During your stay, you’ll be looking for things to do in Paris, right? Wondering how to get around the city and don’t know where to begin? Why not use the Paris Metro?
See Lodgis’ ranking of the 14 Paris metro lines: from the one that serves the highest number of monuments to the one that serves the fewest.
– Line 1
Line 1 starts and finishes with La Défense which is a famous French business district, then it serves Charles de Gaulle Etoile station where is located the Arc the triomphe, then crosses the Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, Châtelet where is located the Centre pompidou (modern art museum), the Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Bastille, Place de la Nationale,the Chateau de Vincennes (which we present you in our post: Episode 1 : from Chinatown to the XIVth century castle of Vincennes).
As we said in the post ‘Tips and tricks…. All about the Paris metro‘, line 1 is the oldest metro line and was opened on July 19th, 1990. Historically, it is the most commonly used line as it links the largest number of Parisian monuments to one another!
– Line 4
Line 4 starts from Porte de Clignancourt, crosses Château Rouge (near the Sacré Cœur on the Butte Montmartre), Châtelet, Cité to access the Ile de la Cité surrounded by Pont neuf and Pont Marie, this place is incredibly romantic and recommended for admiring a beautiful sunset in Paris. The Saint Michel station where is located Notre Dame de Paris, Saint Germain des Près and Montparnasse with its amazing tower.
Crossing Paris from North to East, line 4 was created a hundred years ago, It is the only metro line that connects to all the other lines (metro and RER). It is the 2nd most commonly used line after Line 1.
– Line 7
Line 7 passes by Place d’Italie near the Asian neighboorhood, the Pont Marie, Châtelet, the Louvre, Opéra (The Opera Garnier) and by the Galleries La Fayette.Line 7 crosses Paris northeast to southeast.
– Line 9
Line 9 serves the places where the famous monuments are located such as the Trocadéro, Alma Marceau (Pont de l’Alma), Franklin D. Roosevelt (in the Champs Elysées), Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette, République (near the Canal Saint- Martin) and Nation.
Line 9 is one of the longest metro lines and one of the most used in Paris. It links the southern suburbs to western Paris. It is ranked 4th of all the Metro lines by RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens).
– Line 13
Line 13 serves important stations particularly for tourists, such as Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Invalides, Champs Elysées Clemenceau, Saint Lazare, Place de Clichy and the Basilique Saint Denis.
Line 13 is the longest metro line of the Parisian network (24,3km). The line links the northeastern and northwestern suburbs to southern Paris. It is one of the most used lines by Parisians with 600 made trips a day.
– Line 14
Line 14 will take you to key spots like Saint-Lazare, Madeleine, Pyramides, Châtelet, Cour St Emilion, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.
Line 14 is the first driverless Metro line. It is the newest line on the Paris Metro network. Line 14 runs across Paris from northwest to southeast.
– Line 12
Line 12 serves Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Rue du Bac, Assemblée Nationale, Concorde, Madeleine, Saint Lazare, Pigalle and Abbesses (in the heart of Montmartre).
Line 12 links northern Paris to southwestern Paris.
– Line 8
Line 8 serves Bastille, République, Opéra, Madeleine, Concorde, Invalides.
Line 8 exclusively serves southern Paris. It runs through eastern and western Paris. It is the first metro line to cross the Parisian ring road to link the new Ile de France districts to the capital.
– Line 5
Line 5 mainly serves Place d’Italie, Bastille, République.
Line 5 is one the oldest Metro lines. It serves the eastern Paris area.
– Line 2
Line 2 serves the stations of Nation, Père Lachaise (the famous cemetery), Anvers ( ideal station to visit the Sacré Cœur and the Butte Montmartre), Pigalle where is located the famous Moulin rouge, Charles de Gaulle Étoile (Arc de Triomphe).
Line 2 is the second metro line to be built in the capital. Crossing northern Paris on a semi-circular trajectory, line 2 was opened in 1903 and is 12.4 km long.
– Line 6
Line 6 crosses serves Charles de Gaulle Étoile (Arc de Triomphe), the Trocadéro, Bir Hakeim – Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower), Gare Montparnasse and Nation.
With a semi-circular path like line 2, line 6 crosses southern Paris. With 45% of its rail track above ground, using line 2 means you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower when the train runs between Passy and Bir Hakeim stations over the Seine.
– Line 3
Line 3 serves Saint Lazare, Opéra, Bourse, République, Père Lachaise (the biggest cemetery of Paris).
Line 3 links the western suburbs (Levallois) to eastern Paris. It is a heavily used line, especially because it crosses the Saint Lazare, Grands Magasins and Opera neighborhoods, and the Levallois and Bourse business districts.
– Line 10
The most important stations served by the Line 10 are Gare d’Austerlitz, Odéon (Saint Germain des Prés), Cluny La Sorbonne (Quartier Latin), Sèvres-Babylone (with its famous Bon Marché).
Line 10’s rail track and route have changed a lot over the years. Formerly, line 10 was lines 7, 8 and line 13. It crosses the Seine’s left bank in South Paris.
– Line 11
Line 11 only serves these three famous stations: Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, République.
Line 11 links central Paris to northeastern Paris’ outskirts (Saint Denis). It is the newest line and was created to replace the funicular railway, which was closed in 1924.
Did you know that Lodgis offers ranges of apartments located near the transports’ lines of your choice? To do so, you just need to click on “our furnished rentals” and on the left side you’ll see “metro line”, select the line of your choice, then click on “search” and you’re ready to go!
You enjoyed reading this post? Then you will certainly be interested in our previous one “Paris metro maps: from the traditional to the atypical”!