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Paris Visite - help with zones

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Paris Visite - help with zones

We arrived by train in Paris and purchased a 3-day Paris visite pass from the gare. The person helping me put it in for zones 1-3 but our hotel is in zone five. What is the best/most economical way to fix this mistake? We found out when we couldn't exit the rer about the error. We have two more days of sightseeing - we expect to just leave the hotel in the morning and not return until evening. We have already done things wrong so many times, would appreciate some advice.

Edited: 04 June 2014, 03:30
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1. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

Where is your hotel?

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2. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

Yes if your hotel is in zone 5 and you want to see Paris you have had some difficulties.

There are two options:

1. Pay the difference between the zone 1-3 pass and the zone 1-5 pass and have it reissued. This is easily done before the Paris Visite is used and you should ask about it now. However, for only two days, this may not be cost effective.

2. Use the PV you now have and travel to the RER closest station to your hotel within zone 3. Purchase individual tickets at this intermediate point to the station nearest to your hotel. This might save a little money as individual ticket costs are based upon distance. Buying 10 at a time and sharing them, if you are at least 2-3 people, could save you an additional 25%.

Depending upon where your hotel is located, you might have some bus options.

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Well, you kind of gobbed it up by buying that Visite Pass, which is always overpriced and less than perfectly useful, but you need to tell us where your hotel is and where you intend on traveling to before we can make suggestions on how to remedy the situation.

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Yes, we have made quite a few mistakes. We trusted some bad advice before, from a friend . The hotel is by the airport, accessible by shuttle from the two CDG rer b stops. (It was the last leg of our journey and we didn't mind the distance.). The ticket was already stamped by the machine yesterday.

Thank you for the help about buying the difference. Is it possible to buy the return journey ahead of time? Or do we to get out at blanc mesnil and buy, then back on?

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5. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

You may purchase tickets ahead of time but you will still need to disembark at le Blanc Mesnil to validate them, just as you will need to validate them departing CDG. If you are traveling on the train from le Blanc Mesnil to CDG with an unvalidated ticket, it´s the same as not have a ticket at all and I do see inspectors on the RER B quite often.

Purchasing a ticket to le Blanc Mesnil and boarding at CDG, I might be temped to simply stay on the train to Paris as long as you have your zone 1-3 PV passes with you. Technically however, you should validate any ticket or pass when you board the train, métro, bus, or tramway.

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Sorry to hear that you were given the wrong advice! It's always confusing with the PV card - especially as it's more expensive than the other options you expect that it covers more! I agree with Sarastro, your best bet is to just pay the difference between the edge of zone 3 to get back to your hotel in zone 5 by taking a book of 10 tickets to divide up between you as individually priced tickets are more expensive. I recently posted up a guide to "Getting Around Paris" which explains the most cost-effective way of getting around Paris. Not that it's much help now, but for your next trip (!) it's probably best to get a zone 1-5 navigo for the week (designed for locals but accessible when you are visiting too) as it will cover the airport and everything in zone 1-5 and it can sometimes be cheaper than a Paris Visite card - http://myloveforparis.blogspot.fr/

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Thank you very much for the replies! Based on your sound advice, we opted to pay the difference in the zones. One honest mistake threw us into a confusing mess of unhelpful employees, closed cashiers, and thrice knowingly being sold more than we needed... Only to be realized after the fact. I am done with this city and so excited to leave tomorrow. Thank you all for making these days more palatable. It made it possible to enjoy our time here.

Edited: 04 June 2014, 19:56
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8. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

You're "done with this city" because you bought a pass that didn't suit your needs? And then you had some difficulty in correcting your mistake?

Wow ...

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9. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

And fuse says that he's from Paris? Hmmm.

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10. Re: Paris Visite - help with zones

Fuse f, sorry to hear about your problems. But please do not let this mishap cloud your judgement of Paris. It is a wonderful place, but trying to conduct transactions in a foreign country is never easy.