RATP and the film industry

RATP has a rich catalogue of locations and contemporary and historical equipment which can be made available for film shoots.

L’accueil des tournages ou autres prises de vues s’adresse uniquement aux professionnels. L’activité cinéma (tournage de fictions, photos/publicités, etc.) dépend de la direction de la communication. L’organisation des prises de vues, la mise à disposition des matériels et du personnel donnera lieu à un contrat mentionnant la contrepartie financière

RATP took part in the 10th Film Location Fair

RATP took part in the 10th Film Location Fair, organised for film industry professionals by the Ile-de-France Film Commission on 16 and 17 January 2020, at Parc Floral in Paris. It presented the location possibilities of its networks (RER, metro, tramway and bus).

Filming during passenger service

Filming on trains is authorised from Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm during passenger service. The team must not exceed 5 to 10 people (technical and artistic personnel, including performers). Equipment must be lightweight and is subject to approval from the line involved.

The lines and stations authorised for use are those with low passenger numbers. For filming inside a train, we offer Line 3bis, with 3-carriage trains (running a 12-minute loop between Gambetta and Porte des Lilas stations). Private use of the central carriage is possible between 11am and 3pm.

On an exceptional basis we may authorise filming in the evenings, at night, on weekends or public holidays, subject to the appropriate number of people, the agreement of the line and the availability of the supervisor.

Filming outside passenger service

The Les Lilas base:
For greater convenience we can offer the Les Lilas base, where filming can take place between 8am and 8pm, with a train made available (driver available for a maximum of 6 hours), and the possibility of metro movement.

Night filming:
It is possible to film at night, across the network, between 1:30am and 5am from Monday to Thursday, subject to the agreement from the lines concerned and the availability of the staff and equipment required for filming.

Porte des Lilas

Filming on buses

Filming on buses is not permitted during passenger service. This is why we offer contemporary buses of the Agora class, or vintage buses such as the TN4 for historical films, for 4 or 8 hours depending on the type of bus. The fee varies according to the type of bus. Proof of insurance and a deposit cheque are required.

The historic Sprague trains

Sprague-Thomson trains were built in a number of successive series between 1908 and 1938. RATP’s vintage train consists of the most modern of these carriages, dating from between 1930 and 1935.
These trains were in service on the network up to 1983.

Filming details

Filming activity is reserved for professional users. It is managed by the Branding unit in the communications department.

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