Paris Metro Ticket Prices, Maps & Travel Passes Explained

Explanation of the Paris Metro for visitors including the range of ticket options available in Paris and in advance

Paris Metro Train

Typical Scene At Paris Metro Station

The Paris Metro service is for most visitors and locals the transport mode of choice travelling within the centre of Paris.

There is a spiders web of lines, so in the centre of Paris you are always only a few minutes walk from a Metro station.

The Paris Metro is run by RATP, (Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) who also run the Paris buses and RER suburban train system. As a result the transport network is highly integrated, tickets are interchangeable between buses, metro and trains.

The RER is a suburban rail system whose lines do not terminate in a central station in Paris but go right through to a destination on the other side of Paris. In the centre of Paris the RER runs underground stopping only at major interchange stations. The RER can therefore be very useful for some cross-city routes and are certainly speedier as stations are much further apart than the Metro.

The bus network really only plays a supporting role to the Paris Metro in the centre of Paris. You will find yourself using the Metro for the majority of your journeys.

Paris Metro Maps & Finding Your Way Around

Very good free bus/metro maps are free and most reliably available at the tourist offices scattered around the city.

Paris Metro & RER Map

On one side is a very good, detailed map of Paris with the Metro and RER lines marked together with the numbers of the buses that interchange at Metro and RER stations.

On the other side is a detailed bus map.

Paris public transport is divided up into zones that radiate out from the centre. For perhaps the majority of visitors they will not go outside the central zone (zone 1). Zone 1 is where nearly all hotels are and where all the city centre sights are located. The Paris Metro system is pretty much restricted to the inner 2 zones for which there is a flat fare structure.

If you interchange from the Metro to the RER, perhaps to Disneyland, CDG Airport or Versailles the RER train may well go out to zones beyond that covered by a Metro ticket.

Ticket Barriers At Paris Metro Station

Ticket Barriers At Paris Metro Station

For most lines the first train is about 05:30 and the last well after midnight. Frequencies are very high, a few minutes between each train at most.

There is a strict non-smoking policy.

Paris Travel Zones

The Paris public transport system is divided into circular zones that radiate out from the central zone, zone 1. For the metro, only a few lines breach zone 1 at their extremities.

For this reason we do not go into zones here. If you use the RER to places like Disneyland, the airports or Versailles you will require tickets valid for these outer zones. Full details are at our Paris RER trains page.

Paris Metro Tickets & Fares

To access the Metro system you will need a ticket of one kind or another. Whatever ticket you have, (including travel passes ) you insert the ticket into an automatic barrier which after validating the ticket allows you through.

The first time, just position yourself behind a local and follow what they are doing - it really is simple and identical to many other systems like the London Underground.

In the Metro you can use 1 ticket and make any transfers between lines with only that 1 ticket so long as you're underground and in the Metro system itself. Keep it with you until you exit because some Metro or RER stations require it for you to leave.

So long as you stay underground a single Metro ticket also lets you use and transfer between the RER and Metro stations that are inside the 2 zones of Paris itself.

A carnet is a booklet of 10 single tickets.

You can buy tickets at ticket offices or automatic ticket machines at metro, bus, tramway and RER stations.

T+ Ticket

Paris T+ Ticket

A single ticket is valid for one journey and can be used on the Metro, RER, Bus and Tram within Paris and its immediate suburbs. Single tickets are sold either individually or in packs of 10, called a 'carnet'.

A carnet is a booklet of 10 single tickets.

You can buy tickets at ticket offices or automatic ticket machines at metro, bus, tramway and RER stations.

Paris Single Ticket Fares (T+ Tickets)

From Jan 2015

1 Ticket Metro, Bus or RER within Paris - €1.80

Carnet of 10 tickets, as above for Adult - €14.10

Carnet of 10 tickets, Child (4 to 10 years old) - €7.05

For use on one journey of the Paris Metro or Buses or on zone 1 RER trains in Paris

Public Transport Passes

T+ tickets are a convenient option if you just need the odd journey around Paris over 1 or 2 days.

If you are using public transport more extensively for your visit to Paris there is a wide range of passes available. We have a dedicated page for these so you can identify the right public transport for your needs.

Paris Public Transport Tickets & Passes - Full Details Of Range

Buying Your Tickets

Typical Paris Self Service Public Transport Ticket Machine

Typical Self Service Public Transport Ticket Machine

Once in Paris it is easy to buy tickets from manned ticket offices and automatic ticket machines. There are several variants of ticket machines, most have a choice of languages including English of course.

The ticket machines are reliable and sell a range of transport tickets, very few people will be buying the single T+ tickets.

We would recommend you take a few minutes to read the other ticket types available to you as they well be more economical and convenient than single tickets.

Buying Tickets In Advance Of Arriving In Paris

If you are beginning to get stressed about buying tickets in a strange city and worrying what happens if the person behind the ticket counter doesn't speak English or what happens if you have problems with a ticket machine, the extra price premium of having the tickets sent to you before travelling to Paris may be worthwhile.

Again there is a range of tickets available, most of them tailored to meet the needs of short term visitors and tourists. There are also many passes and combo tickets that combine public transport tickets with the most famous tourist attractions.

Paris Public Transport Passes & Tourist Bundles - Full Details Of Range

Below are links to the two most popular products for short term visitors to Paris wanting transport tickets in their possession before they arrive in Paris.

Be aware that you are paying a small premium for this service over buying the same product in Paris itself.

Carnet of 10 x T+ Tickets Delivered To Your Home

Each T+ ticket can be used For use on one journey of the Paris Metro or Buses or on zone 1 RER trains in Paris.

You should validate your ticket each time you board a bus using the machine for that purpose. Once it has been validated your t+ ticket allows you to make unlimited connections within a 90-minute period (between the first and last validation) on other bus and tram lines. You should validate your t+ ticket each time you change bus or tram. ticket may not be used for round-trip journeys on the same line or to get off and then back on a bus from the same line.

Paris Carnet of 10 Metro Tickets

Paris Metro Pass (Paris Visite card) - Unlimited Travel On Public Transport For 1,2,3 & 5 Days

Using the Paris Visite travel card, you will be able to use all the public transport services in Paris. The metro pass consists of a simple ticket, no photo required.

It provides FREE travel rides in Paris (with no limit) on the transport system including Metro, RER (regional express trains), bus, tramway, suburban Transilien SNCF trains, Montmartre funicular, Noctambus, Optile bus system and Montmartrobus.

Delivery is available to your hotel in Paris or to your home worldwide.

Paris Visite Card

Public Transport Passes Marketed To Locals Available To Visitors

The Paris Visite /Paris Metro Pass is heavily marketed at tourists by both Paris authorities and the tourist sector, many visitors are unaware that there are alternatives. If you are using public transport a lot in Paris or are staying for more than the 2 or 3 days of the average visitor then these are worth evaluating.

Paris Public Transport Passes - Full Range Available To Visitors

Public Transport + Tourist Attraction Passes

There are quite a few options available combining public transport passes combined with tickets to some of the leading Paris attractions. For the visitor only in Paris a day or two these can make a lot of sense, offering a one stop solution to getting around Paris and visiting the main sights in one convenient package.

Paris Public Transport & Paris Visitor Attractions Passes/Bundles

Accor Hotels In Paris

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