A friend of mine mentioned that she enjoys her usual visits to Paris at a lovely (5 star “:-)” hotel located in the 1st arrondissement. She’s been to Paris many times and she knows how to get around using the Métro. I’ve invited her to join me for coffee at Deux Magots (located in the 6th) and wanted to provide her with a bus alternative to the Métro.
In my Bread to Pig’s Feet post, the time comparison between taking the bus vs the Métro was almost nil. Typically the Métro will get you someplace quicker, but you’ll miss seeing beautiful Paris above ground during your trip. The bus vs metro comparison for my friend’s excursion is “no contest” with the bus winning in every category; above ground, more convenient, less walking and faster!
Her bus trip will take about 9 minutes, with 0 minutes to get to the bus stop, and 1 minute to walk from the destination stop to Deux Magots.
How about the metro trip recommended by RATP? 17 minutes total with a 4 minute walk to the first metro station, then changing lines at (can you guess what I’m going to say “:-)” — yep, Châtelet where RATP estimates it will take 2 minutes to change to your second metro line and then (they say) a 3 minute walk to Deux Magots.
I think they’re wrong about the 3 minute walk from the Métro stop at Saint-Germaine-des-Prés to Deux Magots. The metro station is 1/2 a block away and the walk there should take less than a minute — but that’s after you’ve climbed the stairs up to the street level!
I can provide you with an alternative to your usual Métro route. Contact me if you’d like to spend your time seeing Paris rather than the tunnels and metro stations located beneath the world’s most beautiful city.