Parsons Paris

  • Getting Around Paris and Beyond

    Parsons Paris is located in the heart of the City of Light, on the Right Bank, in the bustling first arrondissement. Students can easily walk to the Louvre, the beautiful Jardin du Palais Royal, or the historic Comedie Française or take a stroll along the Seine River to the Île de la Cité to visit Notre Dame. Students have many cafés, coffee shops, and restaurants nearby to choose from and are never far from a bus or metro stop.

    Metropolitan Paris is composed of 20 arrondissements, or districts, and nearby suburbs. The arrondissements begin at the very center of the city and spread out in a spiral. For the first week of their stay, all students who request program housing will be provided with an unlimited Navigo pass for the Metro, commuter rail (RER zones 1 and 2), and bus systems. The Navigo is a rechargeable monthly pass for unlimited travel on Paris’ metro, RER, buses and tramways. Students under 26 are eligible for a yearly discounted pass called the Imagine-R. With its train stations and airports, Paris is a hub for European travel. Students can easily explore surrounding countries in their free time.


    With 16 lines and more than 300 stations, the Paris Metro is one of the most comprehensive subway systems in the world. The Metro runs daily from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. during the week and until 1:30 a.m. on weekends. Parsons Paris is ideally located, within walking distance of three Metro stations: Pyramides (Lines 14 and 7), Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (Lines 1 and 7), and Tuileries (Line 1)


    The Réseau Express Régional, or RER, is a system of five express commuter train lines that serve Paris and its extensive suburbs. Inside the city, the RER functions as an express train, making only a few stops. The RER covers a large geographical area and is divided into six fare zones. Paris and its nearby suburbs are in zones 1 and 2. Travel outside of those two zones requires payment of a higher fare. The RER runs daily from about 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.


    Students can find several of Paris’s 351 bus lines within a few minutes walk from Parsons Paris. Buses often provide a more direct travel route than the Metro or RER. Additionally, a system of tramways is located along the outer edge of southern Paris in the 13th, 14th, and 15th arrondissements. Traveling above ground has the added benefit of helping orient you in the city.


    Students can travel by train all over France and across Europe by train. Each of Paris’ seven main train stations has its own history and personality reflecting the regions and countries it serves. The Montparnasse station, located a few miles south of Parsons Paris, historically connected Paris to Normandy and Brittany, and the area surrounding the train station is known for its many crêperies, brought from the regions to the capital.


    Paris has two main airports: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Both are easily accessible by taxi, bus, and RER. Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is the larger of the two, located 15 miles northeast of the city. Orly is situated 10 miles south of Paris and offers mainly domestic and European flights.