France, many ticket prices are reduced for “seniors” which in general
means anyone over 60 years of age. This can be for public
transportation, for museums, for concerts, for movies, etc. What is
less well known is that this applies not only to the French but to
foreign visitors as well.
I still remember the day, years ago, when I telephoned Air France to
make a round-trip flight reservation from Paris to Marseilles for my
husband and me, and the agent asked me if I had a discount. Not knowing
what sort of discount she was talking about I asked what she meant.
“Are you over 60?” she asked. When I answered, “No, but my husband is”
I was surprised to be told “Then you both get the reduced Senior rate.”
It was apparently company policy to extend the discount to both members
of a couple – whether they were French citizens or not, and whether
they both qualified or not.
Train tickets, especially the expensive TGV (high-speed train) can be
had with deep discounts. The category you are most likely to qualify
for would be Seniors; others are Students; Children under a certain
age; and Frequent travelers, and not all discounts are the same. The
thing to remember is: always
Culture is highly subsidized in France and this is reflected in
discounts for events such as art exhibits, concerts, or museums where
another category for discounts exists: Chômeurs – yes, the
unemployed have their own discounts here.
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