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Moulin Rouge Tickets: how to buy and prices

Attending a show at the Moulin Rouge will become one of the best memories of your trip. Here are the best options to do it

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Moulin Rouge Tickets: how to buy and prices

Moulin Rouge by night | ©Leandro Kibisz

When we think of the Moulin Rouge, the world's most famous cabaret, we visualize cancanes and imagine period music in Paris. Today it is possible to relive this splendor. The real magic of the Moulin Rouge is in its vintage night show and for this hundreds of tickets are sold every day, which you can buy individually or as part of a pack with other activities in Paris:

My favorite

Moulin Rouge Tickets with Dinner

Enjoy the most famous cabaret in the world

Perfect if you want to live in first person the experience of attending the famous cabaret of the Moulin Rouge. Enjoy the experience while tasting a dinner menu and champagne.

The shows held at the Moulin Rouge may change according to the season, but they will always be based on the legendary cancan dance that made this cabaret famous. The rise of this dance coincides with a time of optimism and social satisfaction; at the gates of the twentieth century there was confidence in technological progress, artistic avant-garde and economic growth.

There was, in general terms, a generalized joy and a desire to enjoy life that materialized in this dance that painters like Tolouse Lautrec portrayed in his paintings. All this atmosphere is still recreated every night to this day, and to experience it is best to buy in advance your ticket for the Moulin Rouge with dinner and champagne.

The Moulin Rouge is usually open every day of the year with some exceptions and the show passes are at 21 and 23. The show lasts about two hours and the ticket includes half a bottle of champagne.

Why I like this option: this is the cheapest option to experience live the magic of this Parisian cabaret.

Recommended if... you want to attend a show at the Moulin Rouge at the best price.

About ticket prices

Entrance to the Moulin Rouge
Entrance to the Moulin Rouge

One thing you should keep in mind is that the price of tickets to the Moulin Rouge will depend on the extras you add to the show, i.e. dinner and drinks. There are about four menus to choose from (one of them vegan) of French dishes and different prices and you can include or not the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Of course, you have to request it in advance because the cabaret does not work as a restaurant where you can order from the menu. The Moulin Rouge show is attended by both tourists and locals and, especially in high season, it is advisable to book tickets in advance to avoid running out of room for the day and time chosen.

Book your ticket for the Moulin Rouge with dinner

Dinner at the Moulin Rouge

Table at the Moulin Rouge| ©Unsplash
Table at the Moulin Rouge| ©Unsplash

If you choose to dine at the Moulin Rouge, you can choose from several types of menus (including vegetarian and vegan dishes) that change seasonally and always include a starter, main course and dessert. The price of the ticket increases significantly with the choice of dinner and, although I recognize that the menu is very careful both in taste and presentation, the real added value is not the dinner itself but the show at the Moulin Rouge.

If you want to live the experience of dining in this cabaret go ahead, but do not do it looking for excellence in the kitchen because what you will find will be something correct and enjoyable, but no more. Keep in mind that the tables at the Moulin Rouge are shared, so if you want to enjoy an intimate dinner this is not the best option.

Book your ticket for the Moulin Rouge with dinner

What time is the Moulin Rouge show?

Getting to know Moulin Rouge Paris| ©Linh Nguyen
Getting to know Moulin Rouge Paris| ©Linh Nguyen

The Moulin Rouge show times, with some exceptions, are always the same: there is a show at 9 pm and another at 11 pm every day from Monday to Sunday. Please note that you should come early enough to see the show; about fifteen minutes before is recommended.

Plan your visit

Metro| ©Sam Nashashibi
Metro| ©Sam Nashashibi

If you already have your ticket to see the Moulin Rouge show, now you just need to know some details to be able to organize your visit as best as possible. I'll tell you everything below:

How to get there

The Moulin Rouge is located in the Montmartre district, specifically in the Pigalle area, also known as the red light district of Paris. Although if you are staying in the center of Paris you can not walk there (or at least not taking a walk, as it is quite far), the area is perfectly connected to be one of the main tourist attractions in the city.

