Although Paris is a beautiful city that rewards walkers, it also has a great transportation infrastructure.
An easy and quick way to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport is to take the RER B (blue) train, which comes from both Terminals 2 and 3. Buy tickets from the booth or from one of the blue (not yellow) machines. You can also take the Roissybus or the more comfortable Air France coach, which is available to anybody. Taxis and private car services are the ultimate in convenience and expense.
The Metro is clean, fast, convenient, and go almost anywhere in the city. Many entrances to the subway are also works of art. Buy a carnet of 10 tickets, which costs less than buying 10 tickets. Since they are individual tickets, several of you can share the carnet, which is good on the Metro, the Montmartre funicular, the RER trains in Zone 1, and the RATP business in Paris and suburbs, except for lines with special fares.
The advantage of public buses is that you often get wonderful views of Paris. Buses, however, are subject to Paris traffic, and they are often slow during rush hour. Look for Hop On/Hop Off buses that cover the main tourist spots and let you get off and on as many times as you want for the daily ticket.
Taxis are expensive but of high quality, safe, and clean. They can be slow during rush hour, when traffic is hectic. Uber is available using the app, which can be helpful if you don’t speak French.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Paris.
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