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Paris passes : choose the right one for your needs
- Paris Pass : the all-in-one pass: museums, travel, sightseeing. More info here
- Paris visite: just a Paris public transport pass. More info here
- Paris Museum pass : just gives entry into the main museums. More info here
- Hop-on hop-off tourist buses : just valid on these tour buses. More info here
- Choose tickets à la carte : Just buy tickets for what you have time to see. More info here
About-Paris 1: PARIS TRANSPORT TIPS► Making the best use of Paris public transport.
Like most French cities, Paris is not a place to visit by car. Parking can be an expensive nightmare (though less so than London), and the city has a great public transport network, with a fast underground network that stretches well into the suburbs.
The public transport system includes buses, the underground and overground metro, the RER (express transit metro), and of course taxis. Taxis in France are ordinary vehicles with a taxi sign on the roof, not special vehicles as in London. They are quite expensive, and there are not enough of them.
If you plan to use public transport, it makes best sense to buy one of the passes that includes it. See below.
For more ideas on keeping down your costs, visit the Budget Paris page
Passes will not necessarily offer great financial savings, but they will offer savings in time. During a short visit to Paris, few tourists want to spend several hours waiting in long queues to get into the top attractions. With a Paris Pass you can avoid the ticket queues and skip the lines at the entrance to popular sites.
- The Paris Pass [Includes Skip the line at Museums and
sightseeing bus, and public transport ]
This is the the "all you need" pass covering transport, museums and attractions. It is the most comprehensive of the different Paris passes, giving free admission to some 60 monuments / museums in and around Paris, plus free use of public transport (buses and metro) , the Cars Rouge tour buses, a Seine river cruise, a wine-tasting session, a free Paris guide book, and lots more. Includes the Louvre, Orsay museum for the Impressionists, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, the Dali museum and more - but not the Eiffel Tower.
Buy your pass in advance, and avoid the queues to get in. The Paris Pass now offers a refund guarantee insurance, in case you have to change your travel plans. Many other online ticket sellers do not offer this.
Pass Prices - before discounts
2-day pass: Adults: 134 € , Teens under 18: 82 € Children 45 €
3-day pass: Adults: 168 € , Teens under 18: 98 € Children 51 €
4-day pass: Adults: 198 € , Teens under 18: 108€ Children 57 €
6-day pass: Adults: 238 € , Teens under 18: 128 € Children 74 €,
Visite", though this is not necessarily the
The Paris Visite passes are available on a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day basis, and
cover all types of official public transport in the central area or
central area and suburbs, depending on the option chosen.
DO NOT BUY A PARIS VISITE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASS if you have bought, or plan to buy, a Paris Pass for visiting attractions and museums. Public transport is already included in the Paris Pass. See above
Paris Visite - gives unlimited use of the metro / RER / bus network for a given numer of days. Prices start at €13.20 for a one day adult pass covering zones 1 to 3 or 21.50 €uros for 2 days (As of Jan 2018). Full details in English, plus downloadable Paris Metro and public transport maps from the official Paris visitor website,
Take care... Where to buy Paris visite pass ?
The simplest is to buy it when you reach France, from any Paris area train / metro station, airport, information point or tourist office. Buy it at the ticket office, not from a machine (unless renewing). If you want to buy it on line in advance, only do so here; you'll get the tickets at the official price, but you will pay extra (at least 9 Euros) to have them mailed to you. DO NOT purchase in advance from other online websites that sell these tickets well above the real cost, and charge excessively for delivery too. You could end up paying double the cost......
- Paris Museum pass [Museums only ]- giving unlimited admission to some 60 monuments / museums in and around Paris, excluding the Eiffel Tower. Prices start at 48 €uros for two days or 62€ for four days. This pass - best purchased on the day at the first museum you visit - does not include any transport, so things like Seine river cruises, metro tickets and sightseeing tours must be purchased separately. See below. The Paris Museum Pass is included in the Paris Pass (see above).
- Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass The Open-Tour /Cityrama service, has a choice of hop-on hop-off passes from 33 € for a one-day pass, and covers four different routes (plus optional Batobus service on the Seine). Alternatively Big Bus Tours (formerly les Cars Rouges) run open-top guided tour buses linking nine major sites; a two-day pass costs 39€ if paid on the bus. Big Bus tours are now included in the Paris Pass
- The "Batobus" and travel on the Seine. The Batobus are river buses that go up and down the Seine from the Eiffel tower to the quai de Montebello (near Notre Dame). There are 8 stops in all. An adult day pass in early 2018 costs 17 €, and a 2-day pass (consecutive days) costs 19 € per adult.
PASSES are often the easiest solution, but not necessarily the cheapest way to visit Paris ...
opt for a "carnet" (pronounced Car-nay). This is simply ten standard tickets at a reduced rate (€ 14.90 for ten in January 2018). Carnet tickets have no date limit, and can be shared among members of a group. If you have some left over at the end of your stay, keep them for next time. They are valid on buses, the metro and the "RER" within the cental area, and on metro and RER journeys allow as many changes as you want.
Changing: Just one important point to note: while you can change metros or change buses on a standard journey ticket, you can't change from a bus journey to a metro journey, or vice-versa.
Though the Metro is mainly an underground system, several parts of the network are above ground, and offer an interesting way to see Paris from well above street level.
Note: Neither a standard Paris metro ticket nor a central Paris pass are valid on the RER for travel into the suburbs, and notably for travel to Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. For such destinations, you must buy a specific ticket.
Specific destination tickets and carnets are available at all metro stations, and from automatic machines which accept credit cards. Carnets can also be bought in some main French railway stations outside Paris.
Finding your way in the metro.
This is no big problem. Using the maps available, check the line number and terminus station of each line you want to take. If you need to change routes, follow the "Correspondance" signs on the platform and through the foot tunnels; these indicate the line numbers and the termini. Just follow the right one. The RATP (Paris transport authority) provides free maps which are usually available in hotels, metro stations and other places.
Travelling outside Paris: use the trains or hire a car at a location on the outskirts of Paris, to avoid having to drive in the streets of Paris. See tips on car hire on the outskirts of Paris. Click here for travel to and from Paris airports
Paris airport guide.
TIP - If you arrive by air in Paris for a day trip, buy the 1 day "Paris visite" visitor pass for zones 1-5, which includes the airports. that way you also have unlimited hop-on hop-off public transport during your day in Paris
TIP - Changing trains at "Chatelet" metro hub. Chatelet is the biggest interconnection station on the Paris metro system: three main RER routes cross here, notably B (for the airports) and A (serving the Gare de Lyon and Disneyland). If you are changing from a southbound "B" train to a south/east bound "A" train, (for instance, coming from Charles de Gaulle airport and heading for Gare de Lyon or Disneyland, a common combination), just cross the platform. The same goes if you are taking these routes in the opposite direction (for example coming from Gare de Lyon and heading for Charles de Gaulle airport). Nothing could be simpler!
For other changes, follow the indicator boards, having noted which RER or metro routes you want.
TIP - Your ticket. Always keep your ticket until your journey is finished, even if it is just a single journey ticket. If you use the RER in the central urban area of Paris (which you can do, of course), you will need to put your ticket through the machine both to get onto the platforms and again to get out of the RER area.
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In an emergency in Paris:
24 hr chemist / pharmacies:
a) 84, av des Champs-Elysées 75008, tel
0145 62 02 41
b) 6, place Clichy 75009, tel
0148 74 65 18 .
62, Avenue des Champs-Elysées
0143 59 22 52
1 rue Auber, 75009
0142 65 88 29
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Daily 3 pm - 11pm
01 46 21 46 46
Hertford British Hospital: 3, rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret
Tel 0146 39 22 22
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63, Bd Victor Hugo
0146 41 25 25
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