Paris: Hotspot Maps & Guide to Public Transport

The Hotspot Map

Here is the Paris Hotspot Map that will help you navigate the city. You can click on the different pins for more information about the places.

Note that I included all places from the previous article Paris: The Best 12 Places you Need to See and some honorable mentions. From the map, you can see that most hotspots (with the exceptions of Disneyland and Versailles) are located inside the Paris ring road, a circular area enclosing the centre of Paris. 

In the following article, I will discuss your options to move around (cost, convenience, travel times) that area from one hotspot to the next, so you will be able to decide what works best for yourself and plan your days in a more efficient and organised manner! 🙂

Paris: How to Move Around the City?

Despite being one of the largest European cities; Paris is a capital extremely easy to navigate with a little of study and smart planning.

In the following paragraphs, drawing from my personal experience I will discuss one by one the best options for moving around, analyzing the pro and contra of each of the alternatives and ultimately suggest you for what to go for (walking & public transport for the win!) and what to absolutely avoid if you don’t like nightmares (renting a car!).

Let me know in the comments below if you found the article useful and if you have any suggestion to improve it.

Enjoy! 🙂


Walking in Paris? Yes, you should.

And now I’ll tell you why.

As we’ve seen in the Hotspot Map at the beginning of the article, the best attractions, museums, and landmarks the city has to offer are all concentrated within the Paris Ring Road (city center) which is a circular area of approximately 9km in diameter.

If your accommodation is located within the ring (and it better should, as I more widely explain in the article Paris: The Budget), none of the points of interest you’re looking for should be so far outside of a short walking distance.

The advantages of walking are several: it’s healthy, it’s free, it’s stress-free, and most of all, it allows you to live in the city and observe Paris’ enchanting ecosystem from within. Sidewalks are everywhere and streets are safe to walk (the worst that may happen to you is finding yourself in the middle of a strike, but well, that’s also France isn’t it? 😉 ).

Also while visiting in winter, we have been walking more than 10km every day and really enjoyed it. Whenever you feel tired or a rainshower is just coming your way, you know that a Paris Metro Station is always conveniently near you.

The sidewalk view is in my opinion an integral part of the Paris experience: the artsy bistros, the cafès, the boutiques, the fashion, the creative details hidden in the urban decor, the sounds and lights of the City of Love… everything is best when enjoyed slowly and walking gives you the time to do it.

To ease your visit I would also suggest you download the app on your phone (for free) and download the Offline Map of Paris to be able to navigate with the GPS also in the case you won’t have internet with you.


Public Transport: Metro

With over 300 Metro Stations within the city center, 16 Subway Lines, and over 4M users rides per day, the Metro is the pulsing heart and circulatory system of Paris. 

Efficient, reliable, safe, clean, and relatively fast, the Paris Subway is hands-down the most convenient transportation mode of the French capital.

To access the lines, you need a T+ ticket that can be purchased from automatic vending machines outside any of the stations. One-way ticket costs 1,90 Euro, while a carnet of 10 tickets costs 16,90 (I would suggest you go for it on your first day in the city!).

Here you can see the Official Paris Metro Map. I would warmly suggest you download it on your phone to have it readily available for when you’ll be in the Metro (where you almost certainly won’t have internet). It’ll help you immensely to plan your way through the city, to study connections, and to not miss your stop.

NOTE: The Paris Metro is not working 24 hours. It runs from 5.30 until 01.15 (or until 2.15 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Public Buses

The lines of public buses greatly supplement the Metro lines and add a further alternative to move around the center of Paris.

Although if you’re inclined to walk even just a bit (and again, I would super recommend it!) you probably won’t need any bus, knowing where to get one in case of need for sure will come in handy.

Here you can see and download the official Paris Bus Map (normally operating from 8.00 – 00.30) and the Noctilien Map, the service that runs at the night (00.30 – 5.30) which may come true in handy after the Metro working hours.

The cost of a bus ride is the same as for the Metro (the ticket T+ can be used for either Metro and Bus, but not for switching between the two). If you don’t have a ticket with you, you can buy it straight from the driver for the price of 2 Euro.

Buses in Paris normally run with a frequency ranging between 8-15 minutes. Be sure to read on the front of the bus the number of the line and the terminal destination to be certain to take them in the right direction.

RER (Regional Trains)


Outside of the Paris Road Ring (denominated also City Center or Zone 1), the capital’s suburbs develop in other 4 circular concentric zones (Zone 2, 3, 4, and 5). (Here you can see and download the Official RER Map).

Although most attractions are concentrated in Zone 1, you may find the need to move between zones to reach airports or for one-day-trip destinations. Popular reasons to cross zones are to reach the Airport Orly (Zone 4), Versailles (Zone 4), Disneyland (Zone 5), and the International Airport of Charles de Gaulle (Zone 5).

