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Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours

Map / List – Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours
All Paris Metro lines run at full service until 02:15 on New Year’s Eve (NYE December 31st / January 1st).
All Paris RER lines run at full service until 00:30 on New Year’s Eve (NYE December 31st / January 1st).
Six Paris Metro lines run at reduced service all night: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14
Four Paris RER lines run at reduced service all night: A, B, C, D
All Paris Metro, RER,Trams, Buses, Transilien suburban trains, Noctilien (night bus) are free of charge from Dec. 31st 5pm (17:00) till noon (12:00) January 1st.
Map of Paris Metro / RER lines operating all night
Paris Metro & RER lines & stations operating all night on New Year’s Eve
Paris Metro & RER Lines running all night New Year’s Eve
After 02:15 past midnight for Metro and 00:30 past midnight for RER:

only certain lines of Paris Metro & RER stay open and operational all night long on New Year’s Eve.
only certain Metro stations stay open on New Year’s Eve after 02:15 along the lines still operating.
only certain RER stations stay open on New Year’s Eve after 00:30 along the lines still operating.
only certain entrances at those stations stay open after 02:15 (Metro) 00:30 (RER) on New Year’s Eve

Paris Metro New Year’s Eve Operating Hours & Frequency
Paris Metro lines operating all night:

Metro Line 1 – West to La Défense through central Paris east to Chateau de Vincennes
Metro Line 2 – through northern Paris / Montmartre areas
Metro Line 4 – north / south through central Paris from Montmartre to Montrouge
Metro Line 6 – from Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, east to Nation
Metro Line 9 – from south west up through central Paris out to east end
Metro Line 14 – from Saint Lazare (north west) through past Bercy in south east

Paris Metro lines operating all night will be: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 & 14 the evening of New Year’s eve (with reduced service beginning at 02:15 until 05:30 when full service operations / frequency resume). Only the Metro stations shown on the above Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve map will be open after 02:15 on New Year’s Eve.
Of the stations shown on the Paris New Year’s Eve transport map, only some of the street entrances will be open during the reduced service period, others will be locked.  Unfortunately RATP, the Paris Transport Authority, has not specified which particular station entrances will be closed after 00:30 RER / 02:15 Metro, you’ll simply have to check the nearby entrances.  There should be street signs with the familiar circle M or circle R pointing towards the various Metro & RER entrances at each station
Paris RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours & Frequency
RER New Year’s Eve operating hours & frequency will run with reduced service after 00:30


RER A will run all night on New Year’s Eve
reduced service begins at 00:30
all RER A stations will be open & serviced throughout the night (not all entrances open though)
18 minute frequency within Central Paris (Zone 1)
35 minute frequency outside Central paris (Zones 2 – 5)
RER A trains will run in both directions, towards Central Paris and out to suburbs, during New Year’s Eve reduced service period
RER trains from Disneyland Paris (Marne la Vallée train station) will run all night at reduced frequency, departing Disneyland every 35 minutes


RER B operates all night on New Year’s Eve
service to and from CDG airport will continue through the night (at 60 min frequency)
reduced service begins at 00:30
all RER B stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
18 minute frequency within Central Paris (Zone 1)
35 minute frequency heading south past Zone 3 towards Bourg-la-Reine & St Remy les Chevreuse
60 minute frequency heading north beyond Aulnay-sous-Bois (Zones 4-5) out to CDG Airport and Mitry Claye
RER B operates all night NYE in both directions, towards Central Paris and out to suburbs


RER C operates all night on New Year’s Eve with heavily reduced service
reduced service begins at 00:30
RER C trains run only outbound from Central Paris towards suburbs between 00:30 – 05:30
all RER C stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
30 minute frequency between Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower) & Choisy-le-Roi
60 minute frequency outside Central Paris (Zone 2), between Champ de Mars towards Porte Maillot (close to Charles de Gaulle Etoile / Arc de Triomphe), Porte de Clichy
only 2 trains between 02:15 and 05:30 out to Versailles on RER C


RER D operates all night on New Year’s Eve with reduced service
reduced service begins at 00:30
RER D trains run only outbound from Central Paris towards suburbs between 00:30 – 05:30
all RER D stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
30 minute frequency from Central Paris out to Zone 4
only 3 trains out to Melun after 00:30 till 05:30


RER E will not run after end of normal service at 00:30

Paris Transit Map & Information – New Year’s Eve
Paris Metro RER Bus New Year’s Eve maps & info
This informational pamphlet map of Paris New Year’s Eve transportation services (PDF format, in French) has maps showing:

Metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14 running all night and which stations will be serviced
RER lines A, B, C D running all night New Year’s Eve and frequency of service
Transilien suburban trains and frequency of service (only outbound to suburbs after 00:30)
Nocitilien Bus service lines operating throughout New Year’s Eve

RER A, RER B, RER C, RER D the night of 31 December, with frequency of one RER A & RER B train per 18 minutes throughout central Paris (Zone 1) and outside of central Paris Zone 1 expect 35-60 minutes per train. RER C, D lines will also operate but at 60 minute intervals during the night (or less).
PDF Map of Metro RER Bus and Transilien New Years Eve running throughout the night on New Years Eve along with their frequency of operation after normal operating hours (which on a normal operating day end around 00:30 and start again at 05:30).
New Year’s Eve Paris Noctilien (night bus) will operate at normal frequency, although four lines will not be running during the evening of December 31st / morning January 1st:

N01 & N02 – central Paris ring route night buses will not operate
N11 – Pont de Neuilly to Chateau de Vincennes – will not operate
N16 – Pont de Levallois to Marie de Montreuil – will not operate

Paris Noctilien Night buses that normally terminate at the Chatelet (very center of Paris) will instead serve an alternate route mostly ending at the major train stations throughout the city.  The affected night buses:

N21, N22 normally terminating at Chatelet will instead terminate at Gare Montparnasse
N22 will terminate at Place d’Italie
N23 will terminate at Gare de l’Est
N24 will terminate at Gare de Lyon

Two Paris night buses that terminate at Gare de l’Est will run an alternate route:

N144 will terminate at Gare de Lyon
N145 will terminate at Gare Montparnasse

The exact route served by these detoured Paris night buses will be posted on the buses themselves.
Summary Paris New Year’s Eve Public Transportation Services

Metro Lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14 run all night
Some Metro station entrances on the above lines will be closed
Some Metro stations along above lines will be closed completely
Metro is free from 5pm New Year’s Eve December 31st, till 12 noon January 1st
RER Lines A, B, C, D will run all night
RER lines operating will run at reduced frequency
RER trains running on A, B, C, D lines will stop at all stations along line
All Paris Metro, Buses, RER, Trams, Noctilien night bus will operate free of charge from 17h (5pm) on Dec. 31 until 12:00 noon January 1.

(Thanks to Didier Rouger of RATP for some of the above information).
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Paris Metro

How to use the Paris Metro subway
Paris Metro maps, schedules, tickets, passes, helpful travel tips.

Route Planner
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Day Ticket Mobilis
Multi-day Pass Paris Visite
Week Pass Navigo
How to Ride

The Paris Metro consists of 300 stations on 16 lines covering the 10x10km area of central Paris. [1][2] Metro lines are numbered from 1 to 14 with two “bis” or secondary lines 3b and 7b.
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Paris Metro Maps
The public transit authority of Paris (RATP) offers three Metro system maps that can be downloaded together at :
a basic Paris Metro map of lines with stations and interchanges

a condensed small format Paris Metro map

a Paris Metro map with city streets

Other Metro maps such as individual line maps can be downloaded directly from (in french).
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Paris Metro Schedules
The Paris Metro runs from roughly 05:30 till 00:40 (5:30am – 12:40am) Sunday thru Thursday and 05:30 – 01:40 on Fridays, Saturdays and on days before a holiday. Frequency between most trains range from 2 minutes during rush hour up to 8-10 minutes during off hours, holidays, and sundays.
Download a schedule/timetable of first and last Paris Metro trains. Updated January 2013. (Even though this is quite old, the times are roughly unchanged and the RATP has stopped producing this full schedule.) Times are approximate! This includes schedule of first/last Paris RER A (Disneyland) and RER B (airport) trains.

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Route Planning
The RATP offers a route planner via their website which can use street addresses, station names or well known locations to create a travel itinerary for you, including necessary connections and total travel time. Route options under “Criteria” can be chosen for fewest connections, least amount of walking and quickest route (the default).

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Tickets & Passes
There are a wide variety of tickets available including single ride tickets, books of 10 or 20, single day passes, multi-day passes, Monday to Sunday week passes, monthly passes and year passes.

