The famous Paris Metro is the main form of transport in the city so it’s a good idea to check out your ticket options before you head to the station.
There are five types of Paris Metro tickets available.
1. Single rides.
The 2016 price for a single ticket is 1,90 Euro.
2. 10 ride ticket.
A 10 ride ticket is 14,50 Euro (i.e 1,45 Euro per ride for adults) or 7,25 Euro for a child from 4 years to under 10 yrs for 10 tickets. Children under 4 years old ride for free. This ticket is for use within the city only. To travel to the outer suberbs, Disney World, Versailles or Charles de Gaulle Airport you need to take an RER train which requires a “Billet Origine-Destination” ticket, the price of which varies depending on how far you are going.
Beware the Paris metro can get crowded at peak times of the day and this gives pickpockets an opportunity to strike. Tourists are usually carrying cash, credit cards and important documents so it is a great idea to have a travel purse with anti-theft security features.
3. A daily unlimited pass – The Mobilis Pass.
Zone 1 and 2: 7,30 Euro.
Zone 1-3: 9,70 Euro.
Zone 1-4: 12 Euro.
Zone 1-5 (doesn’t include the airports): 17,30 Euro.
Buy from a ticket machine or over the counter at the station or from a station agent.
Note: If you’re under 26 and in Paris on a weekend or public holiday, you can get a cheaper 1 day unlimited pass called a ticket jeunes. Buy over the counter or from a ticket machine at the station or from a station agent.
Getting up and down escalators at metro stations with luggage, as with any subway system the world over, can be a mission. Bear this in mind when considering the suitcase sizes you are planning to bring on your trip to Paris.
4. A weekly pass that runs Monday to Sunday (see comment from reader Richard at bottom of article)
To get this weekly pass aimed at locals, you’ll need to get a Navigo card (as in NAVI GO). This is similar to London’s Oyster card. It’s a reusable card that you load your pass on to. The pass runs from Monday to Sunday. You can purchase the pass from Friday for the following week.
The Navigo card itself is 5 Euro, and you can by it at the station from the attendant. The prices below don’t include the cost of the purchasing the Navigo card.
All Zones 1-5: 22,15 Euro.
Zones 2-3: 20,65 Euro.
Zones 3-4: 19,80 Euro.
Zones 4-5: 19,25 Euro.
Zone 4 will get you to and from Orly Airport and Versailles on this Navigo card.
Zone 5 will get you and all your suitcases to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
As you’ll see below, if you are arriving on a Monday, this is much cheaper than getting the tourist pass, even including the 5 Euro fee for the card.
You must have a 2.5cm tall x 2cm wide photo to buy the Navigo card but you can just print this using a home printer before your trip.
There are also Navigo monthly and annual passes available.
5. 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day unlimited pass (that starts the day you buy it) aimed at tourists – called Paris Visite passes.
These are aimed at tourists and priced accordingly. You can buy these for either zones 1-3 (central Paris) or zones 1-5 (which includes the RER to the airport, getting to Euro Disney, and getting to Versailles). Below the price for 3 zones is listed first and the price for all 5 zones is listed second.
1 Day: 11,65 Euro, 24,50 Euro
2 Day: 18,95 Euro, 37,25 Euro
3 Day: 25,85 Euro, 52,20 Euro
5 Day: 37,25 Euro, 63,90 Euro
Tickets for Children?
Children under 4 (0-3 inclusive) ride free. If your child looks under 4, they’re likely to ride free.
10 ride tickets and the Tourist Visite passes are half price for children. There are no child discounts on the other passes or single tickets.
For the Visite Tourist passes, children aged 4-12 inclusive are half price.
For the 10 ride passes, children 4-9 inclusive are half price.
Please note – this is an extremely popular post. We unfortunately can’t answer additional questions on this topic, as we spend too much time each day on email already 🙂
N.B Ticket prices are updated by me annually.