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'''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, 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.
__TOC__== Hitching in ==
== Hitching In ==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.
During rush hours, it If you are coming from the Northeast and your ride is possible heading South (but illegalwhich is a normal truck route) to be quickly dropped , chances are that your driver will not drop you on the ring roadwhere it is complicated to stop. This is useful if your ride is not willing A frequent place to get out of it to drop you (which dropped is often the case)first exit South on the A6 called "Rungis". Within the ring areaFrom there, you are definitely linked to can reach the whole regular fare Metropolitan subway systemby tram with one ticket, then use another one to your final destination. You can also reach other suburbs in the 94 department (Val de Marne) taking the TvM bus, which is also a normal Paris ticket.
If you === Airports ===There are coming 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 Northeast and your ride airports, Blablacar is heading South (which probably the most reliable option.* CDG is a normal truck route)in the North, chances are that your driver will not drop you on and is the closest. A one-way ticket to/from the ring road where it airport is complicated 10.30 euros. To hitch into Paris from here, go to stopTerminal 3 and you will find a parking lot. A frequent place Follow the signs to get dropped is Paris and hitch at the first parking lot exit .* Orly is South on of Paris. A one-way ticket to/from the A6 called "Rungis"airport is usually 12 euros, but there is a secret way that is only 3.80 (2x1. 90 tickets)! From thereParis take metro line 7 to the last stop (Villejuif-Louis Aragon) and then switch to Tram 7, which will take you can reach right to the Metropolitan subway system with one ticket, then use one airport. Or do it backwards to your final destinationget into Paris. You can Hitchhiking from Orly should be feasible, also reach other suburbs in from the 94 department (Val de Marne) taking parking lot.* [[Beauvais]] is the TvM busfurthest, and 45 minutes North from Paris. Tickets are an appalling 16.80 euros each way! Luckily, which lots of Blablacar rides can take you there for 6 or 7 euros, and it is also a normal Paris ticketeasy to hitchhike back (See the [[Beauvais]] page).
__TOC__ == Hitchhiking Hitching out ==
There are plenty of excellent 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 are willing to pay in public transportation, and how daring you are.
=== 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 ====
This option costs one local ticket. Porte de la Chapelle is where the [[A1 (France)|A1]] starts. Local drivers say they often see hitchhikers there. To get there , take a 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 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 petrol stations in that very street, just 50m deeper into the city. They aren't overcrowdedand, and at the same time , quite a few cars going up the North north stop here for to refill; nonetheless, at such places , much is depended depends on your luck, and according to some hitchhikers , this place won't make it to the TOP10 top 10 best hitchhiking places in France. It is therefore rather recommended to hitchhike at the roundabout , where a quiet lane right by the traffic lights gives you a good opportunity to get onto the motorway (avoiding at the same time all the traffic that heads for ''Boulevard PeriphiquePeripherique'').
'''THIS MOTORWAY ENTRANCE IS NOT CURRENTLY OPEN DUE TO TUNNEL RECONSTRUCTION'''... Reopening A good option to leave faster is scheduled in summer 2012to show at the roundabout a sign for the airport "Charles de Gaulle". There's an entrance still in operation, for the cars coming from the Peripherique is a petrol station (ring highwayAire La Courneuve - see Option 2), so the traffic coming from inside Paris is diverted through Porte d'Aubervilliers (before the next Ring entrance east). You can get there taking airport where the "PC" bus from Porte de la Chapelle east or from Porte de la Vilette west. Theredriver could let you out; don's a roundabout with traffic lights t miss it! The station is not so big and cars going many drivers just go to A1 take the outer ring entrance ("Périphérique extérieur"). Frequent traffic jams (which may also be helpful)airport but at least you can ask people, and this access might whereas it could be closed too on evenings, nights hard and weekendslong at Porte de la Chapelle.
