Category Archives: Getting Around Town

How to Use a Parisian Parking Meter

Finding a parking spot in Paris can be tricky.  And once you squeeze your car in between a Smart car parked perpendicular to the curb and a delivery van half on the sidewalk, the next step is to pay up.   You won’t find a meter for each space as in the U.S.  Instead, look up and down the block and you should see a meter like the one pictured on the left.  The principle is that for any space marked “payant,” (virtually any legal parking space within the city limits) you pay, the machine spits out a ticket, and then you leave the ticket on your dashboard (on the passenger side) where a meter reader can check to make sure you’re legal.

Forget about putting your loose change in the meter.  Parisian meters don’t take cash.  You need to use either a prepaid card (Paris Carte) available in amounts of 10 and 30 euros from tabacs and some press kiosks or MoneoMoneo is more flexible because it can be used in other towns.  To obtain Moneo credit, you go to a Moneo machine located at some banks and post offices, insert your French bank card, and indicate an amount of money to be transferred over to Moneo.  At the meter itself, you insert your bank card and the meter deducts the amount of Moneo credit you select.   

Parisian meters have two rates:  one for visitors and one for residents.  The resident rate allows you to park your car close to your home for relatively long periods (up to a week) at relatively low rates (currently 65 centimes a day or 3.25 euros a week).    To benefit from this rate, you need to display a carte de stationnement résidentiel available for free from the city upon presentation of certain documents proving your residency at a fixed address.  Note: if you have a company car registered at a business address, you very likely will not be able to take advantage of the resident rate.  Otherwise, you pay a regular fee betweeen 1.20 and 3.60 euros an hour, depending upon the location, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.   You can park for free in some locations on Saturday; all parking is free on Sundays, holidays, and the entire month of August.  But check the details on the meter just to be sure that you’re legal.   And another thing:  if the meter where you want to park is broken, you still have to pay even if it means hunting for a meter in service.

If all else fails, consider a paid underground lot.  At most lots, you take a ticket from the machine upon entering.  Take the ticket with you and pay at a machine upon returning.  (You generally have to walk up to the machine thus the logic of keeping the ticket on your person rather than in the car.)  You will have to put the ticket into a second machine in order to exit the garage.

And while you’re there, have your car washed or gas up.   The lot pictured here, like many others in Paris, houses a service station.

 

 

Resources

All the fine print on parking regulations, fees, and permits from the city of Paris (in French)

Obtaining a residential permit for parking (in French)

Map of paid parking lots in the city of Paris

Take the Bus!

Buses sometimes seem to me to be the poor stepchild of the public transport system in Paris.  It’s not that they’re inefficient, dirty, or slow.  It’s just that they’re a lot harder to figure out than the subway, particularly for folks still trying to get their bearings.   But the bus has a lot to recommend:  better views, fewer smells, and often a quicker route from your front door to where you’re going.   All it takes is a little patience to figure out the lines which work with your daily and weekly routines.

Bus Basics

You use the same ticket for the bus as you do for the metro.  In fact, you can actually buy one from the driver for 1.80 euros but beware: you cannot use a ticket bought on board to transfer to another bus.   Tickets bought elsewhere (metro stations and tabacs) can be used to transfer from bus to bus within a one and half hour window.  Regrettably, you cannot use the same ticket to transfer from bus to subway or subway to bus.

Board the bus through the front door.  Greet the driver with a simple “Bonjour monsieur” or “Bonjour madame.”  If you have a Navigo pass, swipe it on the purple pad as you board.   If you have a ticket, insert it into the grey box mounted just behind the driver’s seat.  The machine will validate your ticket, give a cheery “ding”, show a green light, and spit the ticket back out.  Hang onto your ticket for the duration of your trip.  If  your ticket has somehow gotten demagnetized or you mistakenly try to validate a used ticket, the machine will make a loud buzz and show a red light.   If you don’t know what the problem is, you can try to appeal to the driver.  In most cases, they will just wave you to move on back.