Single Use Tickets

Single tickets for the Metro are known as “Ticket t+”. These tickets are valid for a single continuous journey of any length, throughout the Metro system, including changes to other Metro lines and RER interurban trains within Zone 1. These tickets are sold as single units or in books of 10.
Tickets can be purchased from ticket windows inside stations or through automated ticket vending machines accepting Euro coins and smart chip credit cards. The single ticket price is .
Books of ten, called a “carnet” [kar-nay], are sold at a discount for ( each, a little under 20% off the regular fare). Children from ages 4 to 9 years old (inclusive) can use reduced fare tickets, which are available only in books of 10, for per book of ten. Children 3 and under ride for free. Keep in mind that non-smart chip credit cards will not work at either the automated ticket machines nor at ticket windows, thus Euro cash or coin would be required.
Read more about Paris Metro Tickets and transfers allowed.
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Day tickets

A day ticket is called the Ticket Mobilis which is good for unlimited rides on the Metro system during operating hours for the day it is used. (Not valid for airports, see note below.) Physically it’s a coupon of about the same size as the Paris Metro Ticket t+.
Ticket Mobilis is available in various fare zone coverage from 1-2 zones to 1-5 zones. If you’ll be traveling strictly within central Paris, zones 1 & 2 cover the entire Metro system, and a 1-2 zone Ticket Mobilis is the recommended ticket. Price is .
The complete price schedule for this Paris day ticket is as follows:
Price schedule courtesy of RATP

As the Ticket Mobilis can be purchased on one day and used someday in the future you must print the date of use on the ticket before use. To prevent people sharing tickets, first and last names are also required.
Note: Ticket Mobilis day pass is not valid for Paris CDG Airport nor Paris Orly Airport except by using Paris airport bus 350 or Paris airport bus 351 for CDG Airport and buses 183 or 285 for Orly Airport.  (Non-express city buses, 2-3X travel time.)   This means that RER B train, Roissybus, Orlybus, Orlyval train are all not valid for the Mobilis day ticket.
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Multi-Day Paris Metro Tickets
Multi-day tickets aimed at tourists and visitors are known as the Paris Visite, available in 3 zone and 5 zone versions, for 1, 2, 3 or 5 day lengths. Prices for duration and zones are as follows (updated ):
Price schedule courtesy of RATP

The Carte Paris Visite is a multi-use paper ticket coupon (similar to a Ticket Mobilis or Ticket t+). Formerly (prior to 2014) the Paris Visite also came with a black folding card which required the printed name of the bearer and the ticket coupon requires the card number and date of use to be written on in pen, as to avoid ticket sharing between passengers. This is no longer in practice as of mid-2014. You will only receive the white paper Paris Visite ticket itself.
Paris Visite Pass 5-day 3-zone
Discounts to attractions in and around Paris are included with the Paris Visite card. (See the discounts on Paris Visite.) To take advantage of the discount at the attractions, simply present your Paris Visite ticket during its validity period (which you must mark on the ticket itself using a pen, along with your first & last name).
Buy Paris Visite Online – You can buy Paris Visite tickets online for home delivery through the Paris Visitor Bureau website, but I wouldn’t recommend it due to the delivery cost. For USA/Canada/Australia/Japan (anywhere overseas) the cost of delivery is 24€ through DHL Express. In United Kingdom, delivery of Paris Visite is 14,50€. There is one free “delivery” option for buying Paris Visite online – pickup your Paris Visite at the Paris Visitor Bureau. But, I can’t imagine why you’d purchase Paris Visite online to have it delivered to the Paris Visitor Bureau, in Paris, which would require a Metro ride in itself, a trip that would likely take 90 minutes round-trip from your hotel. You could just purchase the Paris Visite at any Metro ticket machine or ticket window, anywhere in Paris, at CDG/Orly airports or at any of the major intercity train stations throughout Paris.
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Paris Metro Week Tickets/Passes
Week long tickets are sold in the form of plastic contactless smartcards known as the Pass Navigo Découverte.

This pass is valid for travel strictly from Monday till Sunday, rather than any continuous 7 day period, which makes it less attractive for visitors arriving mid-week. It is purchasable for use in the current week from ticket windows at most Metro, RER and large train stations up until Thursday 11:59 PM. Starting from Friday, week passes for the following week are on sale. The Pass Navigo Découverte week pass is not available from automated ticket vending machines. 4 different fare zones are available although nearly everyone will want all zones which covers central Paris out to zone 5.  The other three zones available (2-5, 3-5, 4-5) do not include central Paris. Pass Navigo prices are as follows (Tarifs Semaine = Weekly Price, Tarifs Mois = Monthly Price, updated ):
Price schedule courtesy of RATP

Zones 1-5 will cover travel to & from Airports Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY, by Orlybus, not Orlyval train), which are in zones 5 and 4 respectively and Paris-Versailles trains (zone 4).
The prices above do not include the 5€ fee for the plastic card itself, non-refundable, unlike the London Oyster card.
To purchase the pass Navigo Découverte you will be required to present and attach a face photo measuring 3cm tall x 2.5cm wide to the paper nominative card that comes in addition to the plastic smartcard.

