Paris has a surface area of 10,500 hectares. And to make the most of every arrondissement, every district and every street in the capital, you have the choice of many different means of transport. All you need to know is what type of transport is best adapted to the occasion and to your requirements … Do you have a preference for travel by metro, boat, bus or bicycle?
Everything you need to know about transport in Paris for easy travelling!
Parisian people’s second home … Every day, the metro, Paris’s underground railway, transports on average more than 3.9 million passengers. With 16 lines, 300 stations and 62 connections, the metropolitan network is the fastest way to get around the capital. You should just avoid travelling during rush hours …
For : Those who want to get to their destination quickly.
Cost : 1 ticket: €1.70. Carnet of 10 for €13.30
Website :Metro map in Paris
The Regional Express Network (RER) ensures the movement in Paris and the suburbs to the region of Ile de France, with an average frequency of 10 to 15 minutes between trains.
For : For those who want to travel in the suburbs.
Cost : Depends on the price zone of your destination. The areas are definedwith concentric circlesthroughout the entire RATP network. Area 1 concerns only Paris itself, area 2 designates the towns on the outskirts of Paris, area three the towns further away in the suburbs …
Website : RER Maps
Because of the number of connections, getting from one porte to another in Paris by metro is not simple … Thanks to the Tram’, you can travel around the edge of Paris in a shorter time.
For : For those who want to travel around the outskirts.
Cost : The price of a metro ticket.
Website : Tramway in Paris
The funicular is a rapid way of getting to and from the Sacré Cœur and the Montmartre district and avoiding the 237 steps …
For : Those who want to avoid feeling stiff after climbing the steps.
Cost : The price of a metro ticket.
With a bicycle station every 300 metres, Vélib’ offers a new way of getting around the streets of Paris. How it works: first you buy a day subscription for the modest sum of one euro from an automatic terminal (accessible 24/7 all year round) after which you can take a bicycle from any station and then cycle around the city on the numerous bicycle paths and lanes. The first half-hour is free!
For : Those who want to enjoy the freedom of getting quickly from one neighbourhood to another. And it is so enjoyable …
Cost : €1.70 subscription for the day, then first half-hour free. €1 for the first extra half-hour, €2 for the second half-hour, €4 for the third half-hour.
Strolling around Paris, by yourself, with your sweetheart, or with the family … What better way of soaking up Parisian life than on long walks taking in lively districts and more secluded streets? Walking still offers the greatest freedom for getting around the capital, especially as there are now countless pedestrianized precincts full of attractive things to see and do.
For : Those who want to take the time to explore Paris.
Cost : Free!
Parisian buses have specially-adapted lanes thus avoiding the inconvenience of traffic jams. The network is extremely comprehensive. Some 300 bus routes assure the transport of passengers in all districts of Paris in the shortest possible time. Sometimes it is even quicker to take the bus than the metro …
For : Those who like to get around quickly and sightsee at the same time …
Cost : The same as a metro ticket!
Website :Bus maps in Paris
Day and night, you can hail a taxi and they will take you wherever you want to go.
For : For those who want to reach their destination quickly.
Cost : According to your journey: it is much more expensive than public transport.
Website :Paris Préfecture de Police
Paris seen « from up top »! Thanks to this double-decker bus with its open top, you can enjoy an exceptional view of the major sights in the capital on four key itineraries: the Paris Grand Tour, Montparnasse-Saint-Germain, Bastille – Bercy and Montmartre – Grand Boulevard. Note that: the Open Tour makes regular stops in select places in Paris and you are at liberty to get on and off as you wish.
For : Those who want to go from one tourist site to another in the capital.
Cost : €34 for 1-day pass
Website :Open Tour in Paris
Sightseeing rides with the RATP (municipal transport authority) … The Balabus stops at the capital’s major sites between the Gare de Lyon and La Défense. It operates between April and September, on Sunday afternoons and on the afternoons of public holidays.
For : Those who want to get to tourist sites in Paris for a lower price, and also enjoy views of the city on the journey.
Getting around the Butte Montmartre has become easier with the arrival of the Montmartrobus. It stops at all the key points in the lovely Montmartre district.
For : Those who would rather not walk up and down the steep streets of Montmartre.
Cost : The price of a bus ticket (€1.70)
When the metros and buses stop running, you do not have to resort to taking a taxi! Thanks to the 47 bus routes of the Noctilien network, strategic circuits cover almost the whole of Paris. With, on average, a bus every quarter of an hour, getting around at night is not a problem!
For : Those who need to get around at night, when the metro is closed.
Cost : The same as a bus ticket.
Website :Noctilien in Paris
Sightseeing cruise, lunch cruise, dinner cruise, cruise and meal on the quayside … The Bateaux parisiens cruise up and down the Seine offering views of Paris’s finest monuments.
For : Those who want to travel on Paris’s waterways and enjoy the exceptional views of Paris’s monuments.
Cost : For sightseeing cruises: €15 (adults), €7 (children).
Website :Bateaux parisiens
Forget about traffic filled streets in the capital: opt for the Batobus and get around easily on the river Seine with a series of stops. The circuit: the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Elysées.
For : Those who want to discover a new (and pleasanter) way of getting around Paris.
Cost : 1 day - €17; 2 days - €19. Per year - €60. €11 per day for holders of the cards: Imagine R, Orange, Intégrale, Emeraude, Améthyste or Student.
Highly popular since 1949… This river boat company offers sightseeing cruises of Paris’s finest monuments on a one-hour circuit along the Seine …
For : Discovering top sites in Paris and enjoying lunch or dinner on the water in the City of Light …
Cost : For the cruises: €14 (adults) and €6 (children). For lunches and dinners: from €50 to €135.
Website :Bateaux-mouches in Paris