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Basic information

  • Area: 105.4 km² (40.7 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +33
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 2,203,817
  • Official language: French
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Paris – Getting Around

Bus

Paris has an extensive fleet of buses that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at stops or from the driver and must be validated prior to boarding. Multi tickets or “carnet” offer great savings and are available from tobacconists, bookshops and newsagents. Short trips usually cost around €1.50, but for longer trips two tickets are usually required. International buses are operated by Eurolines and arrive and depart from the main bus terminal located in the inner suburb of Bagnolet. From here visitors can travel to a multitude of destinations including Morocco, Scandinavia and Central Europe. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus company directly.

Metro

Paris’s metro system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. 14 lines connect stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 5.30am through to 12.30 am the metro system is by far the most convenient mode of transport, but try to avoid travelling in rush hour, when it can get very busy. Tickets can be bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding.

Taxi

There are many official taxis that operate throughout Paris which can be hailed on the street, from a taxi stand or pre-booked by telephone. All licensed vehicles are fitted with meters, but be aware that fares are higher early in the morning and late at night. Expect to pay additional charges for heavy luggage.

Train

Paris has six main train stations, which operate the super fast TGV (train à grande vitesse) trains and transport passengers to major French cities within a few hours. Each station is linked by the Metro network and handles traffic to different parts of the country and Europe. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station.