Free public transport in Ile-de-France on the night of December 31

On New Year’s Eve, public transport will be free throughout Ile-de-France from Monday 5 p.m. Several major cities will also provide overnight transportation services.

Partying the night away and getting home safely on New Year’s Eve isn’t always easy. To prevent the most partying French people from taking the wheel drunk and to allow residents to move more freely, some large cities will offer on New Year’s Eve public transport operational all night of December 31, or with extended hours. Le Figaro takes stock of the subways, trams and other buses that will run exceptionally on New Year’s Eve.

Free transport in the Paris region

. From 5 p.m., the French will be able to enjoy their access for free, until noon on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. This year again the organization in charge of transport in Ile-de-France, Île-de-France Mobilités, reiterates its operation ” Free transport for the New Year ”.

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“Ten train and RER lines, six metro lines as well as many bus lines (Noctilien and special circuits) will operate all night,” noted in a statement the regional transport authority. Then, around 2.15 am, Metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 14 will continue to serve certain stations exceptionally.

RER lines A and B will operate continuously throughout the night. However, lines C and D as well as certain branches of lines H, J, L, N, P and R of the commuter trains will run at varying frequencies, and only in the Paris-suburb direction.

For fans of the night bus, Île-de-France Mobilités has thus specified that the Noctilien network “will be adapted for this special evening according to traffic constraints, safety perimeters and in addition to the rail network”.

But the RATP is however showing caution, recalling that “some stations may be closed to the public due to special events for the evening of New Year’s Eve”. On the sidewalks of the most beautiful avenue in the world, on this New Year’s Eve, since the City of Paris has maintained, while new actions of “yellow vests” are also expected.

In other large cities, extended hours

Toulouse

The pink city will also offer several non-stop transport services for New Year’s Eve. For the passage in 2019, the Toulouse metro will therefore be open, exceptionally, on December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019 without interruption, with support staff on site to avoid any problems. to allow the inhabitants to party until the end of the night.

Strasbourg

To facilitate the movement of residents,. Bus and Tram will run all night, from Monday December 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. until Tuesday January 1, 2019 at 4:30 a.m.

Bordeaux

The three lines of the Bordeaux tramway A, B, C will run all night long, with one passage every 15 minutes. Buses will run until 1 a.m. For this holiday night, the Bordeaux Métropole Transport network is providing a special pass at 2.40 euros, giving access to all Bordeaux tram and bus lines between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on January 1, 2019.

Nantes

For New Year’s Eve on December 31, the night transport services of the city of Nantes are extended until 2:30 a.m., instead of 12:30 a.m. .

● Lyon

In Lyon, public transport will also be stepped up throughout the night. Between 1 a.m. and 4:40 a.m., the city will leave every 20 minutes from the city center on New Year’s Eve.

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