All buses follow a prescribed route with well marked stops.  The route is usually posted at the bus stop as well as on board the bus in panels that run in the space above the windows.    The bus only makes these stops, however, if someone is waiting to board or if you signal, by pushing any of the red buttons mounted on poles throughout the bus, that you would like to get off at the next stop.  Exit through the rear door.

If you are pushing a stroller, you can enter through the rear door, although you may have to ask the driver to open it if no one is getting off.  Park your stroller in the space directly opposite the rear door and go to the front of the bus to validate your ticket or swipe your Navigo.  The rules say that only two strollers can be on a bus but this rule is not always enforced.

Tips for Bus Riders

Due to the large number of one-way streets in Paris, the bus route to your destination may be slightly different than your return.  The loops that the bus must take to respect one-way traffic are noted on the route map as well as which stops are served in each direction. 

Waiting times for the next two buses

Many bus stops (particularly those with shelters but also many just marked by a pole) have real-time information noting the length of the wait for the next bus.  If you are at a stop served by many buses, check the electronic display carefully.  It usually displays waiting times in a rolling fashion with one bus listed after another.  If the service is out of order, the sign will read “info pas disponible, ”  or “hors service.”

Priority seats for the elderly and disabled are clearly marked.  A large number of older, somewhat infirm, ladies and gentlemen take the bus; be a good sport and give them your seat if none is available.

Regular bus service is between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Buses run after these hours but on a limited number of routes or with long waits between buses.  Consult the RATP site for an itinerary if you are traveling outside these times.

Bus maps for specific lines can be found on the RATP site.  From the home page, click on the green circle marked “plan des lignes” and then on the following page, scroll down and click on “bus.”   You can also purchase bus guides at bookstores and news kiosks.   They are usually with the street map books.

ImagineR: A Real Deal for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

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).

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Paris has many charms but being easy to navigate is not one of them. That being said, you will do just fine as long as you always carry a map with you. And there’s no need to be ashamed; even the locals carry them at all times.  The secret?  Put away that free map from the hotel or the tourist office and invest in a blue book under the title of Paris Pratique or Plan de Paris Par Arrondissement. Available in book shops and news stands, these little books contain a map of every arrondissement, including some of the tiny passages and streets in the nontouristy sections of town that may be missing from the free tourist map. Before you buy, make sure the edition contains a plan of the subway system and bus routes. And if your home is in one of the banlieue (suburban) communities, look for a slightly larger version that includes the communities near you.

Another option is to get a copy of Streetwise Paris, a laminated map available at W.H. Smith or from Amazon.  This map is extremely durable, takes up less space in your bag, and it’s easier to use since you don’t have to flip through the pages to find your current location and destination.   But it does not include the entire city, cutting off, for example, major parts of the 14th and 15th arrondissements.   The risk?  You may find yourself off the grid just when you need it most.

Tips for Navigating the Streets of Paris

Notre Dame is ground zero in Paris.   The smallest numbers are closest to Seine and then go up.  Take, for example, a very long street like the rue de Rivoli.  Number 44 (Ben and Jerry’s) will be closer to Notre Dame than Number 226 (Angelina’s).

While streets have even numbers on one side and odd on the other, don’t expect number 30 to be across the street from number 31.   If you look closely in the map book, you will see the street numbers listed in a fine red font at each intersection.

All subway stations have a map of the surrounding neighborhood (plan du quartier) posted on the wall in several locations, often on the platform and near any exits.   In stations with multiple exits, the exits are numbered and you can consult the map to see where you will emerge at street level if you take exit 1 versus exit 2.

Remember that Paris is divided into 20 arrondissement (districts).   Île de la Cité (where you’ll find Notre Dame) is in the 1st.  From there the arrondissements are numbered in a spiral that begins just north of  Île de la Cité, heads east, crosses the Seine, and then heads west.  It’s confusing at first so just focus on finding street addresses.  In time, knowing the number of the arrrondissement will help.

Everyone’s heard the terms “Left Bank” and “Right Bank” but what do they mean?  Think of it this way.  Stand in front of Notre Dame but with your back to the cathedral.  Everything across the Seine River on your right hand side is referred to as the “Right Bank,” everything on your left is called the “Left Bank.”  Why?  Because that’s the direction the Seine flows to the sea.

