All you need to know about the Navigo cards and using the public transport in Paris.
At TEMPO, we often receive confused and disgruntled customers who are travelling to Paris and are left flabbergasted by the extensive public transport system of our home-city. While we are here in Gare Du Nord to cater to all your money transfer needs, we also spend a minute with the lost customer to guide him back to his destination through the metro, the bus or the RER. With our team’s unfettered spirit to help expats in this city, the TEMPO team presents a beginner’s guide to help you understand the Navigo system in Paris and how to use it to the most of your benefit while visiting our city-Paris. After all that’s what TEMPO is here for- to make things fair and convenient for you!
With 14 Metro lines, 5 RER (express train lines connecting farther suburbs), 7 tram lines and hundreds of buses, the Paris public transport is one of the most meshed, yet the most convenient, in the world. After a few initial days of confusion, you can sail through this beautiful city with convenience using the Navigo passes.
2. What is the technology behind it?
Contactless smart card is a contactless 13.56-MHz credential whose dimensions are credit-card size using the Calypso standard (an international electronic ticketing standard for microprocessor contactless smart cards)
3. Who can use it?
(i) Passe Navigo- attached to an account for the people of the Ile-de-France region
(ii) Navigo Découverte — can be issued to anyone- for example tourists or people on shorter visits
NB 1: all these passes are nominative and if you are found travelling with a pass issued in someone else’s name, the fines can be imposed. The RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) which is Paris’ public transport operator is quiet vigilant about ticketless travelling.
NB 2: Some sellers may discourage foreign tourists from purchasing a Navigo Découverte, nudging them towards the more expensive Paris Visite Pass (can be purchased online, unlike the aforementioned Navigo and Decouverte, offers some museum and tour discounts. More details here.
4. Where is it issued?
The first time you have to buy a Navigo or a Navigo Découverte, you have to approach one of the persons on the Information desk (see pic) which are strategically placed for easy access at all Paris Metro and RER stations. The person may request for a copy of your ID proof like a passport, residence proof and a photograph to issue the card.
For renewal, you can place your card on any of the automatic machines (see pic) like the one shown below and recharge the card for a week, month or an year (the machines have various language options). If you have trouble using the machine approach the information desk again and they will help you out.
5. Where can it be used?
The Zones 1–3 include downtown Paris and the closest urban areas, while zones 4 and 5 cover more distant areas, including Versailles and Disneyland Paris®. Prices of the Pass vary from 63.30€ to 73€ for monthly passes and from 19.25€ to 22.15€ for the weekly passes.
Latest on prices can be checked here.
6. Travelling to the Paris Airports
(i) The Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) is served by Roissybus (11.5€), RER B (10€), Bus 350-Paris Gare de l’Est (6€), Bus 351- Place de la Nation (6€).
This airport falls in Zone#5 and if you have any ticket or pass entitling you to travel to zone#5, you do not have to buy an additional ticket to reach the airport.
(ii) Aéroport d’Orly (ORY) is served by the Orlybus — Place Denfert-Rochereau (8€), Orlyval- Gare d’Antony (RER B) (9.30€), Tramway T7- Villejuif-Louis Aragon (metro M7) (1.90€), Bus 183-Porte de Choisy (metro M7) (6€), Navette GO C Paris-Pont de Rungis Aéroport d’Orly (6.25€)
Check more details here.
7. Travelling to Versailles?
The Paris <-> Versailles Château-Rive Gauche ticket allows you to travel from any station in Paris to Château de Versailles by the RER C. The price of tickets is €7.10 (adults) or €3.50 (children). Again, Versailles falls in Zone#5 and if you have any ticket or pass entitling you to travel to zone#5, you do not have to buy an additional ticket to reach the chateau.
8. Travelling to Disneyland Paris®
The Paris <-> Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy ticket allows you to travel from any station in Paris to Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy by RER A.
For more information click on the links below: