Walking is one of the preferred methods of transportation in Paris to see the sights and for exercise, but it isn’t possible to walk everywhere in such a large city.There is no shortage of transportation in the romantic city of Paris….
There is no shortage of transportation in the romantic city of Paris. The city is full of little alleys, squares and avenues and if you don’t know the area, driving can be frustrating.
Due to the nature of the streets, bicycling has become the biggest mode of transport in the city. The bicycle hire scheme started in 2007 and now consists of bicycle hire outlets throughout the city, which makes it an easy mode of transport to take advantage of.
Originally Paris saw the omnibus, which was horse drawn in 1800’s and that was followed by the tram. Now Paris is home to the metro rail with fourteen lines, regional trains that can take you through the city or to outlying areas, the tram and the very reliable public bus which has 58 dedicated lines.
When visiting the area, using public transport is probably the easiest mode of transport for you. If you are driving, the Boulevard Peripherique is one of the busiest highways in Europe and is the ring road that travels around Paris. This dual carriage way can take over an hour to complete a full circuit, so you need to have some idea of where you are going.
Once you arrive at your hotel it is easy to park up your car and not use it again until you return home. There are lots of taxi ranks available, so if you are not keen on public transport, you can take advantage of hiring a taxi to get you to your preferred destination.
Paris also has national and international rail connections on the Eurostar high speed train, so depending on where you are travelling from you can choose to travel by rail rather than air. A train ride from London to Paris is just over two hours and is a comfortable and relaxing way to travel.
With the roads being so congested and difficult to figure out, walking is one of the preferred methods of transport. Take a leisurely walk around the lanes, avenues and alleys and enjoy the beauty of this romantic city.
Of course Paris has an international airport, which is France’s largest airport. You can fly straight into Paris from just about any destination. Over and above this large airport there are two other airports to choose from, Orly Airport and Le Bourget Airport, both of these cover the Paris area.
Airport shuttles are available to get you to your hotel from the airport and many of the hotels can arrange an airport shuttle to take you back to the hotel on your day of departure.
With so many transportation choices in Paris, there is no need to have a car. If you are driving to Paris from Europe, park it at the hotel and take advantage of the excellent transportation available to you.
Hire cars are always available and many of these outlets have offices at the airport, you can re-book your hire car or order one on arrival. Prices vary depending on the car you choose and how much mileage you intend doing during your stay.
The well-used Paris Métro system, with its 131 miles of track and 380 stations, is the second largest subway system in all of Europe. Although the Métro has been open since 1900, the subway cars are clean, modern, and efficient.
Paris RER Trains
This commuter rail network is integrated with the Paris Métro system and consists of five lines that radiate out from the center of the city. RER destinations include Charles de Gaulle Airport, Disneyland Paris, and Versailles.
The local bus service is operated by the regional public-transportation network (RATP) and complements the Métro and RER Train systems. Bus stops are located throughout the city; many stops were recently equipped with electronic information displays that indicate when to expect the next bus.
Paris boasts four modern streetcar tram lines which opened in 2006. Trams run every five to seven minutes each day and connect with the Métro and bus systems
This Paris travel card pass allows unlimited use of all Paris public transport, and is available in different durations from one to five days.
There are close to 500 taxi stands in Paris, generally located on street corners. Taxis can also be hailed from the streets.
The innovative Vélib’ system allows for pick-up and drop-off of rental bicycles at over 1,400 stations throughout Paris.
Their are two international airports within easy reach of Paris city centre. To the north of Paris is Charles De Gauille where most international flights to Paris arrive and south of the city is Orly airport, mostly used for domestic routes but also servicing some international flights.”