๐Ÿ—ผ Paris ๐Ÿš‡ Transportation

๐Ÿš‡ The Guide to Public Transportation in Paris: Metro, RER, Bus, etc

Paris has one of the biggest public transportation systems in the world with the metro, commuter rail, bus, and tramway. However, navigating it can be daunting for those new to the city. In this article, we will cover different topics such as the different modes of transportation available, the purchase of tickets/passes, and safety. Let’s go!

๐Ÿš‡ The Different Modes of Transportation

The Paris region’s public transportation is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to travel around Paris. Here are the different modes of transportation you can find running on the network:

๐Ÿš‡ Metro
metro paris line 9
paris metro logo metro paris line 1 logo metro paris line 2 logo metro paris line 3 logo metro paris line 3bis logo metro paris line 4 logometro paris line 10 logo metro paris line 11 logo metro paris line 12 logo metro paris line 13 logo metro paris line 14 logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 2.10โ‚ฌ
๐Ÿ•˜ It runs until 02:15 onย weekends (01:15 on weekdays)

๐ŸšŠ RER (Commuter rail)
paris train rer a
paris rer logo rer paris line a logo rer paris line b logo rer paris line c logo rer paris line d logo rer paris line e logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ Up to 5โ‚ฌ
โš ๏ธ Trains don’t stop at all the stations: check on the screen on the train platform

๐ŸšŠ Transilien (Commuter rail)
paris train transilien
paris transilien logo transilien paris line h logo transilien paris line j logo transilien paris line k logo transilien paris line l logo transilien paris line n logo transilien paris line p logo transilien paris line r logo transilien paris line u logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ Up to 5โ‚ฌ
โš ๏ธ Trains don’t stop at all the stations: check on the screen on the train platform

๐Ÿš‹ Tramway
paris tramway t3a
paris tramway logo paris tram line t1 logo paris tram line t2 logo paris tram line t3a logo paris tram line t3b logo paris tram line t4 logo paris tram line t5 logo paris tram line t6 logo paris tram line t7 logo paris tram line t8 logo paris tram line t9 logo paris tram line t11 logo paris tram line t13 logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 2.10โ‚ฌ
โ„น๏ธ Mostly in the suburbs

๐ŸšŒ Bus
paris bus line 71
paris bus logo paris bus line 20 logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 2.10โ‚ฌ
๐Ÿ˜ค Can be stuck in the traffic

๐ŸŒ˜ Noctilien (Night Bus)
paris noctilien n45
paris noctilien logo paris noctilien line n01 logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 2.10 or 4.20โ‚ฌ
๐Ÿค‘ Cheapest (but sometimes sketchy) night transportation option

๐ŸšŒ RoissyBus (CDG Airport Bus)
paris roissybus bus stop
paris roissybus logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 14.15 or 16.20โ‚ฌ
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ Pricey and slow but secure way to go from/to CDG Airport

๐ŸšŒ OrlyBus (Orly Airport Bus)
paris orlybus bus stop
paris orlybus logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 10.05 or 11.20โ‚ฌ
๐Ÿค‘ Cheap way to go from/to Orly Airport

๐Ÿšˆ Orlyval (Orly Airport Shuttle)
orly orlyval station
paris orlyval logo
๐Ÿ’ฐ 11โ‚ฌ
โš ๏ธ Access not included in any pass

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Which Ticket/Pass to Buy

If you want to know quickly the ticket/pass to buy based on your needs, you can follow this guide:

โœ… Validation

When using the Paris public transportation, you will need to validate your ticket/travel card in these validator machines:

๐Ÿ’ธ Fines

It can be quite expensive to jump the turnstiles in Paris!

If you get caught like President Chirac or forget to validate your ticket/pass, you can have one of the following fines:

Non-validation of your travel card with a valid day/weekly/monthly/annual pass inside a tramway paris tramway logo or a bus paris bus logo5โ‚ฌ
Non-validation of your paper ticket/travel card in the paris metro logo Metro or paris rer logo RER35โ‚ฌ
Inside the Paris public transportation network without a valid paper ticket/travel card50โ‚ฌ
Inside the Paris public transportation Network with a paper ticket/travel card belonging to someone else50โ‚ฌ
Spotted entering illegally inside the Paris public transportation Network60โ‚ฌ

๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ Safety

When using Paris public transportation, you will need to be careful with your personal belongings (smartphone, wallet, bag, luggage, etc) which could attract thieves, pickpockets, and so on. I will describe you few situations where you will need to be careful:

  1. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Touristic/shopping areas (Eiffel Tower, Opera, Notre-Dame, Sacrรฉ-Coeur) where can be crowded, and the thieves can take advantage of these distractions, inside the metro as well as in the metro platform.
  2. ๐Ÿš‡ In the metro, the thieves can wait the last seconds before the metro doors close, to rip you off your smartphone and run away.
  3. ๐Ÿš‰ In the metro platform or inside the metro, thieves could open your bag and steal the content inside.
  4. ๐ŸŒ˜ In the paris noctilien logo Noctilien (night bus), it can be unsafe (for women especially) because of the drunk people, weird people, or pickpockets.
  5. โœˆ๏ธ When you come from CDG Airport, and you decide to take the paris rer logo rer paris line b logo to go to Paris, be careful with your luggage because thieves could steal it in the last seconds before the door close. I would advise you to stay close to your luggage. If you take a direct paris rer logo rer paris line b logo train to Paris, you should not have issues. If you are afraid of this situation, it is maybe better to take the paris roissybus logo to go to Paris: it is more expensive and takes longer than the paris rer logo rer paris line b logo but it is a direct bus to Paris, so you will have less chance of seeing a thief.

๐Ÿ’ก My advice to minimize risks

  • Never put important stuff in the small front pocket of your bag.
  • Don’t sit close to where the doors open inside the metro, so the thieves will need more time to escape when ripping you off your smartphone.
  • If you see people acting suspiciously, get far from them.

To summarize: be careful and watch out ๐Ÿ‘€.

๐Ÿ“ฑ The Essential Mobile Applications

Here is a selection of the best mobile applications to navigate through the complexity of Paris public transportation:

google maps logo
download on the app store logo get it on google play logo
google maps paris download offline map
๐Ÿ“ Get around Paris easily
๐Ÿ’ก Download the offline map of Paris if you don’t have data

citymapper logo
download on the app store logo get it on google play logo
citymapper paris map overview
๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Check all the mobility providers in cities into the same app

bonjour ratp logo
download on the app store logo get it on google play logo
bonjour ratp app screenshot top-up
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Load your ticket/pass easily without signing up


Paris has a widespread public transportation network, with the metro, bus, tramway, RER, and train, with convenient fares.

To navigate through all the complexity of the Paris public transportation network, Google Maps, Citymapper, and Bonjour RATP will be your lifesavers.

To know more about how to get around Paris with another mode of transportation, you can check this article:

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