Frequently Asked Questions about the Paris Metro Rail System

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Unlike understanding which way the River Seine is flowing to figure out the Left and Right Banks of Paris, figuring out the Metro Rail here is no easy game as throwing something into the river. It will be tough for first time visitors to Paris to understand the Metro Rail system, because the subway train network, where Metro lines cross in all routes, is one of the largest in the world. If you have no clue about how it works, this guide will help you out when on a Paris city tour.

How Does the Metro System Work?

Trains cross the capital city of France in all directions through the subway network divided into 16 lines. They take passengers to not just the city but those located in the French communes like Vincennes, Neuilly-sur-Seine, and so forth.

The Metro stations, as they are called, are situated mostly underground with entrances and exits leading to streets and back. There are signboards and directions such as RER C or Metro line to help people understand the colored subway train lines.

How Do I Get a Subway Metro Ticket?

The procedure for that is straightforward. While purchasing a ticket, choose the destination as per the terminus to make sure you land up in the right part of Paris.

For instance, in case you start the trip from Gare de Lyon to get to Champs-Elysées on Metro Line 1, the terminus of the subway line in this particular direction is called “La Défense”. So, to get down anywhere in between, you have to stand on the respective platform for that route to board the right Metro train.

What is the Distinction between Metro and RER?

While the subway network serves Paris, the RER goes further from the City of Lights. It has a bigger capacity and is mostly double-decker trains. As long as you commute in the French capital city, the pricing in RER and Metro stays the same, but if you travel to the suburbs, a special ticket to a station will be required for that.

Note that the RER trains do not necessarily stop at all railway stations. However, it stops everywhere in Paris. Make it a point to keep the ticket while touring in the RER train, since unlike in the Metro, you require that to exit the terminal.