Useful Links

How to Use a Paris Street Map  (About.com)

Google Maps:  Find an address anywhere in the world and get walking or driving directions from one location to another.  All subway stations appear on the Paris map.

Mappy: An online tool like Google Maps (although for Europe only) with a few more bells and whistles; in French only

Velib: The Ins and Outs of the Parisian Bike for Hire System

Velib (a contraction of the French words vélo (bicycle) and liberté (freedom)) is a system of bike rentals in Paris and several surrounding communities.  Designed for the commuter and errand-runner, the bikes are free for the first 30 minutes of use, making them an economical way to get around the city.    There are about 20,000 bikes at stations roughly every 300 meters throughout the city of Paris and several of the surrounding communities.  You pick up a bike at one station, drive it to another where you drop it off, and go on about your day.    The system is self service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

How It Works

First timers can purchase one-day ticket from the kiosk at the bike station using a credit card.  (Note: most U.S. credit cards — which do not have a computerized chip — are not compatible with the Velib system.)   Follow the instructions on the screen (there is an English language option) and keep your paper ticket.  You will need it again if you use the system more than once during the day.  Your credit card will be charged 1.70 euro for the day, entitling you to an unlimited number of uses under 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, the rates are 1 euro for the second half hour, 2 euros for the third half hour, and 4 euros for each half hour after that.  It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that you should return the bike before your 30 minutes are up and take out another bike if you want to keep riding.   The fine print for short-term users also includes an agreement that the system can charge your credit card a 150 euro fee in case the bike is not returned.

You can also buy a week-long  (7 day) pass for 8 euros.   It may not save you much money, but it can save you a little hassle when picking up a bike. This is because once you have your pass, you don’t have to use the front of the kiosk to get a bike. During the summer months, especially on nice days, there can be lines to purchase a pass, so if you have already purchased your pass, you can just enter your code and password on the back side of the kiosk and take your bike.

If you plan on using the system frequently, you can buy a yearly subscription for 29 euros.   In addition to being a cheaper alternative for frequent users, the Carte Velib allows you to take out a bike directly from the stand without having to use the station kiosk.    The application for the Velib Carte is online at http://www.velib.paris.fr/.  Although you can fill out certain portions on-line, you have to print it out and mail it in some supporting documentation and the annual fee.   You will receive your Velib card by mail within two weeks.    If you already have a Navigo card for public transit, you can also link your Velib account to your Navigo so you don’t have to carry multiple cards.  

Tips from Experienced Users

  • Carefully inspect the bike before releasing it from the station and before setting out.   A bike seat turned backwards usually means that there’s something wrong with the bike.   A quick check of the pedals, the chain, the tires and the breaks is highly recommended.  It’s worth taking a little ride down the block to see if the bike is ride-worthy or not.
  • When returning a bike, it is vitally important that it is securely locked  into the stand.  A green light will appear when the bike is properly secured. You will be charged for returned bikes if they are not locked back into the stand.
  • Know the locations of several Velib stations at  both ends of your trajectory.   On sunny weekends, bikes can be hard to find.   At other times, the station where you planned to return your bike may be full.   Rumor has it that if you bring your bike to a station to drop it off and it is full, you can type in your code and password into the kiosk and it will give you 15 more minutes to find another station.   There is also map of the nearest stations on each kiosk, so if you do come to a station and it is full, you just need to look on the kiosk to find the next closest station.
  • Maps with all Velib stations are available on the Web site at http://www.velib.paris.fr/Plan-des-stations/Les-plans-des-stations/Imprimez-le-plan-des-stations-par-secteur.
  • For iPhone users, there is a  nifty application that allows users to find the nearest stand and the number of bikes available at each stand, all in real-time.  
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Ride only on the roadway and respect traffic regulations.  It is illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk.  If you feel nervous about traffic conditions, either get rid of the bike or walk it on the sidewalk.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to ride a Velib.

