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Airport Transportation Guide To & From Paris, France
There are two main international airports in Paris. Orly and Charles De Gaulle (CDG). That said you have plenty of methods to getting to Paris from these airports. Taxi, Shuttlebus, RER train, there are plenty of options. Taxi being the most expensive option and train and bus travel being the least expensive option.
For travel to and from the Orly Airport is the convenient Orlybus Shuttle bus service provided by RATP. RATP is a Paris regional transport authority company. This bus service is only for Orly Airport (obviously).
Orlybus RATP Bus Service
This service allows travel from the South (Sud) and West (Ouest) terminals at Orly airport. The buses operate seven days a week from 6 am until 11:30pm. The journey is about 30 minutes and consists of two stops. The bus comes about every 10 minutes. Please be sure to allow additional time for traffic/delays/late buses.
If you are coming directly from your flight at Orly Airport. You can purchase your ticket from the tickets stations at both the South (Sud) and West (Ouest) terminals, from the bus driver, and from an automated ticket machines at the bus stop. You also pre-purchase this ticket.
If you are coming from Paris to Orly Airport, you can go into a metro station use a regular T+ metro ticket and take the train to metro stop Denfert-Rochereau station. From there you can purchase an OrlyBus ticket for around € 8,20 using the various purchase methods above.
RER Line C
RER is a regional train network with connections to many Paris metro and railroad stations. RER trains connect to various Paris Metro stops. It also connects to destinations outside of Paris like Versailles, Disneyland Paris and CDG airport.
If you are traveling to Paris from Orly airport you can take a “Paris par le train” shuttle bus to the Pont de Rungis-Aeroport d-Orly station of the RER Line C. The shuttle bus takes about 10 minutes and from there to get into Paris an additional 30-45 minutes.
Orly Airport (cont'd.)
RER Line B
You can also take an RER Line B train. If you are going to Orly from Paris, board a train with Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to final destination, then transfer to an OrlyVal train.
OrlyVal Airport Shuttle Train
Orlyval is an automated, driverless airport shuttle train that is exclusive to Orly airport. It connects Orly’s Sud and Ouest terminals to the Antony station of the RER B Line. This shuttle costs about € 12 euros (EUR), for adults, half fare for children between the ages of 4-10 and free for children under 4. Be sure to save your ticket especially if you are traveling to Paris. You will need this ticket for the turnstiles of the Antony train station and to exit the RER when in Paris. Orlyval trains journey time is 40 minutes, departing every 5-7 minutes.
Keep in mind that you have to be in the airport at least 3 hours in advance if you flying internationally/to the USA.
Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport
Charles De Gaulle airport also known as CDG or CDG Roissy is one of the biggest airports in the world. For this reason there are quite a lot of different methods to traveling to Paris from CDG Roissy airport. Quick tidbit of information, Roissy is a suburb of Paris.
If you are coming directly from your flight at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. You can of course take a taxi, private car, or Uber. If neither options suit you, you can take airport buses, a shuttle bus, a public transportation bus or RER train.
RoissyBus RATP Bus Service
There is a RATP run shuttle bus called RoissyBus. It’s similar to Orlybus in that it’s an official Paris transit authority bus. RoissyBus runs between CDG terminals 1, 2, and 3, the rue Scribe American Express office and the metro station stop Opera Garnier. Journey time is about an hour and a half and this bus runs every 15-30 minutes from 6am to 11pm? The fare is € 11 euros (EUR).
RER Line B
Again RER is a regional train network with connections to many Paris metro and railroad stations. You must purchase an RER B Line ticket train. You can buy a ticket from the tickets station or from a ticket machine. You can also pre-purchase the tickets. . Journey time is about an hour and a half and this bus runs every 10-30 minutes from 5am to 12am/midnight. An RER B ticket is € 9.50 euros (EUR)
For travel to and from Charles de Gaulle airport on the RER, you need to take the RER Line B. There are two RER stations at Charles De Gaulle airport. One for Terminals 1 and 3 and the other for Terminal 2. Travel and connection between terminals is provided by the free CDGVAL shuttle train. The station for Terminals 1 and 3 is called ‘Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1”. The station for Terminal 2 is called ‘Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV.’
After you purchase your ticket depending on whether you are traveling to Paris or leaving Paris you must figure out which direction to take the RER Line B. If you are traveling to CDG the direction is B3 direction Aeroport Charles De Gaulle.
Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport (cont'd.)
CDGVAL is an automated, driverless airport shuttle train that is exclusive to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. It connects Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport’s terminals, parking garages, and train stations. There are four stops for Terminal 1, Parc PR (the parking garage), Terminal 3/Roissypole (where the SCNF railroad and RER’s CDG1 stations are located), and Terminal 2 (where the TGV high speed bullet trains and RER CDG 2 stations are located). Access to CDGVAL shuttle train is free and the whole ride takes about 10 minutes.
