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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 actually relatively small , but is surrounded by endless suburbs, some of them being which are linked to the urban public transportation system at no extra cost(i.e. a standard one-trip city ticket), and while some other others being labelled as outside zones and thus more expensive to reach.
Note that there is an "outer ring road" to the Paris suburb area, highway motorway A86 (or ''super-périphérique'') and another wider ring even further called "la Francillienne" which isn't completed but still used to connect . If your ride is not going to Paris itself, you might want to clarify which ring they are going to take as it may affect the place where you'd want to be dropped. You may also find them useful if you need to bypass Paris, especially the Francilienne, as it has more gas stations and less complex interchanges.
== Paris public transport Hitching in ==Public transport in Paris consists of a metro (lines from number 1 to 14), RER (fast trains serving the suburbs with relatively few inner city stops, lines from letter A to E), buses (lines from number 20 to ...?) and trams (lines from T1 to T4). If you want to make a few voyages, the cheapest option is to buy a carnet of 10 single tickets (11,60 euros instead of 1,60 each). You can travel to the end of RER lines for about 15 euros. If you stay in Paris for several days and will use transport often you can also buy a pass "Mobilis" for one or several days (5,9 € for one day inside Paris) - it is valid on metro, RER and ground transportation. If you stay for a week or more - consider geting a "passe Navigo découverte", which is a chargeable card with picture (5 euros to make). You can then buy a weekly ticket for 17.2 €. Note that this replaces the former "Carte Orange". All prices as of Winter 2010.
=== Metro system ===Ticket checks never occur on actual metro trainsDuring rush hours, and ticket controllers seem it is possible (but illegal) to employ 1 of 2 approaches: first one includes ticket controllers forming a line inside a metro tunnel or station exit and checking all be quickly dropped on the exiting travelers (since they are uniformed it ring road. This is useful if your ride is easy not willing to see them from a distance unless they decide get out of it to hide around drop you (which is often the cornercase); second one involves civil-dressed controllers watching . Within the gates and busting those jumping over - they'll either stop them directly themselvesring area, or radio-report you are definitely linked to uniformed controllers who then will ask a stopped person to show a valid ticketthe whole regular fare subway system.
Checks If you are said never to occur during rush hours; peak times for these controls are evenings, weekends coming from the Northeast and the beginning of your ride is heading South (which is a new month. Except for normal truck route), chances are that your driver will not drop you on the major stations, ring road where it is pretty easy complicated to jump over stop. A frequent place to get dropped is the first exit South on the barriersA6 called "Rungis". From there, or pass through following other people passing to you can reach the Metropolitan subway system by tram with one ticket-zone. Only on major stations , then use another one is required to have a validated ticket when exitingyour final destination. As You can also reach other suburbs in some other countriesthe 94 department (Val de Marne) taking the TvM bus, one can be relax about the ticket booth staff since they have nothing to do with which is also a normal Paris ticket checks.
=== RER system Airports ===<map lat='48There are 3 main airports that service Paris. Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly, and Beauvais.83398957668602' lng='2It 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.34283447265625' zoom='9' view='0' float='right'/>Uniformed controllers will ask for validated tickets on trains* CDG is in the North, and since is the RER shares closest. A one-way ticket to/from the metro infrastructureairport is 10.30 euros. To hitch into Paris from here, go to Terminal 3 and you might be will find a subject parking lot. Follow the signs to Paris and hitch at the checks in similar order mentioned aboveparking lot exit. It * Orly is possible South of Paris. A one-way ticket to travel for free/from the airport is usually 12 euros, even though you stand but there is a higher chance of being bustedsecret way that is only 3.80 (2x1. It seems that checks can occur at any time90 tickets)! From Paris take metro line 7 to the last stop (Villejuif-Louis Aragon) and then switch to Tram 7, so which will take you right to the best time airport. Or do it backwards to travel for free get into Paris. Hitchhiking from Orly should be feasible, also from the parking lot.* [[Beauvais]] is a rush hour when controls the furthest, and 45 minutes North from Paris. Tickets are impossible due to congestionan appalling 16. The highest risk 80 euros each way! Luckily, lots of being checked seems Blablacar rides can take you there for 6 or 7 euros, and it is easy to occur on transfer stations from RER to metro stationshitchhike back (See the [[Beauvais]] page).
You often need your ticket to get out of the stations, as price varies according to the distance. Make sure not to lose it as it can be tricky to get out otherwise.__TOC__
=== Buses =Hitching out ==Like in most cities There are plenty of Franceexcellent spots for hitchhiking North (''Aire La Courneuve''), East ([[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol stations]] and ''[[péage|barrières de péage]]'') and also South (''Aire de Lisses''). It's all about how much you can walk onto the bus without showing or validating a ticket. Checks are said willing to be rarepay in public transportation, and occur mainly late at nighthow daring you are.
