EuroCheapo's Paris Transportation Articles

Whether you’re hopping on the Métro, a bus, Vélib’ or bateaux mouche, there are simple ways to save on getting around Paris. Check out the articles below for tips on saving on the city’s transportation options.

Also in our Paris guide:

• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on sightseeing and museums and shopping
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• The best affordable restaurants and bars
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

Paris: Will buying a Navigo pass help you save on the Metro and bus?

Paris: Will buying a Navigo pass help you save on the Metro and bus?

Everyone wants to feel like a local in Paris, and taking the Metro is one of the best ways to achieve such status. But is it worth taking the plunge and subscribing to a transit pass, called the Navigo? Let’s break it down. The Navigo The Navigo pass is a card that allows you to » Read more

How Not to Blow Your Budget Taking a Taxi to or from the Paris Airport

How Not to Blow Your Budget Taking a Taxi to or from the Paris Airport

Everyone knows that taking public transportation to and from the airport is an easy way to keep travel costs down. But then there are those times when you land in Paris on a rainy day after a sleepless night in cramped cattle class and endure an escargot-paced jet-lagged slog through customs at the airport, or » Read more

Money-Saving Tips for Taking Paris Taxis

Money-Saving Tips for Taking Paris Taxis

Most budget-minded travelers operate on the assumption that taxis are a lazy waste of money, and often times this is true. But taking the occasional taxi to get from point A to point B is the sort of small luxury that can make a world of difference when you are tired, traveling with children or » Read more

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

Air France’s new mini fares offer surprisingly affordable one-way flights in economy class starting at just €49 between several cities within France and throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With prices that rival both low cost airlines and train fares on comparable routes, these sensible one-way fares mean you don’t have to buy an » Read more

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

The Paris Métro is quick and efficient, but when time isn’t an issue, we prefer riding the public bus. Wait times are longer and despite the dedicated bus lanes, traffic can slow you down. But you can step off easily if something catches your eye, and the big picture windows are a perfect way to » Read more

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

The “bateaux mouches,” Paris’ pleasure boats, are a surefire way to spend an hour or so any evening or night. The Seine is best experienced by night, when monuments are illuminated and feet are generally tired and ready for a break. Originally from Lyon, these boats have been a top attraction for tourist since the » Read more

Paris Velib’ Update: New ways to get a bike, find parking and stay safe

Paris Velib’ Update: New ways to get a bike, find parking and stay safe

The Parisian Vélib’ program is still the standard for bike share programs worldwide (or at least we like to think). Fortunately for visitors, the service has become simpler than ever. Those without a puce, or microchip in their card, were once out of luck when trying to take a bike from a stand. But over » Read more

Introducing Ouigo, France’s new budget TGV

Introducing Ouigo, France’s new budget TGV

Well, it has finally happened. The SNCF, France’s national railway monopoly, is launching a new low-cost rail service christened “Ouigo” that will begin service on April 2, 2013. Ultra-cheap introductory tickets are now officially available through the Ouigo website. At just €10 (ten, dix, diez, X – just to be clear, it’s not a typo!) » Read more

Paris: 10 Tips for Riding the Metro Like a Local

Paris: 10 Tips for Riding the Metro Like a Local

Riding the Metro is a staple of everyday life for Parisians.  But the unwritten code of conduct isn’t something that comes instinctively to the 47 people who take the 14 different lines every second (roughly 1.5 billion people per year, on par with New York). Here are ten tips to help you fit in like a local » Read more

Paris: Cheap bike rentals, when Velib’ won’t do

Paris: Cheap bike rentals, when Velib’ won’t do

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— (Updated June 28, 2011 to reflect new Velib’ policies) Tourists coming to Paris look with desire at Vélib‘, the city’s public bike-share program. Until recently, when tourists asked me how to rent one, I was forced to dash hopes. For, until recently, you couldn’t hop on a bike unless you » Read more

How to Save Money on Paris Transportation

How to Save Money on Paris Transportation

Visitors coming to Paris might be at a loss when it comes to the cheapest way to navigate the Metro. It is one of the most convenient modes of transportation in Paris, but there are a few tricks that can help make sure it remains the least expensive as well (unless of course you walk!). » Read more

Paris Vélib’ Update: How’s the bike share program working out?

