Paris boasts of an excellent public metro transport system and thus lives up to the expectation of the commuters.
Just looking at a Paris metro map alone can be a bewildering experience looking more similar to a work of modern art with its myriad of different coloured lines each standing for a route on the Paris metro system.
The experienced 100-plus year old metro system in Paris is among the oldest in the world and it runs on 15 different tracks that are named after their stations.
The Paris metro has some 200 kilometres of track which link 368 metro stations. Paris metro stations are also very reachable as wherever you are in the city of Paris you’re never more than 500 meters away from a metro station. The only problem you’ll have is choosing which Paris metro station is nearest from any given building.
If you are going to Paris on vacation then the extent to which you use the Metro and eventually the type of ticket you buy, depends on a few factors. Firstly, if you are staying at a Paris hotel in the centre of the city then you probably won’t be using the metro that much.
In Paris it would be enough if you obtain a single metro ticket for a particular place as most of the important sights like museums and monuments of Paris lie close to one another.
In almost all the metro stations attendants are ready to assist the travellers in purchasing metro tickets from ticket booths. Many tourists who spend only one week in Paris and who would use metro system to the maximum buy what is known as a ‘carnet’. A carnet consists of 10 metro tickets given at a discount and which enables the tourist to travel in Paris metro 10 times.
Another ticket that permits you to travel any number of times on the metro in a week is the ‘orange Paris metro ticket’. It is a good alternative in the sense that it is economical and you can choose the number of places you would visit in the week.
Tourists from the US can choose Paris Vistes which can be ordered through the internet before they leave for France. This ticket permits you to visit the RATP network any number of times.