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I am reading about Paris, and how to travel around. I read in a book that the standard subway ticket is valid for 2 hours. Is the ticket re-usable (exit and re-enter again) or you have 2 hours while inside the metro? If not, is there an alternative ticket that allows this?

Note: I am not really sure its 2 hours since I found contradicting information.

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"it's complicated" – njzk2 Jan 5 at 15:33
    
also, the rules are different if you have a t+ generic ticket or a specific trip ticket. – njzk2 Jan 5 at 15:35

Right answer to

Can you exit and re-enter with the same ticket in Paris Metro?

is : no for a basic subway ticket and yes your ticket is valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes for buses and 2 hours for train, while you stay inside the public transportation network.

Actually it is a single trip ticket which mean you can use it from point A to point B. To do this trip you may need to take multiple subway lines or bus lines and you will not have to pay to take those different lines.

Warning ! With the same basic single-trip ticket you cannot connect between underground (metro or RER) and above ground (bus and tram)

@mts is talking about a website which is the official one about Parisian public transportation network.

Current tickets available here, current prices are :

Ticket t+ (Basic Subway Ticket)

Ticket t+

Paris Visite with discount and all prices about suburbs and other area next to Paris.

http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61654/parisvisite/

I have lived in Paris for 20 years so if you need more information about that it would be a pleasure.

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can you add the name of each ticket and the current price? – nsn Jan 5 at 9:58
    
I just did the edit with more informations ;) – Tiekeo Jan 5 at 10:09
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The restrictions to connecting can be described more simply as "with the same basic single-trip ticket you cannot connect between underground (metro or RER) and above ground (bus and tram)". I find this easier to remember/understand and thought that you might want to edit your answer accordingly. – phs Jan 5 at 10:42
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Also is there a difference between the basic and standard ticket as you put in your answer? I find this misleading/unclear. – mts Jan 5 at 10:55
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@mts The rules are clearer in the STIF brochure (in French only): it's 1½ hour to last validation in the bus/tram network, and 2 hours to end of trip in the metro/RER network. Not that it matters much except for long bus trips in the suburbs, basically one trip will always fit. – Gilles Jan 5 at 13:45

According to this official transports of Paris web site:

The standard ticket (ticket t+) as purchased at the machines (i.e. not on board a bus from the driver) allows you to

  • change metro lines as long as you do not leave the metro system (i.e. no re-entering)
  • connect from metro to RER or RER to RER within Paris (you have to re-validate your ticket and need your ticket for the exit turnstiles of RER)
  • connect bus to bus, bus to/from tram and tram/tram within 90 minutes from the first validation (no connections permitted if you buy a bus ticket from the driver, no connection to a bus/tram of the same line, i.e. no interruptions and no returns)

In the metro the ticket is checked at entrance turnstiles but keep your ticket until the end of your journey in case you run into a control. There is a time-limit of 2h for metro and RER (source in French) but it would be unusual to have a journey this long.

A ticket that allows more transfers is at least a day ticket (or longer durations).

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The “ticket t+” (more detailed rules in French) is the only “general purpose” ticket in Paris (there are also concessionary tickets, point-to-point tickets for travel in the suburbs, etc., and passes for a day or more). You can buy it from a machine in any metro station or from various shops around the city and the suburbs. Buy them ten at a time (“un carnet” [œ̃.kaʁ.nɛ]), it's significantly cheaper, there's no expiration date (though if you keep them for years beware that the tickets are magnetic and I think the rules changed recently so that you are no longer automatically due a replacement if they become demagnetized). Once you've bought the tickets, they're just 10 pieces of paper, not a single 10-use ticket, so multiple travelers can use one ticket each.

You can use each ticket for either a train trip or a bus/tram trip.

  • If you pick a train trip, you can make one journey inside the network.

