Paris transport



Paris transport system includes the Metro underground subway system, a tramway, buses and night bus (Noctilien), Velib bikes and Autolib cars. The RER regional train service and SNCF trains extend to the suburbs and the Ile de France. You also can own a car or a bike in Paris.

The best app to get around Paris and in English is CityMapper. Very user friendly and will always give you the best options according to your needs (no walking, fastest way…)

1. Subway and Bus

These are the most practical public Paris transport. There are a lot of lines going everywhere. You just need to understand how it works and to be ready to see people not smiling 🙂

When it’s crowded, please try to anticipate your way out by standing close to the door one station before your destination.

In the metro, make sure you know which side to leave the train. The doors open on the right or left, according to the station.

Make sure the bus you’re waiting for goes in the direction you need. Often, there often are two bus stations, on each side of the road, going in opposite direction.

Download the RATP mobile application or ask a map at an information office in the metro. It’s small and free, and you have the metro, RER and bus lines.


– One ticket : 1,90€

– A pack of 10 tickets: 14,90€

-Ticket for week end only, under 26, valid during 14h only (from midnight to midnight) : 4,10€ (zone 1,2,3)

– One day ticket « mobilis » (zones 1-2) : 7, 5€

Please make sure to write your name, surname and the date, the day you use it, on the ticket.

– A weekly « navigo » pass (all zones) : 22,80€€

– A monthly « navigo » pass (all zones) : 75,20€

– A yearly “ImagineR” card (only for students & under 26): 350€ (all zones) – 38€/month during 9 months + 8€ extra fees for the first month for administration fees (card valid during one year). You will be automatically debited on your French bank account each 5th of the month (during 9 months). First debit happens the 5th of October for Sept and Oct at the same time = 38€x2 + 8€ = 84€

All available with buses, RER and metro.
You will have to go to one of these metro stations. You will have to bring :
proof of address
You need to go in person to ask it and put your ID photo on it, they refuse to do in on a behalf on someone.

With an ImagineR card you can have your money back if you don’t spend a full year in Paris. During the weekend and the public holidays, you’re not limited to your zones; you can travel everywhere on the network.

To order your card ask a form at any information office in the metro. Send your form ASAP because the card takes minimum 3 weeks to be received. More information on

2. RER

The RER is another way to travel through the Paris transport. Is faster than the metro but there are less trains : one every 10 minutes approximatively. Be aware that the train doesn’t stop at every station. If your train is on the platform when you arrive, don’t rush yourself to get in, make sure first it stops at your station otherwise you could be wasting a lot of time.

3. Velib’

A nice Paris transport is the self service bikes rental, across the all city.

Prices :

Upload the app. Click on “Souscrire un abonnement”.

  • Pass “1&7 jours”

5€ for one day or 15€/week

You can rent 5 bikes a day.

If your trip lasts more than 30 min you have to pay 1€ extra every 30 min.

If you want to rent an electric bike you have to pay 1€ extra for the 30 first min and then 2€ extra every 30 min.

  • Abonnements : You can choose to pay in once (paiement en une fois) or per month

“V Libre”: 1€ every 30 min or 2€ every 30 min for an electric bike

“V Plus” (suggested for more than 4 trips/month) : 32,55€/year + 0€ the first 30 min then 1€/30 min or 1€ for the first 30 min then 2€/30 min

“V Plus Jeunes” (suggested for more than 4 trips/month – under 27 yo) : 24,15€/year + 0€ the first 30 min then 1€/30 min or 1€ for the first 30 min then 2€/30 min

“V Max” : 84,15€/month + 0€ for the first hour and then 1€/30 min or 1€ after 30 min then 1€/30 min


“V Max Jeunes” (under 27 yo) : 74,15€/month + 0€ for the first hour and then 1€/30 min or 1€ after 30 min then 1€/30 min


Then you have to accept the terms and conditions, select if you want to be automatically re subscribe each year or not and choose the type of cards you want to use :

1 / you receive a Velib card

2 / you use your Navigo card

3 / you already have a Velib card

You have to fill in a little form : email, password, given name, family name, DOB, phone number

Then you have to pay by card.

What to know

You can change bike every 30 minutes to not pay the rental cost.

If all the parking spaces are full at a station, you can add 15 min for free, at the Velib station, to find another station (download the app to know all station locations and their available slots situation).

A deposit of €150 will be asked to pick up a bike and will be blocked on your account but not spent.

