Rouen is one of the smallest cities in France that has an urban transport system with an underground section. Besides the city itself, Rouen metro reaches some other suburbs such as Petit-Quevilly, Grand Quevilly, Sotteville-les-Rouen and Saint-Etienne-Rouvray.
Metro Rouen serves a population of 382,000 inhabitants, 120kms northwest of Paris in the department of Seine-Maritime in Haute-Normandie. The metro is used by more than 60,000 people every day. It works integrated with the bus network of the city, forming a unit of public transport services called Métrobus.
The network has a total length of 18.2 km, of which 2.3km are underground. Just 5 stations of its 31 are underground.
The management of all public transport corresponds to the HRCT (Transports en Commun de l’Agglomération Rouennaisea). Along with it the Métropole, Blic Organisatrice Autorité du Réseau. This entity is responsible for defining the necessary measures to improve network infrastructure and vehicles, to determine the supply of urban transport and pricing changes.
Lines and stations
Public transport in Rouen consists of the underground part composed of the two subway lines, three lines TEOR buses, the 25 urban buses lines and 38 suburban Intercity Veolia Transport Normandie (VTNI) lines.
The metro network is currently a single line that splits into two branches between the stations of Saint-Sever and Avenue de Caen.
The Technopôle line, goes from Rouen Boulingrin Central Station to Technopôle Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray station through Sotteville-lès-Rouen. The line is 9.8 kilometers long and serves 13 stations: Boulingrin, Beauvoisine, Gare-Rue Verte, Palais de Justice, Théâtre des Arts, Joffre-Mutualité, Saint-Sever, Europe, Honoré de Balzac, Voltaire, Garibaldi, Hôtel de Ville de Sotteville, 14-Juillet, Jean Zay, Toit Familial, Champ de Courses, Ernest Renan, Le Parc, Maryse Bastié, Technopôle.
The Georges Braque line, goes from Boulingrin to Georges Braque in Le Grand-Quevilly, through Le Petit-Quevilly. It’s 8,4 kms of tracks serving 11 stations: Boulingrin, Beauvoisine, Gare-Rue Verte, Palais de Justice, Théâtre des Arts, Joffre-Mutualité, Saint-Sever, Avenue de Caen, Jean Jaurès, François Truffaut, Place du 8-Mai, Saint-Julien, Charles de Gaulle, Provinces, J.F. Kennedy, Léon Blum, Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque.
Before the line splits at Boulingrin, the line begins to run underground from the downtown to Theatre des Arts. From there it goes elevated over the Seine river, going again underground in the Joffre-Mutualité station. Except for two small sections, the subway line runs on the surface as an electric tram.
Times and frequency
Rouen metro starts operating at 4:30 am northbound. The last trains are at 23:00 hours south direction.
Rouen metro frequency of service in the common part of the lines and on weekdays, is a train every three minutes, between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, at other times, one train every 4 minutes. In the branches there is a train every 6 minutes at peak hours and every 8 minutes in normal time.
Saturdays, frequency is 6 minutes until 11:00 am. Then, every 3 minutes until 7:00 pm. In the branches, frequency is 12 minutes until 11:00 am and 6 to 7:00 pm. Sundays, frequency is 10 minutes on the trunk and 20 minutes in the branches
Tickets and passes
Tickets are either magnetic stripe cards or rechargeable Astuce cars. Rechargeable cards can carry several transport passes (titre de transport). They have to be validated aboard subway trains or buses.
This type of contactless card, is intended to be used in all future regional ticketing unification system in Normandy. To get an Astuce card you almost need to be a resident and complete a pre-litigation procedure. So for the visiting traveler it is best to buy some simple ticket.
- Titre 1 voyage: valid for an hours, unlimited use in metro and buses: 1,60
- Titre 10 voyages: 10 trips: 13,50.
- Titre JEUNE: valid for 10 trips, you may be required to show your id, 8,30.
- Titre “DECOUVERTE 24 heures”: 24 hours unlimited, 4,80
- Titre “GROUPE”: for up to 10 people groups, valid from 8:30am to 4:30 pm and after 7:00 pm from monday to friday de lunes a viernes (holidays and weekends unlimited): 5 .
- “Titre In’Cité”: you get a car park in Mont Riboudet Kindarena, 3,60.
Conexion to airport Rouen Vallée de Seine
Bus line 13 in HRCT network links downtown with Aéroport de Rouen. Gendarmerie of Boos station is 500 meters from the terminal. Ticket is 1.60 and takes about 15 minutes to arrive. The airport is 15 minutes from Rouen and 30 from Evreux, Dieppe and Amiens. One hour from Paris by the A13 and A14 motorways.