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?
Top Metro lines in Paris
See our 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 serves the following stations:
- La Défense business district (departure/final station on the line),
- The Arc de Triomphe/Charles de Gaulle Etoile station.
- The Champs Elysées
- Place de la Concorde
- The Louvre
- The Centre Pompidou (Modern Art museum)/ Châtelet station
- The Hôtel de Ville
- Place de la Bastille
- Place de la Nationale
- The Chateau de Vincennes (See 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 serves the following stations:
- Porte de Clignancourt (departure/final station of the line)
- Château Rouge (near the Sacré Cœur on the Butte Montmartre).
- Cité: The Ile de la Cité is surrounded by the Pont neuf and the Pont Marie. It is a very romantic place that I would recommend for admiring a beautiful sunset in Paris (see our post)
- Saint Michel station/ Notre Dame de Paris
- Saint Germain des Près
- Montparnasse (Montparnasse 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 serves the following stations:
- Place d’Italie ( Paris Chinatown)
- The Pont Marie
- The Louvre
- Opéra (The Opera Garnier)
- The Galleries La Fayette
Line 7 crosses Paris northeast to southeast.
– Line 9
Line 9 serves the following stations:
- Alma Marceau (Pont de l’Alma)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Champs Elysées
- Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette
- République (near the Canal Saint- Martin)
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 the following stations:
-Champs Elysées Clemenceau
-Place de Clichy
-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 serves the following central stations:
- 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 the main following stations:
- Montparnasse Bienvenüe
- Rue du Bac
- Assemblée Nationale
- Saint Lazare
- Abbesses (in the heart of Montmartre)
Line 12 links northern Paris to southwestern Paris.
– Line 8
Line 8 serves the following stations:
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 the following stations:
- Place d’Italie
Line 5 is one the oldest Metro lines. It serves eastern Paris.
– Line 2
Line 2 serves the following stations:
- Père Lachaise (the famous cemetery)
- Anvers ( ideal station to visit the Sacré Cœur and the Butte Montmartre)
- Pigalle (the famous Moulin Rouge)
- Charles de Gaulle Étoile (the 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 serves the following stations:
- Charles de Gaulle Étoile (Arc de Triomphe)
- Bir Hakeim – Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower)
- Gare Montparnasse
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 the following stations:
- Saint Lazare
- Père Lachaise (the biggest cemetery in 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
Line 10 serves the following stations:
- 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 serves the following stations:
- Hôtel de Ville
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.
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