METRO — The quick and easy way to travel around the city, as well as the best value. The Paris metro has around 300 stations, their entrances marked by a big yellow “M”, and 16 lines, numbered from 1 to 14, 3 bis and 7 bis.

Each line has a color, which you’ll find on signs in the stations and on all the RATP maps. Connections between lines make your journey easy to plan. For an idea of your journey time, allow an average of 2 minutes per station and add 5 minutes for each connection.

Each line has two directions, indicated by the terminus station at each end (for example: Balard/Créteil). The different directions and connections are clearly displayed on blue and white signs on the platforms and in the tunnels. To be sure you’re heading in the right direction, check that your destination is on the list of stations just before you go down onto the platform. Inside the trains, you’ll find network maps and the detail of the line you’re on along with all available connections to other parts of the network.

The metro operates every day including public holidays from around 6:00 am to 12.30 am. Times of the first and last trains vary depending on the point along the line that you are departing from. Trains are less frequent on Sundays and public holidays.

Your white-colored ticket remains valid for 2 hours until you leave the metro by going though the exit barriers. If you then take a bus, you need to use another ticket. If you happen to have kept some old green or yellow tickets from an earlier trip, you can still use them.

Metro fares/deals: visitors are strongly encouraged to buy at least one book of Metro tickets (each one containing 10 tickets, costing €13.30 (standard fare for those from 10 years of age and up). The same book of 10 tickets for children from 4 to 9 years of age costs €6.65

These tickets, called “t+ tickets”, allow passengers to travel on:

* metro lines
* RER lines (RATP and SNCF) within Paris (zone 1)
* Ile-de-France bus lines (RATP and OPTILE), except Orlybus and Roissybus (see the specific conditions below for the Noctilien network and lines with special fares: 299, 350 and 351)
* tramway lines (RATP and SNCF)
* the Montmartre funicular

The following types of connections are possible with this ticket:

* metro/metro
* metro/RER and RER/RER within Paris
* bus/bus (including between the RATP and OPTILE networks), bus/tram and tram/tram for 90 minutes between the first and last validation

Map for Paris Metro system: