Most visitors to France, whether staying in the capital or traveling elsewhere, fly into one of Paris’s airports: Charles de Gaulle or Orly. Both have direct bus and train service to Paris and excellent connections by plane, train or road to other cities throughout France. There is a train à grande vitesse (TGV, or high-speed train) station right at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
For general airport information: tel. 01 48 62 22 80 or 01 70 36 39 50, www.aeroportsdeparis.fr
Traveling to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport
Airport Transfers by Taxi
Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, is 15.5 miles (24.9 km) northeast of Paris. A taxi ride to the city center takes 45 to 75 minutes and costs about 50€. Allow for a 15% increase between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., as well as on Sundays and public holidays.
- Abeille Radio Taxi: 01 45 83 59 33
- Alpha Taxis: 01 45 85 85 85
- Taxis Bleus: 0891 70 10 10
- Taxis G7: 01 47 39 47 39 (handicapped accessible)
- Taxis 7000: 01 42 70 00 42
- Airport Connection Services (minivan): +33 01 43 65 55 55, www.airport-connection.com (must reserve in advance)
RER Suburban Express Train
The RER departs regularly from two locations at the airport: the RER/TGV station at Aérogare (terminal) 2 and the RER station near Aérogare 1. If you arrive at Aérogare 1, take the free navette (shuttle bus) to the RER station called Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1. From there, RER line B (Roissy Rail) stops at the Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les-Halles, St-Michel, and Denfert-Rochereau Métro stations every 10 to 15 minutes (from 4:56am to 11:56pm; 25-45 minutes; 8.40€). www.ratp.fr
Air France Coaches
Buses to and from Porte Maillot and the Arc de Triomphe depart every 30 minutes (from 5:45am to 11pm; 40–60 minutes; 15€). Buses to and from Gare de Lyon and Gare Montparnasse depart every 30 minutes (from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; 45-70 minutes; 16.50€). www.cars-airfrance.com
Buses to and from Rue Scribe near the Opéra Garnier depart every 15-20 minutes (from 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; 45-60 min; 8.90€). Tel. 08 92 68 77 14
Night buses cover the dark hours (from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.; 50-80 minutes; four “t+” tickets, totaling 6.40€) along three lines: N120 (to Orly via the Gare de l'Est, Châtelet and the Gare de Lyon), N121 (to Versailles via the Gare de l'Est, Châtelet and the Gare Montparnasse) and N140 (to the Gare de l'Est via Stalingrad). Each service runs only once an hour, so check times. www.ratp.fr
High-speed trains (TGVs) from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport offer direct service to Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes, Rennes, Montpellier, Nice, and other cities. www.voyages-sncf.com
Airport Transfers by Taxi
Orly Airport is 10.3 miles (16.6 km) south of Paris. A taxi ride to the city center takes 20 to 45 minutes and costs approximately 35€. Allow for increase of about 15% between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., as well as on Sundays and public holidays.
Orlyval and RER B
An automated train departs from the airport every four to seven minutes and connects at Antony station with RER line B, which then stops at the Denfert-Rochereau, St-Michel–Notre-Dame, Châtelet-les-Halles and Gare du Nord stations (from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; 35 minutes; 7.40€-9.60€).
Shuttle Bus to Orlyrail
A shuttle bus connects Orly with RER C (Orlyrail), which departs every 15 to 30 minutes and stops at the Javel, Champs de Mars–Tour Eiffel, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, St-Michel–Notre-Dame and Gare d’Austerlitz RER stations (from 5:01 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; 40 minutes; 6.10€ for the shuttle the RER and the Métro).
Air France Buses to and from Orly
Buses to and from Orly and Gare Montparnasse and the Invalides Métro station depart every 30 minutes (from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; 30-45 minutes; 11.50€). Tel. 08 92 35 08 20, www.cars-airfrance.com
Buses to and from the Denfert-Rochereau Métro station depart every 15 to 20 minutes (from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; 30 minutes; 6.30€). Tel. 08 92 68 77 14
Buses depart every 15 minutes and connect with Métro line 7 at the Villejuif–Louis Aragon station (from 6:15 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; 15 minutes; 6.40€). NoctilienNight buses pick up where other services leave off (from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.; 30-60 minutes; three “t+” tickets, totaling 4.80€. “Paris Visite” tickets are also valid depending on the zones selected) along two lines: N120 (to Charles-de-Gaulle airport via the Gare de Lyon, Châtelet and the Gare de l'Est) and N31 (to the Gare de Lyon via Place d'Italie). Each service runs only once an hour, so check times. www.ratp.fr
Air France Buses between Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly
Buses between Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly depart every 30 minutes (from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends; 45-60 minutes; 19€) www.cars-airfrance.com