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Reading the RER Map

Click here for a RER map. (© RATP)

Once inside the RER station, you will see maps of the routes posted. Otherwise, you can ask at the ticket counter for a free printed map to carry with you.

Think of the RER as an express shuttle from Paris to the suburbs. RER lines are designated by letters, A-E, and are also color-coded. RER lines go from a starting point in the suburbs, through central Paris, to a final destination in the suburbs, and then back again. Each line branches out at the end to different stations.



Follow these steps to determine which RER line to take:


Step 1. Take a look at the RER map and find the RER station closest to your final destination. Note the letter and color of the line, the end station and the branch number.

Step 2. Now find the RER station on that line that is closest to where you are in Paris. Some RER stations are also major train and Metro stations. You may need to walk or take the Metro to reach the RER station you want.




Determining the direction of a RER Line

When planning your route on the RER, you will want to know in which direction your RER train is traveling. Every RER line has two main directions, but then branches into multiple end stations. Once you have chosen the line you want, determine which branch and end station you need to head for.

For example, the end stations for RER A (red line) are:



Westbound


Eastbound




Choosing the right direction of your RER (Part 1)

Using the RER map, make sure you understand how to find the correct direction of your RER line.


Question:

If you begin your journey on RER A (red line) at Châtelet-Les-Halles and want to go to Parc Disneyland (Euro Disney), in which direction would you travel?


Answer:

You would take the RER A (red line) train toward Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy, branch A4.

Note: The RER A (red line), traveling east bound, branches into two end stations: A2, Boissy-Saint-Léger and A4, Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy.




Choosing the right direction of your RER (Part 2)

Choosing the correct direction of your RER is essential, so make sure you can do it. Use the RER Map to find the correct direction for your RER line.


Question:

If you begin your journey on RER B (blue line) at Gare du Nord and want to go to Airport Charles de Gaulle1, in which direction would you travel?


Answer:

You would take the RER B (blue line) train toward Airport Charles de Gaulle2 –TGV, branch B3.

Note: The RER B (blue line), traveling east bound, branches into two end stations: B3, Airport Charles de Gaulle2 -TGV and B5, Mitry-Claye.




Understanding Directional Signs

The RER station corridors all have clearly visible directional signs to help you find your way. Follow the sign for the RER line you want and it will lead you to the platform.

Note: If you are not sure of the end station name, refer to your RER map. Otherwise, you could end up traveling away from your destination instead of toward it!




Reading Overhead Panel Signs

When you arrive at your desired platform, look at the overhead panel signs. They indicate the line letter, end stations and stops (stations) that the next train will make.