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<map lat='48.83398957668602' lng='2.34283447265625' zoom='10' view='0' float='right'/>'''Paris''' is the capital of [[France]]. It is situated within a ring road called ''le périphérique'', or ''le périph''. The actual city is relatively small, but is surrounded by endless suburbs, some of which are linked to the urban public transportation system at no extra cost (i.e. a standard one-trip city ticket), while some others being labelled as outside zones and thus more expensive to reach.
== Hitching Out ==The city Note that there is situated within a an "outer ring road " to the Paris suburb area, motorway A86 (or ''le super-périphérique'', or ''le périph'') and whilst the actual city another wider ring even further called "la Francillienne" which isn't completed but still used to connect . If your ride is relatively smallnot going to Paris itself, you might want to clarify which ring they are going to take as it is surrounded by endless suburbsmay affect the place where you'd want to be dropped. There are plenty of excellent spots for hitchhiking North (''Aire La Courneuve'')You may also find them useful if you need to bypass Paris, especially the Francilienne, East ([[petrol station]]s as it has more gas stations and ''[[barrières de péage]]'') and also South (''Aire de Lisses'') less complex interchanges.
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=== Northeast towards [[Lille]] and [[Belgium]] ===During rush hours, it is possible (but illegal) to be quickly dropped on the ring road. This is useful if your ride is not willing to get out of it to drop you (which is often the case). Within the ring area, you are definitely linked to the whole regular fare subway system.
==== Senlis Peage====Go directly to the peage, 50KM north of Paris, near the town of Senlis. Senlis has no train station but If you can still buy a train ticket to Senlis are coming from Paris Nord train station! The train goes to Chantilly the Northeast and after your ride is heading South (which is a normal truck route), chances are that your driver will not drop you do on the rest with a bus, ring road where it is complicated to stop. A frequent place to get dropped is the train ticket is valid for this bus and first exit South on the bus station (A6 called "gare routièreRungis") is right outside the train station of Chantilly. Once From there, you need can reach the Metropolitan subway system by tram with one ticket, then use another one to walk a little and you'll find a "péage" your final destination. You can also reach other suburbs in the 94 department (highway payment station - people have to stop to take Val de Marne) taking the TvM bus, which is also a normal Paris ticket). The bus driver gave me the directions. This should take around one hour.
=== Airports ===
There are 3 main airports that service Paris. Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly, and Beauvais. It is possible to hitch from the airports into the city, but to get from Paris to the airports, Blablacar is probably the most reliable option.
* CDG is in the North, and is the closest. A one-way ticket to/from the airport is 10.30 euros. To hitch into Paris from here, go to Terminal 3 and you will find a parking lot. Follow the signs to Paris and hitch at the parking lot exit.
* Orly is South of Paris. A one-way ticket to/from the airport is usually 12 euros, but there is a secret way that is only 3.80 (2x1.90 tickets)! From Paris take metro line 7 to the last stop (Villejuif-Louis Aragon) and then switch to Tram 7, which will take you right to the airport. Or do it backwards to get into Paris. Hitchhiking from Orly should be feasible, also from the parking lot.
* [[Beauvais]] is the furthest, and 45 minutes North from Paris. Tickets are an appalling 16.80 euros each way! Luckily, lots of Blablacar rides can take you there for 6 or 7 euros, and it is easy to hitchhike back (See the [[Beauvais]] page).
==== Service station at Survilliers==Hitching out ==From ParisThere are plenty of excellent spots for hitchhiking North (''Aire La Courneuve''), take RER D from Chatelet-les-halles or Gare du Nord, direction Orry la Ville - Coye. Get off the train at Survilliers-Fosses East (35 KM North of Paris[[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]] and ''[[péage|barrières de péage]]''). Walk down Rue and also South (''Aire de la Gare towards Survilliers town centreLisses''). Then It's all about how much you are willing to pay in Survillierspublic transportation, turn right at La Grande Rue; and how daring you will find the motorway.. Once there, cross the autoroute by the bridge and walk down the autoroute direction Paris (in the direction opposite to traffic), the gas station will appear soonare.
=== North/Northeast towards [[England]], [[Lille]] and [[Belgium]] {{afr|1}} ===
These are classified by cost in public transportation from Paris' centre. There is a bonus pro-tip at the bottom involving Arras :)
==== Option 1: Porte de la Chapelle ====
==== Aire La Courneuve ====Probably This option costs one local ticket. Porte de la Chapelle is where the best way to get to [[BelgiumA1 (France)|A1]] is by hitching at the petrol station [http://mapsstarts.googleLocal drivers say they often see hitchhikers get there, take the metro line 12 to ''Porte de la Chapelle'',48then walk to the roundabout.934623You can try getting a ride on the roundabout (there are traffic lights,which means that cars have to stop) or you can stand on the opposite side facing the roundabout where the motorway starts. Another good option is to start hitchhiking in the same street where the metro is. There are 2.393732%3B3201522175225020794petrol stations in that very street,48just 50m deeper into the city.920638They aren't overcrowded and,2.410383&saddr=Aire+de+Service+de+La+Courneuve+%4048.934790at the same time,+2.393710&daddr=&mra=mr&sll=48.918269quite a few cars going up north stop here to refill; nonetheless,2.403388&sspn=0.013649at such places,0.040169&ie=UTF8&ll=48.933157much depends on your luck,2.396951&spn=0.006823and according to some hitchhikers,0.020084&this place won't=k&z=16&om=1is ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve'']make it to the top 10 best hitchhiking places in France. If It is therefore recommended to hitchhike at the roundabout, where a quiet lane right by the traffic lights gives you take a closer look good opportunity to get onto the motorway (avoiding at the petrol station on google maps you will see same time all the traffic that there is a wall surrounding this petrol station; nonetheless, you can get there if you follow these tips:heads for ''Boulevard Peripherique'').
