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How transport in Paris will change in 2022

From flying taxis (maybe) to the RER Vélo, here's how transport will change in the French capital in 2022.

A VoloCopter prototype flies through the sky.
A VoloCopter prototype flies through the sky. The Parisian suburb of Pontoise will begin a trial of flying taxis in 2022. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

January 

Line 4 extended to Bagneux 

Line 4 of the Paris Metro will stretch 1.8km further south with two new stations, terminating in Bagneux in the southern suburbs. The Barbara (between Montrouge and Bagneux) and Bagneux stations will open on January 13th. As a result of this extension, 37,000 extra people are expected to use the Metro each day. Trains running on this line will be progressively automated from the summer. 

February 

Navigo users to be reimbursed for late trains

SNCF and RATP have said they will begin reimbursing Navigo pass holders for repeatedly late RER A and RER B trains. If less than 80 percent of rail services are on time over a period of several months, users will receive compensation for anywhere between half a month of subscription fees to one and a half months of conscription fees. Those who frequently use the RER B are most likely to benefit from compensation. Reimbursement will not be automatic as in 2021 – rail users will have to apply via a specially created website.

March 

Phase-out of paper Metro tickets 

Many Metro stations have already begun phasing out the old 10-pack metro tickets carnets. In March, almost all stations will have scrapped this purchase option altogether in an effort to push people towards purchasing rechargeable Navigo Easy cards or use the IDF Mobilities app instead. Cardboard tickets won’t disappear completely – it will still be possible to buy single tickets.

Flying taxi trial in Pontoise 

RATP, Aéroports de Paris and a company called Volocopter are striving to launch a flying taxi service, although we’re a long way off hailing a flying cab just yet. Prototypes are set to be trialled during the Spring in Pontoise, to the northwest of Paris. The vehicles are a sort of hybrid between drone and helicopter and will be capable of carrying up to four passengers at once. If the trials are successful, the company says that the aim is to have the service fully operational by 2024 – journeys would cost in the region of €100.  

April 

Price limits for Ile-de-France public transport 

The cost of most journeys on public transport in Ile-de-France will be limited to €5, or €4 per journey for people buying a carnet.

The move will be subsidised by regional authorities to the tune of some €60 million per year. It was a campaign promise of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France Regional Council and now presidential candidate. 

May 

Line 12 extended to Mairie-d’Aubervilliers

Line 12 of the Paris Metro will be extended northward, with two new stations – Aimé-Césaire and Mairie-d’Aubervilliers – opening in May. Residents of the northern suburbs have been waiting for this for nearly 20 years, but various problems, most recently including the Covid pandemic, delayed the project significantly. 

June 

Cycle lane network expands 

City authorities in Paris have promised to protect 60km of cycle lanes known as coronapistes, which were initially meant to be temporary solutions to reduce the saturation of public transport during the pandemic. In the Summer, this network will be expanded eastwards towards Place de la Bastille. The city has promised to construct a 650km network of cycle lanes by 2025. 

July 

New tramway in Yvelines 

After 5 years of construction, the T-13 tramway will finally open up in Yvelines, connecting Saint-Cyr-l’École in the south to Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the north. The line will link through RER C and RER A without users having to travel through Paris. Some 21,000 daily passengers are expected to use the service every day. 

Polluting vehicles banned from Paris 

Diesel cars registered before 2011 and petrol cars registered before 2006 will no longer be able to enter Paris from July 1st. All the land inside the A86 (the ring road surrounding the city) will be protected as a low emissions zone. Of the 5.4 million cars in the Paris region, about a quarter will no longer to be able to enter the city. 

August 

Works begin in Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame RER station 

At least four months of repair and maintenance work will begin on August 23rd in the RER C station, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, meaning that this stop will be temporarily out of service. The total cost of the work is estimated at €32 million. The Saint-Michel stop of the RER B and Line 4 will however remain operational. 

September 

Parking fees for motorbikes

From September 1st, parking will no longer be free for motorised two-wheeled vehicles on Paris. Drivers will have to pay €2-3 per hour to park their motorbikes/motorcycles, for a maximum of six hours at a time. City authorities have promised to put in place a monthly pass for non-resident bikers, which will allow them to park at cheaper rates at designated parking spots.  

