The entrance to many of Paris’s Metro Stations can be spotted in the streets by their distinctive art nouveau designs and huge M signs. The various lines are numbered and are known by the names of the stations at each end, the correspondances are the points at which lines join. Look for signs for the relevant direction you are travelling in and follow the colour-coded and numbered lines. Changing lines is quite easy once you get the hang of it.
There are usually large plans of the whole network outside each station, some with illuminated buttons which are fun to operate.
Paris Metro Pass
Use the Paris Metro Pass for unlimited metro and bus travel in Paris. You can buy a Paris metro pass online here in advance and have it delivered to your home, your hotel, or a convenient pickup location in Paris if you’re renting an apartment.
Paris ComboPass® Lite
This Paris pass named Paris ComboPass® Lite version provides 1 or 2-day pass packages that include free unlimited use of all the public transport services inside Paris and the inner suburbs (within 3 zones), free access to the Louvre with the 1-day pass and to the Orsay Museum with the 2-day version, a free Seine river cruise, special discounts and offers for additional Paris attractions, a free Paris street/metro/bus map, and 30 days access to online French lessons.
Paris ComboPass® Premium
Paris ComboPass® Premium version provides 2- to 6-day pass packages that include free unlimited use of all the public transport services inside Paris and the inner suburbs (within 3 zones), free access to more than 60 museums and monuments, a free Seine river cruise, special discounts and offers for additional Paris attractions, a free Paris street/metro/bus map, and 30 days access to online French lessons.
Paris Metro Maps
There is also a Metro map on the back of the free map of Paris from the Tourist Office. Outside some stations (number increasing daily) there are computerised route finders called SITU (système d’information de trajets urbains). You tap in the name of the street you want to get to and get a print-out of the quickest way to get there, including walking. Most stations are quite cheerful inside with gaily coloured plastic seats and matching tiles, plus videos to watch to while away the time. The Louvre station is an extension of the Museum, with works of art displayed in cabinets along the platform. There are the usual buskers but in Paris they do it in style, playing jazz and classical music on trains as well as off. Some of them may well be students from the Conservatoire National. There is a warning siren just before the doors close ans you release the door yourself if you want to get off.
For first-time visitors without much time, a bus trip is ideal to orient yourself if you don’t mind the groupstyle travel.
Paris Opentour is in comfortable double-decker buses, with a live or recorded commentary (in whatever language you want).
Use the Opentour Paris bus pass to discover the city for one or two days. You can buy your Opentour Paris Hop On Hop Off pass in advance and have it delivered to your home, your hotel, or a convenient pickup location in Paris if you’re renting an apartment.
8th arr., 116 bis avenue des Champs-Elysées
At the Lido, past and present shows are one and the same thing, which is to say they are always marvelous, impeccable, diabolically controlled, lavishly tricky and artificially dazzling. Who cares if there are busloads of Japanese tourists, soccer team members and auto dealers in the room? After all, it is dimly lit. Besides, there are also bare-breasted girls appearing out of the ceiling, helicopters battling one another among the stars, typhoons devastating the stage in a stream of foam, stage areas vanishing underground, and dolphins cavorting in a pool. Sets are forever going up and down, turning around, and vanishing in the most elaborate mechanized stage in the world. Then why is it that some people are bored by it all? Because many of these sets are so overdone and infinitely cretinous that many spectators grow instantly tired of seeing them. Thank heaven there are a lot of absolutely perfect traditional nimbers performed by jugglers, illusionists, contortionists and acrobats. Only the Lido can offer you that.