How to reach Paris
What bothers many tourists is the same old question of ‘how to go to Paris’ before planning a trip to the French capital.
Being the city of light and love, Paris brings over 30 million tourists annually.
Paris is the capital of one of the most visited countries in the world.
Therefore, it provides fellow citizens and international tourists with many options to make their travel more accessible.
Paris has three significant airports near it: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy), Orly International Airport and Beauvais (Aeroport de Beauvais Tille).
Airport Charles de Gaulle is 30 km from Paris. Flights from countries outside of Europe land here.
Orly Airport is the second airport and is 18 km from Paris. European flights mainly use this airport.
One another airport is Beauvais Tille, which is 80 km from Paris. Both European flights and trans-Atlantic flights use this airport. Low-budget flights land here.
France is a great country to travel to by rail; it has the most extensive train network in Western Europe.
Paris has excellent railway connectivity across France and the rest of Europe.
No single junction exists for all trains; nonetheless, there are six different railway stations.
These stations are not connected but run trains to and from many other cities and European countries.
Some of the significant trains in Paris include the Train Express Regionale, Trains a Grande Vitesse, the high-speed Thalys, the Eurostar and intercity trains.
Paris enjoys a good bus service within the region and to and from other cities in France.
Eurolines is one of the major bus operators in Paris.
There are many options to choose from while commuting through public transport in European cities, like a Megabus.
These budget travel bus operators connect Paris with Brussels, the United Kingdom and Amsterdam.
Paris is linked to all the important cities in France by excellent built expressways, also called autoroutes.
Paris being a metropolitan city, traffic is usually dense in Paris and it is always advisable to travel by public transport.
For visitors who wish to travel by car, it is to hire a taxi.
Traveling in Paris
Paris boasts one of the world’s safest and most efficient public transportation systems to connect all around Europe.
As per a global poll done in 2020, Paris was the third most walkable city in the world. The city provides good access to car-free spaces and nearby health and education facilities.
Paris’s metro is one of the world’s most sophisticated subway systems and the second busiest metro system in Europe.
With 16 metro lines operational in the city and the trains running from 5.30 am to 12.30 am, the services are excellent in their arrival frequency, which is two to three minutes.
You do have a wide choice of different passes. Depending on the duration of your tour and frequency of use, they are of different prices.
While traveling through the metro of Paris city may sum up an epic experience.
But it might not allow you to see the city sights while commuting from one landmark to another through tunnels.
Therefore, buses are an excellent alternative to the metro. Most buses in Paris run from the timings 6.30 am to 8.30 pm.
However, some buses run till midnight also, depending upon which part of the city you are in.
By RER (Reseau Express Regional)
RER, also known as Regional Express Network, is a rapid transit system serving the capital city of Paris and its suburbs in France.
It is regarded as the most convenient mode of transport while traveling within Paris.
You can get the tickets for the same from the station itself or even use your metro ticket to commute to the central part of Paris.
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