Kids under 10 can ride buses and trains in Paris on a half price ticket. After that, there are several special deals, one of which, the ticket jeunes weekend, I already discussed here. Today’s post focuses on the ImagineR pass available to students between the ages of 10 and 26. The pass is good for 12 months of unlimited travel with the choice to the subscriber of beginning the first of September, October, November, December or January.
For zones 1-2 (which roughly corresponds to the metro system), the annual fee is 298.70 euros. You can pay by check for the entire year or allow the RATP to deduct nine payments of 31.95 euros from your bank account. (For the full list of fees, go to www.ratp.fr, click on “titres et tarifs” and then scroll down to and click on “Forfait imagine R.” Or use the calculator tool on the ImagineR site.)
No matter which zones you purchase, the Imagine R pass will give your child unlimited travel throughout all of Ile de France on weekends, national holidays, and school vacations including Toussaint, Christmas, the February ski break, spring break, and the entire summer vacation (from the beginning of July until the end of August.)
If your kids will be taking public transportation fairly regularly, getting the ImagineR is a no-brainer. You’ll never have to worry about whether your child has enough tickets to get around town and back home again, and if it’s lost, it can be replaced fairly easily. And if your child takes the metro or bus 5 times a week within zones 1 and 2, you will come out at least even financially, if not ahead.
Every information and ticket office within the RATP system has application materials for the ImagineR pass. You must get the application signed by your child’s school before submitting it by mail. You should receive your pass within two weeks of sending it in.
For more information, go to the Imagine R Web site at: http://www.imagine-r.com/index.html (in French only).