Paris transport strike LATEST: How services are affected on Friday

People in Paris are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary on Friday, as a massive strike is set to severely disrupt the public transport network. Here's a rundown of how services are affected.

Paris transport strike LATEST: How services are affected on Friday
Well over half of Paris Metro stations will be closed on Friday. Photo: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Unions are calling for a co-ordinated walk-out on Friday, February 18th, of workers on the capital’s RATP public transport network, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

The disruption will be severe, with the city’s revised strike timetable showing that more than half of Metro lines will not be running at all, with others running only during rush hour. Those services that do run are expected to be extremely busy.

Trams, buses and some RER suburban trains are also affected.

Transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has called on anyone who can to work from home on Friday, while RATP is also advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The Transilien train network and remaining RER services – which are operated by national rail operator SNCF – are not affected.

The dispute is over annual pay increases, with unions saying that RATP’s proposed 0.4 percent is not enough to cover increases in the cost of living.

RATP has published its revised strike timetable with the following services; 


Lines 1 and 14, which are automated, will run as normal but are likely to be extremely busy. The Orly-Val shuttle service to Orly airport will also run as normal.

On Line 1 the following stations will be closed – Reuilly-Diderot, Bastille, Hôtel de Ville and Concorde

Lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 will run only during rush hours – 6.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Line 3 – will run only between Pont Levallois and Havre-Caumartin, with 1 in 4 of the normal services running. The Villiers station is closed.

Line 4 – half normal service with stations closed; Marcadet-Poissonniers, Barbès-Rochechouart, Gare de l’Est, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Saint-Placide, Raspail, Alésia

Line 6  – will be running only between Nation and Place d’Italie, 1 in 3 of normal service

Line 9 – 1 in 3 of normal service. Stations closed; Exelmans, Jasmin, Alma-Marceau, Charonne, Maraichers, République, Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Grands Boulevards, Trocadéro, Michel-Ange-Molitar

Line 11 – One train in four is operating at peak hours. Hôtel de Ville, République, et Arts et Métiers stations are closed.

Line 12 – Trains will run only between Mairie d’Issy and Montparnasse-Bienvenüe. Pasteur station is closed

Line 13 – 1 in 3 of normal service. Stations closed; Pernety, Duroc, Varenne, Invalides, Liège, Place du Clichy, Brochant, Garibaldi

Lines 2, 3bis, 5, 7bis, 8, and 10 – no services on these lines

Graphic: RATP Group / Twitter


RER lines A and B – the line that runs into the city from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports – will be affected, with services running between 5.30am and 12midnight. 

They will be running half the normal services during rush hours and 1 in 3 normal services the rest of the day.

RER B will involve changing at Gare du Nord.


Trams will be running 1 in 3 an average of their normal services with limited service times

Line 1 – half normal services. Service only between 6.30am and 12noon and 3pm and 9pm

Line 2 – 1 service in 3. Service only between 6am and 10.45am and 4.30pm and 8.45pm

Line 3a – 2 service in 3. Service only between Pont du Garigliano and Porte d’Ivry and only between 6.30am and 10.30am and 4pm and 8.30pm

Line 3b – half normal service. Service only between Porte de Vincennes and Porte de la Chapelle and only between 7.30am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Line 5 – half normal service. Service only between 5.30am and 9.30am and 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Line 6 – half normal service. Service between 6am and 9pm

Line 7 – half normal service. Service between 6.30am and 12.30pm and 2.30pm and 8.30pm


On average, 2 in 3 of the normal bus services will be running, but routes and lines may vary

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Paris police warn tourists about ‘petition’ scam

Paris police have issued a warning to tourists to beware of scams targeting visitors that involve false petitions and donation drives.

Paris police warn tourists about 'petition' scam

The police préfecture in Paris has released an announcement warning tourists about a scam that might be used to target them especially. 

The scam involves young boys and girls asking people to sign their petitions and requesting that they give a donation. In reality, many people – especially tourists or those unfamiliar with the local area – find themselves giving their money away to a false organisation.

In other cases, the petition acts as a distraction while pickpockets target the visitors.

Frequently, these scams involve the young people feigning deafness or the inability to speak, and pretending to collect funds on behalf of NGO for the hard of hearing. 

The scam is just one of a number that criminals use to prey on tourists, and visitors return to Paris after a two-year break, police are warning people to be vigilant – especially in tourist hotspots such as Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower area or in transport interchanges such as Gare du Nord.

READ MORE: Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

For more advice on how to stay safe in Paris as a tourist, you can read the police “Guide for Staying Safe in Paris