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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 == 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.
== Hitching In ==If you are coming from the Northeast and your ride is heading South (which is a normal truck route), chances are that your driver will not drop you on the ring road where it is complicated to stop. A frequent place to get dropped is the first exit South on the A6 called "Rungis". From there, you can reach the Metropolitan subway system by 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.
During rush hours=== Airports ===There are 3 main airports that service Paris. Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly, it and Beauvais. It is possible (to hitch from the airports into the city, but illegal) to be quickly dropped on get from Paris to the airports, Blablacar is probably the ring roadmost reliable option. This * CDG is in the North, and is useful if your ride the closest. A one-way ticket to/from the airport is not willing 10.30 euros. To hitch into Paris from here, go to Terminal 3 and you will find a parking lot. Follow the signs to get out Paris and hitch at the parking lot exit.* Orly is South of it Paris. A one-way ticket to/from the airport is usually 12 euros, but there is a secret way that is only 3.80 (2x1.90 tickets)! From Paris take metro line 7 to drop you the last stop (Villejuif-Louis Aragon) and then switch to Tram 7, which will take you right to the airport. Or do it backwards to get into Paris. Hitchhiking from Orly should be feasible, also from the parking lot.* [[Beauvais]] is often the case)furthest, and 45 minutes North from Paris. Tickets are an appalling 16. Within the ring area80 euros each way! Luckily, lots of Blablacar rides can take you are definitely linked there for 6 or 7 euros, and it is easy to hitchhike back (See the whole regular fare subway system[[Beauvais]] page).
If you are coming from the Northeast and your ride is heading South (which is a normal truck route), chances are that your driver will not drop you on the ring road where it is complicated to stop. A frequent place to get dropped is the first exit South on the A6 called "Rungis". From there, you can reach the Metropolitan subway system with one ticket, then use 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.__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'').
''UPDATE May 6th 2012'' It seems that reconstruction of the tunnel A good option to leave faster is due to end soon, and all show at the accesses seem now open, which means this spot may work again. However roundabout a sign for the number of lanes is still restricted and some closures may happen during the next few weeksairport "Charles de Gaulle".'''This motorway entrance in not currently open due to tunnel reconstruction'''... Reopening There is scheduled in summer 2012. There's an entrance still in operation, for the cars coming from the Peripherique a petrol station (ring motorwayAire 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 option costs one local ticket or zones 1–3 ticket (eur 2.75as of 2018). The petrol station is closed and under construction[http://hitchwiki. There are org/maps/?place=5201 ''Aire de Service de La Courneuve'no''' cars at all stopping by here. 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 motorway. And that is really really hard to do. And going back up out north of the motorway 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. '''Update''': This petrol station is still under construction and nowhere near from finished (25 March 2012)
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.
First, get closer by public transport. Some options areAttention:* Bus 150 from ''Porte de la Villette'' (metro line 7), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (next in the winter / early spring or after the rain walking down the hill to the motorway)* Bus 250 from ''Fort d'Aubervilliers'' (metro line 7), get off at ''Parc des Sports'' (the quickest way?)* [http://maps.googlemight be difficult because of mud.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, In February it took 2.394161&sspn=0.01892,0.040169&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=48.928026,2.388539&spn=0.018919,0.040169&z=15&om=1 ''La Courneuve Aubervilliers''] (RER B)hitchhikers almost 40 minutes to walk down and reach the fence, after numerous attempts to keep the balance and walk 2 km north along ''Boulevard Pasteur''not to fall down. You can catch It might be a good idea in this train case to hitch from ''Gare du Nord''. This option requires a '''1-3 zones ticket'''the entrance of the highway, without this ticket right at the cross before you will have turn to jump over the turnstyles to get out parking lot of the station of your destination (or talk your way out or closely follow someone else with a valid ticket)apartment complex.
