Paris public transportation
When moving to any new city, one of the main concerns is public transport and working out how to get about.
THE PARIS SYSTEM
The Paris public transportation system is made up of fourteen metro lines, five RER lines, along with bus and tram connections. The metro is the most common way to get around Paris, with over 300 stations covering the twenty arrondissements and the neighbouring suburbs. The RER, Paris’ commuter train system, consists of five express trains that travel within Paris and the greater area. Like the metro, RER lines are identifiable by letters and end-of-line names.
The RER can be a bit complicated at first, but the time gained is generally worth it. It takes roughly twenty minutes to get from Denfert-Rochereau in South Paris to Gare du Nord in the North. The same route by metro would often add at least ten minutes. To avoid surprises, check your direction carefully before boarding, and use the train itineraries located in RER stations to help you get oriented. If in doubt, ask for help. If you have a smartphone or tablet, consider installing a Paris Metro/RER app.
THE NAVIGO PASS
You can buy a Navigo pass at nearly any Metro, RER, Transilien train ticket window that normally sells tickets and passes. As of 1st September 2015, the RATP have introduced a single priced monthly pass at €70, allowing you to travel as frequently as you wish on the metro and RER within any of the five zones.
THE CARTE IMAGINE R
The RATP also offers the Imagine R pass is for students under the age of twentysix living in the Ile-de-France region. As with the regular Navigo pass, this card allows you to travel freely around Ile-de- France, regardless of the zone or day of the week. The Imagine R card allows students to travel at a reduced price and is activated upon presentation of a student card or certificate.