Welcome to Paris
Transport in Paris
Most public transport in Paris is organised by the RATP
. The network includes metro lines, trains RER A and B, trams and buses. Maps of the network are available free of charge from the information desks at the metro stations.
RATP website: https://www.ratp.fr/en
on weekdays, the metro and RER operate from 5:30 a.m. to about 1:15 a.m. Consult the time tables shown at the metro stations or bus stops.
Where to buy a metro ticket
Metro tickets cost € 1.90 each (€14.50 for 10 [ask for ‘un carnet’]). You can buy tickets at automatic ticket machines in
metro stations, in tobacconists and on the website
Metro tickets are valid in zone 1 and 2 only for journeys within Paris city limits
Metro Map: https://www.ratp.fr/en/plans-lignes/plan-metro
Attention! special rates for airports as there are outside zone 1 and 2, visit https://www.ratp.fr/en/titres-et-tarifs/airport-tickets.
More detailed information about public transport, metro, trams and busses can be found here:
Thanks to the policy of the Paris City Council, the bicycle is gaining ground: today 700 kilometres of bike paths are available to cyclists.
With its ‘Bike Plan’, Paris is developing 200 kilometres of new bike paths in 2017; by the end of 2020, it aims to have a total of 1,400 kilometres of bike paths.
Near to the main train stations and the principal tourist routes
, you’ll find companies renting bicycles for a day, a weekend or a week. (cf. list below)
Set up by the City of Paris, Velib’
is a self-service bicycle sharing scheme
. It is very affordable, and bikes are available throughout Paris (and beyond the city limits) 24 hours a day. It is the ideal way to get around Paris.
How to get a taxi:
• by hailing one in the street (it is free if the sign on the roof is lit up and green)
• at a taxi rank
• by calling one of the main taxi firms
The Taximètre: Fare comparison and taxi booking hotline.
Paris taxi drivers are not known for their flawless knowledge of the Paris street map; if you have a preferred route, say so. Taxis can also be hard to find, especially at rush hour or early in the morning. Your best bet is to find a taxi rank (station de taxis, marked with a blue sign) on major roads, crossroads and at stations. A white light on a taxi’s roof indicates the car is free; an orange light means the cab is busy. There is a service charge of €2.10. The rates are then based on zone and time of day:
10am-5pm Mon-Sat central Paris, €0.82 per km.
5pm-10am Mon-Fri, 5pm-midnight Sat, 7am-midnight Sun central Paris; 7am-7pm Mon-Sat inner suburbs and airports, €1.10 per km.
midnight-7am Sun central Paris; 7pm-7am Mon-Sat, all day Sun inner suburbs and airports; all times outer suburbs, €1.33 per km.
Most journeys in central Paris cost €6-€12; there’s a minimum charge of €5.60, plus €1 for each piece of luggage over 5kg or bulky objects, and a €0.70 surcharge from mainline stations. Most drivers will not take more than three people, although they should take a couple and two children. There is an additional charge of €2.75 for a fourth adult passenger.
Don’t feel obliged to tip, although rounding up to the nearest euro is polite. Taxis are not allowed to refuse rides if they deem them too short and can only refuse to take you in a certain direction during their last half-hour of service (both rules are often ignored). If you want a receipt, ask for un reçu or la note. Complaints should be made to the Bureau de la réglementation publique, 36 rue des Morillons, 75732 Paris Cedex 15.
These firms take phone bookings 24/7; you also pay for the time it takes your taxi to reach you. If you wish to pay by credit card, mention this when you order.
Alpha 01.45.85.85.85, www.alphataxis.fr
G7 01.47.39.47.39, www.taxisg7.com
Taxis Bleus 08.91.70.10.10, www.taxis-bleus.com
A postcard or a letter to send? You can post them in one of the yellow letter boxes found on most street corners. Stamps can be bought in post offices or tobacconists.
Most post offices are open from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturday. Closed on public holidays.
The 39 hospitals of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
, located in various parts of Paris and the Île-de-France, provide a service for all the public, 24 hours/24 and 7 days/7. They account for 25 general emergency departments
Each hospital also has its own specialist consultations. A doctor will direct you to the one that is most appropriate to your needs. During the hospitalization of a child or loved one, some hospitals may also offer you accommodation or give you information about a specialist agency.
Some of the major Parisian hospitals are: La Pitié Salpêtrière, the Hôtel-Dieu, Lariboisière, Necker and Bichat.
For urgent consultations in English
Many practitioners at the American Hospital, the Institut Franco-Britannique and the Hôpital Foch are perfectly bilingual. It is also possible to contact SOS Médecins France on +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77: operators will direct you, when possible, to an English-speaking doctor.
Chemists are usually open all day from 8am to 8pm
. They close on a rota basis on Sunday and sometimes on Monday. But when one chemist is closed, the addresses of the nearest open chemists
are listed on the door.
There is a multitude of banks in Paris, both French and foreign. They are generally open from 9am to 5pm, or 6pm, from Monday to Friday, sometimes from Tuesday to Saturday
. Certain branches may close at lunchtime, between 12.30pm and 2pm.
Even though you may find some banks who will accept your currency in exchange for euros, you are more likely to come across exchange bureaux, which specialize in this type of transaction. Make sure you have some ID with you.
Your credit card will enable you to withdraw cash in euros 24 hours a day
at the hundreds of automatic cashpoints in the city. They often give you the choice of instructions in French, English or other languages. The majority of international cards are accepted by cash dispensers at the principal French and foreign banks. However, not all banks provide a currency exchange service.
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