Read Attention 2: I tried this carefully because if you don't, it can be hard to find it route September 2017 and the local people definately won't know where this is or how to get although I got there by foot! Once at following the ''Parc des Sports'' bus stopinstructions, you can see the main road if you look in the driving direction final fence closing of the bus. This is the road you want to follow to the eastpetrol station has been fixed. Basically you just walk I had to the right from the bus stop in the driving direction, without ever passing under the road. Follow the road and walk east parallel to the motorway. There is climb a wall preventing access tree to drop into the motorway, but if you continue walking a few hundred metres east and up a slight hill, the wall endscompound. You can then follow I'm a steep, thorny path full of nettles down towards the motorway clumsy person and back west towards the petrol station. There is a fence right along the motorwayI managed, but near the petrol station it has been trampled down and you can step over with a heavy backpack itmight be challenging.
Other ways to get to that petrol stationAttention 3:* Take a RER B to ''Stade de France'' I used this option in April 2019 and then walk up to it worked fine, following the final traffic light where you can ask for a ride to ''Aire La Courneuve''original advice.* Lastly, one can take There is a line 13 wall but go to ''Carrefour Pleyel'' and then walk along ''Boulevard Anatole France'' (see [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=Carrefour+Pleyel+stationthe VERY end,+France&daddr=charles+de+gaulle&sll=48up the slight grassy hill.927631,2.383518&sspn=0.027124The path goes down,0.080338&ie=UTF8&ll=48.923881the fence is trampled down,2.358456&spn=0.013563,0.040169&t=h&z=15&om=1 Google Maps]) up until the beginning of and then you're basically on the motorway. There is a hitchhiking spot there which might be not the greatest one in the world but for about 10metres before you're at least it can lead you to the petrol station (after Exit 4!)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 It is easy to jump the metro at terminal 2 and there wasn't anyone guarding it. Maybe the same is true for terminals 1 and 3 but I can't vouch for it. From terminal 2 walk out of terminal and head straight to the main road. You should see signs for A1 Paris Lille. Keep following these signs until the road splits for A1 Lille. One road goes to the left, under a bridge and there are some traffic lights. The other goes to the right. Stand to the right of the right turn. Cars can stop on a dashed out area to your left or drive a little past you on the right. A couple of cars stopped straightaway and I was easily able to get a lift to the next service station at Survilliers ====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!
This option costs EUR 5.50 (January 2012), which is the cost of a ticket for zones 1-5. The peage is 35 km North of Paris, near the town of Survilliers.==== Option 4: Motorway services Aire de Vémars Est====
<ol><li>From Paris'Nation' bus station (also a metro stop), take RER D 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 (Chatelet-les-halles or Gare du Nordroutière), direction Orry la Ville - Coyeyou can catch the 95.01 bus to Vémars, though this bus does '''not''' run on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Get off Ask inside at the ticket office/information desk for which parking number the train bus will be at Survilliers-Fosses (35 KM North of ParisD2 in Oct 2013). Walk down Rue de la Gare towards Survilliers town centreThe ticket costs €2. [BEWARE 95.01 does not work on public holidays and Sundays, so if that is the case, then turn right get off at La Grande Rue; 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 will find a ride to another petrol station on the motorway. Once theremain highway, you which is super busy and easy to find rides going to anywhere from Calais to Antwerp to Lille]</li><li> You can hitchhike always try to go with the bus number 702 to Vémars centre from the motorway exit towards the petrol station 2KM from here airport (Paris direction20 stops, 39 minutes). When you arriveThis 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' (north!D17) through 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 parking area to A1 will be clearly visible as will the local road'Aire de Vémars Ouest' petrol station. From here, where you can cross over to the opposite service station it is another 1.25km to head Northany given entrance.</li></ol>
==== Senlis Péage ====Another useful recommendation is this website, where you can virtually create any route you want to take out of the city. Coupled with Google Maps, it's an excellent tool:http://www.ratp.fr/itineraires/en/ratp/recherche-avancee
This option costs EUR 9 (25% discount under 26) + a local ticket For 351 Bus Route refer to Gare du Nordlink belowhttp://www. The peage is 50 km North of Paris, near the town of Senlisratp. fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?loc=bus_banlieue/300&nompdf=351&fm=pdf
Senlis has no train station*Note: The 351 bus service does not run on weekends, 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 above link can help find a "péage" (motorway payment station - people have to stop to take a ticket). The bus driver gave me the directionsan alternate route. This should take around one hour[[File:Vemars.jpg]]
=== A4 East, towards [[Metz]], [[Strasbourg]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Germany]], etc = Option 5: Senlis Péage ====
==== Going directly This option costs €9 (25% discount for under 26s) + a local ticket to Gare du Nord. The peage is 50km north of Paris, near the ''barrière de péage'' ====town of Senlis.
