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Apr 7th, 2013, 11:27 AM
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Trams in Paris

When might one take Tram in Paris ? Is there an advantage to taking a tram vs a bus, and where would I go to board a tram ? Would I swipe a Navigo Decouverte Pass or insert it somewhere? Is there a route map for trams?
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Apr 8th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Here is some information from RATP, the mass transit operator, on its new(ish) tramlines.
http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_5045/tramway/
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Apr 8th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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The trams only follow a circular course around the outskirts of Paris near the périphérique. Unless you're on the outskirts you won't encounter them.

To learn how to get around Paris by métro/bus/RER/tram use www.ratp.fr. Here is an interactive map of the system:

http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/carteidf.php?lang=uk

Since parts of this website are only in French you can use www.transilien.com or www.vianavigo.com. A good website to learn how to use public transport in Paris is www.parisbytrain.com.
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Apr 8th, 2013, 11:39 PM
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Most of Europe's new wave of trams are essentially overground mini-metros, connecting bits of suburbia with each other. Usually (as in Paris, London or Florence) they link places bus don't link, or link only by a series of life-destroying connections.

Though there are tram networks in many cities (like Milan) that are essentially unchanged from the 19th century and operate like spokes from the heart of the city, programmes to reintroduce such systems elsewhere aren't looking too promising. Much as tramophiles like to pretend otherwise, successful new tram plans aren't about bringing them back into the centre (there usually just isn't room): they're about linking outlying areas together better than other alternatives (including private cars) can.

As a general rule the places they link are those visitors just won't be interested in. Manchester is the one exception: Europe's best black puddings are a few minutes' walk from the new Bury tram stop, the famous Eccles Cake originated close to Eccles' new tram link and trams are the best way to get to the Etihad Stadium.
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