Paris Metro

By | March 7, 2015

Paris Metro System

Paris metro is a rapid transit system serving the Paris Metropolitan area and is the second busiest metro system in Europe. It began operations on 19th July 1900 and presently has a system length of 214 kilometers and has 16 lines serving 303 stations. In terms of density, it is also one of the world’s densest systems, as it has 245 stations within a span of 86.9 km2.Châtelet – Les Halles metro station is the largest subway station in the world. As per 2012 statistics, the system had a daily ridership of 4,210,000 and an annual ridership of 1.541 billion passengers.

Paris Metro Route Lines

Paris Metro runs on following lines:

  • Line 1 – La Défense / Château de Vincennes
  • Line 2 – Porte Dauphine/Nation
  • Line 3 – Pont de Levallois – Bécon/Gallieni
  • Line 4 – Porte de Clignancourt/Mairie de Montrouge
  • Line 5 – Bobigny – Pablo Picasso/Place d’Italie
  • Line 6 – Charles de Gaulle-Etoile/Nation
  • Line 7 – La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945/Mairie d’Ivry and Villejuif – Louis Aragon
  • Line 8 – Balard/Creteil
  • Line 9 – Pont de Sèvres/Mairie de Montreuil
  • Line 10 – Gare d’Austerlitz/Boulogne–Pont de Saint-Cloud
  • Line 11 – Châtelet/Mairie des Lilas
  • Line 12 – Aubervillers-Front Populaire/Mairie d’Issy
  • Line 13 – Saint-Denis – Université/ Asnières–Gennevilliers-Les Courtilles/Châtillon–Montrouge
  • Line 14 – Saint-Lazare/Olympiades

Paris Metro also offers a Regional Express Network (RER) with 5 lines and a Tram structure with 8 lines.

Paris Metro Network

Some Metro stations are connected with large train stations serving other types rail transport such as intercity surface trains and RER regional express trains which journey equally above and below ground.
A few noteworthy large stations inside Paris serving the entire three types of train transportation include: Gare St. Lazare, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse. The Stations include numerous entrances/exits, up to ten for the biggest underground station, Chatelet Les Halles.

There are different kinds of metro trains. Most of the metro trains call for manual action to access the doors. Line 14 is an outstanding exception being entirely automatic and driver-less. Fold – downs seats within the trains should be used only when there is adequate room within the trains of standing travellers.

Paris Metro Map

Map of Paris Metro Showing various Lines and Stations. You can also Download Paris Metro Map in PDF.

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Paris Metro Timings

The metro operates from 5.30 am to 12.30 am on Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sundays, and on nights before public holidays, the timings are from 5.30 am to 2:15 am. The frequency of the trains is 2-4 minutes during day time and 6-12 minutes during night time. The frequency is good during peak hours and less during weekend nights.

Paris Metro Zone, Fares and Tickets

Riders can buy tickets for single ride or ten ride and passes with different durations. A single ticket is “t+” and costs 1,80 euro. It is valid for one and half hours from first validation and can be used for unlimited transfers between different public transports. A 10 ride ticket can be purchased for 14,10 euro.

Riders can buy daily unlimited pass or the Mobilis Pass. For Zone 1 and 2, it costs 6,60 euro. For Zone 1-3, 8,80 euro. Zone 1-5, excluding airport transfers, costs 15,65 euro. Youth under 26 years of age, in Paris for a weekend or any public holiday, can get a one day pass for cheap, called the Ticket Jeunes.

There is a weekly pass that is valid from Monday morning till Sunday night. Riders need to get a Navigo card that is a smart card and stores credit. The card requires a minimum payment of 5 euro in addition to the zone fares. Zone 1 and 2 costs 19,80 euro. Zone 1-3, 25,65 euro. Zone 1-5, 34,40 euro.


Tourists can also buy Visite passes that are available for 1-5 days duration. For Zone 1-3, a 1 day pass costs 10,85 euro. For Zone 1-5, 22,85 euro. A 2 day pass for Zone 1-3 costs 17,65 euro and for Zones 1-5 costs 34,70 euro. A 3 day pass for Zones 1-3 costs 24,10 euro and for zones 1-5, 48, 65 euro. A 5 day pass for zone 1-3 is for 37,20 euro and for zone 1-5 is for 59,50 euro.

Children under the age of 4 years travel free. Only the Tourist Visite pass and 10 ride tickets are discounted for children and available at half price. For other tickets and passes, there are no child discounts. The tickets can be purchased at kiosks or automated machines at the stations. The passes can also be bought from station agents.

