The city of Paris offers an efficient and well-organised transport network. You have a choice of public transport: metro, bus, RER, are all good options for getting around Paris.
To save money on travel, there are different types of passes and season tickets: the most suitable solution depends very much on the number of days you will spend in the French capital and the attractions you intend to visit.
The passes most commonly used by tourists are the Paris Visite and the Navigo Decouverte Pass, which allow unlimited use of Paris transport for a predefined number of days and within certain zones.
The Paris Visite Card is the Paris transport pass that allows unlimited use of all public transport in the French capital, as well as offering various discounts on admission to museums and attractions in the city.
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The Paris Visite Pass can be purchased with 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days of validity.
Paris Visite can also be applied to 2 different zones:
Costs vary considerably depending on the zone and, of course, the number of days of validity. Consider between 13 and 72 euros depending on the number of days and zones chosen.
Before buying this card, we advise you to make a quick count of the attractions you plan to reach by public transport (possibly also round-trip from the airport) and assess your propensity to use them consistently.
Bear in mind, however, that Paris Visite starts to be worthwhile if you plan at least 5 trips per day on public transport.
Paris Visite can be bought directly in Paris, at ticket offices or automatic machines in stations, or online at the tourist office website.
The Navigo Decouverte Pass is a nominal electronic card onto which you can load a flat-rate weekly pass: it is valid from Monday to Sunday and can be purchased until Thursday to be used during the current week. Unlike the Paris Visite, the Navigo Decouverte Weekly Pass has a single price range for zones 1-5: it therefore also includes the areas where Versailles and Disneyland are located.
The Navigo Decouverte Pass allows unlimited use on all public transport including the Filéo bus to Charles De Gaulle Airport. It is not valid for the Orlyval line to Paris Orly Airport.
The Navigo Découverte Pass can unfortunately not be purchased online, but in all Paris train stations, at the Charles de Gaulle airport train station and, at Orly airport, at the Orlybus station opposite the entrance to the South Terminal.
Compared to the other season tickets, the purchase of the Navigo is more complicated, as it is necessary to present oneself at a ticket office with an operator, equipped with a 25x30mm passport photo. It has an activation cost of €5 but is valid for 10 years, so it is reusable in case you return to Paris again.
Despite having such a strict validity period, the Navigo pass is very affordable even if used for only a few days, especially if you intend to travel outside zones 1-3. In other words, the cost of a weekly pass for zones 1-5, including activation costs, is less than EUR 30.
More information on the official website.
There is no single answer, it depends a lot on how many days you stay in Paris, what zone you are staying in and even what day of the week you arrive in the city.
Undoubtedly, the Paris Navigo costs less than the Paris Visite, lasts more days and can be used within 10 years, so if you were to return to Paris you could always use the same card. On the other hand, as we have seen, it is valid from Monday to Sunday and often those visiting Paris do so at the weekend. The Navigo also doesn’t include additional discounts on attractions and museums like the Paris Visite does, but maybe you don’t care because you plan to get a tourist pass as well.
In short, do the maths according to your needs 🙂
In Paris, the single ticket for public transport is called T+, is for occasional travellers and costs €1.90. With the purchase of a single ticket, you can travel on all public transport in Paris: the metro, RER trains within zone 1, buses (except Orlybus and Roissybus), trams and the Montmartre funicular, excluding all connections to airports, the Filéo, Orlyval and Roissybus.
T+ tickets are valid for 2 hours from the first validation for metro/metro and metro/RER, and 90 minutes for bus/bus, bus/tram and tram/tram. Please note that changes from metro to bus or from metro to tram are not allowed with the same ticket, but a new one must always be used.
T+ tickets are also sold in carnet of 10 at a reduced cost, convenient for those who plan to make sporadic use of public transport.
However, if you are visiting Paris for several days, we advise you to consider the public transport season ticket that best suits your needs or directly a Paris Pass card that includes unlimited travel.
Mobilis is a one-day flat-rate ticket that allows unlimited access to the metro, RER trains, Ile de France buses and trams.
Mobilis is valid on the day of use and not necessarily on the day of purchase. Mobilis is valid throughout the day, has a different cost according to the fare zones chosen and is only worthwhile if you make at least 6 journeys in a day. Otherwise, we recommend the carnet of 10 T+ tickets.
There is a special ticket for all young people up to 25 years of age, which can only be used on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and on public holidays .
Jeunes Weekend tickets are valid on all public transport in Ile de France, except for airport connections with unlimited travel, and the cost varies according to the fare zone chosen.
Before clarifying the plurality of transport cards and passes, it is necessary to understand the division of tariff zones. In fact, the arrondissements of Paris do not correspond to public transport fare zones. The arrondissements have a different numbering, ranging from 1 to 20, following a spiral pattern in which district 1 is the most central, which would be the Louvre, from which all the others radiate.
On the other hand, as far as public transport is concerned, Paris is divided into five circular fare zones, expanding concentrically from the heart of the city. Each of these five zones has a different fare. To calculate the cost of your ticket or identify the type of season ticket that will be useful to you, we advise you to take into account the zone of departure and the zone of arrival.
This is the nerve centre of Paris, where the main tourist attractions are located.
Having a season ticket that includes zone 4 is useful for those landing and departing from Orly Airport, located south of the capital’s centre. Or for those wishing to visit the Palace of Versailles, which can be reached from the centre of Paris by the RER C train.
Zone 5 is important for those planning to visit the Disneyland Paris park, located in the Marne-la-Vallée area: it can be reached from central Paris by the RER A train.
Zone 5 is also strategic for those arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of central Paris.
Please note that Beauvais Airport, on the other hand, does not belong to any fare zone in Paris: it is located outside the Ile de France region.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.