Paris Travel Planner   Paris Visite Transit Pass, Paris
A Paris Visite ticket may save you money and time on public transport during your short visit to Paris. Then again, it may not. You must do some calculating and planning to take an educated guess.


 




 

 

If you're visiting Paris for just a few days and you expect to move around the city quite a lot by public transport, you may save money with a Paris Visite ticket from RATP.

Then again, you may not. Read on.

What It Is

The Paris Visite (pah-REE vee-ZEET),a paper ticket with a magnetic stripe on the back, allows 1, 2, 3 or 5 days of unlimited travel in central Paris on the convenient Métro, city buses, funiculars, RER suburban trains and SNCF Transilien regional trains.

Paris Visite transit ticket, Paris, France
A 2-day Paris Visite ticket valid for travel in Zones 1, 2 & 3.
Expensive, but convenient...

(For five days or more, you may be better off buying a Navigo Découverte pass. More...)

What It Costs

The cost of a Paris Visite adult ticket for Zones 1 to 3 ranges from 11.65 for a one-day adult pass to 37.25 for a five-day pass; kids 4 to 11 pay half price. Zones 1 to 3 include all of central Paris and some nearby suburban destinations, but not the airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly, or Disneyland Paris, or the Château de Versailles, all of which are in Zones 4 and 5.

A Paris Visite adult ticket for Zones 1 to 5, including the airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly, or Disneyland Paris, and the Château de Versailles, costs 24.50 for one day, up to 63.90for 5 days; kids pay half.

(Compare this cost to that of a one-week Navigo Découverte pass at 21.25 which include Zones 1 through 5—but is valid from Monday through Sunday only. More about that below. Read on!)

Validity

The validity of the ticket begins at midnight on the first day that you use it and continues for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days, ending at midnight on the last day. Even if you first use the ticket at 22:00 (10:00 pm) on Day 1, the validity will be calculated as beginning at midnight on that day—in other words, you'd only get 2 hours' use of it—so it makes sense to begin using the ticket early in the day.

Protect It!

Like a normal ticket t+, the Paris Visite ticket has a narrow magnetic strip on the back that holds data on its validity. If this data is corrupted, your ticket will not work. Corruption can be caused by putting the ticket near a mobile phone or any other device with magnetic influence. Keep your ticket away from electronic gizmos, batteries, etc.

If the ticket fails to work within the period of its validity, take it to a ticket agent and ask forit to be re-magnetized, or for a replacement ticket.

Discounts

Paris Visite also entitles you to discounts of 15% to 20% and more on a number of museums, activities and attractions in and around Paris, and on some shopping.

Is It Worth It?

Zones 1 to 3

The challenge is to determine whether the Paris Visite ticket makes economic sense for you. If you plan to use public transport numerous times each day; if you look at the ticket's discount offers and decide that you may take advantage of several of them; then the ticket may make sense for you.

But remember: a single Métro/bus ticket costs only 1.90, and if you buy a carnet of 10 tickets for 14.10, the cost per ticket drops to 1.45. At that price, two people equipped with a carnet can take five Zone 1 & 2 rides each (virtually all of historic Paris) in a day for 14.50 (7.05 per person)—and if you don't take that many rides, you can use the tickets another day. If two people buy Paris Visite tickets, they will pay 24.60 total (Zones 1 to 3), which makes sense if they expect to take more than seven rides each per day, and/or take trips to Zone 3, and to use some of the discounts offered.

Seven rides each is a lot of time on the bus and Métro in one day...and if you spend that much time in transit, will you have any time left over to take advantage of the discounts?

Zones 1 to 5

Because the Zones 1-to-5 Paris Visite pass includes travel to the airports, Disneyland Paris and the Château de Versailles, it presents a different economic prospect. If you fly into Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airport early in the morning and plan to see Paris in a day, then return to the airport at night, the Zones 1-to-5 Paris Visite pass can easily make sense. In effect, it is the equivalent of a round-trip/return airport-to-city-center ticket, plus three other Métro or bus trips in the city center. If you think you'll take that many trips in the city center, you may save save money. (But remember: walking in Paris is one of its finest pleasures!)

The Convenience Factor

There is this: it's more convenient to have just one ticket that you can use over and over, rather than having to get out a new ticket each time, then dispose of it after you ride, and not get the new and used tickets mixed up.

So...how much is that convenience worth to you?

When in doubt, I would say...stick to buying carnets of tickets or, for longer visits, consider buying a Navigo Découverte pass:

Navigo Découverte Pass

For anyone staying five days or longer, and particularly those who expect to return to Paris for similar periods of time in the future, or who are traveling to and from the Paris airports, the Navigo Découverte card can make a lot more sense. More...


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