Learn the correct French pronunciation of all the Paris subway station names of “la ligne treize” (Paris métro line 13): “Saint Denis – Université / Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles / Châtillon – Montrouge” + (untold) rules for riding the Paris métro politely.
1 – The Paris Subway – Line Thirteen
The Paris metro line 13 has two courses, both from the South of Paris, crossing the western parts of the city and arriving in Montrouge to the South.
The first route starts from Saint Denis, the second from Asnières.
Serving no less than 32 stations, line 13, 24 kilometers long, is the longest in the Paris network and also one of the busiest!
With three terminals, all having several names attached, it is for sure a mouthful to refer to this line in any other way than by its number!
2 – Carte du Métro – Ligne Treize
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3 – French Subway Stations Pronunciation – Line 13
- Saint Denis – Université
- Basilique de Saint-Denis
- Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris
- Carrefour Pleyel
- Mairie de Saint Ouen
- Porte de Saint-Ouen
- Guy Môquet
- Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles
- Les Agnettes
- Gabriel Péri
- Mairie de Clichy
- Porte de Clichy
- La Fourche
- Place de Clichy
- Champs-Elysées – Clémenceau
- Montparnasse – Bienvenüe
- Porte de Vanves
- Malakoff – Plateau de
- Malakoff – Rue Etienne
- Châtillon – Montrouge
4 – How To Ride the Paris Métro Safely and Politely
On busy Paris subway lines such as line number thirteen, it’s important that during rush hour (between 7:30 and 9:00 AM and 5:00 and 6:00 PM), you follow the métro untold politeness code… Or common sense…
- As I mentioned before, don’t sit on the foldable seats when there are many people standing in the entrance of the train. You’ll take less room standing than sitting.
- Move away from the doors so fellow passengers can get in and out. Make your way to farther down the train, and stand in the aisle between the seating areas. Whether you are riding the subway for only one or two stops doesn’t matter: you’ll have enough time to make your way to the door when needed. Start making your way to the doors when the train slows down a little and the loudspeaker is announcing the next stop. If you cannot move, then just signal the people around you that you are about to exit: “je vais sortir à cette station”. Most of the time you won’t need to say anything, people do know how to make way!
- On the platform, wait on the sides of the doors. In some stations, a glass fence will protect the passengers and where the car doors will open is clearly marked. So stand on both sides, not right in the middle so passengers can get off before you get in. If there is no clear sign, then move accordingly when the subway car arrives in front of you.
- That should be obvious but do let people get off before you rush in! If the car is really full, you may have to rush to the next one… or wait for the next train. Many people will force their way in, pushing whomever is standing in front of the doors… You’ll be squeezed and warm… It’s not fun riding the Paris subway during rush hour…
- Don’t try to climb in the train car once you hear the closing door alarm… If you do so, the doors are going to close on you, and your purse may very well stay stuck outside… You’ll look silly. You have to be a long time Parisian to master the art of jumping in the car at the very last second and do so gracefully!
- If you are an elderly person or pregnant, don’t hesitate to ask for a seat. It’s common politeness practice, and people should offer their seats gracefully… A courtesy that is not always respected though…
5 – Learn the Pronunciation of the Paris Métro Stations
- Métro Line 1 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 2 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 3 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 4 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 5 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 6 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 7 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 8 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 9 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 10 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 11 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 12 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 13 French Pronunciation
- Métro Line 14 French Pronunciation