Parisian Gem is conveniently located between two metro stations, making it easy to get around. The closest station is Villiers, which is an easy five minute walk away, passing through the bustling Rue de Levis. However, with all to look at, it’s rare to make it to the metro station without any distractions.
Villiers is serviced by two lines, Line 2 and Line 3, and is just a few stops away from major landmarks. Line 2 runs from Porte Dauphine to Nation and Line 3 runs from Pont de Levallois Becon to Gallieni.
I’ve created a map that shows the two metro lines that are serviced by Villiers and the proximity to major sights. The numbers between the stations indicate the approximate walking distances* between the stations.
*Information taken from Metro Walking Distance Map created by Guillaume Martinetti
Tickets, billets, are sold individually or in packs of 10, un carnet de billets. Getting them in packs of 10 provides a discount on the price per ticket and there is no expiration on these tickets, meaning if you have any leftovers, you can bring them for your next trip.
Alternatively, there is also the Navigo pass, which is a weekly pass, but you are restricted by the commencement day, Mondays to Sundays, and you will need a passport sized photo for your pass. Unless you arrive on a Monday, there really isn’t much sense in getting a pass unless you expect to travel long distances to Versailles, Euro Disney, the Designer Outlets etc. There is also the Paris Visite Pass which allows you to have unlimited travel for 1 day, 3 day and 5 day options. However, I find that I walk so much in this city that I never seem to justify the cost of the day passes.
Finally, let’s not forget about the bus system in Paris. While convenient, being subterranean in the Metro all the time, does not allow you views of this gorgeous city that buses, on the other hand, can. Buses that run near Parisian Gem include line 30 which brings you to the base of Sacre-Coeur, line 53 which is Opera bound, and line 94 with a most scenic route, that passes the Seine.