==== Option 2: Motorway services Aire La Courneuve ====
[[File:Masaru.jpg|thumb|240px|right|Hitchhiker Masaru at ''Aire La Courneuve'']]
This option costs one local ticket or zones 1-3 ticket (EUR 2.45). The petrol station [http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&hl=es&geocode=5837971829389385952,48.934623,2.393732%3B3201522175225020794,48.920638,2.410383&saddr=Aire+de+Service+de+La+Courneuve+%4048.934790,+2.393710&daddr=&mra=mr&sll=48.918269,2.403388&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''] is about 2 km along the A1, north of Paris.
First, get closer by public transportThis option costs one local ticket or zones 1–3 ticket (eur 2. Some options are:* Bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' (metro line 775as of 2018), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (next to the motorway)* Bus 250 from ''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (metro line 7), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (the quickest way?)* . The petrol station [http://maps.googlehitchwiki.comorg/maps/?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=La+Courneuve+Aubervilliers&daddr=Rue+Paul+Verlaine,+93120+La+Courneuve,+Seine-Saint-Denis,+Ile-de-France,+Frankreich&sll=48.926137,2.394161&sspnplace=0.01892,0.040169&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=48.928026,2.388539&spn=0.018919,0.040169&z=15&om=1 5201 ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve Aubervilliers''] (RER B)is about 2 km along the A1, and walk 2 km north along ''Boulevard Pasteur''. You can catch this train from ''Gare du Nord''of Paris. THIS OPTION REQUIRES A 1-3 ZONES TICKET
Read this carefully because if you donTake bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette't, it can be hard to find it and the local people definately won't know where this is or how bus 250 from '''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (both are on metro line 7) to get there by foot! Once at the stop ''Parc des Sports'' . This bus stop, you can see the main road if you look in the driving direction of the bus. This is the road you want to follow next to the eastA1 highway. Basically you just Just walk to the right from the bus stop in the driving direction, without ever passing under the roadoverpass. Follow the road and Then walk east parallel to the motorwaythrough the parking lot of an apartment complex. There is a wall preventing access to the motorway, but if you continue walking a few hundred metres 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.
Other ways to get to that petrol stationAttention:* Take a RER B to ''Stade de France'' and then walk up in the winter / early spring or after the rain walking down the hill to the final traffic light where you can ask for a ride to ''Aire La Courneuve''motorway might be difficult because of mud.* Lastly, one can take a line 13 In February it took 2 hitchhikers almost 40 minutes to ''Carrefour Pleyel'' walk down and then walk along ''Boulevard Anatole France'' (see [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=Carrefour+Pleyel+stationreach the fence,+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 Maps]) up until after numerous attempts to keep the beginning of the motorwaybalance and not to fall down. There is a hitchhiking spot there which It might be not a good idea in this case to hitch from the greatest one in entrance of the world but highway, right at least it can lead the cross before you turn to the petrol station (after Exit 4!)parking lot of the apartment complex.
From Attention 2: I tried this route September 2017 and although I got there following the instructions, the final fence closing of the petrol station, most drivers are only going has been fixed. I had to the airport or local communities. You should ask for climb a lift at least tree to drop into the [[toll station]] (compound. I''péage'') heading north. This is m a 20-minute drive down the motorway clumsy person and everyone has to stop here. It is I managed, but with a great place to get long-distance ridesheavy backpack it 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.
==== Service station It is easy to jump the metro at Survilliers ====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.
This option costs 4 eurosFrom 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, which is under a bridge and there are some traffic lights. The other goes to the right. Stand to the cost right of the right turn. Cars can stop on a dashed out area to your left or drive a ticket for zones 1-5little past you on the right. The peage is 35 km North A couple of cars stopped straightaway and I was easily able to get a lift to the next service station which had lots of Parispeople driving north to Lille, near 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 town restaurant including half a bottle of Survilliers.wine!
