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Paris Visite Pass / Card

By | May 17, 2019 | in Passes

Paris Visite Overview

A Paris Visite Pass card / ticket is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days on Paris Metro, RER trains, buses and Ile-de-France (Transilien) trains & trams (not TGV).

Paris Visite is a multiple-use paper coupon ticket that looks like the following:

Paris Visite 5 day ticket

On the front of the ticket on the left hand side you’ll see how many days the Paris Visite is valid (5 jours = 5 days in this example):

Paris Visite Ticket Validity Period

The Paris Visite ticket will also show the number of zones covered.  In the Paris Visite ticket example image below it is valid for 3-zones, but you can buy a 1-5 zone ticket if you want coverage to include CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Disneyland Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Stade de France.  Zones 1-3 is basically only good for central Paris.

paris-visite-ticket-zones

Take note of the multiple blank spaces on the Paris Visite coupon ticket.  These blanks spaces are meant to be filled in by you using a pen/ink with the following information:

  • NOM: your last name
  • Prénom: your first name
  • du: dd/mm of first day using the ticket
  • au: dd/mm to the last day of the ticket validity period

You’re asked to filled in these personal details so the Paris Visite pass isn’t shared between multiple people at different times during its validity period.  A single Paris Visite can’t be used back-to-back for entry past the same set of turnstiles and fare gates, so it would be very inconvenient to try to share this pass in any case.

The Paris Visite pass is valid for Paris Airport travel from both CDG airport to Paris on RER B train and for Orly airport to Paris on OrlyVal train to/from Orly Airport to Paris (both require a 5 zone Paris Visite).

Paris Visite Prices

Price of Paris Visite ranges from 12€ to 65.80€ depending on zones covered (1-3 or 1-5) and duration (1 to 5 days). Coverage of Central Paris (not including airports) for 5 days would be 38.35€ adults, 19.15€ for children 9 and under. (Prices current as of June 1, 2019.)

(Price schedule courtesy of RATP)

Paris Visite pass counts days from day of first use, not 24 hour periods. If you arrive at night and use the pass before midnight, that will be counted as one day.

Details

The Paris Visite Pass is a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day pass good for either Zones 1 to 3 or 1 to 5 around Paris. If you’re staying just within Paris itself and not venturing out to Chateau Versailles, Chateau Fontainebleau nor Disneyland® Paris (all of which are in zones 4 & 5), stick with the Zone 1 to 3 card, which will cover all of “central” Paris.  See the Paris Fare Zones Map for more information.

Paris Visite Zones

Courtesy of RATP.fr

The key difference between the Paris Visite Pass and the Navigo Découverte Pass is the timing. Navigo passes are valid strictly from Monday 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59, regardless of when you buy it. If you land at CDG Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday and buy a week long Navigo Découverte pass, it will work only up until Sunday midnight. Starting from Friday, you will not even be able to purchase Navigo pass for use in the same week.

Paris Visite pass is good from the day of first use (not time of first use) up until midnight of its last day of validity, starting from any day of the week. This means that if you arrive on Friday evening at 8pm, buy and use a 3 day Paris Visite pass, by midnight that night (four hours later), the card will have “used” an entire day and in two days (Sunday) at midnight the Paris Visite will have expired. So to maximize the value of the Paris Visite Card, start using a Paris Visite pass during the morning. If you’ve arrived in the evening at one of the Paris airports, simply buy a single-use RER ticket from a ticket window that will get you into Paris (see prices for CDG to Paris 10.30€ from CDG, vs. 1 day Paris Visite 5 Zone ticket listed above).  You can purchase a Paris Visite at the same time and begin using it at any time in the future.  The 3 or 5 day validity period of Paris Visite does not begin until you first validate the ticket in a turnstile / fare-gate in a station or on a bus/tram.

In summary, if you’re arriving in Paris on Friday and want to have an unlimited Paris transit pass for 3 or 5 days, this is the least expensive pass (Mobilis pass may be cheaper for 1 or 2 days depending on number of zones). In addition, there are discounts for various tourist attractions and services for Paris Visite pass holders, such as 25% off boat tours on the Seine, 20-40% off admission to the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera house, the Pantheon, and other sights and services.  Paris Visite pass discounts change often so use the discount list below as an example of discounts you may get when purchasing a Paris Visite pass (a booklet detailing all of the discounts available to you will be provided upon purchase of the pass).

Paris Visite Card Discounts

These discounts change often so this list of Paris Visite discount offers is only meant as an example of savings.

  • Arc de Triomphe: 25% off
  • Conciergerie: 20% off entrance
  • Picasso Museum: 2.50€ off entrance
  • Army Museum/Invalides: 20% off entrance to permanent collection
  • Bateaux Parisiens: 25% off cruise of Seine river
  • Open Tours: 25€ instead of 29€
  • Chateau de Versailles: 7€ (vs. 10€) for guided tours of private apartments
  • Chateau de Fontainebleau: 2€ off entrance
  • Disneyland Resort Paris: 20% offDiscount No Longer Available
  • France Miniature: 30% off entrance
  • Grevin museum: 30% off entrance
  • Provins: 7,50€ entry instead of 11,40€ on adult price to visit 4 monuments around the UNESCO world heritage site medieval city
  • Tour Montparnasse: 30% off entrance
  • Shopping at Galeries Lafayette: 10% off + 1 free bag with minimum 40€ purchase

Links

Paris Visite Fares

Paris Visite Discounts

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

 

Details

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€