Guide for Paris Metro & RER

Guide for Paris Metro & RER

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 Charles de Gaulle 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,…).

Tickets & Fares

  • The Paris metropolitan area fits into zones 1-5.
  • Tickets are available at all stations, from ticket windows & ticket vending machines.
    Please note that non-smart chip credit cards are not accepted at vending machines.
  • Children under 4 ride for free.

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+″ when travelling by Metro or Bus (+ RER within Central Paris only).
For travel beyond Central Paris train ticket prices are determined station to station.

See our selection :

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.

Tickets t+

The standard t+ ticket allows you to travel on :

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

It is cheaper to buy a “carnet” of 10 t+ tickets.

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.

How it works

Metro & RER operate 7 days a week, including public holidays from 05:30 to 00:30 approx.

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 consists of 5 lines referred to by the letters A, B, C, D & E

All RER trains call at Central 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 and where it will stop.
For example, if a light is lit next to Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 1 or Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 2 -TGV, it means the next train will stop at CDG airport.

To & From the airport

Journey to Paris

All RER B trains call at Paris.
Off-peak hours preferred direct (express) train ; other trains stop at suburban stations on their way into the city.
Connections between Metro and RER B at stations Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame and Denfert-Rochereau.

Journey to CDG airport

Please check your destination with platform information screens…
Board RER B trains bound to Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 2–TGV, some trains split off for another suburb.
Off-peak hours preferred direct (express) train ; other trains stop at suburban stations on their way into the airport.

Journey to Orly airport

Please check your destination with platform information screens…
Board RER B trains bound to St Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, some trains split off for another suburb.
Transfer onto the ORLYVAL (Orly airport tram) at station Antony.

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