The Paris Metro

Brought into service in 1900, the Paris Métro, also known as Métropolitan, is regarded an emblem of Paris, The City of Light.
Having 214 Km of track, 303 stations and a total number of 16 lines, Paris’ subway is definitely the most practical means of transport in the Capital City.
If you are visiting Paris for the first time and afraid of getting lost, this article will facilitate your tour of Paris and prevent you from getting lost in such a big city.

TICKETS

Paris Métro Tickets may be purchased with a credit card or cash. You can get them either from the ticket counters or from automatic ticket machines at railway stations.

DIRECTIONS

Maps are available at the entrance of every station. You can get a map from there or simply download this application. Wondering how it works? First, enter the name of the starting station. It will appear on the map. Then, enter the name of the destination station and follow the line that leads you there.
Each line has a specific color distinguishing it from the other lines, a specific number, a departure point, and a terminal.
Furthermore, every station is equipped with detailed signage that will help you find your way easily.
When reading the signage, you have to pay attention to the color code and number, in order to find the right access to the platform of the metro line that you would like to take and to avoid getting lost.
In case you have to change the line to reach your destination, you have to be careful to the line color, number, and arrival terminal that allows you to take the line in the right direction.

Example:

To go from the Louvre Museum to The Champs-Elysées you have to follow the yellow line number 1 of the Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station to Franklin Roosevelt station and La Defense destination that goes from East to West.

Things that you should know:

  • The travel time is estimated as follows: 2 minutes per station.
  • Lines number 1 and 14 are automatic lines.