When in Paris, arguably the best way of getting around the city is by utilising the fantastic and very efficient Métro, a more organised version of London’s Tube lines! The nearest Métro stop for the Moulin Rouge is Blanche on line 2, which is within easy walking distance of the theatre. The Métro opens at 5.30am every morning and closes at 1.15am between Monday and Thursday and on Sunday, with a later closing time of 2.15am on Friday and Saturday. For most shows at the Moulin Rouge this should leave you with ample time to catch a train back to your hotel after the show; however, if you are planning on seeing the 11pm show you might want to book a taxi back if it is not possible to walk back to wherever you are staying.
We’ve looked up how to get to the Moulin Rouge from some of Paris’ other famous areas so that you don’t have to try and work it out alone, making it much easier to add a trip to the theatre to the end of your daily itinerary.
Charles de Gaulle Airport:
From either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 hop on the RER B line in the direction of Paris, disembarking when you reach Paris Gare du Nord station. From here change on to line 4 (dark pink) until Barbès-Rochechouart, and finally switch on to line 2 (dark blue), getting off once you reach Blanche three stops later.
After arriving take the OrlyVal train towards Paris, getting off when you reach Antony station. From here transfer onto the RER B train (thick blue line on Métro maps) and travel to Gare du Nord, before taking line 4 to Barbès-Rochechouart and then line 2 to Blanche.
Paris Gare du Nord:
As before, take line 4 to Barbès-Rochechouart followed by line 2 to Blanche.
From either Louvre Rivoli or Palais Royale Musée de Louvre, take line 1 (yellow) of the Métro until you reach Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile. Change on to line 2 and continue until you reach Blanche.
Arc de Triomphe/Champs Élysées:
Walk to Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile station and take line 2 up to Blanche.
If you don’t fancy the short walk to the Pigalle area, you can hop on the Métro at Anvers and travel 2 stops until Blanche.
Get on line 11 (brown) at Rambuteau and go as far as Belleville, where you can change on to line 2 and travel to Blanche.
Walk to the Cité Métro stop and take line 4 until Barbès-Rochechouart. From here you can change on to line 2 until you reach Blanche.
Chateau de Versailles:
Take the RER C to St. Michel. Switch on to line 4, travelling up to Barbès-Rochechouart. Change once more on to line 2, and continue until you arrive at Blanche.
If you would rather drive to the theatre in order to be able to get back without booking a taxi, there are a few car parks in the area where you should be able to leave your car without worrying. As driving and parking can be difficult and stressful in Paris, particularly for the non-local, it is a good idea to turn up with plenty of time to spare in order to guarantee yourself a parking space. Alternatively, you can park for free in the streets at night although in the day this is expensive and requires a special parking card. Our recommended car parks in the area are:
- Clichy Montmartre – Rue Caulaincourt. Tariff of €3 per hour or €13 for 5 hours.
- Garage Mansart- Rue Mansart. Charges €10 for 4 hours or €17,50 for 12 hours.