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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We chose to use the Paris Metro to get around during our multi day trip. After a lot of research we decided on purchasing the carnet of tickets (10) at a time for adults and for children. The child one is a half price ticket and can out to about 24 euro for 10 total trips or about 5 journeys for a family of four. These tickets can also be used on the bus system if you desire which was very helpful in those areas were the metro was not quite enough to get you there. If you complete your journey in less than 90 minutes you can use the same ticket. We didn’t test this but according to the tourist information that is so. The busses were less crowded than the metro but there was no rudeness encountered by us. An aloofness that is common when traveling in public transit but that was it. The service kiosks allow you to get the carnets from them or they usually have an attendant at every station to answer your questions.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank jamesrW6334JC
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

First impression- it is dirty and old fashioned, but in Paris it is the best choice.
Just 2 stations near Louvre are really nice and renovated.
Warning!!! DO NOT KEEP YOUR TICKET NEAR MOBILE PHONE- it is unmagnetizying it and ticket is not working!
Metro information centre can change it, but you need to find where it is! (Not in each station is info centre).

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Aida S
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Paris Metro is by far the worst metro I have experienced and below you can find the reasons:
1. Smell of urine in most of metro stations because the authorities leave the homeless people to sleep in the stations
2. If you want to receive discounts you need to but the 10 ticket ride but surprise for every trip you will receive a different ticket
3. There are stations where if you are entering the wrong platform you need to validate another ticket to get to the correct platform
4. There are metro entrances where there aren't ticket selling machines so you need to get back at the surface and search an entry where you can buy a ticket
5. Lots of pickpockets on the metro
6. Most of the stations look like they survived a great war

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Mikiduta
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Louvre Rivoli is a station on metro line 1. It is very beautiful. Looks like the museum as there are some replicas of some exhibits from the museum. The metro in general is very densely and well networked. Some lines take you to the suburbs as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank adu87
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

As we had arrived with a long distance TGV train at Gare de l’Est (East railway station) it was obvious to take the Metro to our hotel (around 30 minutes).
However in my opinion one suitcase per person is the limit I would recommend. The suitcase shouldn’t be too heavy either because there are almost no escalators or lifts at the stations.

The most popular type of ticket is probably the „Carnet“, what means 10 single tickets that you buy at once. For all other types of ticket you should refer to internet sites specialized in giving advices on the most economic tickets (some with discounts for museums or attractions).

Just a warning in case you purchase the 1,2, 3 or 5 day visitor ticket: don’t forget to write your name, the date of purchase and the last day of validity on the ticket! The lady at the ticket booth didn’t tell us.
A few days later we ran into a ticket inspection when leaving a station. We were fined 35€ each because of the missing name and dates on the ticket, although I could proof that we bought the tickets ourselves!
As this ticket inspection took place at the exit to the Louvre museum it really looks like a tourist trap!

When changing Metro lines at stations often the signs to other lines are not placed very clearly: two times we went straight, having missed the branch to our connecting line.
In many stations the smell of urine is really very intense. Beggars in the trains can be annoying sometimes.

As we saw a girl being trapped between the closing doors of a train, because of her father trying to rush into a train with closing doors: never try to enter a train when you hear the really loud warning signals of the closing doors! The next metro will arrive within a few minutes so there is no need to rush.

Date of experience: April 2018
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