Paris Metro Map
Like many similar maps, the Paris Metro Map may look confusing when you first see it:
However, it is actually one of the easier systems to follow (and a great way to find Paris tourist sites), as we hope this short overview of the RATP Metro will show.
Paris Metro Lines
There are 14 main lines on the Paris Metro, with two supplementary lines, and each of these lines is known by its number.
They are also all colour-coded, to help you follow the map more easily.
Here's the list of all the Metro lines, with their respective terminus stations:
Paris RER Lines
There are also five RER lines, which are more like a local commuter network, and each RER line is labeled A through E:
Knowing Which Direction To Take
In addition, when deciding which platform you should use, then you will need to look for both the number of the line, and the station at the end of the line.
For example, if you need to head north on Line 12, you'd look for a sign that said "12 Porte de la Chapelle", which looks like this on the map:
Whereas if you were heading south, you'd look for a sign that said "12 Mairie d'Issy", which looks like this on the map:
Metro Station Map Symbols
When reading the Metro Map, you'll notice there are three main symbols you will see when looking at station names.
Firstly, there is the regular station, which will look like this on the map:
The solid dot (green, in this case), indicates that Solférino does not connect to any other Metro lines.
The second type of symbol represents stations that do connect to one or more other Metro lines, and that would look like this:
Note that you may see either an empty circle, as is the case here with Champs Elysées Clemenceau, or an empty oval, like Concorde.
They both mean the same thing - i.e. that they connect to one or more other lines, but sometimes an empty circle simply isn't large enough to join up all the different lines involved.
Finally, there is the line terminus, which looks like this:
The numbered circle, such as the 3 in the case of Gallieni, indicates that this is one of the terminus points of the no. 3 line.
(Note that some lines, especially RER lines, may have multiple termini at each end of the line.)
Where To Get A Paris Metro Map
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