=== Fines North/Northeast towards [[England]], [[Lille]] and punishments [[Belgium]] {{afr|1}} ===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 to ''Charles de Gaulle''/''Roissy'' airport ===Bus line 350 goes to ''Gare de l'Est'', and line 351 - to ''Place de la Nation'These are classified by cost in public transportation from Paris'centre. You're supposed to validate 3 tickets (which There is a lot cheaper than travelling by RERbonus pro-tip at the bottom involving Arras :); checks are said rare to occur.
== Hitching In == Option 1: Porte de la Chapelle ====
During rush hours, it This option costs one local ticket. Porte de la Chapelle is possible where the [[A1 (but illegalFrance) |A1]] starts. Local drivers say they often see hitchhikers there. To get there, take the metro line 12 to ''Porte de la Chapelle'', then walk to the roundabout. You can try getting a ride on the roundabout (there are traffic lights, which means that cars have to be quickly dropped stop) or you can stand on the ring roadopposite side facing the roundabout where the motorway starts. This Another good option is to start hitchhiking in the same street where the metro is useful if . There are 2 petrol stations in that very street, just 50m deeper into the city. They aren't overcrowded and, at the same time, quite a few cars going up north stop here to refill; nonetheless, at such places, much depends on your ride is not willing luck, and according to get out of some hitchhikers, this place won't make it to drop you (which is often the case)top 10 best hitchhiking places in France. Within It is therefore recommended to hitchhike at the ring arearoundabout, where a quiet lane right by the traffic lights gives you are definitely linked a good opportunity to get onto the motorway (avoiding at the same time all the whole regular fare subway systemtraffic that heads for ''Boulevard Peripherique'').
If you are coming from A good option to leave faster is to show at the roundabout a sign for the Northeast and your ride airport "Charles de Gaulle". There is heading South a petrol station (which is a normal truck routeAire La Courneuve - see Option 2), chances are that your before the airport where the driver will not drop could let you on the ring road where out; don't miss it ! The station is complicated to stop. A frequent place not so big and many drivers just go to get dropped is the first exit South on the A6 called "Rungis". From there, airport but at least you can reach the Metropolitan subway system with one ticketask people, then use one to your final destination. You can also reach other suburbs in the 94 department (Val whereas it could be hard and long at Porte de Marne) taking the TvM bus, which is also a normal Paris ticketla Chapelle.
== Hitching Out ==There are plenty of excellent spots for hitchhiking North (''Option 2: Motorway services Aire La Courneuve''), East ([[petrol station]]s and ''[[barrières de péage]]'') and also South (''Aire de Lisses''). It's all about how much you are willing to pay in public transportation, and how daring you are.====
=== Northeast towards [[LilleFile:Masaru.jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Masaru at ''Aire La Courneuve'']] and [[Belgium]] ===
These are classified by cost in public transportation from This option costs one local ticket or zones 1–3 ticket (eur 2.75as of 2018). The petrol station [http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?place=5201 ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve''] is about 2 km along the A1, north of Paris' centre.
==== Take bus 150 from ''Porte de la Chapelle ====Villette'' or bus 250 from '''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (both are on metro line 7) 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 few hundred meters east and up a 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. There is a fence right along the motorway, but near the petrol station it has been trampled down and you can step over it.
This option costs one local ticket. Porte de la Chapelle is where Attention: in the [[A1 autoroute (France)|A1]] starts. Local drivers say they often see hitchhikers there. To get there take a metro 12 to ''Porte de la Chapelle'', then walk to the roundabout. You can try getting a ride on the roundabout (there are traffic lights, which means that cars have to stop) winter / early spring or you can stand on the opposite side facing after the roundabout where rain walking down the highway starts. Another good option is hill to start hitchhiking in the same street where the metro ismotorway might be difficult because of mud. There are In February it took 2 petrol stations in that very street, just 50m deeper into hitchhikers almost 40 minutes to walk down and reach the city. They aren't overcrowdedfence, and at the same time quite a few cars going up after numerous attempts to keep the North stop here for refill; nonetheless, at such places much is depended on your luck, balance and according not to some hitchhikers fall down. It might be a good idea in this place won't make case to hitch from the TOP10 best hitchhiking places in France. It is therefore rather recommended to hitchhike at entrance of the roundabout where a quiet lane highway, right by at the traffic lights gives cross before you a good opportunity turn to get onto the highway (avoiding at the same time all parking lot of the traffic that heads for ''Boulevard Periphique'')apartment complex.
