Paris Metro to run all night this weekend

Paris Metro to run all night this weekend
Anyone wanting to stay out late this weekend will be able to take the Metro home. Photo: AFP
In an attempt to transform the French capital into an all-night city, public transport will be running non-stop this weekend.

Joyous news for all late-nighters in Paris. In what will be the fourth edition of Nuit festive (Festive night), public transport will keep running all night this weekend.

Six Metro lines (1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 14) and three of the city’s tramways (T2, T3a and T3b) will stay open from Saturday and into Sunday, with Metros running every 10 minutes.

About 50 Metro stations will stay open from 5.30am on Saturday until half past midnight on Sunday.

Here is a map of the lines running and the stations that will keep open:

 

The night bus Noctilien will also run more often than usual, with most buses running every half-hour instead of every hour.

In short, those wishing to stay out late in the capital this weekend will have plenty of options to choose from however late they drag themselves home. 

Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) launched the 'Festive night' initiative in a bid to revitalise the capital’s nightlife. 

This is the fourth 'Festive Night' since the trial period started on September 14th last year. The January edition was cancelled due to the then still ongoing transport strikes.

Each of these nights costs the IDFM about €600,000.

So far, night traffic has been moderate with between 14,000 and 17,000 late-night passengers registered between 2am and 5am the first three trial nights.

The IDFM will decide this spring whether to keep the initiative going on a permanent basis.


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