In order to cater to a population of over 2 million residents and over 45 million tourists annually, Paris provides an excellent local transportation for visitors. There are many ways to get around the city, with public transportation outsourced in paris to companies including RATP, SNCF and the Optile consortium (which runs over a 1000 private bus lines in an effort to make the local transport services highly efficient).
Paris Metro – One of the most popular and best maintained forms of public transport in the city is the Paris Metro. Paris has around 300 railway stations and this rail system is reputed to be one of the best metro systems in the world. This Paris Metro system will take you within a couple of blocks of any region in Paris. Trains in Paris run throughout the day from 5 in the morning to half past midnight. International travellers will find that using the Paris metro system is quite simple, and should you require guidance, there are metro maps that are posted all over the system and at stations.
RER Railway – The RER is yet another train system in Paris, and was created in the 1960s as a kind of suburban railway line that connects central Paris to the more distant urban areas of the city. Paris also has four very well maintained tramlines with six more currently being added.
Road, rentals and boat – For people looking to travel by road, Paris not only has a number of car rentals but also an exceptional bus system and taxi service. There is also a Batobus boat system that is operated in the Seine which has six stops between the Quau de l’Hotel de Ville and the Eiffel Tower.