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RER is an other practical way to move in or arround Paris, it links Paris with its townships where usually the metro can't go but most of RER stations in the city of Paris have access to the Metro.
If you want to go to the Charles De Gaules Airport, then RER is the best, there is departure from La gare du nord RER/metro station directly to the airport and it consts nothing comparing to a taxi.
Regional Trains (RER)
RERs are faster than the metro, the stations are four times further apart than the metro ones and also the interval between trains is longer. That's because RERs transport people into the suburbs of Paris.
By example, you will have to take the RER to reach Chateaux de Versailles, one of the must see residence of the french leaders in Paris.
Be careful at tickets, because most RER tickets are different from the normal "t" ticket. Check out the website for details.
Most of the trains have two storeys, and from the top one you can see better while speeding trough Paris.
RER is slightly different from Metro trains
The RER line is the only line that gets you right to the entrance of Musee D'Orsay. Most other monuments are easily accessible via regular Metro lines. That said, I found it a bit confusing since they use a lot of the same stations to connect and finding the proper platform for RER trains was a bit more confusing. When in doubt, ask someone.
RER is also the system you will take to go to and from Aeroport Charles de Gaulle.
The RER (Reseau Express Regional) is related to the metro system, but it is not exactly the same. There are fewer stops for one thing. And the RER serves locations outside of Paris such as CDG, Orly Airport, Disney Paris, and Versailles. And there are only 5 lines.
You can use the RER withing Paris proper. For example, we used the RER when we needed to travel from CDG Etoile in the 17th district to Gare du Nord in the 10th district in order to catch the Thalys train to Brussels. It's faster than the metro as there are fewer stops within Paris. Because of this please be sure of what your exact stop should be.
And be aware that many RER stations do not have elevators and escalators.
You may use your metro ticket (or the Paris Visite pass) to access the RER within Paris proper only. For destinations that are further on you will need to purchase a separate ticket for that destination.
Go farther, faster
The RERs (said "err ay err") are the regional lines that start in Paris city proper, and go out to the Paris suburbs and a bit beyond. They can be a bit confusing, because the lines are named not only by letter, but then also by number (as in, B1 and B2). For example, the RER-B actually includes the B1, B2, and B3 I think. So you have to decide which number you need, then decide which direction to go in. Otherwise, you could jump on the wrong RER-B and end up in some random town, rather than the Orly airport, like you were hoping to get to. (Yes, we know from experience).
Within the city, you can use the RER lines much like the metro to get around. They just have less stops. You can use your metro ticket the same way, and you can transfer the same way.
To go outside of the Paris zone, you need to buy a special ticket from the ticket counter before boarding, or you may be fined.
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XVth - What does a RER look like ?
RER is a regional train that stops by in many stations within Paris : it also rides to farther suburban cities, even some that are at a 1 hour range from Paris... There are 5 lines of RER, called A, B, C, D.... and E !!!
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RER is not as frequent as Metro.
However, line B is almost like Metro since it goes through the city center.
While RER C is off out of service. In weekend, you usually need to wait 1 hr for the next train.
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Going outside of paris?
If you plan to take the RER or metro to a station outside of zone one which is central paris, make sure that you ask at the ticket counter for a ticket for multiple zones. Depending on how far out of paris you are going you might need to pay more.
Getting Up and Down with a Stroller RER/Metro
The RER can be a great way to get around Paris. With a toddler and stroller you must take be prepared for anything. Some RER stations have elevators but as we encountered on our arrival to Paris, sometimes they are out of order. In that case, you might have to carry your stroller, baby, backpack, etc. up who knows how many flights of stairs. Escalators may be working one hour, but on your return, they're out of order. You will sure to see someone lugging a suitcase on wheels up and down the stairs. I only mention this to mentally prepare you for anything. My husband and I went to Paris with the belief that we would have to carry the stroller up and down everywhere. It certainly helps if you have an extra hand. We had a system going where I would carry the stroller from the handles and my husband would carry the stroller from the front. We took turns wearing the backpack and every morning, we made sure we didn't over pack!
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RER - Regional train
On first sight it is confusing, Paris is served by two train systems: SNCF and RER.
RER (Réseau Express Régional) are run by the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), also running the Paris Metro and Bus system.
The RER serves the following lines:
- The RED A-line
- The BLUE B-line (serving the Orly-Sud & Charles de Gaulle airports)
- The YELLOW C-line (serving Versailles & Orly)
- The GREEN D-line
The RER serves 245 stations.
RER Train Doors
This may seem pretty obvious but I've seen many frustrated travellers cursing colourfully on RER ( suburban trains ) when the doors don't seem to open. Actually all they need to do is to press a wee metallic button on the train door itself. Pushing it will open the heavy doors pneumatically..
My second trip to Paris, I stayed at a hotel in Versailles and took the RER into Paris. The trip from the Chateau Versailles RER station to the Eiffel Tower takes about 25 minutes. Since the RER and the Metro are interconnected, you can go right where you need to in the city with a seamless transition from RER to Metro. The RER starts around 5:00 in the morning, and the last trains leave around midnight. The tickets for the RER cost just a bit more then the Metro tickets within the 7 Zones of the city (one way 2.50 Euros).
If you don't smoke...BOOK EARLY!
If you are traveling to Paris from another nearby city or country and you don't smoke, be sure to book your ticket as soon as possible.
We travelled from Brussels to Paris on a Friday afternoon (which was probably also part of the problem) and discovered all the tickets on the non-smoking car were sold out.
If it's really important to sit in the non-smoking section try to get your tickets a day or two ahead of time. We were on a tight schedule so weren't able to
It was so bad, we ended up taking turns. One of us would watcht he baggage and the other would go to the dining car for 15 minutes, etc.
It was a VERY long hour and a half!
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not that nice, but the fastest :)
it is a sort of train (RER stands for Reseau Express Regional - a fast suburban train), which i use a lot.
not that fancy, as some of the metro lines, but the fastest way to take distances (for eg. RER A goes from north-west to south-east of town in app 18 minutes, and 5 stops)
if u come to use the new double-decked ones: be prepared, they notify you of the upcoming station (twice) before u get there, quite loudly. one time it scared me so badly, i dropped the book i was reading :)))
Commuter trains! WOO!
The RER trains are cool. I like them anyways. They are your typical intra-city-suburb trains. The cost of
more then to take the metro, depending on where you are going (Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle was about 7 euros).
The trains run frequently out of the many train stations (Gare) throughout Paris. I use the RER to get from the airport to Paris since it is inexpensive and the station at the airport is nearby and easy to get to.
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