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RATP is the public transport authority for Paris. It operates the Metro (subway) lines (14 lines identified by colour), the RER (Réseau Express Régional) suburban express railway (lines A, B, C, D and E), the Noctilien (night buses), Orlyval airport rail connections, the Tramway and Montmartre funicular.
The RER connects Paris and the Ile de France regions with the Metro system and the SNCF (Société National des Chemins de Fer) main-line railway.
Save proof of payment, the RATP fare inspectors make frequent visits on bus, metro and RER lines. Fines must be paid if a passenger fails to produce proof of payment. Other infractions include: smoking where prohibited; unauthorised filming or taking of photographs; and vandalism.
There are a variety of tickets and pass cards available depending on a commuters needs. Tickets and passes are sold in all Metro and RER stations, and can be bought at a ticket counter or from a vending machine. Newsagents (presse), bookshops and tobacconists (tabacs) displaying the RATP logo also sell tickets. Bus tickets for a single trip can be bought from the driver.
There are also special packages for visitors; these include the Paris Visite visitors pass which allows for travel on all transport for a fixed period.
The Paris t+ ticket allows for travel on:
The ticket is stamped for each bus or tram journey. The ticket allows for one or several transfers to be made during an hour and half between the first and last validation of a ticket
In Paris proper, riding the RER can be faster than the riding the Metro because of the limited number of stations.
Signs on the platform indicated the direction and monitors on the platform indicate the next departures. Trains to the suburbs, don't necessarily stop at all stations on the line. Lighted boards on the platform indicate the next train's route; routes for all other trains are posted on RER schedules near the ticket windows. There is no specific first-class seating.
Buses run from approximately 07:00-20:00. Exact hours vary according to each bus line with some operating until 00:30. Many do not run Sundays or holidays.
Bus route maps are posted at the bus stops. A single ticket is required to ride most bus lines. An additional ticket is required for each transfer. Special fares apply to Orlybus, Roissybus, Noctilien and Balabus.
The city's periphery is served by 3 bus lines that make up the Petite Ceinture (Little Belt), or PC. A single ticket is required to ride any one of these. On Sunday and holidays, Balabus departs from the Gare de Lyon for a 2-hour tour of the city terminating at the Grande Arche de la Défense.
The Noctilien night bus network of buses runs from 00:30-05:00, on 42 lines throughout Ile-de-France.
For bus times:
A four-line suburban light rail service runs between various points (see below). Only one ticket is required.
Batôbus is a "bus boat" which serves eight stops along the River Seine and operates nearly year-round, with a break in January. Boats leave every 15 to 20 minutes. Stops include the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Musée d'Orsay, Musée du Louvre, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Hôtel de Ville and Jardin des Plantes.
Vélib' (free bike) is a bike rental system operating in Paris. Bicycles are available for rental 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from "bike dispensing" depots throughout the city. Bikes have protective mudguards, handlebar baskets and lights for night riding. Helmets are not provided.
Use the touch screen at a bike station (station Vélib') to pay for and release a bike. Return the bike to any depot across. Subscription cards are available for one day, seven days or a year; these provide a discount.