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Navigo Easy

By | October 18, 2019 | in Passes Tickets

Navigo Easy is a new, prepaid Paris travel card aimed at reducing (and eventually replacing) paper coupon Paris Metro tickets & other traditional paper ticket fares, starting* June 12, 2019, available from any Paris Metro/RER/Transilien ticket office. The Easy ticket card will exist alongside Navigo Decouverte.  Navigo Easy will not replace Navigo Découverte (the unlimited ride week pass). Continue below to learn more about this new preloaded Paris Metro ticket card.

Navigo Easy

Who Can Buy Navigo Easy?

Tourists can buy Navigo Easy as well as residents of Paris & Ile-de-France. i.e. Anyone can buy the Easy card.

The Navigo Easy doesn’t require a photo (unlike Navigo Decouverte) and is an anonymous card.

Each person must have their own Easy card when travelling together. You can’t share one card among several people traveling at the same time.  i.e. pass-back of card or tapping repeatedly at the same turnstile/fare gate is not allowed.

How Much is Navigo Easy?

Navigo Easy costs 2€ for the card fee, plus however many tickets you buy and add onto the card.

What fares can you put on Navigo Easy?

Here are fares you can load onto the new Paris transit ticket card:

  • Single Paris Metro tickets (1.90€ each, up to 30 max. No child fare discount on individual ticket purchases)
  • “carnet” or booklets of 10 Metro tickets (14.90€ per booklet. ~20% discount off regular Metro ticket price. 7.45€ child booklet 9 & under. ~50% discount off regular Metro ticket price. Maximum of 3 booklets or 30 Metro tickets on the card at any one time. )
  • Orlybus ticket for Orly airport to Paris Denfert-Rochereau station (8.70€)
  • Roissybus ticket for CDG Airport to Paris Opéra station (12€)
  • Navigo Day Pass (7.50€ for 1-2 zone, 17.80€ 1-5 zone)
  • Youth Weekend Pass (Ticket Jeunes, age 25 & under, for Sat/Sun/holidays, 4.10€ for 1-3 zone, 8.95€ for 1-5 zone).
  • Antipollution ticket (3.80€, unlimited rides for all 5 zones on Paris Metro, Bus, Noctilien (night bus), RER, Tram, Transilien trains, but only available during days when air pollution is particularly high. OrlyVal train from Antony-Orly is excluded.)
  • Music Festival pass (forfait fête de la musique) – (3.50€ unlimited travel pass for Metro, Bus, RER, Tram, Noctilien (night bus), Transilien trains from 5PM Thursday – 7AM Friday morning, available only during the music festival.)

Note that you can load 30 Metro tickets, in addition to the other fares such as Orlybus / Roissybus / Navigo Day Pass, at the same time. While a Navigo Day Pass is active, it will be the first to be used prior to any single-use Metro ticket, as long as the appropriate zone coverage is met.  (See Fare Restrictions below.)

Check Ticket Balance

You have several ways to check Navigo Easy balance to see how many Metro tickets are on the card:

  • automated ticket vending machine
  • at a turnstile / fare gate
  • Navigo card validation machines on buses & trams
  • at any Metro / RER / Transilien station ticket window

To check ticket balance on an automated Metro ticket vending machine‘s Navigo reader, place the Easy card on the purple Navigo card reader or inserted into the Navigo slot (depending on the machine). This will prompt the ticket vending machine to show the current ticket balance on a Navigo Easy card.

Paris Metro Ticket Machine-navigo Reader

Paris Metro Ticket Machine Older Navigo Reader

Photo by Pline

Paris Ticket Machine Metro Bus RER Transilien Tram Navigo Reader Slot

Photo by Transilien

When you validate an Easy card by holding it on the purple Navigo reader on newer turnstiles & fare gates, the number of unused Metro tickets on Navigo Easy is shown on a screen.  Same with Navigo validation machines on Paris buses & trams: when you hold the card to the reader, the remaining ticket balance will show on the display.

Navigo Reader Paris Bus Tram

Photo by Greenski

And finally you can ask any ticket window staff at Paris Metro / RER stations to check the balance on the Easy card.  In French this would be: “Combien des tickets T reste sur cette carte?

Fare Restrictions

Certain fare combinations cannot be loaded at the same time:

  • adult fare AND child fare Paris Metro tickets cannot both be loaded onto a Navigo Easy
  • Navigo Jour (Day Pass) AND Orlybus / Roissybus, cannot both be loaded due to overlapping coverage
  • two Navigo Day passes valid for the same day

Day Pass / Navigo Jour

Navigo Easy can hold up to two Navigo Jour / Day Pass at any one time as long as the validity dates are different. Navigo Day Pass allows you to specify up to six days in advance when you would like your day pass active.  So as long as the day pass active dates are different, you can load up to two day passes on a single Navigo Easy card.

Roissybus / Orlybus

You can hold more than one Roissybus and Orlybus tickets on Navigo Easy at the same time.  This allows you to have Roissybus return tickets or Orlybus return tickets on the Easy card, to save you from having to return to a ticket vending machine to buy a ticket for the return portion of your trip.  (I’m unsure of the upper limit of Roissybus/Orlybus tickets that can be loaded at one time.  RATP didn’t have this information on hand.)

Sharing Navigo Easy

Navigo Easy can be shared between travelers, but not for the same trip at the same time.  (You can’t do a pass-back of the card through a turnstile for another person to use.)  Paris Metro tickets are good for 2 hours of travel & transfers between lines from the time of validation at a turnstile/gate.  While the card has a validated ticket it essentially cannot be shared; using it at another turnstile that is not part of a transfer (i.e. exiting a station and entering again at another) will consume another Metro ticket from the tickets stored.

