French Rail Pass and Paris Metro

Do I still need a Paris Metro ticket to travel on the Paris Metro during my rail pass days?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 21, 2016 16:45
    Hi Diane,

    The France Rail Pass is actually not valid on the Paris Métro. The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains between different cities. Rail passes generally would not cover public transit networks (metro systems and buses) within European cities, although there are some exceptions.

    Of the metro and commuter lines around the city of Paris, the France Rail Pass would only be valid on the following:

    - Line B of the RER commuter network, but only in the direction going from the Paris CDG to the city (the France Rail Pass would not be valid going in the reverse direction from the city to the airport).

    - Line C of the RER commuter network

    Please note, it would still use up a day of travel on your pass to use it on the RER., and you might not want to squander a day of travel on your pass for such a short trip. If you do want to use the France Rail Pass for the RER, you would have to go to the RER ticket window and request something called a 'contremarque voucher' prior to boarding.

    If you don't use your France Rail Pass for the RER, you would have to pay to board locally upon arrival. For certain major cities like Paris, however, there are 'citypasses' offered that will cover metro systems and buses. If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER networks to get around the city, you would strongly want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.

    The Paris Pass covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the Paris Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html.

    The Paris Visite just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the Paris Visite here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

    There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which doesn't cover any transportation, but does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the Paris Museum Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html.

    To browse other city passes for a stay in Paris, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/.
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