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 ==== Option 4: Motorway services Aire 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 service station to head North.Vémars Est====
==== Senlis Péage ====<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 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 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>
This option costs 9 euros (25% discount under 26) + a local ticket Another useful recommendation is this website, where you can virtually create any route you want to Gare du Nordtake out of the city. The peage is 50 km North of ParisCoupled with Google Maps, near the town of Senlisit's an excellent tool:http://www.ratp. fr/itineraires/en/ratp/recherche-avancee
Senlis has no train station, but you still buy the ticket from a train station. From Paris Nord, go to Chantilly and switch to a bus to Senlis at the "gare routière" right outside of Chantilly's train station with your ticket. Once there, you need to walk a little and you'll find a "péage" (motorway payment station - people have to stop For 351 Bus Route refer to take a ticket)link belowhttp://www. The bus driver gave me the directionsratp. This should take around one hourfr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?loc=bus_banlieue/300&nompdf=351&fm=pdf
=== 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 ====
''This one option costs €9 (25% discount for under 26s) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. The peage is the most expensive50km north of Paris, longest but takes you near the furthest to a great pickup spot. Might be a good choice when you don't speak french. Maybe not so good at nighttown of Senlis.''
Take RER A4 to the last stop (''Marne-La-Vallee - Chessy''). The Senlis has no train journey length is around 40 minutes (EUR 6 something). Take the bus number 59 (doesn't operate on Sundaysstation, but you still buy the ticket costs around 2 Euro) which leaves from the bus stop next to the RER a 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 the “Truffaut” gardening centre which is beside the péage (stop Coutevroult - Truffaut). From thereParis Nord, walk back a bit go to Chantilly and go through what seems switch to be a police station's parking area and is called bus to Senlis at the "voie de servicegare routière" on the map - you will get to the green area right outside the péage - and of Chantilly's train station with your ticket. Once there, you won't need to jump any of the fences! From this walk a little and you''barrière de péage'' it is easy to get rides to ll find a "[[Metz]] or even straight to [[Germanypéage|péage]]". You might meet people (gendarmes or motorway staff) in that "voie de service" - even if they try to talk you out of it, remember ''it is allowed'' to hitchhike ''in The bus driver gave me the car park'' by the peagedirections. This should take around one hour.
Attention==== 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 bus 59 runs every hourstation Porte de Bagnolet. It This is usually timed pretty close to where the A3 starts, which leads to start 5 min after the arrival 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 RER A1, There is a bus stop, where buses often stop so hurry yourself the traffic is slowed down, furthermore, there is a small gas stop, where you can approach drivers directly which cue up there from the traintime to time. Follow Position yourself at the signs "gare routière" (bus station). If bus 59 doesn't start traffic lights before 30 min, consider using the bus 34 (see bellow)stop to show your sign indicating the direction you want to go to.
If you decide to hitch from this péage on Sunday you can take the bus no. 34 (EUR 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 the 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=0.012962,0.027637&ie=UTF8&z=15 route].
The ==== Bonus Tip: Arras Service Station====Heading north on the A1, there is a ''barrière de péagefantastic'' is located Esso service station just outside Arras [httphttps://mapsgoo.google.esgl/maps?f=d&saddr=48/2suUznoe5C42], with people heading pretty much everywhere.854077 You can get rides to the UK (Chunnel),2Lille, Belgium, Netherlands.83959&daddr=&hl=es&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=48.853788 Many difference license plates (GB, F,2.839912&sspn=0.003586B,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=48.850258NL,2.830095&spn=0.014346D,0.038624&t=h&z=15 here]E) and lots of opportunities.
==== Via petrol station =East towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]] {{Afr|4}} ===
==== Option 1: Motorway service station ''Quite long trip and a bit expensive. Takes you to a great gas station. better if you speak french and good day-and-night.Aire de Ferrières''====
The first ''Quite long trip and a bit expensive. Takes you to a great petrol station is close to RER A station ''Bussy St(good for both day and night hitching); better if you speak French.Georges''.