* Paris Metro paper coupon tickets are still available and usable after June 12, 2019. The paper based single-use Paris Metro coupon-style tickets are being phased out slowly. The end of paper Metro ticket sales is currently targeting summer to end of 2020. There’s no word on when existing Metro tickets will stop being accepted for travel, but likely much later than 2020.

RER B

By | October 11, 2019 | in RER RER B

RER B maps, schedules and ticket/pass information can be found below.

The RER B Paris train connects Paris city centre to CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Gare du Nord (Eurostar station) and other important destinations in the metro Paris area.

Watch a quick video of RER B train Facts & Figures.

Paris RER B Train – Overview

The RER B map shown here to the right is a simplified version, showing only major destinations and connections along the blue colored line.

Schedules

RER B Schedules/Timetables & Line Map (showing stations & connections)

Map

Full Paris RER network map

Tickets & Passes

RER B uses RER tickets known locally as Billet Ile-de-France. Multi-use tickets and passes for the RER B include Paris Visite, Ticket Mobilis and Navigo Decouverte pass, Navigo Day pass.  Caution: tickets & passes are subject to fare zone limits. Make sure your passes cover the zones needed, such as zone 5 for CDG Airport and zone 4 for Orly airport.

Major stations

RER B – CDG

The above instructions provide information on taking the RER B from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris centre and vice versa. If you know which CDG Terminal you’re landing at see the detailed photo instructions for CDG Terminal 2 to Paris or CDG Terminal 1 to Paris. If you’re landing at Terminal 3, use the CDG Terminal 1 to Paris instructions.

RER B – ORY

The RER B remains the fastest way to get from central Paris to Orly Airport (ORY) at a total single ticket cost of 10.30€. Keep in mind that the RER B does not directly connect to Orly Airport, but requires a connection onto Orlyval, a dedicated airport train leaving from Antony station, south of Paris, along the RER B train line.

RER B – Gare du Nord

The RER B train makes its first stop in central Paris at Gare du Nord, famous for being the station for the Eurostar high speed Paris to London train.

See the photo tour of Gare du Nord to get a better idea of its layout.

RER B – Chatelet Les Halles

The largest underground station in the world, Chatelet Les Halles, connects to a multitude of Metro and RER train lines including: Metro 1, 4, 7, 14 and RER A, RER B & RER D.

If you’re going to Gare de Lyon and are changing trains from RER B to the RER A at Chatelet Les Halles, note that the two trains are on the same platform, just at opposite sides. Simple alight the RER B, walk to the other side of the platform and board the next train. The next stop will be Gare de Lyon.

RER B – Saint Michel Notre Dame

Conveniently, the RER B makes a stop just next to the famous cathedral of Notre Dame, immediately beside the river Seine in Paris’ 6th district. This station also serves as a connection to the RER C line traveling to Versailles.

RER B – Luxembourg

This station is located immediately east of the Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Gardens.

RER B – Denfert Rochereau

Second to last station within central Paris for the RER B, Denfert-Rochereau connects to Metro Line 6 which connects to Gare Montparnasse, another of Paris’ popular main large train stations serving TGV trains out to Bordeaux and other southern cities in France.

Paris RER

By | October 8, 2019 | in RER

The Paris RER is 5 express train lines connecting Paris city centre to surrounding suburbs. In Paris the RER acts as an express underground or subway train. Beyond Paris city centre, the Paris RER is a ground level commuter train connecting outlying suburbs and popular destinations such as CDG Airport (RER B), Disneyland Paris (RER A) and Versailles (RER C) to the heart of Paris.

RER B at CDG Terminal 2 train station

RER B at CDG Terminal 2 train station

The RER Paris has 5 train lines:

Paris RER Maps

The public transit authority of Paris (RATP) offers multiple RER maps that can be downloaded here:

Paris RER First & Last Trains – Schedules & Timetables

Paris RER trains operate as a scheduled service, unlike the Paris Metro.

Here are some examples of first and last Paris RER trains to popular destinations:

CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris, Gare du Nord station

  • First RER B train leaves CDG T2 at 4:50 a.m. and arrives in Paris at 5:26 a.m. at Gare du Nord
  • Last RER B train leaves CDG T2 at 11:50 p.m. and arrives in Paris at 12:26 a.m. at Gare du Nord

Paris RER to CDG Airport Terminal 1 / 2

  • First RER B train leaves Paris Gare du Nord at 4:53 a.m. and arrives CDG T2 at 5:31 a.m.
  • Last RER B train leaves Paris Gare du Nord at 12:15 a.m. and arrives CDG T2 at 12:50 a.m.

RER A Paris to Disneyland (Marne La Vallée station)

  • First RER A train leaves Paris Chatelet les Halles at 5:18 a.m. and arrives at 6:00 a.m. at Disneyland
  • Last RER A train leaves Paris Chatelet les Halles at 12:36 a.m. and arrives at 01:15 a.m. at Disneyland

Disneyland to Paris, Chatelet Les Halles

  • First RER A train leaves Disneyland at 5:13 a.m. and arrives at 5:54 a.m. at Paris Chatelet les Halles
  • Last RER train from Disney at 0:24 a.m. and arrives at 1:03 a.m. at Paris Chatelet les Halles

Full Paris RER Timetables for download and print can be found here:

Paris RER schedules can be confusing to read. Here are some instructions on reading Paris RER train timetables.

Paris RER Tickets

Paris RER trains use two different types of tickets depending on which part of the RER network you will be traveling. When taking a RER train strictly within central Paris Zone 1 (visible in the first RER Map), you can use basic Paris Metro tickets for travel on the RER. Travel beyond Paris Zone 1 on the RER requires a special ticket: a Billet Ile-de-France.

