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If you’re a seasoned traveller to Paris, you might already be well aware of the city’s convenient public transport systems in place like using the Paris metro, buying tickets, and using different transport passes like the Paris Navigo. Though we’re huge fans of using the old Navigo Pass, it’s not the easiest pass to get for non-residents in Paris. But as of summer 2019, the RATP has released a brand new type of transport pass that is guaranteed to be traveler-friendly—the Paris Navigo Easy!
This quick article answers all of these questions about the Paris Navigo Easy:
- What is the Navigo Easy?
- What are the advantages of the Navigo Easy?
- How to use the Navigo Easy?
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What is the Paris Navigo Easy?
It is basically a rechargeable card you can use throughout your entire trip. The Navigo Easy is part of the ambitious modernization program of the RATP for transport tickets. Say goodbye to the tiny non-recyclable paper tickets that keep getting lost! RATP aims at slowly phasing out the single-use paper tickets by summer 2020.
The Paris Navigo Easy is primarily intended for those travelling to Paris and even for local residents who only occasionally use the city’s public transport system. Unlike the Navigo Pass where you have to commit to a fixed full-month rate or a fixed full-week rate, the Navigo Easy is similar to London’s Oyster Card where you just load your card for as many tickets as you think you’ll need.
Advantages of getting a Paris Navigo Easy
Reasons why the Paris Navigo Easy is the best transport pass for travellers:
– You can easily buy it at several metro stations for only 2€ .
– This card is anonymous therefore no photo ID or name is required.
– You can give the Navigo Easy pass to someone else after you’ve completed a trip. More about what this means in the bottom of the article.
– It is the cheaper option. Buying a ‘carnet’ or a set of 10 metro tickets is cheaper when you have the Navigo Easy. Beginning November 1, 2019, getting a carnet of 10 single-use t+ paper tickets will cost 16.90€. With the Navigo Easy, 10 t+ tickets will only cost 14.90€.
– It is much more convenient to use as you can simply tap the card on the ticket gates!
– It is an eco-friendly option which will hopefully replace all of the wasteful paper tickets you see on the floor everywhere in the Paris metro!
How to use the Paris Navigo Easy
Using the Paris Navigo Easy is really…well, easy! Here’s how:
Step 1: Buy the Navigo Easy pass at a ticket booth in any metro or train station. It only costs 2€ and you don’t need to provide any other information.
Step 2: Load your Navigo Easy with the amount and kind of tickets you need. You can load single Paris t+ tickets (1.90€ each) or you can load a ‘carnet’ or a set of 10 t+ tickets (14.90€). You can also load it with the Navigo day Pass (7.50€ for within the Paris city limits).
* Note that you can only load a maximum of 30 t+ tickets in your Navigo Easy at a time.
You can load your Paris Navigo Easy card on ticket machines found at metro stations. Most ticket machines are old and will only accept payment by card or by coins. If you’d like to pay by paper bills, you must go to a ticket counter where staff can do it for you.
Step 3: Start using it! Simply tap it on the purple card reader found on one of the ticket gates. Some metro stations will have the automatic glass gates open but others still have the turnstile gates that you’ll need to turn after tapping your card.
Step 4: Check your Navigo Easy pass balance. To do this, find a ticket machine inside a metro station and just place it on top of the purple card reader. The screen will display the number of tickets you still have left.
Step 5: When you’re done using your Paris Navigo Easy at the end of your trip, you can give it to someone else or you can keep it for your next trip in Paris!
Important things to remember about the Navigo Easy
1. Each person must have their own Navigo Easy when travelling together.
While the Navigo Easy is anonymous and can be used by anyone, 2 people cannot use it at the same time. For example, one person cannot tap it, go through the ticket gate, and then pass it to another person for him/her to use right after. Doing a ‘pass-back’ is not allowed.
2. Loading the Navigo Easy with other tickets
Navigo Easy holders can also load the card with tickets to Roissybus and Orlybus. You can load it with more than 1 ticket at the same time if you need a return-ticket to the airport.
* The only tiny drawback to the Navigo Easy is that it cannot be loaded with RER tickets yet. So if you’re planning on going outside of the Paris city limits, like visiting Versailles or visiting Disneyland Paris, you’ll still need to buy a single-use paper RER ticket from a ticket machine.
3. Traveling with children
Unfortunately, an adult traveling with a child cannot load both adult tickets and child tickets onto the same card. You will need to get a separate Navigo Easy pass for your child and load it with tickets that have the child rate: 1.90€ for single t+ tickets and 7.45€ for 10 t+ tickets.
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