Paris Transport Tickets, Maps And Definitions

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Anyone who traveled to Paris a few years ago and stayed for a week or a month was able to buy a “Carte Orange” travel pass. Le passe Navigo is the electronic version of the old pass.

As of September 1, 2012, STIF has instituted a “dézonage” for monthly/annual Navigo pass holders. Between Friday midnight and Sunday midnights and holidays midnight to midnight, Navigo users can travel to the furthest zones without paying an extra tariff.

If you will be staying in Paris for a month or more or are returning often to Paris, apply for the le passe Navigo découverte.

When you plan to do more than four trips on public transportation during a 24-hour period (midnight to midnight), the Mobilis pass is the best quality-price ration purchase. More Mobilis help from Transilien: Definition and current rates  and tickets and fares of all transport tickets in Paris.

The ” T+ Ticket” ( is available individually or as a ten-ticket carnet is still available and is good if you plan to make use of public transportation a couple of times a day (less than 3 1/2 trips). The carnet costs about 12 euros.

Another pass – the daily
Mobilis is the daily pass (available for one to five zones – central Paris is zone 1 and 2, Versaille is in zone 4).

All transportation and baguette prices rise around July 1 each year. Apparently, it is less painful. You leave on vacation knowing already that prices will go up, relax on vacation, come back and the price-increase theory is fact. Since the French are back from vacation and do not want to stress out yet, the price increases become a fact of life.

Navigo Découverte-Weekly/Semaine
The weekly Le Passe Navigo Découverte is available immediately and without formalities at the ticket window and some tabac and newsstands for five euros. The card shows your photo and name, includes a smart chip and comes in a card holder. Ten years is the limit for your card and may be recharged as often as you like.

Stop at a Photomaton or bring a photo with you.

Before using the card, write your first and last name in the provided space and stick on your photo. The card may not be used by others. There is no exchange nor reimbursement in case of theft, loss or general deterioration. Any remaining amount on your card cannot be replaced.

Replacement is only available on the monthly and annual cards. Only monthly and annual Navigos have unlimited zone privileges on the weekends in Ile-de-France.

Recharge your Navigo at the green and purple kiosks with a credit card. If your credit card has no smart chip (puce) then go to the ticket window for payment.  Recharge your Navigo at CIC and Crédit Mutuel kiosks, if you bank with them.

Using cash? Go to the kiosks with the brownish/orange band at the top containing the icons for CB (carte bancaire/credit card), coins and bills.

Children
If you are traveling with a child under 4, the child travels free. Between 4 and 10, the child can purchase the 50% off tickets (demi-tarif).

The T+ Ticket
TheT+ Ticket works on the metro lines, RER lines (RATP and SNCF) within Paris (zone 1), Ile-de-France bus lines (RATP and OPTILE). They are invalid for the Orlybus and Roissybus, tramway lines (RATP and SNCF), and the Montmartre funicular.

The following connections/transfers are possible with the Ticket t+: metro to metro, metro to RER and RER to RER within Paris (without leaving the station), bus to bus (including between the RATP and OPTILE networks), bus to tram and tram to tram for 90 minutes between the first and last validation.

This post has been altered from its original edition. Visit my page Paris Public Transportation for a list of sources about tickets, maps, definitions and passes.

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