RATP Buses 350 and 351
These are official public transit bus lines that links Gare de l’Est rail station and metro stop Nation (in Paris) to Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Bus 350 links Gare de l’Est rail station and Bus 351 links metro stop Nation to CDG airport. The buses start and end at CDG airport Roissypole RER train station. You will need at least three regular Paris metro known as T+ tickets (only tickets valid from zones 1-5) in order to have access to this option. This will run you about € 6 euros (EUR), this is cheapest but least convenient option for a variety of reasons.
Additional Travel Methods for both Orly and CDG airports
There are two options for both travel to Orly and CDG airports and also traveling between both airports. One is taxi/Uber and the other is shuttle buses.
You can take a taxi from and to Orly and Charles De Gaulle airports. For a taxi to pick you up directly from your airport. You have to book a taxi in advance and plan/budget accordingly. A taxi is the most expensive option but it does provide more comfort and privacy. Taxis to and from the airport costs at least € 50 euros (EUR). Taxi services charge additional costs if you use the trunk space and if you have more than one bag/luggage so pack light. Also some taxi drivers may refuse to carry more three passengers. Allot at least an hour for travel. Also please be sure to allow additional time for traffic/delays/late buses.
- Look at the illuminated Paris taxi sign at the top of a taxi cab. If it’s green it means that it’s “vacant” and if red it means that it’s occupied.
- The meter starts when the driver heads for your pickup location, not when you enter the cab.
- If you have book in advance have cash handy just in case a driver can’t or won’t accept a credit/debit card.
- Be prepared to be charged extra for luggage, strollers and heavy/bulky items.
A taxi service in Paris is called Taxi G7. For English there number is 01 41 27 66 99 or In French there number is 01 47 39 47 39 (this is a local call) / To get more information visit their website linked here http:/www.taxisg7.com . Another taxi service is called Taxi Bleu.
Quick Info on Uber.
If you can accept data roaming charges then another option is Uber. Fares range from € 30-60 euros (EUR).
Additional Travel Methods for both Orly and CDG airports (cont'd.)
Airport Shuttle Buses
A better, more cost effective option than taxis or Uber is to take a shuttle bus to and from the airport. Airport Shuttle Buses are private companies that provide transportation to and from Orly and Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airports. There are many Airport Shuttle Bus companies to choose from. Here are some information on three different shuttle bus services.
Paris Airport Shuttle
Paris Airport Shuttle rates go between € 17-30 euros (EUR) per person with € 3 euros (EUR) extra for early morning trips and night trips. These shuttles are seven-passenger vans. You can book and purchase online. You will receive a voucher by email or fax. Please book at least 24 hours in advance.
Parishuttle is similar to Paris Airport Shuttle except Parishuttle offers eight passenger vans with rates between € 16-25 euros (EUR) per person.
Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct (previously Air France or Les Cars Air France)
This is a major airport bus company previously known as Air France or Les Cars Air France coach. Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct connects to terminals 1 and 2 of CDG airport. This company also allows travel between Orly and Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airports and travel to French railroad stations. Using this company also connects to several metro lines and rail stations. Fares run from € 12 to 21 euros (EUR) depending on the bus lines (ligne in French) and specific travel information. This the most expensive option other than taxis/Uber for travel to/from Charles De Gaulle CDG airport.
Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct Line 2 Bus – Stops and Drop offs at Place Charles De Gaulle/Etoile (near attraction Arc de Triomphe) and Porte Maillot (near attraction Palais de Congress de Paris). Journey time is about an hour and this bus runs every 15 minutes from 6am to 11pm?
Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct ( Line 4 Bus- this is where you can connect to rail stations (known as Gare in French) Stops and Drop offs at rail stations Gare de Lyon and Gare Montparnasse. Journey time is about an hour and a half and this bus runs every 30 minutes from 6am-10pm.
Traveling Between Orly and Charles De Gaulle (CDG) Airports
Here are some tips for traveling between both Orly and Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airports.
Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct (previously Air France or Les Cars Air France)
Paris Aeroport Le Bus Direct Line 3 Bus- This line runs between Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports. Journey time is about an hour and a half and this bus runs every 15 minutes from 6am to 11pm.
Another method for travel between Orly and Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airports is to buy an Orlyval/RER ticket to CDG-Roissy and board a B3 RER Line B train at the Antony station.
Paris Transportation Traveling Tips & Reminders
Here some more additional Paris Transportation Traveling Tips & Reminders
- Pack light
- Keep in mind that you have to be in the airport at least three hours in advance if you flying internationally/to the USA.
- Always bring cash and extra cash in euros.
- Have Digital and Physical Metro and Airport Maps.
So there you have it, a comprehensive Paris Airport Transportation Guide for transportation to and from Paris’s main airports. I hope this was helpful.