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Paris Train Metro Week Pass – Navigo Découverte

By | March 15, 2019 | in Passes

Navigo Week Pass Overview

Pass Navigo Découverte
Navigo Decouverte / Navigo Card is a multi-use week pass smart card for Paris Metro trains, RER trains, buses, Transilien trains (but not TGV high speed trains nor other intercity trains). Also available as a Navigo Day Pass card as of January 1, 2018.

5€ fee for card itself PLUS:

Navigo Week pass card price, valid only from Monday at 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59 ( as of June 1, 2019)

You can buy Navigo cards / passes for the current week up until Thursday, midnight. Next week’s Navigo card is on sale from Friday morning onwards. (In the past, the Navigo weekly train pass for the current week stopped selling at Wednesday midnight, but this has been moved to Thursday midnight.)

Navigo Month pass price, valid from the first day of the month through till last day of the month ( as of June 1, 2019)

Monthly Navigo Cards are on sale from the 20th day of the preceding month. For example, if it’s January 20, you can purchase and apply February Navigo Monthly pass validity to your Navigo card and it will be good up through to February 28/29 (depending on leap year, oh why did I choose a month that has varying length for an example).

Zone Map (PDF)

Pass Navigo Découverte Prices in Detail



The Paris train, metro, RER, tram and bus system uses a Navigo Découverte smart card for weekly transit passes. These passes are open to visitors (see note) as opposed to normal Navigo passes which are for residents of Paris Ile-de-France only.

The Navigo Découverte pass card can be purchased for a 5€ fee on top of the regular week pass prices noted above, which is 22.80€ for all zones which covers Paris and surrounding suburbs, airports Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), Chateau Versailles, Fontainebleau, Parc Disney. The services included are any metro, RER (suburban) train, buses (RATP/Noctilien/Optile), and trams up to the zone limits of your pass.

How to buy Navigo Découverte pass

You can buy a Navigo Découverte pass at nearly any Metro, RER, Transilien train ticket window that normally sells tickets and passes. (I say “nearly” because a ticket window may run out of blank Navigo passes to sell you.) You’ll need a smaller than passport size photo to be used on the pass (exact Navigo Decouverte photo size is 3cm tall by 2.5cm wide), plus a pen to write your name. There’s nearly always a photo booth nearby ticket windows at major stations, costing 5€ for a set of four pictures, so be sure to get your photo taken before going to the ticket window where they’ll likely have scissors handy for trimming your freshly minted photo on the pass. If you’re hesitant in how to ask to buy the pass at a ticket window, try printing out this page and showing the ticket seller the image of the Découverte card on the top right while holding up your small headshot photo. I’m pretty sure the ticket seller will get the idea.

The downside of the pass is its timing. The pass validity starts on Monday morning, first service (usually around 05:30) and ends the following Sunday at last service (metro trains usually arrive at their terminus station around 01:40). If you happen to be arriving mid-week, it may not make financial sense to purchase the pass. After Wednesday midnight, you cannot add zones to the pass for the current week. From Friday onwards you can only purchase zones for the following week.

If you plan on arriving Thursday – Sunday, consider buying a carnet of single-use Paris transit tickets (book of ten or twenty) that are good for the entire Paris Metro system and any trains/trams/buses in zone 1, or day passes called Ticket Mobilis. Another option is to buy a Paris Visite card, which is really just a more expensive Mobilis ticket that can be used for a set period of days, starting from whenever you first place the ticket into a turnstile machine. The Paris Visite cards are good for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and for either zones 1 to 3 or all five zones.

Who can buy a Passe Navigo Découverte?

Some travelers to Paris have been getting hassled by RATP staff into buying a Carte Paris Visite by refusing to sell them a Passe Navigo Découverte.  Please don’t let this happen to you.  You have the right to purchase a Passe Navigo Découverte as outlined in the official website page entitled Les Forfaits Navigo (Navigo Passes), published by STIF (updated January 2014), the parent organization of RATP (Paris Transit Authority). The section of interest is under the section Le Choix entre la Carte Navigo ou la Carte Navigo découverte, then click on the tab for La carte Navigo Découverte. The line that reads Elle est ouverte à tous (Franciliens et non Franciliens) says that “the card is open to all, residents of Ile-de-France or not”.

Navigo Decouverte available to tourists

The old documentation below is kept for posterity.

