Paris: what is the priority order for a seat in public transportation?

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on September 14th, 2022 at 02:43 p.m.
Pregnant woman, elderly or disabled person… Several groups of people are entitled to claim seats in public transportation. But among them, who is given priority?

You may have experienced this situation already: the metro is packed and you are willing to give your seat to someone who needs it the most, but there is a dilemma: whom to give your seat? Between the pregnant lady, the elderly person or the one moving around in crutches, who can ask for the seat first?

You may have certainly noticed that there are in public transportation little signs reminding you priority is given to travelers who cannot commute whilst standing for a while. Little pictograms explain the categories of people allowed to claim the seats. But yet, they give no specification as for the order of priority.

When seats are rare, who can get the precious seat first between disabled people, pregnant women or with very young children or elderly people?

And to answer this question and avoid lots of tricky situations, the RATP unveiled an order of priority:

  1. War and military disabled
  2. Blind civilians
  3. Disabled workers
  4. Disabled civilians who have trouble standing
  5. Pregnant women
  6. Persons with children under age 4
  7. Disabled civilians who do not have trouble standing
  8. Persons with a card stipulating that they have trouble standing
  9. Seniors aged 75 and over


Here is then the order of priority in theory. As for practice, it is of course recommended to speak nicely and propose the seat to the person with the most difficult physical condition.

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