Paris is famous for its high-quality public transportation that is easy to use. Every location is easily accessible using the Métro or the buses.
– Metro & RER map
– Metro & RER map with streets
– Bus map with streets
For more information about public transportation, please visit the RATP website :
http://www.ratp.fr / (english) http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/
* Tarifs :
http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/c_20585/titres-tarifs/ / (english) http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/
Metro and Train
Paris has an excellent underground train system.
You can consult maps and timetables on http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ / (english) http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/
There are 16 lines (lignes) (1-14, 3bis and 7bis) on which trains travel all day at intervals of a few minutes between 5 AM and 1:30AM (Saturday night/Sunday morning: 02:30), stopping at all stations on the line. Scheduled times for first and last trains are posted in each station on the center sign.
In addition, there are 5 train lines called RER A, B, C, D, E. RER trains run at intervals of about 6 – 7 minutes, and stop at every station within Paris
A basic ticket (Ticket t+) costs 1,90 €, valid only for one trip, on the RATP network. Changes are allowed with the same ticket. Return travel is not permitted with the same ticket. Books of 10 tickets are also available (14.50 €, valid for use on underground, bus, tram and RER in Paris services).
This ticket is necessary to both enter and exit the RER networks, as the RER trains travel on to the Parisian suburbs, outside the zone where a regular subway ticket can be used. Beware that travelling outside the city center without a valid RER ticket will get you fined. In particular, CDG airport is not within the city, and you’ll need to purchase a more expensive RER ticket to get there.
For travel outside of the Paris zone, the train arrival times are shown on a monitor hanging from the ceiling inside the RER station above the platform. Information about the stops to be made by the next train is presented on a separate board also hanging from the ceiling. It is important to check this board before boarding the train, as not all trains make stops at all stations on a given line.
The buses are very tourist-friendly, and they use the same fare- reducing passes as the Metro. Visit www.ratp.fr for more transportation information and to choose a reduced fare package.
Many taxi cab companies run in Paris. Prices are established by a prefectoral bylaw and depend on the distance, the time of the day, the number of passengers etc.
More informations on :
Taxi G7 company : https://www.g7.fr / (english) https://www.g7.fr/en/
Les taxis Bleus company : https://taxis-bleus.com/fr/ / (englsih) https://taxis-bleus.com/en/
Taxi stations are usually near train stations, big hotels, hospitals or large crossings. As in many other cities, a taxi can be difficult to stop; you may have to try several times. There is a €5.50 minimum on all taxi rides, mandated by city law. There is an extra charge for baggage handling. If for any reason you wish to file a complaint about a Paris taxi, take note of the taxi’s number on the sticker on the left hand backseat window.
Walking in Paris is one of the great pleasures of visiting the city. It’s possible to cross the entire city in only a few hours. A metro ride of less than 2 stops is probably best avoided, since walking will take about the same amount of time and you’ll be able to see more of the city.
A bike rental service runs over the city of Paris : Vélib’ (http://velib.paris.fr / (english) http://en.velib.paris.fr). Stations can be found within 200m of many points of the city. The bicycles can be returned to any other station. Rentals can last from less than 30 minutes up to 24 hours. In each station, a vending machine (credit card only) allows to get subscription tickets. Short run subscription ticket costs 1,70 € for a period of 24 hours. Then, the following rates apply: first 30 minutes for free, from 30 minutes up to 1 hour : 1€, from 1h up to 1h30 : 2€, then 4€ for each 30 minutes.