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There are currently two tram/light rail routes in the Paris area (T1 & T2) both of which offer orbital links between inner suburban areas. At present there are no tram routes within Paris itself.

T1 runs from St Denis (immediately to the north of Paris) to Bobigny in the north-eastern suburbs and has now been extended to Noisy-le-Sec. It is a conventional tram route running mostly on reserved tracks built on the central reservation of a dual-carriageway road (N186) with just short stretches of street running.

T2 runs from Issy - Val de Seine (south-west of Paris on the SNCF RER Line C) to the important commercial and office development at La Défense (north-west of Paris on RER Line A). It is more a light-rail route having been converted from an SNCF route used by a little-used shuttle service. A remnant of a previous third-rail electric service linking Invalides to St Lazare, the shuttle was an isolated link created when the busier suburban lines were converted to overhead electrification. In its later years, with a very infrequent service, passenger loadings were very low indeed - a complete contrast to its reincarnation as a light-rail route with tramcars running every three minutes and filled to capacity!

Both routes originally used Alstom cars almost identical to those used in Grenoble. They are 75% low-floor six-axle units.


An extension southwards from Bobigny to the SNCF station at Noisy-le-Sec (suburban services to Paris-Est and new RER line E to St Lazare). There are five new stops on this approx. 3 km extension which opened on 15 December 2003.

A further 5km extension from Noisy-Le-Sec to Montreuil-Théophile Sueur would add 11 or 12 further stops.


A 4.8km extension westwards from St Denis along the N186 road to Gennevilliers station (RER Line C) and then south-west to Asnières. This would add a further 10 stops and is expected to be completed by 2008.


A 4.2 kms extension north-westwards from La Défense. After tunnelling below the adjacent SNCF suburban lines from St Lazare (future RER Line E), the new tram route will emerge on a newly created central reservation along the N192 road. There will be eight new stops along this busy road. Completion expected for 2008.

EXTENSION T2 to Porte de Versailles

A 2.7km extension eastwards from the southern end of T2 from Issy-Val de Seine to Porte de Versailles adding an extra 3 stops. Completion expected for 2006.

This line is intended to link up to the proposed Tramway Maréchaux Sud which would run from Pont du Garigliano-Bd Victor via Porte de Versailles to Porte d'Ivry - a distance of 8km.

This would later be extended as Maréchaux Est to Porte de Charenton a further 2.4km and 4 stops.


With the opening of the extension of line T1 to Noisy le Sec cars have been transferred from line T2 with the latter being operated by new Alstom 'Citadis' cars

Information provided by Joseph Pestell
Pictures and updates by Brian Lomas

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