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, 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.
Being a former backpacker who's always avoided organised tours like the plague, I am a little surprised at myself for including this suggestion. However, I will concede that although Paris is probably more compact that a city like London, it can still be dauntingly big for a first time tourist. Many people will find it useful to begin their time in Paris by gaining a basic understanding of how the main attractions are oriented relative to one another: something that's harder to appreciate from the Metro, where you only 'surface' at the stations.
There are a couple of companies offering passes for a day or longer on this type of 'hop on, hop off' double decker bus, so shop around for the deal and/or routes that suit you best (L'Open Tour and Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tours being two examples). You can get on and off at your leisure, and the companies usually offer a number of routes that take in the majority of 'first division' tourist attractions in central Paris.
The advantages of this approach are that you see a lot en route between attractions and get a chance to visually 'sample' them before committing to a visit (something that could be useful if you're on a tight timeline). You also get a commentary - how good that is, I can't tell, as I have never done one of these tours myself. If you have restricted mobility, it is also a much better option than taking the Metro, which usually means negotiating some stairs. It would probably be popular with Little People too as there is continual visual input (whereas longer metro rides can be a little dull for them once the initial novelty of whizzing through dark tunnels in a tin can has worn off).
The downside is obviously that you're stuck with lots of other people (who are not of your choosing) on the bus - particularly at busy times - and that getting a large group of people onto the same bus could be a problem in peak holiday periods. Also, the open top arrangement is great in good weather (just remember a hat and sunscreen!), but the bus will effectively only have half the available space in bad weather, as few people will want to sit on the top deck in pouring rain.
Costwise, this is considerably more expensive than buying a pass for the Metro if you are considering a single day, although the difference in costs seems to reduce for two and three day passes.
The International Airport Charles De Gaulle is far enough from Paris, and taxis are quite expensive (more or less 60 to 90 euros to the center of the city).
Air France has a bus line for the passengers with stations in the neuralgic points of the city and linked with the Orly Airport. The service net is described in my picture number 2.
Safe, comfy, clean bus, and cheaper. When purchased online, a one-way e-ticket costs:
€15.50 for adults (age 25+)
€13.00 for youth (ages 12-24)
€7.50 for children (ages 2-11)
groups of 4+ are €13.00/person (16% off adult rate)
a round-trip adult fare is €26.00 (16% off one-way rate).
Tickets purchased on-board the coach are €1 to €3/person higher than the online rate, depending upon age and itinerary.
So, we prefer a ride in the Cars of AF from CDG to Gare Montparnasse (St Germain des Près), the end line located at few blocks from our hotel.
Les Cars Rouges -Red Buses- are a fancy mix between a transportation way and "a thing to do", I mean, it is a good way to know the highlights of the city comfortably seated on a panoramic bus, meanwhile you are moving between different arrondissements with another purpose.
There are other lines as well, like the Paris L'Opentour company, with a similar Hop On-Hop Off mode. You can hop on the bus at any of the indicated stops, or hop off as well as many times as you want. The Cars frequency is from 5 to 15 minutes between them.
The validity of the pass depends of your choice -27 euros for one day or 31 euros for two days- working in the same Hop On-Hop Off system.
Nice, highly recommended way to discover the city.
The Public Buses (Noctambus) are run by the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), that also runs the Métro and the RER regional trains.
The advantage of taking the bus is that you see more of the city, but with the present dense traffic this can take some time!
During the night there are night bus lines in service from:
-Line 1: Corbeil-Essonnes
-Line 1.2: Roissy-Airport Charles de Gaulle
-Line 2: La Verrière Gare
-Line 3: Melun Gare de Melun
to major center city locations like:
-Gare du Nord
-Gare de Lyon
Night bus website
There are 2 Paris-Airport Shuttle buses:
-Roissybus from Airport Charles de Gaulle to l'Opéra (traveltime 60 minutes at € 10,-- fare)
-Orlybus from Airport Orly to Denfert-Rochereau (traveltime 30 minutes at € 7.00 fare)
These two lines are run by the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), also running the Paris Regional trains, Metro and Bus system.
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.
a good service provide by Air France buses or les cars Air France, from the airports into the city and you always see more than underground....lol!
There are four lines
line 1 reaching from Etoile, Champs Elysées the area around the arc de triomphe going to invalides, gare montparnasse,and on to Orly airport.
line 2 from Etoile Champs Elysées to porte maillot and CDG airport
line 3 from CDG airport to Orly airport (great ride recently use info tells you 1h30 but the driver did in 1H )
line 4 from gare montparnasse to gare de Lyon, to CDG airport
the price is for a round trip on line 1 20€ line 2 29€, line 3 34€ line 4 17€ the trajects depends on the line and the service is run from 5h45 to 6h all the way to 22h 23h30 depending on the line. Check the site for updates on tariffs always.
It stops at terminals 1 and 2 in CDG letters ABCDEF and at Orly in terminals Ouest and Est.
Two great ways to come to inner Paris and see more. THe Roissybus takes you from any terminal in Paris CDG airport to Opera in Paris,right behind the Opera at rue Scribe corner with rue Auber.stopping at T1 gate or porte 32, T2B and T2D at gate D11 and T2A and T2C gate A9, T2F and T2E and T2G as well as T3.Every day from 5h45 to 23h every 15-20 minutes intervals.cost now is 10€ but check site below for updates
see the line and all in this pdf file just copy and paste to your browser
in addition to the main webpage of the airport at
then you have the regular bus no 350 it goes from CDG to Gare de l'est in Paris
and Paris transport RATP at
there is the 351 but not try it so rather tell the ones I have personally try over the years. Cheers
Another popular way of moving about Paris is to take a hop on hop off tourist bus. Firms about and the most popular is l'Open Tours,then you have the le Cars Rouges, and others.
However, the one I see full everytime I look up is the l'Open Tours.
They have 50 stops in Paris, with four circuits, on only one ticket.
The Paris Grand tour includes all, then Montparnasse/St Germain, then Montmartre and the Grands Boulevards,and Bastille/Bercy
Prices are from 31€ per day adult.
and there is again another new one, Panoramic tours with sliding glass roofs buses, coming soon see it at www.paris-bus-service.com
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,
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.
Like many other cities Paris has a Hop on Hop off line of buses that cover the main touristic points. Like anywhere else, that is an expensive way to see the city, so:
If you are short in time and want to have a quick view, with an occasional stop, or...
... you had no time to prepare your trip and don't know where to go, or...
... you absolutely need some immediate information about the seen places...
... then do it.
Otherwise, remember that everywhere they go you will have a cheaper alternative not difficult to find, and the open deck is great from outside, but as soon as you enter, sun wind or rain may give you a different idea.
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 1.80 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