Paris is divided into the Rive Droite (Right Bank) in the north and the Rive Gauche (Left bank) in the south. It is also divided into 20 arrondissements (districts).
As soon as you arrive in Paris, my advice for you is to have the following maps with you all the time. I will help you getting around Paris more easily to know the location of all metro stations, bus stops, velib’ stands, …
You can find all the information of Paris public transport on this website:
Notice that Paris is divided into five travel zones. You will probably go around zones 1 and 2 only. Everything in the zones 3,4 and 5. Is in the surrounding of Paris. You may have to go there if you would like to go to Versailles.
Metro in Paris (when there is no strikes, haha) is very efficient. Just avoid rush hour (7.30-9.00 and 5.30-7.30). The trains stops at midnight. On Friday and Saturday, the metro closes around 2.00.
Take a look at the map below, you are free to save it and if you need to have an app that can help you, you can download the RATP app, or viaNavigo. You can set your location and destination. The app will give you the direction to follow.
The RER are suburban trains that runs through the city connecting the city centre to the suburbs. They are less frequent than the metro, faster, less stops. Always check the stops/destinations listed on the screens before you take the trains.
You can find below a map of the metro, RER and tram lines in Paris and surrounding area.
What I like about the buses in Paris is that you can have a tour while going to your destination. Buses starts around 6.00 and stop around 22.00 to midnight according to the bus line. On the weekend and holidays, there are less frequent. In case you don’t have any ticket, you can buy it from the driver for 2 Euros or use the same metro ticket if you have used it during 2 hours time. And don’t forget to validate your tickets in the bus next to the driver or right in the middle.
On your way, the next stop is always written on an electronic panel. If you would like to get off om the next stop, press the red button to let the driver know and stop.
After midnight, you can use the Noctilien night bus, they go around paris and to the suburbs from 12.30 to 5.30.
Velib’ is a great way to visit paris! This word comes from Velo and liberte which means bike and freedom! What is great about the velib’ is that you can rent a bike from a certain place and drop it in another! How cool is that! You can rent it for a day (1.7 euros)or 7 days (8 euros).