All you need to know about the Paris metro: history, anecdotes, news and rules for users

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on January 26th, 2024 at 06:09 p.m.
Millions of Parisians and tourists use public transport and the Paris metro system every day. But do you know the rules of the metro and its history? Discover our many anecdotes!

We use it every day, yet we know very little about thehistory of the Paris metro! It's one of the oldest networks in the world, first put into service on July 19, 1900. Powered entirely by electric traction, it comprises 205 km of electric lines linking 303 stations, themselves divided between 14 lines. Every day, more than 4 million Parisians and tourists pass through the corridors of the metro, unaware of the anecdotes hidden in the station where they find themselves.

How well do you know the rules of the metro? Which lines are automatic and which are air-conditioned? How much does a journey cost? Here are a few anecdotes and answers as we explore the Paris metro. And don't forget to keep to the right-hand side of the escalator and in the tunnels, at the risk of incurring the wrath of Parisians in a hurry! And don't miss the latest news on the Paris metro, which is the talk of the town all year round!

Metro rules

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According to information from Le JDD, a fare shield is to be introduced on public transport in the Île-de-France region: from March 7, 2022, a journey on the metro, RER or train will cost no more than 5 euros for those without a Navigo pass. [Read more]

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Metro anecdotes

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While many Parisians take the metro every day, few are aware that the capital is home to a dozen ghost stations. Operated then finally abandoned or never opened... what are these ghost stations and where are they located in Paris? We tell you all about them. [Read more]

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Located on lines 7 bis and 11 of the Paris metro, Place des Fêtes station is far from being the busiest on the RATP network. Yet this station hides many secrets. With its unique architecture, Place des Fêtes station was designed as an air-raid shelter for the population. We explain. [Read more]

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After a successful trial in just a dozen Paris metro stations, RATP is extending its "umbrella loan" service to 340 stations and stations across its network. So, where can you find umbrellas in case of rain? And how does this service work? We tell you all about it. [Read more]

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Le Métro Tuileries en mode végétal -  A7C5662Le Métro Tuileries en mode végétal -  A7C5662Le Métro Tuileries en mode végétal -  A7C5662Le Métro Tuileries en mode végétal -  A7C5662 Did you know? Why is the Tuileries metro station green?
Since June 2023, the Tuileries station on line 1 of the Paris metro has been astonishing with its verdant decor, the work of Cyprien Chabert echoing the Jardin des Tuileries. Note that this decoration is ephemeral and will remain in place until 2030. [Read more]

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On line 12 of the Paris metro, north of Paris in the town of Aubervilliers, you'll find the Aimé Césaire station. While many Parisians get on or off at this stop every day, few actually know the person who gave it its name. [Read more]

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 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5204 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5204 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5204 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5204 Did you know? A metro ticket originally cost 15 centimes! A look back at its history
As you know, the Paris metro ticket is due to disappear. We take you on a journey through the history of this piece of cardboard, whose price has risen steadily over the years, until it will soon reach €4 for the Olympic Games. A look back at the history of the Paris metro ticket, from its creation in 1900 to its scheduled demise. [Read more]

 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5187 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5187 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5187 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5187 Did you know? This is the last of Hector Guimard's original Type B metro station aediculae.
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Served by lines 3 and 3bis of the Paris metro, Gambetta is located in the 20th arrondissement, west of Paris. [Read more]

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 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5192 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5192 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5192 Le dernier édicule de type B d'Hector Guimard - Métro Porte Dauphine  -  A7C5192 Did you know? There are seven Guimard metro kiosks outside Paris. Find out where they are located.
The capital doesn't have a monopoly on Guimard metro kiosks, as seven of them have surprisingly found their way far from the capital, as part of artistic exchanges. Discover their locations around the world! [Read more]

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Paris-Saint-Germain fans wouldn't have minded a metro station just a stone's throw from the Parc des Princes. But for security reasons, Porte Molitor never opened and is now one of Paris's ghost stations! [Read more]

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If you squint your eyes as you pass between Strasbourg-Saint-Denis and République stations, you might see the ghostly station of Saint-Martin, the largest of the 12 abandoned stops on the Paris metro! [Read more]

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Located on line 10 of the Paris metro, Cluny - La Sorbonne was a notorious ghost station for almost 50 years. But do you know why this station finally reopened in 1988? We tell you! [Read more]

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Numerous videos showing the flooding of metro stations were posted on social networks during the heavy storms of August 16, 2022. But do you know how this water is evacuated? [Read more]

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Metro news

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In the blink of an eye, you'll have access to all the information you need about traffic in Paris, updated in real time. RATP Metro RER and Transilien, roadworks, traffic, major events and demonstrations, we give you all the practical information you need to know before going out in Paris this Wednesday May 29th, 2024. [Read more]

Practical information

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