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

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NB recent (Sep 2015) change to use of Navigo pass makes it a definite "best buy"......

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 used to depends on the number of Zones for which it is valid. but...
NOTE WELL : A big change in Sep 2015 allows the zone 1-2 to be used anywhere in the Île-de-France

The week's credit starts at midnight Sunday so by arriving mid-week one does not get "the full value" (€21.25 per week)....hence the the often asked question - "Do I buy a Navigo Pass or not?"

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.(if I arrive on Monday or Tuesday) I’d be loading it with Zone 1-2 weekly pass (€21.25 from sep 2015) 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 be purchasing on arrival at CDG to cover the trip into the city.

Individual tickets for the Zone 5 trips - CDG & return are €10.00 one way & to from Versailles (Jan 2014 price €6.80).
A carnet of 10 individual trip tickets cost approx €14.10 – ( tickets last for ever) and cover the inner city zones 1&2.
In comparison of options:
2 weeks Navigo zones 1-2 (now all zones) = €42.50
1 week Navigo with carnet for second week = €35.35
No Navigo - 2x carnet + 4 trips outside zone 2 = €55.00

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!!!


Type: Subway/Metro
Website: http://www.ratp.fr

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 28, 2015
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