With such famous attractions as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower or the Champs-Élysées, Paris in one of the most visited tourist destinations every year. In addition to the cultural, its pleasant climate makes the French capital an excellent place for tourism.
Paris Metro was opened on 19 July 1900 during the Exposition Universelle with the line that linked Porte de Vincennes - Porte Maillot. Since then its been growing until 1998, when its last line was opened. This last line is considered as one of the bests lines around the world. Despite its long life, Paris Metro keeps up in terms of modernization and technology standards. Not to mention, it has one of the most efficient services, keeping it clean and in good condition. Crime rates are low in the whole network.
Paris metro has 16 lines (14 + 2bis) , a total extension of 213 kilometers, 380 stations, 87 connections and 3500 cars. Six millions people use the Paris Network System everyday. It is the fastest way to move around the city and it is really well connected to RER trains system.
RER trains are regional trains that also operates in Paris downtown, complementing the metro network. These trains cover bigger distances and get as far as Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Paris metro line 1 is 16,5 kms long and serves 25 stations. Average speed is 80kms/h. Stations: La Défense, Esplanade de la Défense Pont de Neuilly, Les Sablons, Porte Maillot, Argentine, Charles de Gaulle Étoile, George V, Franklin D. Roosvelt, Champs Élysées Clemenceau, Concorde, Tuileries, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Louvre Rivoli, Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, Saint Paul, Bastille, Gare de Lyon, Reuilly Diderot, Nation, Porte de Vincennes, Saint Mandé, Bérnault and Château de Vincennes.
Line 2 is 12,4 kms length and serves 24 stations. Stations: Porte Dauphine, Victor Hugo, Charles de Gaulle Étoile, Termes, Courcelles, Monceau, Villiers, Rome, Place de Clichy, Blanche, Pigalle, Anvers, Barbès Rochechouart, La Chapelle, Stalingrad, Jaurès, Colonel Fabien, Belleville, Couronnes, Ménilmontant, Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste, Alexandre Dumas, Avron and Nation.
Paris Metro line 3 has a total length of 11,66 kms and 27 stations.Stations: Pont de Lavallois Bécon, Anatole France, Louise Michel, Porte de Champerret, Pereire, Wagram, Malesherbes, Villiers, Europe, Saint-Lazare, Havre Caumartin, Opéra, Quatre Septembre, Bourse, Sentier, Réaumur Sébastopol, Arts et Métiers, Temple, République, Parmentier, Rue Saint-Maur, Père Lachaise, Gambetta, Porte de Bagnolet and Gallieni.
This line length is 12,1kms. It has 27 stations. Stations: Porte de Clignancourt, Simplon, Marcadet Poissoniers, Château Rouge, Barbès Rochechouart, Gare du Nord, Gare de L’Est, Château d’Eau, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Réaumur Sébastopol, Étienne Marcel, Les Halles, Châtelet, Cité, St Michel, Odéon, Saint Germain des-Prés, Saint Sulpice, St-Placide, Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Vavin, Raspail, Denfert Rochereau, Mouton Duvernet, Alésia and Porte d’Orléans.
It's 14,6 kms long and has 22 stations. Stations: Bobigny, Pablo Picasso, Bobigny-Pantin Raymond Queneau, Église de Pantin, Hoche, Porte de Pantin, Ourcq, Laumière, Jaurès, Stalingrad, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Jacques Bonsergent, République, Oberkampf, Richard Lenoir, Bréguet Sabin, Bastille, Quai de la Rapée, Gare d’Austerlitz, Saint Marcel, Campo Formio and Place d’Italie.
Line 6 has a total length of 13,7 kms and serves 28 stations. Stations: Charles de Gaulle Étoile, Kléber, Boissière, Trocadéro, Passy, Bir-Hakeim, Dupleix, La Motte Picquet Grenelle, Cambronne, Sèvres Lecourbe, Pasteur, Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Edgar Quinet, Raspail, Denfert Rochereau, Saint-Jacques, Glacière, Corvisart, Place d’Italie, Nationale, Chevaleret, Quai de la Gare, Bercy, Dugommier, Daumesni, Bel-Air, Picpus and Nation.
Paris metro line 7 covers a 18,6 kms extension and serves 38 stations. Stations: La Courneuve 8 Mai 1945, Fort d’Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers-Pantin Quatre Chemins, Porte de la Villette, Corentin Cariou, Crimée, Riquet, Stalingrad, Louis Blanc, Château Landon, Gare de l’Est, Poissonnière, Cadet, Le Peletier, Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette, Opéra, Pyramides, Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, Pont Neuf, Châtelet, Pont Marie, Sully Morland, Jussieu, Place Monge Censier, Daubenton, Les Gobelins, Place d’Italie, Tolbiac and Maison Blanche.
Line 8 is 23,4 kms long and has 38 stations. Stations: Balard, Lourmel, Boucicaut, Félix Faure, Commerce, La Motte Picquet Grenelle, École Militaire, La Tour Maubourg, Invalides, Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra, Richelieu Drouot, Grands Boulevards, Bonne Nouvelle, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, République, Filles du Calvaire, St-Sébastien Froissart, Chemin Vert, Bastille, Ledru-Rollin, Faidherbe Chaligny, Reuilly-Diderot, Montgallet, Daumesnil, Michel Bizot, Porte Dorée, Porte de Charenton, Liberté, Charenton-Écoles, École Vétérinaire de Maisons Alfort, Maisons-Alfort-Stade, Maisons-Alfort Les Juilliottes, Créteil-L’Échat, Créteil-Université and Créteil-Préfecture.
