The Paris Metro first opened in 1900 and is one of the oldest subway systems in the world. Trains in Paris are generally the most efficient way to explore the city, especially if you’re traveling greater distances, and the Metro can help you to reach certain neighborhoods easily, leaving you with more time to explore on foot. The Paris Metro has fourteen lines and 380 stations around the city to help you reach the destinations of your choice, and with more than 130 miles of track, the Metro will very likely bring you in close proximity to the hotel, restaurant, or attraction of your choice.
Paris Metro Map
In addition to the subway, a commuter rail called the Paris RER is integrated into the Metro system. Fewer travelers know about this option, but it makes connecting to the Charles de Gaulle airport, Versailles, and other suburban destinations such as Disneyland Paris very easy. The Paris RER was opened in 1961, and it has since expanded into five lines that extend out from the center of the city. While it is less likely to use the RER when you are traveling short distances within the city, it is still possible to use this service to reach certain areas.
Paris Metro Train
Paris Metro Sign
For visitors, the Metro trains in Paris are the most popular form of transportation. Although the system dates back more than 100 years, the train cars are clean and modern, and there is little waiting time between trains. As on most subway systems, visitors should beware of pickpockets. Other than this small risk, the Metro system is considered a safe way to travel throughout Paris. Other forms of Paris public transit include buses, night buses, riverboats, and taxis. A single ticket for the subway costs the same as a single bus ticket, and visitors can save money by purchasing a packet of ten. If your hotel is far outside of the city center and you plan to use the public transit options often during your vacation, you will definitely want to purchase this money-saving packet of tickets.