The Paris Visite from Rail Europe lets you get around Paris the way the French do. With ease. On the Metro, bus, or RER. It provides unlimited travel throughout the life of your card, letting you easily navigate the streets and arrondissements of Paris. It’s even valid for the Charles de Gaulle train shuttle and on the OrlyVal train to to the CDG and Orly airports, travel to Versailles and beyond (with Zone 1-5 passes). Or use it to hop on and off for impulsive stops without thinking twice. Vacations are supposed to be about freedom, aren’t they ? Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is the experience it gives among the French. There’s nothing that makes a European vacation more genuine than immersing yourself in the simple action of people going through their daily lives. At Rail Europe, we don’t think a price can be put on that authenticity. But the one we have on the ticket that leads you to it is pretty darn good.
Paris Visite Pass
- Children under 4 travel for free.
Why not travel with the people you came to see ?
Here’s what’s included :
- Unlimited travel using the Metro and bus system anywhere in Paris (Zones 1-5).
- Unlimited travel on the RER and SNCF lines in the greater Paris region including travel to Disneyland Paris and Versailles.
- Choice of 1, 2, 3 or 5-consecutive day cards available.
- Additional discounts at various museums, art shows and locations around Paris.
- Groups of 10 or more get a 5% discount on Paris Visite.
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Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Do I need to tip the train staff ?
A. Tipping the train staff (other than bar-buffet car waiters) is neither necessary nor customary.
Q. Can I share my rail pass with others (family, friends, or charity) ?
A. No. Rail passes are strictly personal and non-transferable. A rail pass is valid only upon presentation of a passport. Therefore the name(s) printed on the rail pass must match the traveller’s identification.
Q. What are the benefits of registering on the Rail Europe site ?
A. When you register on our site, a wide range of exclusive tools and services become available to you. You will have access your booking details, ability to download your tickets and track your shipping. You will get notifications and alerts concerning your trip. You can save your searches, pages, and itineraries right in your account. And by registering, you will also have the ability to leave a review on your travel experience with Rail Europe.
Q. When I board the train, can I sit anywhere I want ?
A. If you booked a reservation for a specific train, you’ll have a designated car and seat number. This information will be located on your ticket.
If you don’t have a reservation and the train you’re traveling on either doesn’t accept reservations or reservations are not mandatory, then you’ll be able to get on board and look for an available seat in the class of service you booked. Keep in mind that during the train journey, if another traveller gets on board and has reserved the seat you’re occupying, you will need to move.
Keep in mind that local commuter trains generally do not accept reservations. During peak hours (typically before 9am and in the evening between 5-7pm) the trains are used by locals going to work and tend to be a bit more crowded. This may make it more difficult to find an available seat.
Q. How do I get a promo code ?
A. The best way to stay informed of all current promotions and to receive promo codes is to create a user account and to subscribe to our newsletter. All publicly available promo codes can be found on our Deals page. We also issue individual, one time use promo codes at our discretion to customers who are eligible for certain discounts or have participated in certain promotions or marketing activities.
Q. Will the conductor take my passport ?
A. Conductors will not take your passport during day trips. If your passport does need to be checked, the local border control staff will simply walk through each train car checking each passengers travel documents and hand them back to you.
With overnight trips you’ll generally provide the train attendant with your reservation voucher, rail pass or train ticket, and passport as you board. That way, they can take care of everything with conductors and customs officials so you can sleep uninterrupted through the night.
Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel ?
A. A national strike impacting rail services could affect train travel for locals and visitors alike. Typically, during a rail strike there will be a reduced number of trains operating which could lead to more passengers on board trains that are running, changes in schedules, or even alternate modes of transportation (such as buses) to transport passengers to their destinations.
In the event of a strike, Rail Europe will provide as much information as possible to assist those who may be impacted. If a strike has been announced, you can always submit inquiries to Rail Europe through the Contact Us page or, if you’re already in Europe during a strike, go directly to a railway station and ask the local railway official for assistance.
Q. I selected a train ticket, but when I placed my booking the price changed. Why ? Can the previously quoted price be honored ?
A. For most trains, the price quoted is based on live availability from current seat inventories. However, for some trains, we cannot check fare availability at the time of quote due to technical limitations of the international rail distribution system. Therefore, we use a cached price to build your quote, based on generally available fares for the trip you requested.
While rare, sometimes, we find out that the fare used for quoting your trip is no longer available as we’re trying to confirm your reservation. This is when the system gives us the new price based on that very moment’s availability. This explains why you may receive a message advising you that the price has changed from the original quote.
Q. I just placed a booking and realized I made a mistake. How can I make changes ?
A. If you need to get in touch with us regarding your booking, please visit our Contact Us page for assistance. As long as it hasn’t been invoiced yet, it’s usually not a problem to fix it. However, please note that an exchange fee and price change may be applicable depending on what needs to be changed.
Q. How do I use the bonuses that come with rail passes ?
A. Rail Pass travel bonuses must be redeemed locally.
There are two types of bonuses. Free bonuses (such as a free airport transfer) require the use of a travel day on your pass. If all travel days have been used on your rail pass you will not be able to take advantage of any more free bonuses. Discount bonuses do not require you to use a travel day, but do require that your pass still be within its validity period. In other words, even if you’ve used up all your days on a pass, you can still claim discounted bonuses as long as the pass validity period has not expired.
The exception to this rule is the Swiss Travel Pass. Although a discounted bonus doesn’t require you to use a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass, the pass must still be valid and you must not have used up all your travel days.