HOW DOES PUBLIC TRANSPORT WORK IN PARIS?

​​Without a doubt the best way to discover Paris is on foot, strolling the narrow streets away from the great avenues. But the size of the city and the huge amount of things to see here make it almost impossible to visit on foot in the period of time that usually a tourist visit lasts. Luckily, the city of Paris has a good public transport network at affordable prices.


Public transport in Paris consists mainly of the metro, the RER (Réseau Express Régional), the tram and the bus lines. Each of these means of transport has its advantages and disadvantages. So, the best option is certainly a combination of the four. Stops and stations are often close by, and transshipment is easy.
As a general rule, the subway and tram are more useful for short journeys through the city center. But if we want to visit the Palace of Versailles, Disneyland or other places a little further from the city, the RER is our best option. Buses travel both in the center and on the outskirts of the city and are useful for getting to airports and hotels that are not centrally located.
Paris has an app for Android and iOS that helps travelers and visitors. This app is called Next Stop Paris and can be downloaded for free in 10 languages. The app has maps of all the routes of all means of public transport in Paris, as well as schedules. It works with or without internet connection. Thanks to the geolocation, find our position and points us the nearest stations and the shortest routes to get where we want from where we are.


The Paris metro: the king of public transport



The Paris metro: the king of public transport

Métro or Métropolitain is the name of the underground transport of Paris. The Paris metro has 16 lines and trains run from 05:00 until 01:00. One trip per person costs € 1.90. There are passes and travel cards of 10 trips that allow us to save some money if we use this type of public transport.
The public transport of Paris and, of course, the metro, are free for children under 4 years. Children between 4 and 11 years old pay only half a ticket. Adults can choose to buy simple tickets, 10 travel vouchers, Navigo cards or Paris Visite and Paris Pass passes. It is important to cross our itinerary with what is included in the tourist passes. Only in this way will we know if it is worth one type of pass or another.
The metro stops in Paris are a real work of art, especially the oldest ones. The city has preserved METRO plates and original entrances wherever possible. That’s why traveling by metro in Paris is almost like being transported to another era. But do not be scared, all metro stations have mobile coverage.


Réseau Express Régional or RER

The RER is Paris multifunction public transport. These are suburban trains that connect the center of Paris with the periphery. But it is not strange to see them circulate in the city like the metro trains. In fact, the Métropolitain and the RER share many stations and lines.


At present there are five RER lines, the A, B, C, D and E. Trains run from 5:30 to 00:30. It is important to pay close attention not to confuse the RER stops with those of the metro.
The main difference with the metro is that the RER arrives at the most visited tourist spots outside the city. If we want to go to the Palace of Versailles, Disneyland, the airport or Fontainebleau, we cannot go by subway. We must use the RER.
The tickets and passes that we buy at the stations are valid for both the metro and the RER. Of course, it is important to pay attention to the area for which this ticket is valid. Once we pass area 3 and we go out to the outskirts by public transport, we need to pay a little more.


The Paris tram or Tramway

 
The Paris tram or Tramway

The tram is the strongest bet on public transport in Paris. Tramway lines have expanded to 8, and line 4 also runs at night. The ticket also costs € 1.90 if we buy the ticket +, which is used for all public transport in Paris.
The tram is a light rail that runs on the surface. It is a perfect way to enjoy Paris while we move around. In this way we will not always be underground and we will be able to enjoy the views as long as the tram route is suitable for us.
The RATP company of Parisian transport bets strong by the construction of new lines of tram in Paris. This means of transportation is environmentally friendly and inexpensive to build. In addition, it recovers the traditional character of Paris trams, which ceased to function in 1957 until RATP has recovered them in the 21st century.


Central and peripheral buses

 
Central and peripheral buses

The urban bus is the most common public transport in all the major cities in the world. In the case of Paris, we have two-digit buses, which circulate in the center, and three-digit numbers, which go to the periphery. Daytime buses run from 5:30 a.m. to 00:30 p.m.
I​f we want to travel by night in Paris public transport, we have a good number of night bus lines. These cover all the subway and RER stations and also travel to the airports on the outskirts of the city.

 
As you see, traveling by public transport in Paris is not only possible, but is recommended for the visitor who does not want to miss anything. Of course, you can easily connect your arrival in Renfe-SNCF en Coopération high speed train with the different public transport means in Paris. Lose sight of heavy traffic jams and travel quietly and worry-free. Discovering the city of love has never been so easy.


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