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Paris Airports ⋆ Secrets and techniques of Paris

There are two main worldwide airports within the Paris suburbs: Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly. They’re collectively often known as the Aéroports de Paris and share a bi-lingual web site.

Each airports supply full providers akin to automobile rental, public transportation hyperlinks to Paris, vacationer information kiosks, purchasing, eating, enterprise middle, police, resorts, put up workplace, information brokers and foreign money trade.

Heather’s Fast Recommendation: One of the simplest ways to get to and from both airport when it comes to value, security, and comfort is to take one of many airport busses listed under into central Paris (then taxi to your resort), or an official airport taxi (which has mounted charges for Paris transfers).

That is the primary airport for flights to and from North America. It’s generally known as “Roissy”, after the city. It’s about 40 minutes (26km/16 miles) northeast of Paris (with out visitors). It has three terminals (previously linked by the slowest shuttle bus on the earth, now preferred by the free, super-fast CDGVal gentle rail):

Terminal 1 was born the identical 12 months as moi, 1974. It’s round, and with the funky tiling resembles a public restroom. It was utterly renovated in 2009, so it’s not as depressing because it was once, however don’t look forward to finding many retailers or eating choices. The most effective factor about this terminal is that it’s sufficiently small that you just gained’t must stroll far to get to your gate. It’s linked to the RER station by way of the free CDGVal rail hyperlink.

Terminal 2 is the beautiful one, all fashionable and attractive like airports must be. By far one of the best purchasing is right here. There are 6 sections in Terminal 2, A via F. Make sure from which one you’re departing — they’re not that shut collectively! If you’re within the mistaken one, there are free navette busses that circle between them.

Terminal 3 was once known as T-9 simply to confuse everybody. It appears like a army hangar. There’s one café and a newsstand. It’s principally used for inter-Euoprean flights and charters. FYI: You used to must stroll outdoors (up a slight hill and thru a protracted tunnel) to get to or from the RER station, however now you’ll be able to hop on the CDGVal free rail hyperlink.

Attending to and from CDG

By Bus

The RoissyBus (operated by the RATP/Paris Transit Authority) has day by day service from 6am-12:30am between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (all terminals) and the Opéra Garnier (nook of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber) with departures each 15-20 minutes, journey time 45-60 minutes. One-way tickets are €16.60 (Zone 5 transportation passes accepted), which will be bought on the bus, on the airport, or in Métro stations in Paris.

The Noctilien (additionally run by the RATP) is the night time bus service, with line N143 going between Roissy-CDG and Paris Gare de l’Est (southwest nook of Rue du 8 Mai 1945 and Blvd Strasbourg) each hour from 1am-5am (journey time 90minutes). The N140 additionally goes to Gare de l’Est, however has extra stops so takes virtually twice as lengthy. The airport is zone 5, or pay €4.20 on to the motive force. If you should arrive on the airport at daybreak the night time bus is one of the best low cost choice.

For finances vacationers with numerous time, two RATP municipal busses run from the middle of Paris to the airport for simply €2.50 (a daily bus/metro ticket): Line 351 from Place de la Nation (estimated journey time 70 minutes) and Line 350 from Porte de la Chapelle (estimated time 80 minutes), a quite sketchy neighborhood for Paris. They each drop off and choose up outdoors the Roissypole station (proper outdoors the RER terminal at CDG). 

By Shuttle

There are a number of corporations providing shuttle service to or from the airport for a flat price. There’s normally a digressive fee for a couple of passenger. I used to advocate these, however over the previous few years I’ve discovered reliability struggling. Mix that with Uber and fixed-rate taxis from the airport, shuttles merely aren’t as well-liked as they was once, however for individuals who’d like a suggestion, listed here are two:

  • Welcome Pickups: I’ve used (and preferred) this service in different cities in Europe, however haven’t tried it in Paris.
  • Paris Non-public Shuttle: beneficial by a Secrets and techniques of Paris reader as a result of you’ll be able to verify the choice to pay on the finish of your switch when reserving, as a substitute of prematurely.


It’s normally sooner to take the RER (suburban specific railway), however be ready to haul your baggage up and down the steps and thru turnstiles. RER B runs day by day from roughly 5am till midnight (till 11pm in direction of the airport), and prices €11.40 for a one-way ticket. Stops in Paris embrace Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, St-Michel, Luxembourg and Denfert-Rochereau. Journey time is 25-45 minutes relying on what station you get on and whether or not it’s an specific or native prepare. My expertise is that it’s not very protected to take the RER B after darkish or in case you’re touring alone to Paris for the primary time.

Journey time between Roissy-CDG and Orly airport on RER B is 60-minutes, and prices €17.90.