''This one is the most expensiveSenlis has no train station, longest but takes you still buy the furthest ticket from a train station. From Paris Nord, go to Chantilly and switch to a great pickup spotbus to Senlis at the "gare routière" right outside of Chantilly's train station with your ticket. Might be Once there, you need to walk a good choice when little and you don't speak frenchll find a "[[péage|péage]]". The bus driver gave me the directions. Maybe not so good at nightThis should take around one hour.''
Take RER A4 to the last stop (''Marne-La-Vallee - Chessy''). The train journey length is around 40 minutes (EUR ==== Option 6 something). Take the bus number 59 : Porte de Bagnolet (doesn't operate on Sundays, the ticket costs around EUR 2A3) which leaves from the bus stop next to the RER train station at ''Eurodisney'','' Marne-La-Vallee'' (====Google maps: [httphttps://www.metro-polegoogle.netco.uk/hormaps/ficheplace/Porte+de+Bagnolet/@48.8649082,2.4086197,17z/6759data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47e66e87e1c7d877:0x17c4d9a47ae58890!2sPorte+de+la+Chapelle!8m2!3d48.897279!4d2.359192!3m4!1s0x47e66d8329157e27:0x2a4ba9074d60ae9a!8m2!3d48.118645542!4d2.html timetable 2008 here4095799])Get a ticket for the station Porte de Bagnolet. It takes ten minutes This is pretty close to arrive at where the “Truffaut” gardening centre A3 starts, which leads to the A1, so a lot of traffic is beside the péage (stop Coutevroult - Truffaut)heading this direction. From thereThe place might not be ideal, walk back but it worked for me after just 20 minutes to get a bit and go through what seems ride on to be the A1, There is a police station's parking area and bus stop, where buses often stop so the traffic is slowed down, furthermore, there is called "voie de service" on the map - a small gas stop, where you will get can approach drivers directly which cue up there from time to time. Position yourself at the green area right outside traffic lights before the péage - and you won't need bus stop to jump any of show your sign indicating the fences! From this ''barrière de péage'' it is easy direction you want 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 go to talk you out of it, remember ''it is allowed'' to hitchhike ''in the car park'' by the peage.
Attention, the bus 59 runs every hour. It is usually timed to start 5 min after the arrival of the RER so hurry yourself up from the train. Follow the signs "gare routière" (bus station). If bus 59 doesn't start before 30 min, consider using bus 34 (see bellow).
If you decide to hitch from this péage ==== Bonus Tip: Arras Service Station====Heading north on Sunday you can take the bus no. 34 (EUR 1.60A1, there is a ''fantastic'' Esso service station just outside Arras [httphttps://www.metro-polegoo.netgl/hormaps/fiche/5134.20.html timetable2suUznoe5C42]) to bus stop "Bailly-Romainvilliers - Place de l'Europe" , then walk for about 2kilometerswith people heading pretty much everywhere. You will soon see can get rides to the motorway A4 and péageUK (Chunnel), Lille, Belgium, Netherlands. Here's the [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=bailly+romainvilliers+place+de+l%27europe&daddr=48.853562 Many difference license plates (GB, F, B,2.839065&geocode=&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=48.850992NL,2.833614&sspn=0.012962D,0.027637&ie=UTF8&z=15 route]E) and lots of opportunities.
