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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'']]
'''WARNING: This gas option costs one local ticket or zones 1–3 ticket (eur 2.75as of 2018). The petrol station is closed and under construction. There are NO cars at all stopping by here[http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?place=5201 ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve'' Apart from being really hard to get to] is about 2 km along the A1, if you go to this spot you will just end up hitching on the highway. And that is really really hard to do. And going back up out north of the highway is also really hard with a big backpack and rain/wet leavesParis. Not sure how long until they finish work here but it`s gonna take a while. (20 November 2011)
This option costs one local ticket Take bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' or zones 1-3 ticket bus 250 from '''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (EUR 2.45both are on metro line 7)to the stop ''Parc des Sports''. The petrol station [http://mapsThis bus stop is next to the A1 highway.google.es/maps?f=d&hl=es&geocode=5837971829389385952Just walk to the right from the bus stop,48without ever passing under the overpass.934623,2Then walk east parallel to the motorway through the parking lot of an apartment complex.393732%3B3201522175225020794There is a wall preventing access to the motorway,48.920638but if you continue walking a few hundred meters east and up a slight grassy hill,2the wall ends.410383&saddr=Aire+de+Service+de+La+Courneuve+%4048.934790You can then follow a steep,+2.393710&daddr=&mra=mr&sll=48.918269,2.403388&sspn=0.013649,0.040169&ie=UTF8&ll=48thorny path full of nettles down towards the motorway and back west towards the petrol station.933157,2.396951&spn=0.006823,0.020084&t=k&z=16&om=1is ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve''] There is about 2 km a fence right along the A1motorway, north of Parisbut near the petrol station it has been trampled down and you can step over it.
Attention: in the winter / early spring or after the rain walking down the hill to the motorway might be difficult because of mud. In February it took 2 hitchhikers almost 40 minutes to walk down and reach the fence, after numerous attempts to keep the balance and not to fall down. It might be a good idea in this case to hitch from the entrance of the highway, right at the cross before you turn to the parking lot of the apartment complex.
First, get closer by public transport. Some options areAttention 2:* Bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' (metro line 7)I tried this route September 2017 and although I got there following the instructions, 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'' (final fence closing of the quickest way?)* [http://mapspetrol station has been fixed.google.com/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&sspn=0.01892,0.040169&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=48I had to climb a tree to drop into the compound.928026,2.388539&spn=0.018919,0.040169&z=15&om=1 I''La Courneuve Aubervilliers''] (RER B), m a clumsy person and walk 2 km north along ''Boulevard Pasteur''. You can catch this train from ''Gare du Nord''. This option requires a '''1-3 zones ticket'''I managed, without this ticket you will have to jump over the turnstyles to get out of the station of your destination (or talk your way out or closely follow someone else but with a valid ticket)heavy backpack it might be challenging.
Read Attention 3: I used this carefully because if you don't, option in April 2019 and it can be hard to find it and the local people definately won't know where this is or how to get there by foot! Once at the ''Parc des Sports'' 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 to the east. Basically you just walk to the right from the bus stop in the driving directionworked fine, without ever passing under following the road. Follow the road and walk east parallel to the motorwayoriginal advice. There is a wall preventing access but go to the motorwayVERY end, but if you continue walking a few hundred metres east and up a the slight grassy hill, the wall ends. You can then follow a steep, thorny .. The path full of nettles goes down towards , the motorway and back west towards the petrol station. There fence is a fence right along the motorway, but near the petrol station it has been trampled down , and then you're basically on the motorway for about 10metres before you can step over it're at the services.
Other ways to get to that From the petrol station:* Take a RER B to ''Stade de France'' and then walk up , most drivers are only going to the final traffic light where you can airport or local communities. You should ask for a ride lift at least to the [[toll station]] (''Aire La Courneuvepéage'') heading north.* Lastly, one can take This is a line 13 to ''Carrefour Pleyel'' and then walk along ''Boulevard Anatole France'' 20-minute drive down the motorway (see [http://maps.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 Maps]some kilometers after the airport) up until the beginning of the motorwayand everyone has to stop here. There It is a hitchhiking spot there which might be not the greatest one in the world but at least it can lead you great place to the petrol station (after Exit 4!)get long-distance rides.
