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, the historic Comedie Française or take a stroll
along the Seine River to the Ile 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’s 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
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.
Paris boasts one of the largest public bicycle-sharing systems in the world, called Velib’.
The Velib’ system consists of 16,000 bicycles available at stands
throughout the city. For a yearly subscription, Velib’ users can make an
unlimited number of trips of under thirty minutes each day. Trips over
thirty minutes incur a small fee.
Students can travel by train all over
France and across Europe by train. Each of Paris’s seven main train
stations has its own history and personality from 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.