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Paris Getting There, France

By plane

Paris has three airports, two main ones Roissy-Charle de Gaulle and Orly, as well as the Paris-Beauvais airport for charter and low cost flights.

Getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG)

By bus:

  • Air France bus Line 2: from Terminals 1 and 2. From 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every 15 minutes. Destination Porte Maillot and Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile. It takes 35 minutes.
  • Air France bus Line 4: from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every 30 minutes. Destination: Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon. It takes 35 minutes.
  • Roissybus: from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., every 15-20 minutes. It takes approximately 60 minutes. Destination: Opéra
  • Nighttime bus: from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. From 11:40 p.m. to 5:10 a.m., every 30 minutes. Destination: Place du Châtelet (Châtelet-Les Halles Metro/RER)

By train: From 4:56 a.m. to 11:56 p.m. a free shuttle connects Terminals 1 and 2 with the respective RER stations. From here the RER B trains go to Paris to Gare du Nord and all the stations of the B line. Time to get to Gare du Nord: 30 minutes.

By taxi: Leaving from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Price: Eur 40-45

Getting to Paris from Orly airport (ORY)

By bus:

  • Air France bus: from 6.00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every 15 minutes. Departs from the South Terminal and West Terminal. Destination: Gare Montparnasse and Invalides.
  • Orlybus: from 6.00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every 15-20 minutes. Departs from the South Terminal and West Terminal. Destination: Place Denfert-Rochereau.

By train:

  • RER C: a shuttle bus goes to the RER C station "Pont de Rungis-Aéroport d'Orly" from the South and West Terminals. From there trains leave every 15-30 minutes and go to Gare d'Austerlitz in 35 minutes.
  • RER B: the automatic metro ORLYVAL connects the South and West Terminals with the RER B station "Antony". From there trains leave every 4-8 minutes and go to Paris Châtelet in 35 minutes.

By taxi: taxis leave from the South Terminal exit M and West Terminal exit I. The trip costs 25-30.

Getting to Paris from Beauvais airport (BVA)

Beauvais airport is located 70 km north of Paris on the freeway A16. Buses connect Beauvais with Paris-Porte Maillot. They run every day and leave approximately 20 minutes after each flight arrives.

By train

Paris can be reached by train from any destination in France and from all the main European cities. France's train system (SNFC) is one of the most advanced in Europe and there are many possibilities to choose from, including the famous high speed TGV.

Paris has 7 train stations scattered around the city, all connected with the city's public transportation system. Generally trains from London cross the Eurotunnel and arrive at Gare du Nord from the north. From Italy and Spain they arrive at Gare de Lyon. The other stations are Gare de l’Est, Gare de Bercy, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse and Gare Saint-Lazare.

By bus

Arriving in Paris by bus is not difficult, many companies have connections from France and abroad. The international bus station for Paris-Galliéni buses is in Bagnolet, on the outskirts, it is connected with the center by Metro (line 3, Galliéni). It is the biggest bus station in Europe with services similar to an airport.

By car

France has an excellent freeway system, most of the freeways require a toll. Freeways and highways leave from Paris for all parts of the country. Entering Paris all the major roads lead to a bypass with 30 exits into the city. When you get to the bypass (Bd. Peripherique), you need to choose between two alternatives depending on where you want to go: the inner bypass (interieur) with traffic moving clockwise and the outer bypass (exterieur) with counterclockwise traffic.


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