Cross Paris twice, 3 people 2 découvertes easy

By | June 15, 2023 | in

Can we still use paper carnet tickets? Or must we buy a 3rd Navigo easy for 3rd person? Is it possible to use phone to pay for ticket, as in London? Merci bien

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Staff June 15, 2023

Paper carnet/booklets of Paris Ticket t+ are disappearing from the last Metro/RER station ticket windows this year (2023) so it's likely we can't buy paper carnet tickets any longer.
It "may" be possible to store a carnet of Ticket t+ on a phone & use/validate Paris Metro/Bus/Tram tickets directly from the phone, depending on the phone.
As of June 2023, only some Android phones support Paris transit tickets & passes on mobile phones.  iPhones (in 2023) do not support any Paris Metro ticket/passes, at all, and can only recharge/reload physical Navigo cards using its built-in NFC chip.
From what I've read from Ile-de-France Mobilites, Android phones with version 8 & above may support on-phone Paris tickets/passes.  Here's a list of notable phones that do not work / cannot hold Paris public transit fares/passes:

  • Google Pixel Slate,
  • Nocturne,
  • Pixel,
  • Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL,
  • Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a xl,
  • Pixel 4,
  • Pixel C,
  • Pixel Slate,
  • Nexus 5X,
  • Nexus 6P
  • Huawei phones
  • Honor phones

I've just tried using a Pixel 3a phone to buy/store a Paris Metro ticket t+ using the Ile-de-France Mobilites app and it did not work.  In the app, from the Purchase tab/page, tapping on the "On my phone" card/section the app automatically began running a diagnostic and eventually returned with "Device incompatible" message and didn't allow any further progress.
If you're using a Samsung phone, very likely it supports on-phone Paris Metro/Bus/etc ticket t+ or Navigo pass purchase & validation.  So if that's your device, I'd say install the app and try to purchase a single ticket or carnet of ticket t+.  (There's no expiry date on those tickets and tickets/passes can be transferred between phones upon first installation/run of the IDF Mobilites app.)
Good luck! And please do share your experience with the IDF Mobilites app if you try it.


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