The easiest way to get around is by using the Metro. Most tickets are now purchased from machines rather than from the counter. The ticket currently costs 1.80 € although you will more commonly buy a carnet of 10 tickets for 14.10 € or 7.05 € for children between 4 and 10 years.
The same ticket is valid for the metro, tram, bus or RER within Paris. The machines take cash or chip and pin credit cards and have a menu in English. RER is the rapid transit system which serves Paris and the suburbs.
With the ticket you can transfer from metro to RER within Paris, from bus to bus or from bus to tram. You cannot use the same ticket to transfer from the metro to a bus.
|Metro Dupleix as shown in an old postcard|
The metro has several lines each with its own number and colour code. Our nearest station for example is Dupleix on line 6. This line terminates at Charles de Gaulle Etoile or Nation and is colour coded light green on all metro maps.
Line 14 (Purple) was the most recent line to be completed and is fully automated (i.e. no train driver). The best thing about the automated line is that when the drivers go on strike, line 14 keeps on functioning. Line 13 will also be automated soon and we naturally look forward to this progress.
As the metro stations are often very close to each other, it usually makes sense to walk a little further to get to a station serving the line you want. To get to Place de La Concorde for example, you might as well walk to La Motte-Piquet Grenelle Station to pick up line 8 and be there in 4 stops with no changes.
Here are some journeys you might wish to make.
|Sacré Coeur in Montmartre|
Montmartre Take bus 80 in the direction of the Marie du 18eme Jules-Joffrin. The bus stop is on avenue de la Motte Picquet. (See map below) Exit at Lamarck-Caulincourt for Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur. For extra laziness, get off at the Marie du 18eme and catch the Montmartrobus on right side of Marie (as you face it) and take the small bus right to the front of le Sacré-Coeur. Show the driver the ticket you used for the initial bus journey and you won’t have to use another one.
Louvre Take line 6 from metro Dupleix to Charles de Gaulle Etoile and change to line 1 in the direction of Chateau de Vincennes. Get off at Palais Royale Musée du Louvre.
Notre Dame Take line 10 from metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle to Odeon and take line 4 direction Porte de Clignancourt. Get off at St Michel or Cité.
Champs Elysées Take bus 42 direction Gare du Nord from rue Desaix near the post office. Get off at the Rond Point des Champs Elysées.
St Germain-des-Prés Line 10 from La Motte Picquet Grenelle and exit at metro Mabillion.
Arc de Triomphe Line 6 from Dupleix direction Charles de Etoile. Exit at terminus.
Musée des Arts et Métiers Line 6 from Dupleix direction Charles de Gaulle. Then change to line 2 direction Nation and change again for line 3 at Villiers direction Gallieni. Exit at Art et Métiers.
|Arc de Triomphe|
Musée d’Orsay Line 69 from the Champ de Mars. The bus stop is a 5 minute walk.
Jardin du Luxembourg Bus 82 from Ave de Suffren exit Luxembourg.
Cimetière du Père Lachaise Bus 69 from Champ de Mars. Exit Roquette-Père Lachaise
Disneyland Line 6 from Dupleix direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile and then RER A direction Marne-la-Vallée.
Chateau de Versailles RER C from Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel Station by Bir Hakeim Metro station. Station is 9 minute walk from the Apartment
There is plenty more information about how to get around, in the guide that we have prepared for our guests.