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Which pass is best?

Hello Everyone

Just wanting some advice on the best pass for our visit in Paris.

We will be in Paris for 3 nights, 4 days. We will be sightseeing the city and all the attractions.

Just wondering if the hop on off will be the best option or if we should look at other passes for transport etc

Thanks in advance for your help

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1. Re: Which pass is best?

A definitive answer to your question really needs a lot more info, such as the actual days you will be in Paris, whether you are arriving and leaving by train or plane, if the latter through which airports, and the ages of anyone in your party under 26.

The best option will *probably* be the Carnet (karn-ay) of ten tickets good for the entire métro system and the buses and RER in the city proper. Cost is €11.60. The HOHO bus is good for getting a general orientation but is relatively expensive. As general transportation it is too slow and infrequent especially for a short visit IMO.

Here is a link to a downloadable map that shows the city bus routes of greatest interest to most visitors and the routes for the l'Open Tour HOHO bus. You will find other useful maps and transportation info at www.ratp.fr


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2. Re: Which pass is best?

Can the carnet be used to get from CDG into the city? if not can a return ticket be obtained for travel back 3 days later (Probably be getting the RER B to Luxembourg).

Are there similar daily tickets to oyster cards in London which allow you to pay a daily fee and travel wherever you wish?

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3. Re: Which pass is best?

No. The carnet tickets can only be used on the métro system and on the buses in the city proper. You would need to use the RER (suburban light rail network) or some other form of transport to travel between CDG and Paris. There are several options, and the most convenient for you would depend on where you are staying in Paris, how much luggage you have, whether you have children travelling with you and whether you have any mobility issues—and possibly a couple of other things I have forgotten to mention.

Assuming he RER is your best transportation, the one way ticket is €8.50. You can buy two tickets when you are at CDG and use the second for your return trip. You can get a one day Zones 1.3 Mobilis pass for travel within the city (i.e. not to the airport) for €5.90. Only you can decide whether that is more economical than the 10 ticket €11.60 carnet.

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