Paris Métro Line 7

Paris Métro Line 7 is one of sixteen lines of the Paris Métro system. Crossing the capital from its north-eastern to south-eastern sections via a moderately curved path, it links La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945 in the north with Mairie d'Ivry and Villejuif – Louis Aragon in the south, while passing through important parts of central Paris.

Line 7
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 7
TerminiLa Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945
Villejuif - Louis Aragon / Mairie d'Ivry
Connecting linesParis Métro Paris Métro Line 1 Paris Métro Line 2 Paris Métro Line 3 Paris Métro Line 4 Paris Métro Line 5 Paris Métro Line 6 Paris Métro Line 7bis Paris Métro Line 8 Paris Métro Line 9 Paris Métro Line 10 Paris Métro Line 11 Paris Métro Line 14
Transilien Transilien
Tramways in Île-de-France Île-de-France tramway Line 1 Île-de-France tramway Line 3a Île-de-France tramway Line 3b Île-de-France tramway Line 7 Île-de-France tramway Line 9
SystemParis Métro
Rolling stockMF 77, 5 carriages per trainset
Ridership120.7 million (avg. per year)
Opened5 November 1910 ( 109 years ago ) 1910
Line length22.4 km (13.9 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Route map

proposed extension 
proposed extension
La Courneuve–8 mai 1945
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 1
Fort d'Aubervilliers
Aubervilliers–Pantin–Quatre Chemins
La Villette shops
Porte de la Villette
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3b
Corentin Cariou
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 2Paris Métro Line 5
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 7bis 
Pré Saint-Gervais
 Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3b
Place des Fêtes
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 11
Buttes Chaumont
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 2Paris Métro Line 5
Louis Blanc
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 7bis
Magenta (Paris RER)Transilien SNCFParis-Est
Gare de l'Est 
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 4Paris Métro Line 5 RERRER e TransilienTransilien SNCFParis-Est
Le Peletier
Chaussée d'Antin–La Fayette
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 9
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 3Paris Métro Line 8 RERRER A
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 14
Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 1
Pont Neuf
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 1Paris Métro Line 4Paris Métro Line 11Paris Métro Line 14 RERRER ARER BRER D
Pont Marie
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 10
Place Monge
Les Gobelins
Place d'Italie
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 5Paris Métro Line 6
Maison Blanche
Porte d'Italie
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3a
Porte de Choisy
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3aÎle-de-France tramway Line 9
Porte d'Ivry
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3a
Choisy shops
Pierre et Marie Curie
Mairie d'Ivry
Le Kremlin-Bicêtre
Villejuif–Léo Lagrange
Villejuif–Paul Vaillant-Couturier
Villejuif–Louis Aragon
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 7

Line 7 began operating in 1910 and, along with Line 13, is one of only two Métro lines that has a branch. Originally located in the northeast and splitting at Louis Blanc, it was transferred in 1967 to what is now Line 7bis. In 1982, a new branch was added in the southeast to Mairie d'Ivry, branching off at Maison Blanche. Line 7 has only steel rails.

At 18.6 km (12 mi), Line 7 is one of the longest in the Paris Métro network. In addition, it contains the most stations as well as being the third most-used line of the Métro, with 120.7 million riders in 2004.[1]



  • 5 November 1910: Line 7 was opened linking Opéra to Porte de la Villette.
  • 18 January 1911: A new branch was opened from Louis Blanc to Pré-Saint-Gervais.
  • 1 July 1916: The line was extended in the south from Opéra to Palais Royal.
  • 16 April 1926: The line was extended from Palais Royal to Pont Marie.
  • 15 February 1930: While a tunnel was being built on line 7 to cross the River Seine, a new section between Place Monge and Place d'Italie was opened and temporarily operated as part of Line 10.
  • 3 June 1930: The line was extended from Pont Marie to Pont de Sully.
  • 7 March 1930: That section temporarily operating as part of Line 10 was extended from Place d'Italie to Porte de Choisy.
  • 26 April 1931: The section between Pont de Sully and Place Monge was opened. The section between Place Monge and Porte de Choisy was transferred to Line 7 and it was extended to Porte d'Ivry simultaneously.
  • 1 May 1946: The line was extended from Porte d'Ivry to Mairie d'Ivry.
  • 1967: Because of a lack of traffic, the northern branch of the line 7 between Louis Blanc and Pré-Saint-Gervais became a new independent line known as Line 7bis.
  • 4 October 1979: The line was extended to the north from Porte de la Villette to Fort d'Aubervilliers.
  • 10 December 1982: A new branch was opened to the south from Maison Blanche to Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.
  • 28 February 1985 : The line was extended from Le Kremlin-Bicêtre to Villejuif Louis Aragon.
  • 6 May 1987: The line was extended from Fort d'Aubervilliers to La Courneuve – 8 mai 1945.


Route and stationsEdit


Line 7 runs for 18.6 km (12 mi) completely underground, stopping at 38 stations. Southbound trains terminate alternately at Villejuif - Louis Aragon and Mairie d'Ivry, diverging at Maison Blanche. Late at night, through trains only operate to Mairie d'Ivry; a shuttle train to Villejuif originates at Maison Blanche.

In the north, the line begins at La Courneuve in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis at the intersection of National Routes 2 and 186. La Courneuve station acts as a transfer between the Métro and Paris' fragmented, suburban tramway system, with a station on Paris Tramway Line 1 (T1). Unlike most stations in Paris, there are three tracks, the central one used for departures and arrivals.

Running below National Route 2 (RN2), the line heads to the south-west, entering Paris in two single-line tunnels so as to avoid a now-unused terminal loop at Porte de la Villette. It then descends a 4% grade below Canal Saint-Denis and then climbs back up to stop at Corentin Cariou. Two stations beyond, Line 7 reaches Stalingrad, an important transfer point in the Métro system, where the line turns to run below Rue La Fayette.[2]

Renamed stationsEdit

Date Old name New name
1 November 1926 Pont Notre-Dame Pont Notre-Dame – Pont au Change
15 April 1934 Pont Notre-Dame – Pont au Change Châtelet
6 October 1942 Boulevard de la Villette Aubervilliers – Boulevard de la Villette
10 February 1946 Pont de Flandre Corentin Cariou
Aubervilliers – Boulevard de la Villette Stalingrad
1989 Chaussée d'Antin Chaussée d'Antin – La Fayette
8 March 2007 Pierre Curie Pierre et Marie Curie


Metro Line 7 passes near several places of interest :

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Les chriffres 2005 Archived 17 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine STIF Retrieved 23 October 2010 (in French)
  2. ^ Tricoire, Jean. Un siècle de métro en 14 lignes. De Bienvenüe à Météor

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