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The city's transportation system consists of the local Metro, RER (regional trains), Bus, Tram, Transilien SNCF (suburban trains). On the Metro, RER and Transilien SNCF, tickets must be validated at the station entrances and may be requested at the exit. When boarding buses, you must show your ticket to the driver and have it validated. The only exception for validation are travel card passes. When you get on the Tram, you can board by any door and validate your ticket. However, you can also choose to be driven around in a taxi, although this mode of transportation can be expensive.

The Paris public transport system (RATP) consists of the Metro (underground), bus, RER suburban express train (which interconnects with the Metro inside Paris). Paris and its surburbs divide into 5 zones. Zones 1 and 2 cover the city center and ALL Métro lines. RATP tickets and passes are valid on the Métro, buses and RER. The Métro alone is very efficient and will take you anywhere you need to go within Paris limits. Buses are less reliable but still offer a good service. Smoking is not allowed.

Metro: One ticket is good for any destination, even if the station is outside Paris. Transfers are permitted.

RER suburban express train: One ticket is good only within Paris. Transfers are permitted, even with connecting Metro lines.

Bus: One ticket is good for one ride. Transfers are not permitted.
Taxi: Taxis in Paris are expensive. You can find taxis near metro stations and intersections although oftentimes, taxis will not stop if you attempt to flag them down on the street. Drivers may charge extra for baggage, a fourth passenger, or an animal. You may obtain a receipt upon request.

Bicycle: If you have never ridden a bike in heavy traffic, start with the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, on the city's periphery. Bicycles can be transported on all RER lines, but not on the Metro.