Parisian metro

Cheap, fast and very safe, the subway is the most efficient transportation mean for travel in Paris. With more than 300 stations (from which 62 offering a connection), you can move from one museum to another monument with extreme ease. Here are some tips and practical information to fully enjoy the Paris metro.

Recognize the metro stations

Parisian metro Entrances to the metro are indicated by a sign reading Metro, Metropolitain or just M. You might notice that some of them are still indicated by the original Art Nouveau style signs, designed by the famous Hector Guimard, which date back to the period when the metro was under construction. There are entrances to the metro approximately every 500 meters. The metro runs from 5.30 a.m. until 1.15 a.m (until 2.15 am on friday and saturady nights). The times of the first and last trains per line and per station are displayed on the platforms. The average frequency of trains varies between 2 and 8 minutes according to time of day.

The 14 lines of the metro

Fourteen lines compose the Parisian metro network. Each of them can be identified by its color, its number and its terminus stations.

Parisian metro - Line 1

Château de Vincennes --> La Défense

Parisian metro - Line 7bis

Louis Blanc --> Pré Saint-Gervais

Parisian metro - Line 2

Porte Dauphine --> Nation

Parisian metro - Line 8

Balard --> Créteil - Préfecture

Parisian metro - Line 3

Pont de Levallois – Bécon --> Gallieni

Parisian metro - Line 9

Pont de Sèvres --> Mairie de Montreuil

Parisian metro - Line 3bis

Porte des Lilas --> Gambetta

Parisian metro - Line 10

Boulogne - Pont de Saint-Cloud --> Gare d'Austerlitz

Parisian metro - Line 4

Porte de Clignancourt -->Porte d'Orléans

Parisian metro - Line 11

Châtelet --> Mairie des Lilas

Parisian metro - Line 5

Bobigny - Pablo Picasso -->Place d'Italie

Parisian metro - Line 12

Porte de la Chapelle --> Mairie d'Issy

Parisian metro - Line 6

Charles de Gaulle - Étoile --> Nation

Parisian metro - Line 13

Gabriel Péri - Asnières-Gennev
-->Saint-Denis Université
--> Châtillon - Montrouge

Parisian metro - Line 7

La Courneuve - 8 mai 1945
--> Mairie d'Ivry
--> Villejuif - Louis Aragon

Parisian metro - Line 14

Saint-Lazare -->Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

The parisian metro network

Parisian metro To get from a place to another, it is necessary to know the direction (i.e. the name of the terminus station) towards which you will travel (you will find a metro network map at the entrance of each metro station and on each platform). For instance: you find yourself at Odeon station and wish to get to Charles de Gaulle Étoile. At Odeon you will have to take Line 4 (purple), Direction Porte de Clignancourt (to the north). Then you would have to make the connection at station Châtelet and take Line 1 (yellow), direction La Défense.

Indication of the direction of a metro line Be careful not to take the opposite direction in the metro. In some stations reversing on the same line is not always possible unless you exit the station. Hence you would have to use a new ticket to re-enter. To make sure that you are on the right platform check the display panel suspended above the platform, it indicates the line and direction of the train.

Connection and exit signs The connections are indicated by a sign Correspondance with the number of the metro line. In the suburbs sometimes there are also marked "Sortie. Do not hesitate to check the street map (in each station you can find a map of area) before leaving the subway.

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Prices of transport tickets

Tickets can be used both for metro and bus. They can be purchased in every metro station, either from booths or from automatic ticket dispensers. You can also buy them in some tobacco shops, in which case those shops are indicated by a specific Metro sign.

Prices of "T" tickets

1 “T” ticket

1,60 euros

10 full price "T" tickets

11,40 euros

10 discount "T" tickets

5,70 euros

Since you will probably be using the metro more than once a day, I recommend not to use single tickets but to buy the special Paris Visite ticket. This specific tourist ticket gives you access to all means of public transportation in Paris and the suburbs (metro, bus, RER, etc.) It even includes a trip to Disneyland Resort Paris (zone 5), Château de Versailles (zone 4) or alternatively, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (zone 5) and Orly airports (zone 4). It has different versions: for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days.

Prices for adults for the Paris Visite Pass

Zones

1 day

2 days

3 days

5 days

1-3

8,,80 euros

14,40 euros

19,60 euros

28,30 euros

1-6

18,50 euros

28,30 euros

39,70 euros

48,40 euros

Prices for children of the Paris Visite Pass (4 to 11 years old)

Zones

1 day

2 days

3 days

5 days

1-3

4,40 euros

7,20 euros

9,80 euros

14,15 euros

1-6

9,25 euros

14,15 euros

19,85 euros

24,20 euros

Once youve bought a ticket, you access the platforms by passing through turnstiles or automatic gates. Be careful not to keep your ticket next to coins or other electromagnetic elements which could demagnetize it and you would then not be able to pass it through the automatic gates. Just insert your ticket into the slot on the device by your right. It will disappear and pop out further. Do not forget to recover it and keep it throughout the duration of the journey until you exit the metro and pass a board reading Limite de validité des billets. Within the controlled zone you can be asked to show your ticket by a controller. 

For additional information, I invite you to visit the RATP site : http://www.ratp.fr and to conclude I wish you - Bon Voyage !

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