If you haven't bought your ticket for the Moulin Rouge in a package that includes hotel pick-up, the easiest way to get there is by metro: the 'Blanche' stop on line 2 will drop you right at the door. A cab or a VTC are also valid options, although I recommend that you look at the map before requesting the vehicle to be forewarned against unnecessary detours.

I leave you our post on How to get to the Moulin Rouge where you can expand this information.

For the dinner option

If you have the dinner option included (available only for the first show of the show) you should arrive at the Moulin Rouge around 6:30 pm, as dinner is served at 7:00 pm. The Moulin Rouge show lasts two hours and then you will have a few minutes to enjoy the champagne included with the basic ticket.

How to dress for a show at the Moulin Rouge

One of the most frequent doubts among those who book tickets for the Moulin Rouge show is how they should dress to attend the show (I personally spent "a couple of minutes" on Google looking for information and options).

The dress code is formal without the obligatory jacket and tie and avoiding shorts and sportswear. Inside you will find everything from the odd morning coat in the VIP boxes to jeans. Having been through this experience, I will tell you that it is easier to choose an outfit than it seems. The best, the classic "smart casual"; you are not going to walk around the city and you are not going to any wedding.

How to get back to the hotel from the Moulin Rouge

If you choose the second session of the show, be aware that you may miss the last metro to the exit as the closing time is 1:15 am. In this case, you have at your disposal both cabs at the stop across the street and VTCs, but if you want to save money I recommend choosing a Friday or Saturday as days to see the second shift of the show as these days the Paris metro closes an hour later.

Book your ticket for the Moulin Rouge with dinner

Is it possible to go to the Moulin Rouge with children?

Queue for the shows| ©
Queue for the shows| ©

Children from six years old (always accompanied by an adult) are admitted to the show. This is something that, considering the history of the cabaret and the current atmosphere of the area, is often surprising, but the truth is that the show is suitable for all ages. When I went to see the show I didn't see any children and I don't think it is usual to see them, both for the time of the show and the price.

Is it possible to take photos and videos at the Moulin Rouge?

Near the Moulin Rouge| ©Dennis Jarvis
Near the Moulin Rouge| ©Dennis Jarvis

If you are thinking of taking your camera (or even your cell phone) with a 100 percent charged battery to this show, you can already discard the idea. No photos or video of any kind are allowed during the show or dinner. The waiters may attract attention and, in addition, the organizers themselves will offer you the official photo during the dinner for an approximate price of 20 euros.

What to do in the area around the Moulin Rouge

Pigalle area| ©Timothy Keefe
Pigalle area| ©Timothy Keefe

The Pigalle area is one of the most picturesque in Paris; there you will find huge erotic stores (many with shows included) that attract attention not only for its content, but for its bright neon lights. Pigalle by night is an area full of life and it is difficult to find comparisons to describe it.

My advice is that before or after your date at the Moulin Rouge walk through this area (you can get off at the metro stop 'Pigalle' and from there walk to 'Blanche') and soak up the essence of this daring and energetic Paris.

Ana's Traveller Tip

To get the most out of the area, choose the 21:00 show. Beforehand, visit the upper Montmartre with the Sacre Coeur and the Place des Painters and, after the show, stroll around Pigalle and have a drink in one of its clubs.

Take a guided tour of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge district

Sacre Coeur, Montmartre| ©Francisco Anzola
Sacre Coeur, Montmartre| ©Francisco Anzola

Whether it's the same day you go to see the Moulin Rouge show or a different day, you can't miss exploring the area on a visit to the Montmartre neighborhood during your trip to Paris. The history of the belle époque is not complete with a visit to the cabaret; Montmartre hides many more stories that will seduce you with the same intensity as that of the red mill.

Of all the tours I have done in Paris, which you can read more about in this article on Paris ToursMontmartre is the one I have repeated most often precisely because I never tire of hearing the stories of all the artists who found in that neighborhood the true meaning of the famous slogan 'Liberté, Égalite, Fraternité'.

