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Paris is a big city with endless sights to see. To make the most out of your trip in Paris, we believe that time must be spent on admiring the monuments, experiencing genuine moments, and enjoying the city at your own pace. We don’t think wasting your time getting lost in the city’s maze should be a part of it! This is why we’ve created a Paris Metro Map pdf that you can get for FREE with just a few clicks!
Paris metro lines and main stations
Did you know that the Paris Metro is one of the oldest underground rail networks in Europe? The first metro station began operation as early as 1900. There are 14 metro lines in Paris. Most of them start and end outside of Paris’s city center and run across the city. 300 metro stations spread out across these 14 line. You may also notice that the distance between 2 stations is often quite short and only within a few minutes of each other on foot. Because of how extensive the network is, there’s no doubt using Paris’ metro is the most efficient way of exploring Paris. It is the most affordable option, too at €1.90 per ride!
Paris Metro Map pdf: the most convenient metro lines
– One of the most convenient lines in Paris’ metro network is Line 1 which runs from the east of Paris and all the way to the west of the city. Line 1 passes by the main monuments and sights that you must not miss. These attractions can all be seen in 1 day: Champs Elysées all the way down to Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum.
– Line 4 is also extremely convenient as it traverses the city from south to north. From the south, this line goes through the busy Montparnasse station. It also stops at Châtelet-les-Halles which is the largest transport hub in Europe in terms of the number of daily commuters. And to the north, Line 4 passes by Gare Du Nord which is another very big station where high-speed trains like the Eurostar bound for London and Thalys train bound for Amsterdam stop.
Paris metro map pdf: the main metro stations
– Châtelet-les-Halles station is the largest transportation hub in Europe. It is very easy to get lost in this station where 8 different lines congregate. RER lines: A, B, D and metro lines: 1, 4, 7, 11, 14.
– République station is another main metro station in Paris with 5 lines going through. The station is in the center of one of the main squares in the central-eastern part of Paris. The square is also the N°1 spot for mass demonstrations in Paris. As a consequence, RATP shuts down République station from time to time for security reasons.
– Montparnasse station is another big transportation hub. 4 metro lines go through this station with Transilien and TGV trains stopping here, too. Montparnasse is full of Parisian commuters traveling in and out of the city. This station is also especially challenging to travellers with big suitcases as the corridors go up and down without escalators.
– Saint Lazare station which connects to the Saint Lazare regional train station is also a very large station. Finding your way through the station can be quite confusing as it has many level and numerous exits.
Paris metro map pdf: the most beautiful metro stations in the city
– Louvre – Rivoli on Line 1 is one of the nicest metro stations in Paris. As soon as you get off, you’ll see reproductions of famous masterpieces such as sculptures that are on display at the Louvre Museum.
– Concorde on Line 12 is another unique and stunning metro station in the Paris metro network. White tiles with indigo blue letters fully cover the platform walls on both sides. The giant walls of words are extracted from the Declaration of Human Rights.
– Arts et Métiers on Line 11 has been redesigned in the 90’s by a Belgian comic books artist named François Schuiten. Commuters feel as if they’re inside a giant submarine because the platform seems to be made of copper. The design for the platform is said to be inspired by steampunk aesthetic and Jules Vernes’ science fiction.
– Cluny La Sorbonne on Line 10 is beautifully ornamented with an art installation of colorful mosaic tiles.
– Palais Royal- Musée du Louvre‘s entrance on Square Colette is one of the most beautiful in Paris designed by French artist Othoniel. It is a stunning reinterpretation of the famous Guimard’ entrances using an installation of blown glass beads.
Paris Public Transport Guide
Acquire more than just the Paris metro map pdf! To know more about using the metro in Paris, getting the right transport tickets and traveller passes, we recommend that you bring with you our Paris Public Transport pocket guide. This guide also includes information on how to use the RER suburban trains that take you to Versailles and Disneyland Paris!
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