==== Aire La Courneuve ====Attention 2: I tried this route September 2017 and although I got there following the instructions, the final fence closing of the petrol station has been fixed. I had to climb a tree to drop into the compound. I'm a clumsy person and I managed, but with a heavy backpack it might be challenging.
This option costs one local ticket or zones 1-Attention 3 ticket (2,25 euros). The petrol station [http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&hl=es&geocode=5837971829389385952I used this option in April 2019 and it worked fine,48following the original advice.934623There is a wall but go to the VERY end,2up the slight grassy hill.393732%3B3201522175225020794,48.920638,2.410383&saddr=Aire+de+Service+de+La+Courneuve+%4048.934790The path goes down,+2.393710&daddr=&mra=mr&sll=48.918269the fence is trampled down,2.403388&sspn=0.013649,0.040169&ie=UTF8&ll=48.933157,2.396951&spn=0.006823,0.020084&t=k&z=16&om=1is ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve'and then you'] is about 2km re basically on the A1, North of Paris. If motorway for about 10metres before you take a closer look 're at the petrol station on Google Maps you will see that there is a wall surrounding this petrol station; nonetheless, there are several ways to get thereservices.
FirstFrom the petrol station, get closer by public transport. Some options most drivers are:* Bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' (metro line 7), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (next only going to the highway)* Bus 250 from ''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (metro line 7), get off airport or local communities. You should ask for a lift at ''Parc des Sports'' (least to the quickest way?)* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=La+Courneuve,+8+Mai+1945&daddr=rue+paul+verlaine&sll=48.93333,2.392216&sspn=0.009459,0.020084&ie=UTF8&ll=48.926137,2.394161&spn=0.01892,0.040169&z=15&om=1 ''La Courneuve, 8 Mai 1945''[toll station]] (metro line 7) and make your way to ''rue Paul Verlainepéage'' by taking ) heading north. This is a tram "T1" and getting off at ''Six Routes''. * [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=La+Courneuve+Aubervilliers&daddr=Rue+Paul+Verlaine,+93120+La+Courneuve,+Seine20-Saint-Denis,+Ile-de-France,+Frankreich&sll=48.926137,2.394161&sspn=0.01892,0.040169&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=48.928026,2.388539&spn=0.018919,0.040169&z=15&om=1 ''La Courneuve Aubervilliers''] minute drive down the motorway (RER Bsome kilometers after the airport), and walk 2 km north along ''Boulevard Pasteur''everyone has to stop here. You can catch this train from ''Gare du Nord''It is a great place to get long-distance rides. THIS OPTION REQUIRES A 1-3 ZONES TICKET
==== 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! ==== Option 4: Motorway services Aire de Vémars Est==== <ol><li>From 'Nation' bus station (also a metro stop), take bus 351* to 'Roissypole' located at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 3). It's the last stop and payment isn't required to enter the bus.You can BLACK RIDE on this bus both ways</li><li>From the coach station there (Gare routière), you can catch the 95.01 bus to Vémars, though this bus does '''not''' run on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Ask inside at the ticket office/information desk for which parking number the bus will be at (D2 in Oct 2013). The ticket costs €2. [BEWARE 95.01 does not work on public holidays and Sundays, so if that is the case, then have several options get off at QUEBEC because the A1 highway (going to Lille) cuts through Paris multiple times and at this petrol station there is a higher chance of finding Dutch cars stopping and giving you a ride to get another petrol station on the main highway, which is super busy and easy to find rides going to anywhere from Calais to Antwerp to Lille]</li><li> You can always try to go with the bus number 702 to Vémars centre from the airport (20 stops, 39 minutes). This will also work on Saturdays, Sundays and 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 merges with 'Rue des Vignolles' (D16).</li><li>On your left, the A1 will be clearly visible as will the 'Aire de Vémars Ouest' petrol station. From here, it is another 1.25km to any given entrance.</li></ol> Another useful recommendation is this website, where you can virtually create any route you want to take out of the city. Coupled with Google Maps, it's an excellent tool:http://www.ratp.fr/itineraires/en/ratp/recherche-avancee
# You can hitch a lift onto the motorway (Autoroute A1) and ask the driver For 351 Bus Route refer to drop you off at the petrol station. 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 at the next exit, cross over and come back onto the A1 heading East). Otherwise, you can walk South back to ''Six Routes'', 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!!link below# 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 [http://mapswww.googleratp.comfr/mapsinformer/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=107770710063601716204.00044840696bdf8a385ef&ll=48.933654,2.393292&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 [http:pdf/orienter/mapsf_plan.google.de/mapsphp?floc=q&hl=de&geocode=&q=paris+la+courneuve&sll=50.785102,5.710144bus_banlieue/300&sspnnompdf=1.165162,2.570801351&iefm=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.pdf
Other ways to get to that petrol station*Note:* Take a RER B to ''Stade de France'' and then walk up to The 351 bus service does not run on weekends, but the final traffic light where you above link can ask for a ride to ''Aire La Courneuve''help find an alternate route.* Lastly, one can take a line 13 to ''Carrefour Pleyel'' and then walk along ''Boulevard Anatole France'' (see [http[File://mapsVemars.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=Carrefour+Pleyel+station,+France&daddr=charles+de+gaulle&sll=48.927631,2.383518&sspn=0.027124,0.080338&ie=UTF8&ll=48.923881,2.358456&spn=0.013563,0.040169&t=h&z=15&om=1 Google Mapsjpg]]) up until the beginning of the highway. There is a hitchhiking spot there which might be not the greatest one in the world but at least it can lead you to the petrol station (after Exit 4!).