The easiest and most convenient way to move between said zones is undoubtedly the Regional Trains RER, which are fast, reliable, frequent, and relatively inexpensive.

To get an RER, you’ll need to make an RER ticket from the automatic vending machines, which price varies depending on the number of stations you’ll be crossing. 

Here are some Example Routes and fares to give you an idea about prices and riding times:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris Centre – 10,30 Euro (35 minutes)
  • Orly Airport – Paris Centre – 10,30 (30 minutes)
  • Paris Centre – Disneyland – 7,60 Euro (40 minutes)
  • Paris Centre – Versailles – 3,60 (80 minutes)

NOTE: if you’re using an RER to move only within Zone 1, you can also use a t+ ticket (same as for the metro/bus).



Taxis / Uber

Taxis in Paris are expensive, there’s no going around it. Uber is available, but it isn’t any cheaper (sometimes even more expensive!). Furthermore, traffic in Paris can be very chaotic and getting stuck (especially in peak hours) is not uncommon at all.

Personally, if you plan your movements good by walking/metro, I don’t see any reason why you should get a taxi (unless of course,  you’re looking for more comfort and you’re fine with splurging for it – know it may still be slower than Metro at times).

Here are some taxi fares to give you an idea:

  • Charles de Gaulle – Paris Center – 55 Euro
  • Orly Airport – Paris Center – 35 Euro
  • Side to Side within Zone 1 – 18-20 Euro
  • Eiffel Tower – Disneyland – 80 Euro

Last but not least, note that flagging down a taxi it’s very hard. Your best bets to get one are either from one of the many taxi station spreaded through the city (here is a Map of Taxi Stations in Central Paris) where they spread through the city of alternatively call the radio taxi and call one (24h service line – (+33) 01 45 30 30 30).



Velib is the the capital’s bike sharing platform and works similarly to many others you find in cities around the world: you download the APP, get a subscription with caution (150 Euro) and then you’re ready to take and leave bikes from all the bike-racks spread through the city and paying very few for the time you use them.

The pros of the service are several: Paris has avenues and sidewalks that are easy to ride by bike, the service is cheap (0 Euro for rides < 30min, 1 Euro for rides up to one hour), possibly faster than the metro and surely less tiring than walking.

There are also electric bikes which can be rented in the same way and cost double than normal ones (2 Euro/hour).

Although on paper everything looks good; in practice there are also quiet some cons to Velib, the main one being that bikes and racks maintenance is not always well and often neglected (you can be lucky and find everything working, but also have nightmares finding and unlocking working bikes).

Further things you might define cons are the caution fee (150 Euro – which is mandatory), the hardships/stress you might feel if you’re not used to ride in big cities, and last but not least not having a helmet.

All in all, I believe that in the good season Velib is a decent transportation opportunity that can be thrown in the mix of low-cost, fast and effective ways to move around Paris (together with walking and metro). Just keep in mind that you might need some patience to get it working and used to it.

Here I leave you the link to the Official Velib Website and the Map of the Velib Docks showing the location and live number of bikes in each of them.

Renting a Car

Expensive, stressful, and slow; the antonym of convenience.

If you were asking yourself why car rental is at the end of the list, well…here is why!

Paris City Center is always very busy, traffic get often congested. Finding parking ranges from challenging to impossible and anywhere you’re going to park it’s going to cost you a lot (tariffs in Zone 1 range between 2,50 – 4 Euro per hour, more than 20 Euro for the 24 hours).

Furthermore, you may still need to walk quite some distances afterward from the parking to the attractions you want to see (which may not be so nearby).

All in all, if you put together the cost of renting (at least 50 Euro/day for an economy car), parking, and fuel; plus the stress and long-times required to move around; you’ll likely come to my same conclusion: renting a car in Paris doesn’t make sense! 

If you’re still thinking about it, trust me, abandon the idea, and embrace public transportation! You’ll thank me later:)



The magic, the lights, the art and the pride of Paris are best when enjoyed slowly. 

 As the city is filled to the brim with gorgeous parks, architectonical masterpieces, unexpected street art and postcard views, walking is for us the winner of all transportation modes in Paris.

Of course, walking the whole time it might be hard (because of time, energy, weather, etc.) and because of that there are the public transports (Metro and additionally the bus) which are cheaper, faster and more sustainable than renting a car or flagging a taxi. Velib on the side, is a good and competitive addition if you like biking.


Have you been to Paris already? How did you move around? Do you have any further suggestion or something you would like to point out about the previous article? Or do you simply need more information? Get in touch in the comments below 🙂

 Thanks for reading!

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