The capital of France has the most extensive and effective transport network in the world, including the metro, buses and RER urban, the public transport of Paris connects practically all the city.
In this section of the guide to Paris, you will find all information you nedd to move around the most beautiful city in the world, but like many other places, you will enjoy walking over Paris.
Paris Public Transport
Paris is a city that boasts one of the most comprehensive public transport in the world, and rightly provides all existing means to get to any part of the city.
The Metro: is the fastest and the most used both by the tourists and the local people and is often so crowded. The Paris metro stations are close to most of the attractions and museums.
Urban Buses: this means connecting nearly most parts of the city, is an ideal way to get around the city, slower, but overlooking much more attractive. It is recommended to use the first day in Paris to get a quick overview of the attractions that are in Paris.
Tourist Buses: These buses visit all important monuments of Paris, are highly recommended especially for those who want to know more about the history of the buildings.
Taxis in Paris: run 24 hours and they are more than 20,000 taxis operating in the French capital, know their rates, recommendations, and phones.
Funicular: Operates only in the Montmartre and connects the lower part with the top of the hill. It is recommended for people with reduced mobility and those who have leg problems.
RER: trains that do the same function as the Paris Metro
Batobus: make Seine river tours and make a stop in the main monuments of the city. Know where are stop, fares and routes.
The French capital has a total of 3 airports, where 80% of visitors to the city come from all over the world.
- Gaulle-Roissy Airport: is the most important airport in France, is located about 23 km northern Paris. This airport has a total of three terminals, the terminal 3 is where they are most charter flight campaigns.
- Orly Airport: This airport is located south of the city, and consists of two terminals. This is the second largest airport in Paris.
- Beauvais Airport: is located about 90 km north of Paris, the airport is used by low-cost airlines like Ryanair, Wizz Air, Blue Air, among others.
Paying each time you need to use transport can become a bit tiring, so we recommend, when you arrive to Paris, buy a transport card that suits your needs to let you enjoy more of Paris.
- Single tickets: are single-use tickets can be purchased on the bus or in the metro station. They are recommended for people who do not plan to use much the transport.
- Visit Paris: is the ticket ideal for visitors with short stays, allows unlimited use of all public transport in Paris and for up to 5 days.
- Paris Navigo: a ticket for longer stays, is used by the local people, the duration of this ticket is weekly or monthly and also allows unlimited use of public transport.
Paris is one of the biggest cities in the world, and for that reason it is necessary to use the subway to get to some places, especially for people who stay in hotels far from the historic center.
The Paris subway was inaugurated in 1900 and has since been known for being a quick and efficient. Paris currently has the most extensive subway network and complete in the world, consists of 14 lines and 3500 trains that run a total of 211 km in 380 stations. It is said that all places of the city is located less than 500 meters from a subway stop.
What most characterizes the Paris subway are their stations, the great majority of them have an original design, well suited the place where they are, as a good example of that, the Louvre station (line 1) where we can find some works of art.
Prices of the Paris subway
There are a wide variety of tickets and passes to use the metro and other means of public transport in Paris, the most used is a single ticket (called T +):
- Single ticket: 1,70 €
- 10-trip ticket: 12,50 €
With these tickets you can use the subway, city buses, funicular and all tram lines, but if your stay is longer we recommend, acquire one of the transport passes, like the Paris Visite.
Paris subway Times
The subway trains begin operation from 05:30 am to 00:30 every day, but this time can vary depending on the stop in question.
Even the subway is closed at night, there are several night bus lines with which you can get your destination perfectly.
You can find the Paris metro map on any of its stations, but if you want a copy or print before you start your trip to Paris here we leave three different maps:
- Subway Map (Large Version): http://www.visitandoeuropa.com/paris/transporte/plano-metro-grande.pdf
- Subway Map (pocket version): http://www.visitandoeuropa.com/paris/transporte/plano-metro-pequeno.pdf
- Subway Map with streets of Paris: http://www.visitandoeuropa.com/paris/transporte/plano-metro-calles.pdf
Urban Buses in Paris
In addition to the metro, Paris also has a public bus service highly efficient and very comprehensive, is the second most used means of transport while not the fastest option to get to your destination.
The majority of the visitors to the city use buses to enjoy pleasant views of Paris, because some lines pass close to many attractions of the city.
The public bus service in Paris has a total of 60 lines that circulate during the day and 40 night lines.
Paris night buses
The night bus service in Paris, called Noctilien buses, is very comprehensive and covers practically all parts of the city. There are a total of 40 lines and is marked with the letter N before the number.
It is recommended to memorize the number of the bus stop closest to your hotel, in case one decides to party evening in Paris.
Like the Paris subway, public buses uses various transport cards and tickets. the most used are:
Single ticket of 1 trip: 1,80 €
10-trip ticket: € 12.70
Public buses timetable
The public bus service in Paris, like the subway, operate from 05:30 to 00:30 pm, depending on the line, but to clear the doubts of the time line, it is recommended to check the hours at the stop.
The night bus service operates from 00:30 until 05:30.
the public transportation agency of Paris offers an interactive map to locate the bus line, times, stops, etc …. can find it on its official website (http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/).
Tour Buses in Paris
Like the big cities of the world, in Paris can also enjoy a guided tour through the main monuments using tourist buses of Paris. These buses are managed by private companies.
Using the Paris tourist buses, is one of the best ways to have a general overview of the city, before visiting each monument, is an activity that we always recommend to our readers.
Companies tour buses, most popular are:
Les Cars Rouges
Was the first in this sector, its buses are red and offers a 9 stops on the most important points of the city, you can go up and down as many times as you wish.
Itinerary: Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Louvre, Norte Dame, Orsay Museum, the Opera Garnier, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Trocadero, Eiffel Tower.
Hours: Tour buses Les Cars Rouges start at 9:30 until 20:30.
Prices: The prices of Les Cars Rouges is 29 € per day for adults and 15 € for children.
This company offers 4 different itineraries and each one is carried by buses with different colors.
The prices per day are:
- Adults: 31 €
- Children (4-11 years): 15 €
The itineraries offered by this company are:
- Paris Grand Tour: is the most comprehensive tour, stops in all important city mumentos, a total of 19 stops. The buses are green. It is highly recommended.
- Montparnasse-Saint Germain: the buses are red, this tour has 11 stops and ends in North-Dame.
- Montmartre-Grands Boulevards: This tour focuses particularly on the area of Montmartre. The buses are yellow.
- Bastille-Bercy: is another recommended routes, makes a total of 11 stops for the main attractions of the city. The buses are blue.