Many tourists, even those who live in metropolitan cities, are afraid of the Paris metro. They worry about getting lost, missing their stop, or just getting completely consumed by the transport machine. We have some advice to help you navigate the metro system and get to where you're going easily.
Paris is a large city. The easiest way to get around it is on public transport, which is highly developed in Paris and its suburbs. There's one problem, though: tickets are fairly expensive, and the security guards are very strict. We'll tell you how to save money on transportation tickets in Paris.
Charles de Gaulle is the most well-known and largest Paris airport, but many people also fly into Orly. If your trip takes you to Orly airport, this article will tell you how to get to Paris with public transportation after you land.
It's convenient to get around Paris on the metro. It has 14 lines and there is a station at every intersection. Most destinations in Paris are easy and quick to get to. But first you have to buy a ticket: don't skip out on this because people check for tickets. Tickets are sold in kiosks and specific machines. You can find instructions for using them below.
Do you have a layover in Paris and don't know what to do while you wait? This article will explain when it makes sense to leave the airport, how to get to the center quickly and what interesting things you can see in Paris in just a few hours.
What you'll need to visit Paris during a layover
A Schengen visa: without it you can't get out of the international terminal. Make sure your Schengen visa isn't category A (transit), which doesn't let you leave the airport.
Many tourists are afraid of the Paris metro because they think it's really confusing, especially if they don't know much French. But the reality is that using the Paris metro is quite easy and convenient, and it's one of the fastest ways to get around the city.
We've already written about how to buy metro tickets and detailed instructions on using them. Please read that article, since this one only covers the locations of the metro stations and the tourist sites in each area.
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