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Public transportation in Paris for 4 days - help this confused mind!!

Old May 26th, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Public transportation in Paris for 4 days - help this confused mind!!

In all my studying of Oyster Card vs. paper Travelcard for our week in London, and reading up on the Strippenkaarts for Amsterdam, I've completely forgotten what kind of card/pass to get for the Metro in Paris.

I know, when we were there for a week in 2007, that I bought a Carte Orange, but we will only be there for 4 days this time (Friday - Monday leaving early Tues morning). What type of pass should I get? We have a shuttle picking us up at CDG, so will only need inter-Paris transportation.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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We have been in Paris for 2 weeks - We purchased 10 ticket packs - 11.40 Euro per packet
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Old May 26th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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For four days I would just buy a carnet - two if you think you'll make more than 10 trips.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Jenblase,

You are probably best with the carnets..I think they are 11.80 now.

Enjoy,

Joan
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Old May 26th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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Or you could buy a Mobilis pass - 5.80 for zones 1 and 2, good for metro and bus for one day (www.ratp.info/informer/forfait1j.php - not in English because they want you to buy the Paris Pass). Also, my last trip I bought a Batobus pass (www.batobus.com/english/index.htm), which gets you one (or two) days on the boat (eight stops), if your sightseeing will be near the river this is very convenient.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 01:56 PM
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Thanks...CARNET... I couldn't remember what they were called!!!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 02:13 PM
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IME, Batobus isn't a practical way of getting around (especially during such a short stay). You might have to wait at popular stops for several boatloads of passengers to board ahead of you - and the boats are infrequent (~20 min?). Learn a little about the bus system, or use the Métro for a total no-brainer.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 03:21 PM
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We got so frustrated with waiting for the Batobus and the slow pace of it one summer a few years ago, we just forfeited the price we'd paid for the tickets and walked everywhere. For such a short trip, I'd use métro and buses unless you have mapped out a sightseeing route on the basis of the Batobus stops.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 04:12 PM
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I guess the Batobus issue is one of those YMMV things, plus it's likely different in the summer. I looked at it as a way to get a Seine cruise combined with transport, plus that day I was visiting places near the stops. I never had an issue with not being able to board, but it was the end of April.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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It's very different in summer. We had to wait almost an hour - two groups boarded before us. The rest of the year it's a non-issue, I think.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Here is a specific and handy demonstration of how to get the carnet using the roller machines at the stations--it has been very helpful to students and those seeing the newer machines for the first time.
http://www.parislogue.com/travel-tip...is-tips-5.html
Have a great time.
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