5 Things To Know About Getting Around Paris
1. You can walk to just about everywhere. Okay not literally, but Paris is so pretty and so accessible by walking that for the first time in my life I would actually prefer to walk over all the alternatives. This way you get to take in all the beautiful views while also getting that little bit of exercise. And Parisians love to walk! They would always suggest it before anything else (perhaps because I moved to Paris in the middle of a pandemic and there was nothing better to do 😅, but it made me appreciate the beauty of walking).
2. The scooter is another fun way to get around the city, definitely daunting the first time (more like I broke all my nails) but once you figure it out, it is very serene. Or by cycling, and there are lots of cycling paths, so it is a lot less scary than cycling in London!
3. There are some extremely great views on the metro that you must see before you leave Paris, even if you take the metro just for the very purpose of passing those stops! (Guilty). Number one on the list is the Eiffel tower view taking metro line 6 between Passy and Bir Hakeim 😍 😍 😍 . Another great view is metro line 5 with the seine view between Quai de la Rapée and Gare d’Austerlitz. There are few others, and some on the bus too, but these were my favourites.
4. If you are living in Paris for a month or more, you might as well get the Navigo pass. I thought I wouldn’t need it much as I love to walk, and Paris was in lockdown for most of my time here, so I decided to save myself the bureaucracy, but if I could go back in time I would have gotten one. Also, another thing I didn’t realise earlier is that your metro ticket is valid for 2 hours so you don’t need to get a new ticket each time.😱
5. If you have heavy suitcases, mobility issues, or simply wish not to climb stairs, avoid the metros as majority don’t have lifts and very few have escalators. I would suggest you opt for Ubers which are easily accessible in Paris or take a bus if you are looking for a cheaper option. (P.S. I was also recently told that Bolt taxis exist in Paris and are apparently cheaper than Ubers here, so I’d give that a try too 🤷♀️)