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children's tickets on paris metro - can i buy them from a machine?

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janek Mon 13-Jun-11 10:14:43


i have tried on 2 or possibly 3 occasions since dd1 turned 4 to buy a child's metro ticket for her on our way through paris.

for the adults i usually go to a machine and buy a carnet de 10 tickets because i know i'll use them on the way home/next time. i would like to do the same for the children, but i don't seem to be able to find separate children's tickets on the machine.

admittedly i am usually is a bit of a stress and hurry because we are invariably trying to make a connecting train, but each time i have ended up using adult tickets for the children.

so, please tell me, do separate children's tickets exist? and if so how do i buy them? (btw i've never asked at a kiosk because the queue is always massive at gare du nord.).

tia jane

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 13-Jun-11 11:06:19

Yes, you get them from the same machine or from the ticket booth at the station. They are "tarif reduit" and only sold in carnets. For children under 10 only - 10 and up, they pay full price.

janek Mon 13-Jun-11 13:06:20

i've never seen that. are you talking about the machines with the weird rolly bar thing at the bottom?

thanks for the info. i'll look next time i'm there grin

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 13-Jun-11 16:36:56

Yes, any machine! grin

I have a few left - DD2 is now 10. PM me if you want me to post them to you, as it doesn't sound like you will need a full carnet?

janek Tue 14-Jun-11 17:29:11

oh thank you! that's really kind. i'll pm you now (if i can work out how...). i don't have much time in paris next time between connections so that would be really helpful.

i feel a bit of an idiot if all i needed to see was 'tarif reduit'. i don't really speak french, but surely that was obvious... i'll have to have a good look.

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