Beginning September 2012, Stif introduced a new formula for traveling within the five zones of the department, Île-de-France, which includes Paris using the Navigo Monthly and Navigo Annual passes (not the weekly, Mobilis or Paris Visite).
This new service is for the metro, bus, tramway, weekend night buses (Noctilien), RER and regional Transilien trains. The press release, available in French, about the dézonage of the Navigo Pass (use Google translate) explains the new system for reduced fares within the Île-de-France area. This service is valid from Friday midnight to Sunday midnight and holidays, midnight to midnight.
On a Saturday, we used our Navigo (annual pass) to travel between downtown Paris and Val d’Europe for La Vallée Shopping Outlet Mall. The pass worked going and worked returning. Our annual pass is for Zones 1 and 2. Val d’Europe and Disneyland Paris are in Zone 5. The medieval town of Provins with its josting, ramparts and legends of knights is located at the edge of Zone 5.
During weekdays, your pass will work for your purchased zones and a nominal charge is added for the extra zones. This is a savings from the previous system when you had to buy a separate ticket for the entire journey, apart from your Navigo.
The cost of the new weekend/holiday privilege is 26 million euros annually. Average increases in various public transportation costs will increase. The annual Navigo cost goes up by two percent. The tourist favorite, Mobilis pass, Ticket jeune week-end increases by seven percent. The Paris Visite card increases five percent. The project will be completely in place by the end of 2012.
Buy your Navigo monthly pass at any Metro, RER and tramway stations and at certain bus terminals. The ticket window has the words: “Information” and “Guichet” and have your photo taken.
Replacement is only available on the monthly and annual cards, not the weekly 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.
Are you under 26, traveling between 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. the next morning on a Saturday or on a Sunday? Buy the Ticket Jeunes Week-end (Student Pass) for zones 1 through 5. This magnetic ticket is not valid for the airports. Tariffs available on their Web page.
Applying for the Forfait Navigo Annuel (Annual Navigo Pass)
Three ways to sign up
1. On line – follow the link “Directement en ligne”
2. At certain metro ticket windows with either credit card, check (two IDs over 80 euros) or cash.
- The cost of opening a file for your card is under 10 euros
- If you lose the card, it can be replaced
- Pay for your annual pass in one payment or schedule monthly deductions from your bank
- Bring a copy of your Relevé d’Identité Bancaire (RIB).
- A photo is taken at the window
3. By mail
- Pick up an application at any metro window
- Send with a photo and check or RIB
- From your start date, the earliest to apply is 60 days; the latest to apply for a particular date is 15 days.
- The pass is sent to your home address.