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WANT TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY WHILE IN PARIS?


Use the Paris Metro.

Riding the Metro will definitely save you time, but buying the right transit ticket or pass will really save you money.

The following information explains step-by-step how to purchase the right ticket or pass.

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Île-de-France Zone Map

The Île-de-France region is divided into five zones. It starts with central Paris (Zone 1) and ends in the suburbs (Zones 2-5). The cost of tickets and passes is determined by the number of zones traveled.

Tickets: To visit the main tourist attractions in central Paris, purchase a Ticket T+.

Passes: To visit the main tourist attractions in central Paris, purchase either a Mobilis Pass (Zones 1-2), a Paris Visite Pass (Zones 1-3) or a Navigo Découverte Pass (All Zones 1-5).

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Île-de-France Zone Map

The Ticket T+ will allow you to go anywhere within the Paris city limits. For a discount, purchase a Carnet (book of 10 tickets). Each ticket can be used only once, so be sure to keep your canceled ticket separate from your unused ones. Children aged 4-11 pay half-price and under age 4 are free.

It's valid for a single use on the following Paris public transportation services:

Metro: valid for travel on all Metro lines and stations in Paris and the suburbs, including the La Defense station (Zone 3)

RER: valid for all RER stations within Zone 1

Bus: valid on urban and suburban buses, includes free transfers between buses or tramways (90 minutes time limit from the first to the last ticket validation)

Tramway: valid on all eight Tramway lines, includes free transfers between tramways or buses (90 minutes time limit from the first to the last ticket validation)

Montmartre Funicular: valid on the Montmartre cable car (one ticket per direction)

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Mobilis Pass

If your stay in Paris is limited to just a day or two, you may want to consider a Mobilis Pass. It grants you access to the Metro, RER (regional express trains), Buses and Trams, depending on which zones you select for one calendar day. It can be purchased in advance and is good from the day of first use.

For example, if you use a Mobilis Pass at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, it will be good until midnight (Wednesday), not 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The price depends on the zones in which you plan to travel. If you plan to only visit sites located within Paris, ask for Zones 1-2. The pass is not valid to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly Airport.

To validate your pass: Write your last name (NOM), your first name (Prénom) and the date of use (DD-MM-YYYY) on the reusable ticket.

Bus: valid on urban and suburban buses, includes free transfers between buses or tramways (90 minutes time limit from the first to the last ticket validation)

Tramway: valid on all eight Tramway lines, includes free transfers between tramways or buses (90 minutes time limit from the first to the last ticket validation)

Montmartre Funicular: valid on the Montmartre cable car (one ticket per direction)

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Paris Visite Pass

The Paris Visite Pass grants you access to the Metro, RER (regional express trains), buses and tramways, depending on which zones you select for one, two, three or five consecutive calendar days. It can be purchased in advance and is good from the day of first use.

For example, if you use a three-day Paris Visite Pass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, it will be good until midnight, not 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The price of the Paris Visite Pass depends on how many zones you need. Your choices are Zones 1-3 or Zones 1-5. A pass with Zones 1-5 is valid for travel to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport and Orly Airport. Children aged 4-11 pay half-price, and children under age 4 are free.

The Paris Visite Pass offers discounts of 20% - 40% off boat tours on the Seine and admission to select tourist attractions, as well as other popular sights and services.

To validate your pass: Write your last name (NOM), your first name (Prénom), and dates of use (DD-MM-YYYY) on the reusable ticket.

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Navigo Découverte Pass

Called a Navigo Pass (for residents) and a Navigo Découverte Pass (for tourists), this reloadable smart card allows unlimited travel on the Metro, RER (regional express trains), buses and tramways, depending on which zones you select.

It costs 5.00 euros for a reloadable card. A weekly pass is valid Monday through Sunday. A monthly pass is valid from the first to last day of the month. The pass is not valid for travel to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport and Orly Airport.

When purchasing your Navigo Découverte Pass, tell the attendant you want a weekly pass (une semaine) or monthly pass (un mois) with All Zones (Toutes Zones) 1-5.

NOTE: As of September 1, 2015, fare zones were eliminated for the Navigo Pass and Navigo Découverte Pass. The new all-in-one zone is called All Zones (Toutes Zones) 1-5. It is valid for Paris and the surrounding suburbs.

To validate your pass: Write your last name (NOM) and your first name (Prénom) on the pass. Supply a passport photo to be used on the pass. If you don't have one, you can usually find an automated photo booth near the ticket counter at major stations.

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