From the petrol station, you're best bet is probably to get a lift to the [[toll station]] (PÉAGE ("pay-arge")), 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 rides. Between the ''Aire La Courneuve'' and the ''barrière de péage'' (toll station) there is a small [[rest area]] and a fairly large petrol station with quite many cars stopping there. Ask your driver if he/she passes this service area.==== Option 5: Senlis Péage ====
[[File:MasaruThis option costs €9 (25% discount for under 26s) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. The peage is 50km north of Paris, near the town of Senlis.  Senlis has no train station, but you still buy the ticket from a train station.jpg|thumb|240px|From Paris Nord, go to Chantilly and switch to a bus to Senlis at the "gare routière" right|Hitchhiker Masaru at ''Aire La Courneuveoutside of Chantilly's train station with your ticket. Once there, you need to walk a little and you'll find a "[[péage|péage]] ". The bus driver gave me the directions. This should take around one hour. ==== Option 6: Porte de Bagnolet (A3) ====Google maps: [https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Porte+de+Bagnolet/@48.8649082,2.4086197,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47e66e87e1c7d877:0x17c4d9a47ae58890!2sPorte+de+la+Chapelle!8m2!3d48.897279!4d2.359192!3m4!1s0x47e66d8329157e27:0x2a4ba9074d60ae9a!8m2!3d48.8645542!4d2.4095799]Get a ticket for the station Porte de Bagnolet. This is pretty close to where the A3 starts, which leads to the A1, so a lot of traffic is heading this direction. The 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, where you can approach drivers directly which cue up there from time to time. Position yourself at the traffic lights before the bus stop to show your sign indicating the direction you want to go to.
==== Charles de Gaulle ====
''Charles de Gaulle'' airport can be an option for hitching North-East, although waiting times might vary a lot.
==== Bonus Tip: Arras Service station at SurvilliersStation====Heading north on the A1, there is a ''fantastic'' Esso service station just outside Arras [https://goo.gl/maps/2suUznoe5C42], with people heading pretty much everywhere. You can get rides to the UK (Chunnel), Lille, Belgium, Netherlands. Many difference license plates (GB, F, B, NL, D, E) and lots of opportunities.
This option costs 4 euros=== East towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], which is the cost of a ticket for zones 1-5. The peage is 35 km North of Paris[[Luxembourg]], near the town of Survilliers.[[Germany]] {{Afr|4}} ===
From Paris, take RER D (Chatelet-les-halles or Gare du Nord), direction Orry la Ville - Coye. Get off the train at Survilliers-Fosses (35 KM North of Paris). Walk down Rue de la Gare towards Survilliers town centre, then turn right at La Grande Rue; you will find the motorway. Once there, you can hitchhike from the motorway exit towards the gas station 2KM from here (Paris direction). When you arrive, you take the local road to cross over to the opposite ==== Option 1: Motorway service station to head North.''Aire de Ferrières'' ====
==== Senlis Peage====''Quite long trip and a bit expensive. Takes you to a great petrol station (good for both day and night hitching); better if you speak French.''
