If you would be staying in Paris for just a couple of days or weeks, then you no longer have to worry about how you would be able to survive in this city even without a car. This would definitely help work your way around the city of Paris and give you options as to how you would be able to travel from one place to another.
When it comes to the train system of France there is no doubt that it is truly one of the best. What is really remarkable about the trains in France is that these trains most of the time, if not always, leave an area and arrive at a particular area on time. If you would like to save time while traveling to and from various places in Europe, then you should take the bullet trains. Even if you only chose to take accommodations that are second class, you would surely feel as if you were able to get a first-class accommodation. However, there could be times when some WCs are not well-maintained and might not look too appealing. You just have to make sure that the particular accommodation that you chose includes a meal as well as water.
Purchasing a Train Ticket
Technology has certainly made it possible for everyone to conveniently reserve a train ticket without having to wait at lines that seem to be endless just so you would be able to purchase tickets. There are now ticket machines that are automated which may be found at the different train stations and you do not have to worry since it is user-friendly.
It would be very easy to get directions in English since you just have to click a flag to do so. The machine provides options whether you would like to get regular tickets or get the ticket at senior rates. If you go for second class, then you would be asked as to what configuration you would prefer, galley or compartment. When you opt for compartment configuration, this means that the seats would look like the seats at a traditional train wherein you face each other. On the other hand, if you choose galley, then you would get seats as if you are riding an airplane.
You should not forget to have your ticket stamped by a particular machine that is small. Once you are done with this, you may now go aboard the train and all you have to do is wait for the reliable conductor to drop by the compartment where you are located and would ask for the stamped ticket. But there would be instances wherein if you are on a short trip, then the ticket would no longer be collected or checked.
It would be best to purchase the Eurail pass if for instance you are going to travel to various countries in Europe, and if possible even before you arrive in Paris. However, if you have already arrived, you do not have to worry since you would still be able to check if it is possible to get one. Make certain that once you visit a particular agency, you would be able to get a ticket since the numbering of the tickets is followed when attending to the people. Once you have already booked the trip, then you simply have to get the ticket from the train station.
To make it easier for you, you should be familiar with the train stations most widely used in Paris, which include the train station in Spain Gare d’Austerlitz, in Normandy Gare St. Lazare, Gare de Lyon, in Italy Gare de Bercy, Gare Montparnasse, among others. You should not forget to reconfirm the train station where you would depart from and where you would return, just to make sure that you know where you are going.
Once you go to the city, you may want to ride the Metro, which is the subway of Paris. What is remarkable about this subway is that it is really efficient, quick, and you would not even have to worry about your budget since it is certainly affordable.
You should make certain that you are physically fit once you take the efficient Metro since you may have to go up and down or must have to take steps no matter where you go. You would be pleased to know that dogs that would be able to help people are allowed, and even the people who accompany those who may be impaired visually would be able to ride without any cost.
While going around Paris, you might encounter a different kind of train without actually becoming aware of it. RER is another kind of train which is connected to the Metro wherein there may be instances where both trains may make the same stop and even take you to the same place. What is great about the RER is that it would be able to take you to places such as the airport in Charles de Gaulle, Disneyland Paris, or in Versailles.
While you may spend your whole time in Paris riding the underground trains and never know when you’ve hopped on an RER train, it’s a good idea to know about them. Places in Paris that most tourists are spending time on, they’re interlinked with the Metro lines to such a degree that many share the same stops and will take you to the same places. But they also go far beyond the borders of Paris – to places like Versailles and Disneyland Paris, as well as Charles de Gaulle Airport. You do not even have to worry about the ticket that you need to purchase for the RER, since it also utilises the same ticket as what is used when riding the Metro. However, you would have to get a special kind of ticket once you decide to go for a trip that may take an entire day.
Aside from the different kinds of trains, you may also ride a bus in order to get to where you need to go. Most of the time, you would be able to find easily a bus or rather a bus stop which might even be near your hotel. It is also possible that you would be able to see a bus stop first than seeing Metro station. This simply means that you might have to get acquainted with the places where you would be able to see a bus stop. This will surely be to your advantage most particularly if you would be staying at an area where the buses are readily accessible. However, if you feel like driving around the city of Paris, then you may also do so and all you have to do is rent a car.