By Taxi

Taxis was once a complete nightmare, with unpredictable charges and drivers who solely settle for money. However heaps has modified (because of Uber getting into the sport), so now all airport taxis are a FLAT FEE of simply €53 for the Proper Financial institution of Paris and €58 for the Left Financial institution. Disneyland and Versailles are €70-€90. Bank cards are accepted, and it’s a good suggestion to get a receipt. Simply comply with indicators to the closest official taxi stand in your terminal. 

Be aware: Don’t EVER settle for a taxi experience from anybody who approaches you saying they’re a taxi (authorized taxis are lined up outdoors the terminal, with the lit-up “taxi” signal on their roof, and so they by no means get out of their automobiles to come back search for passengers).

This airport is barely smaller than CDG, however is nearer to Paris, about 20 minutes (9 miles) southeast of town (with out visitors). Every time you’ve gotten the choice, attempt to fly into Orly as a substitute of CDG. There was once two terminals, Orly Sud and Orly Ouest, however in 2019 they linked them into one large terminal with 4 fundamental zones, 1-2-3-4: 

Orly 1 and a pair of (previously Orly Ouest) at the moment are linked to Orly 4 (previously Orly Sud) by the brand new Orly 3. They’ve gone via a whole rework as effectively, with new purchasing and eating choices. The arrivals and departures are in every zone, so you should verify your ticket to see whether or not your flight is in Orly 1, Orly 2, Orly 3, or Orly 4. Then simply comply with the indicators! 

Attending to and from Orly

By Bus

The OrlyBus (run by RATP) has day by day service from 5:35am-11:30pm between Paris-Orly and Denfert-Rochereau (outdoors the RER/Métro station) with departures each 15-20 minutes. One-way tickets are €8.70 (Zone 4 transportation passes accepted), which will be bought on the bus, on the airport, or in Métro stations in Paris. Journey time is about 30-minutes.

FYI: In case your Paris lodging is within the thirteenth or 14th arrondissements, ask the motive force in regards to the extra drop-off and pick-up factors in these districts (or choose up the OrlyBus brochure on the RATP ticket desk on the airport).

The Bus Direct has common service from Paris-Orly to Gare de Montparnasse, Le Motte Piquet, Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro and Arc de Triomphe each quarter-hour from 5am-11:40pm, tickets €12, or direct to Roissy-CDG Airort for €21. Journey time about 40 minutes.(Be aware: I discovered this service is extra dependable FROM the airport than TO the airport, purchaser beware!) 2020 UPDATE: THIS SERVICE IS HALTED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID.

For finances vacationers with numerous time the RATP bus 183 runs from the Porte de Choisy (line 7 metro or Tram 3) to Orly 4 for simply €2 (or one common bus/metro ticket), estimated journey time about half-hour. 


The OrlyVal has probably the most dependable and common service to Orly Airport, combining the RER B and OrlyVal (€12.10) monorail journey to each terminals with one ticket. It runs day by day each 4-7 minutes from 6am-11pm between Antony-Orly and Paris (together with Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, St-Michel, Luxembourg and Denfert-Rochereau). Approximate time between Châtelet-Les Halles and Orly is 35-minutes. Zone-4 transport passes are accepted.

The RER C additionally has service to Orly airport, combining RER C with a free “Go C Paris” shuttle. It runs day by day each quarter-hour from about 5am-11pm (relying on which course you’re heading), between Pont de Rungis-Aéroport d’Orly and Paris (stations embrace Gare d’Austerlitz, St-Michel, Invalides, Javel and Port Maillot). Journey time is about 40 minutes between Invalides and Orly, one-way tickets value €6.35. Zone-4 transport passes are accepted.

When taking RER, be ready to haul your baggage up and down the steps and thru turnstiles.

Journey time between Roissy-CDG and Orly airport on RER B is 60-minutes, and prices €17.20.

By Tram

Comparatively new (2017), and by far the most cost effective approach to get to the airport, now you can take Tramway T7 on to Orly Airport from Paris by way of the metro station Villejuif-Louis Aragon (line 7). Simply use the identical T+ metro tickets (€1.90 as of March 2019) that you just use in Paris. Service runs day by day 5:45am-12:30am, and takes about 35 minutes when you’re on the tram (so make sure you depend the time to get to Villejuif-Louis Aragon station, normally 20 minutes from Châtelet, central Paris). 

By Shuttle or Taxi

Identical information as for Charles de Gaulle Airport, above, besides the flat fee for taxis is €37 to or from the Proper Financial institution, and €32 to or from the Left Financial institution.

That is the “Low-Price Airline Airport” with flights to different European cities by airways like Ryanair and Wizzair. It’s about 90 minutes north of Paris, with its personal shuttle connections from Porte Maillot (Metro/RER line 1).

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