Home printing of this photo, black & white or colour, is acceptable. You will be required to print your name on this card as well. After the paper card is completed a self-adhesive clear plastic cover is folded over the face of the card, protecting the picture and name of the holder. The contactless smart card and the paper card must be carried together to be valid for travel.
There is some confusion between the Carte Orange and Pass Navigo in terms of week passes. Carte Orange was previously a physical coupon like ticket (much like the Ticket Mobilis) and paper nominative photo card that is now no longer in use. This coupon and paper card has been replaced by the new contactless smart cards known as the Pass Navigo and Pass Navigo Découverte (for non-residents of France). The Paris regional transit authority has phased out the name “Carte Orange” as the name of the weekly or monthly “subscriptions” that you must purchase and “add” to your Pass Navigo or Pass Navigo Découverte.
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Riding the Paris Metro
Paris Airports
Paris airports are accessible via the RER train system, rather than the Paris Metro. See instructions on the RER B from CDG to Paris, Orly to Paris and Paris Beauvais Airport Train for more information.
Paris Stations & Metro Tickets
Most of Paris’ 300 Metro stations are located underground with a handful above ground. Stations are marked with various styles of signs as shown below.
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Some Metro stations are joined with large train stations (“gare”) serving other types rail transport such as intercity surface trains and RER regional express trains which travel both above and below ground. Some notable large stations within Paris serving all three types of train transport include: Gare St. Lazare, Gare du Nord , Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse. Most stations and Paris Metro lines are not handicap accessible save for a few exceptions . Stations have multiple entrances/exits, up to ten for the largest underground station, Chatelet Les Halles.
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Street maps are posted throughout central Paris providing information on the local district (“arrondissement”). These maps can be useful in locating nearby Metro stations.
Within a Metro station, tickets can be purchased from manned ticket windows and from automated ticket vending machines. Most passes are only sold from ticket windows although the Ticket Mobilis day ticket is available via the machines.
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Ticket windows may not be open nor manned at all times thus requiring use of the vending machines. Certain entrances to stations may give direct access to train platforms, which require that you already have your ticket or pass. Ticket vending machines such as the one shown in the photo accept Euro coins (for purchases up to 30€) and smartchip credit cards. Cash notes or bills are not accepted at these machines. See the guide on using Paris Metro ticket vending machines for more information.
Access to Metro train platforms is controlled via turnstiles or gate type barriers which are operated by either magnetic stripe coupon tickets (Ticket t+, Mobilis, etc.) or contactless smart cards such as the Pass Navigo Decouverte. To operate the barrier with a ticket, insert the ticket magnetic stripe side down, into a turnstile that is not marked with a red X or red circle which indicates an exit only turnstile. The ticket slot should be on your right while inserting the ticket (see the photo below). The ticket will be ejected on the top of the turnstile which you must retrieve to unlock the barrier.
If the ticket is accepted a short high pitched buzzing sound will be emitted, sometimes along with a message displayed on the turnstile requesting you take your ticket back (“Reprenez votre ticket”). Remove the ticket and walk through the turnstile or approach closely the gate barrier and wait for it to open. Some gates are slow to open, especially side swinging double door gates. If your ticket appears to have been accepted, yet the gate has not swung open, be sure you are sufficiently close to the gates in order to trip the sensor. Be patient and don’t panic. The gate should swing open within 5 seconds maximum. A ticket that is not accepted will cause the turnstile to emit a longer, lower pitched (unpleasant) buzzing noise, sometimes with a message in red indicating your ticket was not valid. See an employee at a ticket window or information booth for help in this case. They will usually open a wheelchair accessible gate for you to pass through.
Operating barriers with contactless smart cards works by passing the card over the purple reader zone on the tops of the turnstiles or barriers. The smart cards may take a second or two to be recognized by the transponders, so keep the pass over the reader area until a “ding” sound is emitted for an accepted pass. Keep in mind that passes near expiration will cause the barrier to emit a buzzing noise instead of a ding, along with a message noting the date of expiry. Pass through the turnstile or gate as per normal.
Many Metro stations serve multiple lines through several different train platforms within a single station. To find your way to the correct platform in the correct direction requires that you to keep a mindful eye on signs posted throughout the pedestrian tunnels.
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At each subterranean intersection you will see Metro line numbers and possibly station names which are used to denote direction of travel. Direction of travel is always denoted by the terminus station, the last station or stop on the line, rather than magnetic pole directions such as north, south, east, west. To understand whether the line is going in the direction you wish to travel, you should refer a Paris Metro map, which are posted near station entrances and on all train platforms.
Nearly all train platforms have overhead signs showing the time remaining till the next two trains arrive at the station, denoted in minutes. These signs are also a way to verify that you’re on the correct line, heading in the correct direction. The photo below shows Metro Line 4 in direction of Porte d’Orleans with 4 minutes remaining till the next train arrives. On the opposite side of this platform will be another sign of exact same color and number, but the direction will be marked as Porte de Clignancourt, the opposite direction. Keep in mind that the train arrival times posted on these signs are only estimates and are not always accurate. Due to traffic congestion and rider issues minutes may be added or subtracted at any moment.
On rare occasion, but worth mentioning, some Metro line platforms are accessed by traversing another platform for a different line. This means you’ll arrive at a platform and think the current platform is the correct one, but in reality, your desired line is further along. Pay special attention to the overhead signs and the system maps posted on the platform walls to ensure you’re on the correct platform.
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Paris Metro Trains
Metro train cars come in a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes.
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Nearly all Metro cars require manual operation to open their doors. This is done through either a lever or a button on the door itself near the centre opening. Metro Line 14 is a notable exception being completely automated and driver-less.
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Fold-down seats are available just inside Metro train car doors, but these seats should only be used when there is sufficient space for travelers to easily enter and exit the train car. Rush hours will generally be too busy to use these seats. Rush hour travel on the Metro in Paris is a chance to exercise your “personal space” limits. Don’t be surprised if you end up completely pressed up against other passengers. It’s normal, it’s accepted… it’s simply a slice of commuter life in Paris. Don’t worry about not being able to descend the train when your stop arrives. Simply say “Excusez-moi” and people will immediately begin making room for you to alight, even if it requires that they descend the train also, just to let you off. Parisiens are very well versed in Metro manners and if you’ve read up to this point… you are now as well.
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After having arrived at your desired station you can make your way out of the station by following the blue “Sortie” signs. These signs will often be mixed with directional signs for various Metro lines shared by a station. This photo shows the multitude of exits and lines available for both the Metro and the RER at the world’s largest underground station: Chatelet Les Halles.
Each exit is usually referred to by the street or landmark upon which it exits.

