Navigo pass: Paris’ transportation pass.

Navigo pass: Paris’ transportation pass.

The Navigo pass is Paris’ mass transportation pass. It is a weekly, monthly or yearly rechargeable card that can be used on the metro, the RER, the bus, the tram and also for Velib’- the city’s self-service bicycle system.
There are two kinds of Navigo passes:
- Navigo: free for all people living in Paris and Ile-de-France. This one can be purchased online.
- Navigo Découverte: available to all for 5€ and valid for ten years. All you need is a picture I.D (about 1”x1.2”)
Passes for Paris serve zone 1 and 2 only; passes for Paris and suburbs serve zone 1 through 6 (the higher the number the further you can go.) Navigo passes and metro tickets for Paris used outside of zones 1 and 2 are still valid if traveling on the metro. If you travel outside of Paris’ city limits (outside of zone 1 and 2) with the RER, you need to buy a ticket for the specific destination you are going to.
To charge your Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass for Paris (zone 1 and 2), you’ll pay 17.20€, a booklet of ten tickets will cost you 11.60€ and single tickets are 1.60€. So, if you are going to take the metro within Paris a minimum of 15 times during the week than the Navigo pass is what you want. Less than that i would buy a ten-ticket booklet.
Once you have your Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass you can recharge it at any metro station, either at the automatic Navigo vending machines or directly at the counter*. Also, shops with the Navigo logo on their front door (usually the ones that sell cigarettes) will be able to recharge your pass, as well as any of the CIC or Crédit Mutuel ATMs listed per arrondissement here. The weekly pass can be recharged the Friday preceding the week you are traveling and/or on the 20th of the month preceding the month you’ll be getting your pass for.

*NB: Know that the RATP does not accept American Express cards. Also the metro stations’ automated machines do not take cards that don’t have a chip (which means most foreign credit cards!). So Visa, Mastercard or cash is what you will need.

WHERE to get your Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass (outside of metro and train stations):
The RATP website has a list of all of the businesses in and outside of Paris (bookstores, tobacco shops, newspaper stands…) who sell and credit those passes. They are over 1500 and are listed per arrondissement.

WHERE to get your Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass (inside metro stations and at all Paris’ train stations):
Les Halles
Le Club RATP (Metro line 4)
Salle d’échanges
Sortie Place Carré
75001 Paris
M-Sat: 7am-6.30pm

Le Club RATP (Metro line 5)
Salle d’échanges
Place de la Bastille & Rue Saint-Antoine
75004 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-6.45pm
Sat: 12.30pm-6.30pm

Le Club RATP (Metro line 1)
Salle d’échanges
33 Avenue Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-6.30pm

Gare Saint-Lazare
Transilien SNCF
Cour de Rome
75008 Paris
M-F: 7.45am-7.30pm

Le Club RATP (Metro line 3)
Salle d’échanges
64 Boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris
M-F: 7am-7.30pm
Sat: 12.15pm-6.45pm

Gare de l’Est
Transilien SNCF (Ile-de-France Hall)
Place du 11 novembre 1918
75010 Paris
M-F: 7.15am-8pm

Gare du Nord 7/7
Le Club RATP (Metro line 4)
Salle d’échange metros 4 & 5
75010 Paris
M-Sat: 7am-6.30pm
Sun: 8am-6pm
Holiday: 8am-6pm

Gare du Nord
Transilien SNCF (RER level -1)
18 Rue de Dunkerque
75010 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-7.45pm

République 7/7
Le Club RATP (Metro line 11)
Salle d’échanges
Place de la République
75011 Paris
M-F: 7am-8.30pm
Sat: 7.30am-6.30pm
Sun: 7am-6pm
Holiday: 7am-6pm

Gare de Lyon
Transilien SNCF
Salle d’échanges RER-D
11 Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris
M-F: 12.15pm-7.15pm

Gare de Lyon
Salle d’échanges (level -2)
75012 Paris
M-F: 6.30am-7.30pm
Sat: 8.45am-4.30pm

Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Transilien SNCF RER-C
Salle d’échanges RER
Rue du Chevaleret
75013 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-8pm

Gare d’Austerlitz
Transilien SNCF RER-C
Salle des correspondances (level -1)
55 Quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-8pm

Place d’Italie
Le Club RATP (Metro line 5)
12 Place d’Italie & Rue Bobillot
75013 Paris
M-F: 7.30am-7.45pm
Sat: 12.30pm-6.30pm

Porte d’Orléans
Le Club RATP (Metro line 4)
Place du 25 août 1944
75014 Paris
M-Sat: 7am-6.30pm


