Parisian Living

How to Get Around Paris During the Strikes

by Marissa Wu

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. 

On left: A girl walks into the light-flooded back courtyard of the Louvre, framed by the majestic archway and classic Paris street lamps. On right: Metro line six passes through a station. In tram mode, it rides above ground on a bridge, giving riders a beautiful view of Paris.
Top: Jacek Dylag Above: Esther Driehaus / Julian Dik

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.

Diners spill out onto the terrace of Gaston, a brasserie in the Latin Quarter, on a warm day, enjoying the apéritif.
Marissa Wu

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. 

The Arc de Triomphe stands regally at sunset with the Eiffel Tower peeking in the background. Visitors mill about at the base, as motorists zip through the traffic circle.
Marissa Wu

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!

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Written By

Marissa Wu

Film photographer, Francophile, flâneuse. Always a writer, occasional poet, trained as a journalist. A lover of bookshops, ice cream, and skirts with pockets, and searching for the best croissant in Paris. Marissa's artistic focus is portraits of women, because she believes love is to reveal the beauty of a woman to herself. She's excited to be at HiP helping to share all thing Paris and France! View Marissa Wu's Website

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