PARIS TRANSPORT : 9 WAYS TO TRAVEL
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.
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 : 1,80€
– A pack of 10 tickets: 14,10€
– One day ticket « mobilis » (zones 1-2) : 7€
Please make sure to write your name, surname and the date, the day you use it, on the ticket.
– A weekly « navigo » pass (zone 1-2) : 20,40€
– A monthly « navigo » pass (zone 1-2) : 67,10€
– A yearly “ImagineR” card (only for students & under 26): 332,90€ (every zone !)
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 www.imagine-r.com
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.
A nice Paris transport is the self service bikes rental, across the all city.
You have to pay a ticket or a subscription + the cost of the rental
- The rental cost:
The first half hour: free
The first half hour additional: 1€
The second half hour of use: 2€
From the third half hour: 4€
- The ticket or subscription cost:
One day ticket: 1,70 €
One week ticket: 8 €
The Classic formula: 29 € per year
The Passion formula: 39 € per year
For the 14-26 years old : 29 €
For the scholarship student : 19 €
You have unlimited access to the bikes during the period of your subscription. The first 30 minutes are free for every trip (45 min for the formula Passion). Then you pay the regular rental prices.
You directly buy the one-day or one-week tickets at the Velib station or online. For a formula, you fill a form you can find on the website, at the Paris City Hall office or at the Post Office, send it and wait for your pass to be received (or put the subscription on your subway pass).
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 www.velib.paris.fr The website is available in Spanish and English.
4. Auto Lib
As the Vélib’, Autolib’ is another Paris transport : self-service rental for cars. To get access to the service, go to an information point with your passport, ID and a credit card. A deposit of €150 or €200 is required depending on the chosen package.
You can pay as you go or get a subscription in addition to the cost of the rental. Here the details:
- A year subscription (120€ per year then 5,5€ every half hour of use)
- A month (25€ per month then 6,5€ every half hour of use)
- A week (10 euros per weak then 7€ every half hour of use)
- 24 hours (free subscription but 9€ every half hour of use).
- An 8 hours shared formula : from 1 to 4 people, each person has few hours to use during two months.
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 www.noctilien.fr
To travel to other cities in France, a great option is to take the train.
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 www.12-25-sncf.com/accueil
Discounts for everyone:
The low-cost tickets “Prem’s”, offer a discount, especially if you are a small group to travel: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/promotion-train/tgv-prems
The last minute tickets: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/promotion-train/multi/derniere-minute-intercites
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.