In October I want to do a day trip from Paris, Metro Line 10 Vaneau to Pontoise, I know I must get RER C1 but cant figure out how to do this, thanks for your help, Kevin
The easiest is to take métro line 13 to Gare St Lazare and take the train from there to Pontoise. You need a ticket from Paris to Pontoise (this includes the métro so no need to waste a ticket t+). Trains from St Lazare run every 30 minutes. The final destination could be Pontoise, Boissy l'Aillerie or Gisors.Edited: 5 years ago
The above suggested route is the way to go. From Gare Saint-Lazare it's line J on the Transilien network. To plan out this journey you may find it easiest to use www.transilien.com but here's some general info about Paris public transport.
To learn how to get around Paris (and the Île-de-France region) by métro/bus/RER use www.ratp.fr. Here is a link to a route planner:
Here is an interactive map of the system:
Since parts of this website are only in French you can also use www.transilien.com or www.vianavigo.com. Via Navigo probably has the most complete English website. Keep in mind that all these sites are time and date sensitive and they will use Paris time, not your local time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that they all default to the next available departure. So you may get one route that looks very complicated (multiple métro/bus connections) but scroll forward through the next few departures and you'll often find the simplest connections for your journey.
To learn about the various types of tickets, transport passes and fares look here:
A good website to learn how to use public transport in Paris is www.parisbytrain.com. It will likely answer any of your questions about what is the métro, what is the RER, what kinds of tickets you need, how to buy tickets, what kinds of passes are available etc.
Buy a good detailed map of Paris of around the scale 1:12,000 and it will show all streets and street names, museums, monuments, gardens, parks, sites, attractions and the location of all RER and métro stops. A handy booklet to buy is called ''Plan de Paris par Arrondissement, L'Indispensable''. It is available in the Relay bookstores you'll find in the main line train stations and RER stations. It can be bought in many other places as well, such as bookstores, magazine/news stands, many touristy souvenir stores, larger supermarkets, tabac stores etc.
In any métro or RER station with an information booth you can get free maps of the Paris transport system and use those in conjunction with your street maps to figure out how to get around and determine where you are.
You can figure out walking times and distances between sites by using a mapping website like www.mappy.com or a similar website.Edited: 5 years ago
Very appreciative, no where did I find this alternative which is certainly the best, thanks again, Kevin
The links you provided are great, could never have found this valuable information on my own, very grateful, Kevin
Sometimes I find that it's easier to look at a paper map, system map than to use the Ratp and other route planners. Oftentimes it's easier/quicker to walk a few blocks than take the closest metro.
Thanks, very good advice about walking to another metro station may in fact be the best route, best, Kevin