As part of a national movement, Paris’s public transit workers have been on strike since December 5, leaving commuters and locals cramming into the few available buses and metros. Photos and videos have shown travelers shoving, tighter than sardines, into the regional suburban trains as well, at times restrained by security.
But that doesn’t mean cocooning is all there’s left to do! If you’re in Paris or planning a visit while the strike continues, here are three essential tips to make the most of your stay — and get around efficiently.
There’s an App for That
Train schedules have typically been updated two to three days in advance. Check the operator’s websites via app. For the metro, it’s the RATP. If you plan to take trains outside Paris or around Europe, a good starting point is SNCF, the agency that regulates rail traffic.
Within Paris, CityMapper is incredibly useful, strike or no strike. Its daily updates let you know the train timetables and the app will provide routes that navigate you around affected lines. CityMapper will also suggest alternative transit options, including scooter, moped, bicycle, and rideshare—all with estimated fares.
Getting into Paris
You can get into the city from CDG by the RER B, which still runs service (be sure to check CityMapper or the RATP for times). Ride-sharing, as well as the G7 taxis, have also been options, as is the RoissyBus, which will drop you at the Palais Garnier.
Get Ready to Walk
Paris is a compact city, and it’s easy to move from one neighborhood to the next. Plan your days so that your activities are generally in the same area, minimizing the need for public transit. Two automatic metro lines, the 1 and the 14, remain unaffected, so you can cross the city east to west when really needed.
But Paris was a city made for walking and one of the best ways to experience it is to meander, so don’t let the lack of transports discourage you. Some of the best addresses often come from wandering!
- Check out the Paris winter fashion from the catwalks.
- Head to our favorite winter garden restaurants.
- Find out what to do on a Sunday in Montmartre.
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