How do I determine which pass is best for my needs?

By | April 3, 2024 | in

We will be arriving at CDG the afternoon of July 31 and will be staying at ibis Paris Maine Montparnasse 14th which is located at 160, rue du Château 75014 PARIS.
We will be exploring Paris on Thursday August 1 and have tickets for the following Olympic events:

  • Friday August 2
    • 10:00 AM Athletics at Stade de France
    • 9:00 PM Basketball at Pierre Mauroy Stadium
  • Saturday, August 3
    • 5:15 PM Basketball at Pierre Mauroy Stadium
  • Sunday, August 4
    • 10:00 AM Athletics at Stade de France
  • Monday, August 5
    • 12:00 PM Water Polo at Paris La Defense Arena
  • Tuesday, August 6
    • 10:00 AM Athletics at Stade de France

We will then be in the Normandy region for a few days and return to Paris for Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11 and will be staying at IBIS PARIS GRANDS BOULEVARDS OPERA 9TH
which is located at 38 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 PARIS.  
We hope to be able to visit the following too:

  • D’Orsay Museum
  • Louvre Museum
  • Catacombs
  • St Chapelle
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Monet Gardens
  • Versaille Gardens 

What is the best option for travel passes for 2 people for a combination of buses, metros, and trains?
Thank you for your assistance.

1 answer

Staff April 3, 2024

For the initial stay in Paris from Aug 2 to Aug 6, the best transport pass would be a 5-day Paris 2024 pass costing 60€ each person, plus 2€ per person for the plastic Navigo Easy card on which the pass resides.  (Regular Navigo passes will not be sold/available during the 2024 Olympics.)  The Paris 2024 pass will cover CDG to Paris (on either RER B or Roissybus) and the venues in the Paris area (La Défense, Stade de France) but will not cover trains to Pierre Mauroy Stadium which is close to Lille and not a part of the Ile-de-France region.  See to buy intercity train tickets in France.
For the 2nd part of your stay from Sat. Aug 10 / Aug 11 (2-days), again since the Navigo pass is not available, a 2-day Paris 2024 pass would be your best option at 30€ each (reusing the Navigo Easy plastic card) and covers all the Paris attractions and also Versailles, but not Giverny for Monet's gardens.  For visiting Giverny you would need to take a TER train from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris to Vernon-Giverny train station and then take a taxi to the gardens.  TER is not covered by the Paris 2024 pass. TER trains are non-reserved seating and TER tickets can be purchased on day of travel from Saint-Lazare train station, just before your journey.


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