C’est Logique!

April 14, 2009By Nick WoodsWhat's New Potpourri


Although an RATP ticket can be used on all forms of public transport in Paris, you can’t complete a journey using one ticket if reaching your destination requires transferring from the Métro to the bus. In this case, you need to use two tickets for a single journey, even if the bus leg of the journey is only a few stops. Nick Woods

Reader Jacqueline writes: “I would like to point out another absurdity, but one that works in favor of passengers. Many people do not realize that the RATP allows passengers unlimited bus transfers within a 90-minute time period with one ticket. In this way, passengers can easily “cheat” and take a free round trip ride for a brief errand as long as they don’t take the same bus twice in a row. The catch is that as long as you take a different bus even one stop, you can then resume your ride on the initial bus, or go back the other way. For example, I can take bus A to my destination, get off to do my brief errand, take any other bus line, B, one stop (there is often more than one bus route running parallel a few stops,) and then return back on the initial bus in either direction on the same ticket. I learned this from a bus driver!”

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