The ''barrière de péage'' is located [http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&saddr=48.854077,2.83959&daddr=&hl=es&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=48.853788East towards [[Metz]],2.839912&sspn=0.003586[[Strasbourg]],0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=48.850258[[Luxembourg]],2.830095&spn[[Germany]] {{Afr|4}} =0.014346,0.038624&t=h&z=15 here].
==== Via petrol Option 1: Motorway service station ''Aire de Ferrières'' ====
''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 and good day-and-nightFrench.''
Take RER A to station ''Bussy St.Georges''. You can also get to this RER A station by taking bus 4 or 44 from metro station ''Gutenberg''.'' Make your way west to the D35 and then walk south along it for about 1km to a roundabout. You can try hitchhiking from here, but the service station is just a 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 first petrol station is close called ''Aire de Ferrières'' and it's a "TOTAL" company. Another option to RER A reach this petrol station is to walk through the industrial zone of the ''Bussy St'' 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!).GeorgesMost 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).
Here''You can also try to catch s a bus to Bussy St George nr[http://maps.google.fr/maps?q=48.4 or nr828509,2.44 from the metro station ''Gutenberg''744594&ll=48.836023,2.723494&spn=0.034406,0.071583&num=1&t=m&z=14 map].''
From this station walk South for about 1 km along a bigger road which will lead you to a roundaboutBussy-St. You can try hitchhiking from Georges 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 bus [httphttps://mapswww.googletransdev-idf.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=gare,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&daddr=chemin+de+la+rue+pavee,+bussy+saint+georges,+france&sll=48api/1.831899,2.723193&sspn=0/timetablefile/555898245/raw/amv-184092-fhrentree2018-l46-630x240-v2web.01291pdf 46] to Jossigny,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=48.831814Bout Pecheret,2from there its only 1.726369&spn=0.01291,0.040169&t=h&om=0 this route] on Google Maps3 km to walk.
==== Onramp to the motorway 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 on the petrol station described above or at the Péage described ab-above. Not good at night.''
''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.''
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).
=== A6 South to [[Lyon]]Whenever a diplomat travels between Paris and the Orly airport, [[Marseille]]he'll go through here. Which means that there will be police presence. The police don't care about you, [[Barcelona]], [[Italy]] ===but it is very unlikely anyone will stop while they are around. That happens often enough. They stick around for one hour.
==== Aire de Lisses Option 2: Porte d'Italie ====
This option costs EUR 5.85 (but possible to have ride without ticket also), a zone 1-5 ticket and takes roughly 1h15. Similarly ''Porte d'Italie''which is not far from ''Aire de LissesPorte d'Orleans'' is a good place to hitch from. Additionally if you walk down the first service area on exit to the A6traffic lights, situated about 35 km South of Paris. It there is an overhead bypass which can save keep you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your direction, being after all dry in the branch-offsrain.
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=48.592221South towards [[Lyon]],2.443964&hl=en&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=48.592959[[Marseille]],2.44184&sspn=0.005947[[Barcelona]],0.013604&ie[[Italy]] {{Afr|6}} =UTF8&ll=48.592959,2.452869&spn=0.023786,0.054417&z=14 ''the way from Villabé RER station to Aire de Lisses'']
A problem with a petrol station is that leaving trucks can block the leaving cars, so cars won't have chance to stop at all. [[User==== Option 1:Artti|Artti]] stood there three hours without a sign until he walked to the ramp next to the petrol station. There is more traffic and therefore more chance to get ride. Also cars have lot of space to stop.Motorway services Aire de Lisses ====
==== This option costs EUR 5.85 (but possible to have ride without ticket also), a zone 1–5 ticket and takes roughly 75 minutes. '''Aire de Nemours ====Lisses''' is the first service area on the A6, situated about 35 km South of Paris. It can save you time because you avoid all outbound traffic not really heading your direction, being located after all the motorway branch-offs.
