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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’ [1]- 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 [2]. 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 [3] 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

Bastille
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

Franklin-Roosevelt
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

Havre-Caumartin
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
Le Club RATP RER-A
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

Denfert-Rochereau

Le Club RATP RER-B
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

Convention
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
Le Club RATP RER-A
Place Charles de Gaulle & Avenue Carnot
75017 Paris
M-F: 7am-7pm

Pereire-Levallois
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.)