Practical Info,  Transportation

Travel Paris with Updated RATP App

The Paris transportation system, RATP, has updated its mobile application (French and English). The benefits? After choosing the route to your destination, the metro lines the application propose include exit tips: which car to be in closest to the exit number at the next station(s). In a side note, the Paris bus network has also been updated.

The RATP calls the app your “co-pilot; a real journey buddy”. The app offers real-time alerts and offers network maps offline for the metro, RER, bus, trams, ‘Vélib (bikes), night buses (Noctilien), Orlyval and Transilien SNCF (trains on Ile-de-France).

The good news is that as in life, not everything is perfect. Using the RATP app today, I noticed a flaw; the train cars were reversed. Taking line 5 to Stalingrad (line 2), I know from experience that you enter the last car on line 5 to change easily to the Stalingrad line. At Stalingrad you get in the first car to easily exit at Place de Clichy. The app showed just the opposite. No worries, everything else was accurate and they are making an improved effort to make travel easier. Enjoy!

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!