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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) vs Paris Orly Airport(ORY) vs Beauvais Airport (BVA)

Overview of Paris Airports

The city of Paris has three main airports. We summarise here all the information you need whichever one you are using!

Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly are the main airports, served by a wide range of airlines. Orly is the closest to the city, and a smaller more efficient airport. Both are well served by public transport.

Paris Beauvais is much further from the city, and requires a longer and more expensive transfer. It is served by budget airlines though and the overall saving may make it worthwhile!

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris Orly Airport(ORY)

Paris Beauvais(BVA)

Options of reaching the airport from Central Paris
Distance from Central Paris 14.3 miles = 23.1 kilometers 8.9 miles = 14.3 kilometers 42.9 miles = 69.1 kilometers
Public transport general operating hours 5:00 – 23:00 Night Buses during night Last RER train at 23:00 and last OrlyBus at 00:00. Last RER train at 21:27
Paris Underground Metro N/a N/a N/a
Train Train RER- 2 Terminals (T1 and T2) Runs from 5:00 until 24:00 Frequency: 15 minutes Takes 25-50 minutes from central Paris depending on the speed Adult fare from zone 1 and 2: around €10   Map for RER route: http://www.about-paris.com/images/rermap-new.jpg RER Train official website: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/ Train RER line B and C Runs from 5:00 until 23:00 Takes around 35 minutes Frequency: 15 minutes Ticket fares for line B and C are €12.05 and €6.25 respectively.   Timetable for RER trains: https://www.horairetrain.net/en/rer Timetable for TER trains: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers No Direct train Train on TER line 19 to Beauvais city center. Then, taxi to airport. Runs from 5:13 until 21:27 Frequency: around 30 minutes Adult fare: €14.50 for train ticket and €13-€16 for taxi.   TER Train official website: http://www.sncf.com/en/trains/ter
Easybus coach To Palais Royal, Louvre Museum Starts from €2.00 N/a N/a
Bus Local Paris Buses 350/351 Adult Fare €6.00 Bus 183 provides a link to Porte de Choisy station. Fares starting from €2.00 N/a
Special Buses Roissybus drops you to Opera Metro station Adult fare: €11 Orlybus links Denfert-Rochereau station Adult fare: €8 Aeroport Beauvais   Adult fare: €15.9
Le Bus Direct Direct comfortable buses to Gare de Lyon and Champs-Elysées Adult fare: €17 Direct comfortable buses to Arc de Triomphe Adult fare: €12 N/a
Airport Shuttle Door-to-door semi-private shuttle service by SuperShuttle €18 - €20 Door-to-door semi-private shuttle service by ShuttleDirect €15 - €20 Shuttle bus service from Coach Park by AirportShuttle €20 - €42
Taxi / Cab Services Around € 70 Journey Time: Approximately an hour € 30 - € 60 Journey Time: Approximately 45 minutes € 100 - € 120 Journey Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
On demand taxis Uber on demand €35 - €70 to Central Paris Uber on demand €32 - €60 to Central Paris Uber on demand €115 - €235 to Central Paris
Which airport is most suitable for me?
How close to Paris City and Top Paris Attractions? This is the most prominent of all airports in Paris. The airport is well connected from different parts of Paris by RER trains, buses, and shuttle services. It takes around 1 hour to reach the city centre where all the major attractions are located. Orly Airport is situated south of Paris and is the closest airport from Paris. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the city centre where all the major attractions are located. It is situated very far from the city centre. It is suitable for budget travellers as many low cost flights operate from this airport. But also keep in mind the cost of reaching Paris from the airport.
Flight Fares The flight fares are usually higher in CDG than Orly Airport and Beauvais Airport. The flight fare for Orly Airport, on an average, is 20% lower than the CDG. On many occasions, it is equal to the flight fares in CDG. Since Beauvais Airport operates mainly low cost airlines like Ryan Air, flight fares are much cheaper. It is usually 30% lower than the CDG Airport, and sometimes even half of it.
Cost Factor CDG Airport is the primary airport of Paris. This is the reason that although the average hotel prices are higher than other airports, it offers a much wider range of hotels- from affordable hostels to luxury hotels. Considering the flight fares, car hire costs, and hotel costs, choosing the CDG Airport may be slightly expensive than the Orly Airport and Beauvais Airport. Orly Airport is the best suited airport in Paris for business travellers as it is nearer to the city centre. Since it is not as busy as the CDG Airport, security and flight delays are also lower. Most travellers recommend Orly Airport if the flight fare is comparable or lower than the CDG Airport. This is because it is a smaller airport and has lesser delays. It is also easier to move from one terminal to another. Although the hiring a car from Orly Airport is slightly more expensive, it has options for cheaper hotels. This makes it a better choice than the other two airports. Although the flight fare to Beauvais Airport is very low, the cost of reaching Paris from the airport is high. It also takes a lot of time to reach the airport from Paris (2-3 hours), which may not be suitable for many people. Car hire cost is a bit lower, but the hotel costs are high since there are not many choices for hotels. Overall, choosing the Beauvais Airport is only worth if you get a really good flight deal and you have some extra time to spare.
