Living in Paris
Transport and getting around
There are many different ways to get around Paris.
Paris boasts a wide choice of transport systems: the metro, buses, trams, taxis, air planes, boats and bikes. Travelling both in Paris and outside the city is easy, fast and comfortable.
There are extensive tube, RER rail, tram and bus networks in and around the city.
An innovative system of TGV trains provide quick, easy access to over 200 French towns and cities, as well as European countries such as Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain.
For more information on trains visit the official transport website:
- www.sncf.com [EN]
The Paris metro is of course the quickest and easiest way to get around the city. It has become a symbol of Paris with its unique “Art Nouveau” style and its comprehensive network throughout the city. There are 16 lines, mostly underground, which cover 216 km and 300 stations with 60 easy connections to other lines. Lines are numbered from 1 to 14, with two minor lines - 3bis and 7bis - and are identified by color.
Paris is the second busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow, but you’ll have no trouble getting around. Each line has two directions which are displayed in the stations and on the platforms. Public transport maps are available for free at ticket offices (billetterie). The newest line - number 14 - built in the 1990s, is fully automated; known as Météor, it has 9 stops and takes you from “Gare Saint Lazare” to “Olympiades” in just 15 minutes. The metro runs every day from 6.00 am to 00.30 am except for Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at 2.00 am.
- To find out more about public transport and also special discounts for students, see:
A bike rental system set up by the city authorities in 2007: a fun, cheap and environmentally friendly way to get around Paris and see the sights, with access to both 200 km of cycle lanes and 70 km of bus lanes.
For further information visit:
- en.velib.paris.fr [EN]