Paris RER tickets (Billet Ile-de-France) are similar to the one shown here:

cdg-airport-rer-ticket

Paris RER ticket prices are determined station to station for travel beyond Zone 1 and range from 1.90€ to upwards of 12.05€. Some example trip RER fares (prices valid as of June 1, 2019):

Tickets for the Paris RER can be purchased at any RER or Metro station ticket window or ticket vending machine. Metro station ticket machines will appear like the following:

Photo courtesy of squarejer (photo courtesy of squarejer)

(Metro ticket vending machines may also be white or purple in colour).

RER and large train station (gare, like Gare du Nord) ticket vending machines may appear like the following:

These machines are known as Billetterie Ile-de-France and can also be blue in colour.

Do not attempt to purchase Paris RER tickets from yellow ticket machines which only sell/exchange TGV train tickets:

Metro RER Ticket Machine Hall Gare du Nord Niveau -1

RER Train Passes

Paris RER train passes include the following:

Paris RER travel passes (known as Pass Navigo) are subject to fare zones, split into either an all zone pass (the default which includes zones 1 through 5) or sub-zone passes excluding central Paris (zones 2-5, 3-5, 4-5), which determine the price of the multi-use pass or ticket. The above transit passes are valid for travel not only on RER trains, but also on the Paris Metro and Paris Buses, Trams & Transilien trains within the fare zone you have purchased.

Day Tickets

The Ticket Mobilis day ticket looks like this:

Ticket Mobilis

This particular day ticket is valid for zones 1 & 2 (the minimum possible), which as of June 1, 2019 costs 7.50€. Note the writing spaces on the top left hand corner? To be valid for travel those fields should be completed in ink with: date in format dd/mm/yy (Valable le), last name (NOM), and first name (Prénom).  Read more about the Ticket Mobilis day tickets.

Multi-day Passes

The Paris Visite ticket is a coupon like ticket which looks like this:

Paris Visite 5 day ticket

The Paris Visite ticket is available in only two zone choices: 1-3 or 1-5. (To travel from CDG or Orly Airports to central Paris, you’ll need the 1-5 zone Paris Visite ticket). Paris Visite can be purchased with 1, 2, 3 or 5 days of use.

Remember to complete the blank lines of requested information on the ticket coupon before using the Paris Visite ticket, which is last name (NOM), first name (PRENOM), first use date (DU which means “from”) and valid until (AU which means “to”) with a format of: dd/mm (day before month).

Paris Visite Prices (as as of June 1, 2019) range from 12€ for 1-day 1-3 zones to 65.80€ for 5-day 1-5 zone, good for CDG Airport, Orly airport, Versailles, Disneyland, Fontainebleau and everything within Paris Zone 5.

For all Paris Visite prices and information see Paris Visite passes.

Week Passes

Paris RER week passes are known as Navigo Decouverte (a physical card) that must be purchased along with a week long “subscription”, such as Navigo Week or Navigo Semaine in French. The Navigo week pass provides unlimited travel within certain zones, all 1-5 Paris Fare zones by default. You can choose smaller zones outside central Paris, such as zones 2 to 5, 3 to 5, 4 to 5, if you were travelling only from say a Hotel near Disneyland at Val d’Europe and Disneyland Park, which a Navigo 4-5 zone would cover. The physical Navigo card itself costs 5€. The Navigo Week price is 22.80€ on top of the 5€ card fee.

A standard 1-5 zone Navigo Decouverte covers popular destinations like CDG Airport and Paris Disneyland, both in Zone 5 and Versailles Chateau in Zone 4.  (Prices current as of Aug 1, 2019.)

This week pass system works strictly from Monday start of service, till Sunday end of service, not an arbitrary seven day period. If you arrive in Paris on Thursday, you have until midnight to purchase a Navigo week subscription. Starting on Friday, passes for the following week (valid starting Monday morning) will be on sale.

The Passe Navigo Découverte radio frequency (RF) card is roughly the size of a credit card and has no identifying information on it:

Navigo Card

 

Each plastic RF card also comes with a paper identification card which is meant to hold your hand written name and a face photo of the traveler (measuring 3cm tall by 2.5cm wide). (Use your full first and last name for this card. The example below has the last name edited to protect the privacy of the traveler).

Navigo Name Photo card

The paper identification card has a sticky plastic fold-over sheet which holds your photo in place. You must already have a photo with you when purchasing the Navigo Découverte card at Metro or RER ticket windows. The photo can be black & white or color, professionally done or home printed or even photo copied and reduced from a driver’s license and trimmed to the required 3cm x 2.5cm size. Automated, coin operated photo booths can often be found in larger Metro, RER and train stations within Paris, charging roughly 5€ for 4 photos. Paris transit authority workers often have scissors handy for trimming your photo for use on the Navigo card.

Restrictions on Passes

Some restrictions apply to the use of the above passes:

  • Ticket Mobilis and Navigo passes (Day or Week) are not valid for travel on the Orlyval train to Paris-Orly Airport from Antony station on the RER B line. Use the Orlybus or Tram 7 instead.

Paris RER Stations

Paris RER stations are marked with signs like the following:

RER Sign

(Photo courtesy of Gregory Deryckère).

Here’s an example of an RER station entrance at Auber station on the RER A line near Galeries Lafayette in Paris’ 8th district:

(Photo courtesy of Google Maps which is a great way to visualize your route. Google Maps with Street View, allows you to virtually tour the streets of Paris).