Page 9 of this document explains that the Passe Navigo Découverte is open to all travelers.  Here is the excerpt:

The translation of the first two points is as follows:

  • The pass Navigo Découverte is open to all travelers, residents of Ile-de-France or not, and are allowed to load onto it a Carte Orange subscription.
  • It’s purchaseable directly from ticket windows from a [Metro/RER] station or a train station or an authorized resellers at a price of 5€.  It is then issued immediately without formality.

If you are concerned about hassles with purchasing a Passe Navigo Découverte when in Paris and don’t wish to be forced into buying a more expensive Carte Paris Visite, print out this page of Guide Navigo (with the Navigo Découverte tab visible) and bring it with you to Paris.  If a ticket seller tells you the Passe Navigo is only for residents, show the guide to the ticket seller.  Below is a screen shot of the important text.

Navigo Découverte Open to Everyone

Navigo Découverte Open to Everyone

Navigo Decouverte Prices

By | August 1, 2016 | in Passes

The new all-zone Pass Navigo Découverte Prices will include unlimited travel to Orly and CDG airports, Chateau de Versailles as well as Paris Disneyland. Pass Navigo Découverte available at weekly and monthly prices, is open to purchase by everyone (visitors and residents).

New as of June 1, 2019 all zones (zones 1 – 5) are one price*:

  • 22.80€ per week
  • 75.20€ per month

(Paris Train Zone Map in PDF format)

Navigo Découverte prices in Euros, British Pounds and US Dollar  below show Navigo week price and Navigo month price for central Paris to all other zones (Zones 1 – 5).

(Prices current as of June 1, 2019)

Find out more about the Pass Navigo

The Paris transit authority has decided to remove zones when traveling to or from central Paris zone 1.  For nearly all visitors, this makes zones irrelevant.

Prices for zones excluding central Paris (Zone 1) there are slight reduction in prices for zones 2-5, 3-5, 4-5.

  • Zones 2-5 Week: 20.65€  / Month: 67.90€
  • Zones 3-5 Week: 19.80€ / Month: 65.50€
  • Zones 4-5 Week: 19.85€ / Month: 65.20€

Buy Navigo Monthly Yearly Pass for Paris Metro, Bus, RER, Transilien Trains

By | February 27, 2014 | in Passes

How to buy a monthly Navigo Pass for Paris public transportation is done online through

Here are the steps to purchase a Paris Navigo monthly or annual pass good for Metro, Bus, RER, Transilien trains throughout Ile-de-France (region of suburbs surrounding and including Paris).

  1. Go to and click on Recharger / Commander
  2. Create an account – click on Créer mon Compte
  3. Nom is last name, Prenom is first name. Use a password that is at least 8 characters long, containing two numbers, and both uppercase and lowercase letters
  4. Fill in the CAPTCHA challenge
  5. Do not check the checkbox unless you want to receive email advertisements/special offers from Navigo/RATP
  6. Click on Créer mon Compte bottom right
  7. Check your email mailbox for a confirmation link that you need to click and follow
  8. Clicking on this email confirmation link brings you back to and you’ll be signed in with your new account. Click on Aller à l’accueil (return to welcome page).
  9. Click on Commander mon passe Navigo
  10. Upload a headshot photo, without hat/headdress/sunglasses, taken against a neutral background. Must be JPG format, max file size 100KB, at least 300 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall. Click on Choisissez une fichier (choose a file) to search for a picture on your computer to upload. After transferring the file adjust the crop so that your face is centered on the preview window on the right hand side. Click Valider to continue to the next step.
  11. Next, provide delivery address (your residential home address) of the Navigo card as well as your birth date. Click on Valider to continue.
  12. Finally, confirm all your information is correct and click on Valider un demande de passe to send the request for a new card to be sent to you.

At this point the Navigo administration will check your application, your supplied photo and create you a physical Navigo pass card and send it to you by mail. If you live in an apartment without apartment numbers it’s important to have your name (at least your Last name) on your apartment’s mailbox. Otherwise the postman will likely not deliver your mail to you hence you’ll never receive your Navigo pass.

Next step is to recharge your Navigo pass with a subscription, either monthly or yearly. Yearly Navigo passes (Navigo Annuel) are discounted with one free month per year. Payment for the annual pass is debited automatically from your bank account monthly. Quite convenient for avoiding lineups at pass recharge stations at the beginning of the month.

I’ll show you which zones are best to buy for your Navigo pass and how to take advantage of zone-free weekends and zone top-ups in the next article.