Getting around in Paris

I am often asked about transportation around Paris. The city is actually relatively small compared to LA or London (relative is an important part of this sentence), so my favourite way of getting around is on foot. It is the perfect way to discover the city… if you have the time.

If not, here are some pointers for the other modes of transportation:

Buses: The buses in Paris are getting better and better and it is really easy to used them if you are travelling with a buggy. You can access the bus routes online or even download an application onto an Iphone.

Velib‘: The Velib’ scheme was only started a couple of years ago, but it is now difficult to imagine the city without these bicycles. Most Parisians have an annual pass, but it is easy to rent a bike for a day or a even just a few hours with a credit card. The instructions for the credit card rental are a bit tricky, but don’t despair, it is worth trying to figure it out. There are some great applications for iphones which will direct you to the nearest Velib’ station and let you know if if there are any spare bikes. Read more here.

Metro: The metro system in Paris is easy to use and takes you everywhere. There is only one type of ticket for journeys within Paris, so you don’t have to worry about traveling outside a zone. Do be warned, the metro is absolutely not buggy friendly. There are stairs everywhere and small entrance gates that are difficult to navigate with a buggy.

Taxi: Paris does not have the best taxi system in the world. It is hard to flag one down on the street and the easiest way to get one is by finding a taxi queue which can be found along most bigger boulevards. Taxis don’t have car seats available. The thing to note is that you are allowed to jump to the front of the queue if you have a small child with you.

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1. Annabel | April 30, 2011 | Reply

Thanks for putting buses at the top of your list. I just travelled with a 4yo and 6yo and used the buses constantly and would recommend to anyone. I just printed out a bus route map from the website and we were off. We got to see lots of things we wouldn’t have otherwise and avoided getting lost trying to find the right exit from metro stations, not to mention stairs and walking long distances underground with nagging requests for piggybacks.

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