Transportation around Paris may seem difficult and expensive for large student groups, but knowing the tips and tricks to discounted Paris Metro prices is a great start to making your trip as stress-free as possible.
Here are a few things you need to know about purchasing your group Metro tickets at a discounted price.
The first thing to account for is the size and average age of your group. The Parisian RAPT Group offers a 50% discount for train tickets which include access to the Metro, RER (although this does not include airport connections) and trains in the Île-de-France region. However, there are a few parameters that your group must meet in order to take advantage of this offer. The groups size is the most important factor. An adult or teacher with a group size of greater than 10 children can benefit from the discount. For every 10 children, 1 adult or teacher is able to also able to receive a reduced fare for up to 30 kids.
The age of the group is also important. The youth group may be comprised of either 10 year olds and younger or middle and high school students as old as 18 years old. For this reason, these discounted tickets are especially useful for student trips where there are many young people in one group.
In order to be able to get this price reduction, the adult that is accompanying the group must fill out a “youth group transport form” that will need to be validated by a station agent. These forms are able to be found at all Metro and RER stations and allows for immediate travel after validation. Be sure to continue carrying this form with you as you travel along with your Metro tickets. In the case that you are stopped by officials checking tickets, you will need both the ticket as well as the form in order to prove that you and your group are authorized to have a reduced fare ticket.
Unfortunately, this discount is only valid for one way and round-trip tickets, so if you and your group are planning a trip more centered around Metro travel there may be better options for you.
The Paris Travel Pass is a good option for groups planning on spending multiple days in Paris. This pass allows for unlimited trips for either 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days. This can be a better option for you than just getting a weekly pass since weekly passes follow the calendar week. Meaning, while you may purchase a weekly pass on a Thursday, you will have to repurchase one on that Monday for the next week. The travel pass also allows you to pick which zones you are most interested in, so if you are planning on staying in the center of Paris, this will also help you save money on your tickets. These tickets may be bought at the ticket desks and ticket machines
Furthermore, a travel agent is a great resource to aid you in this process. Because of their connections and expertise, they will be able to help you find the best possible mode of transportation for you and your group’s needs without the hassle of you having to try to find it for yourself. Using ParisByM will take care of the details for you, so you can sit back relax, and get excited for your trip!