Using the Metro Subway in Europe

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Paris Metro

Chatelet Station connects with metro lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14 plus Regional Express A, B and D trains.
This station takes you everywhere!

Once you've arrived at your destination by Eurail, the subways in Europe are the best way to get around. The pattern is much the same regardless of the country. The first step is to buy your ticket. Automated vending machines are usually available and they allow you to use different languages. Payment is usually by cash or credit card. If you need service in person, there is usually a ticket booth, but these are infrequent in Paris. The introduction of the Euro has made cash purchasing much easier, as so many countries accept Euros. The fares are inexpensive in France, Italy and Greece where you can expect to pay about $1 Euro for a ride. If you are there a number of days, passes can be purchased for unlimited use. This works very well in Paris or Rome to move between the various tourist destinations, which are all served by the subway. Be prepared to pay a lot more for the metro in Britain.

Paris Metro
Paris Metro Map

There is a set process to follow in using the subway:

  • Get your ticket.
  • Determine from a map in the station where the end point is on the line you are going to ride. This can be a challenge in some stations in Britain, but personal assistance is more readily available there too.
  • Slide your ticket into the validator and retrieve it.
  • Follow the end point signs to reach your platform.
  • Wait a few minutes - no need to rush for those train doors closing in the distance - another one will be along immediately.
  • Make sure your bags and pockets are secure, so you don't have to worry about who may be next to you. Put your backpack on your chest.
  • Check for release buttons if the train door doesn't open on its own.
  • Once on board, look at the map printed on the inside of the train to make sure you are going the right way and can determine how many stops are left. Each station is clearly labeled as you arrive. There are often announcements or electronic notices about the next station too.

Riding the subway is very easy. Even if you get on the wrong train, it's easy to reverse direction and set things right.

Paris Metro

Station stops are clearly labelled.