"Passe Navigo Découverte - to buy or not buy???" Tickets & Passes Tip by pedroswift

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In answer to the question - "We arrive in Paris on a Monday ( or tue/wed) and stay 9 days. Do I buy a Navigo Pass or not?"
Navigo Découverte is the electronic identity pass for Paris transport Purchased from RATP / SNCF ticket windows at Metro stations and train stations for €5 fee plus a 3cm x 2.5cm facial photograph.
The smart card can be loaded with credit for a week's use or a month. Cost depends on the number of Zones for which it is valid. The week's credit starts at midnight Sunday so by arriving mid-week one does not get "the full value"....hence the the often asked question - "Do I buy a Navigo Pass or not?"

Doing the maths (per person) - there’s not a big difference (cost-wise) between the pass/no-pass options.
I’d be purchasing the Navigo D (€5 to purchase the smart card lasting 10 years) especially if intending to visit Paris again within the next couple of years. I’d be loading it with Zone 1-2 weekly pass (€20.40 from feb 2014) which would get me unlimited trips in the first 6-7 days around the city on most forms of transport except the batobus on the river. Metro/RER/Bus & funicular at Sacre Coeur are covered.

I’d get individual tickets for the Zone 5 trips - CDG & return (€9.75 one way) & to from Versailles (Jan 2014 price €4.20) plus a carnet of 10 tickets (approx €13.70 – tickets last for ever) to cover the city during second week.(total approx €62)
If you opted for the Zone1-5 weekly purchased at CDG for just one week (€34.40 + €5 for the smart card) you would still need a carnet for week 2 (€13.70) and a city to CDG ticket (€9.75) for a total of €62.85 (assuming you use the weekly to get to/from Versailles).
It would be simpler to top up the weekly (ie pay for 2 weeks Zone 1-5 usage despite not using for the last half of week two). This would get you to/from CDG & cover days during week two (2x€34.40 = €68.80 + the €5 = €73.20 ) & allow other trips outside the zone 1-2 area eg Versailles.
Not visiting Paris again? Without Nav D. €19.50 (CDG return) + €8.40 for the 2 outer zone trips to Versailles & 20 tickets( 2 car-nay) for €27,40 = total of €55.30 also no requirement for photo to go on the smart card ID & time taken to purchase.

In a nut shell:
2 weeks Navigo zones 1-5 = €73.20
1 week Navigo with carnet for second week = €62.20
No Navigo - 2x carnet + 4 trips outside zone 2 = €55.30

Note: Advantages of the T-tickets in carnet of 10: They last forever so bring them next time you visit Paris (or give unused ones away to staff at the hotel)
& they are transferable so a carnet can be shared with your friends or family. Using a pass requires everyone to have their own pass.

note It pays to have some cash in Euros if you intend using ticket dispensing machines at CDG and Paris stations. Overseas credit cards more often than not don't work!!!


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  • Updated Jun 19, 2014
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