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Paris Metro Pass

The Paris Visite is the best way to get around the city. It's the French name for the Paris Metro pass, and it gives you free, unlimited rides on all public transportation in Paris.

The system includes the Metro, the buses, the tramways that run on the street along the perimeter of Paris, and the RER underground rapid-transit trains. The Paris Metro Pass even includes the funicular that runs up to the top of Montmartre.

Using the public transportation system is the very best way to get around Paris and having a pass is the most convenient way to ride on it.

We like having a Metro pass in our pocket when we're walking around Paris. If it happens that we've walked a bit too far and are tuckered out, we just hop on a bus or Metro back to our hotel. Same thing applies is we're in one part of Paris and decide we want a change of scene. We drop down into the nearest Metro station and ten minutes later we're in a different part of the city.

What is Paris Visite?

Paris Visite Metro Pass

Simply put, Paris Visite is the Metro pass, but it's also works on the buses and on the RER commuter trains.

The most common version of the pass includes transportation zones 1, 2 and 3. That covers all of central Paris and is exactly what is needed by 99% of visitors.

The three-zone Paris Visite is the version that comes with any combination Paris city pass, such as The Paris Pass and the Paris ComboPass.

However, if you wanted to go out to La Défense, to the west of Paris, for instance, you would need a different ticket. But, not to worry, the standard Paris Visite is what you're going to want.

How Do I Use a Paris Visite Metro Pass?

Paris Visite perma-ticket

It's so easy you will hardly believe it.

There are two parts to the Paris Visite — the card itself, and a perma-ticket you use for every transportation ride for the duration of your pass.

As soon as you receive the Visite card, write your name on the card as instructed. Then write the card serial number on the perma-ticket and the date of the first time you use the ticket. That's it!

Now, every time you enter the Metro or step on a bus, simply have the card with you and use the perma-ticket like any other Metro ticket. You put it in the slot and retrieve it when it comes out again, and you're free to pass through!

The only thing to remember is don't forget to grab your Visite ticket from the machine, because you'll need to use it again…and again!

How Do I Get a Paris Metro Pass?

Paris Museum Pass

Our recommendation is that you buy a combined Paris city pass online before you leave home.

It's by far the best deal and will make your trip to Paris easier and more fun. You won't have to stand in ticket lines at museums and monuments, for instance. Plus, you'll save a fair amount of money on Metro tickets and museum entrance costs.

There are two Paris city passes that we recommend. One is called simply The Paris Pass, the other is the Paris ComboPass Premium.

But, if you just want a Paris Visite Pass, you can also order that online and have it with you when you arrive in Paris. Here is more information —

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