Paris RER stations are often shared with Metro lines such as at Paris’ largest underground station, Chatelet Les Halles. In the following photo at the top left corner is a sign showing RER A and RER D joining five Paris Metro lines within one Paris station – Chatelet Les Halles:

RER stations in Paris can also be found within large train stations (gare) such as Gare du Nord. Here is an example of a combined RER & Metro station sign at Gare du Nord:

Inside of a RER train station, access to the train platforms is restricted by the use of turnstiles and double door gates such as this entrance into the fare paid zone within Chatelet Les Halles:

Things to note in the above RER station turnstile/barrier photo:

  • Turnstiles or gates are marked with green arrows or red circular lights. Only green arrow marked turnstiles can be used for entry. The red marked gates (such as the one at the extreme left) are for passengers exiting the fare paid area.
  • Certain turnstiles are reserved for Navigo pass card holders. Notice the traveler on the far left? He is using a reserved turnstile, marked on the front with a ticket crossed out. There is also no ticket slot on these reserved turnstiles and access will only be given to Navigo pass card holders.
  • Using Tickets: Normal turnstiles and barriers have a small ticket slot which will be on your right side when entering a turnstile. Insert your ticket into the slot, magnetic stripe down. The ticket will be read for validity and ejected for you to retrieve near the top of the turnstile. You must retrieve the ticket before the gate or turnstile will open or operate. If you’re using a double door barrier gate, retrieve your ticket, approach the gates and wait patiently for them to open, then pass through. These gate style barriers can often be slow in opening. But, do not back out and try your ticket again as tickets can only be successfully used for entry once, which prevents ticket “pass-back”. Simply stand close enough to trigger an electronic eye which senses the presence of a traveler.
  • Using Passe Navigo cards: As you enter a turnstile, the top right hand portion of the barrier will have a purple area meant for reading Navigo pass cards. Simply place your Navigo card on top of this area and wait for a “ding” or high pitched short buzzing to signify your card has been successfully read. If the barrier is a double door gate, approach the doors and wait for them to slowly open. Turnstiles are often faster to pass through since you provide the force to open the barrier, rather than these tired machines. The following is a photo of the Navigo pass card reader area found on turnstiles.
  • Navigo Turnstile Card Reader (photo courtesy of RATP).

Finding your RER Train

Once past the turnstiles you need to make your way to the correct Paris RER platform where you’ll be able to board the train. Within RER stations, signs will note lines along with direction of travel, which is denoted by the final or terminus station for the line. Here is an example Paris RER A sign:

Things to note in the above photo:

  • The top left corner designates which Paris RER line, in this case, RER A.
  • The names to the right of the line indicate the direction for this platform. There are two: Boissy-St-Léger and Marne-la-Vallée (Paris Disneyland).
  • In this particular example there are two end points or directions for RER A trains using this one train platform, thus we need to refer to an overhead station panel on the train platform itself to determine the final destination of the next train.

On the train platform you will find overhead station panels such as this:

Things to note about the above RER station panel:

  • Station names are either lit with a yellow square or dark. Lit RER stations will be stopped at by the next RER train passing through.
  • In the above photo, the RER A train pulling into the station is serving the Marne La Vallée direction, as opposed to the Boissy-St-Léger terminus since the station name Marne La Vallée–Chessy is lit with a yellow square. The next train to arrive at the station will likely serve Boissy-St-Léger.
  • RER stations within central Paris Zone 1 (visible on the RER Map with zones) will always be serviced by RER trains. It is only RER stations outside the centre of Paris that may or may not be serviced since some RER trains are considered “Express” and make only a few stops before arriving at their final destination.
  • The Train Court square at the bottom right hand corner, when lit, signifies that the next train will be “short” meaning it will have fewer train cars than the length of the platform. It would be wise to stay away from the ends of platform when the next train is court as you’ll need to run to the middle of the platform to get onto the few train cars available.

Riding RER Trains

Paris RER train doors do not open automatically. Whether you’re getting on or getting off, you’ll need to activate the train car doors through a button located on the handle near the middle of the double doors (unless someone pushes the button first).

On board the RER train itself, there will often be folding seats near the doors themselves, which should be used only when there is room to do so. Obviously at rush hour, these seats should remain up to allow as many passengers board the train as possible.

Above the doors of each RER train car are RER line maps showing all stops along the current RER line. At times these maps can be active, showing a flashing light beside a station name designating it as the next stop, with lit station names showing the path of travel, dark station names showing stations already passed. At other times, the maps will be simple stickers showing all stations and connecting Metro lines and large train stations along the route.

Exiting RER Stations

Upon arriving at your desired RER station, you need to alight the train car (remembering to open the door using the button) and make your way past the turnstiles and barriers. RER stations often require the use of tickets and passes while exiting RER stations, using the same turnstile barriers as when entering, but in reverse. This is a measure against travelers paying less than the appropriate fare for their travel. There is little preventing passengers from buying a lower cost fare, boarding a RER train and riding it beyond the fare’s validity. Forcing riders to use their tickets or passes to exit RER stations and random checks by ticket controllers, doling out penalty fares of around 35€ per infraction, are the few measures against improper use of the RER.

Many Paris RER stations have multiple exits (sorties) which can be up to ten minutes walk apart (such as at Chatelet Les Halles). Exit maps can be found near station exits which help you get your bearings before leaving the station. Exits will be marked in blue and often have a number and exit number associated with them:

Popular Paris RER Routes

FAQ

What time does the RER Open?

The RER opens between 5:20-5:30AM in central Paris.

How often does the RER run?

The RER runs from 6 minutes to 15 minutes between trains during rush hour and off-hours.

What time is the first RER B?

The first RER B is 4:50AM from CDG Terminal 2 to Paris. The first RER B from Gare du Nord Paris to CDG is 4:53AM. See full RER B timetable.

Can I buy RER tickets at Metro stations?

Yes, you can buy RER tickets at any Metro station ticket office.

Questions? Suggestions?

If you have questions about the Paris RER information presented here, don’t hesitate to ask for help on the Paris By Train Questions and Answers page where I or some other knowledgeable traveler will get back to you with an answer.

RER Train Paris to Disneyland® Paris

By | October 6, 2019 | in Attractions Disneyland Paris RER RER A

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This article explains how to take a RER A train from Paris to Disneyland Paris. If you’re going from Charles de Gaulle airport to Parc Disneyland, you can take either a TGV train direct from CDG to Disney (Marne la Vallée) or first take the RER B train to Paris then at station Chatelet Les Halles, switch to the RER A train line towards Marne La Vallée.

Disneyland Paris Train Line

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Overview

Line => RER A (Red)

Direction => Marne-la-Vallée (RER line A4)

Departure Stations => Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Auber, Chatelet Les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation

Arrival Station => Marne-la-Vallée — Chessy

Map => Full RER train network map (PDF)

Price => 7.60€ (Zone 1 -> Zone 5, price valid as of June 1, 2019, 3.80€ for children 9 & under)

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite Card (5 Zone), Pass Navigo Decouverte 5 Zone, Ticket Mobilis 5 Zone

Travel Time => 39-45 minutes

First Train TO Disney (from Paris/Chatelet Les Halles) => 05:18

Last Train FROM Disney (to Paris/Chatelet Les Halles) => 00:20

Frequency of trains => approx. every 15 min. (9 minutes to 30 minutes between trains)

Full Schedule => RER Train Schedule/Timetable

Details

RER Stations

RER A train line stations

RER A Paris Stations Line Map

RER A city trains travel from central Paris to Disneyland throughout the day at roughly 15 minute intervals from five large central Paris RER A Stations: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (at Arc de Triomphe), Auber (at Galeries Lafayette shopping center), Chatelet Les Halles (massive underground shopping centre and largest underground/subway station in the world), Gare de Lyon (largest Paris train station), and Nation.

Tickets & Passes – RER Paris to Disneyland Paris

A single one way ticket, a billet Ile-de-France, from central Paris to Disney costs 7.60€ ( as of June 1, 2019). You can buy these tickets from any metro or RER station ticket window or from the automated ticket vending machines (using coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards) within stations. You can start your journey from any Metro / RER station within central Paris (Zone 1) using this one ticket and simply transfer to the RER A train line if you’re not already on it. You don’t need to buy a separate ticket just for the metro portion of your trip. The normal metro ticket t+ will not work for this trip since Marne la Vallée / Parc Disney is in Zone 5.

The following passes are accepted for traveling from Paris to DisneyLand:

Inside an RER Station

From inside any of the above mentioned Paris RER stations, you’ll want to take RER A train in direction Marne-la-Vallée, but keep in mind that the direction may also read Boissy-St-Léger such as in the photo below.

You’ll find station panels and signs similar to the one above at any of the above RER A stations. Follow these signs to the correct RER A train platforms. At certain stations, Chatelet Les Halles and Gare de Lyon for example, these RER train signs & panels will lead you to a single central platform with RER trains running along either side in opposite directions. To avoid confusion as to which side is the correct direction look up at the RER station stop panels hanging above each side of the train platform such as the one shown here:

RER A Station Panel Direction Poissy, Cergy-Le Haut

Each station along the line will be shown on these panels, but the next train to arrive will only stop at stations names lit with a yellow square (the left half in the previous photo). Thus, these panels serve two purposes:

  1. to indicate that you’re on the correct side of the platform: if you see your arrival station on the panel, you’re at least on the correct side of the platform. In this case you’d want to see Marne La Vallée – Chessy as one of the stations.
  2. to indicate whether the next train will stop at your desired station. If Marne La Vallée – Chessy is lit with a yellow square, take the train. If not, wait for a train that will stop at Marne La Vallée/Parc Disney.

Once on board a RER A train to DisneyLand Paris, remember to keep your ticket handy throughout your trip as you may be asked to show it to ticket checkers, known as controllers in France. If you fail to produce a valid ticket the controller will charge you a fine somewhere in the range of €40 payable on the spot through credit or debit card. And even though ticket vending machines don’t take non-smart chip credit cards, the mobile credit card swipe machines these controllers carry, definitely do. At the end of your trip you’ll also need your ticket or pass to exit through the turnstiles when you arrive at Marne La Vallée / Disney.

This is the Marne La Vallée train platform at DisneyLand Paris when you arrive:

Once you exit the RER A train make your way up the escalator or stairs in the direction of the Sortie signs. This leads you to the exit (and entry) turnstiles for the RER trains as show in the following photo:

Using your billet Ile-de-France in the turnstiles allows you to pass through into the main section of the station which has an information booth, ticket window, and various shops selling newspapers/magazines and snacks.

After exiting Marne La Vallée–Chessy station, you’ll notice the motif of the station itself is Disney-like with its castle like spires.

Here’s a panoramic photo of Marne La Vallée–Chessy RER/TGV station amongst some attractions at DisneyLand Paris.

When it’s time to return to Paris, you’ll be making this trip in reverse. Within Marne La Vallée–Chessy train station, you’ll need to again purchase a Billet Ile-de-France to Paris (7.60€) either from a ticket vending machine or from the ticket window, pass through the turnstiles, and descend down onto the RER A train platform. The platform will be well marked with a sign indicating which train will depart next for Paris:

Have a great Disneyland visit!

