My husband, 10-year old daughter and I will be in Paris this September, arriving on a Friday morning and leaving the following Wednesday. Should we buy individual tickets or would a multi-day pass be a better value?
There is no multi-day pass for the time period you will be in Paris. Just buy carnets of tickets, that is little packs of 10 tickets.
The one-week pass for Metro, RER, and buses covers Monday to Sunday. The carnets of 10 tickets would work better. Three people can share the tickets, so only buy the number you will need.
I agree that the carnets of tickets would be best under your particular circumstances unless you will be making heavy use of the metro.
The Paris Metro is a big topic today, I think there are at least 3 separate threads discussing the Paris Metro, just today.
Now I don't feel so dumb!
You can also you the Metro tickets for the city buses.
Which is better, depends on how often you use the public transportation system.
There are also day tickets available
mobilis zones 1 - 2 for 7,00 Euro
We just returned from Paris and purchased a multi-day Visite Pass for the Metro. It may have just been our experience but the Visite tickets were very unreliable. There wasn't a day where one of the tickets didn't fail and we had to get them re-validated which caused delays. I have used multi-day tickets in many other cities in Europe but our Paris tickets were not the best.
Thanks for that cautionary comment about your multi-day pass. May I ask if you bought it because it was a better value than tickets? Based on the feedback I've seen so far, I think my family will be better off opting for tickets.
I would definitely do the tickets. I selected the multi-day pass solely for convenience which was totally lost in the re-validation process. Ticket machines were easy to find and easy to use...should have gone that route.
One more vote for tickets - we had considered getting the Navigo Decouverte passes for our stay, and then actually planned out how much we'd use them. As it turned out, we did a LOT of walking all over the place, so our decision to just use the carnets for our family of five made a lot more sense. We really only used the Metro or buses when we had a big distance to cover, or were exhausted after walking 10,000-15,000 steps already that day per my FitBit! :-)
They were easy to get, easy to use as long as my kids kept track of their tickets during transfers (they did), and we only paid for what we needed.
Our last five tickets were used for our bus trip to the Gare de Lyon as we were leaving Paris.
And a carnet of tickets for use by kids aged 4-10 is half the adult price.