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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.

Navigo Decouverte Prices

By | January 21, 2014 | in Passes

The Pass Navigo Découverte, open to purchase by everyone, is available at weekly and monthly prices from Zones 1-2 to Zones 1-5. (Zone Map in PDF format)

The prices below show weekly prices, based on zones of travel. Most people will want the one of the first four options, which allow travel from central Paris (Zone 1 & 2) to progressively further destinations (Zones 3, 4 and 5). A Navigo pass with Zone 1-5 coverage will include unlimited travel to Orly and CDG airports as well as Paris Disneyland.

(Prices current as of January 2014)

Find out more about the Pass Navigo

Paris Visite Pass / Card

By | January 21, 2014 | in Passes

Overview

Pass valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days on Bus, Metro, RER, and Ile-de-France trains (not TGV).

Pass valid on OrlyVal train to Orly Airport (with 5 zone pass).

Price ranges from €10,85 to €59,50 depending on zones covered (1-3 or 1-5) and duration (1 to 5 days). Coverage of Central Paris (not incl. airports) for 5 days would be €34,70 adults, €17,35 for children under 11. (Prices current as of January 2014.)

(Price schedule courtesy of RATP)

Carte Paris Visite counts days from day of first use, not 24 hour periods. If you arrive at night and use the pass, that will be counted as one day.

Details

The Paris Visite Carte is a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day pass good for either Zones 1 to 3 or 1 to 5 around Paris. If you’re staying just within Paris itself and not venturing out to Chateau Versailles, Chateau Fontainebleau nor Disneyland® Paris, stick with the Zone 1 to 3 card, which will cover all of “central” Paris.  See the Paris Fare Zones Map for more information.

The key difference between the Paris Visite Carte and the Passe Navigo Découverte is the timing. Pass Navigo’s are valid strictly from Monday 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59. If you land at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Wednesday and buy a week long Pass Navigo Découverte, it will work only up until Sunday midnight. Starting from Thursday, you will not even be able to purchase the card.

Paris Visite cards are good from the day of first use (not time of first use). This means that if you arrive on Thursday evening at 8pm, buy and use a 3 day Paris Visite card, by 1am that night, the card will have “used” an entire day. So to maximize the value of the Paris Visite Card, start using it during the morning. If you’ve arrived in the evening at one of the Paris airports, simply buy a single Ile-de-France ticket from a ticket window that will get you into Paris (€9,75 from CDG, vs. €22,85 for 1 day Paris Visite 5 Zone Card).

In summary, if you’re arriving in Paris on Thursday and want to have a unlimited Paris transit pass for 3 or 5 days, this is the least expensive pass (Mobilis pass may be cheaper for 1 or 2 days dependent on number of zone). In addition, there are discounts for various tourist attractions and services for Paris Visite pass holders, such as 25% off boat tours on the Seine, 20-40% off admission to the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera house, the Pantheon, and other sights and services.

Paris Visite Card Discounts

As of January 2014

  • Arc de Triomphe: 20% off
  • Conciergerie: 20% off entrance
  • Dali’s Universe Museum: 6€ instead of 11€
  • Army Museum/Invalides: 20% off entrance to permanent collection
  • Bateaux Parisiens: 25% off cruise of Seine river
  • Open Tours: 25€ instead of 29€
  • Chateau de Fontainebleau: 2€ off entrance
  • Disneyland Resort Paris: 20% off a one day/two park pass
  • France Miniature: 30% off entrance
  • Grevin museum: 30% off entrance
  • Provins: 7,50€ entry instead of 11,40€ on adult price to visit 4 monuments around the UNESCO world heritage site medieval city
  • Tour Montparnasse: 30% off entrance
  • Shopping at Galeries Lafayette: 10% off + 1 free bag with minimum 40€ purchase

Links

Paris Visite Fares

Paris Visite Discounts