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]] (==== Option 3: Charles de Gaulle ====''péageCharles de Gaulle'') heading north. This is a 20airport can be an option for hitching North-minute drive down the motorway and everyone has to stop here. It is East, although waiting times might vary a great place to get long-distance rideslot.
==== Charles de Gaulle ====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'Charles de Gaulle'' airport can be an option 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 hitching North-EastA1 Lille. One road goes to the left, although waiting times might vary 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 lotlift 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!
==== Service station at Survilliers Option 4: Motorway services Aire de Vémars Est====
This option costs 4 euros<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, which is Sundays and public holidays. Ask inside at the cost of a ticket office/information desk for zones 1-5which parking number the bus will be at (D2 in Oct 2013). The peage ticket costs €2. [BEWARE 95.01 does not work on public holidays and Sundays, so if that is 35 km North 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 Parisfinding Dutch cars stopping and giving you a ride to another petrol station on the main highway, near 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 town airport (20 stops, 39 minutes). This will also work on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (as of Survilliers2018)</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>
From ParisAnother useful recommendation is this website, where you can virtually create any route you want to 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 out of Paris). Walk down Rue de la Gare towards Survilliers town centre, then turn right at La Grande Rue; you will find the motorwaycity. Once thereCoupled with Google Maps, you can hitchhike from the motorway exit towards the gas station 2KM from here (Paris direction)it's an excellent tool:http://www. When you arrive, you take the local road to cross over to the opposite service station to head Northratp.fr/itineraires/en/ratp/recherche-avancee
For 351 Bus Route refer to link belowhttp://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?loc=bus_banlieue/300&nompdf=351&fm== Senlis Péage ====pdf
This option costs 9 euros (25% discount under 26) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. *Note: The peage is 50 km North of Paris351 bus service does not run on weekends, near but the town of Senlisabove link can help find an alternate route.[[File:Vemars. jpg]]
==== Option 5: 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 to take a ticket). The bus driver gave me the directions. This should take around one hour.Péage ====
=== A4 EastThis option costs €9 (25% discount for under 26s) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. The peage is 50km north of Paris, towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]], etc ===near the town of Senlis.
==== Going directly 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'barrière de 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 one is pretty close to where the most expensiveA3 starts, longest but takes you which leads to the furthest to A1, so a great pickup spotlot of traffic is heading this direction. Might The place might not be ideal, but it worked for me after just 20 minutes to get a good choice when 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 don't speak frenchcan approach drivers directly which cue up there from time to time. Maybe not so good Position yourself at nightthe traffic lights before the bus stop to show your sign indicating the direction you want to go to.''
Take RER A4 to the last stop (''Marne-La-Vallee - Chessy''). The train journey length is around 40 minutes (EUR 6 something). Take the bus number 59 (doesn't operate on Sundays, the ticket costs around 2 Euro) which leaves from the bus stop next to the RER train station at ''Eurodisney'','' Marne-La-Vallee'' ([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 there, walk back a bit and go through what seems to be a police station's parking area and is called "voie de service" on the map - you will get to the green area right outside the péage - and you won't need to jump any of the fences! From this ''barrière de péage'' it is easy to get rides to [[Metz]] or even straight to [[Germany]]. You might meet people (gendarmes or 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 car park'' by the peage.
Attention==== Bonus Tip: Arras Service Station====Heading north on the A1, there is a ''fantastic'' Esso service station just outside Arras [https://goo.gl/maps/2suUznoe5C42], the bus 59 runs every hourwith people heading pretty much everywhere. It is usually timed You can get rides to start 5 min after the arrival of the RER so hurry yourself up from the train. Follow the signs "gare routière" UK (bus stationChunnel), Lille, Belgium, Netherlands. If bus 59 doesn't start before 30 min Many difference license plates (GB, F, B, NL, D, consider using bus 34 (see bellowE)and lots of opportunities.
If you decide to hitch from this péage on Sunday you can take the bus no. 34 (EUR 1.60=== East towards [[Metz]], [http://www.metro-pole.net/hor/fiche/5134.20.html timetable[Strasbourg]]) 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[Luxembourg]],2.839065&geocode=&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr[[Germany]] {{Afr|4}} =0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=48.850992,2.833614&sspn=0.012962,0.027637&ie=UTF8&z=15 route].