Take RER A to station ''Bussy St.Georges''. You can also try get to catch a this RER A station by taking bus to Bussy St George nr.4 or nr.44 from the 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 bit more than 2 km from here. You can walk on the grass field next to the motorway - don't choose this way in the morning or in autumn/winter as the grass is wet. The petrol station is called ''Aire de Ferrières'' and it's a "TOTAL" company. Another option to reach this petrol station is 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 February 2011, there was a nice-sized fence to hop after crossing the bridge. Nothing too difficult, but a big backpack makes it harder!). 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 fields).
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 the needed petrol station will be just a bit more than 2 km from there. You can walk on the grass field next to the motorway. The petrol station is called Here''La Ferrière''. Another option to reach this petrol station is to walk through the industrial zone of ''Bussy'' area, to the South of the railway, then reach the bridge over the motorway and follow further by walking on the grass until the actual petrol station (note that as of February 2011, there was a nice-sized fence to hop after crossing the bridge. nothing too difficult, but a big pack makes it harder!). Most of the walk will be on the road which means you will save some time while at the same time such s 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.comfr/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=gare,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&daddr=chemin+de+la+rue+pavee,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&sllq=48.831899828509,2.723193&sspn=0.01291,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=15744594&ll=48.831814836023,2.726369723494&spn=0.01291034406,0.040169071583&num=1&t=hm&omz=0 this route14 map] on Google Maps.
==== Onramp to the motorway ====''This one From Bussy-St. Georges there is close a bus [https://www.transdev-idf.com/api/1.0/timetablefile/555898245/raw/amv-184092-fhrentree2018-l46-630x240-v2web.pdf 46] to ParisJossigny, faster and cheaper to get toBout Pecheret, but still in the megapolis. Starting from there, you're likely its only 1.3 km to end up either on the gas station described above or at the Péage described ab-above. Not good at nightwalk.''
==== Option 2. Motorway junction slip-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.'' Take the RER Line A (Red) in the direction of ''Boissy St Legere'' until the station ''Nogent Sur Marne'' (EUR 2€2.70 75 (2010-112016)). Leave the station in direction of ''Rue Joinville'' and follow the sign to the A4. It is a 30 min minute walk. There is a red light before the onrampslip road (on-ramp). Lots of traffic, possibility to stop on the ramp 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.
=== Getting South or Southwest (A6, A10 or A11) = Option 3. From within the city limits: Quai de Bercy ====''Cheap, as you will only need a metro ticket and pretty fast too.'' You can also try to hitch directly from within Paris rather than taking the train for at least half an hour and then walking.
These spots 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 close enough going all the way to the city toll station (péage), many drivers turn off the A4 before that but there are not really any convenient places to be getting traffic in all southern directionscontinue hitch-hiking from before the toll station.
==== Porte d'Orléans Option 4. Lorraine TGV ====
Once French railway operator SNCF has been running low-cost TGVs under the most famous hitchhiking spot brand [https://www.ouigo.com 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 Francethe outskirts of [[Metz]] , this spot isn't bad nowadayshttps://goo.gl/maps/GfXv9v4LGxn) or [[Strasbourg]] main station for as low as 10 €, but it isnalthough the fare you't great eitherre more likely to find is around 15-20 €. The good thing ride takes 1:15 hour. From Lorraine-TGV station it is that drivers aren't surprised relatively easy to see people there, hitch east towards Saarbrücken and that further into Germany. In the beginning you don't need will have a simple two-lane local road, which joins the motorway A4 near Forbach close to get out of Paris in faraway suburbsthe german border.
