Guide for Paris Metro & RER

Here you’ll find useful information for tourists and visitors on how to use public transportation for getting around Paris & CDG Airport.

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The network

The Paris public transport network serves the entire city and all its suburbs.
Metro & RER operate 7 days a week, including public holidays from around 05:30 to 00:30.

The Paris Metro is the quickest and easiest way to travel around the city, as well as the best value.
300 stations ensure that you are never far from a Metro entrance while in Paris.

If you wish to travel to nearby suburbs use the RER regional express network.
RER B line serves CDG Airport while Disneyland is served by RER A and Versailles by RER C.

If you need to go in suburbs that are located a bit further from Paris, or just not reachable in RER, you may need to use Transilien SNCF commuter trains (e.g to Chartres, Fontainebleau, Giverny,…).

Metro

Paris Metro has 16 lines, numbered from 1 to 14
Metro lines have directions indicated by the terminus station at each end (e.g La Défense-Château de Vincennes).

RER

RER consists of 5 lines referred to by the letters A, B, C, D & E
All RER trains call at Paris stations then split into several branches.

In the RER, always refer to the overhead panels located above the platforms to determine the final destination of the train.
For example, if a light is lit next to Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 1 or Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 2, it means the next train will stop at CDG Airport.

Beware of pickpockets, look after your bags and valuables at all times.

Tickets & Fares

The Paris metropolitan area fits into zones 1-5.
Central Paris is zone 1 while CDG Airport is in zone 5.

Tickets are available at all stations, from ticket windows or vending machines.
Please note that non-smart chip credit cards are not accepted at vending machines.

There are a wide variety of tickets available including single ride tickets, single day passes, multi-day passes, etc…
You can use a standard “Ticket t+” when travelling by Metro or Bus (+ RER within Central Paris only)*.
For travel in Greater Paris (e.g CDG Airport) train ticket prices are determined station to station.

* To avoid paying a penalty fare you must purchase a valid RER ticket for your journey to & from CDG Airport.
Please note that basic “Ticket t+” used for Metro, Bus (and RER within central Paris only) is not accepted.

See our selection for tourists & visitors :

Paris Visite travel card

Enjoy unlimited travel with all public transport services :

  • In Central Paris (zones 1-3)
  • In Central Paris + Greater Paris (zones 1-5, incl. CDG and Orly airports, Versailles, Disneyland,…)

Information Paris Visite

Tickets for Greater Paris (incl. CDG airport)

Purchase a Billet Origine-Destination or Billet Ile-de-France for any journey outside Central Paris (using RER or Transilien).
Fares depend on the distance you will travel (e.g €10,30 between CDG airport & Central Paris).
Tickets allow connections between Metro & RER trains in Central Paris.

Ticket t+

The standard t+ ticket allows you to travel on :

  • Metro
  • RER within Central Paris only
  • Bus, except Orlybus & Roissybus
  • Tramway
  • Montmartre funicular

Navigo Easy (contactless prepaid travel pass)

Navigo Easy is a contactless, reusable card that can simultaneously store up to 30 tickets t+ used for :

  • Metro
  • RER within Central Paris only
  • Bus, Roissybus & Orlybus included
  • Tramway
  • Montmartre funicular

Navigo Easy costs €2 for the card fee (non-refundable) + tickets you buy and add onto the card.
It is anonymous and doesn’t require a photo, however only one person can travel with a single pass at a time.