Travelling around in Paris and getting from A to B is child’s play. Whether you take the metro, the bus or the RER suburban trains, the whole city and the Ile-de-France region are very well covered
Fares, travel passes and reductions
Prices shown are subject to change.
All the fares on the website of RATP
A single metro ticket costs €1.70, and can be used for one journey, including all connections. White-coloured tickets can be purchased singly or in a book of 10 (“carnet”) for €12,70, at the ticket offices or machines in metro stations, and also in some tobacconists. Keep hold of your ticket until you have completed your journey, as you may be asked to show it if tickets are being inspected. If you cannot produce proof of payment for the ticket inspectors, you may risk paying a fine. This ticket, valid for zones 1 and 2, allows you to travel anywhere in Paris, and even beyond, since it will take you to the end of each metro line, even if it is located in zone 3 (as for example La Défense on line 1).
You can also choose a «Forfait Navigo Mois et Semaine ». These can be purchased from the ticket offices or machine in the stations, their prices vary depending on the travel zones covered (see “Travel passes and reductions”). You will need a passport-sized photo for these passes, obtainable from the photo booths in some metro stations (make sure you have the correct change).
In the RER, as long as you remain within the city limits, tickets and prices are identical to the metro (RER stations also have their own ticket offices and machines). If you are travelling beyond the city limits, you need to ensure that you are in possession of a ticket or a pass which covers your whole journey up to your destination in the Ile-de-France region. If not, you will not be able to go through the automatic barriers on arrival and you may be liable to a fine. The RER ticket also covers your journey and any connections within Paris (zones 1 and 2), on your outward and return journeys.
On the buses, you use the same tickets as in the metro, with no limit of distance (including suburbs), except on the Balabus, Noctilien and routes 221, 297, 299, 350 and 351. The bus driver can sell single tickets, be sure to have the correct change.
See “Arrivals/Departures: Airports”
NB: on the bus, your ticket is only valid for a single journey, with no connections. You will need another ticket if you change on to a different bus route or connect with another form of public transport. If you plan to travel around a lot, it would be better value to buy a pack of ten tickets (“carnet”) or a travel pass (see “Travel passes and reductions”).
Travel passes and reductions
There are a variety of different passes and reductions, if you plan to use regularly the forms of public transport mentioned here. First of all, you need to know that transport is free for children under 4 and half price for children between 4 and 11 years old. As well as the book of 10 tickets (“carnet”), giving you 10 trips at a reduced rate, several travel cards allow you unlimited travel for 1 or more days, a week, a month or even a year, over the whole public transport network (metro, RER, bus, tram, suburban train, Montmartre funicular), corresponding to the different fare zones.
NB: travel pass coupons must be inserted in the automatic barriers in the metro and RER, but must not be punched in the machines on the buses. Just show your card to the driver as you get on the bus.
These travel passes can be purchased in main metro and RER stations, in SNCF train stations in Ile-de-France and in Paris airports. Certain passes are also available at the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.
See the website of RATP
A 1-day pass covering (except airport services) zones 1 & 2, 1 to 3, 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6. The non-transferable ticket voucher can be purchased in advance and you should fill in the date you decide to use it. NB: this card is valid for one full day and not for 24 consecutive hours, meaning the whole day would be counted even if you only start to use the pass at 8 in the evening, so it is far better start first thing in the morning!
This pass is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days in zones 1 to 3 or 1 to 6. The coupon slides into a card specifying your name, a photo is not required. The coupon can be purchased in advance and you should fill in the date you decide to use it and the number of the card. NB: this card is valid for full days and not for 24, 48 or 72 consecutive hours, meaning that a whole day would be counted even if you only begin to use it at 8 in the evening, so it is far better to start first thing in the morning! As a rule, when you buy your coupon, the ticket seller will receive a « Paris Tourisme » map and an SNCF map. But if not, do not hesitate to ask for them.
Forfait Navigo Mois et Semaine
A weekly or monthly pass valid for zones 1 & 2, 1 to 3, 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6. This card is non-transferable and you should affix a passport-sized photo to it and place it and the travel coupon into the cover provided. Don’t forget to copy the card number on to the travel coupon.
Weekly pass (“carte hebdomadaire”)
Valid from Monday through to Sunday only, it can be purchased until Wednesday for the current week and from Friday onwards for the following week.
Monthly pass (“carte mensuelle”)
Valid for a calendar month, it can be purchased from the 20th of the preceding month and up to 19th of the current month.
Forfait Navigo Annuel
Yearly card valid for zones 1 & 2, 1 to 3, 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6. To obtain one, you will need to draw up a personal file at one of the RATP sales offices. This is a magnetic 'smart card' so you don’t need to punch it, all you have to do is pass it over the automatic barriers at the required spot. Buses are also equipped with special terminals. Better value than the monthly “Carte Orange”, this pass can begin at any moment during the year. In addition, in the event of loss or theft, your card will be replaced free of charge in the RATP offices.
A yearly pass for schoolchildren and students under 26, valid for zones 1 & 2, 1 to 3, 1 to 4, 1 to 5 or 1 to 6. At weekends, public holidays and short school holidays, it gives access to the whole Ile-de-France region regardless of zone, barring July and August.
“Carte Emeraude” and “Carte Améthyste”
These cards enable seniors over 60 years of age, disabled persons or war veterans to travel free or at half-price throughout the Ile-de-France network. They can only be obtained at social security offices in Paris town halls (“mairies”), or in the social services of the département of residence of the person concerned.