Access to Paris Metro Stations

Mar 16th, 2008, 05:35 AM
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Hi dsody, did you see the link like_2travel posted? You can click on the stops and it tells you all the lines that stop there. And the lines on the map have all the bus numbers than run along that route.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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"But the carnet transportation tickets now allow bus transfers so it isn't quite as important." Does this mean bus to bus or bus to metro ?
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Mar 16th, 2008, 06:09 AM
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I just started to use the buses on my last trip, and I really preferred them to the Metro. However, while I found leaving our area (the 17th near Clichy) very easy with tons of buses, finding our way back wasn't quite so simple. Somehow we had a difficult time locating the stops....

One of my favorite things about riding the bus is seeing differnt sights -- one night the bus went around a bend, and there was the Moulin Rouge all lit up right in front of me! I don't think I would have ever made this a destination, but I must say I enjoyed seeing it all aglow -- like a postcard!

We are staying near Cambronne (Metro 6 and Bus 80) in April, and from the looks of the schedule, we aren't going to have many destinations that don't require at least one transfer. We can walk a few more minutes and will have access to Metro 6, 8 or 10, but just the same 80 bus (I think).

I was thinking of taking the Metro to Gare Montparnasse and from there getting the bus to where ever... I know the station is HUGE. Good idea/bad idea? Any thoughts?

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Mar 16th, 2008, 06:56 AM
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kerouac - You hit on one of the reasons why it can be dicey for travelers with a mobility impairment to use the metro system - there are wide differences in making connections and unless one is intimately familiar with each station - as most visitors are not - it is impossible to predict how much walking or stair climbing is required on a given journey. Even if the origin and destination are relatively easy, there could well be a challenging connection en route.
My experience traveling with a mobility limited companion underscored that it is not easy for all.
I wonder if anyone has thought about a site that would tell potential passengers about the walk/stairs required by a specified itinerary - sure would be helpful? Or does that info already exist somewhere?
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Mar 16th, 2008, 07:29 AM
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Apres Londee......the right lane is dedicated for ONLY buses and taxis do use it also. Sometimes if there is a delivery being made in that dedicated lane, the bus driver will turn out into the regular lanes of traffic but he immediaeley turns back into his own lane. The bus moves quickly by stalled traffic.

I did not find it a problem during busier just might have to stand.

You must check your route for Sunday service........some buses do not run on Sundays. Those that do just are not as frequent. At no time in my month there from this mid Feb to mid March did I wait any longer than 10 minutes or so for a bus. Great service.

I used the Metro once back in the late 1960`s and since then ONLY travel by bus when in Paris. London too.

You might want to pick up the small navy blue booklet called "Le Bus Parisien" available at bookstores and some newstands. The department store BHV on Rue Rivoli sells it for 5.50 Euros.

Bus 38 (from Gare de Nord where Eurostar comes in) even have their own website.

I LOVE the bus !
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Mar 16th, 2008, 08:11 AM
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Goldwynn, we returned from 3 weeks in Paris 3 months ago and I did notice some buses had the audio announcements rather than the visual display. Either is fine with me. I did notice that some of the bus shelters had a time display for upcoming buses. They were even fairly accurate.

In London last week we actually had a driver that called out each stop..I hadn't heard of that in yeaars.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Thanks goldwynn. I didn't realize there was a dedicated bus lane. I'm going to have to remember to give the bus a try next month.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 03:07 PM
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Hi D,

You do not indicate that you are handicapped.

We took my mother to Paris when she was 87.

Here is how she negotiated the metro:

Walk slowly.

Rest when necessary.

Don't worry about missing trains, they run very frequently.

Never skip a chance to use the toilet.

Enjoy your visit.

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Mar 16th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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Definitely take the bus. There may be a lift or escalators; usually there's not. I won't soon forget arriving at Abbesses Metro to find that particular lift out of order and having to climb an interminable circular staircase to get to the street - neither will the two tourists we passed who had to drag their enormous suitcases up step by step.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 10:35 PM
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That's why they always announce in the metro trains ahead of time when the elevators at Abbesses or Lamarck-Caulaincourt are out of service -- so that people can change to the other station if necessary. Unfortunately, the announcements are only made in French.

Actually, although my parents suffered when they would come to Paris into their 80's, especially coming from a flat place like Florida, they were always extremely proud of what good shape they were in by the time they went home. Of course, this wasn't just the stairs in the metro but also the three flights up to my apartment.

I did take them on the bus from time to time, but they were more comfortable using the metro -- less waiting, more chance of getting a seat, faster to get across town.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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"But the carnet transportation tickets now allow bus transfers so it isn't quite as important."

“Does this mean bus to bus or bus to metro?”

Felschurch, the new ticket sold singly or in carnets allows transfers from one bus line to another, as long as you make your last boarding with one hour and a half from first boarding. However, the tickets sold onboard by the bus drivers do not allow connections.
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