You can take 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 Nemours Saint Pierre (transilien R "Corbeil Essonne" and, from Gare de Lyon) and walk 45min there, whatever train that goes to Melun. Get off at the station '''Villabé''', the service area ( second after Corbeil-Essonnes. The station is not marked on Google Maps but don't worry, it's there: [http://tinyurlgoo.comgl/2bs24sf ). Then you8omQ2W''re already on a paying section (no local traffic), far out the way from Paris (80km), and can get a ride Villabé RER station to Châlon, Mâcon or Lyon in a few minutes.Aire de Lisses'']
=== A10 South Otherwise, you can take the RER D to [[Orléans|Orleans]]Évry-Courcouronnes centre, [[Bordeaux]]and from there Bus 415 in direction of Villabé. Get off at stop "Ikea", [[Spain]] ===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.
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-ArnoultNote, 40 km Southwest of Paris, before the splitting of A10 and A11. Mar 2018: There are is no service station directly on barrier at Villabé and so you can pay the motorway before standard central Paris tarif to get into the péagemetro network and then just ride out there.]
==== Massy Palaiseau ====A problem with a petrol station is that leaving trucks can block the leaving cars, so cars won't have chance to stop at all. [[User:Artti|Artti]] stood there three hours without a sign until he walked to the ramp next to the petrol station. There is more traffic and therefore more chance to get ride. Also cars have lots of space to stop.
This option costs EUR ==== Option 2.95, a 1-4 zones ticket. This option is useful to get out of the rings and get directly on the A10 after all the branch-offs.: Motorway services Aire de Nemours ====
Take the RER B You can take a train to ''Massy-Palaiseau''. From thereNemours Saint Pierre (transilien R from Gare de Lyon, follow a ticket costs about 10 euros) and walk 45min to the motoway signs for the A10service area ( http://goo.gl/VUYmh0 ). There are two options: take Then you're already on a bus paying section (no local traffic), far out from the massive transport lot beside ''Massy-Palaiseau'' station Paris (80km), and can get a ride to Châlon, Mâcon or walk down Lyon in a motorway ramp nearbyfew minutes.
'''Motorway ramp option''': Go down the ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy=== South-Palaiseau'' railwayWest to [[Orléans|Orleans]], towards the ''autoroute''. After a while there you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of space for cars. Keep going and you will reach a roundabout. If you keep following this road[[Bordeaux]], you will reach a motorway exit underneath a bridge. Make sure [[Spain]] {{afr|10}} & West to get a ride to the first ''barrière de péage'' (30+ km) at St-Arnoult or to the Briis-sous-Forges service station 5 km down the road. [[Le Mans]], [[Nantes]], [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] {{afr|11}} ===
The A10 and A11 motorways follow the route of the '''Bus OptionA6''': The first petrol (see above) from Paris, and split from it near [[Antony]]/[[Rungis]]. Then, before the A10 and the A11 split up, there is the service station is situated of Limours-Janvry near the village called ''Briis-sous-Forges''and a [[péage]] near St-Arnoult, 40 km Southwest of Paris. To get there Whichever spot you need choose, ask the driver to take either RER B to ''Massyyou at least until the Limours-Palaiseau'' From there take Janvry service station or the bus 91.03 to ''Briispéage of St-sous-Forges''Arnoult. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdaysFrom these places, once an hour on Saturdays, and there are no buses on Sundays. The petrol station is situated a couple of km north from the village. To reach it you will need to can find ''Route d'Invilliers'', a small local road. Once you are there, make sure your driver who takes you on the right road as A10 or the A11 starts not far away. It's not easy depending on which way you want to find the road to the petrol station. no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you're looking for. They don't even know that there's a petrol station in the area. write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this village for couple of hours.[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=0go.115917,0.338173&ie=UTF8&ll=48.626839,2.135124&spn=0.028989,0.084543&t=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the petrol station map]
[http==== Option 1://maps.google.fr/?iePont de Sevres ==UTF8&ll=48.739447,2.302011&spn=0[[File:ParisOut.001638,0.003455&t=h&z=18 this onejpg|thumb|right|300px|Hitching after the bridge in March 2015]] (good enough one, according to some hitchhikers). Really good according to othersThis option costs the price of an underground ticket. Took two guys ten minutes It takes you to get a ride and a third guy about the same amount beginning of time the N118 road which connects to a different placethe A10-A11 in about 25 km. Lots of trucks and cars passing by!
