Important & Useful Information

The Metro

The Paris metro system is simple to understand and is by far the quickest way to cross the city.

It's made up of 14 lines which each go in both directions (there are no circular routes).

Most of the lines are underground, but there are a few sections that go above ground. Those sections offer some great views of the city, including close views of the Eiffel tower (line #6) and line #2 which goes above the ground at Montmartre.

La Chapelle Metro Station

(see the picture of La Chapelle station above)

To And From The Airports

Paris has two main airports: Charles De Gaulle and Orly. Getting between them and the city center is easy enough if you know what to do:

Charles De Gaulle: like most big airports, CDG is a horrible place and it's easy to get lost. When going there, make sure you know which terminal you're going to, otherwise, you can have some real problems.

The transport options are: the RER train, the Air France bus and the Roissy Bus.

The RER will take you to Gare Du Nord, Chatelet, St Michel... and a few other stops. The Air France bus goes to the Arc De Triomphe and the Roissy bus to the Opera house.

My advice? The RER can involve taking buses to other terminals before you get on the train, and that can be a hassle if you're a newbie to CDG. But, it's probably the best option if you're staying on the left-bank or near Gare Du Nord.

Otherwise, if you're staying near the Champs Elysees, take the Air France. Otherwise, choose the Roissybus.

Orly is even easier: there's a dedicated rail link between Orly airport and the normal suburban rail system (called the RER).

So, take the Orlyval. That'll take you to the station "Antony". From there, take the RER "B" to the city center.

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