Cycle safely because Paris is a big and crowded city. Use the various special cycling paths.

You can find further information on
  The website is available in Spanish and English.

4. Electric “Trottinette”

This is probably the coolest way to travel. I couldn’t find a world to translate what is a Trottinette 🙂 Have a look on google ! Download the apps Lime or Bird. Enter your credit card number. Each time you see a Trottinette on the street that you also can located with the map on your apps, you just have to scan the bar code and it’s unblocked. When you want to stop juste drop it off on the street click on “vérrouiller” on your app to finish the course and take a picture of where you have put the Trottinette.


Around 2,8€ for 15 min

Promo code : RYJNWRP


5. Uber/Heetch

Others Paris transport : VTC. Cheaper than a taxi, download the free mobile applications Uber (professional) or Heetch (individual) to get a safe transport, especially at night after drinking or when there are no more metros. Save your credit card number on both. With Uber, you’ll never have to pay cash as the trip will be automatically paid with your credit card you registered with. Make sure the driver hits “End of the trip” (“Fin de la course” in French) before you get off. The same works with Heetch, except that if you prefer to pay cash, you can. Before the purchase, an indication of the estimated price and the waiting time is announced.

Uber : Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

Heetch : Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614


6. Buy a second hand bike


From €40 to €200, for a high quality model.

You can find an occasion bike in a sales depot, in any cycling professional, through the ads on the Internet for individuals, or at a “bourse aux vélos” (sells for bikes).

7. Les bus Noctilien

During the week, Paris transport stops around 00.40am / 1am, for the metro, depending on different lines (1.40am / 2am the Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays eve) and at 1am for the RER.

Between 0.30am and 5.30am, 47 lines of Noctilien buses run across Paris and its suburb. The bus network goes around all most famous districts: Châtelet, Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint Lazare and Gare de Lyon.
The bus usually arrives every 10 minutes, but can take up to one hour, depending on the line and the day.

More Information on


To travel to other cities in France, a great option is to take the train.

Prices :

Discount for young people aged 12-25. To enjoy this discount (from 25 to 50% per ticket), you need a card “Carte Jeune” which costs €50/year.

More info on

Discounts for everyone:

The low-cost tickets “Prem’s”, offer a discount, especially if you are a small group to travel:

The last minute tickets:

9. Car

If your favorite Paris transport is your car, it has to be in your name and you need a required insurance to enjoy the residence parking price (€1,5/day) in your district. We can help you to get your residential card with our individual support service.

To park outside your district (your district zone is defined by La Mairie who give you a map), you need to pay for a visitor ticket, from €2,4 to 4/h, from Monday to Saturday (except bank holiday). A ticket has to be renewed every 2 hours but thanks to the app “PMobile” you can pay it directly through your smartphone without going to a parking meter.

What to know

If a parking space says “Livraison”, it means it is a parking space for deliveries. However if it has one continuous line, or one discontinuous line, you’re allowed to park from 8pm to 7am every day, and all day on Sundays and bank holidays. If it has two continuous lines, you aren’t allowed to park.


The police are very strict about parking; you must not park your car in any parking spot that isn’t allowed. If you do, you may get a penalty fare, or worse, get your car taken to the pound. If you find complicated parking around your home, maybe consider renting a private parking space.

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The cost of living in Paris can be high especially for students. But Paris is also a city of culture, parties, and fashion.

So here’s how to reduce the cost of living in Paris and to enjoy everything the capital has offers even on a student budget!

1. Groupon

I used to use it A LOT when I was a student. Restaurants, activities, shopping… There’s loads of services and products with huge discounts. A massage for €30, a spa for €15 or 10 dancing classes for €20…

The process? You pay by credit card on the website and receive a confirmation email. If it’s a voucher for a service, you print it. If it’s a product, it will be delivered to your door. With these websites your cost of living in Paris will drastically reduce.


If you want to buy a service, call the branch before to make sure they have availability that suits you. Sometimes, there is a calendar that shows the availability on the website.

According to the French law, you can cancel the deal until 14 days after its purchase.

2. La Fourchette

Food is amazing in Paris…the best in the world! La Fourchette is a specialized website to save money on restaurants.


Be sure to read all the terms and conditions regarding the discount before making a reservation (eg: not including drinks, only if you order a starter + main course or dessert + main course).

3. Heetch

With Heetch, reduce your cost of living in Paris on your night out. Cheaper than a cab, this application puts you in touch with individual drivers. Available only during the night, from 8pm to 6am, a driver comes to pick you up at an address and drive you to your destination. You pay by credit card through the app (enter your credit card number just once at the first use) or by cash. Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.

Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614

4. Uber

Cheaper than a cab but more expensive than Heetch, this app works 24/7 and the driver is not an individual but a licensed professional. You only can pay by credit card through the app (you enter your credit card number just once at the first use). Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.


The cheapest option is the option UberPool but, like Heetch, it works only the night from 8pm to 6am and the number of people is limited to 2. The driver has the right to stop to pick up other people.

If you are between 4 and 7 people you can order a UberVan. Don’t hesitate to share the price of the trip with other friends who also have the Uber app, through an option available on screen.

Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

5. Vente Privée/Bazar Chic/Showroomprivé : buy online

These are my favourite applications/websites offering big discounts up to 70% off high quality brands. Save money on EVERYTHING (food, hygiene product, electronic product, clothes…).

Specialized in clothes, but they also offer a lot of more. Dress like a parisian at an affordable price and reduce your cost of living in Paris !

Moreover, my friend has created The Cut with nice prices if you want a hairdresser to come to your place to do brushing, styling, cut or color. You can plan a day between friends as well and ask for several hairdressers to come for you. Benefit from 5% thanks to the Feel Parisien code. Write your phone number and email address on the home page below “Je réserve”, she will call you back and she speaks English.

This is the new tendency in Paris ! Be beautiful and well dressed without moving from your cozy little flat.

6. Vestiaire Collective

Only for clothes and accessories, Vestiaire Collective puts you in touch with individuals who sell items from famous brands.

7. Orange Cineday

Another way to reduce your cost of living in Paris is on your movie’s tickets. The French mobile phone operator “Orange”. Buy one ticket and get one for free every Tuesday.

How it works ? If you have this operator, send a text message with the word « cine » to the number 20 000. You will receive the code to give to the desk at the cinema to get your discount.

What to know

If you don’t have Orange, ask a friend who’s not using  to give you his promo code (valuable only once each Tuesday). The offer can also be combined with the reduced prices for students.


There is a website dedicated to all the students at an international level. ISIC card proof your student status worldwide, help you to enjoy over 45 000 ISIC dicounts int the whole world and join a community of 5 millions students.

How it works ? If you have this card, you can wonder around the website and see all the student discount you are entitled to.


9. Museums

When you are under 26 and from any country of the European Union, you are entitled to free pass in many museums in Paris :

Musée de l’Armée – Hôtel National des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, RER : Invalides, tel : 08 10 11 33 99, www.Musée-Armé

Musée national des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, 6 place d’Iéna / entrée du musée 19, avenue d’Iéna / entrée du Panthéon bouddhique 75116 PARIS, M° : Iéna, RER : Pont de l’Alma, Tél. : 01 56 52 53 00,

Musée du Louvre, Principal entry from the Pyramide 75001 PARIS, M° : Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, tel : 01 40 20 53 17,

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre 75116 PARIS, M° : Trocadéro, tel : 01 58 51 52 00,

Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012 PARIS, M° : Porte Dorée, tel : 01 53 59 58 60,

Musée du Quai Branly, 37 quai Branly Portail Debilly 75007 PARIS, M° : Iéna / Alma Marceau, tel : 01 56 61 70 00,

Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries 75001 PARIS, tel : 01 44 77 80 07, M° : Concorde,

Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 PARIS, M° : Solférino, tel : 01 40 49 48 14,

Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé 5, rue de Thorigny 75003 PARIS, M° : Saint Paul, tel : 01 42 71 25 21,

Musée Rodin, 79 rue de Varenne 75007 PARIS, M° : Varenne, tel : 01 44 18 61 10,

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner, 43 avenue de Villiers 75017 PARIS, M° : Malesherbes, tel : 01 47 63 42 73,

Musée Eugène Delacroix, 6 rue de Furstenberg 75006 PARIS, M° : Saint Germain des Prés, tel : 01 44 41 86 50,

Musée du Moyen Âge – Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny, 6 place Paul Painlevé 75005 PARIS, M° : Cluny La Sorbonne, tel : 01 53 73 78 00,

Musée Gustave Morea, 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld 75009 PARIS, M° : Trinité, tel : 01 48 74 38 50,

Musée des Plans-Reliefs, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, M° : La Tour- Maubourg, tel : 01 45 51 95 05,

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Looking for a summer job in Paris? Or a part time job for english speaker ?

