Paris Metro Guide
The metro of Paris has almost 400 stations and 16 metro lines. Each line has a different color and number and each line has two directions, labeled according to the names of the starting and ending stations.
The lines' maps, with all the possible transitions between lines, can be found at any metro entrance as well as inside each train car. Maps can also be obtained from the ticket offices and the tourism bureaus of Paris.
To ease your use at the Metro, you may want to download "Next Stop Paris" mobile app from Google Play for Android or App Store for iPhone. The application, developed by RATP that operates most of the public transport in Paris, will guide your way in Paris' Metro, buses, trams and RER.
You can also download the Paris Metro map from RATP site.
Zones: Most Paris attractions are in zones 1–3, and a travel card which includes those zones is usually enough. If you wish to include the airport area, and attractions outside the city, you will need to select zones 1–5.
Check the zones map in RATP site.
Travel cards: To make the most of the Paris public transport system, buy a travel card that will give you the ability to access most of the public transport in Paris, including the metro, buses, RER and trams.
Paris Visite: A flexible travel card for zones 1–3 or 1–5, can be bought for 1 to 5 days. It will grant you access to almost all of the public transport in Paris (metro, buses, RER and trams), according to the zones you select.
For more details please check Paris Visite
Mobilis: A ticket for a day will grant you access to the metro, buses, RER and trams in Paris, according to the zones you select, excluding the airports.
For more details please check Mobilis (French)
Navigo: This is a travel card for a week or longer. The card can be purchased only at the metro, RER or train stations; it requires a picture and costs 5€ to issue. The total price is according to the zones you select and the length of your stay. Navigo is less flexible than Paris Visite. It is valid only from Monday to Sunday or from the first day of the month to the last.
For more information please check Navigo (French)
Ticket t+: A ticket for a single use, which can also be purchased as a package of 10. It grants access to the metro, buses, RER on zone 1, trams and Montmartre funicular. You can use the ticket for connections with other transport vehicles, but it must be used within 90 minutes from the moment it was stamped.
For full details and price, see: Ticket t+