=== A11 South-West Take the subway 9 to [[Le Mans]]Pont de Sevres, its end station. You start walking towards the bridge, [[where you can see the signs towards Nantes]], [[Rennes]] and all parts of [[Bretagne|Brittany]] ===[[File:ZoeBordeaux, etc. The hitchhiking spot is just before the bridge, at the red lights.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during You can try with the [[project 888|888]] event]]This motorway splits cars coming from the A10 near ''Dourdan''. There direction of the metro station, and also with the cars which came along the river and are several possibilities go turning left to get on this motorway: to the bridge.
# The petrol station at ''Briis-sous-Forges''. Look at the A10 section's options.==== Option 2: Motorway junction Massy Palaiseau ====# Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' (This option costs EUR 12) and start hitching from there. You might want to go to the service station ''Chartres-Gasville'' on the A11 east of ''Chartres'' (bus plus one hour walk!). From the train station, take one of many [http://www.filibus.fr/pages/55 buses] that stop at the ''Morard'' station. Here starts bus 12, take it and get off at ''N4.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there, memorize the route: the bus crosses the motorway90, and comes to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''N.Conté''. Now comes ticket for zones 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-4. There you encounter the next roundabout, where you turn left. Follow the street, it bends This option is useful to get out of the right ring roads and ends get directly on the ''Rue du Bois Paris'' where you turn left (north). After 500 meters comes A10 after all the motorway, continue until you have crossed it. The service station is 400 meters east, so try to pass through the trees on your right and follow the street to the service stationbranch-offs.
== Paris public transport ==Public transport in Paris consists of a metro (lines from number 1 to 14), Take RER (fast trains serving the suburbs with relatively few inner city stops, lines from letter A to E), buses (lines from number 20 B to ''Massey-Palaiseau''.Walk down ''Avenue Carnot'' along the ''Massy-Palaiseau'' railway towards the ''autoroute''.After a while there you will see a long stretch of a road with lots of space for cars.?) Keep going and trams (lines from T1 to T4)you will reach a roundabout. If you want to make a few voyageskeep following this road, you will reach the cheapest option is motorway entrance underneath a bridge. Make sure to buy get a carnet of 10 single tickets (EUR 12.70 instead of 1.70 each - January 2012). You can travel ride to the end of RER lines for about EUR 15. 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 first ''barrière de péage'' (EUR 6.40 for one day inside Paris, zones 1 & 230+ km) at St- it is valid on metro, RER and ground transportation. If you stay for a week Arnoult or more to the Limours- consider getting a "Passe Navigo découverte", which is a chargeable card with picture (EUR Janvry service station 5 to make). You can then buy a weekly ticket for EUR 17.20. Note that this replaces km down the former "Carte Orange". All prices as of Winter 2010road.
