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Since the first line opened in 1900, the metro network has grown steadily. One hundred and twenty years later there are 220 kilometres of track and 303 stations. That’s one station every 550 metres on average.

 The Paris metro today

The 14 lines, two automatic, which make up the network today serve Paris and the inner suburbs in Hauts de Seine (Lines 1, 3, 4, 10 and 12), Seine Saint-Denis (Lines 3, 5, 7, 9, 11,14) and Val de Marne (Lines 1, 7 and 8). In addition to these 14 lines are Lines 3bis and 7bis. Every year, there are 1,520 million trips on the metro.

The arrival of new metro cars

These new metro trains will be quieter and more comfortable. They are air-conditioned or cooled and have better on-board information including lighted maps or announcements indicating the next station. The trains on Line 7 are being refurbished and those on Line 14 will be gradually replaced from May 2020 by longer eight-car trainsets (compared to six cars). Those on Line 4 will be replaced by driverless shuttles (from the end of 2020). On Line 11 five-car trainsets will replace four-car trainsets to respond to the increase in traffic due to the extension of the line to Rosny-Bois-Perrier (2023).

In addition, an order has been placed to replace the trainsets of eight other metro lines from 2024: Lines 3, 3bis, 7, 7bis, 8, 10, 12 and 13.

Interior of an MP14 train, the new metro in service on Line 14.

Travelling on the metro

Metro timetables are extensive. On weekdays, passengers can use the metro from around 5.30 am to 1.15 am. On Friday and Saturday evenings, and on the eve of holidays, they run an hour later, until around 2.15 am. In addition, on New Year’s Eve (December 31), and the Fête de la musique (June 21), a large part of the network is open all night!

You will find the metro network map and a map of each line here: