Don’t chance the rush hour traffic or disrupted services when you actually get here. Plan ahead to make “doing Paris” a breeze.
The Paris Metro is the fastest way of getting around this beautiful city. With over 133 miles of lines and 300 stations, it is one of the oldest in the world. The metro connects effortlessly with the RER trains (see below) and are open between 05:30 – 01:00 every day.
Getting to the Metro stations is easy, just look out for M, Metro, or Metropolitain signage. Get a T+ Ticket from the ticket machines in the Metro or RER stations.1 ticket costs €1.80 but there are discounts if you buy 10 tickets (€14.90). You can use the ticket between the Metro and RER lines for 90 minutes but you will have to purchase another if you want to go on the bus.
Get familiar with the metro with a map before you travel. You can download one here for free.
The RER trains interlink well with the metro but they have fewer stops and are a lot faster than the Paris Metro. So if you want to go longer in distance then you can cut this right down by using the RER train rather than the Metro.
The RER trains run on 5 different lines (A,B,C,D and E) and stop at over 250 stations.
Bear in mind that there are 2 types of RER trains, normal and express trains. The express trains are faster but they do not stop at every station so make sure you get on the right train.
Get a T+ Ticket from the ticket machines in the Metro or RER stations. 1 ticket costs €1.80 but there are discounts if you buy 10 tickets (€14.90). You can use the ticket between the Metro and RER lines for 90 minutes but you will have to purchase another if you want to go on the bus.
Being underground on a train means that you miss out on all the beauty Paris has to offer above ground. This makes the Paris city busses an attractive way of getting around. They can sometimes be faster than the trains over shorter distances.
Get a T+ Ticket from the ticket machines in the Metro or RER stations. You can purchase a T+ ticket directly from the bus driver but there will be an added €0.20 charge. 1 ticket costs €1.80 but there are discounts if you buy 10 tickets (€14.90).Be aware that you won’t be able to use the T+ ticket if you have been on the Metro or RER line.
However please bear in mind that rush hour in Paris is a nightmare so it may be worth using the Metro or RER in rush hour.
here are over 20,000 cabs on the streets of Paris operating 24/7. However, they are the most expensive way of getting around.
Make sure that you only use licensed taxis, they will have a “Taxi Parisien” sign on the top of the car. Once inside, make sure that the taxi has a fare meter and the driver’s license badge.
Trams run on the outskirts of the city and so visitors don’t really use them. Although if you do want to experience them then we suggest using line 1 and take the tram to its final destination of Basilique de Saint-Denis.
Getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
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