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Metro vs. RER

By | January 19, 2014 | in Metro RER

The Paris Metro vs. the Paris RER… what’s the difference?

The Metro isParis Metro symbol large

  • the Métropolitan chemin de fer (Metropolitan railway)
  • a subway/tube/underground train system
  • 16 lines, 1 through 14 plus two short secondary lines (3bis and 7bis) Paris Metro Line Numbers
  • just central Paris (see Metro map)
  • short distances between stations
  • one single fare zone (1,70€ as of January 2014)
  • unscheduled service
  • mostly underground (subway/tube like)
  • no bicycles allowed on Metro, except on Metro Line 1 on Sundays and holidays

RER SignThe RER is

  • the Réseau Express Régionale (Regional Express Network)
  • a commuter train system
  • 5 lines, RER A through E
  • central Paris plus much of Ile-de-France (see RER line map)
  • used interchangeably with the Metro in central Paris
  • faster than the Metro, with fewer stops & greater distances between stations
  • separated into fare zones 1-5
  • tickets (billet origine-destination) are priced from station to station (when outside central Paris zones 1-2)
  • scheduled service (see RER schedules)
  • mostly above ground, except within central Paris
  • bicycles are allowed on the RER except during rush hour (not allowed between 6:30-9 AM and from 16:30 – 19:00)

Resources

Paris Metro in detail

Metro Tickets (Ticket t+)

RER Tickets (Billet Ile-de-France)

(RER sign photo by Gregory Deryckère)