Paris Métro Fares and Tickets
From: Paris Métro
Paris Métro single tickets and carnets
The basic Métro ticket is a small piece of cardboard (formerly mauve, now white) with a magnetic strip that costs €1,80. It's issued by RATP, the transportation authority for the Paris region.
You can save money by purchasing a carnet of 10 tickets for €14,10 from vending machines near the turnstiles in Métro stations. (A carnet is simply a stack of individual tickets.) If you're traveling with a children, see the "Tips" section below.
A single ticket will take you anywhere within the city of Paris on the Métro and RER networks, and you can transfer between lines--or between the Métro and the RER--on the same ticket.
You can also use T+ tickets on buses and trams, although you can't transfer between the Métro and RER and buses or trams on the same ticket.
For details on the current generation of tickets and carnets, including what kinds of transfers are allowed, see the RATP's "T+ tickets" page.
If you plan to use public transportation extensively, you may find it worthwhile to buy one of the passes described below. Or maybe not: A carnet of 10 tickets is simpler to buy, can be shared by several people, and is likely to be cheaper if you don't spend a lot of time on trains and buses.
Paris Visite is an unlimited tourist travel pass that you can buy for one, two, three, or five calendar days. The "Paris Centre" version covers transportation in zones 1-3. For travel to zones 4 and 5 (including Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, and Versailles), you'll need the more expensive "Paris + suburb + airports" version.
Children from 4 to 10 pay half-price (again, kids 4 and under are free), and Paris Visite offers discounts on boat cruises and certain other tourist attractions.
Mobilis is a pass for one calendar day. The price depends on the zones where you intend to travel; if you plan to stay within the city, a Zone 1 pass is all you need.
The electronic Navigo stored-value pass requires a photo and can be used by only one person. You purchase the electronic Navigo Decouverte Pass for a small fee, then buy a "Navigo Semaine" fare that's loaded onto the pass and is valid from Monday through Sunday. (Monthly fares are also available.) The Navigo pass can be reloaded with fares for up to 10 years, so don't throw it away when you go home--save it for your next visit to Paris.
Other passes are available to residents of the Paris region, including foreigners with local addresses. Students at universities, trade schools, etc. can buy special passes at favorable rates.
For more information, see the Paris Tourist Office's public transport page.
Where to buy passes: You can buy Paris Visite, Mobilis, and other passes at major Métro stations, RER stations, and railroad stations in the Ile-de-France region, including those at Paris airports. Paris Visite is also available at branches of the Paris tourist office.
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