The ==== Option 1: Motorway service station ''barrière Aire de péageFerrières'' 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=48.853788,2.839912&sspn=0.003586,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=48.850258,2.830095&spn=0.014346,0.038624&t=h&z=15 here].
==== Via ''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.''
Take RER A to station ''Bussy St.Georges''Quite long trip . 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 bit expensivemore than 2 km from here. Takes you 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 great gas "TOTAL" company. Another option to reach this petrol station. better if you speak french is to walk through the industrial zone of the ''Bussy'' district, which lies south of the railway, crossing the bridge over the motorway and good daythen continuing on by walking on the grass until the actual petrol station (note that as of February 2011, there was a nice-and-nightsized 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).
The first petrol station is close to RER A station Here''Bussy Sts a [http://maps.google.fr/maps?q=48.828509,2.744594&ll=48.836023,2.723494&spn=0.034406,0.Georges''071583&num=1&t=m&z=14 map].
''You can also try to catch From Bussy-St. Georges there is a bus to Bussy St George nr[https://www.transdev-idf.com/api/1.4 or nr0/timetablefile/555898245/raw/amv-184092-fhrentree2018-l46-630x240-v2web.44 pdf 46] to Jossigny, Bout Pecheret, from the metro station ''Gutenberg''there its only 1.3 km to walk.''
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 ''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 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,Option 2.723193&sspn=0.01291,0.040169&ie=UTF8&zMotorway junction slip-road =15&ll=48.831814,2.726369&spn=0.01291,0.040169&t=h&om=0 this route] on Google Maps.
==== Onramp to the motorway ====''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 on at the gas petrol station described above or at the Péage described ab-abovepéage. 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.''
These spots are close enough You can also try to hitch directly from within Paris rather than taking the city to be getting traffic in all southern directionstrain for at least half an hour and then walking.
==== Porte d'Orléans ====Take the metro line 14 to Bercy and exit towards Boulevard de Bercy, take the Boulevard down to the bridge where it intersects with Quai de Bercy. Standing on Quai de Bercy it is advisable to have a sign indicating you want to get onto the A4. When cars stop, ask if they are going all the way to the toll station (péage), many drivers turn off the A4 before that but there are not really any convenient places to continue hitch-hiking from before the toll station.
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==== Option 4. Lorraine TGV ====
''Porte d'Orléans'' is French railway operator SNCF has been running low-cost TGVs under the terminal subway station of line 4brand [https://www.ouigo. There is an entry on the ''périphérique'' ring road where lots of people are later heading Southcom OuiGO] since a few years. The best place good news is besides that from the "Novotel" building or summer 2018 it runs from Gare de l'Est within city limits and at a reasonable time (better12:55) opposite instead of running at 6 am from the rail station at the CDG airport as it at was the traffic lightscase before. Be warnedIf you book a bit in advance you can get a ticket to Lorraine TGV (in the outskirts of [[Metz]] , traffic here is heavy and fast movinghttps://goo. If gl/maps/GfXv9v4LGxn) or [[Strasbourg]] main station for as low as 10 €, although the fare you have much baggage or 're more than one person I would not fancy your chances herelikely to find is around 15-20 €. Waiting at the petrol The ride takes 1:15 hour. From Lorraine-TGV station or even it is relatively easy to hitch east towards Saarbrücken and further into Germany. In the adjacent war memorial beginning you will not give you have a simple two-lane local road, which joins the motorway A4 near Forbach close to the best trafficgerman border.
Make sure to specify with a sign specifying that you go to [[Orléans]] (if you are heading === Getting South or Southwest - A10 or A11){{Afr|6}}, and that the driver will leave you at least at the "péage de Saint Arnoult". If you are heading directly South{{Afr|10}}, have a sign for Lyon 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).or {{Afr|11}} ===
When I was here in Sept 2011 many hitcher came and later went These spots are close enough to get a train a local train the city to an outlying town because they had no luckbe getting traffic in all southern directions.
Whenever a diplomat travels between Paris and the Orly airport, he==== Option 1: Porte d'll go through here. Which means that there will be police presence. The police doesn'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.Orléans ====
For more personal opinions 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 experiences check the [[Talk:that you don't need to get out of Paris|talk page]]in faraway suburbs.
==== ''Porte d'Italie ====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 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 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, but it's way easier for the cars to see you and to stop.