First, get closer by public transport. Some options are:* Bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' (metro line 7), get off A good option to leave faster is to show at ''Parc des Sports'' (next to the highway)* Bus 250 from ''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (metro line 7), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (roundabout a sign for the quickest way?)* [http://mapsairport "Charles de Gaulle" is a petrol station (Aire La+Courneuve+Aubervilliers&daddr=Rue+Paul+Verlaine,+93120+La+Courneuve,+Seine-Saint-Denis,+Ile-de-France,+Frankreich&sll=48.926137,see Option 2.394161&sspn=0.01892,0.040169&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=48.928026,2.388539&spn=0.018919,0.040169&z=15&om=1 ) before the airport where the driver could let you out; don''La Courneuve Aubervilliers''] (RER B), t miss it! The station is not so big and walk 2 km north along ''Boulevard Pasteur''. You many drivers just go to the airport but at least you can catch this train from ''Gare du Nord''.* [,+8+Mai+1945&daddr=rue+paul+verlaine&sll=48.93333,2.392216&sspn=0.009459ask people,0.020084&ie=UTF8&ll=48.926137,2.394161&spn=0.01892,0.040169&z=15&om=1 ''La Courneuve, 8 Mai 1945''] (metro line 7) whereas it could be hard and make your way to ''rue Paul Verlaine'' by taking a tram "T1" and getting off long at ''Six Routes''Porte de la Chapelle.
You then have several options to get to the petrol station==== Option 2:Motorway services Aire La Courneuve ====
# RECOMMENDED[[File: You can hitch a lift onto the motorway (Autoroute A1) and ask the driver to drop you off at the petrol stationMasaru. You will need a sign saying "A1 EST". You can do so by walking North under the motorway (if you haven't gone under already in the bus) and cross over to the other side of the road and find a point at the beginning of the slip road going South onto the A1 (this way you will enter the A1 going West, but immediately your driver should get off jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Masaru at the next exit, cross over and come back onto the A1 heading East). Otherwise, you can walk South back to ''Six Routes'Aire La Courneuve', turn right and follow the tramlines (on your left hand side) and find a suitable place to hitch (there are some traffic lights). Your driver will go over the A1 and then take the turning round to the slip road going East. From the point you join the A1 East via the circular slip road, it is only about a 1km until the petrol station, so make sure you advise your driver!!# There is a door in the wall surrounding the petrol station which allows outside access but it is sometimes locked (latter was true on 01-06-08 and 28-09-08 also 29-11-08..). Walk away from the door and scale the concrete wall at the point where it becomes a fence. Walk forward and you'll see where you have to go. (See [,2.393292&spn=0.001334,0.004227&t=h&z=19 approximate location of the door].)# If the door is locked you have to climb the wall that is approximately 1,90 m tall, and go through a broken fence [,5.710144&sspn=1.165162,2.570801&ie=UTF8&t=k&om=1&ll=48.933836,2.394&spn=0.001182,0.002511&z=19&iwloc=addr here] - ''et voila'', you are at the petrol station.# You can walk around the wall for about 70 meters towards the left, then walk down the little hill and walk through the bushes. You have to go through two fences to enter the petrol station.
From the This option costs one local ticket or zones 1–3 ticket (eur 2.75as of 2018). The petrol station, you[ ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve''re best bet ] is probably to get a lift to about 2 km along the [[toll station]] (PÉAGE ("pay-arge"))A1, heading north. This is a 20 minutes drive down the motorway a [[toll road]] and everyone has to stop here. It is a great place to get long-distance ridesof Paris.
Between the Take bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette''Aire La Courneuveor bus 250 from '' and the 'Fort d'barrière de péageAubervilliers'' (toll stationboth are on metro line 7) there to the stop ''Parc des Sports''. This bus stop is next to the A1 highway. Just walk to the right from the bus stop, without ever passing under the overpass. Then walk east parallel to the motorway through the parking lot of an apartment complex. There is a wall preventing access to the motorway, but if you continue walking a small [[rest area]] few hundred meters east and up a fairly large slight grassy hill, the wall ends. You can then follow a steep, thorny path full of nettles down towards the motorway and back west towards the petrol station with quite many cars stopping there. Ask your driver if he/she passes this service areaThere is a fence right along the motorway, but near the petrol station it has been trampled down and you can step over it.
[[FileAttention:Masaruin the winter / early spring or after the rain walking down the hill to the motorway might be difficult because of mud.jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Masaru at ''Aire La Courneuve'']] Another option In February it took 2 hitchhikers almost 40 minutes to walk down and reach the fence, after numerous attempts to get a ride towards Lille keep the balance and/or Belgium is first not to take fall down. It might be a RER B to ''Stade de France'' and then walk up good idea in this case to hitch from the entrance of the highway, right at the final traffic light where cross before you can ask for a ride turn to the first petrol station on parking lot of the motorway (''Aire La Courneuve'') which is about 5 km awayapartment complex.
