Public transport, eco-transport

A comprehensive and efficient transport network to get around in an ecological way.

Bus parisien © OTCP - Jacques Lebar

The density of the Paris public transport network makes it possible to get around quickly and efficiently throughout the city and beyond the city ring road. This network, which is becoming more and more ecological, is made up of metros and RERs (suburban trains), trams and buses.

The public rail network: metros, RERs and trams

With its 16 metro lines, 6 RER lines and 8 tramway lines totalling more than 400 stations, the collective rail network of the capital enables passengers to get to any point in Paris in a sustainable and comfortable way. To encourage even more Parisians and tourists to use these ecological modes of transport, metros may, for example, run at intervals of less than 2 minutes on some lines at rush hour. Plus, metros and trams have run until 2.15am on Saturdays and on the evening before public holidays since the end of 2006, and also on Fridays since the end of 2007.

Bus network

To fully enjoy the streets of Paris, the bus network takes you anywhere in the capital and inner suburbs. The introduction of many bus lanes speeds up travel during rush hour when there is a lot of car traffic on the roads. Although the majority of buses have not yet converted to green energy, a network of electric minibuses does operate in some districts of Paris. This is the ‘Les Traverses’ network consisting of 5 lines. Furthermore, in 2015, the RATP is stepping up its deliveries of hybrid buses and is launching its ‘bus 2025’ project. By this year, the RATP will have completed its ecological transition with buses which will operate exclusively by electrical energy and biogas.

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