Getting around in Paris: info, costs and advice

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Romantic, refined and full of art, Paris is one of the most popular European capitals by travelers of all ages and backgrounds. Walking through the streets of Paris you will find dreamlike atmospheres, breathtaking views and different cultures that mix to create a dynamic and pleasant environment.

Paris also has one considerable size, so it is good to understand how to move to get from one point of interest to another without wasting time, especially if you have planned a short visit. Here's one guide on how to get around Paris: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Paris
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Getting around by bicycle and scooter
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The Parisian metro is very extensive for this the best way to get around is the metro: frequent runs, extended opening hours and zero traffic. The best solution is to have day tickets (from € 12,00).
Getting around on foot is a winning choice when it comes to visit individual neighborhoods. Each district is in fact like a small town, with a history of its own, but also uses, customs and unique identities. For this, the advice is to take tours with local guides to identify the landmarks and fully experience the authentic Parisian atmosphere.
Alternatively, a recommended solution for a first approach to the city (especially if you have little time available) is the evergreen hop-on hop-off bus, which stops near the main attractions and will give you a wonderful panoramic view of the city! For an original perspective, opt for a scenic cruise on the Seine.

Another excellent solution, especially if you stay a few days, is the Paris Pass, from 2 to 6 days, which will allow you to travel for free on means of transport, as well as take advantage of admissions and discounts on affiliated attractions and activities!

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot in the neighborhoods, metro, bike sharing, hop-on hop-off bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Paris City Pass (from € 132,00 -), transport day ticket (from € 12,00).

How to get from the airport to the center of Paris

Paris has three airports of different sizes, which host from intercontinental flights to low cost. Reaching the French capital from Italy is therefore very simple and also cheap, with many direct flights that leave every day!

The reference airports are Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly Airport and, finally, Paris-Beauvais Airport, the farthest of the three. The distance of the airports from the city center is variable but nevertheless all well connected. Let's see in detail how to reach the city center from each airport!

Paris Charles De Gaulle

  • Distance from the center: 25 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By train: RER line B / ticket cost: € 8,00
  • By taxi: fixed cost € 60,00 / travel time: 40 min
  • By bus: average cost € 7,00 / Roissybus line
  • Private transfer: Private transfer from / to Charles de Gaulles


  • Distance from the center: 15 km / travel time: 25 min;
  • By train: Orlyval shuttle + RER B line / cost of bus + train ticket € 12,00
  • By taxi: fixed cost € 40,00 / travel time: 25 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,00 / Orlybus line
  • Private transfer: shared transfer from Charles de Gaulle and Orly


  • Distance from the center: 75 km / travel time: 1 h and 15 min;
  • By train: urban bus + RER line towards Paris / ticket cost: € 14,00
  • By taxi: fixed cost during the day € 170,00, at night € 210,00 / travel time: 90 min
  • By bus: average cost € 15,90 with Beauvais - Port Maillot shuttle / Journey time 75 minutes
  • Private transfer: private transfer from or to Beauvais airport

How to get around on foot

The center of Paris is vast in size, choosing to visit it on foot may not be a winning idea, especially if you have little time available. Consider that from Notre Dame to the Sacred Heart it is about 5 km uphill, from the Louvre to the Eiffel tower it is 3,5 km: it is better to limit the walks to enjoy pleasant moments in certain areas and neighborhoods, such as Rue Montorgueil, Montmartre and the Sacred Heart (perhaps discovering them with a tour with an expert guide), in the Saint German de Pres district, the elegant Galerie Vivienne or the Champs Elyseés.

If you are going to Paris for the first time it can be difficult to settle down quickly, so you can opt for a private tour with a local guide. In general, the hop-on hop-off bus can be an excellent solution, if only to allow you to get off and on at each stop: it's like having a personal taxi driver 24 hours a day!
If you want discover a hidden side, almost dark, in the evening several tours are organized to discover the dark secrets of the city!

Getting around by bicycle and scooter

The bicycle is definitely a green and alternative way to visit Paris. The city is equipped with wide cycle paths and the Vélib rental service offers you numerous collection and delivery points around the city, for a total of around 20.000 bicycles. The service is active 24 hours a day, it is free for the first 24 minutes, then € 30 / hour for the normal bike and € 1,00 / hour for the electric bike. After the first hour the rate becomes € 2,00 / 1,00 every half hour.
In any case, for a first approach it is always advisable to first take a guided bike tour, to familiarize yourself with the routes and cycle paths of the city.

