Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris
Paris Métro Fares and Tickets
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Single tickets and carnets
The traditional Métro ticket is a small piece of cardboard (formerly mauve, now white) with a magnetic strip that costs Navigo Easy (see below).. It's issued by RATP, the transportation authority for the Paris region, and it will soon be replaced by electronic cards such as
You can save money by purchasing a carnet of 10 tickets for (children ages 4-9) from vending machines near the turnstiles in Métro stations. An electronic carnet for the Navigo Easy card is even cheaper.(adults and children 10 or older) or
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.
Navigo Easy: a replacement for paper tickets
In June, 2019, the RATP introduced Navigo Easy, a rechargeable stored-value plastic card designed for tourists and other non-commuters who use the Paris public-transportation system.
Navigo Easy will replace the traditional T+ tickets altogether by 2021, but you can purchase and use it right now.
To use Navigo Easy, you first buy a card for étro station. You then top it up with fares, which cost the same as today's existing paper tickets: for a single ride, or less if you buy a carnet of 10 rides. (The Navigo Easy version of a carnet is actually cheaper than a traditional paper carnet, and you get a hefty discount for children from 4 to 9 years old. (Simply ask the ticket agent for "Navigo Easy avec un carnet.")from a ticket booth in any Paris M
Navigo Easy is currently valid on the Métro, RER trains, buses, and trams. It's being rolled out gradually to the entire Île-de-France transit and commuter-rail network.
For now, Navigo Easy is just an optional alternative to T+ tickets, but the convenience of not having to carry a stack of cardboard tickets makes it worthwhile if most of your travel will be on the Métro--especially since T+ tickets are notorious for becoming demagnetized, which makes them unusable until a station agent runs them through an electronic device to fix them.
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 and Île-de-France region" version, which covers all zones.
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.
In addition to the Navigo Easy stored-value ticket card, the Paris transportation network offers and passes. (The weekly passes run from Monday through Sunday, and the monthly passes are for a calendar month.)
For more information on these and other tickets, see the RATP's Travel passes and prices 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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