Lastly, one can take a line 13 to ''Carrefour Pleyel'' Attention 2: I tried this route September 2017 and then walk along ''Boulevard Anatole France'' (see [,+France&daddr=charles+de+gaulle&sll=48.927631,2.383518&sspn=0.027124,0.080338&ie=UTF8&ll=48.923881,2.358456&spn=0.013563although I got there following the instructions,0.040169&t=h&z=15&om=1 Google Maps]) up until the beginning final fence closing of the highwaypetrol station has been fixed. There is I had to climb a hitchhiking spot there which might be not tree to drop into the greatest one in the world compound. I'm a clumsy person and I managed, but at least with a heavy backpack it can lead you to the next petrol station on the highway (make sure, though, the driver won't drop you off at the exit 4 of the highway)might be challenging.
Attention 3: I used this option in April 2019 and it worked fine, following the original advice. There is a wall but go to the VERY end, up the slight grassy hill... The path goes down, the fence is trampled down, and then you're basically on the motorway for about 10metres before you're at the services. From the petrol station, most drivers are only going to the airport or local communities. You should ask for a lift at least to the [[toll station]] (''péage'') heading north. This is a 20-minute drive down the motorway (some kilometers after the airport) and everyone has to stop here. It is a great place to get long-distance rides. ==== Option 3: Charles de Gaulle ====
''Charles de Gaulle'' airport can be an option for hitching North-East, although waiting times might vary a lot.
It is easy to jump the metro at terminal 2 and there wasn't anyone guarding it. Maybe the same is true for terminals 1 and 3 but I can't vouch for it. From terminal 2 walk out of terminal and head straight to the main road. You should see signs for A1 Paris Lille. Keep following these signs until the road splits for A1 Lille. One road goes to the left, under a bridge and there are some traffic lights. The other goes to the right. Stand to the right of the right turn. Cars can stop on a dashed out area to your left or drive a little past you on the right. A couple of cars stopped straightaway and I was easily able to get a lift to the next service station which had lots of people driving north to Lille, Belgium and Holland. That service station was very busy and it was easy to get a lift as well as a good meal from peoples' leftovers in the restaurant including half a bottle of wine! ==== Porte Option 4: Motorway services Aire de la Chapelle Vémars Est====That<ol><li>From 'Nation's where the [[A1 autoroute bus station (Francealso a metro stop)|A1]] starts - local drivers say they often see hitchhikers there. To get there , take a metro 12 bus 351* to 'Roissypole'Porte located at Charles de la ChapelleGaulle Airport (Terminal 3). It's the last stop and payment isn', then walk t required to enter the roundaboutbus. You can try getting a ride BLACK RIDE on this bus both ways</li><li>From the roundabout coach station there (there are traffic lightsGare routière), which means that cars have to stop) or you can stand on catch the opposite side facing the roundabout where the highway starts95. Another good option is 01 bus to start hitchhiking in Vémars, though this bus does '''not''' run on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Ask inside at the same street where ticket office/information desk for which parking number the metro isbus will be at (D2 in Oct 2013). The ticket costs €2. [BEWARE 95. There are 2 petrol stations in 01 does not work on public holidays and Sundays, so if that very streetis the case, just 50m deeper into then get off at QUEBEC because the city. They aren't overcrowded, A1 highway (going to Lille) cuts through Paris multiple times and at the same time quite this petrol station there is a few higher chance of finding Dutch cars stopping and giving you a ride to another petrol station on the main highway, which is super busy and easy to find rides going up to anywhere from Calais to Antwerp to Lille]</li><li> You can always try to go with the North stop here for refill; nonethelessbus number 702 to Vémars centre from the airport (20 stops, at such places much is depended 39 minutes). This will also work on your luckSaturdays, Sundays and according to some hitchhikers public holidays (as of 2018)</li><li>From the Vémars bus stop walk straight 400m on 'Rue Pierre Curie' (D17) until it merges with 'Rue de la Mairie.' Walk an additional 350m until this place wonmerges with 't make to Rue des Vignolles' (D16).</li><li>On your left, the A1 will be clearly visible as will the TOP10 best hitchhiking places in France'Aire de Vémars Ouest' petrol station. It From here, it is therefore rather recommended another 1.25km to hitchhike at the roundabout any given entrance.</li></ol> Another useful recommendation is this website, where a quiet lane right by the traffic lights gives you a good opportunity can virtually create any route you want to get onto take out of the highway (avoiding at the same time all the traffic that heads for city. Coupled with Google Maps, it''Boulevard Periphique'')s an excellent tool: For 351 Bus Route refer to link below
=== A4 East*Note: The 351 bus service does not run on weekends, towards but the above link can help find an alternate route.[[MetzFile:Vemars.jpg]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]], etc ===
==== Going directly to the ''barrière de péage'' Option 5: Senlis Péage ====Take RER A4 to the last stop (''Marne-La-Vallee - Chessy''). The train journey length is around 45 minutes (6€ something). Take the bus number 59 (doesn't operate on Sundays, the ticket costs around 2 Euro) which leaves from the bus stop next to the RER train station at ''Eurodisney'','' Marne-La-Vallee'' ([ timetable 2008 here]). It takes ten minutes to arrive at the “Truffaut” gardening centre which is beside the péage (stop Coutevroult - Truffaut). From there, walk back a bit and go through what seems to be a police station's parking area and is called "voie de service" on the map - you will get to the green area right outside the péage - and you won't need to jump any of the fences! From this ''barrière de péage'' it is easy to get rides to [[Metz]] or even straight to [[Germany]]. You might meet people (gendarmes or highway staff) in that "voie de service" - even if they try to talk you out of it, remember ''it is allowed'' to hitchhike ''in the car park'' by the peage.
