Definitive guide

Trams in Paris

Unbeknown to many tourists, Paris has its own tramway network, dating back to the late 19th century.

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The Île-de-France Tramways is a streetcar network that mostly caters to the suburban areas of Paris. As such, the tramway is not commonly used by visitors. The network is in continuous expansion, but there currently are twelve lines, all identifiable by the T in front of the corresponding number.

Paris tram Porte d’Ivry
Author: besopha. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Out of these, only lines T3a and T3b run entirely within Zone 1 (central Paris), albeit at its limits. All other lines run solely in the city’s outskirts (Zone 2 and beyond).

Tickets & passes

Paris’ tramways are mostly managed by the RATP, the same company that runs RER trains, Paris city buses, tramways, Métro, and funicular. For this reason, you’ll be able to use the same tickets you use on the other public means of transport on the Parisian tramways (except for line T4, T11, and T13).

Children discounts

Children under the age of 3 ride for free, and children aged 4-9 often have discounts.
Ticket
Type
Zones
Valid for
Ticket T+ tickets Carte Mobilis Paris Visite Navigo Découverte
Type Single ticket One-day travel pass Multi-day pass Weekly or monthly pass
Zones Zone 1 All zones available All zones available All zones available
Valid for Métro, RER, buses, tramways, and funicular Métro, RER, buses, tramways, and funicular Métro, RER, buses, tramways, and funicular Métro, RER, buses, tramways, and funicular
  • T+ tickets are your basic one-way single tickets. Once you validate your ticket at a tramway station, it is valid for 90 minutes. You can buy T+ tickets as singles (€1.90) or in a contactless packet (carnet) of 10 (€14.90). These packets need to be loaded on a Navigo Easy Pass, which you will need to get with a one-time purchase (€2.00). Children between 4 and 9 have reduced fares on the 10 T+ ticket packets (€7.45). If you have doubts about the T+ tickets, you can check out our dedicated article.
  • The Carte Mobilis is a single-day limitless pass. It comes in different zone availabilities, but the one you’re most likely to use is the Zone 1-2 (central area), which costs €7.50.
  • The Paris Visite is a multi-day pass, frequently used by tourists since they also offer discounts on museums and tours. These passes come in different duration options (1, 2, 3, or 5 days) and different zone validities.Discounts apply for children aged 4-9. If you want to know more about the Paris Visite pass, you can read our dedicated article.
  • Finally, the Navigo Découverte is a weekly or monthly pass with no zone limitations. It requires separate purchase of the card (€5.00) and costs either €22.80 (weekly) or €75.20 (monthly). The weekly ticket is valid strictly Monday to Sunday, regardless of which day you purchased it. Starting Friday, Navigo Découverte passes for the current week are no longer sold, and you can only buy them for the following week. If you want to learn more about the know more about the Navigo pass, you can read our dedicated article.

Watch out for the type of card

Navigo Découverte is ideal for visitors in the city, while the regular Navigo is reserved for locals only.

Schedule

As with any other transport network, the tramway’s closing and opening times vary from one line to the other, and the times are approximate.

As for the frequency, it changes greatly between the rush hours and the dead hours. In the middle of the day, you can expect a tram every 5-8 minutes.

Day
Mon-Sun
Day Opening time Closing time
Mon-Sun 5:00 am 1:00 am

Helpful tools

The entity that operates the majority of public transport in Paris (including the majority of the tramways), the RATP has a route planner on its website.


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