Navigo Easy

By | June 17, 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.

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 (8.30€)
  • 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.



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Navigo Easy was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Ben Lam