Attention, the bus 59 runs every hourThis option costs €9 (25% discount for under 26s) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. It The peage is usually timed to start 5 min after 50km north of Paris, near the arrival town of the RER so hurry yourself up from the train. Follow the signs "gare routière" (bus station). If bus 59 doesn't start before 30 min, consider using bus 34 (see bellow)Senlis.
If Senlis has no train station, but you decide to hitch still buy the ticket from this péage on Sunday you can take the bus noa train station. 34 (1.60 €From Paris Nord, [ timetable]) go to Chantilly and switch to a bus stop to Senlis at the "Bailly-Romainvilliers - Place de lgare routière" right outside of Chantilly'Europe" s train station with your ticket. Once there, then you need to walk for about 2kilometers. You will soon see the motorway A4 a little and you'll find a "[[péage|péage]]". Here's The bus driver gave me the [,2.839065&geocode=&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=48.850992,2.833614&sspn=0.012962,0.027637&ie=UTF8&z=15 route]This should take around one hour.
The ''barrière ==== Option 6: Porte de péage'' is located Bagnolet (A3) ====Google maps: [http,2.83959&daddr4086197,17z/data=&hl=es&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=48!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47e66e87e1c7d877:0x17c4d9a47ae58890!2sPorte+de+la+Chapelle!8m2!3d48.853788,2897279!4d2.839912&sspn=0359192!3m4!1s0x47e66d8329157e27:0x2a4ba9074d60ae9a!8m2!3d48.003586,08645542!4d2.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=484095799]Get a ticket for the station Porte de Bagnolet.850258This is pretty close to where the A3 starts,2which leads to the A1, so a lot of traffic is heading this direction.830095&spn=0.014346The place might not be ideal, but it worked for me after just 20 minutes to get a ride on to the A1, There is a bus stop, where buses often stop so the traffic is slowed down, furthermore, there is a small gas stop,0where you can approach drivers directly which cue up there from time to time.038624&t=h&z=15 here]Position yourself at the traffic lights before the bus stop to show your sign indicating the direction you want to go to.
==== Via petrol station ====
[[File==== Bonus Tip:Zoe.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during the [[888]] event]]Arras Service Station====The first petrol station is close to RER A station ''Bussy St.Georges''. From this station walk South for about 1 km along a bigger road which will lead you to a roundabout. You can try hitchhiking from there but Heading north on the needed petrol station will be just a bit more than 2 km from A1, there. You can walk on the grass field next to the highway. The petrol station is called a ''La Ferrièrefantastic''. Another option to reach this petrol Esso service station is to walk through the industrial zone of ''Bussy'' area, to the South of the railway, then reach the bridge over the highway and follow further by walking on the grass until the actual petrol station. Most of the walk will be on the road which means you will save some time while at the same time such a walk won't be so annoying if you happen to hitchhike in winter (then you apparently don't wanna go through the fields). You can follow just outside Arras [httphttps://maps.googlegoo.comgl/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=gare/2suUznoe5C42],+bussy+saint+georgeswith people heading pretty much everywhere. You can get rides to the UK (Chunnel),+france&daddr=chemin+de+la+rue+paveeLille,+bussy+saint+georgesBelgium,+france&sll=48Netherlands.831899 Many difference license plates (GB, F,2.723193&sspn=0.01291B,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=48.831814NL,2.726369&spn=0.01291D,0.040169&t=h&om=0 this route] on Google MapsE) and lots of opportunities.
==== Various other options =East towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]] {{Afr|4}} ===* If you go to ''Bussy-St-Georges'' you can also try to catch a bus nr.4 or nr.44 from the metro station ''Gutenberg''. When at ''Bussy-St-Georges'', walk sraight to the bridge (don't take the first bridge left after the bus stop because than you will have to jump over the fence and to walk through the field (and hitchhiking with wet feet isn't that good, obviously)). The péage is not far from there, although it might be a bit further than the closest highway ramp.
* Take the RER Line A (Red) in direction of ''Boissy St Legere'' until the station ''Nogent Sur Marne'' (~2€). Leave the ==== Option 1: Motorway service station in direction of ''Rue JoinvilleAire de Ferrières'' and follow the sign to the A4. It is a 30 min walk. If some driver stops for you, ask if he/she can take you at least to the next petrol station (there is no toll road (péage) to get there, so it is likely that you will get a ride there).====
=== A6 South ''Quite long trip and a bit expensive. Takes you to [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] ===a great petrol station (good for both day and night hitching); better if you speak French.''