Station Line Zone
Abbesses 12 1
Alésia 4 1
Alexandre Dumas 2 1
Alma – Marceau 9 1
Anatole France 3 2
Anvers 2 1
Argentine 1 1
Arts et Métiers 3 &11 1
Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles 13 3
Assemblée nationale 12 1
Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins 7 1
Avenue Émile Zola 10 1
Avron 2 1
Bagneux 4
Balard 8 1
Barbès – Rochechouart 2 &4 1
Basilique de Saint-Denis 13 1
Bastille 1, 5,8 1
Bel-Air 6 1
Belleville 2 &11 1
Bérault 1 2
Bercy 6 &14 2
Bibliothèque François Mitterrand 14 1
Billancourt 9 1
Bir-Hakeim 6 1
Blanche 2 1
Bobigny – Pablo Picasso 5 1
Boissière 6 1
Bolivar 7bis 1
Bonne Nouvelle 8 &9 1
Botzaris 7bis 1
Boulogne – Jean Jaurès 10 2
Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud 10 2
Boucicaut 8 1
Bourse 3 1
Bréguet – Sabin 5 1
Brochant 13 1
Buttes Chaumont 7bis 1
Buzenval 9 1
Cadet 7 1
Cambronne 6 1
Campo-Formio 5 1
Cardinal Lemoine 10 1
Carrefour Pleyel 10 1
Censier – Daubenton 7 1
Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau 1 &13 1
Chardon Lagache 10 1
Charenton – Écoles 8 1
Charles de Gaulle – Étoile 1, 2,6 1
Charles Michels 10 1
Charonne 9 1
Château d’Eau 4 1
Château de Vincennes 1 2
Château-Landon 7 1
Château Rouge 4 1
Châtelet 1, 4,7,11,14 1
Châtillon – Montrouge 13 1
Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette 7 &9 1
Chemin Vert 8 1
Chevaleret 6 1
Cité 4 1
Cluny – La Sorbonne 10 1
Colonel Fabien 2 1
Commerce 8 1
Concorde 1, 8,12 1
Convention 12 1
Corentin Cariou 7 1
Corentin Celton 12 2
Corvisart 6 1
Cour Saint-Émilion 14 1
Courcelles 2 1
Couronnes 2 1
Créteil – l’Échat 8 1
Créteil – Préfecture 8 1
Créteil – Université 8 1
Crimée 7 1
Croix de Chavaux 9 1
Danube 7bis 1
Daumesnil 6 &8 1
Denfert-Rochereau 4 &6 1
Dugommier 6 1
Dupleix 6 1
Duroc 6 &10 1
École Militaire 8 1
École Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort 8 1
Edgar Quinet 6 1
Église d’Auteuil 10 1
Église de Pantin 5 1
Esplanade de la Défense 1 2/3/2014
Étienne Marcel 4 1
Europe 3 1
Exelmans 9 1
Faidherbe – Chaligny 8 1
Falguière 12 1
Félix Faure 8 1
Filles du Calvaire 8 1
Fort d’Aubervilliers 7 2
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1 &9 1
Gabriel Péri 13 3
Gaîté 13 1
Gallieni 3 1
Gambetta 3 &3bis 1
Gare d’Austerlitz 5 &10 1
Gare de l’Est 4, 5,7 1
Gare de Lyon 1,14 1
Gare du Nord 4/5/2014 1
George V 1 1
Glacière 6 1
Goncourt 11 1
Grands Boulevards 8 &9 1
Guy Môquet 13 1
Havre – Caumartin 3 &9 1
Hoche 5 2
Hôtel de Ville 1, 9,11 1
Invalides 8,13 1
Jacques Bonsergent 5 1
Jasmin 9 1
Jaurès 2, 5,7bis 1
Javel – André Citroën 10 1
Jourdain 11 1
Jules Joffrin 12 1
Jussieu 7,10 1
Kléber 6 1
La Chapelle 2 1
La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945 7 2
La Défense – Grande Arche 1 3
La Fourche 13 1
La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle 6, 8,10 1
La Muette 9 1
La Tour-Maubourg 8 1
Lamarck – Caulaincourt 12 1
Laumière 5 1
Le Kremlin-Bicêtre 7 2
Le Peletier 7 1
Ledru-Rollin 8 1
Les Agnettes 13 3
Les Gobelins 7 1
Les Halles 4 1
Les Sablons 1 2
Liberté 8 1
Liège 13 1
Louis Blanc 7 &7bis 1
Louise Michel 3 2
Lourmel 8 1
Louvre – Rivoli 1 1
Mabillon 10 1
Madeleine 8,12,14 1
Mairie d’Issy 12 2
Mairie d’Ivry 7 1
Mairie de Clichy 13 2
Mairie de Montreuil 9 1
Mairie de Montrouge 4 1
Mairie de Saint-Ouen 13 1
Mairie des Lilas 11 1
Maison Blanche 7 1
Maisons-Alfort – Les Juilliottes 8 1
Maisons-Alfort – Stade 8 1
Malakoff – Plateau de Vanves 13 1
Malakoff – Rue Étienne Dolet 13 1
Malesherbes 3 1
Maraîchers 9 1
Marcadet – Poissonniers 4 &12 1
Marcel Sembat 9 1
Marx Dormoy 12 1
Maubert-Mutualité 10 1
Ménilmontant 2 1
Michel Bizot 8 1
Michel-Ange – Auteuil 9 &10 1
Michel-Ange – Molitor 9 &10 1
Mirabeau 10 1
Miromesnil 9 &13 1
Monceau 2 1
Montgallet 8 1
Montparnasse – Bienvenüe 4, 6,12,13 1
Mouton-Duvernet 4 1
Nation 1, 2,6, 9 1
Nationale 6 1
Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 12 1
Notre-Dame-des-Champs 12 1
Oberkampf 5 &9 1
Odéon 4 &10 1
Olympiades 14 1
Opéra 7 &8 1
Ourcq 5 1
Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre 1 &7 1
Parmentier 3 1
Passy 6 1
Pasteur 6 &12 1
Pelleport 3bis 1
Père Lachaise 2 &3 1
Pereire 3 1
Pernety 13 1
Philippe Auguste 2 1
Picpus 6 1
Pierre et Marie Curie 7 1
Pigalle 2 &12 1
Place d’Italie 5, 6,7 1
Place de Clichy 2 &13 1
Place des Fêtes 7bis&11 1
Place Monge 7 1
Plaisance 13 1
Pointe du Lac 8 1
Poissonnière 7 1
Pont de Levallois – Bécon 3 2
Pont de Neuilly 1 2
Pont de Sèvres 9 1
Pont Marie 7 1
Pont Neuf 7 1
Porte d’Auteuil 10 1
Porte d’Italie 7 1
Porte d’Ivry 7 1
Porte d’Orléans 4 1
Porte Dauphine 2 1
Porte de Bagnolet 3 1
Porte de Champerret 3 1
Porte de Charenton 8 1
Porte de Choisy 7 1
Porte de Clichy 13 1
Porte de Clignancourt 4 1
Porte de la Chapelle 12 1
Porte de la Villette 7 1
Porte de Montreuil 9 1
Porte de Pantin 5 1
Porte de Saint-Cloud 9 1
Porte de Saint-Ouen 13 1
Porte de Vanves 13 1
Porte de Versailles 12 1
Porte de Vincennes 1 1
Porte des Lilas 3bis&11 1
Porte Dorée 8 1
Porte Maillot 1 1
Pré Saint-Gervais 7bis 1
Pyramides 7 &14 1
Pyrénées 11 1
Quai de la Gare 6 1
Quai de la Rapée 5 1
Quatre-Septembre 3 1
Rambuteau 11 1
Ranelagh 9 1
Raspail 4 &6 1
Réaumur – Sébastopol 3 &4 1
Rennes 12 1
République 3, 5,8, 9,11 1
Reuilly – Diderot 1 &8 1
Richard-Lenoir 5 1
Richelieu – Drouot 8 &9 1
Riquet 7 1
Robespierre 9 1
Rome 2 1
Rue de la Pompe 9 1
Rue des Boulets 9 1
Rue du Bac 12 1
Rue Saint-Maur 3 1
Saint-Ambroise 9 1
Saint-Augustin 9 1
Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris 13 1
Saint-Denis – Université 13 1
Saint-Fargeau 3bis 1
Saint-François-Xavier 13 1
Saint-Germain-des-Prés 4 1
Saint-Georges 12 1
Saint-Jacques 6 1
Saint-Lazare 3,12,13,14 1
Saint-Mandé 1 2
Saint-Marcel 5 1
Saint-Michel 4 1
Saint-Paul 1 1
Saint-Philippe du Roule 9 1
Saint-Placide 4 1
Saint-Sébastien – Froissart 8 1
Saint-Sulpice 4 1
Ségur 10 1
Sentier 3 1
Sèvres – Babylone 10&12 1
Sèvres – Lecourbe 6 1
Simplon 4 1
Solférino 12 1
Stalingrad 2, 5,7 1
Strasbourg – Saint-Denis 4, 8,9 1
Sully – Morland 7 1
Télégraphe 11 1
Temple 3 1
Ternes 2 1
Tolbiac 7 1
Trinité – d’Estienne d’Orves 12 1
Trocadéro 6 &9 1
Tuileries 1 1
Vaneau 10 1
Varenne 13 1
Vaugirard 12 1
Vavin 4 1
Verdun-Sud 4
Victor Hugo 2 1
Villejuif – Léo Lagrange 7 2
Villejuif – Louis Aragon 7 2
Villejuif – Paul Vaillant-Couturier 7 2
Villiers 2 &3 1
Volontaires 12 1
Voltaire 9 1
Wagram 3 1

Paris Metro Rules and Tips

The stations have automated gates, which open with tickets or smart cards. The tickets need to be retained during journey as they can be inspected any time. Most of the stations have Wi-Fi service. Bicycles are not allowed on metro except on public holidays and Sunday on Line 1. Bikes are however allowed on the suburb trains and RER, but during the off peak times. Transit of small pets is allowed provided they are inside hand held carriers.

Access to the train
Entrée to Metro train platforms is secured via turnstiles or gate type barriers which are operated by either magnetic stripe coupon tickets or touch-less smart cards. To activate the barrier with a ticket, put in the ticket magnetic stripe side downwards, into a turnstile that is not indicate a red X or red circle which indicates an exit only turnstile. The ticket slot should be on your right while inserting the ticket. The ticket will be ejected on the top of the turnstile which you must recover to release the blockade

Exiting
Follow the direction of the blue “Sortie” Signs after exiting the train. Select the appropriate exit after referring the exit maps at every station.

Important Stations of Paris Metro

Paris Metro Pictures

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