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Rail travel in Greater Paris area capped at €5 per ticket

Some 2 million people a year will be able to enjoy cheaper travel in the Greater Paris area from today, after public transport ticket prices were capped at €5 - except for the airport.

Rail travel in Greater Paris area capped at €5 per ticket
Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP)

The so-called ‘tariff shield’, promised by presidential candidate and president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, means that occasional travellers without a Navigo pass will be able to travel on trains and RER lines managed by Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDF Mobilités) for a maximum of €5.

Books of 10 tickets are available for €40, meaning those who plan to travel more often can make greater savings still.

However there is one exception – tickets departing from or arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport are not subject to these rates. The current rate is €10.30. 

“About 21 million journeys per year were made by buying tickets at more than €5 per trip by around 2 million people,” IDF Mobilités said in a statement.

Until this measure was brought in, the cost of a ticket varied markedly depending on which zones travellers were in.

“Our objective is to encourage occasional travelers from the outer suburbs to use public transport more, and not to create territorial inequality or fare injustices,” vice-president of IDF Mobilités Grégoire de Lasteyrie said.

In 2022, many changes will take place in Ile-de-France transport.

Metro line 4, for example, has been extended and now goes to Bagneux. And line 12 should also be extended in spring 2022.

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Traffic warnings for France ahead of holiday weekend

This weekend represents the first chance to 'faire le pont' and have a long holiday weekend - and the French seem set to make the most of it with warnings of extremely heavy traffic from Wednesday.

Traffic warnings for France ahead of holiday weekend

Thursday, May 26th marks the Christian festival of Ascension and is a public holiday in France.

More importantly, it’s the first time this year that French workers have had the opportunity to faire le pont (do the bridge) and create a long weekend.

In France, most public holidays fall on different days each year and if they happen to fall on the weekend then there are no extra days off work.

This year that happened on New Year’s Day (a Saturday) and both of the early May public holidays (the workers’ holiday on May 1st and VE Day on May 8th, which both fell on a Sunday).

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But as Ascension is on a Thursday, workers have the option to take a day of annual leave on Friday and therefore create a nice four-day weekend.

And it appears that many are planning on doing just that, as the traffic forecaster Bison futé is predicting extremely heavy traffic from Wednesday evening, as people prepare to make their after-work getaway and head to the coast, the countryside or the mountains to fully profit from their holiday weekend.

According to Bison futé maps, the whole country is coloured red – very heavy traffic – on both Wednesday and Thursday as people take to the roads to leave the cities.

Map: Bison futé

Meanwhile Sunday is coloured black – the highest level, meaning extremely heavy traffic and difficult driving conditions – across the whole country. 

Map: Bison futé

If you were hoping to take the train instead you might be out of luck, SNCF reports that most TGV services are sold out for over the holiday weekend. 

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