Discovering Paris on foot includes the notion of enjoying the Paris Métro and this article is dedicated to the elegant Paris Métro signs that steal the Eiffel Tower’s show. Discovering Paris includes discovering the beauty of its Métro.
There are many different types of Métro signs. Some stations even have unique signs. All are attractive in their design.
Lamp atop a MÉTRO sign on a red background
This type of Paris Métro sign consists of a globe-shaped lamp atop a “MÉTRO” sign featuring bold typography on a red background.
The Val d’Osne variant is surrounded by an ornate cast-iron frieze.
Dervaux, Art Déco
The Dervaux variant follows the contemporary trend away from decorative embellishment.
The following variant can only be found on the pavement with an arrow directing people to Lamarck Caulaincourt Métro station.
The following type of Métro signs can only be found at Vaneau station.
Special Métro signs at Vaneau station illuminated at night
MÉTRO signs on a red background without a lamp
The following type of Métro signpost can only be found at Franklin Roosevelt station.
MÉTRO sign in red
The following type of Métro sign in red between two arches can only be found at Place Monge station.
Blue-Themed MÉTRO sign
The following type of Métro sign on a blue background, against a blue ring and a large red “M” can only be found at Sentier station.
PASSAGE PUBLIC – MÉTRO
During World War II, the Métro served as a refuge in case of air raids. This type of Métro signpost indicates that there is an underground passage.
This type of Métro signpost features an internally lit sans serif yellow “M” in an open circle of two stainless steel rings.
Métro signposts built since 1998 on Line 14 are entirely novel, featuring a two-dimensional design with modern blue “M” in blue circle.
Yellow M on blue
This type of Métro sign is round with a yellow M on light blue background.
The Nord-Sud style MÉTROPOLITAIN sign is in white on a red background.
The Saint-Lazare type shows MÉTROPOLITAIN in white on a black background.
Guimard, Art Nouveau
Before moving on to take in Paris Métro entrance design, let’s appreciate a related art nouveau style “MÉTROPOLITAIN” signpost. The Guimard style “MÉTROPOLITAIN” sign is held between two ornate, sinuously curved lampposts, in the form of symbolism of plant stems, in which the orange lamp is enclosed by a leaf. The volatile typography almost appears to be melting.
Guimard style MÉTROPOLITAIN signpost at night
Paris Métro Entrances
This type of entrance features a kiosk with a glass canopy and an enclosure of panelling decorated in floral motifs.
The entrance of the Métro station at Porte Dauphine, Paris, with a V-shaped glass canopy, designed by Hector Guimard
“Metro station entrance (édicule Guimard) Porte Dauphine Paris 16e 002” by Moonik – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
The entrance of the Métro station at Abbesses, Paris, with a pitched glass canopy, designed by Hector Guimard Abbesses
The Hector Guimard-designed kiosk at Abbesses taken in black and white with a MÉTROPOLITAIN sign on a yellow background
Jean-Michel Othoniel style entrance
This unique Métro entrance at Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station, Place Colette is called “Kiosk of the night-walkers”.
Three sides of the staircase are surrounded by colored glass rings made of metallic mesh of aluminum. Six columns of aluminum spheres support two domes each. One is made of beads in warm colors (yellow, white and red) and the other has cold tones (blue, white, yellow and purple).
Paris’ beauty at every corner is clearly shown in its diverse artistic Métro sign and entrance design, isn’t it?