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Buying metro tickets with USA issued credit cards

Old Jul 24, 19, 10:02 am
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Buying metro tickets with USA issued credit cards

Is this doable at the vending machines? If not, what are the options if I prefer to use a credit card?
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Old Jul 24, 19, 11:36 am
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I haven't had a problem with doing this, having bought metro tickets, recharged a Navigo card and bought RER tickets from the various machines. The card I have a JetBlue plus card issued by Barclay's that defaults to chip-and-signature in the US, only going to chip-and-PIN in unmanned situations, so at transit and train ticket machines in Europe it always prompts me for a PIN.

I should add that I've never tried to use another card, nor have I tried to put it an incorrect or "0000" PIN, so I don't know what would happen in those cases.
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Old Jul 24, 19, 11:52 am
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For transactions under about 30€ to 40€, your Chip & signature should work very well. This includes Navigo weekly fares as well as booklet purchases of tickets t+ (14.90€). These amounts are probably below the no CVM limits that most users have even in the USA.

Purchases of monthly Navigo passes at 75.20€ will likely require a PIN for those who have Chip & signature cards. I have found greater acceptance of my US bank credit cards at SNCF stations (regular train stations in Paris) when loading and paying for the monthly Navigo fares.
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Old Jul 24, 19, 4:18 pm
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My Chase United MileagePlus Explorer chip & signature card worked for all my kiosk purchases at SNCF and RER stations last summer.

Don't get concerned if it seems to want a PIN. Just wait a few seconds and the transaction should complete without one.
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