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TGV Train CDG to Disneyland Paris

By | September 29, 2019 | in Attractions Disneyland Paris Tickets

A TGV train from CDG to Disneyland Paris offers a direct, high-speed train (200mph) connection between CDG Airport Terminal 2 and the Disneyland Paris park gates in less than 12 minutes with ticket prices as little as 17.50€.

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Already in Paris and need to get to Disneyand Paris? See the Paris Disneyland train (RER) article.

This article explains how to:

The TGV train schedule from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Disneyland Paris has the first train departing at 06:54 in the morning with the last train in the evening departing CDG at 21:55. The frequency of trains varies from 30 minutes to 1h20 between each departure from CDG.

CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris (Marne La Vallee) by TGV train

Charles de Gaulle Airport has two separate train stations, one located near Terminal 3 and another located within Terminal 2. The Terminal 2 train station, known as “Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV“, is split into two distinct sides, one for RER suburban trains (going to Paris city center), the other TGV high speed intercity trains, one of which travels to Disneyland Paris.

If you’re arriving at CDG Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, you’ll need to first catch a CDGVAL shuttle train over to Terminal 2. The photo tour of Terminal 1 to Paris contains instructions on finding and taking the CDGVAL shuttle, but don’t get off the shuttle at Terminal 3/Roissypole, stay on the shuttle until it arrives at Terminal 2. This may seem odd, but Terminal 2 is located after Terminal 3 on the CDGVAL shuttle line.

At Terminal 2 the train station is located in between sub-terminals 2D and 2F. If you’ve taken the CDGVAL shuttle, you’ll arrive very close to the train station. See the Terminal 2 to Paris photo tour for instructions on getting to the Aeroport CDG 2 – TGV train station.

Within the photo guide for the Terminal 2 train station is a photo of the TGV (Grandes Lignes) ticket purchase office on the bottom floor (shown below). This office is split into two sides, one side sells tickets for Paris city trains (RER B) and the other side sells intercity Grandes Lignes trains tickets, which includes TGV trains to Disneyland Paris. If you’re facing the ticket office, the entrance on the right half is the one you’ll want to use to purchase or pickup your Internet bought tickets, as seen in the photo below:

Terminal 2 TGV Ticket Office

TGV tickets for the CDG to Disneyland Paris train can be purchased in advance online at Oui.sncf.

When buying tickets from Oui.sncf, search for “CDG” as your departure (choose the first suggested result) and “disney” as your arrival location (choose the first suggested result, should be something Paris Marne-la-Vallée Chessy).

If you’re coming from Europe and have a smart chip enabled credit card, you’ll be able to use the automated ticket machines to pick-up your TGV tickets purchased over the Internet. Only the credit card used to make the online ticket purchase can be used to collect the tickets from these machines, so keep this in mind when using these machines. The machines will appear like these below:

SNCF TGV Train Ticket Machines

When you have tickets in hand, you’ll need to descend onto the TGV train platforms which are one level below the train station ticket office. Take care not to descend onto the RER B train platforms, which serve only trains going into Paris city center. The TGV trains are Grandes Lignes or Main Line trains which have their own platforms on a separate side of station visible here:

CDG TGV Train Platform

After your TGV train departs, the first stop will be Marne La Vallée–Chessy station which is the train station serving Disneyland Paris. The travel time should be roughly 10 minutes from CDG to Disneyland Paris.

Below is a photo of the Marne La Vallée–Chessy train station (on the left) within the Disney grounds.

Euro Disney and Marne La Vallee-Chessy TGV Station

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Paris Metro Maps

By | September 27, 2019 | in Maps Metro

Official Paris Metro Maps (subway). Download to your tablet/phone or print at home (PDF format).

Basic Metro Map

This Paris Metro Map shows subway lines 1-14, two Paris Metro “b” (“bis”) lines, Paris RER lines A-E, Paris Tram lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and Transilien train lines A through U.

Paris Metro Map 2019

Paris Metro Map 2019

Print Metro Map

Printable Paris Metro Map in small format, good for printing on a 4×6 sheet of photo paper.

Mini Paris Metro Map

Paris Metro Maps with Streets

Paris Metro map with Paris city streets.

Paris Metro maps shown in relation to Paris city streets

All Metro maps are provided by Paris regional public transit authority: RATP.

Paris Visite Pass / Card

By | September 27, 2019 | in Passes

Paris Visite Overview

A Paris Visite Pass card / ticket is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days on Paris Metro, RER trains, buses and Ile-de-France (Transilien) trains & trams (not TGV).

Paris Visite is a multiple-use paper coupon ticket that looks like the following:

Paris Visite 5 day ticket

On the front of the ticket on the left hand side you’ll see how many days the Paris Visite is valid (5 jours = 5 days in this example):

Paris Visite Ticket Validity Period

The Paris Visite ticket will also show the number of zones covered.  In the Paris Visite ticket example image below it is valid for 3-zones, but you can buy a 1-5 zone ticket if you want coverage to include CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Disneyland Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Stade de France.  Zones 1-3 is basically only good for central Paris.

paris-visite-ticket-zones

Take note of the multiple blank spaces on the Paris Visite coupon ticket.  These blanks spaces are meant to be filled in by you using a pen/ink with the following information:

  • NOM: your last name
  • Prénom: your first name
  • du: dd/mm of first day using the ticket
  • au: dd/mm to the last day of the ticket validity period

You’re asked to filled in these personal details so the Paris Visite pass isn’t shared between multiple people at different times during its validity period.  A single Paris Visite can’t be used back-to-back for entry past the same set of turnstiles and fare gates, so it would be very inconvenient to try to share this pass in any case.

