Carte Orange Paris: Buy advance?

Mar 22nd, 2004, 07:08 AM
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LarryJ - do you have the website address for the tourist board? Thankas.
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To Charlieg

Website for French Government Tourist Office (Maison de la France) is: I should have posted it in my original message.

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Am I correct in assuming that the Carte Orange covers both the bus and the Metro?
Do you have to fasten your ticket to the card yourself or does the ticket attendant attach it after you pay at the machine? Is it simpler to buy 1 billet pour zone 1-2 a the ticket window or at the machine? I speak a litle French. Reccomendation? Merci
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You bring a small photo to the ticket agent. Ask for the Carte Orange 'hebdomodaire'(weekly) for zones 1-2. The agent usually but not always will affix your photo to the orange id card. You will be handed a gray plastic sleeve, orange id card w/photo and the ticket. You need to write your id number from the orange card onto the ticket. The orange id card goes into one see-thru pocket and the ticket slips into a slot, all within the gray plastic sleeve. I have seen the agent write the number down for me only once ever.

The pass is good for the metro and bus, and RER within the zones.
For the RER and Metro, remove the little ticket, insert into the gate's slot, retrieve the ticket, go thru the gate and remember to put your ticket back in the gray sleeve.

For the bus, you hold up the pass showing your id to the bus driver as you board, and go find a seat.

You must keep the ticket WITH the orange id card if an inspector asks to see your ticket. It's no good to put the id pass away and just have the ticket on you. My husband tried this and had to get it all back together on the quay, as stated above.
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Jun 15th, 2004, 11:10 AM
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I've read in a few places that you can only buy the Carte Orange for the current week (Mon-Sun) until Wed. I arrive in Paris on the Friday morning but have worked out that it is still worth buying for my short trip (Friday-Sun). Will I be able to get one on the Friday.

What is the correct term (in french) for 'this week'.

One last question - I assume its available at the RER station at CDG airport.

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Jun 15th, 2004, 01:38 PM
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Coupon hebdomadaire : Validité du lundi au dimanche uniquement

Il peut être acheté jusqu'au mercredi pour la semaine en cours, et à partir du vendredi pour la semaine suivante (pas de vente de coupon hebdomadaire le jeudi).

Basically, this says you may buy until Wednesday for the week in progress, and starting Friday for the following week.
So, no - you will not be able to use Carte Orange for Friday-Sunday.

You could use a carnet or two (10 tickets in a bundle), or you could buy a Mobilis for about 5.5E each day.

A Carte Orange for 5 zones to cover CDG might not be so advantageous for 3 days, anyway. The Mobilis does not cover the RER trip to any airport.

You will need individual RER tickets for trips between CDG and Paris center. (about 7.7E each way).
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Jun 15th, 2004, 06:55 PM
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I thought the Mobilis was only 5 euro. If you planned on buying a Carte Orange for 3 days for zones 1-2, buying 3 Mobilis is only going to be about one euro more, anyway, it's not worth worrying about this. If you are leaving sometime Sunday, I don't think you even need that much.
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I actually want to travel from CDG airport on the Friday (zone 5 - E7.70 one way) plus visiting on the Friday afternoon\evening, Versailles (zone 4 E5.50 return) on the Saturday and round Paris and then back to the airport (another E7.70) on the Sunday. It might have to be single tickets and a 'carnet' of 10 for the central Paris trips.
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Aug 6th, 2004, 11:56 AM
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There are so many messages going back and forth that I want to make sure I'm correct when it comes to the Carte Orange.

My friend and I will be arriving in Paris on Wedneday, August 24 and departing on Sunday, August 29.

I think it is more cost efficient to guy the Carte Orange, but according to some postings we need to bring a small picture with us. Is that correct? Can they do the picture at the station?

Or are we better off just getting the Paris Viste pass before we leave?

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Aug 6th, 2004, 12:00 PM
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You can get a picture for 4 Euros at an automatic photo machine, but you might as well bring one. Not every metro station has these machines in working order.
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It's probably easier to just bring a photo with you. I just printed out a digital photo, cut it out to the approximate size and brought it with me.

The metro station we went to did not have any photo machines, so I was glad that I had done a little advance preparation.
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Just some points on the question of Carte Orange for non residents of Paris...

1. Interestingly enough, there is no (or was no is a better way of saying it) info regarding Carte Orange on the RATP English web site while it is described on the French site.

2. Several years ago I emailed RATP with the question. The response that came back was not yes, not no but a shade of grey. It said Carte Orange is intended for citizens of the Paris region as it is heavily subsidized. Intended is what they said, not straight out only sold...interesting. In addition, EU regulations prohibit discrimination against any citizen of the EU. Thus legally, they cannot make anything available only to French citizens and not include citizens of the other EU countries. At least that is the way I understand it.

3. What does this all mean? From time to time, people have reported clerks would refuse to sell them Carte Orange and try to steer them to a Paris Visite (which is a total rip off as we all know). In 99.9% of these cases, a walk 50 yards down to another booking office quickly resolved the problem.

I once had a clerk try to refuse to sell me a mobilis with the same lame excuse and try to get me to buy Paris Visite. Now this one I know is not true as Mobilis is clearly listed on the English web site...boy did we have an argument. And I speak enough French to know I told her exactly what I needed. Ultimately she sold it to me but it was a hassle.

So what does it all mean? Perhaps these clerks are like auto rental clerks; you know the ones who lie to you to get you to buy options you don't need and who get commission on whatever they sell you. Perhaps they get a commission if they sell you Paris Visite....
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Aug 6th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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I've read in a guidebook (Rick Steves, I think) that the Carte Orange is meant only for Paris residents, but that this is rarely enforced. He suggests trying a different ticket agent if one won't sell it to you.

Does anyone know how much one metro ride costs?
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Aug 6th, 2004, 01:22 PM
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A single metro ticket is 1.4E, and a carnet of 10 is 10.5E.
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Aug 6th, 2004, 01:28 PM
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While holding down the ALT key press 0128 on the numeric keyboard and voila....€
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Aug 6th, 2004, 01:29 PM
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Thanks, Travelnut!

We're big walkers and probably won't use public transport much during our five days in Paris, so I was curious as to which would make more sense for us, a carnet or individual tickets.
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Aug 6th, 2004, 05:04 PM
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You can buy the carnet and share the tickets - it's just a bundle of 10 tickets.
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So, Travelnut, the two of us arrive on Saturday and leave on the following Saturday. So, when we arrive we'll each buy the the Carte Orange (starting Mon), and one carnat, and hopefully that will do us? And, if not, we'll buy another carnat? That's better than 4 Mobilis(2 people X 2 days for Sat. and Sun)?
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:31 PM
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I'm thinking - don't buy a pass at all initially; buy a carnet. See how much you actually ride on Sat/Sun. If you then want a pass, buy your C.O. on Monday.

And I'll repeat: Remember that the C.O. is TWO parts - the orange I.D. card w/ your photo and the actual metro ticket. I believe it is only the ticket that is dispensed by machine. If you have never bought this pass, then you must buy both parts from a clerk to get you started. Then you can reuse the I.D. portion and just replace the little ticket next trip.
Don't forget to write in your pass I.D. number onto the little ticket.
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