say no more ,you can ride a bus in Paris afterhours, even after the regular public transport shuts down usually by 1h30 and reopen by 5h30. Its call the Noctilien bus system.buses that runs around Paris at nights
So the buses run from 0h30 to 5h30, they are 47 lines total doing this. Of the 47, 2 lines run circular motion inside Paris connecting the main stations and point of night activity such as Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est, Gare Saint-Lazare and Gare Montparnasse as well as the Champs-Elysées, Saint-Germain-des-Près, Bastille, Pigalle…etc; these are the No N01 and N02. they are ready for mobility impaired persons as well, see the special site for them at Infomobi, the site is in French but if specific question let me know , webpage http://www.infomobi.com/
There are 36 lines call "Radiales" . They leave from the big 5 correspondance stations in Paris such as Gare Saint-Lazare, Gare de l'Est, Châtelet, Gare de Lyon, and Gare Montparnasse. They link to the central of Paris and connection for the near and far suburbs.
There are 8 lines call "tranversantes". These lines connect the express and semi direct from Paris towards the near and far suburbs, and link with local systems for further travel.
All buses have video cameras and direct link to the police security center for passenger protection. Ticketing and costs as follows
You can use any forfait available such as navigo, imagine R, Mobilis, Intégrale etc,and for the occassional travelers the price of a single T+ ticket par zone.
If you need to travel from suburb to suburb traversing Paris, you need to have the corresponding number of T+ tickets for the zones passed; T+ is the normal metro ticket in Paris.
Exaùples : zones 1-2 : 1 ticket, zones 1-3 : 2 tickets,
all changes of bus means a new payment, you can buy the T+ on board the buses but not the passes or carnet of 10. You need to validate your ticket for each traject.
you can read in the weppage link the towns that the system is on, so just look up the town to know if there is bus service at night
The N140 goes from gare de l'est(rue du 8 mai 1945) to CDG T1(porte 12),T2(2F front of p orte 2.02) ,T3(gare routiere bus terminal) passing by gare du nord(170 rue de lafayette,and rue de saint quentin) ;and the N143 goes from gare de l'est (rue du 8 mai 1945) to CDG airport T1(porte 12) T2 (front of porte 2.02),and T3 (gare routiere bus terminal).
N31 and N131 goes from Orly to gare de Lyon in Paris.
and N144 to gare de l'est in Paris etc etc
and in French but from the official transport site of PAris region RATP,
If for some reason you can’t go by bicycle, for instance if you have a suitcase that is too big or heavy to be transported by bike, a good alternative is to take the bus. Within Paris you can use a Métro ticket “t+” (which allows transfers between bus lines or between the bus and the tramway), or you can buy a one-time ticket from the bus driver for EUR 2.00 which does not permit transfers.
The advantage of the bus over the Métro is that to reach your bus you don’t have to walk up and down stairs and through long tunnels. And with any luck you can look out the window of the bus and see the city as you ride.
The bus line that I have found most useful over the years is line 38, which runs every four to six minutes from Gare du Nord (North Station) by way of Gare de l’Est (East Station) and then south through the Latin Quarter to Porte d’Orléans.
In the previous century the buses tended to get stuck in traffic, but since August 2001 (after the election of Bertrand Delanoë as mayor) the city has been installing bus lanes which have sped up bus traffic considerably.
Today nearly the entire route of line 38 is equipped with bus lanes, most of which are wide enough that they can also be used by bicycles. At first there was a problem with cars and trucks using the bus lanes for illegal stops, but now the number 38 buses are being equipped with automatic digital cameras mounted on the front and rear of the bus. If any vehicle blocks the bus lane, the camera automatically takes a picture and automatically transmits it to police headquarters, which immediately sends out a traffic ticket to the owner of the vehicle. This system is now (2011) being tested on line 38, and it if is successful will be extended to other bus lines as well.
In December 2000 the bus drivers of line 38 established their own (unofficial but very professional-looking) website, with numerous details about the history and current operation of their line.