The Paris Visite pass is valid for Paris Airport travel from both CDG airport to Paris on RER B train and for Orly airport to Paris on OrlyVal train to/from Orly Airport to Paris (both require a 5 zone Paris Visite).

Paris Visite Prices

Price of Paris Visite ranges from 12€ to 65.80€ depending on zones covered (1-3 or 1-5) and duration (1 to 5 days). Coverage of Central Paris (not including airports) for 5 days would be 38.35€ adults, 19.15€ for children 9 and under. (Prices current as of Aug 1, 2019.)

Paris Visite Adult Prices
Ages 10+
Zones 1-day 2-day 3-day 5-day
1-3 Central Paris €12.00 €19.50 €26.65 €38.35
1-5 Paris+CDG/ORY €25.25 €38.35 €53.75 €65.80
Paris Visite Child Prices
Ages 4-9 (under 3 free)
Zones 1-day 2-day 3-day 5-day
1-3 Central Paris €6.00 €9.75 €13.30 €19.15
1-5 Paris + CDG/ORY €12.60 €19.15 €26.85 €32.90
SOURCE: RATP

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

Details

The Paris Visite Pass 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 (all of which are in zones 4 & 5), stick with the Zone 1 to 3 card, which will cover all of “central” Paris.  See the Paris Fare Zones Map for more information.

Paris Visite Zone Map

Paris Visite Zone Map

Navigo vs. Paris Visite

The key difference between the Paris Visite Pass and the Navigo Découverte Pass is the timing. Navigo passes are valid strictly from Monday 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59, regardless of when you buy it. If you land at CDG Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday and buy a week long Navigo Découverte pass, it will work only up until Sunday midnight. Starting from Friday, you will not even be able to purchase Navigo pass for use in the same week.

Paris Visite pass is good from the day of first use (not time of first use) up until midnight of its last day of validity, starting from any day of the week. This means that if you arrive on Friday evening at 8pm, buy and use a 3 day Paris Visite pass, by midnight that night (four hours later), the card will have “used” an entire day and in two days (Sunday) at midnight the Paris Visite will have expired. So to maximize the value of the Paris Visite Card, start using a Paris Visite pass during the morning.

If you’ve arrived in the evening at one of the Paris airports, simply buy a single-use RER ticket from a ticket window that will get you into Paris (see prices for CDG to Paris 10.30€ from CDG, vs. 1 day Paris Visite 5 Zone ticket listed above).  You can purchase a Paris Visite at the same time and begin using it at any time in the future.  The 3 or 5 day validity period of Paris Visite does not begin until you first validate the ticket in a turnstile / fare-gate in a station or on a bus/tram.

Summary

In summary, if you’re arriving in Paris on Friday and want to have an unlimited Paris transit pass for 3 or 5 days, this is the least hassle pass option. Ticket Mobilis / Navigo Jour day passes are cheaper if you only need 1 or 2 days. But for 3+ days the Paris Visite avoids the hassle of return to a ticket vendor or ticket machine to buy/recharge your day passes or day tickets.

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 pass discounts change often so use the discount list below as an example of discounts you may get when purchasing a Paris Visite pass (a booklet detailing all of the discounts available to you will be provided upon purchase of the pass).

Paris Visite Card Discounts

These discounts change often so this list of Paris Visite discount offers is only meant as an example of savings.

  • Arc de Triomphe: 25% off
  • Conciergerie: 20% off entrance
  • Picasso Museum: 2.50€ off entrance
  • 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 Versailles: 7€ (vs. 10€) for guided tours of private apartments
  • Chateau de Fontainebleau: 2€ off entrance
  • Disneyland Resort Paris: 20% offDiscount No Longer Available
  • 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

Paris Transportation Zone Map

By | September 27, 2019 | in Maps

Paris and the surrounding area is divided into 5 circular fare zones for use in pricing public transportation passes. Paris Metro zones don’t actually apply to the Paris Metro (subway/underground) itself. Paris Metro trains are a single zone even if the Metro line crosses into zone 2 or zone 3. Paris zones apply to transit passes used on RER trains and Transilien trains to Disney, Versailles, airports, etc. By default Navigo Decouverte passes are 1-5 zone. Other passes like Paris Visite and Navigo Jour day pass have several fare zone options, like Paris zone 1-3 or Paris zone 1-5. Examples of popular destinations and their zones:

Paris Zone Map

This Paris Train Zone Map (950KB PDF) displays train zones for RER trains, Transilien trains, Trams throughout fare zones 1 to 5 which applies to:

Paris Metro Zone

Paris Metro (urban city subway) is all a single zone although it has stations in both Zones 1-2 as shown on this more detailed zone map including Paris Metro, RER and Transilien (intercity) trains (900KB PDF, opens a new window).  Paris Metro tickets are valid for travel anywhere within Zone 1 and all of the Metro system is a single zone requiring only a single Metro Ticket / Ticket t+ (even if the Metro station you’re at is outside of Zone 1, I realize this is confusing).  Be careful at La Défense when exiting the Metro area.  Be sure to use the Metro exit and not the RER exit, both of which will generally be available to you due to fences which may be opened at particular times.  A RER ticket is required to pass through RER exit turnstiles, while the Metro exit will not require a ticket.