Line 9 covers a distance of 19,6 kms and 37 stations. Stations: Ponte de Sèvres, Billancourt, Marcel Sembat, Porte de St-Cloud, Exelmans, Michel Ange Molitor, Jasmin, Ranelagh, La Muette, Rue de la Pompe, Trocadéro, Iéna, Alma Marceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Saint-Philippe du-Roule, Miromesnil, Saint-Augustin, Havre Caumartin, Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette, Richelieu Drouot, Grands Boulevards, Bonne Nouvelle, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, République, Oberkampf , Saint-Ambroise, Voltaire, Charonne, Rue des Boulets, Nation, Buzenval, Maraîchers, Porte de Montreuil, Robespierre, Croix de Chavaux and Mairie de Montreuil.
Line 10 is 11,7 kms long and has 23 stations all over its route. Stations: Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud, Boulogne Jean Jaurès, Michel Ange Molitor, Chardon Lagache, Mirabeau, Javel-André Citroën, (en el otro sentido pasa por otras estaciones: Javel-André Citroën – Église d’Auteuil – Michel Ange Auteuil – Porte d’Auteuil – Boulogne Jean Jaurès), Charles Michels, Avenue Émile Zola, La Motte-Picquet Grenelle, Ségur, Duroc, Vaneau, Sèvres-Babylone, Mabilon, Odéon, Cluny-La Sorbonne, Maubert-Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu ,Gare d’Austerlitz.
Line 11 serves a distance of 6,3 kilómetros and 13 stations. Stations: Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau, Arts et Métiers, République, Goncourt, Belleville, Pyrénées , Jourdain, Place des Fêtes, Télégraphe, Porte des Lilas and Mairie des Lilas.
Paris Metro line 12 is 15,3kms long and serves stations. Stations: Porte de la Chapelle, Marx Dormoy, Marcadet-Poissonniers, Jules Joffrin, Lamarck Caulaincourt, Abbesses, Pigalle, Saint-Georges, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Trinité, d’Estienne d’Orves, Saint-Lazare, Madeleine, Concorde, Assemblée Nationale, Solférino, Rue du Bac, Sèvres-Babylone, Rennes, Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Falguière, Pasteur, Volontaires, Vaugirard, Convention, Porte de Versailles, Corentin Celton and Mairie d’Issy.
Line 13 is one of the longest in Paris Metro Network. It covers 24,3 kms of routes serving 32 stations. Stations: Châtillon-Montrouge, Malakoff Rue Étienne Dolet, Malakoff Plateau de Vanves, Porte de Vanves, Plaisance, Pernety, Gaîté, Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, Duroc, Saint-François-Xavier, Varenn, Invalides, Champs-Élysées Clemenceau, Miromesnil , Saint-Lazare, Liège, Place de Clichy and La fourche.
Line 14 total length is 9,2 kms. It serves 9 stations in its route. Stations: Saint-Lazare, Madeleine, Pyramides, Châtelet, Gare de Lyon, Bercy, Cour Saint-Émilion, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and Olympiades.
Paris underground operates from 05:30 to 01:15 from Monday to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays untile 02:15 . Last train can be identifed by 2 blinking lights in the front.
There is a train every 4 - 8 minutes. Every 2 minutes at rush hours.
It's a ticket aimed for tourists. It provides unlimited transfers, and also discounts in shops and restaurants in Paris. There is a zones 1-3 version (downtown). Price:
This pass is indicated for short visits to the French capital. For longer stays it is recommended to buy the Navigo pass, because after all it is cheaper.
The Navigo pass is preferred by residents in the city of Paris. However, it can also be a good choice for tourists who make frequent visits to the city, or stay more than a week and make use of metro continuously. The price is 5 euros for the smart card, plus the credit recharge: weekly or monthly.
Navigo pass provides unlimited use of RER, bus and metro. This card is not transferable, so it is important that before using it to put your photo and your name to avoid being fined. Weekly refills can be made from Friday to be used the following week, and is valid until Sunday at midnight. Navigo Pass can be recharged at the box office at Metro and RER, and also in automatic vending machines. Also at some cafes and licensed tobacconists.
Refills price is:
This pass is for one day unlimited travel. It is not transferable and does not include discounts at restaurants and/or shops. It is not intended for tourists. This pass is valid from the first use until midnight of the same day. With this pass you can not travel to the airport, but it is valid to use the bus that takes this route.
Paris pass is designed for tourists. Offer unlimited rides on Metro and RER, and is also valid to access museums and monuments. It also includes a pass to Paris attractions, the tourist bus and discounts at restaurants and shops.
Paris Pass can be purchased online.
You can simulate your travel in Paris Metro Oficial Website Route Planner.
The Mobilis pass can be purchased from vending machines at the metro and RER stations. Similarly, you can also buy it at RATP affiliated stores.
Navigo Découverte pass can be purchased at metro stations, RER, trains and some affiliated businesses. This type of pass can not be purchased online. If you are a tourist and you want to buy it you will have to wait to get to Paris.
The Paris Visite pass, like the Paris Pass, can be purchased online. The difference is that the former can be also purchased at tourist information centers at metro and RER stations or at automatic vending machines.
You expose yourself to be fined if you do not validate your ticket or pass to enter the metro at the entrance of each station. The fine is 50 euros. You will also be fined if you use an invalid ticket (for shorter distance).
The Paris metro is not designed with accessibility in mind. But at some stations there are lifts for disabled people.
Paris Metro Network is the 3rd longest in Western Europe. Second only to London and Madrid.
It is said that smells quite bad ( at least some parts of the network).
Leyend says in downtown Paris there is a subway station not farther than 500 meters from you.
Architect Hector Guimard designs its Art Noveau style tickets.
The Paris metro has its own mobile app. Although probably the map and the schedules can get for free at each station.
Throughout the metro network there is internet access via 3G (no wifi).
La Arts et Métiers Station, is one of the most beautiful stations around the world
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