Getting Around in PARIS
Walking is by far the best way to explore Paris’s delights. The Metro (Subway) is the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city. Tourists can make use of the Paris Visite pass which will allow unlimited travel across buses, metro and RER suburban rail network for 1,3 or 5 days at a discounted fare.
The Metro is an excellent underground train system which provides transportation on 16 different lines from 5AM to 12:30AM.
The RER is the suburban railway network that plies commuters and functions on 5 different lines. A regular Metro (subway) ticket can also be used for commute on the RER commuter lines. However the RER travel onto the Parisian suburbs, which lie outside of the Metro zone.
Walking in Paris is one of the best ways of experiencing the city. Stroll along aimlessly by yourself, or take one of the numerous walking tours that are available with touring guides. It is possible to walk through the entire length of Paris in a few hours.
Buses are quite tourist friendly and majority of the buses function from 6:30AM to 9:30PM (Some routes function up to 12:30AM). Service is limited on Sundays and holidays. The Noctilien night bus service runs buses to the outlying suburbs of Paris.
With 400kms of green cycle paths in the city, Cycling is another way of discovering Paris and it is easy to hire a cycle on rent. Another alternative is to hire a Scooter on rent and drive through the city, although the traffic can get quite heavy and traffic jams are common.
Taxis are not easily available for hire during the daytime when there are traffic jams and most taxis are already occupied. Walking or taking the metro are better options. However taxis are a good option at night when there are fewer traffic jams.
Boats provide an excellent way of navigating through the River Seine. They are a fast and cheap means of transport while also providing great riverside views of many of the city’s landmarks.