    • The basic idea is that you validate your tickets at fare gates when entering the underground network, and then the ticket serves for your whole trip.
    • There's a 2-hour time limit, this shouldn't be a concern in practice.
    • You can go anywhere in the metro network (both within and outside the Paris city limits), and you can use the RER inside the Paris city limits only (indicated as zone 1 on maps). In particular, to go to La Défense (which is outside the Paris city limits), you can use a ticket t+ on the metro but you need a different point-to-point ticket on the RER.
    • There are gates where your ticket is checked when switching between the metro to the RER and when exiting the RER. There are no ticket checks when exiting the metro, but there are generally doors and signs stating “your ticket is no longer valid beyond this point”.
    • A few RER/metro interchanges behave differently. Several stations on line C have no tunnel connecting them to the metro, but you are allowed to change between the RER and the metro by exiting the network, crossing the street (or even the river) and entering the network again at the corresponding station. These interchanges are indicated with dotted lines on the map.
  • If you pick a bus/tram trip, you can make connections under certain conditions:

    • You need to validate your ticket each time you board a new vehicle.
    • You have 90 minutes from the first validation to the last validation (once you're on board that last bus, there's no time limit).
    • Within these 90 minutes, you can change as often as you like, but you are not allowed to backtrack (for a return trip, even within 90 minutes, you must use two tickets). You are also not allowed to get off and back onto the same line (so you can't really break your journey).
    • All lines in Paris and in the suburbs (RATP and Optile buses) are included except a few express lines (in particular the Orlybus and Roissybus airport lines).
    • For the night buses and a few long lines in the outer suburbs, you need to validate multiple tickets depending on the number of sections you travel.
  • You can also use a ticket t+ for the Montmartre funicular. The same ticket cannot be used for anything else.

There are also passes:

  • Daily passes, called Mobilis. The price for a pass that covers Paris is about that of 5 tickets, so it isn't worth it if you're staying in Paris. It can be worth it if you make extensive travels in the suburbs with train/bus connections (but note that the pass is more expensive if it covers more suburban zones).
  • Tourist passes for up to 5 days, called Paris Visite. These are mostly tourist traps. Even with the (very minor) discounts at some tourist attractions, it's almost always less expensive to use ticket t+ and the occasional point-to-point ticket unless you travel in the suburbs a lot.
  • Commuter passes. These are relatively cheap but valid only for a calendar week (Monday to Sunday), a calendar month, or a whole year. There's a one-time 5€ fee to buy the pass itself if you aren't a resident, but you can get it on the spot. Even with that fee, 26.25€ gets you a one-week pass (including the Orlybus and Roissybus airport buses and the train to Roissy, but not private coaches (e.g. Air France) or Orlyval (Orlybus is cheaper and often quicker anyway)), which can be cheaper than Paris Visite for a short stay if it's within a calendar week. Depending on how much you travel in the suburbs (most tourist attractions are in the city) and whether you arrive by plane, this may or may not be cheaper than using a ticket for each trip.
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"airport links": except Orlyval (an important trap to remember, since it is about 10€ one-way). – Marc Glisse Jan 6 at 11:06

If you need enter/exit the subway multiple times, the most certain way is to buy a 24h unlimited ticket. It's more expensive of course, but if you travel a lot in one day it might be worth it.

Concerning the single fare ticket (which lasts 90 minutes and not two hours BTW), this site warns you that re-entry will not be possible:

Paris Metro Ticket transfers are allowed between: ... One Metro line to another, without exiting the confines of a station

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Thanks. My doubt arised because I read somehwere that with 2 hours tickets, buying a day ticket wouldnt make much sense. But in fact, if you cant exit than this does not hold true. Only if you want to spend the day on the subway :) – nsn Jan 5 at 13:27
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Actually the 24h ticket is pretty expensive (price of 5 single fare tickets). The 2-hour limit is for the whole trip in the metro, the 1½-hour limit is if you use buses and trams (and then it's until the last validation). In both cases, one trip is pretty much going to be under the limit anyway. – Gilles Jan 5 at 13:42
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@Gilles, yes, but if you re in a travelling pattern (visit many things, move from one point to another) it may pay out. Its not difficult to make 5 trips. I often get out in one place just to see something and enter the subway (whatever) again. – nsn Jan 5 at 14:15

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