Arts et Metiers (Art and Occupations) metro stop

Transportation Tickets, Maps, Definitions, Passes for Paris

Arts et Metiers (Art and Occupations) metro stop

A party of five is visiting from Madrid, Spain. Should they rent a car, take the RER, take a bus? These are questions one normally asks when arriving in a new city. The answer? Share a taxi (van) from G7 sharing: one price (currently 45 euros), one destination, reserve on line.

Should they rent a car or take the RER C to Versailles palace: Buy a Mobilis ticket and take the RER C. Name the scenario and the RATP has a solution.

Visiting Paris is RATP’s Parisian kit with numerous hints to explore, including a helpful app “without eating up all your data!”.

From this station to that station.
Metro, RER and Tram information on “RATP News” at the RATP. Follow their tweets at @GroupeRATP

The RATP is the Régie autonome des transports parisiens and was created in 1949 to insure and oversee all public transportation. Up until 1944, the companies were private enterprises.

The RATP pages below are mostly available in French, English and Spanish. Some include other languages. Use Google Translate for French pages and each subsequent page is automatically translated.

Use Navigo for Weekend and Holiday Advantages

Image from RATP website shows travel zones inside and outside ParisRATP information

Tickets and passes catered for you
RATP tickets explained
Planning your itinerary
RATP under 26
RATP apps for smartphones

Airports

RATP Transportation Maps

RER (airports, Versailles, Disney, day trips outside Paris centre, etc.)

    • When using the RER to reach Paris or starting in Paris for another destination (airport, for example) your RER ticket is valid for a metro transfer (but not for a bus transfer). Even if you leave the RER station, your ticket is valid.
    • Transilien/SNCF Website for general route planning outside Paris (available in French, English and Spanish)
      • Really cool page is the “Tourism in Paris and Surrounding Region” – history of châteaux (castles) and directions
      • Accessible stations in 2017
      • Transilien/SNCF map of Ile-de-France network map (includes all RERs)
    • When using the RER to reach Paris or starting in Paris for another destination (airport, for example) your RER ticket is valid for a metro transfer (but not for a bus transfer). Even if you leave the RER station, your ticket is valid.
    • RATP – Metro Interactive Map
    • RATP Traffic information (in French only)
    • RATP Grand Plan Bus avec rues (with streets)
    • RATP Grand Plan Metro avec rues (with streets)
    • Buying Train Tickets to Italy
    • How do I get from A to B?

Sightseeing

I found that the QR Code Reader on iTunes (free) is very handy for traveling by bus in Paris. Bus stops have a GPS connection and the next two buses register your wait time.

Paying for your ticket

Use Euros in cash or change at the ticket dispenser in the metro For US credit cards, even with a chip, go to the window.

Credit cards without the smart chip (puce) are permitted at the metro information window. The attendants are getting better with their English to answer your questions.

Ticket t+ tips

The carnet is a pack of ten tickets. The “Ticket t+” are good for Paris transportation: buses, metros, electric bus through Montmartre (Montmartrobus), the tramway, and the RERs within Paris. You have 90 minutes to make transfers using the same ticket from a carnet. Tickets purchased on the bus are not valid for transfers.

If you have not been to Paris before and especially with children, it might be fun to see the city from the top of a double decker bus. I recommend L’Open Tour because of its numerous stops along regular bus routes and its scenic routes. There is an advantage of l’Open Tour along regular stops. With your “Ticket t+“, you can decide to visit a part of town not on the Open Tour route.  Keep in mind you have 90 minutes to make transfers using the same ticket from a carnet. Tickets purchased on the bus are not valid for transfers.

If you plan four days in Paris, I would suggest buying a ticket on the Open Tour bus for two days and use it as your sightseeing vehicle or the weekly pass Navigo Semaine. It has more stops than Les Cars Rouges. Read more and look at the routes on their Web sites. Otherwise, the Mobilis (day card) is a great value.

Sightseeing Outside Paris with Transilien (trains) using the Navigo Monthly or Annual Passes.

Chateau de Versailles   (RER C – Direction Versailles-Rive Gauche)

Château de Fontainebleau  (

 

5 Comments

  • Jerry

    I am in Paris. I need to go to the airport (CDG) to pickup friends arriving from Switzerland. The RER ticket machines in the airport are very crowded. Can I buy all of my tickets to airport and also the return tickets (about 6 total) at a Paris metro station and then use the tickets as I need them?

  • Colleen's Paris

    Hi Christie, I am putting out a call to a Facebook group, American Women’s Group in Paris, for feed back. One just received: G7 Taxi is a recommendation because the site is available in English and you can reserve on line and possibly take advantage of promotions.
    I suggest visiting (AngloInfo) AngloInfo. In the search box type: paris airport transportation
    This will narrow your search. As you can see by the list the selection is LONG!!! Colleen

  • Christie Semmens

    where can I find transportation, sedan, van or car for a group of 4-6 from the Paris airport? I don’t know which are reliable and honest.

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