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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 called the Aéroports de Paris and share a bi-lingual web site.

Each airports provide full providers resembling automotive rental, public transportation hyperlinks to Paris, vacationer data kiosks, buying, eating, enterprise middle, police, lodges, submit workplace, information brokers and forex trade.

Heather’s Fast Recommendation: The easiest way to get to and from both airport by way of value, security, and comfort is to take one of many airport busses listed beneath into central Paris (then taxi to your lodge), 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 site visitors). It has three terminals (previously linked by the slowest shuttle bus on the planet, now preferred by the free, super-fast CDGVal mild rail):

Terminal 1 was born the identical yr as moi, 1974. It’s round, and with the funky tiling resembles a public restroom. It was fully renovated in 2009, so it’s not as depressing because it was once, however don’t anticipate finding many retailers or eating choices. One of the best factor about this terminal is that it’s sufficiently small that you just received’t should 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 gorgeous one, all fashionable and attractive like airports must be. By far one of the best buying 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! In case you are within the improper one, there are free navette busses that circle between them.

Terminal 3 was once known as T-9 simply to confuse everybody. It seems to be like a navy hangar. There’s one café and a newsstand. It’s principally used for inter-Euoprean flights and charters. FYI: You used to should stroll outdoors (up a slight hill and thru an extended 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 every 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. A brand new function, now you can use your contactless bank card to pay instantly on the bus the place you’d usually faucet your transportation go. You should purchase as much as 4 tickets per bank card (should you want extra, go to the ticket machine earlier than boarding).

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 nearly twice as lengthy. The airport is zone 5, or pay €4.20 on to the driving force. If it is advisable to arrive on the airport at daybreak the night time bus is one of the best low cost possibility.

For funds vacationers with lots of time, two RATP municipal busses run from the middle of Paris to the airport for simply €2.50 (an everyday 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 relatively 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 firms providing shuttle service to or from the airport for a flat price. There’s often a digressive price for multiple 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 widespread as they was once, however for many who’d like a advice, 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: advisable by a Secrets and techniques of Paris reader as a result of you’ll be able to test the choice to pay on the finish of your switch when reserving, as a substitute of prematurely.


When you’re in a rush and it’s rush hour, it’s often quicker to take the RER (suburban categorical railway), however be ready to haul your baggage up and down the steps and thru turnstiles. RER B runs every day from roughly 5am till midnight (till 11pm in direction of the airport), and prices €11.80 for a one-way ticket. Stops in Paris embody 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 categorical or native prepare. My expertise is that it’s not very protected to take the RER B after darkish or should you’re touring alone to Paris for the primary time. Additionally test the most recent scheduled closures or service interruptions right here.

Journey time between Roissy-CDG and Orly airport on RER B is 60-minutes, and prices €23.50.

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 €55 for the Proper Financial institution of Paris and €62 for the Left Financial institution. Disneyland and Versailles are €75-€95. Bank cards are accepted, and it’s a good suggestion to get a receipt. Simply comply with indicators to the closest official taxi stand to your terminal, and confirm there’s the lighted taxi signal on the roof and the counter on the dashboard exhibiting the worth. 

Word: Don’t EVER settle for a taxi trip 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, they usually by no means get out of their automobiles to return search for passengers). Additionally, you’re NEVER required to share a taxi with anybody; in the event that they attempt to put you right into a taxi with different individuals, you’ll be able to refuse and look ahead to the following one, there are all the time extra taxis.

This airport is barely smaller than CDG, however is nearer to Paris, about 20 minutes (9 miles) southeast of town (with out site visitors). At any time when you’ve got 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 most important zones, 1-2-3-4: 

Orly 1 and a couple 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 properly, with new buying and eating choices. The arrivals and departures are in every zone, so it is advisable to test 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

COMING SOON! The metro line 14 is at the moment being prolonged all the best way to Orly airport, supposedly in time for the 2024 Summer season Olympic Video games. It would value €11.50 to-from Paris.

By Bus

The OrlyBus (run by RATP) has every 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 €11.50 (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. A brand new function, now you can use your contactless bank card to pay instantly on the bus the place you’d usually faucet your transportation go. You should purchase as much as 4 tickets per bank card (should you want extra, go to the ticket machine earlier than boarding).

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

For funds vacationers with lots of time the Noctilien night time bus N22 runs between Châtelet in central Paris and Orly Airport from 1am via 5am, about 60 minutes journey time, and prices €2.50 (an everyday metro/bus ticket), and N31 runs between Gare de Lyon and Orly (similar time and value).


The OrlyVal has essentially the most dependable and common service to Orly Airport, combining the RER B and OrlyVal (€14.50) monorail journey to each terminals with one ticket. It runs every 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. Word that journey passes (together with all-zone Navigo) aren’t accepted on Orlyval, which has its personal tickets.

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 €23.50.

By Tram

Comparatively new (2017), and by far the most affordable option 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 (€2.50) that you just use in Paris. Service runs every day 5:45am-12:30am, and takes about 35 minutes when you’re on the tram (so you’ll want to rely the time to get to Villejuif-Louis Aragon station, often 20 minutes from Châtelet, central Paris). 

By Shuttle or Taxi

Similar data as for Charles de Gaulle Airport, above, besides the flat price for taxis is €41 to or from the Proper Financial institution, and €35 to or from the Left Financial institution. As standard, beware the pretend taxis (they don’t have the “taxi” signal on the roof nor a counter on the dashboard.

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 connection from Porte Maillot (Metro/RER line 1) for €16.90.

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