Metro, which is highly developed, is your first option travelling in Paris. You can arrive at almost all the places of interest and shopping centres in several minutes after coming out of metro stations. You can also access a free metro map at Information at the entrance of station. Additionally, the whole Paris map and detailed map of places nearby a certain station are shown on the wall in every station.
Generally, a metro sign like the one shown in the photo represents a sunken entrance, which can be easily identified from far away. Other metro signs include "M" in capital letter, and small traffic signs indicating the direction towards a certain metro station.
The Map / Metro Information
Information centre is located at the entrance of metro station close to the gates, where you can access to free metro map and ask for help. Staff there generally can communicate in English.
The green Vente Machine is the place selling tickets automatically. First, choose a language. Touch the right part of screen to purchase tickets. There are various tickets provided, of which the most important are "Ticket t+" and "Paris Visite".
Ticket t+ & Paris Visite
It can be used on metro lines, RER line in zone 1, bus lines except for airport shuttle bus and the Montmartre funicular.
Pay attention to days (1/2/3/5 days) and zones (zone 1-3 or zone 1-5) when purchasing Paris Visite. If you live far away from central Paris like La Défense, then Paris Visite is the best choice for you.
Either credit card or cash can be accepted when buying tickets. Remember to pay attention to the kinds of cash that can be identified.
Metro information can be also accessed through the ways below: the APP (Paris Metro) RATP
Open the App, the left interface includes all the functions, while the right one shows the whole Paris metro map.
Choose "route plan" function, input name of starting and terminal station (usually after 2 to 3 letters, the name of station will be automatically filled). Then press "route" at the top-right corner, the systematically planned route with time required will appear.
More specific information like number of stations and transfer stations will be shown if you choose a specific route. You can also choose to show the route in the map.
Although metro is the most used transportation for tourists, you still need to jump on the bus and enjoy the city view outside of the window instead of darkness.
You can download the app called Paris RATP which shows the bus routines.
Different colours are used for various bus lines, read carefully at the bus stop.
Metro tickets can be used for bus as well, prepare your tickets before boarding.
Train Stations in Paris
Gare du Nord : Destinations the northern part of France and northern part of Europe (Lille, Amiens, Brussels, London, Bruges, Amsterdam)
Gare de Lyon : Destinations the south-east of France and Switzerland, Italy (Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Grenoble, Dijon, Genève, Zurich, Milan)
Gare de l'Est : Destinations the eastern part of France (Reims, Nancy, Strasbourg, Colmart)
Gare Saint Lazare : Destinations the north-west part of France (Rouen, Le Havre, Deauville, Honfleur)
Gare Montparnasse : Destinations the western part ant the south-west part of France (Rennes, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Nantes, Angoulême, Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz)
Gare d'Austerlitz : Destinations the center and southern parts of France (Orléans, Limoges, Toulouse) You can also take Spain-bound night trains here (Madrid, Barcelona).
Some Examples of Journey Prices : (booked in advance)
Paris - Lyon (one way) : from 40€
Paris - Lille (one way) : from 25€
Paris - Bordeaux (one way) : from 40€
Paris - Nice (one way): from 50€
Paris - Marseille (one way): from 50€
Avoid booking tickets on Friday evening and Sunday evening because they are the most expensive prices. It is advised to book your train tickets in advance (one month in advance) to get better prices.
To book your ticket go on the French Train Company website SNCF
Trusted Taxi companies
They have all the same prices. Around 50 euros from Paris airport to the center.
Inside Paris, the average price is 20 euros.
- Taxi G7 : 01 41 27 66 99 (english service)
- Taxi Bleu : 0149-36-10-10
Trusted Car sharing companies inside Paris
- Roulemapool (moto sharing Paris)
Car sharing company (long distance in France) :
Blablacar is number one website for car sharing in France. You can travel safely to thousands of destinations in France (from big cities to very small villages). Car sharing is much cheaper than train transport. For instance Paris-Lille by train costs around 30 euros. By car sharing it costs 15 euros. You can select a driver on the website (select only the ones with lots of stars and good comments). Then, you will receive a confirmation code in your email box that you can give to the driver after the car journey when you arrive at your destination. This code will allow him to be paid by the website blablacar.
Bus transportation in france
Bus transportation is the cheapest way to travel through France. However, it takes more time. For instance, bus takes almost 4 hours from Paris to Lille whereas train takes 1 hour and car 2,5 hours. If you book very early in advance, you can even travel for 2 euros.