Getting around Paris

The great thing about Paris is that you can get everywhere without a car. Actually, moving around is easier using Public transport services. One metro ticket is your passeport to evasion. Planning your escapade, enjoy a picnic nearby the banks of the rivers Seine or Marne is very simple. Get on a bus and start exploring.

Paris possess an excellent public transport system (RATP) comprising bus, tram, metro, commuter train and a new one for bike rental (VELIB). With a single ticket you can use trams, buses and the metro. You can also use a one day pass, or a tourist pass with the Navigo system; or from RATP ticket machines, kiosks.

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Depending on what you intend to do and how long you want to stay, the RATP offers several tickets possibilities. Nowadays , Paris and its suburds are not divided in zones with  different fares.  Purchase a ticket for all the zones in which you plan to travel. Plan ahead and check this page out to find what suits you best  notifies which ticket you need.

By tram

Trams are a convenient way of getting around the city centre. Though it disappeared in the middle of the 20th century, nowadays it is a very appreciated transport. You can find on this page the map of Paris tram. Paris tram is a transit system serving the city of Paris (France) with the subway, the urban, suburban & commuter train, the bus or the Noctilien night bus . The tram network has 7 lines and 148 stations forming a rail network of 51 miles (82 km).

The Ile-de-France-tramway is made up of seven completely new lines and three lines are the result of the modernisation of older railway lines. Always have a route map with you to help locate all the stops and points of interest.

Single tickets can be purchased using the Ile de France mobilités or from RATP ticket machines, kiosks.

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By metro

Paris’s metro network operates from the city centre to the fartest suburbs The metro is also a convenient way to get out of the busy city centre and into the nature or enjoy Disneyland Paris and other attractions.

Single tickets can be purchased using the Ile de France Mobilités or from RATP ticket machines, kiosks.

 By train

The SNCF (French national railroads) operates commuter train services throughout the metropolitan area. Commuter trains depart from and arrive from one of the 7 train stations in Paris.

You have 2 types of train leaving from Parisian railway stations :

  • Long-distance trains or « Main Line trains » leave from Paris to anywhere in France (Intercity and High speed trains like TGV) , towards Europe (the ICE, Eurostar, Talgo and the night trains line :  CityNightLine, Elipsos and Thello). For those trains, you need to buy a ticket in advance (on the SNCF website ).
  • Trains running between Paris and its suburbs are called Transilien For further information about the different travel tickets and their fares please check out their website

RER to the airports

  • Journey time*:
    • Approx. 25 minutes from Gare du Nord
    • Approx. 28 minutes from Châtelet-Les-Halles
    • Approx. 35 minutes form Denfert-Rochereau.

  • Fares: €11.40 (forfait Navigo, zones 1-5 accepted)

  • RER B stations at Paris-CDG airport:

    Terminals 1 and 3: “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” station
    • Terminal 1 is available by free CDGVAL shuttle (journey time: 6 minutes).
    • Terminal 3 is available by pedestrian walkway.

    Terminal 2: “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV” station
    • Terminals 2C, 2D, 2E et 2F are availables by foot and by moving walkway.
    • Terminal 2A is available by foot or by free N1 shuttle from RER station, level 5.
    • Terminal 2G is available by free N2 shuttle, from Terminal 2F, exit 2.10.

  • RER B stations at Paris :
    • Paris : Paris-Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Palais-Royal, Denfert-Rochereau.
    • Link with Paris-Orly airport by connecting with OrlyVal at station “Antony”

  • Frequency : Every 10-15 minutes on weekdays

Walking

Paris is a city easy to explore on foot, as most of the sights are within walking distance. Even in the busy city centre, you are never far away from green areas, the Seine river or major monuments. 

By bike

Cycling is a fast and easy way of getting around Paris. The city is ridden with cycling corridors that run all around the city. Many sites and applications exist (google maps, geovelo etc.) They will automatically direct you to the bike lanes. These lanes are designed to ensure comfort and safety for cyclists..

City bikes

Launched in 2007, Vélib’ Métropole is a pioneer of bike-sharing service in the world.

Vélib aims to promote new mobility in the Greater Paris area. Their service counts several million journeys each month, making Vélib’ a key operator in public transportation with 20.000 bikes at your disposal. According to your taste you can choose green(mechanic) or blue bikes (electric). There is a docking point every 300 meters in Paris.

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