Salle d’échanges
75014 Paris
M-F: 7am-7pm

Montparnasse 7/7
Le Club RATP
Salle d’échanges
75014 Paris
M-Sun: 7am-6.30pm
Holiday: 7am-6.30pm

Gare Montparnasse
Transilien SNCF (level 0, near the Transilien ticket office)
17 Boulevard de Vaugirard
75014 Paris
M-F: 7.45am-7.15pm

Le Club RATP (Metro line 12)
Salle d’échanges
189 Rue de la Convention
75015 Paris
M-F: 7am-6.45pm

Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Place Charles de Gaulle & Avenue Carnot
75017 Paris
M-F: 7am-7pm

Transilien SNCF
4 bis Place du Maréchal Juin
75017 Paris
M-F: 12pm-7pm

Porte de Clignancourt
Le Club RATP (Metro line 4)
Salle d’échanges
Rue Belliard & Boulevard d’Ornano
75018 Paris
M-F: 7am-6.30pm

HOW MUCH is a Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass?
zone 1-2: €17.20/week €56.60/month
zone 1-3: €22.70/week €74.40/month
zone 1-4: €27.90/week €91.70/month
zone 1-5: €33.40/week €109.90/month
zone 1-6: €37.60/week €123.60/month
(Prices valid as of July 2009. They do not include the €5 one-time fee for the Navigo Découverte pass.)


Hello. I am coordinating our university’s Paris program which be will be taking place during the month of July. As some of the students have never spoken a word of French-let alone left the country- I am trying to lessen the hassle of Parisian travel bureaucracy as much as possible.

I am interested in the pass Navigo Découverte since they will be there for the entire month of July. We will have close to 45 students and that would be a nightmare to bring to any metro station — one I am sure the attendants would not be happy to wait on.

Do you have any suggestions for the best way to go about making this purchase for the students?

I realize they need to have their oddly-sized pictures, but is there any way if the director has these beforehand that we can take these to a station and purchase them on behalf of the students?

Also, what is the cost of a ND for a month with and without the CDG airport inclusion.

Thanks so much for any response!

February 4th, 2010 5:58 pm

Hello Kyle,

One person can purchase all of the Navigo Découverte passes needed for your students. The N.D passes can be purchased and credited at any metro station that has an agent on site, at the RATP clubs (listed in my blog entry) or in any of the businesses listed here. N.D passes can also be credited at the ATMs listed here.

Once their N.D pass purchased (€5) your students can paste their picture I.D (size is about 1”x1.2”) on it themselves—the passes come with a sticker. Then those passes will have to be credited, which can be done either at an automated machine inside any metro station or with an RATP agent (not available at any metro station.) That’s where it might get a bit complicated: First, the RATP does not accept American Express cards; secondly, the metro stations’ automated machines do not take cards that don’t have a chip (which means most foreign credit cards… I know, that’s pretty lame!)
So, in order for you to credit your N.D passes I advise you go to an agent at either a Club RATP, a train station (both of which are listed in my blog entry under “WHERE to get your Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass”) or any metro station with an agent, with a VISA or MASTER CARD or maybe even better with cash.

I tried several times to refill a Navigo pass using an American credit card at an automated machine and it worked once only… you can try too, who knows, you might get lucky.

As for prices scroll down my (updated) blog entry until you get to “HOW MUCH is a Navigo/Navigo Découverte pass?”
A one-way ticket from or to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (which is considered a 1-5 zone ticket) is €8.20. If you want to purchase a monthly N.D pass to get you back and forth from Paris to CDG airport you will need a 1-5 zone pass which will cost you €109.90 (instead of €56.60/month for a 1-2 zone N.D, which is for Paris only.)

I hope this answers your questions.
Best luck on getting your passes on arrival. I’m sure it will be fine if you keep a smile on your face 😉

February 6th, 2010 3:03 pm

Hey there, ive been in paris 2 years ago abd bought the nevigo pass. Im coming again this year on the 29.9. Can i recharge my nevigo? I read somewhere that its posibele only till wedensday and im landing a day after…

September 24th, 2011 11:52 am

Hello, you shouldn’t have any problem recharging your navigo pass. The weekly pass works from Monday until Sunday. If you are planning on using transportation a lot between Thursday and Sunday during the week you arrive I would probably buy the weekly pass, otherwise get a ten-metro ticket booklet and use it until Sunday, then get a weekly pass for the following week.

September 25th, 2011 2:55 pm

I will be travelling to paris soon as i want to know whether i can purchase the Navigo Weekly Pass at CDG airport itself?

