Every inch of this beautiful metropolis is worth exploring. The challenge is – how best to explore it? Which Paris transportation options should be used? Fortunately, in a city that is so famous for its tourist culture, there are plenty of transportation options. Paris's public transportation system is extremely well-connected and efficient, but this is only the beginning.
Cycling is one of the best ways to get close to true Parisian culture and experience the lifestyle of the city. Paris has more than 165 km of bicycle lanes that lead to some of the best parts of the city including Canal Saint Martin, Parc de la Villette, Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne.
You can cycle all along the southern bank of Canal de l’Ourcq, which has a track of around 108 km. Cycling in the city is safe, too. Make sure that you follow the rules for cyclists. Now rent a bike and get going!
RER or Réseau Express Régional is the rapid transit system that connects areas within Paris and the surrounding suburbs. The service runs on five lines and each of these is maintained by a different company. RER is the most convenient way to tour Paris, thanks to its excellent network.
The Metro network in Paris has about 370 stations and is very well connected. However, for a new traveler, the Metro system might be slightly confusing because trains that run on the same line are given different names depending on their destination.
You might want to carry a RAPT map to find the right train.
The Metro service is available only until 1 AM. So, if you want to stay late out enjoying the nightlife in Paris, you might want to make an alternate transport plan.
Rent a car
If you like to be flexible and independent during your travels, hiring a car is your best choice of transport in Paris. Before you do, consider the pros and cons. On the positive side, Paris has a network of very good roads.
By renting a car, you can drive at leisure into the French countryside and enjoy the marvelous views. However, you need to consider whether you’d be comfortable driving in a foreign country.
Furthermore, the crowded roads on Paris can be slightly frustrating to traverse, especially when you are on a holiday. You also will have to pay toll charges, get permits and understand the traffic rules of the city.
Bus is another transportation option in Paris. While the bus network is decent, the operations are limited because most people prefer the excellent train service in the city. The good thing about the bus service is that it operates at good frequency at odd hours as well. So, if you happen to miss the 1 AM Metro, you can be assured of catching a bus.
Plenty of Options
Transportation to many destinations outside Paris such as Versailles, the Loire Valley and Normandy is also included in many specially designed City Wonders Paris tours.