(in English and French).
Paris is well equipped in public transports. Administered by the
state owned company RATP. You can get a map in any metro station.
With one single metro ticket you can go anywhere within Paris
city limits as long as you don't go out of the station where you
are connecting from one line to another. That goes for Metro and
RER, the ticket policy on the bus working according to sections.
According to the length of your stay you better buy a pass called
"Carte Orange" valid for a week or a month which gives
you access to different concentrical sections from Paris city-limits
towards the far suburb with intermediate sections according to
Paris Visite Pass
Travel in Paris and its suburbs for a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day period.It
can be bought at any mainline metro or RER station (Half-price
Paris Visite cards are available for children under the age of
For information in English, dial the 08 92 68 41 14.
Paris is crossed by 14 extremly safe metro lines and five
RER (express suburban) lines, all numbered and named for their
final destination (terminus). Each metro trip requires one ticket
regardless of how many transfers (correspondance) you make, though
you must buy an extra ticket for the RER outside the city limits.
The tickets are sold in all the metro stations and and in almost
all the bureaux de tabac. A ticket costs around 1,5€, no
matter what distance you travel in Paris and the nearby suburbs.
You can also buy your tickets in a packet of 10 called a "carnet"
(pronounced kar-nay) and which costs 12,00€. If you're travelling
to the outer suburbs, the price will depend on your final destination.
Keep your ticket until you exit; agents do random checks and the
fine is around 40 €.
If you plan on using the métro to get around Paris, buy
a pass. They have them for several different time durations (1
day, 2 days, 3 days, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year) and they're a lot
less expensive than buying your tickets seperately. Starting with
a week pass, you'll need an ID photo in order to buy your pass.
The RER (Réseau Express Régional) is designed
primarily to connect the city of Paris with its suburbs. The RER
is accessed in using a metro ticket or metro pass, as long as
you're travelling in the Paris city limits (or its nearby suburbs).
Beyond that, the ticket prices are proportional to the distance
Outside of the Paris city limits, a lot of the RER trains do not
stop at all the stations You need to check before getting on a
train to see if it will be stopping at the station you're wanting
to go to. Each train is identified by one of four letters: A,
B, C or D, E plus an accompaning number, and which determines
its destination and the stations where it'll be stopping.
Access to the buses is done in using the same tickets or pass
that you use in the métro. A ticket is only good on one
bus. If your itinerary uses several bus lines, you'll need a ticket
for each one of them. If you're using a pass instead of individual
tickets, all you need to do is show the pass to the driver when
boarding the bus.
There are a few general rules to know about the bus number.
- The buses numbered 2X go to Gare Saint-Lazare
- The buses numbered 3X go to Gare de l'Est
- The buses numbered 4X go to Gare du Nord
- The buses numbered 7X go torwards the center Paris
- The buses numbered 9X go to Gare Montparnasse
A bus marked with with three numbers is a connection with the
Discover Paris by the river Seine. The boat stops at 7 stops
along the river, when you embark, and disembark as often as you
The public transportation in Paris stops during the night.
Many of the buses stop around 8PM and restart again at 6AM, and
others stop around midnight. As for the metro, the hours vary,
but in general the last métro departs from the beginning
of the line around Midnight. The first train leaves around 5.30AM.
There exists a night bus, called the Noctambus, which runs all
night with a departure every hour from 1.30 to 5.30 AM. These
buses connect the center of Paris, leaving from Chatelet, with
the various entrances to the city. The night buses are more expensive
than the normal day buses.
Hotels near Train stations
Villathena Opera Paris
3 star hotel, located between the Opera House, Department
Stores and St Lazare train station.
Opera Saint Petersbourg Paris.
3 star hotel located near the Opera House and the St Lazare train
La Belle Juliette St Germain Paris.
4 star hotel near the Montparnasse Train station.
ATN Opera Paris
3 star design hotel, located between the Opera House, Department
Stores and St Lazare train station.
Claude Bernard Paris St Germain des Pres.
Budget hotel in St Germain des Pres near the Austerlitz train