Similarly ''Porte d'Italie'' which is not far from ''Porte d'Orleans'' is Make sure to specify with a good place sign specifying that you go to hitch from. Additionally [[Orléans]] or [[Chartres]] (if you walk down are heading Southwest - A10 or A11), and that the driver will leave you at least at the exit there "péage de Saint Arnoult" or before that at "Limours-Janvry" service station. Beware, just after the "péage", the traffic lights there is an overhead bypass which can keep motorway separates between A10 and A11. If you dry in are heading directly South onto the rain.A6, have a sign (you may try "[[Lyon]]" or 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 A6b road connecting Porte dpolice don'italie and A6 t care about you, but it is closed until autumn 2011 very unlikely anyone will stop while they are around. That happens often enough. They stick around for tunnel reconstructionone hour. All the traffic is diverted through Porte d'Orleans or other roads.''''''
=== A6 South to [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]], [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] = Option 2: Porte d'Italie ====
==== Aire de Lisses ====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 lights, there is an overhead bypass which can keep you dry in the rain.
This option costs 5=== South towards [[Lyon]],85 euros[[Marseille]], a zone 1-5 ticket and takes roughly 1h15. '''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[[Barcelona]], being after all the branch-offs.[[Italy]] {{Afr|6}} ===
Get the RER D towards Melun via Corbeil. Be careful to get on the right train as there are 2 routes for RER D towards Melun. As of 2010-02, the ID of the train you need was "ZIPE" or "ZOPO" (All trains on RER lines have a 4 letter ID depending on stations served). If it's too confusing (it's very confusing), get whatever train that goes to "Corbeil Essonne" and, from there, whatever train that goes to Melun. Get off at the station '''Villabé''', the second after Corbeil-Essonnes. The station is not marked on Google Maps but don't worry, it's there: [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Rue+d%27Ambreville,+91100+Villab%C3%A9,+Franciaorsz%C3%A1g&daddr=48.592221,2.443964&hl=en&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=Option 1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=48.592959,2.44184&sspn=0.005947,0.013604&ie: Motorway services Aire de Lisses =UTF8&ll=48.592959,2.452869&spn=0.023786,0.054417&z=14 ''the way from Villabé RER station to 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's a very good spotcan save you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your direction, being located after all the motorway branch-offs.
==== Get the RER D towards Melun via Corbeil. Be careful to get on the right train as there are 2 routes for RER D towards Melun. As of 2010-02, the ID of the train you need was "ZIPE" or "ZOPO" (All trains on RER lines have a 4 letter ID depending on stations served). If it's too confusing (it's very confusing), get whatever train that goes to "Corbeil Essonne" and, from there, whatever train that goes to Melun. Get off at the station '''Villabé''', the second after Corbeil-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 Nemours ====Lisses'']
You Otherwise, you can take a train the RER D to Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R Évry-Courcouronnes centre, and from Gare de Lyon) and there Bus 415 in direction of Villabé. Get off at stop "Ikea", the gas station will be a five minute walk 45min to the service area ( http://tinyurlaway.com/2bs24sf ). Then Note that as of 2017, there is a fence you're already on a paying section (no local traffic), far out from Paris (80km), and can have to climb to get a ride to Châlon, Mâcon or Lyon in a few minutesthe station.
=== A10 South to [[Orléans|Orleans]]Note, [[Bordeaux]], [[Spain]Mar 2018: There is no barrier at Villabé and so you can pay the standard central Paris tarif to get into the metro network and then just ride out there.] ===
This motorway follows the route of A problem with a petrol station is that leaving trucks can block the leaving cars, so cars won'''A6''' (see above) from Paris, and splits afterwards near t have chance to stop at all. [[Antony]]/[[RungisUser:Artti|Artti]]stood there three hours without a sign until he walked to the ramp next to the petrol station. The first [[péage]] in that direction There is St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris, before the splitting of A10 more traffic and A11therefore more chance to get ride. There are no service station directly on the motorway before the péageAlso cars have lots of space to stop.
==== Massy Palaiseau Option 2: Motorway services Aire de Nemours ====
This option costs 2,95 eurosYou can take a train to Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R from Gare de Lyon, a 1-4 zones ticketcosts about 10 euros) and walk 45min to the service area ( http://goo.gl/VUYmh0 ). This option is useful to get Then you're already on a paying section (no local traffic), far out of the rings from Paris (80km), and can get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offsa ride to Châlon, Mâcon or Lyon in a few minutes.
