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Getting to Paris from its two airports

All trains go to Paris says the station sign at Charles de Gaulle Airport
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Charles de Gaulle/Roissy Airport 


Charles de Gaulle/Roissy(CDG), about 23 km (15 miles) northeast of Paris, is Europe's second busiest airport. Most long distance international flights to Paris arrive at CDG. Air China, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, KLM and Tam Linhas Aereas fly between Chinese destinations and Paris CDG. Aeroflot and Rossiya connect Russian destinations.


Not all transportation options are available at all terminals of this large airport but a free airport shuttle provides regular, fast service between terminals.


  • RER, the suburban and commuter rail service leaves CDG terminals 1 and 2 every 15 minutes between 5 a.m. and 12:15 a.m. and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Paris. There are 5 stops, cutting across Paris from Gare du Nord to Denfert-Rochereau. Buy a Billet Ile-de-France train ticket (from a Metro vending machine or RATP office) before boarding the train. Though this is the cheapest and fastest choice, it can be difficult if you have a lot of luggage.
  • Roissybus is an express bus between CDG and a central terminal near Paris Opera, close to several Metro lines. Buses leave every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and take approximately one hour. Buses have space for luggage. Follow signs for "Paris by Bus" and buy tickets from any RATP ticket office, ticket vendor or automatic ticket dispenser.
  • Les Cars Air France, the shuttle buses operated by Air France, can be used by anyone. Line 2 runs between CDG terminals and Etoile in the center of Paris. Line 4 operates between CDG and two Paris train stations, Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon. Tickets are sold onboard and online. The shuttles leave every 15 minutes for a 35 minute trip.
  • Taxis are probably the easiest way to get to Paris but also the most expensive. Depending upon traffic, the fare from CDG can be anything from €40 to €70, with extra fees charged for luggage, 4th passenger and night journeys. Taxi stands for metered taxicabs are outside every terminal and well signposted. You can ask the driver for the likely minimum fare before you decide to travel this way but that will only be an approximation; you will have to pay the meter reading when you arrive. A 10 to 15% tip is customary.


Orly Airport

Orly Airport, about 14km (9 miles) southeast of Paris, is the smaller of the two commercial airports. It has two terminals and handles only 30 airlines. French domestic flights, flights from other European cities and some charter flights land here.


  • Orlybus is an express shuttle bus between the airport and Place Denfert-Rochereau near the Metro in southern Paris. Buses leave every 10 to 15 minutes, from both terminals, between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Tickets are available from Metro stations, vending machines and RATP ticket offices.
  • Les Cars Air France, Line 1 is a shuttle bus service between both Orly terminals and Etoile in central Paris. The service also stops at Metro stations Porte d'Orléans, Gare Montparnasse and Invalides. Buses leave every 15 minutes and take about 25 minutes to central Paris.
  • Taxis from Orly to central Paris cost between €35 and €50 on average, though traffic conditions, extra passengers, extra luggage and night fares can take the cost much higher. Gratuities add another 10 to 15%. Metered taxi ranks are located outside both terminals.



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