Getting around Paris !!!

This is a subject of many questions over the years by visitors unknown ,closed friends and family members. Paris been a nice city has a huge choice of local transports that can be confusing to many. However, as I tell my contacts/friends/family coming from big cities , getting public transports in Paris should not be a problem. I first learned the ropes in the NJ/NY area and as the saying goes , if you can do it there you can do it anywhere, period. Paris metro area is as the saying goes ,a piece of cake !

I have several posts on transports in Paris on all modes. However, as things evolved especially prices ooops I like to provide new updated information on general transport options in Paris and around, This will be in my black and white series, no pictures, Of course, if not found here or confuse again, ask me. Hope you enjoy the post as I,

First, know that on weekdays, the metros run from approximately 5h30 to 01h15, On Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as on holiday eves, they run until around 02h15, The RER runs daily from approximately 5h30 to 01h20. The vast bus network allows you to travel in Paris and in Île-de-France region. When the metros no longer run, you can take advantage of the Noctilien network. These night buses run from around 00h30 to 5h30 In Paris, the bus lines are numbered from 20 to 199, Bus lines from 20 to 99 are the lines operated in inner Paris, and in the inner suburbs arch of towns just outside Paris. Bus lines 100 to 199 are the lines operated in the Paris suburbs ,a bit more further away. Some, like the 102, 109, 111, 132 or the 169 nevertheless penetrate a little into inner Paris.

The Noctilien network is built around five major transfer stations: Châtelet, Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint Lazare, and Gare de Lyon, All RER stations are served by the Noctilien network. The noctilien line N01 and noctilien line N02 lines allow you to go around Paris by connecting the major stations (Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse and Gare Saint-Lazare): the Noctilien line N01 in the clockwise, the noctilien line N02 in the opposite direction,

The Roissybus, which connects Paris at the Opéra Garnier to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport (CDG), runs from approximately 5h15 to 00h30. Count a departure approximately every 15 to 20 minutes for a journey of approximately 60 to 75 minutes. The Orlybus, which connects Paris at Denfert-Rochereau to Orly airport (ORY), runs from 5h35 to around midnight. Count a departure approximately every 8 to 15 minutes for a journey of approximately 30 to 40 minutes. The Orlyval, which connects Anthony station (RER Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – Mitry-Claye – Robinson – Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) and Orly airport (ORY), runs from 6h to 23h35. Count a departure approximately every 4 to 7 minutes for a journey of approximately 8 minutes.

There is a network of more than 170 certified lockers less than 5 minutes from a metro station and everywhere in Paris. Drop off your bags and luggage in a locker and for the duration of your choice. A concierge transports your luggage from one point to another, from where you want to the place of your choice (home, hotel, relay point, etc.). Book and pay online at Nannybag:

The Roissybus has connection by air-conditioned bus between Paris Opéra Garnier and Charles-de-Gaulle airport (all terminals are served). Free WiFi on board. Departure point: 11, rue Scribe 9éme right behind the Opéra, Times: 5h15 – 00h30 to CDG / 6h- 00h30 to Paris, price 13.70€

The regional express train connection between RER B stations and Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport (CDG). Departure point: RER B station T2, Times: 4h53 – 00h15 (Gare du Nord) / 5h26 – 00h11 (Chatelet-Les Halles) / 5h18 – 00h03 Denfert-Rochereau to CDG) / 4h50 – 23h50 to Paris Price 10,30€

The Bus 350 to Gare de l’Est has bus connection between Paris Gare de l’Est and Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Departure point: Between 7 and 9 rue du 8 mai 1945 10éme, Times: 5h33 – 21h30 to CDG / 6h05 – 22h30 to Paris Price 2€, The Bus 351 to Nation has bus connection between Paris-Nation and Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). Departure point: 2, avenue du Trône 12éme, Times: 5h35 – 20h20 to CDG / 7h- 21h37 to Paris Price 2€

The Orlybus at Denfert-Rochereau has connection by air-conditioned buses between Place Denfert-Rochereau and Orly airport (ORY). Free WiFi on board. Departure point: Place Denfert-Rochereau 14éme, Times: 5h35 – 00h00 to Orly / 6h – 00h30 to Paris, Price 9.50€, The Orlyval to Antony rapid connection by automatic metro between Antony RER B station and Orly airport (ORY). Departure point: RER B – Antony, Times: 6h – 23h35, Price 9.50€

The tramway line T7 at Villejuif-Louis Aragon, Tram connection between Villejuif-Louis Aragon (Metro line 7) and Orly airport (ORY). Departure point: Station Villejuif-Louis Aragon (Metro line 7) Times: 5h30– 00h30 Price 1.90€ The Bus 183 at Porte de Choisy,has bus connection between Porte de Choisy and Orly airport (ORY). Departure point: Porte de Choisy, Times: 5h35 – 23h54 to Orly / 6h to 00h20 to Paris, Price 2€,

GO C Paris Shuttle with bus connection between Paris and Orly airport via RER C, Departure point: Pont de Rungis Orly Airport, Times: 4h43 – 23h13 to Orly / 4h48 – 23h22 to Paris Price 6.35€.

There is a Shuttle to Porte Maillot direct connection, without any stop between Paris-Beauvais airport and the Pershing car park in Paris at Porte Maillot. Departure point: Parking Pershing at Porte Maillot / between terminals T1 and T2, Timetable: 20 minutes after the arrival of each flight to Paris / 3 hours before each flight, except Air Moldova to Beauvais, Price 18€ or R/T 35€.