Take RER A to station '''Aire de LissesBussy St.Georges''': . You can also get to this petrol station is situated about 35kms South of Paris, however it's near to an RER A station (15 minutes by walk) so you can easily get theretaking bus 4 or 44 from metro station ''Gutenberg''. In order '' Make your way west to get out of the several rings of highways surrounding Paris D35 and then walk south along it could be really useful for about 1km to start hitching a roundabout. You can try hitchhiking from this placehere, especially since you get directly but the service station is just a bit more than 2 km from here. You can walk on the A6, after all grass field next to the branchmotorway -offs. To get there you have to take don't choose this way in the RER D toward Melun morning or Malesherbes (!via Corbeil!). After Corbeil-Essonnes in autumn/winter as the second station grass is Villabéwet. The petrol station is not marked on googlemaps but doncalled ''Aire de Ferrières''t worry, and it's there: [http://mapsa "TOTAL" option to reach this petrol station is to walk through the industrial zone of the ''Bussy'' district,+91100+Villab%C3%A9which lies south of the railway,+Franciaorsz%C3%A1g&daddr=48.592221crossing the bridge over the motorway and then continuing on by walking on the grass until the actual petrol station (note that as of February 2011,2there was a nice-sized fence to hop after crossing the bridge.443964&hl=hu&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=48.592959Nothing too difficult,2but a big backpack makes it harder!).44184&sspn=0.005947,0.013604&ie=UTF8&ll=48.592959,2.452869&spn=0.023786,0.054417&z=14 Most of the walk will be on the road which means you will save some time while at the same time such a walk won't be so annoying if you happen to hitchhike in winter (then you apparently don't want to go through the way from Villabé RER station to Aire de Lisses''] fields).
A hitchhiking spot at Here''Porte d'Orleans'' (at the "périferique") seems quite s a good place to get a ride (metro ''Porte d'Orleans'')[,2.744594&ll=48.836023,2.723494&spn=0. There's a petrol station034406, and a good spot (just besides the "Novotel" building) at the traffic junction to the "périferique extérieur"0. Don'071583&num=1&t go with those cars which head for suburbs only - next [[tollway=m&z=14 map]] or a petrol station is about 50 km away.
=== A10 South to From Bussy-St. Georges there is a bus [[Orleans] 46]to Jossigny, [[Bordeaux]]Bout Pecheret, [[Spain]] ===[[File:888_signsfrom there its only 1.jpg|thumb|240px|left|A small collection of the "Paris" signs for the [[Project 888]] where over 150 hitchhikers gathered and camped in front of the Eiffel Tower3 km to walk.]]
You can SHOULD take the RER B to ''Massy==== Option 2. Motorway junction slip-Palaiseau''. From there you will be able to follow motoway signs for the A10. There are two options: take a bus from the massive lot beside station or walk down a motorway ramp nearby! I would strongly advise the ramp option!road ====
''This one is close to Paris, faster and cheaper to get to, but still in the megapolis. Starting from there, you're likely to end up either at the petrol station described above or at the péage. Not good at night.''
Motorway ramp optionGo down Take the RER Line A (Red) in the direction of ''Avenue CarnotBoissy St Legere'' along until the station ''Massy-PalaiseauNogent Sur Marne'' railway towards (€2.75 (2016)). Leave the station in direction of ''autorouteRue Joinville''. After a while there you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of space for cars. Keep going and you will reach a roundaboutfollow the sign to the A4. If you keep following this road, you will reach It is a motorway exit underneath a bridge30 minute walk. It would be a good idea to use There is a sign with "Chartres" as this will make sure to get a ride at least to red light before the first ''barrière de péage'' slip road (30+ kmon-ramp) at St.Arnault. When already thereLots of traffic, you might as well pull up possibility to stop on the sign "SPAIN" - you might even get a truck straight to Portugalramp for brave drivers.
Ask if your driver can take you at least to the next petrol station which is within the free motorway network. Toll gate is a bit further.
Bus ==== OptionThe first petrol station is situated near the village called ''Briis-sous-Forges''3. To get there you need to take either RER B to ''Massy-Palaiseau'' From there take within the bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forgescity limits: Quai de Bercy ====''. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdaysCheap, once an hour on Saturdays, and there are no buses on Sundays. The petrol station is situated a couple of kms North from the village. To reach it as you will only need to find a metro ticket and pretty fast too.''Route d'Invilliers'', a small local road parallel to the highway. Once you are there, make sure your driver takes the right road as the A11 starts not far away.
Another solution is You can also try to start hitching at ''Dourdan''. You take hitch directly from within Paris rather than taking the trin, RER C to ''Dourdan'' (ticket costs around 7€). Go to ''rue d'Etampes'' and start thumbing train for at a roundabout there. In ''Les-granges-du-roi'' take the D838 that will lead you to the A10 motorway ramp. Note, though, that it is a bit far to walk - around 10 km -, least half an hour and the traffic is weak. Hitch there before the ''barrière de péage'' with a sign "Orleans"then walking.
Take the metro line 14 to Bercy and exit towards Boulevard de Bercy, take the Boulevard down to the bridge where it intersects with Quai de Bercy. Standing on Quai de Bercy it is advisable to have a sign indicating you want to get onto the A4. When cars stop, ask if they are going all the way to the toll station (péage), many drivers turn off the A4 before that but there are not really any convenient places to continue hitch-hiking from before the toll station.