This option costs 9 euros + Take RER A to station ''Bussy St.Georges''. You can also get to this RER A station by taking bus 4 or 44 from metro station ''Gutenberg''.'' Make your way west to the D35 and then walk south along it for about 1km to a roundabout. You can try hitchhiking from here, but the service station is just a local ticket bit more than 2 km from here. You can walk on the grass field next to Gare du Nordthe motorway - don't choose this way in the morning or in autumn/winter as the grass is wet. The peage petrol station is called ''Aire de Ferrières'' and it's a "TOTAL" company. Another option to reach this petrol station is 50 km North to walk through the industrial zone of the ''Bussy'' district, which lies south of the railway, crossing the bridge over the motorway and then continuing on by walking on the grass until the actual petrol station (note that as of ParisFebruary 2011, near there was a nice-sized fence to hop after crossing the town bridge. Nothing too difficult, but a big backpack makes it harder!). Most of Senlisthe 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 fields).
Senlis has no train station, but you still buy the ticket from Here's a train station[http://maps. From Paris Nordgoogle.fr/maps?q=48.828509, go to Chantilly and switch to a bus to Senlis at the "gare routière" right outside of Chantilly's train station with your ticket2.744594&ll=48. Once there836023, you need to walk a little and you'll find a "péage" (highway payment station - people have to stop to take a ticket)2.723494&spn=0. The bus driver gave me the directions034406,0. This should take around one hour071583&num=1&t=m&z=14 map].
From Bussy-St. Georges there is a bus [https://www.transdev-idf.com/api/1.0/timetablefile/555898245/raw/amv-184092-fhrentree2018-l46-630x240-v2web.pdf 46] to Jossigny, Bout Pecheret, from there its only 1.3 km to walk.
=== A4 East, towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]], etc = Option 2. Motorway junction slip-road ====
==== Going directly to the ''barrière de péage'' ====Take RER A4 This one is close to the last stop (''Marne-La-Vallee - Chessy''). The train journey length is around 40 minutes (6€ something). Take the bus number 59 (doesn't operate on SundaysParis, the ticket costs around 2 Euro) which leaves from the bus stop next faster and cheaper to get to the RER train station at ''Eurodisney'','' Marne-La-Vallee'' ([http://www.metro-pole.net/hor/fiche/6759.11.html timetable 2008 here]). It takes ten minutes to arrive at but still in the “Truffaut” gardening centre which is beside the péage (stop Coutevroult - Truffaut)megapolis. From Starting from there, walk back a bit and go through what seems to be a police stationyou's parking area and is called "voie de service" on the map - you will get re likely to end up either at the green area right outside petrol station described above or at 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 Not good at night.''it is allowed'' to hitchhike ''in the car park'' by the peage.
Attention, Take the RER Line A (Red) in the direction of ''Boissy St Legere'' until the bus 59 runs every hourstation ''Nogent Sur Marne'' (€2. It is usually timed to start 5 min after 75 (2016)). Leave the arrival station in direction of ''Rue Joinville'' and follow the RER so hurry yourself up from sign to the trainA4. It is a 30 minute walk. Follow There is a red light before the signs "gare routière" slip road (bus stationon-ramp). If bus 59 doesn't start before 30 minLots of traffic, consider using bus 34 (see bellow)possibility to stop on the ramp for brave drivers.
If Ask if your driver can take you decide at least to hitch from this péage on Sunday you can take the bus no. 34 (1.60 €, [http://www.metro-pole.net/hor/fiche/5134.20.html timetable]) to bus stop "Bailly-Romainvilliers - Place de l'Europe" , then walk for about 2kilometers. You will soon see next petrol station which is within the free motorway A4 and péage. Here's the [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=bailly+romainvilliers+place+de+l%27europe&daddr=48.853562,2.839065&geocode=&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=48.850992,2.833614&sspn=0.012962,0network.027637&ie=UTF8&z=15 route]Toll gate is a bit further.
The ''barrière de péage'' is located [http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&saddr=48.854077,2.83959&daddr=&hl=es&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=48Option 3.853788,2.839912&sspnFrom within the city limits: Quai de Bercy =0.003586,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=48.850258,2.830095&spn=0.014346''Cheap,0.038624&t=h&z=15 here]as you will only need a metro ticket and pretty fast too.''
==== Via petrol station ====You can also try to hitch directly from within Paris rather than taking the train for at least half an hour and then walking.
