In the summer it is important to know the Metro and most importantly which of the Metros turn into a furnace that can easily render you to a puddle of water on the floor. Let us start with the worst of them: metro 5! Conveniently running through Gare de Nord, Gare de L’est, and some of the nicer neighborhoods and connectors for the entire city, the number 5 is the hottest and smelliest Metro in this city.This Metro is not a particularly crowded one but it is VERY slow in comparison to others like it. Most of the Train’s track is above ground which may seem like a good point but druing awful weather you get soaked by the open windows. But it is either get soaking wet of die of heat: choose one! It is inevitable that you will find yourself on this train at some point so just brace yourself for it!
On the other side of the spectrum there is the best Metro: the number 1 (oh so appropriate) This train is super fast and is controlled by a computerized conductor which makes it ultra cool adn always on time. what is so great about this train is that it is continuous, meaning that there are not individual cars but one continual train with joints between each section. What this allows you to do is get on the train anywhere off the platform. When getting on the Metros one has to make the wise choice as to what cart you will get in. If you get in a cart that is closer to the front it is usually a little emptier than the ones to the back that are loaded with people who run and JUST make the train. You have to be careful picking your cart because you could find yourself in a sparsely occupied, nice, cool, car with plenty of room to sit. Or you could find yourself crushed up against 20 of your new best friends, trapped with a transitive metro musician (not always the best especially on line 9), or a stream of beggars interrupting your journey. The 1 train allows people to spread out and move along as places open up, making the entire process so much more enjoyable. THe openness of the train also allows for a GREAT flow of air. On this train there is actually a BREAS. I get very excited to ride on this line. So if you get the chance take this metro.
In short… well just get yourself a Navigo and take the bus for heaven’s sake! You see more of the city and it is just so much more enjoyable!
Other great lines:
8(though it is short and goes NO WHERE it is well air conditions)
Ones to avoid:
9 ( all of the 9’s stations are PARTICULARLY smelly especially Strasbourg-St.Denis avoid at all costs!)