Revealed: Which Paris Metro and RER lines are the most punctual?

If you want to blame your late arrival on Paris' public transport you might need to think of another excuse - punctuality results have been published for the Metro and they're actually pretty good.

Revealed: Which Paris Metro and RER lines are the most punctual?
Photo: AFP

Transport operator Île de France Mobilités has published its punctuality data, which shows that Paris Metro trains generally arrive on time.

The worst line for punctuality is Line 13, but even then only 4 percent of trains are late. Lines 4, 11 and 6 are the next worst offenders, with 3.8 percent, 3 percent and 2.9 percent of late arrivals respectively.


At the other end of the table, Lines 1, 10 and 14 had no late arrivals – although as Lines 1 and 14 are automated perhaps this is no surprise. Lines 2, 5 and 9 each had fewer than one percent of their trains arriving late.

So if you're within central Paris, you can largely rely on the Metro to get you there on time (although whether you will get more than a few square centimetres of space to yourself is a very different story).


Go outside the périphérique to the Paris suburbs, however, and the picture is less rosy.

The Metro in general does not stretch very far outside the Paris ring road (although there are building projects underway to extend several lines further out into the suburbs) so if you live a bit further out – or you're travelling to Paris' two airports – you will be using the RER.

The worst RER line for punctuality was line D, where 13.6 percent of trains came in 5 minutes or more behind schedule. RER line B – which connects central Paris with Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports – reported that 11.1 percent of its trains were late, while the best line was Line A with 7 percent of late trains.

Travelling further outside Paris than the suburbs involves the overground Transiliens service, which has a fractionally worse punctuality record than the RER with its worst line – Line R – showing 13.7 percent of its services running late.

Transport bosses will be disappointed by the results, which miss the overall punctuality targets of between five and seven percent on the RER and Tranciliens services.



Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”