• Fondation Louis Vuitton shuttle facing Arc de Triomphe next to metro
    Let's Explore,  Museums,  Practical Info,  Transportation

    Shuttle Arc de Triomphe to Fondation Louis Vuitton

    Do you prefer light, airy, electric transportation? Would you like a scenic ride along the fashionable Avenue Foch to and from the Arc de Triomphe? When you plan a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) you have alternatives: Line 1, Buses 63 or 244 or the FLV shuttle. The requirement to use the shuttle is to have an admission ticket to the museum. Oh my! What if you decide to go to the museum on a whim and have not purchased a ticket!?

  • Practical Info,  Transportation

    Travel Paris with Updated RATP App

    Getting around Paris is improving in French and English is getting easier. The RATP application has been updated and the Paris bus network has also updated many routes. The benefits of the application updates? After choosing the route to your destination, the metro lines the application propose include exit tips: which car and which exit number.

  • Poster with stations closed during RER C summer renovation in Paris until August 27, 2016
    Life in Paris & France,  Transportation,  Welcome to Colleen's Paris

    RER C Renovating – Reroute Your Journey

    Between Gare d’Austerlitz and Javel, RER C resumes normal activity August 27. You will only see a diagram of the stations affected at the bottom of the stairs to the platform. Plan on buses or other metro lines to circumvent this summer riddle. Posters are plastered all over the metros and RER about RER A with only a mention that something is going on with RER C. Even at Gare d’Austerlitz the information is limited. With digging, I was able to find maintenance information about the other RER works scheduled. Use Google Translate to read the page. I was heading to the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) area, for example. I…

  • August 21, no service between La Défense and Nation alternatives available
    Life in Paris & France,  Transportation,  Videos

    Paris RER A Renovating after Forty Years

    After forty years, RER A is renovating between July 23 and August 21. Alternative transportation options are available. Two videos and a website explain the details. The RER A serves forty-six stations (35 RATP metro and 11 SNCF) and carries 308 million travelers a year with two minutes between trains. Read more about the RER A project and other statistics. Guides for How to Get Around this Summer on RER A and C can be downloaded as well as the special instructions booklet, practical guide to prepare ahead, guide for the disabled and how to get around Paris and the outlying areas this summer.....

  • 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 .....

  • Place des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris
    Transportation

    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+),…

  • gilets-verts-web3
    Transportation

    Seeing Green In The Metro? It Is The RATP!

    The RATP has a tourist welcoming program until August 31. The program works in conjunction with the Paris Tourist office and the City of Paris. If you need “Information”, one of the 200 green-jacketed, multi-lingual individuals in either select metro or the RER stations can help you. It will take a few mouse clicks to get the Tourist Web page. Visit the RATP Web site, click on the big words “Touristes, nos gilets…”, which opens to a French page (in case all tourists speak French, I guess). Scroll down below the video (which is also in French! What is RATP thinking!?). Be sure to check out their Tourist information page…