Carte Orange - Paris weekly travel pass
The Carte Orange is your best choice if you are visiting Paris for more than three days and your visit starts towards the beginning of the week. For example, the weekly ticket covering zones 1 to 3 is 18.35 euros, whereas the 3-day Paris Visite pass for the same zones is 18.25 euros.
The Carte Orange pass requires a photo and paper work to prevent sharing of passes. (It is easy: just put your whatever photo on the card, fill your name in the card and fill the number of the card in the coupon)
The Carte Orange weekly pass is valid from Monday through Sunday. Between Monday and Wednesday, you may purchase a ticket for the current week. Between Friday and Sunday, you may purchase a ticket for the coming week.
The monthly pass is valid from the first to the last day of each month.
Tickets are available at all stations of the Metro and RER lines A and B as well as locations displaying the RATP poster (such as many tobacconists).
Some tips for buying tickets
Tourists are often surprised how difficult it is to communicate with Metro attendants. The following are French phrases to assist you in purchasing your tickets. If you cannot pronounce them properly, you may wish to write down the appropriate phrase and show it to the Metro attendant.
In each of these examples X, Y, and Z should be replaced by the appropriate number.
X billets (X tickets)
X billets pour Neuilly Plaisance (X tickets to Neuilly Plaisance, that is for GIS hotel Paris )
un carnet (one packet of 10 tickets for the downtown area)
X carnets pour Neuilly Plaisance (X packets of 10 tickets for Neuilly Plaisance)
X billets Carte Orange pour zone X a Y (X Carte Orange tickets for zones X through Y)
X mobilis pour zone X a Y (X mobilis tickets for zones X through Y)
X Paris Vistes pour zone X a Y, Z jours (X Paris Visite passes for zones X through Y, valid for Z days)