First you should know that a student long term visa holders (OFII) allows you to have a job in Paris, or anywhere in France as a student.

Nevertheless, here are a few guidelines:

  • The amount of hours of your job in Paris shall not exceed 20.5 hours per week.
  • The job duration must be no longer than 52 weeks.
  • Short term visa holders have to ask for permission to have a job in Paris to the DIRECCTE.
  • EU nationals don’t have a limited amount of work.

How to earn a bit of money and find a job in Paris as an international student ?

Of course, You can apply as a waitress or a seller, for a student job in Paris one or two days per week.

Here are some ideas of restaurants where you can apply:

  • The restaurant chain “Indiana” recruits overseas people who speak a bit of French.
  • The café Oz, the Frog Pub or The Mazet bar at Odeon, are some of the bars for foreign people with a foreign staff.

Otherwise, you can apply at clothes shops’ chain such as Jonak, André, Zara or H&M but you have to speak fluent French and it’s a tiring job.

In this article, we suggest you other jobs in Paris, original and more fun, for students who don’t especially speak French.


1. Yestudent : the AirBNB for students (request permission from your landlord)

Around 25€/day

You welcome other young people in your flat for one day or more. You only need to have a sofa, an extra mattress or an empty room because your roommate is not here for the weekend. You welcome the guest, share a drink and a meal with him and you even can give him the best tips of the town. It’s a profitable friendly moment to share!

2. GuideLikeYou : Become a guide

Around €25/person or €15/hour

Do you know Paris by heart? Get a guide job in Paris and help the tourists discover Paris!

You know some of the most secret corners in Paris? The best bars or monuments in town? Become a SmartGuide by picking the tour you want to do with the tourists and help them discover the city in your way!

3. Speakid : Become an english teacher for kids

Speakid is a language school specialised in teaching English to babies and children.
They think that learning a language should be fun so your aim will be to animate workshops in English through entertaining activities. They are growing fast and hiring new talents to join their great teaching teams from 2 hours per week to a lot more!

4. Mobypark: Rent your parking space (request for permission to your landlord)


Do you have a parking space at your flat but you don’t use it? Rent it! A lot of people are looking for parking in Paris. Post your ad on the website and wait to be contacted!

Make sure you ask your landlord’s permission.

5. Drivy: Rent your car

Around €30/day

Do you have a car but you don’t use it all the time? Rent it safely. The rental of the car is covered by insurance.

6. Dogbuddy: Host a dog

Dogbuddy is an online community putting dogs’ owners and dogs’ lovers together. The service offers hosting during the weekend, holidays and bank holidays. That’s a very cute job in Paris.

7. Websites

StudentJob : if you don’t speak French, write the key word “English” to only have access to the offers in English : an online newspaper for English speaking people in France which offers English-language jobs in France

8. Baby sitting or language classes

You are a foreign student so you have the quality to speak another language than French. Use it to earn some money! Put some ads in the bakeries, mini-markets, sport and animation centres for kids, in your district. Some people are specifically looking for a foreign baby sitter for their children to teach or improve a foreign language through daily conversations.

Here is a good website to become a nanny in France.

9. Embassy

You can contact your country’s embassy in Paris to offer them your service of baby-sitting or help for homework. Definitely worth a try however, some staff may look for someone who speaks their native language to help their children.

10. Learning support

Acadomia : min. Bac+3

Cours Legendre : min. Bac+ 4

Complétude : min. Bac+3

Home School : min. Bac+3

Cours particuliers entre particuliers : min Bac, à négocier

11. Learning support online

Private classes through webcam

Révisions bac

12. Baby-sitting in English

  • Be My Nounou is a Childcare Agency based in Paris who hires native and bilingual speaking babysitters to babysit and teach English to French children in Paris and suburbs. They carefully recruit and train babysitters to be a part of their team as they highly value the work being done in each family and the relationship between each babysitter and family.
  • Eveil Bilingue : English native speakers only, for part-time, babysitting and teaching positions. The agency is specialized in early language acquisition for 3 -12 years old in the Paris area. To be considered, you need to be available at least 2 days per week from 4.30 pm and / or a full Wednesday.
  • Baby-speaking : Part-time job for native English speakers, for babysitting or linguistic workshop in French family.
  • Speaking agency:  Baby-sitting services in foreign language (English, German, Spanish, Chinese …), but also language classes for children and teenagers.
  • O2 : Baby-sitting service by French and foreign students.
  • Babylangues :  Teaching of foreign language (especially English) through an innovative and ludic method.