Second photo: Inside bus 38.
Next review from September 2011: A rainy day at Place de Roubaix
well of course walking is great but if need to have an alternative the bus should be it. Granted they have less information than the metro/RER trains but heck you are here to see Paris so stay above ground ok
this help you find the itineraries in the Paris region
and this is the new site for the ile de France region where Paris is, for all transport
and this are all the bus lines of Paris, just use the drop down button
some nice rides are the 73 the 81,87, 92, 95, 38, and 27. they can serve as tourist buses too and cheaper. I have tried them all, 95 goes well from gare st lazare to gare montparnasse, fantastic ride, go above ground in Paris!!!! The bus 82 can take you past Paris into Neuilly sur Seine all the way to Luxembourg passing by Maillot, Eiffel, ecole militaire and invalides amongst some, wonderful ride. The bus 43 can do some magic as well from gare st lazare, and from gare du nord to bagatelle and the great department stores.
Bus transportation from Paris to many places in France is getting better thanks to IDBUS a service of the SNCF train consortium.
They even go to several European cities like London, Milan Amsterdam ,Barcelona etc. 6 countries and 16 destinations and growing. This is what it is claim
iDBUS promotes mobility and simplifies journeys
.iDBUS creates a social link between passengers from different parts of Europe.
iDBUS provides safety for its passengers by providing them with the most advanced facilities.
iDBUS offers a reliable, transparent and professional service
.iDBUS invents the ‘captain’, the key point of contact for passengers and the guarantee of a high-quality journey.
iDBUS is up to date with the times with more room per passenger, WiFi, electrical outlets and geolocation in real time.
iDBUS, the first fleet to be 100% equipped for people with reduced mobility so that all passengers’ needs are met.
iDBUS has chosen a balanced service, not the lowest price, nor the highest, but a new approach to coach travel.
Another nice alternative to the train. and you see more of the cities, closer to them ,come into them too.
The prices for public transport in Paris obey to distance, with the city covered by concentric crowns. Most touristy destinations are in the central crown, and even LA Défense, a few kilometers out of it gets special treatment, being included in central zone. Our problem was not knowing where to exit, and we noticed that we had passed the right stop, we were already in the outer zone. We decided to stay until the end of the line, and stop there in the way back, expecting to be asked for the right ticket.
As a matter of fact no one bothered us - the bus stopped about 10 minutes, the driver let us stay inside, and returned without any demand.
I think we were lucky, but next time I will control carefully the right stop.
After two days we were already sick of the metro, no matter how convenient it is, because you don't see a thing!
So I looked at our public transport map and saw that there were also buses going into city center (remember we were in Auteuil). You can use the same tickets as for the metro so no trouble there either.
So a short metro hop got us into Port St Cloud where a big busstation is. Excellent! It might not be as fast because of all the stops but at least we got to see something and we had fresh air because the windows were open.
Taking the bus takes a bit more time because it is not always clear where they are going. But the maps on the busstops and the paper transportmap worked well.
Furthermore the buses were clean and the drivers we met were friendly.
We found the Metro stations to be farther apart in Paris than other cities we've traveled to and the bus was very convenient in several cases when it was less walking to take the bus over the Metro and faster. I did not find the bus easy to use while in Paris but if you print out the maps for the routes most useful to tourists, it can be very easy to find your way.
I downloaded the routes for these lines to my phone before our trip: 27, 38, 68, 84, 85. Once you've got that, the hardest part was finding the actual bus stop but most of them had a bench and glass cover so they weren't too hard to spot.
Some interesting rides in Paris suitable for all but use extensively over the years by tourist is the quaint bus rides and cable car available in Paris.