Take the RER B === South-West to [[Orléans|Orleans]], [[Bordeaux]], [[Spain]] {{afr|10}} & West to ''Massy-Palaiseau''. From there[[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], follow the motoway signs for the A10. There are two options: take a bus from the massive transport lot beside ''Massy-Palaiseau'' station or walk down a motorway ramp nearby. [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] {{afr|11}} ===
The A10 and A11 motorways follow the route of the '''Motorway ramp optionA6''': Go down (see above) from Paris, and split from it near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. Then, before the ''Avenue Carnot'' along A10 and the ''Massy-Palaiseau'' railwayA11 split up, towards there is the ''autoroute''. After a while there you will see a long stretch service station of Limours-Janvry near Briis-sous-Forges and a road with lots [[péage]] near St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of space for cars. Keep going and you will reach a roundaboutParis. If Whichever spot you keep following this roadchoose, ask the driver to take you will reach a motorway exit underneath a bridge. Make sure to get a ride to at least until the Limours-Janvry service station or the first ''barrière de péage'' (30+ km) at of St-Arnoult . From these places, you can find a driver who takes you on the A10 or the A11 depending on which way you want to the Briis-sous-Forges service station 5 km down the roadgo.
'''Bus ==== Option'''1: Pont de Sevres ====[[File: The first petrol station is situated near ParisOut.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Hitching after the village called ''Briis-sous-Forges''. To get there you need to take either RER B to ''Massy-Palaiseau'' From there take bridge in March 2015]]This option costs the bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forges''price of an underground ticket. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays, and there are no buses on Sundays. The petrol station is situated a couple of kms North from the village. To reach it takes you will need to find ''Route d'Invilliers'', a small local road. Once you are there, make sure your driver takes the right road as the A11 starts not far away. It's not easy to find beginning of the N118 road which connects to the gas station. no one A10-A11 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 the area. write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this village for couple of hoursabout 25 km.[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=0.028989,0.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the gas station map]
[http://mapsTake the subway 9 to Pont de Sevres, its end station.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll=48.739447You start walking towards the bridge, where you can see the signs towards Nantes, Bordeaux,2.302011&spn=0etc.001638The hitchhiking spot is just before the bridge,0at the red lights.003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough oneYou can try with the cars coming from the direction of the metro station, according and also with the cars which came along the river and are turning left to get to some hitchhikers)the bridge.
=== A11 South-West to [[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] = Option 2: Motorway junction Massy Palaiseau ====[[File:ZoeThis option costs EUR 4.90, a ticket for zones 1-4.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during This option is useful to get out of the [[project 888|888]] event]]This motorway splits from ring roads and get directly on the A10 near ''Dourdan''after all the branch-offs. There are several possibilities go get on this motorway:
# The petrol station at Take RER B to ''Briis-sousMassey-ForgesPalaiseau''. Look at the A10 section's options.# Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to Walk down ''ChartresAvenue Carnot'' (EUR 12) and start hitching from there. You might want to go to along the service station ''ChartresMassy-GasvillePalaiseau'' on railway towards the A11 east of ''Chartresautoroute'' (bus plus one hour walk!). From the train station, take one After a while there you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of many [http://www.filibus.fr/pages/55 buses] that stop at the ''Morard'' stationspace for cars. Here starts bus 12, take it Keep going and get off at ''Nyou will reach a roundabout.Conté'' - some minutes before If you arrive therekeep following this road, memorize the route: the bus croses you will reach the motorway, and comes to entrance underneath a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''N.Conté''bridge. Now comes 1 hour of walk: go back to the big roundabout and turn right (east) to follow the N10 until you come Make sure to get a small city. There you encounter the next roundabout, where you turn left. Follow the street, it bends ride to the right and ends on the first ''Rue du Bois Parisbarrière de péage'' where you turn left (north30+ km). After 500 meters comes at St-Arnoult or to the motorway, continue until you have crossed it. The Limours-Janvry service station is 400 meters east, so try to pass through the trees on your right and follow 5 km down the street to the service stationroad.
