Transportation Tickets, Maps, Definitions, Passes for Paris

Arts et Metiers (Art and Occupations) metro stop

A party of five is visiting from Madrid, Spain. Should they rent a car, take the RER, take a bus? These are questions one normally asks when arriving in a new city. The answer? Share a taxi (van) from G7 sharing: one price (currently 45 euros), one destination, reserve on line.

Should they rent a car or take the RER C to Versailles palace: Buy a Mobilis ticket and take the RER C. Name the scenario and the RATP has a solution.

Visiting Paris is RATP’s Parisian kit with numerous hints to explore, including a helpful app “without eating up all your data!”.

From this station to that station.
Metro, RER and Tram information on “RATP News” at the RATP. Follow their tweets at @GroupeRATP

The RATP is the Régie autonome des transports parisiens and was created in 1949 to insure and oversee all public transportation. Up until 1944, the companies were private enterprises.

The RATP pages below are mostly available in French, English and Spanish. Some include other languages. Use Google Translate for French pages and each subsequent page is automatically translated.

Use Navigo for Weekend and Holiday Advantages

Image from RATP website shows travel zones inside and outside ParisRATP information

Tickets and passes catered for you
RATP tickets explained
Planning your itinerary
RATP under 26
RATP apps for smartphones

Airports

RATP Transportation Maps

RER (airports, Versailles, Disney, day trips outside Paris centre, etc.)

Sightseeing

I found that the QR Code Reader on iTunes (free) is very handy for traveling by bus in Paris. Bus stops have a GPS connection and the next two buses register your wait time.

Paying for your ticket

Use Euros in cash or change at the ticket dispenser in the metro For US credit cards, even with a chip, go to the window.

Credit cards without the smart chip (puce) are permitted at the metro information window. The attendants are getting better with their English to answer your questions.

Ticket t+ tips

The carnet is a pack of ten tickets. The “Ticket t+” are good for Paris transportation: buses, metros, electric bus through Montmartre (Montmartrobus), the tramway, and the RERs within Paris. You have 90 minutes to make transfers using the same ticket from a carnet. Tickets purchased on the bus are not valid for transfers.

If you have not been to Paris before and especially with children, it might be fun to see the city from the top of a double decker bus. I recommend L’Open Tour because of its numerous stops along regular bus routes and its scenic routes. There is an advantage of l’Open Tour along regular stops. With your “Ticket t+“, you can decide to visit a part of town not on the Open Tour route.  Keep in mind you have 90 minutes to make transfers using the same ticket from a carnet. Tickets purchased on the bus are not valid for transfers.

If you plan four days in Paris, I would suggest buying a ticket on the Open Tour bus for two days and use it as your sightseeing vehicle or the weekly pass Navigo Semaine. It has more stops than Les Cars Rouges. Read more and look at the routes on their Web sites. Otherwise, the Mobilis (day card) is a great value.

Sightseeing Outside Paris with Transilien (trains) using the Navigo Monthly or Annual Passes.

Chateau de Versailles   (RER C – Direction Versailles-Rive Gauche)

Château de Fontainebleau  (

 

  3 comments for “Transportation Tickets, Maps, Definitions, Passes for Paris

  1. December 8, 2014 at 10:27

    Hi Christie, I am putting out a call to a Facebook group, American Women’s Group in Paris, for feed back. One just received: G7 Taxi is a recommendation because the site is available in English and you can reserve on line and possibly take advantage of promotions.
    I suggest visiting (AngloInfo) AngloInfo. In the search box type: paris airport transportation
    This will narrow your search. As you can see by the list the selection is LONG!!! Colleen

  2. Christie Semmens
    December 8, 2014 at 00:47

    where can I find transportation, sedan, van or car for a group of 4-6 from the Paris airport? I don’t know which are reliable and honest.

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