You can blackride easily, just check for uniformed controllers before you pass ==== Option 3: Motorway service station Limours-Janvry ====The first service station on the motorway is called Limours-Janvry and it is situated 2kms northeast of the gatesvillage ''Briis-sous-Forges''. The easiest way To get there you need to get in on take RER or Metro is B to find the entrance where ''Massy-Palaiseau''. From there are doors for people with big luggagetake bus 91.03 to ''Briis-sous-Forges''. This way you can easily pass with themIt runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, several people at a timeonce an hour on Saturdays, and there are no problembuses on Sundays. Alternatively you can jump Then walk northeast along the turnstile if you are fast enough and hold the door thing open after someone has passedsmall local road ''Route d'Invilliers''. (It is quite 's not easy to ask people find the road to go in with them through the baggage gate but also you can just follow without askingpetrol station. If no one in this village knows what street he is living in let alone that route you do get caught just give your ID and no address're looking for. They will ask if you have a French address and you say no. You don't have to sign anything they give youeven know that there's a petrol station in the area. They should give you a piece write the instructions and study the map!! I was lost in this village for couple of paper with a fine written on ithours).[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, but since there is no address don'0.084543&t worry.=h&z=14 Briis-sous-Forges to the petrol station map]
[http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&ll=48.739447,2.302011&spn= Metro system 0.001638,0.003455&t=h&z==Ticket checks never occur on actual metro trains18 this one] (good enough one, and ticket controllers seem according to some hitchhikers). Really good according to others. Took two guys ten minutes to employ 1 of 2 approaches: first one includes ticket controllers forming a line inside get a metro tunnel or station exit ride and checking all the exiting travelers (since they are uniformed it is easy to see them from a distance unless they decide to hide around third guy about the corner); second one involves civil-dressed controllers watching the gates and busting those jumping over - they'll either stop them directly themselves, or radio-report same amount of time to uniformed controllers who then will ask a stopped person to show a valid ticketdifferent place. Lots of trucks and cars passing by!
Checks ==== Option 4: Péage de Saint-Arnoult ====You can take the RER C train to Dourdan. There are said never to occur during rush hours; peak times for these no controls on the exit, so if you are eveningson the cheap, weekends and you need to pay only the beginning of a new monthbasic metro ticket (some EUR 1. Except for 33) to get into the major stationsunderground network in Paris. Once in Dourdan, it is pretty easy to jump over cross the railroad track and turn left and then go straight on the barriers, or pass through following other people passing to D836 until you reach the ticketpéage after 4-zone5 kilometers. Only on major stations one is required You should be able to have hitch a validated ticket when exitingcar as there are many passing by and the French take easily on small routes if they see you walking. As Get off just after the road crosses the autoroute, go left and in some other countriesa short while, one can be relax about you will reach the péage. Look at the ticket booth staff since they map beforehand! You have nothing to do with ticket checksmuch higher chances here then anywhere else, there are lots of cars going through.
=== RER system ===Uniformed controllers will ask for validated tickets on trains, and since the RER shares the metro infrastructure, you might be Option 5: Chartres: a subject spot to go directly on the checks in similar order mentioned above. It is possible to travel for freeA11, even though you stand a higher chance of being busted. It seems that checks can occur at any time, so the best time to travel for free is a rush hour when controls are impossible due to congestion. The highest risk of being checked seems to occur on transfer stations after it has split from RER to metro stations. There are 2 big ones, Chatelet and Gare du Nord. If there is control at one of them, try the other. At Gare du Nord it seems the luggage entrance is a little more hidden than at Chatelet so even if there are controllers you can probably pass quickly if there are lots of people aroundA10 ====[[File:Zoe. On some RER stations that are also train stations controllers wait jpg|thumb|right|250px|Hitchhiker Zoe in Paris during the tunnels when you go down to change between platforms. [[project 888|888]] event]]
Take the train from ''Paris-Montparnasse'' to ''Chartres'' (EUR 12) and start hitching from there. You often need your ticket might want to go to the service station ''Chartres-Gasville'' on the A11 east of ''Chartres'' (bus plus one hour walk!). From the train station, take one of many [http://www.filibus.fr/pages/55 buses] that stop at the ''Morard'' station. Here starts bus 12, take it and get out off at ''N.Conté'' - some minutes before you arrive there, memorize the route: the bus crosses the motorway, and comes to a big roundabout where it turns right and continues to a second small roundabout to turn right again to arrive at ''N.Conté''. Now comes 1 hour of walk: go back to the big roundabout and turn right (east) to follow the N10 until you come to a small city. There you encounter the stationsnext roundabout, as price varies according where you turn left. Follow the street, it bends to the distanceright and ends on the ''Rue du Bois Paris'' where you turn left (north). Make sure not After 500 meters comes the motorway, continue until you have crossed it. The service station is 400 meters east, so try to lose it as it can be tricky pass through the trees on your right and follow the street to get out otherwisethe service station.