Tour itinerary

Who are they going to tell you about on this tour? Tolouse Lautrec, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Edith Piaf, the film Amélie or the gay icon Dalida. Many stories, all intermingled and all that while strolling through the narrow streets of Montmartre in the evening light (for me one of the most beautiful moments to do this tour) and then sit and contemplate the city from the stairs of the Sacre Coeur.

The Montmartre tour with the Paris Pass card

This is a city pass with which you will have free access to different tourist attractions and museums in the city of Paris. Entrance to the Moulin Rouge show is not included with this card, but a two-hour guided tour of the neighborhood is included.

Whether it's your first time in Paris or not, if you are going to visit several of the main points of interest the Paris Pass will pay off: it has more than 60 places included, it includes public transport in Paris and there are different prices depending on the days you want to use it. You can read more about Paris Pass in this article.

Other bohemian corners of Paris

Hidden corners
Hidden corners

The Moulin Rouge is an icon of the bohemian life of Paris at the end of the 19th century, but it is not the only one. The city of Paris, in particular the Montmartre district, is full of places that speak of this era. If you want to take a walk through the most bohemian corners of the city of light, in addition to, of course, walk the narrow streets of Montmartre, do not miss places like:

Place des Painters

Or Place du Terre which is how it appears on maps. There you will find the heart of the painters' quarter with a multitude of artists selling their works or making portraits to tourists. Despite the concentration of people, the quality of the works that are concentrated there make the place still authentic.

Dalí Museum

A few meters from the painters' square, this museum goes unnoticed despite the exquisite collection inside. If you like Dalí's work you will really enjoy this little surrealist corner. I have written an article about Museums Paris where you will find this museum and another list of what, for me, are the most recommended museums in the city.

Montmartre Museum

A neighborhood like this had to have some place to tell its story. In this museum located on rue Cortot you will see from images of the neighborhood belonging to different eras to objects that tell you about the cabarets and the cursed poets who stayed in this enclave.

Literary cafés

You're probably familiar with the Chat Noir café from the famous black cat posters you'll see in every souvenir store in Paris, but it's not the only one. Both in Montmartre and in the Montparnasse district, south of Paris, you can find corners frequented by intellectuals such as Paul Verlaine, Baudelaire, Apollinaire or Hemingway.

Moulin de la Galette

It is one of the 30 mills that were in this neighborhood at the beginning of the last century. Although during the day it is easily located walking along the rue Lepic, at night it can be more complicated because of the branches that hides it. Today it is an elegant restaurant, but its merit is that it was one of the most represented cabarets in the work of various bohemian artists including Renoir.

Other interesting activities in Paris

Opera Garnier| ©Guilhem Vellut
Opera Garnier| ©Guilhem Vellut

If you want to add to your trip an activity that contrasts with the bohemian airs of Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge, I recommend that you consider adding one of the most majestic visits that can be made in the capital: a visit to the Opera Garnier in Paris.

In this case you won't need to pay for a show to visit its amazing interior, as there are guided tours of the inside of the building outside of performance hours. Here is my practical guide to Paris Opera Garnier Tours so you can find out more about it.

If you feel like squeezing the most cultural side of Paris, its variety of museums will not disappoint you. Select your favorite in my article on Museums Paris or go directly to the King of museums, the Louvre. I leave here all the information you need to organize your visit: Paris Louvre Museum Tickets and Tours: how to buy, prices and discounts.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a dress code for the Moulin Rouge?

    There is a certain etiquette, however it is not as rigid as one might imagine. The general requirement is no shorts, sportswear, sneakers and of course, no flip-flops. And why not, you can always dress toe to toe as if you were a true bourgeois of the time.

  • Is Moulin Rouge suitable for children?

    If they are over 6 years old and dressed appropriately, they will be admitted to the show, but being a cabaret it may not be the most appropriate and entertaining for the little ones, as well as the area where Moulin Rouge is located.

  • Is the Moulin Rouge area safe after the show?

    Moulin Rouge is located at the base of Montmartre, an area that is in many ways similar to Amsterdam's Red Light District. For this reason, it is no surprise that the neighborhood is quite safe, due to its touristy nature and the progressive gentrification of the neighborhood.

  • How long does the Moulin Rouge show last?

    The show lasts two hours.