How to get around Paris by subway, RER, bus. Practical info.

Moving around Paris

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Thanks to a network, active almost 24 hours on 24, and extended in a capillary way practically everywhere, to move around Paris is really easy.

Buses and metro lines intersect at numerous points, making movements really intuitive. Thanks to smartphones, today more than yesterday.

Métro de Paris cards

Photo, 2013 Rigil


Inaugurated in the distant 1900, the metro in Paris, the fourth largest in Europe, is one of the best and most efficient means of getting around Paris.

Currently, the operating lines are 16, for a total of over 300 stations. The busiest lines are the 4, the 1 Line and the 13. These last two, modern and technological, are completely automated, without machinists.

The Parisian metro has always entered the collective imagination, with cinema and literature. And of course, music. Often, in some stations, artists are not lacking to show their repertoire. After all, the musical one is a tradition that dates back several decades ago.

Each station is well identified, on the outside, by the blue letter M, on a white background, and the number of the line, with its color. Almost always, on the outside, you will find a map showing the area you are in.
Inside the stations, you can move with ease, thanks to the appropriate indications. Moreover, on all the docks there is the display with the waiting time of the next train.

The metro is safe. Even in less tourist areas. Of course, Paris is a great metropolis and, as such, it would be impossible to eliminate crime altogether. The episodes of violence, however, have undergone a sharp reduction in recent years.

Metro times, in general, vary depending on the line and day. All lines are active every day of the year, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays.
Typically, the metro runs from Sunday to Thursday, from 05: 30 to 01: 15. Friday, Saturday and holidays, from 05: 30 to 02: 15.
The frequency, at peak times in the main lines, is also only 2 minutes!

Move to Paris by Metro


The RER is an alternative and complementary method of the Metro, to move around Paris. Réseau Express Régional, is a suburban railway transport system, very similar to the underground.
From the latter, it is differentiated by the direction of the trains on the left, and by the greater extension. The RER, in fact, develops for almost 600 kilometers, in the Île-de-France.

33 stations, out of a total of 257, are located in Paris. Most are located in the central part of the city.

The entrance to the RER stations is signaled, on the outside, by the white namesake written on a blue background, followed by the line number, on a colored background. In total, the active lines are 5, identified by a specific color and letter: A, B, C, D, E.


Transilien indicates a suburban railway system, very similar to the RER. Mind the latter, through Paris, all the lines of the Transilien depart from the Ville lumiére. Transilien trains replaced the old banlieues trains.

The Transilien is divided into five regions: Paris Nord, Paris Est, Paris Sud-Est, Paris Rive-Gauche and Paris Saint-Lazare.


The road network is quite efficient and quite widespread throughout the Parisian territory. Anyone wishing to move around Paris will find the bus quite comfortable. The means is indicated, above all, for those who are not in a hurry to reach a particular place.

The bus is more pleasant than the metro because it allows you to observe the city and its monuments during the journey. Often, at the stop, you find a shelter or a pole that indicates its name; on it, it is reported the number of bus lines passing from there and, often, also a monitor that indicates the two next steps of the vehicle.

Buses are identified by a number, a direction and a list of the main stops. They circulate from 5.30 to 20.30, even if several lines continue up to 0.30 and then give way to Noctilien.


These are special bus lines, in service during the night. In total, 48 Noctilien lines are operational, in service from 00: 30, up to 05: 30.

Thanks to this means, there will be no difficulty in moving around Paris during the night, to reach the main nightlife venues. The Noctilien is active throughout the territory of Paris and the Île-de-France region.

The special lines are identified by a letter N, followed by two or three digits.


Batobus from Jardin Tino Rossi, Paris 27 May 2017

Photo, 2017 Guilhem Vellut

Nothing more than the Seine can excite. Being able to sail on board a splendid Batobus can certainly be an exciting experience and, above all, an alternative to moving around Paris.

Currently, the operating stations are 9, all located close to the main monuments and points of interest of the city. Here, below, the detail:

Eiffel Tower
Musée d'Orsay
Jardin des Plantes / Cité de la Mode et du Design
Hôtel de Ville

The service is active, every day, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays. From April to September, from 10: 00 to 21: 30. From October to March, from 10: 00 to 19: 00.
There is no ticket for a single trip. You can opt for the Full Day Pass, at the cost of 17 €, or the Pass for two consecutive days at the advantageous price of 19 €. Tickets allow you unlimited access to the boats for the day of validity. They can also be purchased on the official website, where you can get updated information on the route.


More than a funicular, it is, in effect, a tilted electric lift. It allows you to reach the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, from Butte Montmartre. The elevator covers a distance of just 100 meters, avoiding climbing stairs. It is managed by RATP and is part of the city's integrated tariff system.


The tram is one of the least used vehicles by Parisians and tourists. Of the 9 lines that make up the Île-de-France tramway network, 4 is affecting Paris. Of these, the T3a line, from Pont du Garigliano to Porte de Vincennes, is, without a doubt, the most used.

Anyone wishing to travel around Paris by tram can use the same bus, metro or RER tickets.

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