A bit on the trains station in and around Paris,

Gare d’Austerlitz ,85 quai d’Austerlitz 13éme It is served by the following Metro lines: M5, M10, RER C and L’Open tour, Noctilien night bus lines N01, N02, N31, N131, N133, possible transfer Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse station,

Gare de Lyon ,Place Louis Armand 12éme It is served by the following metro lines: M1, M14, RER A, RER D, L’Open Tour, Noctilien night bus lines: N31, N32, N33, N34, N35, N130, N131, N132, N113, N134 Possible transfer to Lyon, Montparnasse, Bercy, and Austerlitz stations

Gare de Bercy ,Boulevard de Bercy 12éme, It is served by the following metro lines: M6, M14 and L’Open Tour ,and Noctilien night bus lines N32, N35 Possible transfer to Gare de Lyon

Gare de l’Est ,78 boulevard de Strasbourg 10éme It is served by the following metro lines: M4, M5, M7 and the Open Tour ,and Noctilien night bus lines N41, N42, N43, N44, N45, N140, N141, N142 , N143, N144, N145, Possible transfer to Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord ,Place Napoléon 10éme,It is served by the following metro lines: M4, M5, RER B, RER D, L’Open Tour, and the Noctilien night bus lines: N01, N02, N14, N43, N44, N140, N143 , Possible transfer to Gare de l’Est,

Gare Montparnasse ,11 rue de l’Arrivée 15éme, It is served by the following metro lines: M4, M6, M12, M13, L’Open Tour ,Noctilien night bus lines: N61, N62, N63 , Possible transfer to Gares de Lyon and Austerlitz,

Gare Saint-Lazare ,Esplanade de la Gare Saint-Lazare It is served by the following metro lines: M3, M12, M13, M14, L’OpenTour and Noctilien night bus lines: N51, N52, N53, N150, N151, N152, N153, and N154,

The Gare Marne-la-Vallée Chessy ,Place des passengers du vent, 77000 Chessy Seine et Marne ,Access Marne-la-Vallée station: RER A and Noctilien 130 and 141 Possible transfer Gare de Lyon by Joining the RER A towards Marne-la-Vallée Chessy then stop at the Marne-la-Vallée Chessy train station.

The gare Massy TGV station, 7 Avenue Carnot, 91300 Massy Essonne, Access Massy TGV station by the RER B and Noctilien 122 Possible transfer Gare du Nord by joining the RER B towards Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuses then stop at Massy Palaiseau station. Possible transfer Gare d’Austerlitz by taking the RER C towards Massy-Palaiseau then stop at the Massy-Palaiseau station.

Some general advise to keep in mind when traveling in the Paris transports above or below ground, Keep your ticket throughout your trip until you exit , A gate is provided to allow the passage of bulky luggage and strollers. Validate your ticket before using it. Don’t lose sight of your personal belongings, Don’t trust street vendors: buy your tickets at ticket offices or vending machines, Report any abandoned items , Remember that the entire transport network is completely non-smoking , If you have lost anything , contact a customer advisor on 32 46 local call, Emergencies police or medical call 112,

More for the visitors you have heard of the Paris Visite pass that allows you to travel on the metro, RER, Transilien, bus and tram lines (except Jetbus, Allobus, Roissy CDG, tourist circuits and Air France networks), on the Orlyval line and on the Montmartre funicular , Paris Visite can be valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days, for a price ranging from 13.55€ to 74.30€ (half price for children). zones 1 to 3 for the center inner Paris and the nearest cities and zones 4 to 5 for more distant places, such as Versailles or Disneyland Paris, for example. All Paris metro stations are accessible with a ticket including only zones 1 and 2, although some are geographically located in zone 3: you can therefore, for example, go by metro to La Défense Grande Arche (zone 3) with a t+ ticket. On the other hand, if you take the RER or the bus, you will need a ticket mentioning your destination. The t + ticket allows you to take public transport in Paris and to make a journey on the metro lines, the RER lines in zone 1, the Île-de-France bus lines (except Orlybus and Roissybus), the lines tramway and the Montmartre funicular. It is not valid on RER and SNCF Transilien trains outside Paris.

There is WiFi in the stations , but also in the Orlybus and Roissybus,You have it on the Metro at Gare de Lyon (Quai line 1 towards La Défense), Gare du Nord (Line 4- SNCF / line 4 interchange zone at the counters), CDG Etoile (exchange room exit rue Carnot), St Lazare (exchange room), Porte Maillot (at the counter level), Chaussée d’Antin (at the counter level), Gallieni (Eurolines access area), François Mitterrand Library (Reception room), St Denis University (Reception room) ,At the RER at La Défense (Exchange hall, Quai RER A Direction Paris, Mezzanine (1), Mezzanine (2)) ,Auber (Exchange hall), Cité U (At the counters), Marne la Vallée Chessy (At the counters ), Noisy Le Grand (Reception room near the bus station) and Val de Fontenay (Reception room),

There has been a vast improvement on mobility impaired accessibility that has made 57 RER stations accessible on lines A and B, installation of elevators/lifts, development of widened passages at the level of control lines, training of staff in accompanying people with reduced mobility. These stations can be identified by the pictogram on the line maps. A new service that allows you to find live the status of elevators, escalators and moving walkways in stations on lines 4 and 14,

There you go folks, a general overview of transport options in the Paris metro area. Hope it helps you travel smoothly thru and in Paris in your future travels to the most beautiful City in the world, and the most visited country in the world my belle France.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “Getting around Paris !!!”

  1. Great travel advice. I do like the Paris Metro.

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