Looking forward to travel around Paris? Find, in this article, all that you need to know about the capital city's transport network.
Capital of fashion and fine cuisine, Paris is the biggest French city, stretching over 105 km2. If you are moving there, you will probably have to get around, whether to visit or go to work. Paris is above all ideal for strolling if you wish to contemplate its magnificent architecture beside the Seine River. You will also enjoy a wide transport network at rather affordable rates.
The public transport network is divided into 5 zones: zone 1 consisting of Paris only, zone 2 near the outskirts, zone 3 outside the periphery, zone 4 near Versailles and its surroundings and zone 5 which leads to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport and near Saint Germain en Laye.
Paris' train network will not only allow you to make your daily errands but also visit several places of attraction such as its forests, zoos, museums, among others.
Commuter trains link the city to its surroundings. Indeed, the capital city is surrounded by magnificent forests and castles which are part of the rich French heritage.
Ticket prices are higher compared to other European capital cities. For instance, intra-muros tickets applying to zones 1 and 2 will cost 1.70 euros. On buying a book of 10 tickets, one ticket will cost 1.37 euros. Note that tickets can be purchased only at bus or subway stations. These are also available sometimes at newspaper kiosks. However, beware of frauds selling tickets in the street.
Good to know:
Less than 12 years old children are eligible to reductions.
More than 12 years old people can take a weekly or monthly subscription. Rates are rather interesting. Indeed, most of the inhabitants use the Navigo pass to travel regularly at affordable rates.
Moreover, the Imagin'R card entitled students to reductions in cinema halls and some fast-foods.
Tram is available in Southeast and Southwest Paris. 9 consecutive lines link Sartrouville to Evry. T1, T2 and T3 are the most useful ones as they serve the ends of Paris. Similar to the subway, these are non polluting but rather slower, but you will definitely enjoy the trip for a change.
Paris has a wide bus network which is available 24/7. Night buses are also available. These can be distinguished by a “N” sign on the top meaning Noctilien. Night buses go from the North to the South and from East to West serving the major stops such as Montparnasse, Auber, Pont de Neuilly, Vincennes etc.
The small ring of Paris is served at night by the PC1 which goes from Champerret-Berthier, to the Garigliano Bridge. PC3, for its part, goes from Porte Maillot to the Porte de la Villette. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, but it is recommended to buy them before getting on board.
Good to know:
Lines 31, 52, 56, 63, 70, 75, 76, 80 and 93 serve the city center around the Seine River.
You are likely to come across controllers in most means of transports, including subway. They are quite strict and will not hesitate before fining you for 45 euros in case of missing ticket. If you did not have time to punch your ticket and you are controlled, show a non-punched ticket. You will only pay half the fine if you wish to settle it immediately.
Taxi and VTC
Paris hosts its own taxi network. As these vehicles are equipped with a meter, fares cannot be negotiated with drivers.
The Véhicules de Tourisme avec Chauffeurs (VTC) have been created for people who are tired of the monopoly held by the taxi network. VTC is thus more expensive but provides quality service. For instance, drivers are polite, they open the door for passengers and even provide water. Uber is the most popular VTC service.
Hitch is also quite widespread in Paris. It implies carpooling in a private taxi at affordable rates. In general, this service is provided by sympathetic youngsters looking for some extra money.
Vélib' is also very popular in Paris. You can start by subscribing on the Navigo pass website, or buy another card. You can thus bike across the city anytime you wish. Some 1,800 Vélib' terminals are available 24/7. For the time being, it costs as much as a subway ticket.
Expat.com – Transports in Paris Forum
Paris Official Tourism Portal – Getting around en.parisinfo.com
Via Navigo www.vianavigo.com
Taxis G7 www.g7.fr