You can avoid lines at the Paris Metro stops by taking advantage of the automated ticket machines (If you’ve followed Tip #1). Use your credit card (with its four-digit pin number to buy a ‘carnet’ of tickets – or a set of Ten tickets which can be used at any time (there’s no date limits on these tickets) for either the Metro or buses.
Although the Metro ticket machines may look intimidating at first, use the rollers in the middle with the aid of the Validate key on the Right hand side to switch to an English menu.
From there, just keeping turning the roller to scroll down to the choice of a ‘carnet’ or ‘set of ten’ tickets. For most tourist sites, you’ll be staying within Zones 1 -2. Most of these machines only accept credit cards,but some have been installed that do accept paper money and coins.
Do not confuse the ticket machines with ‘Navigo’ recharging machines which you’ll also find nearby. The ‘Navigo’ card is relatively new. It will gradually phase out the Carte Orange which is a monthly or weekly pass. Navigo cards have an electronic ‘puce’ which allows cardholders to use designated turnstiles. If you take one of these turnstiles by mistake, you won’t be able to get through, so don’t panic, just take one of the turnstiles designated for normal Metro tickets.
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