Paris Transportation Zone Map

By | June 24, 2024 | in Maps

Paris and the surrounding area is divided into 5 circular transportation fare zones for use in pricing Paris public transportation passes & multi-use tickets.  This applies to passes used on Paris RER trains, buses, trams and Transilien commuter trains.  Note: These fare zones do not apply to the Paris Metro system!  For the Paris Metro, all Metro lines and all Metro stations are not affected by fare zones.  We can effectively consider Paris Metro trains as operating in a single zone even if the Metro line crosses into zone 2 or zone 3.

Paris fare zones apply to transit passes/multi-use tickets used on RER trains and Transilien trains to Disney, Versailles, CDG/Orly airports, etc. By default, Navigo Week Pass passes cover all 1-5 zones. For the Paris Olympics, the Paris 2024 Pass covers all 5 zones. Multi-use tickets like Paris Visite and other passes like 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 (880KB 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 even though it has stations in Zones 1, 2 & 3 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* on the Paris Metro system, end-to-end, since it is a single continuous, zoneless system requiring only a single Metro Ticket / Ticket t+ (even if the Metro station is outside of Zone 1). *Orly Airport on Metro 14 is not included!; Orly by Metro 14 has a “special airport fare”. See Orly Airport Train – Metro 14 article for more information.

The Paris regional RER train system is different & uses zones to set fare prices.

Travel between any RER stations in Paris zone 1 are the same price: the price of a single Paris Metro ticket.

Thus, we can use Paris Metro tickets to ride Paris RER trains, but only within zone 1.

Once a Paris RER train crosses the border between zone 1 and zone 2, a RER ticket (billet origine-destination) is required. For example on the south eastern edge of zone 1 are two RER C stations right next to each other: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (in zone 1) and Ivry sur Seine (in zone 2). This trip takes 3 minutes, but costs 2.30€ with the proper RER ticket while a Paris Metro ticket (not valid for this trip) costs 2.15€ (in 2024).

RER zone crossing map excerpt

Paris Zone 1 to Zone 2 needs RER ticket

If riding Paris Metro line 1, 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 may be available to you due to fences which may be opened at particular times (rush hour).  A RER ticket is required to pass through RER exit turnstiles, while the Metro exit will not require a ticket and will open with weight or infrared operated gates & turnstiles.

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)

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Paris Transportation Zone Map was last modified: June 24th, 2024 by Ben