Europe travel photos and information at Travel Signposts Getting around Paris by Métro: the Paris Métro system
You are here:
Google Travel Signposts

Find a Hotel and Book Online
Find a hotel in:

Getting around Paris by Métro

Paris Metro sign©Fabio Venni

The Paris Métro System

The Métro system consists of 16 lines numbered from 1 to 14, with two minor lines, 3bis and 7bis, which are branch lines that split off from their respective original lines. Most of the Paris Métro was built from 1900 to 1939. Post-war development mainly focused on the RER, a metropolitan commuter express system which interlinks with the métro network.

  • The métro network has 221.6 km (133.7 miles) of track, 380 stations (87 are interchanges connecting different lines). These figures don't include the RER network.
  • In 2004, the annual traffic on Paris métro lines was 1.336 billion passengers.
  • Average speed is 35 km/h, up to 60 km/h for some segments.
  • Each line has its own stations (i.e., lines do not share platforms); interchange stations are really two linked stations.
  • lines 1, 4, 6, 11, and 14 are rubber-tired.
  • line 14 (Météor) is driverless (fully automatic).

Here's a Paris Métro Map PDF, and see our Using the Paris Métro page (next) for details on the different lines.


Trains run from 5.30 a.m. until 1.20 a.m. (this varies slightly at different stations) every day of the year. The times of the first and last trains per line and per station are displayed on the platforms, and the average frequency of trains varies between 2 and 8 minutes according to time of day. You'll know whether you caught the last train for the night if you see the two lights placed above the windshield on the front of the train flashing slowly (as opposed to just being on) when it pulls into the station.


(more details on different options on our Using the Paris Métro page and our Paris Transport Tickets page)

Most tickets can be purchased from

  • Ticket offices or automatic ticket dispensers in RER or métro stations;
  • Booths located in certain bus stations;
  • Shops indicated by an RATP sign or logo.

You can also buy tickets from a bus-driver, but not carnets (books of ten tickets), just single ones.

One single "t" ticket is good for any single journey and unlimited connections, but limited to a 2-hour ride. It also covers the RER but you cannot switch from trains to buses, that will need a second ticket.

Next page: Using the Paris Métro

Travel Resources that will save you time and money
Travel Signposts Special Reports
Download Special Travel Reports
Staying healthy, Packing, more coming!

Book a Hotel in Europe
Book a hotel in Europe

Book hotels, apartments at discount rates anywhere in Europe.

Book Music/Opera in Brussels
Book Music/Opera in Brussels

Book a tour
City tours, day trips, special attractions tours, all over Europe.

Rent a car
Rent or lease a car or campervan for your Europe tour - and a cellphone!
Australians click here!

Book Rail Travel
Europe has great railways. Get great deals on passes and tickets here

Book Eurostar
Travel from London to Paris and the Continent by high speed rail underwater!

Book a European Cruise
European cruises from CruiseDirect

Book a flight
Use QIXO (US) or Expedia and LastMinute (UK) to search out the cheapest flights on the Net!

Ectaco Electronic Talking TranslatorBuy a Talking Electronic Translator

SIM cardInternational SIM cards
Using a cell phone overseas

Getting Around Paris Transport Index
Paris by Bicycle Paris Sightseeing Buses

Travesignposts Pty Ltd
29/4-8 Kareela Road, Cremorne Point 2090, Australia

This web site copyright 2015 Travelsignposts Pty Ltd