==== Option 4. Lorraine TGV ====
French railway operator SNCF has been running low-cost TGVs under the brand [ OuiGO] since a few years. The good news is that from the summer 2018 it runs from Gare de l'Est within city limits and at a reasonable time (12:55) instead of running at 6 am from the rail station at the CDG airport as it was the case before. If you book a bit in advance you can get a ticket to Lorraine TGV (in the outskirts of [[Metz]] , or [[Strasbourg]] main station for as low as 10 €, although the fare you're more likely to find is around 15-20 €. The ride takes 1:15 hour. From Lorraine-TGV station it is relatively easy to hitch east towards Saarbrücken and further into Germany. In the beginning you will have a simple two-lane local road, which joins the motorway A4 near Forbach close to the german border.
This motorway follows the route of the '''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and splits afterwards near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. There's no petrol station between ''Porte d'Orleans'' and the A6xA10 junction except [ Getting South or Southwest {{Afr|6}},2.302011&spn{{Afr|10}}, or {{Afr|11}} =0.001638,0.003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough one, according to some hitchhikers).
Another easy option is These spots are close enough to stand at ''Porte d'Orleans'', within Paris the city boundaries, (the same as for the A6 options) with a sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]]. There is a ''[[barrière de péage]]'' be getting traffic in ''Saint Arnoult'', before the split between A10 and A11, so you can accept a ride going to Orléans or to [[Chartres]], for example. Make sure, though, the driver will leave you at least at the "péage de Saint Arnoult". French hitchhiker [[User:Pietshah|Pietshah]] did this route tons of times and had very little troublesall southern directions.
Similarly ''==== Option 1: Porte d'Italie'' which is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is a good place to hitch from. Additionally if you walk down the exit there at the traffic lights there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rain.Orléans ====
=== A11 South-West to [[Le Mans]]Once the most famous hitchhiking spot in France, [[Nantes]]this spot isn't bad nowadays, [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Brittany]] ===This highway splits from the A10 near but it isn't great either. The good thing is that drivers aren'Dourdan't surprised to see people there, and that you don't need to get out of Paris in faraway suburbs. There are several possibilities go get on this motorway:
# The petrol station at ''Briis-sous-ForgesPorte d'Orléans''is the terminal subway station of line 4. Look at There is an entry on the A10 section's options.# Take a train to 'périphérique'Rambouillet'' from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' (about 7€) and start hitching on the N10 ring road where lots of people are later heading South, until the A11 motorway ramp.# Take The best place is besides the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' "Novotel" building or (12€better) and start hitching from there. You might want to go to the service station ''Chartres-Gasville'' on opposite it at the A11 east of ''Chartres'' (bus plus one hour walk!)traffic lights. From the train stationBe warned, take traffic here is heavy and fast moving. If you have much baggage or more than one of many [http://www.filibusperson I would not fancy your chances buses] that stop Waiting at the ''Morard'' petrol station. Here starts bus 12, take it and get off at ''N.Conté'' - some minutes before or even the adjacent war memorial will not give you arrive there, memorize the routebest traffic.Edit : I think that the bus croses place in front of the hotel is pretty bad. Very hard for the motorway, and comes cars to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''Nstop there.ContéIt''. Now comes 1 hour of walk: go back s better to stand before, at the big roundabout and turn right (east) to follow red lights. I stood near the N10 until you come to a small city. There you encounter gas station at the next roundaboutlights, where you turn left. Follow miss all the streetcars not coming from inside Paris, but it bends to the right and ends on the ''Rue du Bois Paris'' where you turn left (north). After 500 meters comes the motorway, continue until you have crossed it. The service station is 400 meters east, so try to pass throught s way easier for the trees on your right and follow the street cars to the service station.# Another good spot (and cheaper to get to) is ''Portes d'Orleans'' (see info above - section A6) where you can hitch with a sign "Chartres" or "A10"/"A11". If you get a ride and to ''Péage de Saint Arnoult'' (from someone going to Orleans - A10 - for example), accept it, since it is before the highway splitstop.
== Paris public transport ==Public transport in Paris consists of Make sure to specify with a metro sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]] or [[Chartres]] (lines from number 1 to 14if you are heading Southwest - A10 or A11), RER (fast trains serving and that the driver will leave you at least at the suburbs with relatively few inner city stops"péage de Saint Arnoult" or before that at "Limours-Janvry" service station. Beware, lines from letter A to E)just after the "péage", buses (lines from number 20 to ...?) the motorway separates between A10 and trams (lines from T1 to T4)A11. If you want to make a few voyagesare heading directly South onto the A6, the cheapest option is to buy have a carnet of 10 single tickets sign (around 11 euros). You can travel to the end of RER lines for around 15 euros. If you stay in Paris for several days and will use transport often you can also buy a pass may try "Mobilis[[Lyon]]" for one or several days (5Fontainebleau) and make sure to be left at ''Aire de Lisses'',6 € for one day inside Paris) - it is valid on metroroughly 35 km further, RER and ground transportation; if you stay for a week or more - get a "Carte Orange" little bit after Evry (drivers to Evry are not enough for 16.3 € a week (you'll also need a photo for this one). All prices as of fall 2008.
