How can I buy a metro ticket in Paris?

09 Sep 2021
Paris metro

It's convenient to get around Paris on the metro. It has 14 lines and there is a station at every intersection. Most destinations in Paris are easy and quick to get to. But first you have to buy a ticket: don't skip out on this because people check for tickets. Tickets are sold in kiosks and specific machines. You can find instructions for using them below.

The machines are at every metro station. There are different ones for buying tickets and for extending your monthly pass or for just extending it. Every terminal accepts coins or card, and some accept bills. There are usually language options, but French is the default. If you're paying with a card, there's a keypad to enter your pin. 

Paris metro

Choose your language. 

Paris metro

Then, choose buying a ticket, not charging a card (right side of the screen). 

Paris metro

You'll have a choice between buying one ticket, a carnet (10 tickets) or a special ticket (RER, to the airport, and more). We've already discussed the different fees for public transport in Paris.

Paris metro

Pick the Ticket t + (1 ride). 

Paris metro

Full fare is for adults, and the second line is for kids under 10 years old. 

Paris metro

Buying a carnet (10 tickets) saves you money (you can see on the screen that 9 tickets is more expensive than 10). 

Paris metro

Then it's easy. Pay with your card or cash if you can. Follow the usual instructions for cards. 

Some machines have a slot for cash.

Finally, don't forget your tickets.

If the machine seems too hard for you to use in Paris, try buying metro tickets at an RATP kiosk.

Now you can move around the city easily and our audioguid will help you find interesting places to go to.

Enjoy your trip!

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