The 5 Metro Lines With Air Conditioning
July 10, 2015
In the haze of summer heat, do you find yourself asking “Where is the air conditioning?” Do you wander into supermarkets or stay in your hotel room to escape the hot temperatures but regret that you’re not seeing as much of the city? Is the thought of stuffy, crowded public transportation putting you off? Worry not, there are still ways to travel around Paris in the comfort of air conditioning! Check out the 5 metro lines with air conditioning in Paris and our suggestions of what to see along them.
Paris’ first metro line (opened in 1900), Line 1 cuts through the center of Paris and stops by some key monuments en route. The western terminal stop, La Défense, is an impressive modern business district and home to the colossal Grande Arche. Other famous monuments along this line include the Arc de Triomphe (Charles de Gaulle Etoile station), the Louvre (Palais Royal Musée du Louvre station), City Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral (Hôtel de Ville station), and the Place Vendôme and the Marais district (Saint Paul station).
Line 2 serves as an important line for tourists in northern Paris, stopping off at key places of art and cultural significance such as Montmartre (Anvers Station) or Pigalle (Pigalle station). Some metro stations are also works of art in their own right. At the Porte Dauphine, you will find one of the last original Guimard glass entrances. Head out to Marceau station to visit the decorative arts museums Musée Nissim de Camondo and Jacquemard-André. And since part of this line is above ground, you’ll be able to enjoy the view!
A fundamental line connecting the north eastern suburbs to the south east of Paris, Line 5 passes through two large train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. If you have watched the film ‘Amélie’ you will recognize Gare de l’Est immediately! The St Martin canal (Jaurès Station), where Amélie was filmed skipping rocks, is also just next door. Walk 15 minutes to get to Montmartre to discover the world of Amélie as well as the backdrop to ‘La Vie en Rose.’ Gare du Nord, the largest train station in Europe, is where they filmed ‘Hugo’.
One of the longest lines in Paris, Line 9 goes through 3 main places for theatre and opera lovers: le Théatre Chaillot (Trocadéro station), Opéra Garnier (Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette station) and the Grands Boulevards area (Grands Boulevards / Bonne Nouvelle stations). The latter has in fact been the heart of theatrical performances since the 19th century. This is also when the Opéra Garnier, the most beautiful opera house in the world, was built. And for those who find shopping entertaining, head out to Les Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps department stores at Havre Caumartin station.
Line 14 is the newest of them all and the first fully automated line in Paris (no driver and glass barriers with automatic doors). The beautiful and modern Bibliothèque François Mitterrand library (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand station), is home to a branch of the National Library of France - a great feat of modern architecture! The Saint-Emillion area (Cour Saint Emilion station) is also very modern. It was formerly a place where wine merchants gathered, but later transformed into an area with snazzy boutiques and restaurants. Finally, don’t miss the brand new modern department store inside Saint Lazare station.
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