The lines at the Musée du Louvre ticket box are normally not too bad. The overall experience since the new Pyramid entrance was established is overall pretty pleasant. There are only two things that hav come up to make the trip a complete pain. The Pyramid entrance provides few and slow methods of going down, and the sheer volume of people visiting has proven this to be a mistake. The second one that compounds this problem even more is the additional security that has been added to this entrance. The line gets so long that the entire plaza can begin to feel full, and it can take up to an hour or more to get inside.
The good news is that there are easy ways around this nightmare. Most of the "bypasses" come thanks to a shopping mall that was tunneled in next to the Louvre entrance. Known as the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping center has many touristy trinket shops, and some local fares, as well as its own Apple Store. Its so large it has a few entrances located all around the area, some many hundreds of feet away from the main entrance to the Louvre. The easiest to access are
- Carrousel du Louvre Metro Station
- Two Metro Entrance-like staircases heading down from either side of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel