Public Transport Guide in Paris

A Complete Guide to Parisian public transports, routes and ticket options for locals and travelers in Paris. Get easily from one place to another.

How does public transportation work in Paris?

In Paris, the urban transport consists of:

  • a metro network called Le Métro Parisien
  • a well-developed bus network called Réseau de bus RATP
  • a Paris suburban railway called Le RER
  • various tram lines called Tram

One way regular transport tickets, called "Tickets T+", can be bought at all metro and RER stations in Paris, either at ticket offices or from ticket machines. They are single-usage for metros, bus and RER, but only inside Paris

There are 2 complementary ticket options available for travelers or locals: 

  • The Mobilis tickets give you access to the zones you paid for during one whole day. The Zones to select for the center of Paris are Zone 1-2. This day ticket pays off from four single trips.
  • The Paris Visit tickets give you access to the zones you paid during the number of days you selected (1, 2, 3 or 5 days available). 

They are both available to buy in metro or RER stations at the ticket offices or from ticket machines. When you bought them, then you must stamped them at the turnstiles before you can access your train.

Means of transport in Paris

  • Metro: 16 metro lines operate in Paris. The network has a total length of 220 kilometers with 304 stops.
  • RER: 5 lines of the RER, connect the center of Paris with the suburbs and 8 similar lines called TER, which go even further.
  • Bus and tram: 350 bus lines and 8 tram lines operate in Paris.  

Tariff: 

Ticket T+ single trip ticket costs 1,90 €. The 10-pack called "Carnet" costs 16,90 €. Single trip ticket for children between 4 and 10 costs 8,45 €. Children under 4 do not need a ticket.

Mobilis daily ticket costs €7.50.

Paris Visit ticket costs between 12 € and 38,35 € depending on the number of days you select.

How to Use the Metro in Paris

Which transport tickets should you buy in Paris ?

Here you will find an overview of the most important tickets and their conditions.

Which one will suit your needs during your trip to Paris ?

  1. 1
    Single trip: The ticket is valid for 1.5 to 2 hours, you may change, but not interrupt. The ticket costs 1,90€. Paris is divided into zones, this price is valid for zones 1 and 3, the inner city area.
  2. 2
    One-Day ticket: Mobilis Tickets are valid for 24 hours from midnight to midnight. Any number of journeys is possible, you may change and interrupt the journey. The ticket is valid on all Parisian lines, except for the special connections to the airports. A one-day ticket costs €7.50. More information on RATP website.
  3. 3
    Day tickets for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days: Any number of journeys is possible, you may change and interrupt the journey. The ticket is valid on all Parisian lines, except for the special connections to the airports. For example, for zones 1 - 3, Paris Center, 5 days cost €38.35, while zones 1-5, which include Versailles and Disneyland Paris, cost 65,80 €. But I you will go to Versailles or Disney only one day, you can buy an extra ticket that goes to zone 5 only for that day. More information on RATP website.
  4. 4
    Ticket to the airports:  Shuttle buses run regularly to airports, both Charles de Gaulle and Orly, and Air France buses can also be used by guests of other airlines. Neither airport is located in the city center and a ticket for zones 1-5 is required. More information on RATP website.

For an additional overview, visit the Paris RATP site, which lists all special fares. Prices are generally increased annually on the 1st of January. 

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Special Tickets

Here is an overview of special tickets for public transport in Paris. These include, for example, annual tickets, student tickets and senior tickets. 

  1. 1
    Weekly ticket: The ticket is valid for all zones in the metropolitan area of Paris and costs €22,80. You need a passport photo and a one-time issuing fee of €5,00 is charged. The weekly ticket is always valid from Monday to Sunday.
  2. 2
    Monthly ticket: The ticket is valid for all zones in the greater Paris area and costs €75,20. You need a passport photo and a one-time issuing fee of €5,00 is charged. The monthly ticket is always valid from the 1st day to the last day of a month.
  3. 3
    Reduced tickets: These include youth tickets, senior tickets, semester tickets and tax-deductible company tickets.

More information on the price of the individual tickets can be found on the webpage of the
Parisian public transport companies. It also contains an overview of tickets for supported groups of people. 

Network of Paris lines

The inner area of Paris is served by the metro, so all major sights are within easy reach. It is said that in Paris there is a metro stop every 300 meters. There is also a very well-developed bus network. The trams run in the suburbs of Paris.

An overview of the metro lines can be found here, an overview of the buses can be found under this link.    

Contact of the transport companies

The Transport App in Paris: RATP

Download the free transport App of Parisian Railway System called RATP and find your way easily in the French Capital.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Where can I find the timetable of the Parisian public transport lines?

You can find the timetable of the Parisian public transport lines under the following link: Pariser Linien

Is there a one-day ticket in Paris?

Yes, there is a one-day ticket for travel on public transport. It becomes profitable from four trips on public transport in one day. 

Tickets for single trips are also sold in packs of ten, as so-called "carnet". Carnets are about 30% cheaper than normal single tickets. As they are not personal, several people can share a "carnet".

Is there a separate ticket for tourists in Paris?

The Paris Welcome Card is a card for public transport in combination with discounts at the entrance to sights, museums and attractions.

From how many trips does a day ticket become profitable?

The purchase of a one-day ticket becomes profitable in Paris from four single trips with the normal price. This applies to the entire public transport network.
Tickets for single journeys are also sold in packs of ten, known as "carnet". Carnets are about 30% cheaper than normal single tickets. As they are not personal, several people can share a "carnet".

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Paris Welcome Card

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