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Paris Metro System at a Glance

Being the capital city of one of Europe's largest countries you'd expect Paris to own an excellent public transport network, and by most accounts it does. The cornerstone of the Paris transport system is formed by the metro system.

Just going through a Paris metro map alone can be a bewildering experience appearing more similar to a work of modern art with its myriad of various coloured lines each representing a route on the Paris metro system.

Paris metro system is among the oldest of the metro systems in the world. The 100-plus year old metro system of Paris operates on 15 different lines which are named after their destinations and this manifests its experience.

Selection is yours in picking any of the metro stations close to the place of your visit out of a total of 368 metro stations which are connected by a track measuring 200 kilometres. It is counted that one is never more than 500 meters away from a metro station from any given place in Paris.

If you are travelling to Paris on vacation then the extent to which you use the Metro and subsequently the type of ticket you choose, depends on a few elements. Firstly, if you are lodging at a Paris hotel in the centre of the city then you probably won't be using the metro that much.

Many monuments and museums are located within walking distance of one another. That is why it is sufficient if you purchase a single metro ticket for a certain place.

Buying a metro ticket in Paris is simple. There are ticket counters with attendants to help at almost all metro stations in Paris. What many of the tourists do who are only in Paris for a week or so and know they'll be using the metro at least a few times is possess a carnet. This consists of 10 metro tickets at a discounted rate which allow you to ride the Paris metro 10 times.

An orange Paris metro ticket is an alternative. This ticket allows you to travel any number of times on the metro for a week. Cost depends on the number of zones you intend to travel and so it is economical to choose an orange Paris metro ticket and save money.

Travellers from the US can buy special tickets known as Paris Visites, which allow you limitless use on the whole RATP network. Paris Visites can be bought on the internet before you leave to France.

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