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July 31, 2008

No more Carte Orange

Carte Orange

RATP, the Paris public transport authority, is abolishing the "Carte Orange" on August 4th. Which is good for me, as I can thus finally get rid of one of the more dubious photographs that exist of me.

The Carte Orange, the cheapest way to get around Paris if you are staying 3 days or longer, and one of the more famous public transport tickets in the world, thus meets its untimely end 33 years after its introduction. It is replaced by the RFID-based "Passe Navigo". Paris visitors without a fixed address in the Île de France area should ask for a "Passe Navigo Découverte".

Posted by Horst on July 31, 2008 06:45 PM to the land of Potz | Tell-a-friend
dieter said on August 5, 2008 08:47 AM:

Haven't been using mine in a while. However, the Carte orange is inseparable from some of the fondest memories of my life so far. So, your news leaves me with a rather sad feeling.

The Carte orange was not for free, but assuming the Passe Navigo Découverte will be more expensive than the one for regulars makes me think of the end of free...

Horst said on August 5, 2008 01:03 PM:

The "Pass Navigo Découverte" costs €5. I can't remember paying anything for my Carte Orange, but it's possible that it wasn't free.

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