. In fact, you may have to wait for more than three hours in queues to get inside popular attractions like the Louvre museum, which can waste your precious time in Paris tours.
The Louvre museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. From June to August and in December, you will be able to see unending line of tourists desperately waiting at the main entrance (Le Pyramide) to enter the museum. Visitors will queue at the entrance much before the museum is open and your Museum Pass won’t help you to skip the line either, as the queue is to pass through the metal detector and not to buy a ticket! However, you need not lose all your hope, as there are some alternative options to enter the place in a reasonable amount of time.
Le Carrousel Du Louvre
If your Paris tour guide has not already secured a ticket for you to the museum, this will be your best alternative to get into the museum, as long as it is not Tuesday, since the Le Carrousel Du Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. This is an underground entrance to the museum and will the one that you will access when you take the metro. The name of the metro stop for Louvre is Palais Royale-Musee du Louvre. You may also access the entrance from the Rue de Rivoli.
You need to walk down 2 sets of escalators to a shopping strip and pass all the shops. You will find an inverted pyramid where people wait to enter the museum. The queue here is much small when compared to the one at the Le Pyramide, and the best part is that you enter the same area of the museum as those who waited in the line at the main entrance, without standing out in the sun for three hours.
Porte De Richelieu
This entrance will take you to the sculpture section of the museum that is between the Rue de Rivoli and the Louvre courtyard, which is the part with the pyramid. If you are on private Paris tours, you need not bother about this entrance, as it is for tour groups and those visitors with an annual pass to the museum.