Paris Travel Tip #4
Whenever you’re in a new place, it takes a little while to get your bearings. Yet, even as someone who has lived in Paris for a few years, things like bus routes still don’t come naturally to me. The bus is a great way to see Paris, as you’re always above ground and can see where you’re going and better understand how the city is connected (and it conveniently uses the same ticket as the metro system).
There are bus shelters all around, and they all have a big map of all the routes on the back side, and the time of the next arrival noted inside. However, the piece of information that is most valuable to me is the individual map route for each separate route that stops at that particular stop. The tricky thing about riding the bus in Paris is where to get on for the return trip – especially when streets are one way, where do you go to get on? In all my searching online, I’ve still never found a web equivalent of these handy individual bus route maps (pictured above). So I cheat. When I pass a bus shelter, I pull out my phone and snap a quick picture. It serves as easy reference any time. I’ll do the same to photograph mundane things like store hours, museum openings, shop spellings (to google later), or event posters in the metro. It’s brilliant too when you can’t access the internet for one reason or another.
Clearly, this travel tip can be used anywhere, not just Paris!