Paris to phase out ‘carnet’ Metro tickets in 2022

Paris to phase out 'carnet' Metro tickets in 2022
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Buying a 'carnet' of paper Metro tickets - a rite of passage for many users of the capital's public transport system - will come to an end in 2022 as the city moves to going paperless.

As well as buying a single one of the small cardboard Metro tickets, users can also save money by buying 10 or 20 tickets at a time – known as a carnet – which work out cheaper per ticket.

But public transport operator Île de France Mobilités has announced that it will be phasing out the purchase of carnets in the first half of 2022.

It’s part of an overall plan to make the city’s public transport system largely paperless and moving people towards phone apps and top-up cards to buy their Metro, bus, RER and tram tickets.

Users will still be able to purchase virtual carnets – 10 or 20 tickets at a time at a reduced price – via the Navigo app and can also use the Navigo Easy or Navigo Liberté cards for multiple journeys.

It will still be possible to buy paper tickets for single journeys.

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The transport operator has over the past two years brought in several new products including a phone app to allow people to purchase online, as well as expanding the Navigo card offering to cater for people who are not regular users of the city’s public transport system.

City authorities in Paris are pushing greener transport alternatives such as cycling, and have created several coronapistes (corona-cycle lanes) as the pandemic drives people to try and avoid crowded public transport as far as possible.

As well as environmental problems and littering, the cardboard tickets also frequently become demagnetised meaning that they cannot be used at automatic barriers. 

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