Rules of the Road

One could dedicate an entire Web site to driving in France but let’s start with the basic rules of the road. In future posts, we’ll cover obtaining a French drivers’ license and more road signs.

Respect Speed Limits

Autoroute: 130 km/h in dry weather; 110 km/h when it’s raining
Major divided highways: 110 km/h in dry weather; 90 km/h when it’s raining
Other roads: 90 km/h in dry weather; 80 km/h when it’s raining
Within city limits: 50 km/h
In central business districts: 30 km/h

Note: The speed limit on the Périphérique (the ring road around the city of Paris) is always 80 km /h.

Be aware that city speed limits begin at the town or city sign (not always where the first 50 km/h sign is situated), usually denoted by a white name panel with a red border, and the limit ends where the name panel has a diagonal black bar through it.

Fixed speeding cameras are usually preceded by a warning sign advising motorists that that there is a speeding camera ahead.

Radar traps are frequent in France. It is entirely possible to receive a citation through the mail because of a violation caught remotely on camera. In France, anyone caught traveling at more than 25km/h above the speed limit can have their license confiscated on the spot.

From left to right: speed limits on autoroute, radar camera ahead, speed limit, end of speed limit

Priorité à Droite

Unless otherwise marked, cars entering a roadway from the right have priority over the traffic already on the road or in the circle.   That is, the driver entering from the right does not have to stop; rather, other drivers are required to slow down and yield the joining vehicle.   Be alert for traffic entering from the right particularly while navigating large intersections and places in Paris.    In the countryside and in small villages, you will encounter situations where countryside lanes entering major routes have the priority over the main roadway.  Proper roundabouts will be marked with a sign “cedez le passage” which means entering traffic yields to the traffic in the circle.   Bottom line:  be alert to the traffic around you.

Buckle Up

French laws require mandatory use of seatbelts for both front and rear seat occupants. A driver is subject to receive penalty if he/she or the front or rear seat passengers are not buckled with a seatbelt while the car is in motion.

Keep the Kids Safe

Children under 10 are not allowed to travel in the front seat. In the rear they must use a proper restraint system appropriate to their weight, either a car seat or a booster seat as appropriate. Drivers failing to comply are subject to being cited.

Motorcyclists: Wear a Helmet

Wear a safety helmet while driving a motorcycle. Motorcyclists not wearing approved safety helmets are subject to both fines and impoundment of the vehicle at the scene. is subject to be fined.

Don’t Use Your Mobile Phone While Driving

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving in France. Drivers caught using a handled device such as cell phone or PDA are subject to a fine. French law says that “the driver must be able to do any emergency operation at all time with his two hands.”

Don’t Drink and Drive

France has strict drunk driving laws. Driving while intoxicated — whether by alcohol, drugs, hallucinogens, sedatives or other controlled substances — is a serious violation.  The limit for alcohol is 0.50 g/ liter of blood. Drivers shown to be intoxicated by a blood alcohol or other test can be fined, a fine, have their vehicle impounded at the scene, their driving license subject to immediate suspension, and face possible jail time for 24 hours.

Carry a Warning Triangle and Vest

Drivers in France are required to have a warning triangle and a reflective vest in their cars at all times; in fact the vest should be in the car rather than in the trunk so keep it in your glove box or under a seat. The idea is that if your car breaks down, you should put on the vest before exiting your vehicle. This is a relatively recent requirement and police may be conducting random checks to ensure that you have the proper safety equipment with you.

Respect Red Lights

There is no “right on red” in France. Drivers who run red lights at intersections controlled by traffic lights are subject to citation.

Carry a Valid Drivers’ License

Carry your driving license and registration card at all times. Drivers found not to be carrying their driver’s license, registration and insurance cards while operating a car or motorcycle will be ticketed. The French police regularly set up checkpoints to screen drivers for their license and registration documents.

In Case of Breakdown, Accident or Emergency

If you are involved in or witness to an accident, keep calm and move your car to a safe place out of the way of the traffic and turn off the engine. Keep yourself safe.

