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    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 26th Dec 17, 9:49 PM
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    Getting around Paris by RER/Metro for a complete novice
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    • 26th Dec 17, 9:49 PM
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    Getting around Paris by RER/Metro for a complete novice 26th Dec 17 at 9:49 PM
    My knowledge and experience of our closest international neighbours is limited to eating French fries and the limit of my vocabulary is Northern English.

    I've managed to get hold of 2 tickets to France vs England in March 2018 for myself and the 14 yo kitten. Flights - booked. Hotel - booked & we're staying in the middle of Paris.

    Our flight arrives into CDG about 10.00 on Sat and we leave about 20.30 on Sunday

    What is the most cost effective, efficient and hassle free ticket/pass for us to buy, which will get us access to the Metro/RER lines.
    In short, we need to get in/out to CDG, in/out to Stade De France and moving around the Metro system both days, being tourists.



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    • Backbiter
    • By Backbiter 27th Dec 17, 12:57 AM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 12:57 AM
    Buying a carnet of 10 tickets always used to be the cheapest way to use the Paris metro. Haven't been there for nearly a decade so I can't give more up to date advice.

    For getting to the stadium you have a couple of choices. Either the RER or the metro, but I seem to remember the metro being cheaper but slower. Both drop you a short walk from the stadium, and both have horrendous queues after the game.

    The RER is the best way to and from CdG, but it's not that cheap.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 27th Dec 17, 9:39 AM
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    RER is the most practical way to get from/to the airport. You cannot use Metro tickets on it, so getting a carnet might not make sense for you (Metro tickets are also valid on public buses; some journeys require two tickets).

    The central area of Paris is small and very pleasant for walking, so you might not use transport that much. Have a look on Google maps and set it to tell you walking times... depending on what you want to do apart from going to the match you might only need two return journeys on the RER, for which pay-as-you-go would be simplest.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 27th Dec 17, 11:23 AM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 11:23 AM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 11:23 AM
    My memory of an overnighter in Paris as two adults and a child was that PAYG was the cheapest way to get around.

    I still giggle about the bloke who was refused boarding because he was connecting on to Moscow and didn't have a visa.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 27th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
    Here is RATP's English version of its site

    https://www.ratp.fr/en/visite-paris/english/visiting-paris-and-its-surrounding-areas

    There are some useful links there for journey planning and tickets.
    • purcel
    • By purcel 27th Dec 17, 4:22 PM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 4:22 PM
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    • 27th Dec 17, 4:22 PM
    i'd reccommend this : https://www.ratp.fr/en/titres-et-tarifs/paris-visite-travel-pass
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 28th Dec 17, 10:05 PM
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    • 28th Dec 17, 10:05 PM
    OP be very very very careful on the metro that you are not a victim of pickpockets. Romanian women using their children took my wallet (it had 10 euro in it).
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 29th Dec 17, 6:50 AM
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    OP be very very very careful on the metro that you are not a victim of pickpockets. Romanian women using their children took my wallet (it had 10 euro in it).
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    If you witness it happening, yell "Voleur, voleur" [Thief, thief] point at the scum and make a verbal fuss. That's what my Mrs did on the RER just after La Defence, unfortunately the train door had just opened and the Roma scarpered.
    • ciderboy2009
    • By ciderboy2009 29th Dec 17, 8:38 AM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 8:38 AM
    OP - I used the photo guide here: https://parisbytrain.com/paris-airport-terminal-2-train-photo-tour/ when I flew in to CDG for the first time.

    The ticket machines have an English option (although I seem to remember that it wasn't obvious how to access it at first).
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 29th Dec 17, 8:42 AM
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    Keep any valuables eg phone, wallet in an inside pocket eg a jacket, if you 14 yo will be taking a rucksack (for the short time you are there maybe this is unnecessary) with bits in then when its crowded eg on the metro she has the rucksack on her front.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 29th Dec 17, 8:48 AM
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    Watch where you walk too. Poop scoops haven't reached Paris yet.

    If you eat in a restaurant don't bother practicing your French, and never call a waiter 'Garcon'.....unless you want French onion soup over your lap.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 29th Dec 17, 11:56 AM
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    Thank you to everyone who contributed to the thread
    Luggage wise, except for a toothbrush, I don't think we'll be taking anything with us
    For security, we'll be wearing Crusader outfits and wielding an inflateable sword on our belts.

    From the advice that you've given, the cheapest option looks like getting a a RER ticket / billet Ile-de-France, at a cost of 10.30!!!8364; for adults each way and then getting a carnet of RATP tickets for 14.90!!!8364;.

    But the easiest options will be a 2 day Paris visite ticket which will be
    !!!8364; 38.35.

    I've a strong feeling that Sunday will be a mooching about and exploring day, so a Visite card where we can hop on / hop off public transport will work out better for us, than using individual tickets.

    We're already working on enhancing our language skills and can now ask for a Hog Roast bun - Une Bunny Pully Porky like a local.



    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 12th Mar 18, 5:47 PM
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    a quick update for you - the Paris Visite card worked very well for us, allowing us to use metro, RER etc without bothering which zone we were in.
    It wasn't particularly cheap, but I'd consider it good value for what we used it for.
    It seems that you can now buy a visite card from ticket vending machines at stations, rather than just from a ticket agent, which may save some queueing time.



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