=== Buses West towards Rouen, Le Havre, Caen {{Afr|13}} ===Like in most cities of France==== Inside Paris ====- Quai André Citroën, you can walk onto under the bus without showing or validating a ticketring road overpass. Checks are said A lot of traffic on Fridays and Saturdays as many inhabitants of the 15th and 7th arrondissements go to be rareNormandy for the weekend. As a result, this spot is very effective on these days (20 to 30 min on average) but much worse at other times (expect to wait one and occur mainly late at nighthalf hours).
=== Fines and punishments ===French transport police won- Porte d't make any exceptions for foreigners. Although it is said it might be possible Auteuil, at the last traffic light to talk them out the entrance of fining a the A13, or even right under the "dumb touristno pedestrians" they are mainly hostile. Most commonly they will ask for a EUR 40 fine which sign on the shoulder to the motorway just after the light, where cars haven't picked up much speed yet and can be paid directly in cash or by credit cardsee you well. Alternatively you can plead poverty, and if Ask drivers to take you show a valid ID they will post a fine (at least) to the address and the name written on IDMorainvilliers petrol station in Poissy.
=== Going to ''Charles de Gaulle''/''Roissy'' airport = In the suburbs ====Bus line 350 goes to ''Gare de l'Est'', and line 351 - to ''Place de la Nation''Mantes-La-Jolie toll: take Transilien J suburban train from Saint-Lazare station. The fare is €8 but you may not be controlled. Get off in Mantes-La-Jolie (not Mantes Station). YouThere're supposed to validate 3 tickets (which is s a lot cheaper than travelling by RER); checks are said rare 30 minute walk to occurthe toll gate: check the map.
=== Vélib’ bicycle rental system ===The grey bicycles - Poissy rest area (a lot of people are riding on can be rent easily. Just look for k.a rental station within the Peripherique, you can register there with a credit card that is good for EUR 150 credit. aire de Morainvilliers): take Transilien J or RER A daily rental pass costs EUR 1from Paris and get off at Poissy.70Take bus 20 to bus stop "Auberge". There's one bus every hour on weekdays, a week is EUR 8 (January 2012). With these passes you can rent a bicycle for 30 minutes for free as often as you want. Make sure to return fewer than that on Saturdays and it within those 30 Minutes or you will have to pay additional feesdoesn't run on Sundays. Check See the English timetable [http://enwww.wikipediatransdev-idf.orgcom/wiki/V%C3%A9lib%27 Wikipedia Vélib' articlehoraire-ligne-20-poissy_aval_2_rives_de_seine_015 here] for more information. Great and cheap way to get around.
== 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.
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.== Resources =={{nomadwiki}}
== 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! :)
 
== Internet ==
Go to Apple Store behind Opera Garnier or to Apple Store under Louvre Museum in the Carrousel de Louvre.
 
[http://bibliotheque.equipement.paris.fr/ Libraries] offer free internet. If you have your own laptop it's practically unlimited otherwise it's free just 15 minutes using library's computers.
 
On the Avenue des Champs-Élysées there are two fast-food restaurants called Quick, they have free WiFi and also electric sockets and the personnel is not going to bother you because of their use.
 
== 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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