Paris Metro pass, tickets and travel prices

Public transport passes on Metro, buses and RER trains in Paris

Paris Metro
Paris Metro uses six zones

Paris public transport, (the Metro, buses and RER trains) is highly integrated and this includes the ticketing system.

If you want to travel outside the centre of Paris covered by the Metro you should be aware that Paris uses a zonal system with six circular zones radiating out from the centre.

For perhaps the majority of visitors to Paris using the Metro system they will often not want to go anywhere outside the central zone or Zone 1. Zone 1 is where nearly all hotels are and where all the city centre sights are located.

You need to assess which zones you will use before buying your respective tickets. This, of course, also depends on how long you are likely to stay.

Paris fare zones

Paris public transport map
Travel zones

If you are looking to see where the various travel zones are, the Metro & RER map on the left indicates where the various zones start and finish.

Destinations that visitors will often go to outside the central zone include:

Single tickets (t+ ticket) and carnets or books of ten tickets

The RATP run the Metro, RER, buses and trams within Paris and a single ticket can be used on any of the four modes for a single journey.

Note: 'single journey' includes connections between the same types of vehicle (i.e. if you were using the tram you would remain on the tram system), as long as you do not 'exit' the transport system. You are allowed up to two hours for metro and RER after validation and 90 minutes for buses and trams.

Tickets purchased individually or in packages of 10 are permanently valid for single use and are issued without an expiration date.

Single tickets can be purchased from metro/RER stations, some bus terminals, and registered retailers, usually tobacconists and bookshops, displaying the RATP sign.

You can also buy from the same sources a booklet of ten, called a carnet (pronounced kar-nay), offering good savings.

Save money, go contactless

The cardboard t+ ticket packs of 10 are being replaced. From October 2021 there will be a slow phasing out of this ticket type. The reasoning is that these types of tickets often get lost, so not all the tickets are used as one is put away somewhere and lost. The cardboard magnetic strip gets easily demagnitised and can no longer work and there are better electronic solutions now available. You will still be able to use any you already have, but buying them will gradually become more difficult until March 2022 when they will no longer be sold at all.

As a visitor your alternative will be Contactless t+ ticket packs of 10, these are actually €2 cheaper overall than the cardboard version. You can also get a Navigo Easy Pass for €2 which you can top-up at ticket machines and retailers or with your smartphone. Finally, you can still buy a single use ticket on board the bus for €2.


Type Price
1 Ticket for Metro, Bus or RER within Paris €1.90
Contactless t+ 10 tickets (as above) for adult (4-10 years) €14.90
Contactless t+ 10 tickets (as above) for child (4-10 years) €7.45

For use on one journey of the Paris Metro or Buses or on zone 1 RER trains in Paris.
Prices last checked November 2021. The cardboard 10 ticket packs are being slowly phased out from October 2021. We suggest you use the contactless options available now as you will save money.

Day ticket - Carte Mobilis

Most visitors seem to be unaware of this option. A single calendar day card that provides unlimited rides on the transport system of the Ile-de-France region for a stated number of calendar days.

This covers the Metro, RER (express regional trains), bus, tramway, funiculaire de Montmartre, Montmartrobus, Noctambus (night bus) within a given fare zone.

Most visitors will only need zones 1&2, broadly coinciding with the extent of the Metro system. If in doubt about zone coverage the zones are marked on the RER map (above).

Single tickets can be purchased from metro/RER stations, some bus terminals, and registered retailers, usually tobacconists and bookshops, displaying the RATP sign.

Important to note - before use, you must enter your name, surname and date of use on to the ticket.


Fare zone Price
Zone 1-2 or 2-3 or 2-4 or 4-5 €7.50
Zone 1-3 or 2-4 or 3-5 €10.00
Zone 1-4 or 2-5 €12.40
Zone 1-5 €17.80

Available at all metro, bus and RER stations.
Prices last checked November 2021.

Paris Visite card

This is the ticket heavily promoted to tourists and visitors. Lots of people like the convenience of these tickets.

As well as being a travel pass the ticket also provides discounts to tourist attractions though not the main headliners like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Typically a 25% discount on entrance to the Arc de Triomphe and 25% off entrance to the Grévin Museum, which may not be a high priority for you.

Paris Visite counts calendar days from day of first use, just like other Paris tickets, not 24-hour periods. If you arrive at night and use the pass, that will be counted as one day.

Paris Visite is widely available from outside Paris through agents and online but you will normally pay a premium for this convenience over purchasing in Paris.


Type Price for Zone 1-3
Adult / Child*
Price for Zone 1-5
Adult / Child*
1 day €13.20 / €6.60 €27.80 / €13.90
2 days €21.50 / €10.80 €42.20 / €21.10
3 days €29.40 / €14.70 €59.20 / €29.60
5 days €42.20 / €21.10 €72.40 / €36.20

* Children 4-11 years old.
Prices last checked November 2021.

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