• RATP Interactive Map example
    Transportation

    RATP – Metro Interactive Map

    You want to travel from Point A to B on the Paris metro. It is frustrating to get on the metro and find out work is going in the direction you want to go. Take a look at the RATP interactive map before you go. Look for any orange cones. The pop-up window gives the dates of work and more details (in French).

  • July 14 Bastille Day Fireworks Paris; photo by Rob Johnstone from a special street; write to me to find out where
    Events and Trade Shows,  Transportation

    Planning for July 14 (14 Juillet) in Paris

    When planning your fireworks visit, you can be in the Fan Zone of the Champ-de-Mars or the esplanade of Trocadéro to enjoy front row seats. The bridges offer a side view as we had on Pont d'Alma. On their webpage, the magazine, Vivre Paris, has a map showing alternatives for bridges, parks and rooftops.... Imagine the logistics of moving this many people, which means that numerous metro stations were closed. And entering any nearby and open metro station was impossible due to press of flesh! Our quandary: How to get home to the Bastille from Pont d'Alma .....

  • Parisien Taxi at Saint Paul with light pole and buildings in the background at the split of rue Saint-Antoine and rue de Rivoli
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    How Can I Find a Paris Taxi?

    To find a taxi in the city of Paris, go to the Taxi stand with the blue sign. Once in a while you can flag down a cab. Reserve a taxi in Paris with the phone, the Web or an app on your phone or tablet. Need to be picked up, dropped off? Where are you going? How many are traveling? What day of the week is it? What's the weather like? These questions could determine the taxi tariff. Carol and three others used Taxis G7 to travel from their Marais apartment to Gare Montparnasse. They called the phone number for Taxis G7 and reserved in English. The taxi driver…

  • Metro Franklin Roosevelt Paris
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    Paris Transport Tickets, Maps And Definitions

    Anyone who traveled to Paris a few years ago and stayed for a week or a month was able to buy a “Carte Orange” travel pass. Le passe Navigo is the electronic version of the old pass. In September 1, 2012, STIF instituted a “dézonage” for monthly/annual Navigo pass holders. Between Friday midnight and Sunday midnights and holidays midnight to midnight, Navigo users can travel to the furthest zones without paying an extra tariff. If you will be staying in Paris for a month or more or are returning often to Paris, apply for the le passe Navigo découverte. When you plan to do more than four trips on public…

  • RER C Versailles 01 figaro, Photo Recoura Christophe pour la SNCF
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    Royal Travel on RER C to Versailles

    Between May 16, 2012 and the end of 2014, RER C travelers have a one in four chance to travel royally. Finding your route to Versailles/Rive-Gauche: RER/RATP Tourists – “Travelling“ You don’t know when, but at any moment, RER C travelers might be sitting in either the Gallery of Mirrors, the library, the Queen’s bedroom or under a trellis of roses. A decoration project is being promoted as a way to attract travelers heading to their everyday destination and for some all the way to Versailles. From now until the end of the year, five RER cars will be decorated as beautiful rooms at Versailles. The decorations will benefit not only the tourists…

  • Children and Teens,  Theater-Cinema-Music,  Transportation

    Eiffel Tower, Batobus and Metamorphosis

    A reader asked about the Batobus and its frequency between stops. She is traveling with small children and thought it would be a good way to give their little legs a rest. The Batobus is a delightful way to see Paris from the water. The regular Seine boats are round trip. The advantage of the Batobus is jumping on and off. How big is your hurry? It is not the fastest way to get around. Here is what I responded to her questions about the RER, Eiffel Tower and the Metamorphosis show. Substituting RER travel, the Eiffel Tower and Saint-Michel The Batobus has the same route as always and appears to be at the…

  • Venice Train Buying Tickets Gare de Lyon from the Bercy station
    Transportation

    Buying Train Tickets

    What’s on this page: Retrieve you TGV/SNCF ticket Day trip transportation information Advice for Paris to Venice and Rome Retrieve your TGV/SNCF ticket My friend had her electronic ticket information for TGV trip between Paris and Grenoble. We went to the yellow ticket dispenser and followed the instructions in English. The touch screen is very sensitive to the touch. Refer to the information located on the RailEurope Web page. For additional questions speak to someone at “Accueil” the information desk in the train station. Day trip transportation information Transilien ticket machine  – What it  looks like and additional information from Transilien. Are you going to Auvers-sur-Oise and want to buy  a ticket…

  • Place des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris
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    Catch The Montmartre Electric Bus (Montmartrobus)

    In case you are bewildered, standing with a map in your hand, using out of date instructions, looking for the electric Montmartrobus and only seeing the white tourist train, have no fear, photos and instructions are here. At Place Pigalle you will see three major bus stops. In the center waiting area, look for an emblem of Sacre-Coeur with a blue background. The other buses at this stop are 30 and 54. Take the Montmartre bus in the direction of Jules Joffrin (city hall of the 18th arrondissement). Many travel options are available to enjoy the Montmartre area. For public transportation (RATP fares), use your regular metro/bus tickets (Ticket t+),…