[[File:Zoe.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during Take the [[888]] event]]The first petrol station is close metro line 14 to RER A station ''Bussy St.Georges''. From this station walk South for about 1 km along a bigger road which will lead you Bercy and exit towards Boulevard de Bercy, take the Boulevard down to a roundabout. You can try hitchhiking from there but the needed petrol station will be just a bit more than 2 km from therebridge where it intersects with Quai de Bercy. You can walk Standing on the grass field next to the highway. The petrol station Quai de Bercy it is called ''La Ferrière''. Another option advisable to reach this petrol station is have a sign indicating you want to walk through get onto the industrial zone of ''Bussy'' areaA4. When cars stop, ask if they are going all the way to the South of the railwaytoll station (péage), then reach many drivers turn off the bridge over A4 before that but there are not really any convenient places to continue hitch-hiking from before the highway and follow further by walking on the grass until the actual petrol toll 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 [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=gare,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&daddr=chemin+de+la+rue+pavee,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&sll=48.831899,2.723193&sspn=0.01291,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=48.831814,2.726369&spn=0.01291,0.040169&t=h&om=0 this route] on Google Maps.
==== Various other options Option 4. Lorraine TGV ====* 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 French railway operator SNCF has been running low-cost TGVs under the RER Line A (Red) in direction of ''Boissy St Legere'' until brand [https://www.ouigo.com OuiGO] since a few years. The good news is that from the station ''Nogent Sur Marne'summer 2018 it runs from Gare de l' Est within city limits and at a reasonable time (~2€12:55). Leave instead of running at 6 am from the rail station in direction of ''Rue Joinville'' and follow at the sign to CDG airport as it was the A4case before. It is If you book a bit in advance you can get a 30 min walkticket to Lorraine TGV (in the outskirts of [[Metz]] ,https://goo. If some driver stops gl/maps/GfXv9v4LGxn) or [[Strasbourg]] main station for youas low as 10 €, ask if he/she can take although the fare you at least 're more likely to the next petrol find is around 15-20 €. The ride takes 1:15 hour. From Lorraine-TGV station (there it is no toll road (péage) relatively easy to get there, so it is likely that hitch east towards Saarbrücken and further into Germany. In the beginning you will get have a ride there)simple two-lane local road, which joins the motorway A4 near Forbach close to the german border.
=== Getting South or Southwest (A6{{Afr|6}}, {{Afr|10}}, A10 or A11) {{Afr|11}} ===
These spots are close enough to the city to be getting traffic in all southern directions.
==== Option 1: Porte d'Orleans Orléans ====
Once the most famous hitchhiking spot in France, this spot isn't bad nowadays, but it isn't great either. The good thing is that drivers aren't surprised to see people there, and that you don't need to get out of Paris in faraway suburbs.
''Porte d'Orléans'' is the terminal subway station of line 4. There is an entry on the ''périphérique'' ring road where lots of people are later heading South. ThereThe best place is besides the "Novotel" building or (better) opposite it at the traffic lights. Be warned, traffic here is heavy and fast moving. If you have much baggage or more than one person I would not fancy your chances here. Waiting at the petrol station or even the adjacent war memorial will not give you the best traffic.Edit : I think that the place in front of the hotel is pretty bad. Very hard for the cars to stop there. It's a petrol better to stand before, at the red lights. I stood near the gas stationat the lights, you miss all the cars not coming from inside Paris, but it's way easier for the cars to see you and to stop. Make sure to specify with a good spot sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]] or [[Chartres]] (if you are heading Southwest - A10 or A11), and that the driver will leave you at least at the "péage de Saint Arnoult" or before that at "Limours-Janvry" service station. Beware, just besides after the "péage", the motorway separates between A10 and A11. If you are heading directly South onto the A6, have a sign (you may try "Novotel[[Lyon]]" buildingor Fontainebleau) and make sure to be left at ''Aire de Lisses'', roughly 35 km further, a little bit after Evry (drivers to Evry are not enough for you).  Whenever a diplomat travels between Paris and the 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 very unlikely anyone will stop while they are around. That happens often enough. They stick around for one hour. ==== Option 2: Porte d'Italie ==== Similarly ''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 to the traffic junction lights, there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rain. === South towards [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] {{Afr|6}} === ==== Option 1: Motorway services Aire de Lisses ==== This option costs EUR 5.85 (but possible to have ride without ticket also), a zone 1–5 ticket and takes roughly 75 minutes. '''Aire de Lisses''' 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, being located after all the "périferique extérieur"motorway branch-offs.
Make sure Get the RER D towards Melun via Corbeil. Be careful to specify with a sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]] (if you get on the right train as there are heading Southwest 2 routes for RER D towards Melun. As of 2010- A10 or A11)02, and that the driver will leave ID of the train you at least at the need was "ZIPE" or "péage de Saint ArnoultZOPO"(All trains on RER lines have a 4 letter ID depending on stations served). If you are heading directly Southit's too confusing (it's very confusing), have a sign for Lyon get whatever train that goes to "Corbeil Essonne" and make sure , from there, whatever train that goes to be left Melun. Get off at the station '''Villabé''', the second after Corbeil-Essonnes. The station is not marked on Google Maps but don't worry, it's there: [http://goo.gl/8omQ2W''the way from Villabé RER station to Aire de Lisses'', roughly 35 km further.]