== Paris public transport == Option 3: Motorway service station Limours-Janvry ====Public transport in Paris consists The first service station on the motorway is called Limours-Janvry and it is situated 2kms northeast of a metro (lines from number 1 the village ''Briis-sous-Forges''. To get there you need to 14), take RER (fast trains serving the suburbs with relatively few inner city stopsB to ''Massy-Palaiseau''. From there take bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forges''. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, lines from letter A to E)once an hour on Saturdays, and there are no buses (lines from number 20 to .on Sundays.Then walk northeast along the small local road ''Route d'Invilliers''.?) and trams (lines from T1 It's not easy to T4). If you want to make a few voyages, find the cheapest option is to buy a carnet of 10 single tickets (12,50 euros instead of 1,70 each - July 2011). You can travel road to the end of RER lines for about 15 eurospetrol station. If no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you stay in Paris 're looking for several days and will use transport often you can also buy . They don't even know that there's a pass "Mobilis" for one or several days (EUR 5petrol station in the area.90 write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this village for one day inside Pariscouple of hours) .[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=D131&daddr=Aire+de+Service+de+Limours- it is valid on metroJanvry&geocode=FT3X5QIdxnEgAA%3BFZke5gIdK7wgAA&hl=en&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=48.64455, RER and ground transportation2.16575&sspn=0. If you stay for a week or more - consider geting a "passe Navigo découverte"115917, which is a chargeable card with picture (5 euros to make)0. You can then buy a weekly ticket for EUR 17338173&ie=UTF8&ll=48.20626839,2. Note that this replaces the former "Carte Orange"135124&spn=0. All prices as of Winter 2010028989,0.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the petrol station map]
You can blackride easily[http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll=48.739447, just check for uniformed controllers before you pass the gates2. The easiest way to get in on RER or Metro is to find the entrace where there are doors for people with big luggage302011&spn=0. This way you can easily pass with them001638, several people at a time, no problem0. Alternatively you can jump the tunstile if you are fast 003455&t=h&z=18 this one] (good enough and hold the door thing open after someone has passedone, according to some hitchhikers). It is quite easy Really good according to ask people others. Took two guys ten minutes to go in with them through the baggage gate but also you can just follow without asking. If you do get caught just give your ID and no address. They will ask if you have a french address ride and you say no. You don't have to sign anything they give you. They should give you a piece third guy about the same amount of paper with time to a fine written on it, but since there is no address don't worrydifferent place.Lots of 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 on trains, Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' (EUR 12) and since the RER shares the metro infrastructure, you start hitching from there. You might be a subject want to go to the checks in similar order mentioned aboveservice station ''Chartres-Gasville'' on the A11 east of ''Chartres'' (bus plus one hour walk!). It is possible to travel for freeFrom the train station, even though you stand a higher chance take one of being bustedmany [http://www.filibus. It seems fr/pages/55 buses] that checks can occur stop at the ''Morard'' station. Here starts bus 12, take it and get off at any time''N.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there, so memorize the route: the bus crosses the best time motorway, and comes to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to travel for free is a rush hour when controls are impossible due second small roundabout to turn right again to congestionarrive at ''N. The highest risk Conté''. Now comes 1 hour of being checked seems walk: go back to occur on transfer stations from RER the big roundabout and turn right (east) to follow the N10 until you come to metro stationsa small city. There are 2 big onesyou encounter the next roundabout, where you turn left. Follow the street, Chatelet it bends to the right and Gare ends on the ''Rue du nordBois Paris'' where you turn left (north). If there is control at one of themAfter 500 meters comes the motorway, try the othercontinue until you have crossed it. At Gare du nord it seems the luggage entrance The service station is a little more hidden than at Chatelet 400 meters east, so even if there are controllers you can probably try to pass quickly if there are lots of people around. On some RER stations that are also train stations controllers wait in through the trees on your right and follow the tunnels when you go down street to change between platformsthe 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.
 
== Free Showers ==
[http://www.paris.fr/pratique/Portal.lut?document_id=8972&document_type_id=5&page_id=5458&portlet_id=11757 Here] you can find a map of places where you can have free showers in Paris. It seems that the closing times mon-wed are 17.30 instead of 18.00 as it writes on the website. Also you should get there 30 min before the closing time or you will not be allowed inside. So get there before 17.00. They are great! :)
 
 
== 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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