What’s visible on the Zones map:

  • Fare Zones (“Zones Tarifaires”) 1 through 5
  • RER A, RER B, RER C, D, E train lines
  • RER & Transilien train network in Ile-de-France (administrative region around Paris)
  • Station names along all RER/Translien train lines
  • Connections (“Correspondances”) and transfer possible between different RER, Transilien, and RER to Transilien trains
  • Shuttle bus (“navettes bus”) from RER C station: Pont de Rungis and Orly Airport
  • Orlyval train to Paris-Orly Airport between RER B station: Antony and Orly West / Orly South airport terminals, which requires a special fare (“tarification spéciale”)
  • Major tourist sites (“Sites touristiques”) accessible from certain stations

(Zone map courtesy of RATP)

Navigo Day Pass – Navigo Jour

By | September 26, 2019 | in Passes Tickets

An unlimited use Paris transit Day Pass (Navigo Jour or “Navigo Day” in French) covers Paris CDG/ORY airports, central Paris, greater Paris area (Versailles, Disneyland, etc.), valid until midnight, is on sale as of January 1, 2018.

Where to Buy Navigo Day Pass

You can buy Navigo Jour Day Pass at any Paris Metro, RER or Transilien ticket office throughout Paris, CDG/ORY Airports and any of Paris’ major train stations:

Navigo Day Pass

Notes

  • Navigo Jour is put on a Navigo Decouverte or Navigo Easy card; there isn’t a dedicated multi-use pass card just for this day pass.
  • You can put both a Navigo Week pass and up to two day passes onto the same Decouverte card at the same time.
  • You can now have up to two day passes on your Navigo card at any one time. Previously you could only have one day pass per Navigo card, but this has recently been changed/updated with the release of Navigo Easy.  You cannot have more than one Day Pass on a Navigo Decouverte card at the same time. If you want to use your Navigo Decouverte card for multiple day passes, you must return to a ticket machine / ticket office and purchase a new day pass each day OR use Both Navigo Easy & Navigo Decouverte cards allow up to two Navigo Jour/Day pass on the card at any one time.

Navigo Jour Day Pass Price

Navigo Jour prices range from 7.50€ to 17.80€ per day, depending on Paris fare zones of coverage you buy for the day pass.

Day Pass Prices by zones

How to Buy Navigo Jour Day Pass

To buy a Day Pass you need a Navigo Decouverte card (buy for 5€ if you don’t already have one) and then buy / load up to two day passes onto the Navigo card choosing 2 options for each day: a) zone coverage b) when you want the day pass active (up to six days in the future):

  • Zone Coverage
  • You can choose anywhere from 1-2 zones (Central Paris only) to 1-5 zones (entire Paris Metropolitan area + airports) for your Day Pass, depending what coverage you need (see Paris fare zone map for more information). Other Navigo zone coverage options are available such as 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, etc.
    • If you’ve arrived at Paris CDG Airport and want to travel to central Paris, you would buy a 1-5 zone day pass for use the same day
    • If you’ve arrived in central Paris at one of the major train stations (Gare du Nord, etc.) and wish to travel only within central Paris for the day, you would purchase a 1-2 zone day pass for immediate use
  • When
  • What day you wish to use the day pass
    • Navigo Day Pass can be purchased & used immediately on the same day, or you can buy the day pass for use on a future day, up to six days in advance.
    • You must specify which day(s) you want your day pass active at the time of purchase.
    • For example, if you arrive on Friday you can purchase a Day Pass on Friday, but for use on Thursday the following week. Or you can buy and use a day pass on the same day.  Choice is up to you.
    • you can put up to two Navigo Jour day passes onto a single Navigo Easy card or a Navigo Decouverte card.  You cannot load two days of Navigo Day Pass on the same Navigo Decouverte at the same time.  If you wanted two days of day passes on Decouverte, you would have to purchase one day pass, use it, then return to any Metro/RER/Transilien ticket window or Paris Metro/RER ticket machine and load/buy another day pass.

How to use Paris Day Pass

With an active Navigo Jour / Day Pass loaded on your Navigo physical contactless smart card (either a Decouverte or a Navigo Easy preloaded ticket card), you approach the fare gates which are either turnstiles with rotating bars, or gates which slide apart in the middle and retract sideways to allow you to pass through.  There will be a purple tear drop reader zone on the fare gate, this should be on your right (otherwise you’re opening the neighboring gate), usually on the top or angled surface facing towards you which is where you tap/hold your day pass on for verification/validation of an active Day Pass on your Navigo card. Once the validation has completed you’ll hear a dinging noise emitted and the turnstile will unlock or the gate will swing apart allowing you to pass through towards the train platforms.

Navigo Turnstile Paris

Photo credit: Greenski

Upon arriving at your destination station you may need to use the Navigo Day Pass again, presenting the card at the purple reader zone on the fare gate in order to unlock the gate to pass through and exit the fare-paid zone.  Some exits of stations don’t need validation of the Navigo card for exit and are simply pressure sensitive or light activated gates which allow you to pass through when present.

Why use a Day Pass

  • Same price as Ticket Mobilis (not considering the price of the physical Navigo card itself, which is 5€)
  • Cheaper than comparable Paris Visite 1-day multi-use tickets (aimed at tourists)
  • Less easy to lose than a paper ticket
  • Convenience of multi-use smart card, you can load both a Navigo Week Pass and a Navigo Day Pass on the same card and use them one after another
  • re-chargeable / re-usable
  • lasts 10 years

Learn More…

Navigo Decouverte card
Navigo Easy card

Paris RER Map

By | September 26, 2019 | in Maps RER

Paris RER Map

Here is a detailed RER map of RER A to RER E lines in and around Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Unlike the Paris Metro system which is all one zone (yet goes across three Zones), the Paris RER trains have 5 Zones all around the Ile-de-France, the area which surrounds Paris. It’s important your RER ticket or Paris transit pass has valid zone coverage.

The Paris Regional RER train system connects major tourist destinations and ports of entry to the heart of Paris, near St. Michel – Notre Dame.

Popular RER Routes

Download Paris RER Map (PDF) (courtesy of RATP)