==== Porte d'Italie ====Otherwise, you can take the RER D to Évry-Courcouronnes centre, and from there Bus 415 in direction of Villabé. Get off at stop "Ikea", the gas station will be a five minute walk away. Note that as of 2017, there is a fence you have to climb to get to the station.
Similarly ''Porte d'Italie'' which [Note, Mar 2018: There is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is a good place to hitch from. Additionally if no barrier at Villabé and so you walk down can pay the exit there at standard central Paris tarif to get into the traffic lights metro network and then just ride out there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rain.]
=== A6 South 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. [[LyonUser:Artti|Artti]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] ===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 Lisses Nemours ====
This option costs 5,85 eurosYou can take a train to Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R from Gare de Lyon, a zone 1-5 ticket costs about 10 euros) and takes roughly 1h15. '''Aire de Lisses''' is walk 45min to the first service area ( http://goo.gl/VUYmh0 ). Then you're already on the A6a paying section (no local traffic), situated about 35kms South of far out from Paris. It (80km), and can save you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your directionget a ride to Châlon, being after all the branch-offsMâcon or Lyon in a few minutes.
Get the RER D towards Melun via Corbeil. Be careful === South-West to get on the right train as there are 2 routes for RER D towards Melun. As of 2010-02[[Orléans|Orleans]], the ID of the line you want was "ZIPE" (All RER lines have a 4 letter ID). Get off at the station '''Villabé'''[[Bordeaux]], the second after Corbeil-Essonnes. The station is not marked on googlemaps but don't worry, it's there: [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d[Spain]] {{afr|10}} &saddr=Rue+d%27AmbrevilleWest to [[Le Mans]],+91100+Villab%C3%A9[[Nantes]],+Franciaorsz%C3%A1g&daddr=48.592221,2.443964&hl=hu&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=48.592959,2.44184&sspn=0.005947,0.013604&ie[[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] {{afr|11}} =UTF8&ll=48.592959,2.452869&spn=0.023786,0.054417&z=14 ''the way from Villabé RER station to Aire de Lisses'']
=== The A10 South to and A11 motorways follow the route of the '''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and split from it near [[OrleansAntony]], /[[BordeauxRungis]]. Then, before the A10 and the A11 split up, there is the service station of Limours-Janvry near Briis-sous-Forges and a [[Spainpéage]] ===[[File:888_signsnear St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris.jpg|thumb|240px|left|A small collection of Whichever spot you choose, ask the driver to take you at least until the "Paris" signs for Limours-Janvry service station or the [[Project 888]] where over 150 hitchhikers gathered and camped in front péage of St-Arnoult. From these places, you can find a driver who takes you on the A10 or the Eiffel TowerA11 depending on which way you want to go.]]
This motorway follows the route of the '''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and splits afterwards near [[Antony]]/==== Option 1: Pont de Sevres ====[[Rungis]]File:ParisOut. The first [[péagejpg|thumb|right|300px|Hitching after the bridge in March 2015]] in that direction is St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest This option costs the price of Paris, before an underground ticket. It takes you to the splitting beginning of the N118 road which connects to the A10 and -A11. There are no service station directly on the highway before the péagein about 25 km.
==== Massy Palaiseau ====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 2,95 eurosEUR 4.90, a ticket for zones 1-4 zones ticket. This option is useful to get out of the rings ring roads and get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offs.
