Public Transport System
Several towns in France and also Paris have metro or tram systems and most offer a fairly comprehensive bus network. These types of transport serve the town centers and inner suburbs. They are fast and economical, and are the most practical worry-free way to discover a town.
In Paris the metro is by far the quickest and most practical way of getting about with 15 lines and around 300 stations. The service usually starts around 5.30am and ends around 12.30am and numerous connections with the RER (Regional express network) and the SNCF railway stations allow easy travel to the suburbs.
SNCF Line (Paris outskirts): a ticket purchased from the outskirts to a Paris railway station now also includes travel on the Paris métro and bus.
1 Métro or bus ticket costs €1.30. Paris and its outskirts are divided into zones. There are 8 different zones and map of these zones are available at any metro and RER station, for free.
Buses: 1 ticket is now sufficient to cover any bus journey within Paris (as on the métro) and In the outskirts the longest lines only require a maximum of 2 tickets. Generally, buses operate from 5.30am to 8.30pm. At night the Noctambus connects the centre of Paris (Place du Châtelet amongst others) and the suburbs.
Please ask for a map of the network (metro, bus, RER) at metro or RER stations. They are free.
The five lines (A, B, C, D and E) of the RER (Regional express network) cross Paris and the Ile-de-France during the same times as the metro. Please note that outside Paris ticket charges are not the same and it is best to ask at your departure station for information.
Paris Visit Ticket is valid for either 1,2,3 or 5 consecutive days and allows unlimited travel in all zones of the whole network (metro, bus, RER) and on the Montmartre Funicular.
Zones 1-3: from €8.35 for 1 day to €26.65 for 5 days.
Zones 1-5: from €16.75 for 1 day to €45.70 for 5 days.
Zones 1-8: from €23.60 for 1 day to €53.35 for 5 days.
Reduced price for children aged between 4 and 11 years old.
The French rail system is one of the best in Europe. High speed TGVs
link all major cities but can be expensive. Book in advance for reductions.
COMPOSTEZ VOTRE BILLET!Whenever you buy a train ticket in France it has to be validated in one of the orange automatic date-stamping machines before you board the train. You can stop off en route to your destination as many times as you wish but on every separate day of travel the ticket has to be stamped. Inspectors have a habit of being less than forgiving if you fail to composte.