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Number of public transport users in Paris in 2017, by type

In 2017, the metro was the most popular public transport type in Paris. That year more than 1.53 billion journeys were taken on the metro in the French capital. Paris had the highest number of metro stations in Europe in 2015, and the RATP Group, which is responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, welcomes tourists thrilling to discover the City of Lights, as well as Parisian in their everyday life.

A wide public transport network

Public transport in Paris is composed by a large network of metro stations, bus lines, suburban trains and tram services. These different means of transport make it possible to travel in the French capital but also within the large suburbs surrounding Paris. Thus, more than 492 million people used the suburban trains called RER which connects Paris to the suburbs. The Ile-de-France region, which contains Paris, is the most populated region in France. More than 12 million people live in this region and a lot of them work in or around Paris. Almost 70 percent of people living in the French capital use metro, buses or suburban trains to go to work, compared to 40.7 percent of employees in Lyon, the third most populous city in France.

A cheap and sustainable network

In comparison with other cities worldwide, public transportation in Paris seems to be pretty cheap. The average cost for public transport in London was 5.66 US dollars, whereas the average ticket in Berlin amounted to 3.73 US dollars. When it comes to Paris, an average ticket in the French capital had a price of 2.34 US dollars in 2018. Since 2011, the yearly pass fare for a subscription to Paris public transportation (called Pass Navigo) decreased.

Number of public transport users in Paris in 2017, by type of transit

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May 2018



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