The one that comes first to mind is the Montmartrobus, here is the map of the traject
bien sûr covering the area of Montmartre, every day of the week and uses the RATP line 08 route
Another one in the same area is the funicular or cable car, here is a map with start and end plus local public transport around it, and a nice map to print of the montmartre area
you get here by metro Anvers line 2) the closest, then metro Abbesses line 12, RER B from Gare du Nord, or line 4 or line 5 or RER D ,closest vélib bike station at Tardieu 8, Rue Tardieu and Marché St Pierre ,1, Rue Ronsard. Cable car open from 6h00 to 00H30
Then you have the Balabus, this is huge area and you see all the main tourist attractions on your own, better way to see the city, here is the pdf file for the traject
it uses the RATP line 07 after Bb. it is use from April to September every day each 20 mins or so, and the afternoons on Sundays and HOlidays between 12H30 to 20H
and then you have the little train of Montmartre ,here is all in English for the Petit Train
as much is in Montmartre I will throw in a site in French by locals beautifully presented and rich with information.
September 2011 was the 1st time I've ever used a bus in Paris, most of the time we walk or if we need to go a long distance, we travel by metro. But our hotel clerk said that the easiest way to get to the RER station from our hotel was the bus which was located a 1/2 block from our hotel and took us straight to the RER station. The stops are clearly marked at the bus stops as is the route and the bus we were on also had an overhead display with the next stop. Be sure to press the red button on the bus to request your stop, if there is no one requesting it and no one waiting the bus will not stop.
The schedule is less frequent and starts later in the day on Sunday (dimanche) and holidays. We bought a carnet of 10 tickets to use on the metro, they are also valid on the bus.
When I am in Paris, I have a week long Navigo, which allows me to travel on Metro, Bus and RER. and as you do in NYC, a lot of the times, I just get on bus and go where it goes, and get off when my map indicates a site of interest or to catch another bus. The best ride in my opinion is bus number 69 which goes past some of the interesting monuments and places from Eiffel Tower all the way to Bastille. Once you get the hang of it, you would prefer it to the Metro since you can see lots more from the bus
The bus is a good addition to the metro when using public transportation in Paris. You can get local route books when you are there. There's an interactive website for metro and bus routes that is also helpful. The tickets/pass you use for the metro work on the bus as well.
I am not public transportation savvy. I realized that I had to learn quickly if I wanted to get around Paris with my daughter. I stayed away from the subway due to the amount of stairs and the difficulty in getting up and down with a stroller. I am now a huge fan of the bus system. They are easy to navigate and easy to use with a stroller. The drivers are so nice and accommodating. You can either buy tickets at a Tabac shop, underground in the metro tunnels or on the bus. The drivers are patient and friendly. If they see you with a stroller they will wave you to the middle of the bus where they open up the big door making it easy for you to get on and off with the stroller. You simply insert your bus ticket in the machine and it spits it back out. You can use the same ticket for 90 minutes.
The lovely thing about the bus system is that at every stop there is a digital clock telling you how many minutes until the next bus arrives. This is extremely helpful. Also, the majority of bus stops have covered benches. We rode the bus almost every single day we were there and we loved it. My daughter still asks me if we can take the bus.
What a better way to travel across Europe than by bus. You get to see amazing landscapes and towns you probably have never seen or heard about. Yes, it can be very tired but you don't see castles in the highways of your country right? at least I haven't seen any in Mexico
Many people appreciate the speed and convenience of the Paris Metro, but we have found the busses to be a much more interesting way to get around Paris. The bus system is extensive, the busses are modern and comfortable, and you get to see a lot of the city, and better still, the Parisians who are your fellow passengers.
We love the Carte Orange, which allows you infinite travel with no hassles.
We also noticed that Parisians, who are generally very courteous, say "Bonjour" to the bus driver, and so do we.
There are often covered kiosks with benches at the bus stops, along with a map of the route. I like to take pictures while waiting for the bus, often of the bicycle riders who peddle past me.
If you need to get around Paris, I would not recommend using a tour bus. They are crowded, hot, and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, buses are sometimes a necessity for large groups. If you are traveling alone or in a small group, I would recommend walking, biking, or even taking the metro.
Only take a bus if you have large luggage to deal with. You do not want to try and ride the metro with luggage.