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To determine which exit is best for you refer to an exit map located within the Metro station, usually just after exiting the fare paid zone (see next paragraph).
To exit the fare paid zone within stations you’ll either pass through exit turnstiles (look for green lights on the face of the turnstiles or for open gates) or through doors opened by pressure plates or infrared sensors.(Pressure activated doors are visible on the left hand side of the photo below.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Paris Metro vs. RER – What’s the difference?
The Metro is a classic subway system: mostly underground, many stops, frequent service, short line distances, serving the urban city centre, non-scheduled train timings. The RER (Réseau Express Régional) is a commuter train system that covers much of the greater metropolitan area of Paris (Ile-de-France ), much further out than that covered by the Metro, including specifically both Paris Airports: Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) , Disneyland® Paris, and Chateau Versailles. The confusing part is that the RER traverses central Paris with a handful of stations, acting like an express Metro system with fewer stops, larger trains and faster movement. Paris fare zones apply to the RER train system, unlike the Metro and there are six of them. Using a Metro ticket, the Ticket t+, is permitted on the RER, but only to the limits of Zone 1, the true center of Paris, bordered by the ring road surrounding it, the Boulevard Periphérique.
Have a question? Ask it at the ParisByTrain forums and I’ll answer it. Commonly asked questions will be reposted here.
Have a suggestion on improving this article? Don’t hesitate to post a comment or edit this article directly.
Further Reading
History, facts and figures of the Paris Metro (wikipedia, en français )
Paris Regional Transport Authority, RATP (partial site available in in English )
Photos of the Paris Metro system (wikipedia commons)
Guides on Paris Airport trains, Paris Disneyland train and Paris train stations
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STIF: Les Chiffes, 2005. “Le Reseau du Transports en Commun”.
Extension of M14 & M13 lines in 2007 & 2008 has added 3 new stations, now totalling 300.

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