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Which paris metro pass is best

Me and my mother are arriving in Paris on wednesday May 15th charles de gaulle and departing on wednesday May 22nd. My question is which Paris metro pass do you think would be best for our travels?? We came to Paris last year. I was looking up the 10 carnets for 12.70 which is only for metro/bus, the Visite Pass for possible 5 days zone 1-3. I also see the Navigo pass but that is valid starting on Monday and we are arriving on Wed so i'm not sure if that would be worth it. Also with the 10 carnet tickets, does it cost 1 ticket to go from 1 metro stop to the next? Its doesnt include roundtrip back to my orginal metro stop where we began correct? Please help ! Thanks

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If you and your mother plan to take lots of rides each day, then a zone 1-2 passe Navigo Semaine loaded on a Navigo Decouverte card could be worth it for you even though you'll only be able to use it for five days (Wednesday-Sunday). Tickets from a carnet are good anywhere the Metro goes (some lines end in zone 3) and on the RER in zone 1. Each ticket provides unlimited transfers until you exit the system. Each ticket allows bus transfers up to 90 minutes after boarding the first bus, but you cannot transfer between bus and Metro/RER on the same ticket. Tickets also are good on the Montmartre funiculaire that goes up the hill to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. If you like to walk and won't be taking a lot of rides each day, then buying carnets as needed and sharing the tickets would be a good way to go. That's certainly what you should do for Monday-Wednesday.

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Hey Tim thanks for the info again. So can I use a carnet ticket for my ride on the RER from CDG to Dupleix?? Instead of paying the 9euro fee you were telling me about before for the RER. I'll pass the info to my mother.

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No, you cannot do that. A ticket from a carnet is good on the RER only in zone 1 (all of central Paris). You will have to buy single tickets for €9.50 each to get from CDG to Dupleix.

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My sister and I were in Paris for 8 nights last fall and we each bought a carnet. That was enough to get us around town for 6 days (on the first day we were so jet-lagged we didn't use the Metro except to get from the airport to the hotel) and one day we took a day trip to Versailles so didn't use any regular Metro tickets. We did have to buy 3 more individual tickets each for our last full day in the city because we used up our carnets. But the carnet is a great deal - very reasonably priced and very easy to use. To answer your question about how the tickets work: One ticket is good for one journey (i.e. the St.-Michel Notre Dame stop to the Chateau Rouge stop), including any and all changes. Once you exit the Metro and come above ground, you must use another ticket for the return journey or for any additional journey.

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Last summer in Paris was the first time that we were not able to buy metro tickets from the automated machines because they only accept chip & pin cards (or cash). There were no attendants selling tickets so we were just out of luck.

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@ Tim thanks for the Navigo info @ Sarah thanks for the carnet info
I really appreciate it!!

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Hello, If you want to enjoy a bit of the city without the hustle of the public transportation (like on the first day ;)) Do not hesitate to go for a cab. I would recommend you to order one with a free app call Taxibeat. It will allow you to choose your cab, like one with a good ratings or who speaks English. Enjoy your stay

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A good tip, if you wish to buy a carnet of metro tickets and you don't want to hassle with using machine( which isn't that hard) or trying to find a manned kiosk at metro station, go to a "Tabac" , most of them sell carnets of metro tickets . They do not sell singles. Yes, a Tabac, a store that sells smokes, gum, papers etc, clearly labelled a Tabac. "Une carnet si vous plait"

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@ Justine thanks for the taxi app information,i'm downloading it right now. And yes we will definitly enjoy our trip, thanks
@ Pat yes I think we will stick with a carnet, thanks