''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 === Getting South. The best place is besides the "Novotel" building or (better) opposite it at the traffic lights. Be warnedSouthwest {{Afr|6}}, {{Afr|10}}, 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. {{Afr|11}} ===
Make sure These spots are close enough to specify with a sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]] (if you are heading Southwest - A10 or A11), and that the driver will leave you at least at the "péage de Saint Arnoult". If you are heading directly South, have a sign for Lyon and make sure city to be left at ''Aire de Lisses'', roughly 35 km further, a little bit after Evry (drivers to Evry are not enough for you)getting traffic in all southern directions.
When I was here in Sept 2011 many hitcher came and later went to get a train a local train to an outlying town because they had no luck.==== Option 1: Porte d'Orléans ====
Whenever a diplomat travels between Paris and Once the Orly airportmost famous hitchhiking spot in France, hethis spot isn'll go through heret bad nowadays, but it isn't great either. Which means The good thing is that drivers aren't surprised to see people there will be police presence. The police doesn, and that you 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 hourneed to get out of Paris in faraway suburbs.
For ''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. The 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 personal opinions and experiences check 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 [[Talkbest 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 better to stand before, at the red lights. I stood near the gas station at the lights, you miss all the cars not coming from inside Paris|talk page]], but it's way easier for the cars to see you and to stop.
==== Porte dMake sure to specify with a 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 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 "[[Lyon]]" or Fontainebleau) and make sure to be left at 'Italie ===='Aire de Lisses'', roughly 35 km further, a little bit after Evry (drivers to Evry are not enough for you).
Similarly 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'Porte d'Italie'' which t care about you, but it is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is a good place to hitch fromvery unlikely anyone will stop while they are around. That happens often enough. Additionally if you walk down the exit there at the traffic lights there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rainThey stick around for one hour.'''
'''!! The A6b road connecting Porte d'italie and A6 is closed until autumn 2011 for tunnel reconstruction. All the traffic is diverted through ==== Option 2: Porte d'Orleans or other roads.''''''Italie ====
=== A6 South Similarly ''Porte d'Italie'' which is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is a good place to [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]]hitch from. Additionally if you walk down the exit to the traffic lights, [[Italy]] ===there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rain.
==== Aire de Lisses =South towards [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] {{Afr|6}} ===
This option costs 5,85 euros, a zone ==== Option 1-5 ticket and takes roughly 1h15. ''': Motorway services 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 after all the branch-offs.====
Get the RER D towards Melun via CorbeilThis option costs EUR 5. Be careful 85 (but possible 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 4 letter ID depending on stations served). If it's too confusing (it's very confusingride without ticket also), get whatever train that goes to "Corbeil Essonne" a zone 1–5 ticket and, from there, whatever train that goes to Meluntakes roughly 75 minutes. Get off at the station '''VillabéAire de Lisses''', is the second after Corbeil-Essonnes. The station is not marked first service area on Google Maps but don't worrythe A6, it's there: [http://mapssituated about 35 km South of Paris.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Rue+d%27AmbrevilleIt can save you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your direction,+91100+Villab%C3%A9,+Franciaorsz%C3%A1g&daddr=48being located after all the motorway branch-offs.592221,2.443964&hl=en&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=48.592959,2.44184&sspn=0.005947,0.013604&ie=UTF8&ll=48.592959,2.452869&spn=0.023786,0.054417&z=14 ''the way from Villabé RER station to Aire de Lisses'']
ItGet 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 4 letter ID depending on stations served). If it's too confusing (it's a very good spotconfusing), 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-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'']
==== Aire de Nemours ====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.
You can take a train to Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R from Gare de Lyon) and walk 45min to the service area ( http[Note, Mar 2018://tinyurl.com/2bs24sf ). Then you're already on a paying section (There is no local traffic), far out from Paris (80km), barrier at Villabé and so you can pay the standard central Paris tarif to get a into the metro network and then just ride to Châlon, Mâcon or Lyon in a few minutesout there.]
=== A10 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. [[OrléansUser:Artti|OrleansArtti]], [[Bordeaux]], [[Spain]] ===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.
