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The Differences Between Public Transport Travel Passes for Paris

If you intend to use the public transport system in Paris, whether the bus, metro, tram or RER, you can make big savings if you intend to make more than a single journey. Unfortunately, there are lots of different options available, so take a look at this quick guide before deciding which system is best for you.

Mobilis Card

This ticket allows unlimited use of the metro, RER, tram or bus for 1 entire day, starting at 5:30am. It is not valid for travelling to any of the airports via the RER or bus. It can however be used on the standard buses which visit the airports if you buy the correct zone (i.e bus lines 183, 285, 350 or 351). You can buy a card in any of the automatic metro ticket machines, at stations or RATP shops. The price of the card depends on the tarif zone you intend to use.

Ticket Jeunes Week-end

This ticket allows the unlimited use of the metro, RER, tram or bus for 1 entire day, starting at 5:30am. However, it is only valid for people aged 25 years and under and can only be used on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. It is not valid for travelling to any of the airports via the RER or bus. It can however be used on the standard buses which visit the airports if you buy the correct zone (i.e bus lines 183, 285, 350 or 351). You can buy a ticket in any of the automatic metro ticket machines, at stations or RATP shops. The price of the card depends on the tarif zone you intend to use.

Paris Visite Card

The Paris Visite card is targeted towards tourists visiting Paris. These are available in 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive day formats and also allow unlimited journeys on the bus, metro RER, trams and Transilien SNCF trains. In addition, you also get free journeys on the Montmartre funiculaire and the Orlyval and also allows access to Disneyland Paris or the airports via RER (if a zone 1-5 card is purchased). The big advantage of using this pass though is that it provides a reduction on entrance prices to certain monuments, museums, tours and theme parks (e.g. a 20% reduction on a single day ticket to Disneyland Paris). Make sure you want to see any of these attractions before deciding on purchasing this pass. There are 14 partners which can be found on the map provided with the card:

The price of the card depends on the tarif zone chosen and there is also a reduction for children (4-11 years old). Tickets can be brought from metro stations, airports and some tourist offices.

Paris Pass

The Paris Pass is an all in 1 sightseeing and travel card for your visit to Paris. It not only includes in its package the Paris Visite card indicated above, but also a museum pass, an attractions pass, a bus tour pass, a guidebook and a number of special offers in restaurants and shops in Paris. The Paris Pass is available in 2, 4 or 6 consecutive day formats and there are reductions for Children (4-11 years old) and Teenagers (12-17 years old).

If you are intending to do many of the attractions on the card, it can work out to be good value for money. It can be purchased online prior to your trip to Paris.

 

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