13. OuiStock : Rent your cellar or you useless room (request permission from your landlord)

Between €30 to 300 per month

Do you have an useless cellar or room? Rent it to other people who need to space to store their stuff in it.

Make sure you ask for your landlord’s permission.


If you apply online for a student job in Paris, call them one week later to make sure they have received your resume and to show them your interest and availability.

For a waitress or a seller student job in Paris, give your resume directly by hand to the manager of the shop or the restaurant.

You also can do spontaneous applications : send your resume to agencies that don’t particularly offer student job in Paris.

In France we’re strict about punctuality and quality of service. You have to do your student job correctly if you want to keep it. If exceptionally you cannot be present one day, be sure to announce it at least 24hrs in advance.


About Us

Feel Parisien is a trilingual agency that welcomes international students in Paris and in France.

We offer a wide range of services to settle down : accommodation, bank account, phone card, VISA, VISA OFII, CAF, home and health insurance, metro card and electricity acting as an agency in Paris for students.
The idea is that we facilitate your administrative path and we secure your arrival while reassuring students and their parents by answering all their questions. We help from undergraduate students to Masters, MBA and PhD students to get settle in Paris and in France.

You get access to :

  • An online platform that facilitates your arrival.
  • Help to get your Visa, and to follow your process for getting your french Visa.
  • Booking options on accommodation in advance (required for the VISA).
  • Benefit from our negotiated prices with our partners.
  • One click services : open a bank account, get a phone sim card, insure your home and do all that before your arrival in France, while you still are in your country.
  • Answers to your questions in English or Spanish.
  • A full range of administrative services : OFII, French Stipend for housing (CAF), Metro card, Health Insurance, Electricity etc.
  • Benefit from a Community where you can talked to others students from your school and nationality but also to the others ones.

Get settled in France hassle-free with our packages.

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French CV


When applying for a job in a French-speaking country, your resume needs to be in French, which is more than a matter of translation.

The first thing you need to know is that the word resume is a false friend in French and English. Un résume means a summary, whereas a résume refers to a CV (curriculum vitae). When applying for a job with a French company, you need to provide un CV, not a résume.

You must keep your French CV to one page only (A4/single side).

Don’t forget to send your French CV in PDF, to avoid any modification when the receiver opens it!

Step 1

Basic information about yourself has to appear distinctly on top of your French CV:

  • First Name
  • Last name
  • Age (optional)
  • Nationality (optional)
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Driver’s licence/if you have a car

If you are bilingual in any other language you should mention it on top as well.

Still on the top of your French CV, you can add a picture of yourself, but choose something neutral (colour or black & white: it doesn’t really matter).

Also mention the job your are applying to.

Eg : Looking for a position as an event project manager

Step 2

Your French CV will be divided in 4 parts. 


(Expériences professionnelles)

Retrace each experience by chronologic order, from the newest to the oldest one.

Put as many details as possible, such as:

  • Name of the company
  • The country
  • Your position
  • Missions you completed (bullet points)
  • Time and duration



Once again, list them by chronologic order, from the most recent to the oldest.

  • Diploma
  • School
  • Year
  • Country



In this part, you will list your computer (operating systems/software programs) and language skills.

Language skills:

*Proficient – Lu, écrit, parlé
*Fluent – Courant
*Bilingual – Bilingue
*Native language – Langue maternelle

If you passed some tests you should mention your score. 


(Centres d’intérêt)

List your hobbies and travels but limit this section to 2 or 3 lines.


The employer will first skim through your French CV, in 30 seconds, to make sure you have the capacities required for the job. To help him, put the main elements in bold: the name of your companies, your different occupations and your schools names.

A clear layout is important. The recurring elements such as the name of cities and the date have to be on the left in front of an experience, or at least at the same place for all of them.

The four parts must appear clearly.

You should use the same font.

Maybe add some colours to attract the employer.


Your French CV has to be concise: make short sentences and show the main ideas. The interview will be the occasion to give more details.

Do not repeat the same info: if you have done similar jobs, try to change your skills gained.

Focus on the important information (don’t put your marital status for example).

If you have too many experiences, forget about the oldest ones and the ones that are not connected to the job offer.

If you have a period of professional inactivity, try to value it with a personal experience instead (travel, formation, humanitarian aid…).

Make sure there are no spelling/syntax mistakes. Make sure another person reviews your French CV.

Now you’re ready to look for a job !

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