December 29th, 2011 3:29 pm

Hello, I’m not sure you can purchase a Navigo Pass at CDG. The listing of agencies selling it outside of Paris does not mention Paris’ airports. I will investigate more when I get back home early January and see if I can give you a definite answer.

January 2nd, 2012 6:50 am

Hello Asogaa,
So, you can purchase a NAVIGOCOUVERTE pass at Roissy-Charles de Gaule (CDG) airport, as well as at any metro station. You will need a picture i.d (size is about 1”x1.2”) and it will cost you 5€. This pass is different from the regular Navigo pass that is free and only for people living in Île-de-France (Paris and surroundings) and can only be delivered at the Agences Commerciales de la RATP (CDG airport not included). The NAVIGOCOUVERTE is for anyone else and doesn’t require filling up forms. You can get a weekly one. I hope this answers your question.

January 10th, 2012 10:07 am


I will arrive in Paris on 27 January and I will stay for 4 months. I would like to have monthly Navigo, but I’m not sure if it works only between the first and last days of the month or for example can I buy it from 27 January until 27 February? If i can buy it only from 1 February, what choices do i have until that? I will use the transport every day. Thanks for the answer!

January 22nd, 2012 4:41 pm

The Navigo pass does indeed work from the beginning to the end of the week or month. The best thing to do is to get a 10-ticket pass (carnet de 10 tickets) to use from the time you arrive until the beginning of the following month. You can purchase your Navigo pass a few days (4/5days) before the date it is supposed to start.

January 22nd, 2012 10:24 pm

Thanks! Meanwhile I’ve found another type of ticket: Paris Visite. Does it work on the trains of Ile-de-France too? It can be good for 5 days, just what I need.

January 22nd, 2012 11:03 pm

Yes it does work on the trains of Ile-de-France and it sounds like a good deal if you are planning on traveling a lot. Make sure you buy the one with the right amount of “zones” (there are 5 of them, 1-2 being Paris “intra-muros” and 5 going as far as Fontainebleau.)

January 22nd, 2012 11:51 pm

Alright, thanks for your help!

January 23rd, 2012 2:04 am

Hello! Thank you for posting this helpful information. I just moved to Paris and am wondering if you have any idea how long the Navigo pass takes to arrive via french mail. I just applied online as you suggested.

Thank you!

February 5th, 2012 11:24 pm

You are welcome. I can’t quite remember how long it took, but I still remember that it felt too long (a month?) That was in 2007. Maybe it’s changed since then.

February 10th, 2012 10:56 am

I am arriving on a Saturday. Can the Navigo Decouverte be purchased anytime after Friday for the next week? I understand it takes effect Monday through Sunday. Right?

October 10th, 2012 8:24 pm

Yes, you can purchase it ahead of time. That’s right, it takes effect on Monday.

December 22nd, 2012 4:40 pm

Hello, I’m living in Paris and have a Carte Navigo for three zones. Do you know if I can top this up in order to travel to CDG airport? The airport is in zone 5 and so it is possible to only pay for the travel once I get into zones 4 and 5?

December 22nd, 2012 11:16 pm

Thank you for this helpful information! I’ll be going to Paris for 2 months and I was a little bit confused!

One question: can I do the normal navigo card, since I’m going to have a ‘normal’ apartment, or should I do the navigo decouvert?

May 26th, 2013 10:51 am

No, unfortunately I think you have to buy a Paris-CDG ticket.

June 4th, 2013 3:43 pm


I am moving to Paris next year and am trying to figure out what pass to get. We were looking at some towns outside Paris. The zone map shows them outside the fifth zone. Can you use the navigo or is there another pass for daily travel into Paris from outside the zones?

Thank you

July 31st, 2013 7:55 pm


I’m reaching Paris at Orly Sud Terminal. Do you know if at there airport terminal itself I can purchase Navigo Decouverte for Zone 1 to 5?

Appreciate you help!

August 10th, 2013 6:39 pm

If I buy a navigo pass on the 20th of this month for the proceeding month October. Will the card be in affect from that date or from 1st October? Thanks

September 12th, 2013 1:21 pm

It will be in affect on the 1st of October.

September 12th, 2013 1:23 pm

You can use a 5-zone pass and then purchase a ticket that will take you from outside the 5th zone to your destination. If you buy a 2-zone navigo card for Paris only, then you’ll have to purchase a separate ticket to get to wherever you are going outside of the 5th zone (i.e: Paris - Noyers-sur-Serein).

September 12th, 2013 1:49 pm

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