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Arriving In Paris: Airports

By Edited May 3, 2015 1 2

Ah Paris - Paris for lovers, Paris in the moonlight, the food, the shopping, the history - who doesn't love Paris. Well not many if you judge the number of tourists who descend on the city every year. Paris just cries out for luxury and indulgence - although you can in fact stay relatively cheaply - if you are going to splurge on an European City then Paris may be a very good pick.

The Paris aire urbaine (metropolitan area) was defined in the 19th century and is now home to over 2.1 million Parisians, while the greater Paris region (Region parisienne) includes a population of over 13 millions.

Arriving in Paris For the First Timer

Paris has multiple airports and multiple train stations - make sure you know which one you are arriving at. Remember that cheap European budget airlines are notorious for using airports which are closer to Belgium than Paris!

Arriving in Orly Airport, Paris

Orly Airport
Orly Airport (code ORL), located 14 km (9 miles) south of Paris. Most European flights and some international flights arrive here and Orly handles flights from Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Orly is the busiest French airport for domestic travel so if you are flying on to another Paris location you may pass through Orly.

Orly Airport has a West and South terminal.

Transport from Orly Airport ORL to Central Paris

  • Taxi which will take at least 30 minutes - more at peak hours.
  • OrlyBus runs a regular schedule to Place Denfert-Rochereau - doens't run between 23h and 06:30, departures frequently.
  • The Orlyval shuttle connects to Antony station which is on Paris's metro train system the RER. The RER Line C will take you to Gare d'Austerlitz (train station).
  • Air France runs regular coaches stopping at Gare Montparnesse (train station) and Aerogare des Invalides.
  • Finally their a private share shuttle services.

Arriving in Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

Charle de Gaulle Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is Paris's main international airport and is Europe's busiest airport. Terminal 1 has 7 satellite terminals which are connected by underground moving walkways. The RER station is reached using a free light rail system which transfers passengers.

Terminal 2 consists of 7 terminal connected by ground and underground passageways. There is a RER and TGV (long-distance high speed) train stations. The furthest terminal 2G is 2.5 km (1.6miles) distant so allow time for transfers.

Terminal 3 is a single terminal with by roads it is 3 km (1.9 mi)from terminal 1. Its 300 m (980 ft) walk to the RER and and light rail train stations.

Transport from Charles de Gaulle CDG Airport to Central Paris

  • a Taxi will take around one hour to central Paris - allow extra time in rush hour.
  • Rosseybus runs all day except from 23h to 06h to the front of the Opera (corner rue Scribe an rue Auber).
  • RER (metro) line runs from CDG 1 to Gare du Nord in around 35 minutes.
  • Air France coaches cover 4 lines and depart from terminal 2. Destinations include: Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, Gare de Lyon, Gae Montparneasse and Porte Mailot
  • Finally their a private share shuttle services.


Jun 11, 2009 7:21am
Oh man this reminds me of the terrible time I had at the French Airport. It's like they didn't want me to catch my connecting flight. Everyone I asked just pointed me in the wrong direction. I kinda got the feeling that they just didn't like Americans very much and thought the whole thing funny, although I finally did find someone that helped me out. I was walking all over that airport for hours. It's HUGE and confusing.
Jun 11, 2009 9:29am
very useful article I love to go sometime
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