Contrary to what you may have read in outdated articles and guidebooks, the traditional carnet--a discounted packet of 10 cardboard Métro, bus, or tram tickets--is no more. But an electronic version is still available for use with stored-value fare cards.
For more than 120 years, the carnet--a packet of 10 cardboard tickets--was a staple of the Paris transit network. It offered a modest discount over the cost of individually purchased tickets, and you could buy a carnet from any Métro ticket booth.
Over the last several years, RATP--the Paris public transit agency--has been making it harder to buy and use carnets of T+ cardboard tickets.
Now the traditional carnet is gone altogether, and that may be a blessing in disguise: All too often, cardboard tickets become demagnetized by keys, coins, or other metal objects in a passenger's pocket or purse, and they don't work when inserted in a turnstile.
"But wait!" you may object. "What about that carnet discount?" Not to worry: Although the carnet of cardboard tickets is gone for good, you can still purchase 10- or 20-ride electronic carnets for use with the Navigo Easy stored-value card.
Or you can use other money-saving options such as the RATP's Navigo Liberté card and the RATP's smartphone apps. For more information on these, click here.
For more on Paris transit tickets and prices, see our articles about Paris Metro Tickets & Fares and the Navigo Easy stored-value card.
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