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Cheap Travel with the Paris Métro Paris Visite

January 14th, 2009 by paris

Although exploring Paris on foot is often the best way to really see the city, sometimes longer trips require other modes of transportation. This is where the Paris Métro comes in! With 380 stations and 131 miles of track, the Paris Métro is the second largest subway system in Europe. Although it’s one of the oldest, it’s cars are modernized and kept clean. The wait time between trains is minimal and crime, other than pickpocketing, is kept well under control. If you want a quick and inexpensive way to get around the city, the Paris Métro really can’t be beat.

Want to save even more on your Paris Métro trips? Purchase a Paris Visite Pass! This travel card will allow you unlimited use of the Métro, Parisian buses, the RER (regional express trains), tramways, Transilien SNCF trains, Montmartrobus, Montmartre funicular, Optile bus, and Noctambus, all through Paris and other regions. No need to purchase tickets, just a swipe of the card and you’re on your way!

Paris Visite Passes can be purchased in increments of 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days, to match any length of stay. They’re activated with the first day of actual use, not from the first day of delivery or purchase. Which means, you can purchase your Pass online, from the convenience of your own home, print out a voucher to be redeemed at the station or have your Pass mailed to you before your trip. Not only a cheap way to see the area, but convenient as well!

Match your Pass purchase not only to the number of days you’re staying, but the areas you’ll be visiting. Select a Zones 1-3 Pass for travel all through Central Paris. This cost effective means of travel will get you to the Louvre, Notre Dame, and many, many more monuments in the city. Choose Zones 1-6 Pass and also get unlimited travel to the primary suburban tourist areas, like: Versailles, Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports, and Disneyland. Plus with the cost savings you get from multiple day purchases, this is definitely the cheapest way to use the Paris Métro, and get so much more!

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