This motorway follows the route of the '''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and splits afterwards near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. The first [[péage]] in that direction is St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris, before the splitting of A10 and A11. There are no service station directly on the motorway before the péage.==== Option 2: Motorway services Aire de Nemours ====
==== Massy Palaiseau ====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 ( http://goo.gl/VUYmh0 ). 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.
This option costs 2=== South-West to [[Orléans|Orleans]],95 euros[[Bordeaux]], a 1-4 zones ticket. This option is useful [[Spain]] {{afr|10}} & West to get out of the rings [[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], [[Rennes]] and get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offs.parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] {{afr|11}} ===
Take The A10 and A11 motorways follow the route of the RER B to ''Massy-Palaiseau'A6'''(see above) from Paris, and split from it near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. From thereThen, follow before the A10 and the motoway signs for A11 split up, there is the A10service station of Limours-Janvry near Briis-sous-Forges and a [[péage]] near St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris. There are two options: Whichever spot you choose, ask the driver to take a bus from you at least until the massive transport lot beside ''MassyLimours-Palaiseau'' Janvry service station or walk down the péage of St-Arnoult. From these places, you can find a motorway ramp nearbydriver who takes you on the A10 or the A11 depending on which way you want to go.
'''Motorway ramp option'''==== Option 1: Pont de Sevres ====[[File: Go down ParisOut.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Hitching after the ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy-Palaiseau'' railway, towards bridge in March 2015]]This option costs the ''autoroute''. After a while there you will see a long stretch price of a road with lots of space for cars. Keep going and you will reach a roundaboutan underground ticket. If you keep following this road, It takes you will reach a motorway exit underneath a bridge. Make sure to get a ride to the first ''barrière de péage'' (30+ km) at St-Arnoult or beginning of the N118 road which connects to the BriisA10-sous-Forges service station 5 A11 in about 25 km down the road.
'''Bus Option''': The first petrol Take the subway 9 to Pont de Sevres, its end station is situated near . You start walking towards the village called ''Briis-sous-Forges''. To get there bridge, where you need to take either RER B to ''Massy-Palaiseau'' From there take can see the bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forges''. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdayssigns towards Nantes, once an hour on SaturdaysBordeaux, and there are no buses on Sundaysetc. The petrol station hitchhiking spot is situated a couple of kms North from just before the village. To reach it you will need to find ''Route d'Invilliers''bridge, a small local roadat the red lights. Once you are there, make sure your driver takes You can try with the right road as cars coming from the A11 starts not far away. It's not easy to find the road to direction of the gas metro 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 gas station in , and also with the area. write cars which came along the instructions river and study are turning left to get to the map!! I was lost in this village for couple of hours.[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=D131&daddr=Aire+de+Service+de+Limours-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=0.028989,0bridge.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the gas station map]
[http==== Option 2://maps.google.fr/?ieMotorway junction Massy Palaiseau ==UTF8&ll=48.739447,2.302011&spn=0This option costs EUR 4.00163890,0a ticket for zones 1-4.003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough one, according This option is useful to some hitchhikers)get out of the ring roads and get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offs.
