User guide of the Paris metro

With more than 4 million users everyday, the underground is leader of public transports in Paris. The density of its network and the excellent state of infrastructures and attractive rates are good assets that renders it inescapable. No doubt that you will that will use the underground for most of your travels during your stay in Paris.

Presentation

Installed in 1900, the Parisian underground never stopped growing and became THE leading way of transport for Parisians (50% of travels in Paris !). Today, the network has no less than 16 lines with 300 stations evenly spread out over Paris. Therefore you will never have to walk more than 5 minutes to find an entrance close to your holiday rental or museum that you will visit during your stay.

In Paris, the underground starts at 5h30am. During the week the last train is at 1h15am, as for week-ends, (Friday and Saturday evening) the last train is at 2h15am ! If you miss the last train, you can take the night bus (want to know more about the Noctilien), a taxi or for sportsmen and sportswomen you can hire a bike (want to know more about Velib'). In average, the train frequency varies from 2 to 8 minutes depending on time of day.

Underground entrances in Paris

How to recognize underground entrances ?

In Paris, the underground entrances are represented with signs or sing boards. The most famous of them was conceived by the architecture Hector Guimard, and are decorated with floury patterns and a "Metropolitain" sign board. To this day, 86 entrances have conserved this symbolical form of new art. You will equally find the "Metro" or "M" sign to indicate an entrance.

Underground entrance in Paris through Hector Guimard

Lines and map of network

The underground lines are recognizable by their numbers, colors or even their terminus station. In each station a complete map of the network will allow you to choose the ideal way to reach your destination.

CAUTION : When you choose a platform, you must be sure of its direction. Indeed, some stations won't let you turn around without buying another ticket. Check on the control screen the number and the direction of the train.

Lines of the Parisian underground

Parisian underground - Line 1 Château de Vincennes --> La Défense
Parisian underground - Line 2

Porte Dauphine --> Nation

Parisian underground - Line 3

Pont de Levallois – Bécon --> Gallieni

Parisian underground - Line 3bis

Porte des Lilas --> Gambetta

Parisian underground - Line 4

Porte de Clignancourt -->Porte d'Orléans

Parisian underground - Line 5

Bobigny - Pablo Picasso -->Place d'Italie

Parisian underground - Line 6

Charles de Gaulle - Étoile --> Nation

Parisian underground - Line 7

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

Parisian underground - Line 7bis

Louis Blanc --> Pré Saint-Gervais

Parisian underground - Line 8

Balard --> Créteil - Préfecture

Parisian underground - Line 9

Pont de Sèvres --> Mairie de Montreuil

Parisian underground - Line 10

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

Parisian underground - Line 11

Châtelet --> Mairie des Lilas

Parisian underground - Line 12

Porte de la Chapelle --> Mairie d'Issy

Parisian underground - Line 13

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

Parisian underground - Line 14

Saint-Lazare -->Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Rates

To take the underground or the bus in Paris, the "T+" ticket is available at every underground entrance (automatic landmark or counters), with bus drivers and in some tobacco shops. The "T" ticket is a one way ticket with possibles changes !

IMPORTANT : When you change underground lines, bus, or take a bus after coming out of the underground, you do not need to change tickets! Just insert the already used ticket in the automatic landmarks and continue your travel freely.

Price for T ticket

Number of tickets Rates
1 T+ ticket 1,80 euros
Book of 10 tickets T+ full price 14,10 euros
Book of 10 tickets T+ low price 7,05 euros

ParisVisite pass

During your stay in Paris, you will probably take public transports (underground, bus or train) several times a day. The pass ParisViste will allow you to travel freely on the parisian and suburb's network. The pass is available for a time limit of 1 to 5 days and from 10,85 euros.

CAUTION : In Paris, only zone 1 is necessary. However, to get to Paris from the airport, you will need a pass from zone 1 to 6. Disneyland resort is located in zone 5, whereas the Château de Versailles is located in zone 4.

The pass ParisVisite gives access to many advantages with partners like l'Arc de Triomphe, l'Opéra Garnier or even Disneyland Paris. For more informations, I invite you to consult the RATP's website : www.ratp.fr

Adult prices - ParisVisite pass

Zones 1 day 2 days 3 days 5 days
1-3 11,15 euros 18,15 euros 24,80 euros 35,70 euros
1-5 23,50 euros 35,70 euros 50,05 euros 61,25 euros

Rates for children* - ParisVisite pass

Zones 1 day 2 days 3 days 5 days
1-3 5,55 euros 9,05 euros 12,40 euros 17,85 euros
1-5 11,75 euros 17,85 euros 25,00 euros 30,60 euros

* from 4 to 11 years old

You can find all these informations on the official RATP's website dedicated to tourists : www.ratp.info/touristes/