Metro: these offences are punishable by a fine on public transport

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on March 9th, 2024 at 12:50 p.m.
Smoking in the metro or not having a ticket may well get you fined, but there are many other offences, often linked to common sense, that you should be aware of before entering a station.

Do you know all the behaviors that could get you fined when entering a Paris metro station? While some are logical, like smoking in the metro or on the platform, others are less obvious, and surprise some users, who find themselves ticketed by RATP agents, like a young woman who took a staircase in the wrong direction, this March 6, 2024.

Because yes, even if you see feet on seats or guitar players in the metro on a daily basis, it's still not allowed. But as long as they're not checked and caught in the act, certain behaviors persist, much to the chagrin of the RATP, which regularly repeats the risks of these incivilities. And the cost of fines can quickly escalate, if users don't pay right away, up to 375 euros depending on the offence.

The list of offences (non-exhaustive)

  • Driving in a direction prohibited in the controlled zone
  • Damage or soiling, leaving an object behind
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Illegal crossing at the entrance
  • Violation of smoking and vaping bans
  • No ticket or third-party ticket
  • Non-validation of an RER or metro ticket or unjustified reduced fare
  • Obstructing boarding or alighting
  • Use of a sound device or instrument
  • Obvious drunkenness
  • Carrying a loaded firearm
  • Taking photos or videos in stations, corridors or inside the metro without authorization
  • Begging or panhandling
  • Disseminating or distributing leaflets
  • Sounding the alarm
  • Remaining in a vehicle at the terminus
  • Illegal introduction of animals
  • Sexist outrage
Practical information

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