How to save money on public transport in Paris

Paris metro

Paris is a large city. The easiest way to get around it is on public transport, which is highly developed in Paris and its suburbs. There's one problem, though: tickets are fairly expensive, and the security guards are very strict. We'll tell you how to save money on transportation tickets in Paris. 

Carnet is a discounted packet of 10 separate tickets 

First, you can buy tickets at ticket counters or machines near the metro. Bus drivers also sell tickets, but they're only good for one bus ride, cost 2 Euros instead of 1.90, and don't work if you transfer to a different bus. And several ticket types aren't sold by bus drivers. 

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Carnet

The easiest way to buy tickets is buying carnet, 10 individual one-ride tickets). Each ticket costs 1.90 Euros, but when you buy ten at once, you'll pay 16.90 Euros – that's a little more than two free tickets. A t+ ticket is good for two hours in the metro or 1.5 hours on buses and trollies, but just for one "metro entrance." In other words, you can go from bus to bus or metro line to line without leaving. but you can't leave the underground and go back in at another station. And, of course, the individual tickets you get from one carnet ticket purchase can be used by several people. 

For children aged 4 to 10, carnet only costs 8.45 Euros. Just ask for carnet enfant ou carnet de tarif reduit at the ticket counter. Tickets aren't needed for children four and younger. 

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Whole day tickets for adults and youth 

People younger than 26 can buy a special Ticket Jeune ticket. It only works on weekends or holidays, but it can be used limitlessly for an entire day on public transport. The price depends on the chosen zones and starts at 4.10 Euros for zones 1-3. 

Paris

Adults can buy the Mobilis ticket for unlimited trips in the city and/or suburbs. Mobilis works for a whole day and can be bought at any time. The price depends on the zones and starts at 7.50 Euros. Mobilis is good to use if you plan on travelling to the suburbs, which you'll need to do if you want to visit Versailles or Disneyland. It'll let you get to your destination and back to Paris. A ticket to Disneyland and back will cost you 17.80 Euros. 

Types of tickets in Paris 

The Paris Visit Card lets you move around Paris without limit for a few days. The Paris Visit card can be bought for a 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. You can also pick where it works: Paris and the closer suburbs (zones 1-3) or Paris and all the suburbs and airports (zones 1-5). You can also receive discounts for museums and tourist attractions with your purchase. A ticket for one day in zones 1-3 costs 12 Euros and is half-price for children under 12 years old, and an adult ticket for zones 1-5 costs 25.25 Euros.

Navigo card is a travel card for Parisians. It's a magnetic card, and a tourist version costs 5 Euros (Parisians can get it for free by mail). Then the card has to be charged either for a month or a week. A month costs 75.20 Euros and a week is 22.80 Euros. This is specifically a calendar week, from Monday to Sunday, not just 7 days in a row. You can buy a week-long pass up until Thursday during that week. It's worth buying this pass only if you're in Paris for more than 7 days and will be there for a full calendar week. Navigo becomes a better deal the longer you're in Paris. If you're lucky enough to be in Paris for a month or more, definitely buy Navigo. 

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Navigo

You can buy all of these types of passes at any RATP kiosk or at the machines in every metro and RER station. 

Finally, don't throw your ticket away until the end of your trip, especially on the RER. There might be turnstiles at the station exits.

These prices are accurate at the moment this article was written, but the prices in Paris change every month, so we recommend double checking on the official site before your trip. 

And don't forget that your time in Paris will always be better and more information with our audio guides that will take you to all the best places in the city, and tell you exactly which metro stations and buses you'll need to take to get there. 

Have a great trip! 

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