Getting around Paris
Paris is without question best explored on foot, and thanks to Baron Haussmann's mid-19th-century redesign, the City of Light is compact, unlike other cities like LA, or New York.
There are many bridges to cross the Seine that go from the Right to the Left bank.
When you want a lift, though, public transportation is easy and inexpensive. If you are not so 'mobile' and prefer transport, the Métro (subway) is the way to go and very easy to use.
The Métro goes just about everywhere in the more central part of the capital Zone 1 to 4.
For Disneyland Paris, Versailles, the airports and all outskirts of Paris, then use the RER system which goes to the Zone 4 and 5.
Here are few transport passes options available at “France at leisure” for to you consider :
If you are considering doing a lot in Paris and stay 3 to 5 days or more then the Paris pass is the way to go. There are 3 and 5 days (consecutives) pass available which can be purchased with France at Leisure prior to leaving Australia.
Paris Metro Card (Paris Visite) The Paris Metro card gives you access to the Paris underground metro network. Travel by bus or metro on the Region de France lines (RER express system and SNCF lines). Choose from either the Zones 1-3 (inner city) or Zones 1-5 (including travel to airports, Versailles and Disneyland Paris).
When visiting Paris, don't forget that your Paris Metro card is valid for travel on the many buses that run all over this amazing city. While taking a bus in Paris might seem like a challenge it really isn't, and the bus can be both more scenic and less claustrophobic than the metro. Taking time to get familiar with Paris' clean and pleasant buses can pay off.
Zones 1-3 pass - for 3 days are $55 per person and the 5 day pass is $75 per person.
Zones 1-5 pass - for 3 days are $100 per person and the 5 day pass is $123 per person.
Otherwise a single Métro ticket starts for $2.60 a ride. You may also purchase a carnet, or "pack" of 10 tickets, it’s $20.00; tickets also work on buses and the RER train line within Paris.
If there is more than 3 people then taxis’s are the way to go being more economic and easier (… except during pick hours).
These prices listed are approximate and may vary according to exchange rate at the time of purchase.
It's worth picking up a copy of Paris Pratique, the essential map guide, available at newsstands and bookstores in Paris.
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