Deer Paris - Paris Travel
GETTING AROUND IN PARIS
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
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
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.