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A guide to the Airports of Paris, France
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is the second busiest airport in all of Europe. For flights to Paris, it is the top choice. Air France, Delta Airlines and Alitalia are the top three airlines flying out of Charles de Gaulle. With 40 some flights a day leaving and returning, it is a very busy airport indeed.
There are 3 terminals located at Charles de Gaulle. Terminal 1 is the oldest. Terminal 2 was built exclusively for Air France flights, but now hosts other airlines as well. Terminal 3 is for charter and low cost airlines.
By rail or by bus you can easily hop into Paris for some sightseeing. The RER B, Paris's suburban rail network, and the TGV, high speed national rail network. 4 times an hour you can hop on the rail to hit the cities. Or take the Roissybus from terminals 1 or 2 and go non stop to Paris.
Terminal 1's second floor is where you will find restaurants and shops, but terminals 2 and 3 also have shops available. Find newspapers, gifts, souvenirs, clothes, and even cosmetics at over 20 duty free shops. And if you are hungry, the choices will astound you. Brioche Doree and Viva Mex Press are just a few of the mouth watering places you can stop.
Orly airport is Paris's other major airport. Orly was Paris's premiere airport before Charles de Gaulle. It is the busiest for domestic flights, and consists of two terminals - west and south. Air France, Transavia France, and Royal Air Maroc are some of the carriers that arrive and depart from Orly.
Passenger amenities at Orly include 3 HSBC banks, two pharmacies, seated massages, and even manicures. There are over 60 shops and restaurants, such as the Columbus Cafe and Alpha Bravo. Try the La Terrace Bar in the South terminal and enjoy the grass floor, tables with parasols, and wonderful views of the planes.
Orly airport is connected to the center of Paris by the A6 motorway, or the Autoroute du Sud as it is known in Paris. You can take the RER B train line or the Orlyval automatic shuttle. The shuttle is free between terminals. Bus service is also available on the Air France Coaches, or the RATP Orlybus.
You can also catch a Paris flight to Beauvais airport. This is where low cost budget airlines such as Ryanair, Wizzair, Sterling and Blue Air arrive and depart from. Over 20 flights daily and charters also make Beauvais a less expensive alternative to Charles de Gaulle or Orly. There is a bus service available 3 hours before and 20 minutes after each flight, which will take you the 55 miles to Paris.
It is more crowded, however, and can be a bit slow during busy times. There are duty free shops available, such as a zen shop, mini market casino, and a restaurant/bar/pizzeria. Wifi connection is also available.
Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports are awaiting your arrival in Paris France.