In Europe, one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest ways to get around within cities is by subway or train, and transportation in Paris would be no different.
With 16 subway lines and more than 300 stations, learning how to get around seems more difficult than it is, so I’ll ease your life a bit with practical tips I collected here during the trip, already solving all the doubts I had ?
WHAT’S THE BEST METRÔ TICKET IN PARIS FOR YOUR TRIP?
The Paris subway works super good, although it is not the cleanest in the world. Perhaps because it is a very old road it seems like an old place, but what matters is that it works perfectly well!
One of the most important information about transport in Paris is knowing what kind of ticket you will buy, because not always the unlimited will be the best option for your type of trip. The idea is not to lose money.
You can buy:
Individual tickets – 1,90 euros
Combos of 10 tickets with discount – 14.50 euros
Tickets for 1 day (unlimited) – 11.65 euros
Tickets for 2 days (unlimited) – 18.95 euros
3-day tickets (unlimited) – 25.85 euros
5-day tickets (unlimited) – 37.25 euros
At first glance the unlimited daily tickets seem super attractive, since unlimited people like it, right? Hahah But we have to stop to calculate. Let’s say you buy the 1-day ticket: to really be worth it, you must get at least 6 subway routes to get cheaper than the 1.90 of the unit ticket.
What’s more, if you buy the combo of 10 discounted tickets, each one goes for 1.45. That is, you would have to use more than 8 times the subway that same day to really be worth the unlimited 1 day ticket.
If you buy the combo of 10 tickets, you can go using it gradually for several days!
Walking in Paris is one of the hottest things in town, so allow yourself to get lost in the beautiful streets and use the subway only for long distances!
If you’re going to stay a few days in the city and your script is sooooo tight and you’re going to use the subway several times, maybe a limitless one is good for you. Then in the case is to calculate and see what will be the best type of transport in Paris for your travel style
Ah, another detail: the tickets, both unitary and daily are SUPER small, and not in the form of prepaid type card. Losing is very easy, I lost one of 3 days ? Keep in a very safe place, otherwise it is 25 euros drain down …
HOW TO BUY METRÔ TICKET?
In most of the transport stations in Paris you will find automatic machines. It’s super easy to buy your ticket yourself, it’s only in the beginning to change to English or Spanish version.
But stay tuned in: some machines only accept cards, or only accept coins … if you want to pay with notes look for a physical attendant, you do not have to pay IOF of the card for free, okay?
TRAIN RER, WHAT IS IT?
Aligned with the subway lines, another type of transportation in Paris is the RER train, which usually take you to more distant places and cities close to Paris. You will use the RER to go to Versailles or Disneyland, for example.
Many stations within the city are from the RER lines, and I confess that I hit the most doubt whether the unitary ticket or ordinary daily could be used in these lines, but the answer is yes! Eur-lex.europa.eu eur-lex.europa.eu
If you leave the Paris area, you should pay a separate fee, but then I will explain in other specific posts how to get to Disney and the Palace, which are the most common cases, okay?
HOW TO FIND US ON THE METRO PARIS
You must have been worried when I said that there are 16 subway lines, right? In addition to the common paper maps, you have to keep picking up the stations, you can download an app that simplifies everything.
I downloaded the iPhone Metro Paris app (it should have Android as well) and found mega easy to use. You saved my life with transportation in Paris! It is only you put the station that will take the subway, or even write the name of the tourist attraction you are wanting to go – he thinks the main – and he will already calculate where to jump and which connections make, with line name and direction , look that:
But if you do not travel without the internet like me, do not miss coming out of Brazil with the unlimited EasySim4U chip that works in 140 countries, and in almost all of Europe. The connection is wonderful here! I use too much, not only for social networks, but for Google Maps, which avoids stopping people on the street to ask for direction. I only play there where I want to go and he takes me
TIPS INSIDE THE METRO
When you are making a connection between one line and another, be sure to keep an eye on the signs, everything is very well signposted. Go following the color and number of the line to know where to walk, and in the end, when there is a fork, find the station that you will leave in this little plaque here:
So, you’re always sure you’re going the right way
UBER AND TAXI IN PARIS
Yes, there’s Uber here too! Not super cheap, but stick to the stick with the taxi. If you are with more people, it may be worth splitting a Uber at night, because during the day I do not indicate as the best mode of transportation in Paris. The traffic is relatively strong, and even rude, I would say. People close intersections, for example.
But at night, to go to / from a bar or ballad, may be your only option, as the subway closes at 00:30 most days.
I usually ask for the app (remember that it will charge in euros of your card, so it has IOF), and the service was great and mega comfortable. Even in Uber X cars are marvelous, better than Brazil’s Black
Of course the figures will depend on the time and traffic, but on average a race of 15 to 20 minutes goes for 7 euros. I used to go back and forth from the Moulin Rouge.
Well, I guess that’s it, people. I already left knowing the types of transport tickets in Paris, and with these basic tips you will get the letter ?