Cute New Etiquette Guide for the Metro in Paris


RATP Paris Metro Etiquette Guide

Clever and funny new etiquette guide for using the Paris Metro by RATP

Good manners are always appreciated … no matter where or how you travel! RATP, the agency that runs the bus and Metro public transport in Paris, has recently released a humorous “manuel de savoir-vivre” — an etiquette guide — for the modern traveler. Many of the rules hit home, especially if you’ve traveled on the train or buses in most places in the world – not just Paris! While the guide is written only in French, the humor of the illustrations is universal. Here’s a look at the 12 rules, as translated by Business Insider and the full guide is embedded below so you can scroll through the images.

On the platform

  • Be courteous: Understand that the enormous crossed out cigarette is not a work of contemporary art, but a no-smoking sign.
  • Be helpful: That means helping the guy in the Bermuda shirt with a subway map in one hand and his hair in the other.
  • Be polite: Using your phone makes you unbearable.
  • Be helpful: Hold the exit door for the person behind you. In life, never pass on the chance to come across a pretty glance.
  • Be polite: Use your handkerchief, and not just to wave goodbye on the platform.
  • Be helpful: That means taking an old lady’s bag…and giving it back to her with a smile at the top of the stairs.
RATP Etiquette Guide Rule 5

Be polite: Use your handkerchief, and not just to wave goodbye on the platform.

On board

  • Have manners: Share your new musical tastes on your social networks. Today, you can express yourself in silence.
  • Be polite: Say hello to the driver, whether it’s a man or a woman.
  • Be courteous: Don’t stare at a female rider, even if she has piercing eyes.
  • Be courteous: Don’t start a duel with the knight who accidentally steps on your foot.
  • Have manners: On the really hot days, play the penguin and keep your arms at your sides. Hold onto the bottom of the pole, not the top.
  • Have manners: Don’t confuse the metro with the bathroom, even if both have tiles on the walls.

Check out the whole etiquette guide here:


Don’t forget … play the penguin on your next ride on the Metro, especially if you’re visiting during the summer!

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