=== Metro system ===Ticket checks never occur on actual metro trains, and ticket controllers seem to employ 1 of 2 approaches: first one includes ticket controllers forming a line inside Whenever a metro tunnel or station exit diplomat travels between Paris and checking all the exiting travelers (since they are uniformed Orly airport, he'll go through here. Which means that there will be police presence. The police don't care about you, but it is easy to see them from a distance unless very unlikely anyone will stop while they decide to hide are around. That happens often enough. They stick around the corner); second for one involves civil-dressed controllers watching the gates and busting those jumping over - they'll either stop them directly themselves, or radio-report to uniformed controllers who then will ask a stopped person to show a valid tickethour.
Checks are said never to occur during rush hours; peak times for these controls are evenings, weekends and the beginning of a new month. Except for the major stations, it is pretty easy to jump over the barriers, or pass through following other people passing to the ticket-zone. Only on major stations one is required to have a validated ticket when exiting. As in some other countries, one can be relax about the ticket booth staff since they have nothing to do with ticket checks.==== Option 2: Porte d'Italie ====
=== RER system ===Uniformed controllers will ask for validated tickets on trains, and since the RER shares the metro infrastructure, you might be Similarly ''Porte d'Italie'' which is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is a subject good place to hitch from. Additionally if you walk down the checks in similar order mentioned above. It is possible exit to travel for freethe traffic lights, even though there is an overhead bypass which can keep you stand a higher chance of being busted. It seems that checks can occur at any time, so dry in the best time to travel for free is a rush hour when controls are impossible due to congestion. The highest risk of being checked seems to occur on transfer stations from RER to metro stationsrain.
=== Buses South towards [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] {{Afr|6}} ===Like in most cities of France, you can walk onto the bus without showing or validating a ticket. Checks are said to be rare, and occur mainly late at night.
=== Fines and punishments = Option 1: Motorway services Aire de Lisses ====French transport police won't make any exceptions for foreigners. Although it is said it might be possible to talk them out of fining a "dumb tourist" they are mainly hostile. Most commonly they will ask for a 40 euro fine which can be paid directly in cash or by credit card. Alternatively you can plead poverty, and if you show a valid ID they will post a fine to the address and the name written on ID.
=== Going This option costs EUR 5.85 (but possible to have ride without ticket also), a zone 1–5 ticket and takes roughly 75 minutes. ''Charles de Gaulle''/''Roissy'' airport ===Bus line 350 goes to ''Gare Aire de lLisses'Est''is the first service area on the A6, situated about 35 km South of Paris. It can save you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your direction, and line 351 being located after all the motorway branch- to ''Place de la Nation''. You're supposed to validate 3 tickets (which is a lot cheaper than travelling by RER); checks are said rare to occuroffs.
== Sleeping in Paris ==[[Hospitality exchange#Hospitality exchange networks|Hospitality exchange]] networks can be Get the RER D towards Melun via Corbeil. Be careful to get on the right train as there are 2 routes for RER D towards Melun. As of 2010-02, the ID of the train you need was "ZIPE" or "ZOPO" (All trains on RER lines have a great choice when staying low4 letter ID depending on stations served). If it's too confusing (it's very confusing), get whatever train that goes to "Corbeil Essonne" and, from there, whatever train that goes to Melun. Get off at the station '''Villabé''', the second after Corbeil-budget in ParisEssonnes. However, one must plan usually such staying well ahead since Paris The station is a popular destination for many backpackersnot marked on Google Maps but don't worry, and many hospitality exchange networksit's there: ['' members are usually overloaded with requests the way from Villabé RER station to have guests.Aire de Lisses'']
It is also possible Otherwise, you can take the RER D to sleep Évry-Courcouronnes centre, and from there Bus 415 in the ''Champs de Mars'' in front direction of Villabé. Get off at stop "Ikea", the Eiffel Tower - police generally lets you sleep until 9 or 10 in the morninggas station will be a five minute walk away. There are many trees Note that offer you a protection in case as of 2017, there is a rain. You can also put up a tent (at night) in a discrete spot although keep in mind that police officers will wake fence you up around the sunrise. You can also sleep under the bridge at the Seine river on the other side of the Eiffel Tower. During the first European Hitchhikers Week ([[888]]) around 50 people slept in front of have to climb to get to the Eiffel Towerstation.
