Paris Metro or « Metropolitain »
Paris metro is the Parisian subway network. The « metro » word comes from the French word « Métropolitain », which means something that relates to a (big) city. The Paris metro is a rapid transit system serving Paris and its neighboring suburbs in the Ile-de-France region.
Paris metro is mainly underground. It is 210 kilometers long and has 306 stations. Many of its stations have been designed after the Art Nouveau style.
The Paris metro has 16 lines, with numbers ranging from 1 to 14. Two lines are named « bis », namely Ligne 3bis and Ligne 7bis, because they were originally created as branches of lines 3 and 7.
It is very easy to find one’s way in the metro thanks to a well-thought signage. Lines of Paris metro are easily identified by their specific number and color on maps, and directions are always indicated by the terminus. The metro map is of a great help for any traveler in Paris.
Paris Metro is Europe’s second-busiest subway system after that of Moscow. It carries 4.2 million passengers a day, and in 2012, it carried 1.5 billion passengers in 2012. The Paris metro is very dense with its 245 stations within Paris City boundaries of 86.9 km2.