The trams in Paris completely disappeared in 1957 but were re-introduced at the end of the 20th century, when the RATP company decided that this comfortable, clean (doesn't produce fumes) and inexpensive to build means of transport was ideal.
Up until the twentieth century, Paris had a large network of tram lines. During the 1950s, these were slowly but surely replaced by the metro lines and the tramways disappeared. The last tram traveled to Versailles in 1957.
It wasn’t until the end of the twentieth century when the company RATP decided to bring the tramway back to Paris; a clean, comfortable and easy to build means of transportation.
There are currently seven tram lines in Paris:
- T1: Connects Saint-Denis with Noisy-le-Sec in the north of the city.
- T2: Connects La Défense with Porte de Versailles in the south.
- T3: Links Pont du Garigliano (a RER station) with the metro station Porte d’Ivry.
- T5: Runs between Marché de Saint-Denis and Garges-Sarcelles.
- T6: Connects Châtillon – Montrouge with Vélizy-Villacoublay
- T7: Runs between Villejuif – Louis Aragon and Athis-Mons.
- T8: Connects Saint-Denis- Porte de Paris with Épinay – Orgemont.
Between 2020 and 2021, Paris plans on introducing 2 new tramway lines, T9 and T10.
Not worthwhile for tourists
Paris trams are not very interesting for visitors. Currently, the lines only run in the city’s outskirts and therefore visitors don't usually take them.
The best tram line for tourists could be line 1, as its final destination is the Basilica of Saint-Denis, but you can also take the Paris metro line 13 to get to the Basilica.
There are different types of transport tickets: the single-journey ticket called t+ ticket or the weekly or monthly travel cards: Paris Visite and Passe Navigo.