The RATP, which operates the city's Metro, bus and RER systems, also operates tramways, which are often overlooked by tourists in Paris. However, trams offer a clean, efficient way of speeding between the city and its nearby suburbs.
Tramways in Paris
The Parisian tramway system is clean, quick and convenient. Photo: Victor Brito.
The Paris tramway currently includes three lines:
Line T1: Connects Saint Denis to Noisy-le-Sec and runs parallel to Paris' northern city limit. An extension opened in November 2012 connecting Saint Denis to the Asnières - Gennevilliers - Les Courtilles Metro station.
Line T2: Connects the western Parisian suburb of Bézons to Porte de Versailles, running through the business district of La Défense.
Line T3: Operates in the South of Paris, connecting the Boulevard Victor RER station and Porte d’Ivry.
The Parisian tram, like many others in western Europe, is clean and efficient and offers a pleasant ride. The tram serves as an alternative to the perpetually congested périphérique highway that circles the city. Visitors wishing to travel between suburbs will find the tramway to be the cleanest and quietest way to get around in Paris.
Visit RATP'S Web site for more information.
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