Best metro pass for Paris trip

Aug 9th, 2007, 03:25 PM
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Thanks Tim, I'm arriving in Paris on the Eurostar and flying out of CDG on Sunday afternoon. Thanks
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Aug 9th, 2007, 04:05 PM
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Stick with the zone 1-2 Carte Orange and buy an individual ticket to CDG. Even if you go to Versailles, you'll pay less altogether than you would for a zone 1-5 Carte Orange.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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I will be in Paris Sunday till Friday, is there a 5 day pass.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 05:08 PM
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Yes, there is, but it's not a good deal. Unlike the Carte Orange, the Paris Visite is not tied to particular days of the week and you can buy it for varying numbers of days, but it's expensive. A five-day, zone 1-3 Paris Visite costs €27.20.

There is a one-day pass called Mobilis which can be bought to cover travel in a varying number of zones. If you're arriving in Paris by train and plan to take four or more rides on Sunday, buy a zone 1-2 Mobilis pass (€5.60). However, the airports are EXCLUDED so a zone 1-5 Mobilis Pass won't help you there.

Even for less than a week (Monday-Friday in your case), a Carte Orange is a better deal.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 09:17 AM
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You guys are the best! Thanks for the help. Great forum
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Aug 10th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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Thanks for the information.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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TimS -

You seem to be the resident expert regarding the Paris passes. I thought I would reach out to you for help as well.

We have been to Paris about 7 times and have always purchased the Paris Visite pass, but have been told by locals that it is not worth the cost.

We will be arriving in CDG on a Monday, November 4th and departing on a Monday, November 12th. We have never stayed an entire week but we are looking forward to our stay (we've rented an apartment in the Marais).
If we purchase a Carte Orange, will that allow us to get on the RER to the city center? Some websites say that the Carte Orange is only for French citizens and that for foreigners to purchase them the ticket agents sometimes will not sell them to non-French citizens. Is this an issue? Can the Carte Orange be purchased at a vending maching CDG? Can we take a standard passport sized photo with us or is there photo booths in CDG?
We will be using the Metro extensively since we've been to Paris a number of times, and really don't mind being underground to get from point A to point B.
If we can purchase the Carte Orange, would it make sense to purchase Zone 1-6?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Testing my memory here, but don't I recall buying our Disneyland passes at a metro or RER station and getting the RER tickets for free almost free? Do they still do that?
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I don't think it's possible to buy a Carte Orange from a machine at any station, but you shouldn't have any trouble buying one at the CDG RER station window. There probably are photo booths at CDG, but I don't know for sure. Just bring an extra passport photo--or cut up a snapshot that has a headshot of you in it. Something one inch square is big enough.

CDG is in zone 5, not zone 6. A zone 1-5 Carte Orange costs €32.10 and it would get you from CDG to Paris. However, it will expire before you return to CDG the following Monday. A zone 1-2 Carte Orange costs €16.30. A single ticket from CDG to Paris costs €8.20. If you're going to spend most of your time in central Paris, then I'd buy single tickets for CDG-Paris and return and a zone 1-2 Carte Orange. If you go someplace like Versailles, those tickets only cost €2.80 each way.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 11:14 AM
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I don't know if there is a package price break or not, but the Disneyland Paris page at the Transports de Paris site says that you can buy your entrance pass at major Metro and RER stations when you buy your travel ticket.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Yes, they do have a special package for Disneyland plus RER which is a good deal.

Johm, you cannot buy a Carte Orange in a machine because you don't have one yet, that's why. YOu can buy the replacement ticket once you have the orange ID card to begin with, but you absolutely CANNOT get it the first time from the machine, so don't try it. It will be "illegal" and if caught, you can be fined a lot.

They have photo machines at all the major metro/RER stations and they cost four euro. Of course, if you have an extra passport size photo, take it.

I don't know what websites you've been viewing that claim this or that about COs, but don't believe any info that isn't official or by people who may not know what they are talking about. First, the fact that they claim it is a matter of "citizenship" is a tipoff that the person who wrote it doesn't know what they are talking about. IF it were a matter of anything, it would be residency, not citizenship. They are not equivalent. Even Parisian legal residents can get married in Paris, for example, you don't have to be a citizen and some people live in Paris many years and pay taxes without being a French citizen. Furthermore, you could be a French citizen and live in a different country, which would have nothing to do with Parisian transportation taxes.

IN any case, it isn't true that the official regulations state that as I've read them, although some ticket clerks may get some ideas and make up their own rules, as many petty French bureaucrats are wont to do.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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TimS and Christina-

Thanks for the great information.

One last thing, the Carte Orange can be bought at the same ticket office where you normally buy the Paris Visite pass in Terminal 2 @ CDG right before you enter the RER?
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Aug 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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I have heard that you need a picture of yourself, is it passport size or smaller? I have read both.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 02:07 PM
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I expect that you can buy a Carte Orange anywhere you can buy a Paris Visite.


A 1" x 1" headshot is not too small. Anything up to a passport-sized photo will do.
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Aug 17th, 2007, 04:21 AM
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I have a 5 years old child, is there any discount for him for Carte Orange, or any other transport ticket? Do I have to buy an extra RER ticket for him to go to Disneyland? Thanks!
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