The key numbers to remember are:

Police — dial 17
Fire — dial 18
Ambulance — dial 15

If you do not have a working cell phone, bear in mind that expressways and main highways have roadside emergency telephones every 2 kilometers.

If there are any injuries, inform authorities of the exact location of the accident, the number of injured persons, and the extent of their injuries. The first responders will then give you instructions. Until the first responders (including ambulances) arrive, give first aid to the best of your ability. Do not leave the scene of the accident until police officers arrive.

Vocabulary

Aire de repos: rest stop
Allumez vos feux: Turn on your lights
Attention au feu:  Beware of traffic signal
Attention travaux:  Beware roadwork
Autre directions: Other directions
Barrière de dégel: Trucks not allowed
Chaussée déformée:  Bumpy road
Cédez le passage: Give priority to the other road
Centre ville:  Town center
Chambres d’hôtes:   Bed and Breakfast
Col:  Mountain passes
Fermé:  Closed
Gendarmerie:  Police station
Gîte:  Simple bed and breakfast
Gratuit:  Free of charge
Gravillons:  Loose chippings
Haute tension:  High voltage power line
Hors gabarit:  Road, bridge, or tunnel closed to vehicles exceeding certain dimensions
Interdit aux Piétons: No pedestrians
Nids de poules:  Potholes
Ouvert: Open
Péage:  Toll road
Rappel:  Remember
Route barrée:  Road closed
Sens unique: One-way
Serrez à droite:  Keep to the right
Sortie:  Exit
Suivre:  Follow
Sur: On
Toutes directions:  All directions
Verglas: Ice
Vitesse adaptée sécurité:  Adapt your speed for safety
Voie unique: One-lane road
Voitures: Cars

Public Transportation in Paris: Getting Started

Updated September 2013

If you’re not used to taking public transportation, it may all seem a little confusing at first:  so many lines, so many acronyms, so many tickets!  But if you start small and then branch out, you’ll gain confidence and in no time, you’ll be switching lines and modes of transport with ease.  Here are a few basics to get you started.

Public transport in Paris consists of four coordinated systems with integrated ticketing. 

Métro:  The  Métro (short for Métropolitain) is the subway system.  It is extensive with 16 lines on traditional underground/above ground trains plus 5 newer tram lines that run exclusively above ground.  Once you are in the Métro system, you can change lines as many times as you need (as long as you don’t exit the system) using only one ticket.  It runs from 5.20 a.m. to 1.20 a.m. daily plus one additional hour on Friday and Saturday nights as well as the eve of certain holidays.

Bus:  Paris also has an extensive bus system that links well with the subway.   Regular bus service is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Over night, a less extensive set of bus lines called the Noctilien is in service.

RER:  The RER was built to help suburban commuters get quickly from home to work and back again.  There are 5 lines, two of these connect to Paris’s airports.  RER tickets are priced according to distance (longer rides being more extensive) but you can use the RER within zones 1 and 2 just as if it were another line of the Métro.  That is, if you get on the RER A at Charles de Gaulle-Etoile and ride to Chatelet, you can then switch to Métro line 1 without using a new ticket.   If you have to go through a second turnstile to switch to line 1, just use the same ticket you used to get on the RER A.

SNCF/Transilien:  The SNCF is the state railway company.  Its Transilien trains serve commuters in areas where there is no RER.  For example to reach the western suburbs of St. Cloud, Garches, Vaucresson, and Bougival, you take a SNCF train from either La Defense or Gare St. Lazare.

Tickets

A single Métro ticket costs 1.70 euros.  A packet of ten tickets called a carnet costs 13.30 euros.  A ticket is good for one ride on the bus, one ride on the Métro with an unlimited number of transfers from line to line, and one ride on the RER within zone 1.

Children under the age of 10 may travel on a half price ticket which can be bought individually or by the carnet. Children under the age of 4 do not need a ticket.

RER and Transilien tickets are priced depending upon the distance.  You can also buy these tickets in packets of 10.

