Although much of Paris’s super-efficient public transport system is run by operator RATP, other companies like Batobus, also provide services to the city. Along with the extensive metro train network, and its iconic signage and underground stations, Paris is serviced by a bus and boat service too. RER trains also run on a suburban line to commuter destinations just outside of the city.
Tickets covering the travel on the metro, RER and bus can be bought for as little as €1.80 for a single journey, but it’s worth investing in a travel pass from €12.30 a day if you plan on spending more than a couple of days in the city.
Boat tickets need to be purchased separately but they are worth the extra spend. There’s nothing quite like cruising along the famous River Seine and experiencing the beauty of Paris from the water, it’s an unforgettable experience.
Paris is very pedestrian friendly, it’s as if it has been designed with walkers in mind, with plenty of neat pavements, foot bridges and squares in which to wander. You might find though that you don’t make it very far. With wonderful cafés lining the streets it will take all of your will power not to stop in for a pastry.
Walking is definitely a better alternative to driving in the city, traffic can be heavy and the driving conditions particularly chaotic.
Cyclists are welcome in Paris, and being so flat, it’s easy to dart around the city quickly by bike. City-wide bike rental scheme Vélib provide bikes from just €1.70 per day.
Taxis operate all over the city, but can be hard to track down. If you insist in jumping in a cab, wait for one near a metro station where there are usually taxi ranks. A minimum fare is $6.