Airport Delays CDG is the busiest airport in France. This results is regular flight and security delays as experienced by the travellers. Avg Security & Immigration Delays: High Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 30 mins Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Average Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 20 mins Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Low Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 20 mins
Car Hire Cost per 1 week (From 01-02-2017 to 07-02-07) searched by 15-01-17 €101 €114 €92
Hotel Prices per day (23-02-2017 to 24-02-2017) searched by 15-01-17 Comfort Hotel CDG Airport (3-star): Starting from €49.50 Novotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (4-star): Starting from €130 Campanile Morangis Orly (3-star): Starting from €64 Hilton Paris Orly Airport Hotel (4-star): Starting from €96.75 Cheaper than CDG by 20% Kyriad Beauvais Sud (3-star): Starting from €49 Chenal Hotel (3-star): Starting from €89 More expensive than CDG by 25%
Airport Facilities
Shopping Pure and Rare, Multistore, French Days, Hermès, Céline, Attitude, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cécile et Jeanne, Cartier, Smelly stuff, Virgin, Bvlgari, Chanel, Desigual, Emporio Armani, FNAC, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, and many more. La Cave à Cigares, Pure and Rare, Paris gourmand, Solaris, Parfums et Cosmétiques, Hour Passion, Swatch, Beauty Unlimited, Kaboom, Cult, Printemps, Relay, Virgin, Ladurée, La Cure Gourmande, Baillardan, Gastronomie, Koba, Lingerie, Hour Passion, Beauty Unlimited, Cécile et Jeanne, and many more. Duty free shopping available including a mini market.
Eating & Drinking Boco, Costa Coffee, Brioche Doree, Eric Kayser, Espressamente illy, McDonald’s, Exki, Naked, Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Red d’Hippo, Zumo, and many others. Bagatelle, Columbus Café, L’envol, Le Méli-mélo, Clos Saint Germain, Illy Café, La Brasserie, and many others. Has a restaurant, bar, and pizzeria
Lounge Terminal 1: Icare Lounge, Star Alliance Lounge Terminal 2: Priority Pass, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Sheltair Lounge Icare Lounge N/a
Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi Available for a fee
Terminal information. How many? How to transfer? Min connection time. 3 terminals- T1, T2, T3 N1 and N2 shuttle connects different parts of T2 and SNCF railway station. CDGVAL is an automated rail service which connects different terminals with RER and TGV rail stations. Five coloured shuttles connects passengers of international and Schengen flights. 2 terminals- Orly West and Orly South Both terminals are connected by OrlyVAL, an automated and free rail service. 2 terminals- T1 and T2
Currency Exchange, ATMs & cashpoints Travelex, HSBC Travelex, HSBC Travelex
Important phone numbers Medical Centre: 01 48 62 28 00 Police: 01 48 62 31 22 Lost and Found: 01 74 25 55 85 Medical Centre: 01 49 75 45 12. From abroad, dial +33 1 49 75 45 12 Police: 01 49 75 43 04 (24/7). From abroad, dial +33 1 49 75 43 04 Lost and Found: +33 0 821 00 25 25 Phone: +33 (0)3 44 11 46 90
Major Airlines and Destinations
Major airlines Operating Air China, Nippon Airways, British Airways, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Air France, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air India, Northwest Airlines, Finnair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lotus Air Air France, Air Europa, EasyJet, Iran Air, Iberia, KLM, Norwegian, Tunisair Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Blue Air, Air Moldova
Major connecting Destinations Abu Dhabi, London, Amman, Athens, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Algiers, Baku, Bangkok, Bamako, Copenhagen, Bengaluru, Berlin, Dublin, Hamburg, Cairo, Chicago, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lyon, Madrid, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Milan, New York, Lima, Montreal, Naples, Munich, Oslo, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Venice, Vienna, New Delhi London, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Algiers, Bamako, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, New York, Naples, Munich, Oslo, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Venice, Vienna Barcelona, Belgrade, Bologna, Bucharest, Dublin, Moldova, Krakow, Madrid, Lisbon, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan, Rabat, Rome, Sofia, Stockholm, Venice Warsaw
Car Hire
Companies Operate Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Rhino Car hire, Traveler Car, Tripndrive, Flizzr, Keddy, Budget, Enterprise Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Rhino Car hire, Traveler Car, Tripndrive, Flizzr, Keddy, Budget, Enterprise Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Rhino Car hire, Traveler Car, Tripndrive, Flizzr, Keddy, Budget, Enterprise
Online car hire Deals 3% - Cashback Car Hire CDG Airport 3% - Cashback Car Hire Orly Airport 3% - Cashback Car Hire Beauvais Airport
Tourist Info Centres T1 Gate 2 (Departures) and Gate 36 (Arrivals), T2A (Gate 6), T2C (Gate 6), T2D (Gate 6), T2E Gate 6 (Departures) and Gate 8 (Arrivals), T2F (Gate 7), T2G (Public Hall), T3 Entrance Halls in Arrivals and Departures   Paris Attractions   Compare Paris Pass Vs Passlib Vs Paris Museum Pass   Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour vs Big Bus Tour vs Foxity Bus Tours   Paris Discount Cards South Terminal Orly, Gate L, West Terminal Orly arrivals level- Gate A N/a
Official airport website www.parisaeroport.fr/en www.airport-orly.com/ www.aeroportbeauvais.com
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