Always keep your ticket with you!  Do not throw it out until you completely exit the system.  Although you will see people jumping over and crawling under turnstiles,  don’t try to cheat the system.   Ticket control teams monitor passengers randomly; there are stringent fines if you do not have a ticket and generally you are required to pay on the spot.

Special passes are also available that may be of interest to teens and to visitors.    The Paris Visite Pass can be purchased for a 1, 2, 3, or 5 day period with separate prices based on whether it is for zone 1-3 or zone 1-5 (which includes airports).   It is good for unlimited travel during the time period and so can be quite handy for tourists, especially in inclement weather.

Students under the age of 26 can benefit from buying a Ticket Jeunes Weekend, good for unlimited travel on one day (Saturday, Sunday or a holiday) for just 3.65 euros for zones 1-3.  (Higher tarifs apply to zones 1-5 or 3-5.)  If your teen will be using public transportation frequently, you may want to purchase an Imagine R card good for unlimited travel throughout the school year.   Imagine R cards vary in price by the zones you select but are good for free travel throughout the system on weekends and holidays.

Tickets can be purchased from a booth in subway and RER stations, from station kiosks, and tabacs.  You can also buy single use tickets from bus drivers for 1.90 euros; you may not transfer to another bus with one of these tickets.

If you use public transportation frequently, you may want to consider the convenience of a Navigo pass.  To learn more, see To Navigo or Not.

Transfers

One ticket can be used for unlimited transfers within the Métro system, Métro-RER within zones 1 and 2, and bus to bus within zones 1 and 2.  You can not use the same ticket to transfer from Métro or RER to bus or bus to Métro or RER.

Zones

For fare purposes, the Paris region is divided into five zones.  Virtually every Métro station lies within zones 1 and 2 so you should never have to purchase a special ticket if you are just using the subway.   But if you take the Métro from Paris to a suburban community in zone 3 and then want to take a bus, you would then need to use a separate ticket for the bus.   For more information, consult the zone map.  One odd little quirk to keep in mind:  the Métro station at La Defense is in zone 2; the adjacent RER A station (also La Defense!) is in zone 3.  (Don’t ask why.  It just is.)

Vocabulary

Carnet:  packet of ten tickets

Correspondance:  transfer

Sortie: exit

More information, go to the RATP Web site.  Many portions are in English.

To Navigo or Not

If you take the métro or bus frequently,  a Navigo pass can be a great alternative to tickets.    With the Navigo, you never have to worry about buying tickets or dealing with those that get demagnetized.   Because the pass has a chip in it rather than a magnetic trip, it can not be demagnetized.  Better yet, if you lose it, getting a replacement is a snap.

So what’s the calculus?

There are two types of Navigo passes:  one you load either monthly or weekly, depending on your needs, or the Intégrale, which is an annual subscription.   For the standard Navigo,  you load up the Navigo at a station kiosk and some ATMs at the beginning of the month or week.   (Beware:  On the first Monday of the month, particularly after vacations, there is usually a long line at the machine.  You can avoid the lines by loading up your card as early as the 20th of the prior month or on Friday for a weekly pass.)  With the Intégrale, you give your bank account information to the RATP and they take an amount out of your account for 11 months out of the year, and the 12th month is free.

Whether the Navigo makes sense for you obviously depends upon your transit use.   For zones 1 and 2 (Paris plus pretty much anywhere the metro goes), the weekly fee is 18.35 euros.  With a carnet (10 pack) of tickets costing 12 euros, you will beat the carnet price if you take 15 rides a week.   The monthly fee of 60.40 euros beats the carnet price if you take 49 rides a month.*

The fees for the Intégrale are slightly lower.  You will beat the carnet price if you take 41 rides per month.

There is a special Navigo pass for students called the Imagine R which we’ll discuss in an upcoming post.

Want to know more?  Go to www.ratp.fr and click on “plus d’infos voyageurs”  on the left side of the page and then on the purple bar “titres et tarifs” on the top of the subsequent page.

*The price of Métro tickets and Navigo passes may be increased! If legislation passes on June 1st, zones 5 and 6 will be merged and there will be price increases for both a book of subway tickets and Navigo passes. The new prices would begin July 1st.