Carte Orange Paris: Buy advance?

Mar 27th, 2008, 09:46 AM
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Itchynose,

Even with the museum add-ons, the Paris Visite pass is not a good deal.

The t+ ticket is good anywhere the Metro goes (some lines end in zone 3), the RER in zone 1, buses, trams (except for T4), and the Montmartre funicular.

Both CDG and Disneyland are in zone 5 so buy the zone 1-5 Carte Orange (32.10&euro and the passe Navigo Decouverte card (5&euro at either RER station at CDG.

Since your bank doesn't charge fees for transactions at foreign ATMs, you'll do well to get cash as needed, but I expect you'll still want to use a credit card for major purchases. You may want to have your bank increase your daily ATM withdrawal limit. And notify both your credit card providers and your ATM card providers that you'll be in Europe. Oterwise a computer may freeze your cards for what it recognizes as unusual-and therefore potentially fraudulent--use.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 09:48 AM
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You only need to get zones 1-5 if you are going to and from CDG every day. Disney and CDG are both in zone 5.

Yes the CO will give you unlimited travel on buses, RER, and Subways.
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Apr 7th, 2008, 09:15 PM
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Help! Here's our situation: we are a school group of 13 (9 students; 4 adults). we need metro passes for Wed, Thurs, Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon. On one of these days will we go to Versailles (by train); another day to Chartres (also by train). Any suggestions on what passes/tickets to buy to get us all around Paris (including montmartre and Vincennes Castle)? Thanks!
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Apr 8th, 2008, 02:52 PM
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How old are the students?
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Apr 9th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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the students are all under 18 years old.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 07:45 AM
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Then for Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat, their best bet is probably a Carte Orange. For four days, the daily outlay is little more than 4€.

On Sunday, they should acquire Tickets Jeunes.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 08:31 AM
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If everyone (students and adults) buys zone 1-2 Carte Orange passes on Wednesday, the students won't need Ticket Jeunes for Sunday. The Carte Orange is good through Sunday.

Entrance to Versailles is free for people under 18. All the students will need is a ticket for the Metro and RER to Versailles and back (2.80€ each way). The adults would benefit from buying Forfait Loisirs passes for Versailles which include transportation along with admission. See here: http://tinyurl.com/y84c3o.

Chartres is well beyond the outermost zone for tranportation passes. Everyone will need to buy regular train tickets.

For Monday I suggest you buy as many ten-ticket carnets as you think you'll need for the rides everyone, adults and students will take that day, and share those tickets among yourselves.

For all your transportation choices go here: http://tinyurl.com/3bwnp3.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 08:33 AM
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Robespierre,
Tickets Jeunes are only valid for Saturday and Sunday. If you buy they buy a Carte Orange, there is no need for the Ticket Jeunes on Sunday as the CO would be valid through Sunday. On Monday it would depend on what you want to do schedule wise, but my general advise would be to buy some carnets to split among the group.

An aside if you haven't already. Look at the attractions and museums you are going to and see if it makes sense to get ISIC cards for the students before the trip. Some of the museums will require this for student discounted admission.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 09:22 AM
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Good catch!

For some reason, my enfeebled brain held the idea that Cartes Oranges were valid Sunday-Saturday, when in fact they are intended for use Monday through Sunday.

So, right - get the Carte Orange and you're done.
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Apr 25th, 2008, 07:57 PM
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My wife and I are taking the chunnel train into Paris on a friday and staying until the following friday. I am thinking about just getting a carnet and possibly extra t+ tickets to cover the weekend and then doing the Navigo Decouverte with the Carte Orange for the remaining days.
Is there a cheaper alternative? Is there some special ticket for weekend travel?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Apr 26th, 2008, 05:40 AM
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Ticket Jeunes passes are one-day passes good for either Saturday or Sunday. A zone 1-3 pass costs 3.20€. However, they're only good for people under 26.

If you're going to take a lot of rides over the weekend, you could buy one-day zone 1-2 Mobilis passes for 5.60€. They're good for any day of the week, but each pass will only work on the day you first use it. However, just buying carnets as needed and sharing the tickets may be your best choice until Monday, particularly if you want to explore Paris on foot.
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Apr 26th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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TimS,
thanks for your help, I think I will just be using the carnet, but I forgot all about the mobilis option.
Thanks again.
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