=== A11 SouthTake RER B to ''Massey-Palaiseau''. Walk down ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy-West to [[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], [[Rennes]] 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 all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] ===[[File:Zoeyou will reach a roundabout.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during If you keep following this road, you will reach the [[project 888|888]] event]]This motorway splits from entrance underneath a bridge. Make sure to get a ride to the A10 near first ''Dourdanbarrière de péage''(30+ km) at St-Arnoult or to the Limours-Janvry service station 5 km down the road. There are several possibilities go get on this motorway:
# ==== Option 3: Motorway service station Limours-Janvry ====The petrol first service station at on the motorway is called Limours-Janvry and it is situated 2kms northeast of the village ''Briis-sous-Forges''. Look at the A10 section's options.# Take the train from To get there you need to take RER B to ''ParisMassy-MontparnassePalaiseau'' . From there take bus 91.03 to ''ChartresBriis-sous-Forges'' (EUR 12) . It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays, and start hitching from thereare no buses on Sundays. You might want to go to Then walk northeast along the service station small local road ''Route d'Chartres-GasvilleInvilliers'' on . (It's not easy to find the road to the A11 east of petrol station. no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you're looking for. They don'Chartrest even know that there'' (bus plus one hour walks a petrol station in the area. write the instructions and study the map!!I was lost in this village for couple of hours). From the train station, take one of many [http://wwwmaps.filibusgoogle.frcom/pages/55 buses] that stop at the ''Morard'' stationmaps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=D131&daddr=Aire+de+Service+de+Limours-Janvry&geocode=FT3X5QIdxnEgAA%3BFZke5gIdK7wgAA&hl=en&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=48. Here starts bus 1264455, take it and get off at ''N2.16575&sspn=0.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there115917, memorize the route: the bus croses 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 ''N0.Conté''338173&ie=UTF8&ll=48. 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 roundabout626839, where you turn left2. Follow the street, it bends to the right and ends on the ''Rue du Bois Paris'' where you turn left (north)135124&spn=0. After 500 meters comes the motorway028989, continue until you have crossed it0. The service station is 400 meters east, so try 084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to pass through the trees on your right and follow the street to the service petrol station.map]
[http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll= Paris public transport 48.739447,2.302011&spn=0.001638,0.003455&t=Public transport in Paris consists of a metro h&z=18 this one] (lines from number 1 to 14)good enough one, RER (fast trains serving the suburbs with relatively few inner city stops, lines from letter A according to Esome hitchhikers), buses (lines from number 20 to ...?) and trams (lines from T1 Really good according to T4)others. If you want Took two guys ten minutes to make get a few voyages, the cheapest option is to buy ride and a carnet of 10 single tickets (12,50 euros instead of 1,70 each - July 2011). You can travel to third guy about the end same amount 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 (EUR 5.90 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 time to make). You can then buy a weekly ticket for EUR 17.20. Note that this replaces the former "Carte Orange"different place. All prices as Lots of Winter 2010.trucks and cars passing by!
=== Metro system = Option 4: Péage de Saint-Arnoult ====Ticket checks never occur You can take the RER C train to Dourdan. There are no controls on the exit, so if you are on actual the cheap, you need to pay only the basic metro trainsticket (some EUR 1.33) to get into the underground network in Paris. Once in Dourdan, cross the railroad track and ticket controllers seem turn left and then go straight on the D836 until you reach the péage after 4-5 kilometers. You should be able to employ 1 of 2 approaches: first one includes ticket controllers forming hitch a line inside a metro tunnel or station exit car as there are many passing by and checking all the exiting travelers (since French take easily on small routes if they are uniformed it is easy to see them from a distance unless they decide to hide around you walking. Get off just after the corner); second one involves civil-dressed controllers watching road crosses the gates autoroute, go left and busting those jumping over - they'll either stop them directly themselvesin a short while, or radio-report to uniformed controllers who you will reach the péage. Look at the map beforehand! You have much higher chances here then will ask a stopped person to show a valid ticketanywhere else, there are lots of cars going through.
Checks are said never ==== Option 5: Chartres: a spot to occur during rush hours; peak times for these controls are evenings, weekends and the beginning of a new month. Except for go directly on the major stationsA11, after it is pretty easy to jump over has split from the barriers, or pass through following other people passing to the ticket-zoneA10 ====[[File:Zoe. Only on major stations one is required to have a validated ticket when exiting. As jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in some other countries, one can be relax about Paris during the ticket booth staff since they have nothing to do with ticket checks.[[project 888|888]] event]]
=== RER system ===Uniformed controllers will ask for validated tickets 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 trainsthe 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 since get off at ''N.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there, memorize the RER shares route: the metro infrastructurebus crosses the motorway, you might be and comes to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a subject second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''N.Conté''. Now comes 1 hour of walk: go back to the checks in similar order mentioned above. It is possible big roundabout and turn right (east) to travel for free, even though follow the N10 until you stand come to a higher chance of being bustedsmall city. It seems that checks can occur at any timeThere you encounter the next roundabout, so where you turn left. Follow the best time street, it bends to travel for free is a rush hour when controls are impossible due to congestionthe 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 highest risk of being checked seems service station is 400 meters east, so try to occur pass through the trees on transfer stations from RER your right and follow the street to metro stationsthe service station.
