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Paris Train Metro Week Pass – Navigo Découverte

By | January 21, 2014 | in Passes

OverviewPass Navigo Découverte

Smart card for week/month pass valid on bus, metro, RER, Ile-de-France (Transilien) trains (Not TGV)

5€ fee for card itself PLUS:

Navigo Week pass price, valid only from Monday at 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59 (as of January, 2014)

  • 20,40€ for Paris only (Zone 1+2)
  • 34,40€ for Paris out to Airports CDG/ORY (up to Zone 5)
  • 37,60 for all zones (up to Zone 6) They have merged zone 5 with zone 6 reducing the maximum cost to 34,40

On sale up until Thursday, midnight. Next week’s pass, on sale from Friday morning onwards. (In the past, the Navigo weekly train pass for the current week stopped selling at Wednesday midnight, but this has been moved to Thursday midnight. -Thanks Douglas for the heads-up.)

Navigo Month pass price, valid from the first day of the month through till last day of the month (as of January, 2014)

  • 67,10€ for Paris only (Zone 1-2)
  • 113,20€ for Paris, CDG Airport, Versailles, and Orly (via RER C & Orlybus only. Navigo is not valid for Orlyval train from Antony station on RER B train line).  This Navigo price covers Zones 1-5

Monthly Navigo Passes are on sale from the 20th day of the preceding month. For example, if it’s January 20, you can purchase and apply February Navigo Monthly pass validity to your Navigo card and it will be good up through to February 28/29 (depending on leap year, oh why did I choose a month that has varying length for an example).

Zone Map (PDF)

Pass Navigo Découverte Prices in Detail

Details

The Paris train, metro, RER, tram and bus system uses a smart card called Passe Navigo Découverte for week passes. These passes are open to visitors (see note) as opposed to normal Navigo passes which are for residents of Ile-de-France only.

The Navigo Découverte pass can be purchased for a 5€ fee on top of the regular week pass prices noted above, which varies from 34,40€ for all give zones to 20,40€ for only zones 1 & 2 which covers only Paris. Five zones includes Paris and surrounding suburbs, airports Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), Chateau Versailles, Fontainebleau, Parc Disney. The services included are any metro, RER (suburban) train, buses (RATP/Noctilien/Optile), and trams up to the zone limits of your pass.

How to buy Navigo Découverte pass

You can buy a Navigo Découverte pass at nearly any Metro, RER, Transilien train ticket window that normally sells tickets and passes. (I say “nearly” because a ticket window may run out of blank Navigo passes to sell you.) You’ll need a smaller than passport size photo to be used on the pass (exact Navigo Decouverte photo size is 3cm tall by 2.5cm wide), plus a pen to write your name. There’s nearly always a photo booth nearby ticket windows at major stations, costing 5€ for a set of four pictures, so be sure to get your photo taken before going to the ticket window where they’ll likely have scissors handy for trimming your freshly minted photo on the pass. If you’re hesitant in how to ask to buy the pass at a ticket window, try printing out this page and showing the ticket seller the image of the Découverte card on the top right while holding up your small headshot photo. I’m pretty sure the ticket seller will get the idea.

The downside of the pass is its timing. The pass validity starts on Monday morning, first service (usually around 05:30) and ends the following Sunday at last service (metro trains usually arrive at their terminus station around 01:40). If you happen to be arriving mid-week, it may not make financial sense to purchase the pass. After Wednesday midnight, you cannot add zones to the pass for the current week. From Friday onwards you can only purchase zones for the following week.

If you plan on arriving Thursday – Sunday, consider buying a carnet of tickets (book of ten or twenty) that are good for Paris zones 1 & 2, or day passes called Ticket Mobilis. Another option is to buy a Paris Visite card, which is really just a more expensive Mobilis ticket that can be used for a set period of days, starting from whenever you first place the ticket into a turnstile machine. The Paris Visite cards are good for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and for either zones 1 to 3 or all five zones.

Who can buy a Passe Navigo Découverte?

Some travelers to Paris have been getting hassled by RATP staff into buying a Carte Paris Visite by refusing to sell them a Passe Navigo Découverte.  Please don’t let this happen to you.  You have the right to purchase a Passe Navigo Découverte as outlined in the official website page entitled Les Forfaits Navigo (Navigo Passes), published by STIF (updated January 2014), the parent organization of RATP (Paris Transit Authority). The section of interest is under the section Le Choix entre la Carte Navigo ou la Carte Navigo découverte, then click on the tab for La carte Navigo Découverte. The line that reads Elle est ouverte à tous (Franciliens et non Franciliens) says that “the card is open to all, residents of Ile-de-France or not”.

