1st May 2019 in Paris – what’s open, what’s closed

The 1st May is one of the biggest public holidays in France, meaning that an awful lot of things will be closed for the day. Here are the details.

The metro

There’s an annula demonstration on 1st May in Paris, and twenty sations will be closed starting 7am:

— Argentine, Assemblée Nationale, Boissière, Champs Elysées Clemenceau, Charles de Gaulle – Etoile, Concorde, Ecole Militaire, Franklin D.Roosevelt, George V, Kléber, Invalides, Madeleine, Miromesnil, Ternes, Opéra, Pyramides, La Tour Maubourg, Tuileries, Varenne and Victor Hugo

Form midday, nine other stations will be closed:

— Corvisart, Denfert Rochereau, Edgar Quinet, Glacière, Notre-Dame des Champs, Raspail, Saint-Jacques, Vavin et Port Royal

Some lines will also not be running between certain stations, and you won’t be able to change lines at any closed station either. Oh, and the station can’t reopen until the police give the all clear (at an undisclosed time).

Make sure you check out this page for the details of which stations and lines are affected.

Museums and monuments

All museums belonging to the Paris city council are closed for the day. However, the Eiffel Tower is open, as is the Jacquemart-André Museum, the Paris Zoo, the Atelier des Lumières, the Montparnasse Tower and the Maillol Museum.

Any other museum or monument not on the list above is almost certainly closed. All the department stores (Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, BHV…) are closed for the day too.

You could always go to one of the city’s parks, as they are all open, or you could go to the funfair (la Foire du Trône) or the Foire de Paris, a sort of Ideal Home Exhibition with added gadgets!

Have a great 1st May!

La Foire de Paris 2019