Paris Metro 101

How to get around

I’ve learned this pretty quickly (as in two days taking the Metro and a few dirty looks) 😉

Escalator Etiquette

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If you’re not climbing? Stand to the right of the escalator (going down orup)

Ticket Pass Throughs (not sure what they’re called) 

Once you scan your card or ticket, keep walking, crowding in front of the security/ticket pass thingy will just annoy those coming through behind you.

Kind of like when you walk out of a Costco, as soon as you pass the front doors, someone stops right in the middle with their cart to put their receipt away or get their keys blocking everyone behind them.

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Red means no go, green means go!

Keep it moving folks or kindly park to the side.   ☺


– Always let the people off first before crowding and going into the train.

– Let any people with disabilities or older people sit down.
Its common courtesy.

– This!  

– Never tell yourself ‘OMG!!! I CAN MAKE IT IN’ as the doors are closing…
These doors mean business.
My heart always skips a beat when someone gets stuck and is struggling to get themselves free from the doors.

How to get from A to B

If you’re visiting Paris, an amazing App to download or website to visit is: RATP
You can plan your routes with bus, tram, RER (faster with fewer stops), Metro (slower with more stops) and includes walk time.

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Gives you updates of train statuses as well.

Pass information for TICKETS – you can buy a ticket, 10 tickets, 20 tickets, 1 day, 3 day, 5 day passes…

Can be bought with credit card, carte bleu or cash at the machines or window.

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Metro/RER Map (click for Bigger/Detailed Image)


Look at maps, follow the signs and check the dots. ☺

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All Metros will let you know which line runs at what station.
For example: at this Metro station above, RER A, Metro 1, 2 and 6

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Once you know which one you’re taking, follow the number and eventually you usually have to go left or right, up or down to your destination.

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Always check the board/dots to know where you’re going.

Best way to Orly Airport

RER B to Antony Station and then take ORLYVAL (additional fee) toOrly Airport: Stop 1 is Terminal West, Stop 2 is Terminal South

Best way to Charles de Gaulle Airport

RER B to Charles De Gaulle 1 (terminal 1 or 3) or Charles de Gaulle 2(terminal 2)

Final Words 

Taking the Metro has its downfalls (cancelled trains, stinky people, packed cars) but all in all, in my opinion, its the best way to get around Paris quickly, efficiently and not to mention, cheaper.  🙂

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