eleven THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND when VISITING opera garnier

Arrive early

Arriving early at Opera Garnier before your scheduled tour time will allow you to explore the area around the opera house and take in the stunning architecture.

Dress appropriately

There is no real dress code at the Opera Garnier, but as it is a grand and elegant venue, it's suggested to dress appropriately. Avoid wearing shorts, flip-flops, or overly casual attire.

Leave large bags

Bulky luggage, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, and electric monowheels, are not accepted in the cloakrooms. Bring a smaller bag that you can easily carry with you.


Photography is allowed inside the Opéra Garnier, but flash photography and tripods are restricted. The venue's stunning architecture and design make for excellent photo opportunities.

Free entry

Palais Garnier Tour is free on the 1st Sunday of each month. Note this is not recommended, as it happens to be the most crowded day of the month!

Food & Dining

Opera Garnier has a bar offering drinks and light meals and a restaurant that provides good-quality cuisine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Book in advance

Booking Opéra Garnier tickets online in advance can save time and energy by skipping the ticket counter queue and avoiding last-minute disappointment.

Self-Guided tour

The self-guided tour of Opera Garnier is the cheapest way to explore the largest opera hall and offers quick and easy access to this magnificent building.

Guided tour

With this ticket, an expert guide will take you on an informative 90-minute tour of the Parisian Baroque masterpiece, and most users opt for this guided tour.

Underground tour

This tour of Palais Garnier focuses on the building’s mysteries, myths, and incredible stories. The expert guide narrates its history through the story of Erik, more well-known as Phantom of the Opera.