Guide to Paris Transportation

Paris is a city of endless culinary delights, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture. To make the most of your gourmet adventure, knowing the best ways to navigate the city is essential. So, let’s dive into the best ways to get around Paris.

Metro: Your Underground Chariot

Paris transportation wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the metro. This underground network is a lifesaver for getting around the city quickly and efficiently. With 16 lines and over 300 stations, the metro is your best friend. You can grab a Navigo card for unlimited travel or purchase single tickets (but not in bulk for a discount unless you get the Navigo Easy Pass). Pro tip: Download the RATP app for real-time updates and easy route planning.

Operating Hours:

5:30 AM to 1:00 AM on weekdays, and until 2:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. This may depend on your specific line so always check the RATP website/app.

Ticket Options:

Single tickets (€2.10), Navigo Easy Pass (10 tickets for €17.35 or €1.73 per ticket and the card itself is a one time payment of 2€), or you can get a Navigo carte decouverte for unlimited travel (weekly or monthly).

Useful Apps:

RATP, Citymapper

Purchasing Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines in metro stations or via the RATP app. Note that paper tickets are being phased out in favor of contactless options but as of June 2024, you can still get the individual t tickets at the ticket machines.


Some metro stations have escalators, every RER station has escalators AND elevators, but not all metro stations are wheelchair accessible. Some may just have a small set of stairs to walk down to access the station. Check the RATP website for details .

Paris metro transportation

Buses: See the City Above Ground

Using the bus in the city of lights is a great way to see Paris while you’re on the go.  Paris’s bus system is top-notch. Buses are clean, frequent, and cover every corner of the city. Hop on the 72 bus along the Seine for a scenic route. Remember, your metro tickets work for buses too! Just be sure to validate your ticket when boarding.

Operating Hours:

Typically 5:30 AM to 12:30 AM.

Night Buses:

Noctilien buses operate from 12:30 AM to 5:30 AM.

Ticket Options:

Same as the metro—single tickets, Navigo Easy Pass, or Decouverte Navigo pass work here. Note: You cannot buy paper tickets on the bus; purchase them at metro stations or via the RATP app or by text (find out how to get the bus like a Parisian here).

Routes to Try:

Bus 72 for scenic views along the Seine, Bus 69 from the Eiffel Tower to Père Lachaise Cemetery.

bus transportation paris

Cycling: Pedal Through Paris

Feeling adventurous? Cycling in Paris is a fantastic way to explore Paris. With dedicated bike lanes and the city’s bike-sharing scheme, Vélib’, you can easily rent a bike from one of the many stations dotted around the city. Enjoy the freedom to explore hidden gems and picturesque streets at your own pace.

  • Bike Sharing: Vélib’ Métropole offers various pricing plans:
    • Ticket-V: €3 for a single ride, includes 45 minutes.
    • 24-Hour Pass (Classic): €5 for unlimited rides on standard bikes, first 30 minutes free.
    • 24-Hour Pass (Electric): €10 for unlimited rides on electric bikes, first 45 minutes free.
    • 3-Day Pass: €20 for unlimited rides on standard bikes, first 30 minutes free.
    • V-Libre: Free subscription with pay-as-you-go pricing, €1 per 30 minutes on standard bikes, €2 per 30 minutes on electric bikes.
    • V-Plus: €3.10/month, first 30 minutes on standard bikes free, €1 per 30 minutes thereafter.
    • V-Max: €9.30/month, first 60 minutes on standard bikes free, first 45 minutes on electric bikes free, then €1 per 30 minutes.
  • Safety Tips: Always use bike lanes where available and be mindful of traffic rules. Wear a helmet and use lights at night.

Walking: The Best Way to Soak in the City

Paris is a city made for walking it’s not exactly ‘Paris transportation’ but you’ll appreciate this way of getting around. From the charming streets of Le Marais to the bustling boulevards of the Champs-Élysées, there’s no better way to experience the city’s charm than on foot. Plus, walking lets you burn off those delicious pastries you’ve been indulging in! Wear comfortable shoes, carry a map, and get ready to discover Paris’s best-kept secrets.

  • Best Walking Tour: Be sure to check out Sight Seeker’s Delight for a variety of fantastic walking tours for foodies, history buffs and people who want to know more about the culture of the various quarters of Paris.

Cruises on the Seine: Glide Through the Heart of Paris

For a truly magical experience, take a cruise on the Seine. For a leisurely daytime tour or a romantic evening cruise, seeing Paris from the water is unforgettable. Several companies offer various packages, from sightseeing tours to dinner cruises. It’s a perfect way to relax and take in iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame.

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Ready to embark on the ultimate foodie adventure in Paris? Book your spot for our Let’s Eat Paris tour today, and let’s make your Parisian dreams come true. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

Pro Tip: Always keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded places like the metro and buses. Safety first, foodies!

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