Navigo Decouverte available to tourists

The old documentation below is kept for posterity.

Page 9 of this document explains that the Passe Navigo Découverte is open to all travelers.  Here is the excerpt:

The translation of the first two points is as follows:

  • The pass Navigo Découverte is open to all travelers, residents of Ile-de-France or not, and are allowed to load onto it a Carte Orange subscription.
  • It’s purchaseable directly from ticket windows from a [Metro/RER] station or a train station or an authorized resellers at a price of 5€.  It is then issued immediately without formality.

If you are concerned about hassles with purchasing a Passe Navigo Découverte when in Paris and don’t wish to be forced into buying a more expensive Carte Paris Visite, print out Guide Navigo and bring it with you to Paris.  If a ticket seller tells you the Passe Navigo is only for residents, show the guide to the ticket seller.

Carte Orange

By | July 30, 2008 | in Passes

**The Carte Orange is now known as Passe Navigo

What is Carte Orange?

  • A weekly or monthly public transportation “pass” for Paris and the Ile-de-France region.
  • Exists in the form of a contactless smartcard known as a Pass Navigo (for residents) or a Pass Navigo Découverte (for non-residents). Formerly, Carte Orange was an actual paper

    card, orange in colour, with personal identification, paired with a coupon like ticket for use in turnstiles for access into fare-paid zones.

  • Price varies on zones (1 to 6) and duration purchased. (See a Paris Fare Zone map).
  • Valid for RER (regional express trains), Metro (subway), buses, trams, cable cars, and commuter trains.

    Weekly passes are valid from Monday start of services (approx. 5:30am) till Sunday evening last service (approx. 1:30am).

  • Monthly passes are valid from first till last day of the month.
  • No limit to quantity of voyages on public transportation system while the pass is valid.

Restrictions

  • Pass is non-transferable.
  • Pass requires bearer’s facial photo and name.
  • Carte Orange is not valid on Orlyval shuttle train to Orly Airport.

Buying Carte Orange

  • Before Carte Orange can be purchased, one must hold a physical pass card: either a Pass Navigo or a Pass Navigo Découverte.
  • Pass Navigo cards are available to individuals with a mailing address within the Ile-de-France. Applications can be made online via Navigo.fr or through letter mail paper application. Cards are delivered to the applicant’s mailing address.
  • Pass Navigo Découverte cards are available instantly to anyone for a €5 fee plus a 3cm x 2.5cm facial photograph to be used with the card. Available for purchase at all RATP / SNCF ticket windows at Metro stations and train stations.
  • With smart card in hand, Carte Orange can be purchased at most RATP (Paris Transit Authority) ticket windows within Metro, RER, bus stations, or at SNCF (French National Railway Company) “Billet Ile-de-France” ticket windows.
  • Carte Orange can also be purchased through automated vending machines (Billetterie Ile-de-France) within train stations and Metro/RER stations, which take coins and smart-chip based credit card/debit cards.
  • Weekly Carte Orange (hebdomodaire) is available for purchase from Sunday to Wednesday (close of service). Afterward, only next week’s Carte Orange is available for purchase from Friday (start of service) onward.
  • Monthly Carte Orange (mensuel) can be purchased for the current month up until the 19th day of the current month. From the 20th onwards, only next month’s Carte Orange is available for purchase.

How to use Carte Orange

On the Paris Metro & RER

Paris Navigo Pass reader(photo courtesy of navigo.fr)

  • After entering the confines of a metro station, approach turnstiles (reserved turnstiles may be used)
  • Hold the pass next to the purple circular card reader.
  • Wait for a chime sound.
  • Pass through the unlocked turnstiles.
  • The Pass Navigo card can only be used once every 5 minutes for the same turnstile or direction (prevents multi-person use).

On Buses and Trams

  • Enter at either the front or back doors.
  • Once on board, find the card reader placed on a pole near the entrance.  Validate the pass by holding the card close to the purple swirl design on its face. Wait till a “chime” sounds and a green light appears at top.

On Transilien/Ter commuter trains

  • Validate the pass using standalone card readers throughout station or platform. (Not strictly necessary, but requested by SNCF).
  • Show pass to controllers as requested for verification by portable card reading machines.