5 smart ways to move in Paris

Whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or you’re familiar with the city, you don’t have to worry about your stay in the City of Light. As far as public transport is concerned, Paris is considered one of the best served megacities in the world. In fact, the city hosts around 400 metro stations and nearly 300 bus stations, attracting daily millions of users, in addition to taxis, bicycles and other vehicles. We have selected for you thus 5 smart ways to move in Paris.

The metro

Fast, cheap and very efficient, the metro is considered the most convenient way to get around The City of Light. It runs every day from 6 am to 0:30 am, and until 2:15 am on Fridays and Saturdays, for a frequency of 2 minutes during rush hours. You can get your tickets at the counters and machines of the metro stations, any you can pay cash or by credit card. Besides, different ticket packages for the Paris metro are available, including single-use ride tickets, day tickets, weekly tickets, as well as passes for stays of one week or more. We recommend you to buy the 10 ticket books instead of single tickets which are more expensive. All our apartments are equipped with metro maps.

Please be aware of pickpockets!

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The vélib’

Launched in July 2007 by Paris’ City Hall, this public sharing system appreciably attracts Parisians and visitors especially on warm days. The Capital has about 1800 Vélib stations, which are less than 300 meters apart from each other, for more than 20000 bikes operational all day round every day of the week. The Vélib’s principle is very simple; all you need is a Navigo pass, then you have to follow the instructions that are available in different languages. Rates are very correct; The first half hour is free then, beyond this first 30 minutes’ trip, the cost of the service will be added up.

In addition to its fun side and its practical use, the Vélib is considered an ecological alternative transport. It’s also a great way to discover Paris’ timeless charm.

Try the experience, you won’t regret it!

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The Segway or Gyropode 

A two-wheeled, battery powered electric vehicle which offers a nice ride in Paris for a reasonable price. A monitor will ensure a preliminary initiation to allow you to easily own the vehicle then will take you along a punctuated path of Paris’ most beautiful monuments in a convivial atmosphere. The monitor will even take photos of you and will send them to you by e-mail.

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The bus

With no less than 59 lines, the bus is one of the best ways to discover Paris and its countless monuments. Travel time is counted 5 minutes per station when traffic volume is low. Buses run from Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 8:30 pm (some until 0:30 am), then they hand over to Noctilien (night bus) that operates from 0:30 am to 5:30 pm am. Tickets are sold at the counters and at the vending machines of the bus, metro, tramway and RER stations. Most of the buses pass through the center and the historic districts The City Light allowing you to enjoy all its charm.

 

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The Tuk-Tuk

Discover Paris in an original way! For 15 euros, enjoy 30 minutes of fun in the heart of the Capital on board this unusual vehicle. Departure is from Place de la Concorde toward the magnificent Opéra Garnier. Tuk Tuk will take you later in front of the Louvre Museum, near which you can rent one of our most elegant apartments, as well as many other prominent buildings and features of Paris.

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Have a nice stay in Paris!