Bus, metro or tram with the family

Fast and efficient: public transport in Paris takes you everywhere in the capital

Bus parisien © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

Paris has a comprehensive network of metros, buses and trams. The latter criss-cross the 20 arrondissements, whilst the ‘RER’ (suburban express trains) serve the surrounding areas

NB not all stations and lines have escalators and lifts to facilitate access for pushchairs and disabled people. And on some buses, only two open pushchairs are permitted: it is therefore advisable to fold your pushchair if there are already two pushchairs open aboard

Note also : 

  • There is no charge for children aged under 4, and children aged 4 to 9 pay half fare
  • A metro or bus ticket costs €1.90 for one ticket and €13.30 for ‘un carnet’ (10 tickets)
  • The ‘ticket T+’ allows travellers to change buses or change between a bus and a tram on their journey within a time period of 1hr30

Good to know

  • Children enjoy travelling in a metro carriage and seeing Paris monuments from some over-ground sections on lines 2 and 6
  • Between Olympiades metro station and Saint-Lazare train station, line 14 has a ghostly feel to it as it is fully automatic, with no driver. It hurtles through the tunnels visible through its panoramic glass windows, in front and behind. An impressive sight
  • Line 1, one of the capital’s oldest metro lines, has also been renovated and is now also fully automated

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