Most missionaries in the France Paris mission will serve in towns
where they will ride a bicycle. Though towns outside the Paris region do have bus systems, the buses usually run too infrequently to be useful to missionaries.
Missionaries are expected to purchase their bikes (sometimes from returning missionaries) when they arrive, as well as a lock and a bicycle helmet. It is recommended that elders purchase pant clips (cercles). Pant legs get caught in bicycle chains easily, and when this happens on a hill, it can be dangerous.
A combination of heavy biking and walking wears out the soles of shoes very quickly. Be sure to have two or three sturdy-soled pairs - Doc Martens appear to be the mission preference but are not requisite.
In Paris and its suburbs, missionaries travel by trains, buses, subways (le Métro), and walking. Transportation and housing costs make Paris one of the most expensive missions in the world, and Paris-area missionaries receive additional funds to purchase the Carte Orange, a unified transit ticket, which costs $60 to $170 per month, depending on number of zones covered.
Transfers and zone conference travel outside the Paris area are usually done by the national train system, SNCF. At key transfer points like Paris, Reims, and formerly le Mans, elders usually get a large number of calls
on transfer day for help making transfers. Considering that Paris has six major train stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse, Gare Saint Lazare) such help is reasonable
to expect. (Reims elders also help Belgium Brussels missionaries, whose transfers occasionally cross the France Paris mission.)