Skip the lines to the famous Opera Garnier in Paris, and enjoy more time to admire the largest opera in Europe.
What people are saying about Palais Garnier
YMMV, we sprint over 2.5 hours wandering the halls, with the aid of the guide. For only 5€, the guide is totally worth it, is well paced, leads you throughout the entirety of the publicly available building (depending on time of the year, some sections are closed due to weather/performances, but I assure you, nothing is lost when they are if you have the guide), and really excels at the navigation handling. As with any self-guided thing, you can take as long or little as you prefer with this tour; listening to all the general content, we wandered the halls for over two hours, and had the Picasso costume exhibit actually been opened (they had audio content, but no costumes so we opted to skip bits), we would have been there longer for sure. Next on the list, see a ballet performed live!!
Of course we opted for the self-guided tour, but if there had at least been some materials offered, we could have gotten a bit more out of our visit. As it was, that's a pretty high price simply to let us in the door to wander about (though of course the building is gorgeous).
Our second visit here and it was just as spectacular. However, it would have been nice to know there was external event taking place and main part of the theater was closed for viewing. You should note these events before buying tickets so purchasers are aware.
The Paris Opera is a fabulous structure with most opulent fixtures & fittings. It really took my breath away as soon as I entered. I spent a few hours entranced by the interior. The glass of champagne was a most welcome refreshment during this time.
This did not eliminate a line as you still have to wait in line to go through security. And the main room, which is the true reason for going to the opera house was off limits. Other than that, the building is worth seeing.