Paris Public Transport Fares & Travel Passes

A review of the public transport ticket options available to the visitor to Paris


Entrance To Paris Metro At Gare de Lyon

Entrance Paris Metro At Gare de Lyon

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


Paris Fares Zones

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 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.


If you are looking to see where the various travel zones are, the RER train map linked above indicates where the various zones start and finish.


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

- Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG - zone 5 - Full RER Details

- Orly Airport - zone 4 - Full RER Details

- Eurodisney - zone 5 - Full RER Details

- Versailles - zone 4 - Full RER Details


Single Tickets

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

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

Paris RER Map

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


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 August 2016

1 Ticket Metro, Bus or RER within Paris - €1.90

Carnet of 10 tickets, as above for Adult - €14.50

Carnet of 10 tickets, Child (4 to 10 years old) - €7.25

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

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: Metro, RER (express regional trains), bus, tramway, funiculaire de Montmartre, Montmartrobus, Noctambus (night bus) within a given fare zones are all covered.

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).

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


Carte Mobilis Prices (€) from August 2016

Fare Zone

Price

Fare Zone

Price

Zone 1 - 2

7.30

Zone 1 - 4

12.00

Zone 1 - 3

9.70

Zone 1 - 5

17.30

Available at all metro, bus and RER stations.

Paris Visite Card

This is the ticket heavily promoted to tourists and visitors.

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 20% discount on entrance to the Arc de Triomphe which may not be a high priority for you..

Lots of people like the convenience of these tickets.


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 on-line. You will normally pay a premium for this convenience over purchasing in Paris. There is a banner link further down the page if you are interested.


Paris Visite Card Prices in Euro - Purchased in Paris

Fare Zone

1 Day
Children* / Adults

2 Day
Children* / Adults

3 Days
Children* / Adults

5 Days
Children* / Adults

1 - 3

5.80 / 11.65

9.45 / 18.95

12.90 / 25.85

18.60 / 37.25

1 - 5

12.25 / 24.50

18.60 / 37.25

26.10 / 52.20

31.95 / 63.90

* children between 4 and 11 years old.

Weekly / Monthly Tickets - Navigo Decouverte Pass

This is an electronic smart card similar to schemes introduced recently worldwide into mass transit systems. The smart card stores electronically the fare product you choose. Its reusable so if you return to Paris you can load up fares onto the same card. The first time you buy, you have to pay a €5 deposit for the card itself and then you buy a week or months worth of transportation that is loaded onto the card.


Most visitors will go for the weekly fare.

Key point about this product is that the week runs Monday to Sunday. If you purchase a weekly ticket on a Friday it runs out on Sunday, not the Friday after.

You also need to bring along a passport sized portrait photo, the size of 25 x 30mm (0.98" x 1.18"). There are plenty of photo machines in the stations that produce such a photo if you need it.

A convenient place to purchase these cards for many visitors is the RER train ticket offices at Charles De Gaulle Airport or the major train stations in Paris like Gare Du Nord.


Navigo Decouverte Pass From August 2016 in Euro

Fare Zone

Week

Month

       

       

       

Zone 1 - 5

22.15

73.00

 

 

 

Weekly tickets available from the Friday preceding the Monday starting the week of validity until Thursday of the week included in the 7 days of validity


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