Another must-try is the electric scooter! It is a one agile and fun system to alternative mobility. The companies that offer the sharing service are various, but for all of them we can outline very similar profiles and activation costs. Like the Vélib, you will find scooters parked all over Paris and you will not have to have a drop off point. The average cost is € 0,15 per minute, while the fixed cost to unlock the scooter is € 1,00.

Con i mezzi pubblici

The Paris public transport system is certainly among the safest and most efficient in Europe.
The city is divided into 5 areas to which different rates correspond: zone 1 includes the center of Paris, zone 2 the neighboring municipalities including Vincennes and Saint-Denis, zone 3 includes La Défense, Versailles and Orly 4, finally in zone 5 we find Charles airport de Gaulle and Disneyland.

A great alternative to discover the city, especially if you have limited time, is to move with the open hop-on hop-off bus, which stops near the main attractions and will give you a wonderful panoramic view of the city! Alternatively, you can opt for an all-inclusive bus tour, cruise and lunch on the Eiffel Tower.truly unique experience! In addition, being on the Seine, in the city you can take part in various panoramic cruises, even in the evening and with audio guide! Definitely a fun and relaxing way to see Paris from another perspective!


The Paris Metro consists of 16 lines that cover the city in a capillary way. All major tourist attractions are located within zone 1.

Line 1 is the main one, more important for tourists as it serves the main attractions.
Other important lines are the 6 which from Charles de Gaulle square leads to the Eiffel Tower area, the 2 which leads to Montmartre and the 14, ultra modern, which allows you to move quickly between the Bercy area, the Gare de Lyon and the center. .

  • Downloadable map: paris-metro-map
  • 5:30 am to 1:20 am, Saturday until 2:20 am
  • Ticket / single ride cost: zone 1 and 2 € 1,90
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,90, daily € 12,00, 2 days € 19,50, 3 days € 26,65, 5 days € 38,35


To the 16 metro lines, you have to add the 5 lines of high-speed RER trains. They move under Paris and quickly reach neighboring municipalities, offering a wide choice of stops within the city, often in interchange with the metro.

  • Downloadable map: map-rer-paris
  • from 4: 45 to 1: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: zone 1 and 2 € 1,90
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,90, daily € 12,00, 2 days € 19,50, 3 days € 26,65, 5 days € 38,35


Gli bus they suffer a lot from traffic citizen, but also operate when the subway is closed for works or strikes. In addition to guaranteeing coverage of the whole city, allowing you to enjoy panoramic views, the Parisian buses are equipped with night line which includes 40 lines marked with an N. The lines more panoramic are 38, 68, 28 and 96 which pass by all the most important places such as Notre-Dame, the Seine, the Louvre, the Latin Quarter, etc.

There is also the open hop-on hop-off bus, to enjoy Paris especially when you have it limited time, being able to get off and on from various strategic stops.

  • Downloadable map: day-bus-map and night-bus map
  • from 5:30 to 20:30, then the night line is in operation
  • Ticket / single ride cost: zone 1 and 2 € 1,90
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,90, daily € 12,00, 2 days € 19,50, 3 days € 26,65, 5 days € 38,35


The taxi is certainly the most comfortable way to use at night. The Parisienne taxis are all in all cheap, even if the rates vary according to the times and distances.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: basic rate € 2,40 + from € 1,00 to € 1,50 for each km traveled

By car

Driving around Paris is really not recommended. It is a great capital, in fact the city has a very busy and hectic traffic which tends to confuse tourists.

Furthermore, the center has limited traffic and the cost of parking can be very high! Much better to move by public transport during the day (with very affordable rates thanks to season tickets) and by taxi at night, while within the neighborhoods you can easily move on foot. Our advice is to choose an accommodation with parking service included for their customers and thus leave the car in a safe place.

ZTL and restricted traffic area

The ZCR covers the whole of the center of Paris, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 20:00. To drive around the ZCR you will need to have the environmental bulletin, here in France called Crit'Air, un adhesive to be applied on the dashboard, and drive a car registered after 2001. All vehicles must have this bulletin, even mopeds!

Attention: if you do not have a permit to enter the ZCR you can't even move around in it. The Crit'Air sticker is essential for access to Paris, and more and more French cities are adopting its use to tackle air pollution problems. You can find further info and all the methods of purchase on the official website of the French LEZ.

Stops and parking

Parking on the street in Paris is not easy at all, for this reason the best solution is to leave the car in your hotel or b & b. On the contrary, the center is littered with private covered parking, where you can leave your car in complete safety for longer. Obviously the costs vary according to the area, those near the main attractions are the most expensive! The cost varies from € 3,00 / hour to € 15,00 / hour.

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