Paris: Introduction of the city
Traveling in the Isle of France i.e Paris you must first know its areas how its surroundings are divided, its neighbors and the areas that make it up. Once you have a general idea of Paris then it is more convenient to figure out which places to visit, important sites of the city, which routes to follow, transport service available in the areas. The map of Paris is organized in a circle in which transport areas are highlighted.
The Île de France region is divided into 5 zones and the Paris city is located in zone 1 and 2. The public transport covers all these 5 zones but the charges depend on which zone you are traveling in and coming from plus the route and transport type. Paris is divided into 20 “arrondissements” i.e., districts. These districts surround the Seine in the form of spiral in the clockwise direction, the main attractions are located in the heart of Paris i.e., district 1, 2, 3 and 4. You can confirm the district you are in through street signs, you can see at the bottom of street signs. In Parisian postal code the last two digits indicate district number, these codes are mentioned here because many people get confused about the districts.
As a tourist you might need medical attention, if so there are no shortage of pharmacies around the city. If you need access to out of hours or emergency pharmacy you can obtain the number from here.
The transportation charges are not affected by the districts they just vary according to the zones. There are a range of options available for buying tickets on the basis of your stay, age, availability of budget and the means of transport you are going to use.
The simplest ticket to get around the Paris transport network and contemplates a trip only for metro, RER, busses including night busses, trolley car, and Montmartre funicular. After validation you can access unlimited transfers between the metro and the RER lines for two hours. The price of this ticket is 1.90 Euros per unit that is ideal for tourists and locals. 10 ticket card option is also available who are continuously using the service and it saves the price too. You can save around 4.10 euros if you are going to buy 10 ticket cards rather than 10 individual tickets.
You can buy single ticket or 10 ticket cards from Metro stations, RER, buses, trams, and Centers authorized by the RATP. The vending machines are easy to use, and it is recommended to buy these tickets from here. Those who don’t understand French it is more convenient for them to buy tickets from these machines because machines are operated in English or Spanish languages. The person will have to just select the type of payment and the type of ticket he wants to buy. Ticket offices are also available at the stations, but credit cards are only acceptable in these offices.
If you want to use public transport in Paris, then this option suits you the best. This pass allows you to use all means of public transport services in the specific time that is allowed. It is a transport pass with discounts and promotions for frequent travelers. This pass offers two types of Paris visit services first Pass for zones 1-3 and other Pass for all zones (1-5). Range of costs vary according to the number of days and the age of the traveler.
First type which is for zone 1-3 offers
- 1 day. Adults € 12. Children € 6
- 2 days. Adults € 19.50. Children € 9.75
- 3 days. Adults € 26.65. Children € 13.30
- 5 days. Adults € 38.35. Children € 19.15
While the second one ranges between
- 1 day. Adults € 25.25. Children € 12.60
- 2 days. Adults € 38.35. Children € 19.15
- 3 days. Adults € 53.75. Children € 28.85
- 5 days. Adults € 65.80. Children € 32.90
We hope this article will be helpful for your trip in Paris, it provides detailed information regarding transport and areas of the city. If you want to know more about tourism in the city, then don’t forget to follow our blog.