You often need your ticket to get out === 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 stations, as price varies according 15th and 7th arrondissements go to Normandy for the distanceweekend. Make sure not As a result, this spot is very effective on these days (20 to lose it as it can be tricky 30 min on average) but much worse at other times (expect to get out otherwisewait one and half hours).
=== Buses ===Like in most cities - Porte d'Auteuil, at the last traffic light to the entrance of Francethe A13, you can walk onto or even right under the "no pedestrians" sign on the bus without showing or validating a ticket. Checks are said shoulder to be rarethe motorway just after the light, where cars haven't picked up much speed yet and occur mainly late can see you well. Ask drivers to take you (at nightleast) to Morainvilliers petrol station in Poissy.
=== Fines and punishments = In the suburbs ====French transport police won't make any exceptions for foreigners- Mantes-La-Jolie toll: take Transilien J suburban train from Saint-Lazare station. Although it The fare is said it might €8 but you may not be possible to talk them out of fining a "dumb tourist" they are mainly hostilecontrolled. Most commonly they will ask for a 40 euro fine which can be paid directly Get off in cash or by credit cardMantes-La-Jolie (not Mantes Station). Alternatively you can plead poverty, and if you show a valid ID they will post There's a fine 30 minute walk to the address and toll gate: check the name written on IDmap.
=== Going to ''Charles - Poissy rest area (a.k.a. aire de Gaulle''/''Roissy'' airport ===Bus line 350 goes Morainvilliers): take Transilien J or RER A from Paris and get off at Poissy. Take bus 20 to bus stop "Auberge". There''Gare de l'Est''s one bus every hour on weekdays, fewer than that on Saturdays and line 351 it doesn't run on Sundays. See the timetable [http://www.transdev- to ''Place de la Nation''idf. You're supposed to validate 3 tickets (which is a lot cheaper than travelling by RER); checks are said rare to occurcom/horaire-ligne-20-poissy_aval_2_rives_de_seine_015 here].
== Sleeping in Paris ==
[[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.]]
[[Hospitality exchange#Hospitality exchange networks|Hospitality exchange]] networks can be a great choice when staying low-budget in Paris. However, 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 guests.
It is also possible to sleep in the ''Champs de Mars'' in front of the Eiffel Tower - police generally lets you sleep until 9 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 under the bridge at the Seine river on the other side of the Eiffel Tower. During the first European Hitchhikers Week ([[project 888|888]]) around 50 people slept in front of the Eiffel Tower.== Resources =={{nomadwiki}}
There are also good places to sleep in the tunnels of Montsouris, which are part of old railway network. It is a hidden place, and maybe the most well-known unofficial entrance to the famous Paris Catacombs. You must climb over a wall near the intersection of Avenue Jean Moulin and Rue de Coulmiers ([http://is.gd/hC1Px Google maps]). Be advised that you should not enter the Catacombs alone or without a person who has a lot of experience climbing around the Paris underground. It is an extremely complicated system of tunnels, perhaps the second largest in the world. In many rooms of the Catacombs you can find a luxury of places to sleep, but you can just as easily get lost in areas where nobody has been or will go for months.
 
== Useful links ==
 
* [http://www.ratp.fr/ Public transportation of Paris]
* [http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ Trains and regional transports], ticket agency
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