End of the line for paper tickets on Paris metro

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Visitors to Paris will soon no longer be using the small rectangular tickets with a magnetic strip down the middle for access to the metro.

The city’s transport system will phase out the familiar paper tickets with the introduction from Wednesday of a rechargeable card – called Navigo Easy – aimed at tourists and occasional users.

“It’s over – the days of tickets which become demagnetised in your pocket,” said Valerie Pecresse, the head of public transport in Paris and its wider region, referring to a particular scourge of metro users whose tickets become unusable. It will no longer be possible to buy a booklet of 10 paper tickets from mid-2020, while the end of the single use paper ticket is expected in 2021.

With 500 million paper tickets printed every year, the move will also help the environment. It will be possible to load single or multiple tickets onto the new card, which will exist alongside monthly payment cards used by Paris residents.

Source: Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2019