End of the year 

City authorities are discussing the creation of a limited traffic zone in the centre of Paris, promising to put one in place in the second half of 2022. The aim is to reduce traffic in the four central arrondissements but it is unclear who will have the right to continue driving there. It looks likely that residents, taxis and business owners will be able to continue using these roads but that visitors and private chauffeurs will not. 

Member comments

  1. Hi Emma, I live in the UK but visit Paris regularly, and I’ve been using carnets of 10 metro tickets for 45 years 🙂

    I’ve just downloaded the IDF mobilites app. Do I need to buy / get a physical Navigo pass, which I then top up with Apple Pay, a bit like a London Oyster card? Or do I just open the app on my phone at the barrier? Thanks as ever for your really useful information (and words of the day!) Andrew

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STRIKES

Planes, trains and roads – France’s summer strike timetable

Unions representing railway workers, airline staff and truck divers have already called for strikes in France over the summer and it's likely that more will follow - here's your guide to the declared strike days and the services that will be affected.

Planes, trains and roads - France's summer strike timetable

The majority of the strikes are over pay, with unions saying that the soaring cost of living should mean pay increases for staff. So far there has been no call for a general strike, and each dispute is a separate matter between company bosses and the relevant workers’ representatives.

We will update this story throughout the summer.

Airlines

The air travel sector is the worst hit so far, with several different strikes called.

Airport – workers at Aéroports de Paris (which covers Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports but not Beauvais) will walk out on Friday, July 1st in their second one-day strike. This covers airport staff including security and check-in staff and will primarily affect flights departing from Paris – on their previous strike day one quarter of flights were cancelled. Passengers should check with their airline before going to the airport.

Ryanair – Ryanair cabin crew all around Europe are involved in a dispute with the company and held strike days on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th. In France this affected flights at Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux and Paris Beauvais airports, although only 16 flights were cancelled (compared to 75 in Spain). Ryanair staff have filed a strike notice for ‘unlimited action’ over the summer, but their industrial action looks set to be conducted as a series of one or two-day strikes, probably in co-ordination with colleagues around Europe.

Exact days are still to be confirmed, but French unions say they will likely target busy times such as the July 8th/9th/10th weekend when French schools are out for summer, as well as the holiday weekend around July 14th.

Easyjet – French Easyjet pilots have written an open letter to the company CEO denouncing the chaos that has already seen the budget airline cancel dozens of flights because of staff shortages. They have not, however, filed a strike notice.

Staff shortages – in addition to strike action, air travel around Europe has been hit hard by shortages of key staff, and many airports have seen long wait times to check in.

Railways

SNCF strike – workers on the French rail operator SNCF have called a national strike on Wednesday, July 6th. This will potentially affect the high-speed TGV, the Intercité and local TER trains in all parts of France. It will not affect city public transport systems like the Paris Metro. SNCF will publish a strike timetable showing which services will be running on the Tuesday evening before the strike. 

Paris public transport – workers on the Paris public transport systems are also involved in a separate dispute about changes to changes to working conditions, this series of one-day actions has so far affected mostly the suburban Transilien trains and the RER network, but not the Metro.

Roads

Truck drivers blockades – Unions including the CFDT called for drivers to stage a blockade of industrial areas, mostly in the greater Paris region, on Monday, June 27th. Drivers too are calling for wage increases in what is likely to be the first in a series of events – usually drivers protest by either blockading certain addresses such as business depots or staging opérations escargot – rolling roadblocks on major routes.

Service station strike – employees of French energy giant Total Energies are also in dispute over wages and staged a one-day strike in June. Employees of service stations run by Total Energies walked out, while others blockaded Total’s refineries so that deliveries of fuel could not get out. So far, there has been no notice filed of a second strike day. 

Others

So far, most of the industrial action has centred on transport, which is one of the sectors that has the most impact on the daily life of both French residents and visitors. However there are other sectors that are involved in disputes over pay and conditions, notably healthcare. Staff at several hospitals have already staged industrial action – although for healthcare workers a grève involves staging protests outside the hospital, rather than walking out.

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