"Don't try to visit Paris with..." Paris Transportation Tip by clairobscur
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Don't try to visit Paris with your car. Not only the town is not very driver-friendly, but also you're doomed to lose your fight against parisian drivers.And, after getting lost a hundred times, you'll search hopelessly for a place to park.You have two legs? Fine! Use them. If you look at a map, you'll notice that most of the Paris 'must-see' are within walking distance from each other. Going from Notre-Dame to the Ark of Triumph (through the Louvre museum, the Tuileries, the Concorde square and the Champs-Elysées) is only 5 kms (3 miles) long, and it's a pleasant walk, for instance. For a longer trip,or if you're tired, use the public transportation. The metro (subway) is convenient,safe, and there's stations quite everywhere. Buses are more scenic, but it could be difficult to figure out which buses to use to go from point A to point B. Note that some companies propose a 'hop on-hop off' bus service, running between the major attractions.
A convenient way to use the public transportations in Paris could be to buy a 2-zones 'carte orange'. This card allows you to an unlimited use of the metro, the buses and the RER as long as you stay inside the limits of Paris, and is valid for a week.Please note that it's a *calendar* week (from monday to sunday). So, it would not be your best bet, if you intend to stay, says, from saturday to tuesday (you'd have to buy two cards). Note also that Versailles and Dysneyland are *outside* Paris, so you can't use it to go there( cards including these areas exist, but they are much more costly and not interesting for touristic purposes.You'll buy a specific ticket at the station). It costs 85 F.
Alternatively, buy tickets. Buy a 'carnet' of 10 (58F) instead of individual tickets (8F each).
*Do not* buy the card 'Paris-visite'. It's about the same price for a day than 10 tickets (and you'll have a hard time using 10 tickets in one day), the same price than a weekly 'carte orange' for 2 days. 'Paris-visite' give you some reductions, but for places you'll probably don't go to, anyway. Do not mistake the card 'paris-visite' for the card 'paris-musees'. The latter is really interesting, and allows you to access to a lot of museums (including the major ones) during 1,3 or 5 days.
The site of Paris public transportation company : http://www.ratp.com/index_eng.htm
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