<[Note, Mar 2018: There is no barrier at Villabé and so you can pay the standard central Paris tarif to get into the metro network and then just ride out there.] A problem with a petrol station is that leaving trucks can block the leaving cars, so cars won't have chance to stop at all. [[User:Artti|Artti]] stood there three hours without a sign until he walked to the ramp next to the petrol station. There is more traffic and therefore more chance to get ride. Also cars have lots of space to stop. ==== Option 2: Motorway services Aire de Nemours ==== You can take a train to Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R from Gare de Lyon, a ticket costs about 10 euros) and walk 45min to the service area ( ). Then you're already on a paying section (no local traffic), far out from Paris (80km), and can get a ride to Châlon, Mâcon or Lyon in a few minutes. === South-West to [[Orléans|Orleans]], [[Bordeaux]], [[Spain]] {{afr|10}} & West to [[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] {{afr|11}} === The A10 and A11 motorways follow the route of the '''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and split from it near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. Then, before the A10 and the A11 split up, there is the service station of Limours-Janvry near Briis-sous-Forges and a [[péage]] near St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris. Whichever spot you choose, ask the driver to take you at least until the Limours-Janvry service station or the péage of St-Arnoult. From these places, you can find a driver who takes you on the A10 or the A11 depending on which way you want to go. ==== Option 1: Pont de Sevres ====[[File:ParisOut.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Hitching after the bridge in March 2015]]This option costs the price of an underground ticket. It takes you to the beginning of the N118 road which connects to the A10-A11 in about 25 km. Take the subway 9 to Pont de Sevres, its end station. You start walking towards the bridge, where you can see the signs towards Nantes, Bordeaux, etc. The hitchhiking spot is just before the bridge, at the red lights. You can try with the cars coming from the direction of the metro station, and also with the cars which came along the river and are turning left to get to the bridge. ==== Option 2: Motorway junction Massy Palaiseau ====This option costs EUR 4.90, a ticket for zones 1-4. This option is useful to get out of the ring roads and get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offs. Take RER B to ''Massey-Palaiseau''. Walk down ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy-Palaiseau'' railway towards the ''autoroute''. After a while there you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of space for cars. Keep going and you will reach a roundabout. If you keep following this road, you will reach the motorway entrance underneath a bridge. Make sure to get a ride to the first ''barrière de péage'' (30+ km) at St-Arnoult or to the Limours-Janvry service station 5 km down the road.  ==== Option 3: Motorway service station Limours-Janvry ====The first service station on the motorway is called Limours-Janvry and it is situated 2kms northeast of the village ''Briis-sous-Forges''. To get there you need to take RER B to ''Massy-Palaiseau''. From there take bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forges''. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays, and there are no buses on Sundays. Then walk northeast along the small local road ''Route d'Invilliers''. (It's not easy to find the road to the petrol station. no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you're looking for. They don't even know that there's a petrol station in the area. write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this village for couple of hours).[,2.16575&sspn=0.115917,0.338173&ie=UTF8&ll=48.626839,2.135124&spn=0.028989,0.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the petrol station map] [,2.302011&spn= Eat 0.001638,0.003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough one, according to some hitchhikers). Really good according to others. Took two guys ten minutes to get a ride and a third guy about the same amount of time to a different place. Lots of trucks and cars passing by! ==== Option 4: Péage de Saint-Arnoult ====You can take the RER C train to Dourdan. There are no controls on the exit, so if you are on the cheap, you need to pay only the basic metro ticket (some EUR 1.33) to get into the underground network in Paris. Once in Dourdan, cross the railroad track and turn left and then go straight on the D836 until you reach the péage after 4->5 kilometers. You should be able to hitch a car as there are many passing by and the French take easily on small routes if they see you walking. Get off just after the road crosses the autoroute, go left and in a short while, you will reach the péage. Look at the map beforehand! You have much higher chances here then anywhere else, there are lots of cars going through. ==== Option 5: Chartres: a spot to go directly on the A11, after it has split from the A10 ====[[File:Zoe.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during the [[project 888|888]] event]] Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' (EUR 12) and start hitching from there. You might want to go to the service station ''Chartres-Gasville'' on the A11 east of ''Chartres'' (bus plus one hour walk!). From the train station, take one of many [ buses] that stop at the ''Morard'' station. Here starts bus 12, take it and get off at ''N.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there, memorize the route: the bus crosses the motorway, and comes to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''N.Conté''. Now comes 1 hour of walk: go back to the big roundabout and turn right (east) to follow the N10 until you come to a small city. There you encounter the next roundabout, where you turn left. Follow the street, it bends to the right and ends on the ''Rue du Bois Paris'' where you turn left (north). After 500 meters comes the motorway, continue until you have crossed it. The service station is 400 meters east, so try to pass through the trees on your right and follow the street to the service station. === West towards Rouen, Le Havre, Caen {{Afr|13}} ======= Inside Paris ====- Quai André Citroën, under the ring road overpass. A lot of traffic on Fridays and Saturdays as many inhabitants of the 15th and 7th arrondissements go to Normandy for the weekend. As a result, this spot is very effective on these days (20 to 30 min on average) but much worse at other times (expect to wait one and half hours). - Porte d'Auteuil, at the last traffic light to the entrance of the A13, or even right under the "no pedestrians" sign on the shoulder to the motorway just after the light, where cars haven't picked up much speed yet and can see you well. Ask drivers to take you (at least) to Morainvilliers petrol station in Poissy. ==== In the suburbs ====- Mantes-La-Jolie toll: take Transilien J suburban train from Saint-Lazare station. The fare is €8 but you may not be controlled. Get off in Mantes-La-Jolie (not Mantes Station). There's a 30 minute walk to the toll gate: check the map. - Poissy rest area (a.k.a. aire de Morainvilliers): take Transilien J or RER A from Paris and get off at Poissy. Take bus 20 to bus stop "Auberge". There's one bus every hour on weekdays, fewer than that on Saturdays and it doesn't run on Sundays. See the timetable [ here]. [[File:888_signs.jpg|thumb|240px|right|A small collection of the "Paris" signs for the [[Project 888]] where over 150 hitchhikers gathered and camped in front of the Eiffel Tower.]] == Resources =={{nomadwiki}}

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