Paris Vélib’ Update: How’s the bike share program working out?

(Updated June 2011 to reflect new Velib’ policies.) We’ve been fans of Paris’ Vélib’ bike program since it debuted in July 2007. But how’s it faring three years later? In many respects it’s been a big hit with both locals and tourists (at least those lucky enough to have the right type of credit card). » Read more

Finding budget flights to and from Paris

Finding budget flights to and from Paris

Everybody loves Paris. The French capital is one of the world’s top travel destinations and a perennial EuroCheapo fave. Getting to the City of Light remains a primary goal for many visitors to Europe, first-time and veteran alike. France has no low-cost airlines of note, but there are several budget airlines that serve Paris. Here » Read more

Paris: See the sights between two flea markets on the bus 95!

Paris: See the sights between two flea markets on the bus 95!

Gather around, my fellow multitasking “Puces de Paris” junkies. Here’s a twofer for you: a hot “flea market sandwich” with a virtually free bus tour filling in between. Tous à bord! Two flea markets and a Paris city tour My name is Theadora and I am addicted to flea markets in Paris. One is never » Read more

Paris: Cheap bike rentals are everywhere!

Paris: Cheap bike rentals are everywhere!

It’s been over a year since this Cheapo has been in Paris, and since I arrived on Thursday with my fellow Cheapo (and wife), Meredith, I’ve been surprised by two very noticeable changes: 1. Smokeless cafes and restaurants 2. Nifty bike rentals appearing on many, many street corners. I’ll save commentary about smokeless cafes for » Read more

Paris: The Latest on Velib’, the Rental Bike Phenomenon

Paris: The Latest on Velib’, the Rental Bike Phenomenon

(See bottom of post for summer 2011 update) We were pleased to see that Eric Rayman at the New York Times recently arrived in Paris and immediately hopped on a Vélib’ bike rental. In yesterday’s travel section, Rayman describes the joys of pedaling down the Boulevard St-Germain (and the terrors of biking through Place de » Read more

Paris: New bike program pedals past US tourists

Paris: New bike program pedals past US tourists

There’s been a lot of buzz about Paris’ new city-wide bike push that put over 10,000 bikes on the street for rent (read our earlier post). According to the plan, anyone with a credit card can join the program, which lends bikes for 30-minute treks for almost nothing (membership in the program costs as low » Read more

Paris: Velib’ public bike program debuts; 10,600 bikes on the streets

Paris: Velib’ public bike program debuts; 10,600 bikes on the streets

Paris’ cool (and green) mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, just got even cooler (and greener) when he launched Vélib’, a massive public biking initiative on Sunday. Under the plan, bikers may borrow a bike from one of 750 pick-up spots around town and drop it off at any other center within 30 minutes. (If you need more » Read more

Paris Airport: CDG free train replaces old bus system

Paris Airport: CDG free train replaces old bus system

Photo by iced_espresso Charles de Gaulle airport is an enormous structure. Trust us, we’ve spent what seems like years walking in the place. And nothing puts us in a better mood after a seven-hour flight than schleping twice our body weight in luggage in search of a connecting train into Paris. CDG has always long » Read more

Paris: To CDG by motorcycle shuttle

Paris: To CDG by motorcycle shuttle

There are a bevy of options for traveling to and from Paris airports. None of them are perfect. The bus is a bit slow and crowded, ditto for the Metro; airport shuttles and taxis are expensive and slug along through traffic with blatant disregard for impending departure times. Most frustrating of all is watching motorcycles » Read more

Paris: Bike Rentals for €1 a Day

Paris: Bike Rentals for €1 a Day

Photograph by Julien Hery Paris city administration will launch an ambitious bike lending program this summer called “Velib.” The curious name is a hybrid of the French words for bicycle (“velo”) and freedom (“liberte”). A fleet of 14,100 bicycles will be made available at 1,420 hiring spots for daily, weekly or yearly rentals. The rates? » Read more