Take the RER B to ''Massey-Palaiseau''. Walk down ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy-Palaiseau'' railway towards the ''autoroute''. From After a while thereyou 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, follow you will reach the motoway signs for the A10 motorway entrance underneath a bridge. There are two options: take Make sure to get a bus from ride to the massive transport lot beside first ''Massy-Palaiseaubarrière de péage'' (30+ km) at St-Arnoult or to the Limours-Janvry service station or walk 5 km down a motorway ramp nearbythe 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'Motorway ramp option'. To get there you need to take RER B to '': Go down the Massy-Palaiseau''Avenue Carnot. From there take bus 91.03 to '' along the ''MassyBriis-sous-PalaiseauForges'' railway. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays, towards and there are no buses on Sundays. Then walk northeast along the small local road ''Route d'Invilliers'autoroute'. (It's not easy to find the road to the petrol station. After a while there no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of space 're looking for cars. Keep going and you will reach They don't even know that there's a roundaboutpetrol station in the area. If you keep following write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this road, you will reach a motorway exit underneath a bridgevillage for couple of hours).[http://maps.google. Make sure to get a ride to the first ''barrière com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=D131&daddr=Aire+de+Service+de péage'' (30+ km) at StLimours-Arnoult or to the Janvry&geocode=FT3X5QIdxnEgAA%3BFZke5gIdK7wgAA&hl=en&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=48.64455,2.16575&sspn=0.115917,0.338173&ie=UTF8&ll=48.626839,2.135124&spn=0.028989,0.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges service to the petrol station 5 km down the road. map]
'''Bus Option'''[http: The first petrol station is situated near the village called ''Briis-sous-Forges''//maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll=48.739447,2.302011&spn=0.001638,0. To get there you need 003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough one, according to take either RER B some hitchhikers). Really good according to ''Massy-Palaiseau'' From there take the bus 91others.03 Took two guys ten minutes to ''Briis-sous-Forges''. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays, get a ride and there are no buses on Sundays. The petrol station is situated a couple third guy about the same amount of kms North from the village. To reach it you will need time to find ''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 awaydifferent place. Lots of trucks and cars passing by!
[http==== Option 4://mapsPéage de Saint-Arnoult ====You can take the RER C train to Dourdan.googleThere 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.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll=4833) to get into the underground network in Paris.739447Once in Dourdan,2cross the railroad track and turn left and then go straight on the D836 until you reach the péage after 4-5 kilometers.302011&spn=0You 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.001638Get off just after the road crosses the autoroute,0go left and in a short while, you will reach the péage.003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough oneLook at the map beforehand! You have much higher chances here then anywhere else, according to some hitchhikers)there are lots of cars going through.
=== = Option 5: Chartres: a spot to go directly on the A11 South-West to [[Le Mans]], after it has split from the A10 ====[[Nantes]], File:Zoe.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during the [[Rennesproject 888|888]] and all parts of [[Brittanyevent]] ===This highway splits from the A10 near ''Dourdan''. There are several possibilities go get on this motorway:
# The petrol station at ''Briis-sous-Forges''. Look at the A10 section's options.# Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' (12€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 [http://www.filibus.fr/pages/55 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 croses 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.
== Sleeping in = West towards Rouen, Le Havre, Caen {{Afr|13}} ======= Inside Paris ====[[Hospitality exchange#Hospitality exchange networks|Hospitality exchange]] networks can be a great choice when staying low-budget in ParisQuai 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. HoweverAs 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 must plan usually such staying well ahead since Paris is a popular destination for many backpackers, and many hospitality exchange networks' members are usually overloaded with requests to have guestshalf hours).
It is also possible - Porte d'Auteuil, at the last traffic light to sleep in the ''Champs de Mars'' in front entrance of the Eiffel Tower - police generally lets you sleep until 9 A13, or 10 in the morning. There are many trees that offer you a protection in case of a rain. You can also put up a tent (at night) in a discrete spot although keep in mind that police officers will wake you up around the sunrise. You can also sleep even right under the bridge at "no pedestrians" sign on the Seine river on shoulder to the other side of motorway just after the Eiffel Towerlight, where cars haven't picked up much speed yet and can see you well. During the first European Hitchhikers Week Ask drivers to take you ([[888]]at least) around 50 people slept to Morainvilliers petrol station in front of the Eiffel TowerPoissy.
Great place you can find in tunnels of Mountssouris==== In the suburbs ====- Mantes-La-Jolie toll: take Transilien J suburban train from Saint-Lazare station. These tunnels are part of old railway. It The fare is hidden place, and maybe most knowly entrance to the famous Paris Catocombs€8 but you may not be controlled. You must only climb over wall near crossroad of these streets: Avenue Jean Mouline and Rue de Coulmiers Get off in Mantes-La-Jolie (GPS on Google maps: 48.82548598904712, 2.321111261844635 not Mantes Station). Please do not enter There's a 30 minute walk to the Catacomb alone or without any person which have lot of expirience with climbing in Paris underground. It is very complicated system of tunnels, maybe a second largest in toll gate: check the world. In many rooms in Catacomb you cand find a very luxury places too sleep, but you can be lost in locations where nobody didnt been for a few monthsmap.
- 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 [http://www.transdev-idf.com/horaire-ligne-20-poissy_aval_2_rives_de_seine_015 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.]] == Useful links Resources =={{nomadwiki}}
* [http://www.ratp.fr/ Public transportation of Paris]
* [http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ Trains and regional transports], ticket agency
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