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)
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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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/
|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 Elysees 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.|
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 (01-02-2018 to 07-02-2018)
|Car Hire Companies||Avis, Sixt, Flizzr, Keddy, Europcar, Tripndrive, Budget, Enterprise||Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Traveler Car, Budget, Enterprise, Tripndrive, Flizzr, Keddy,||Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Traveler Car, Tripndrive, Flizzr, Keddy, Budget|
|Online car hire Deals|
Hotel Prices per day (23-02-2018 to 24-02-2018)
|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%
|Check Hotel deals|
|Shopping||Pure and Rare, Multistore, French Days, Hermes, CAFEline, Attitude, Salvatore Ferragamo, CAFEcile et Jeanne, Cartier, Smelly stuff, Virgin, Bvlgari, Chanel, Desigual, Emporio Armani, FNAC, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, and many more.||La Cave a Cigares, Pure and Rare, Paris gourmand, Solaris, Parfums et Cosmetiques, Hour Passion, Swatch, Beauty Unlimited, Kaboom, Cult, Printemps, Relay, Virgin, laduree, La Cure Gourmande, Baillardan, Gastronomie, Koba, Lingerie, Hour Passion, Beauty Unlimited, CAFEcile 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 Cafe, L'envol, Le Meli-melo, Clos Saint Germain, Illy Cafe, 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|
|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||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|
There are 3 airports that serve Paris; Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), Paris Orly airport (ORY), and Paris Beauvais airport (BVA). The airport closest to central Paris is Orly airport being just 8.9 miles away and when using the fast train service, you can get into central Paris in just 25 minutes. Charles de Gaulle is the largest airport in France and is located 14.3 miles away from the center of Paris, the fastest public transport from here to the center taking around 30 minutes. Beauvais is the furthest away at a distance of 42.9 miles, this last airport is the one that most budget airlines use. It does not have a direct train service, the fastest journey time taking an hour and a half into central Paris which can make it quite inconveniant.
Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Paris by public transport below.
Distance to Central Paris:
Orly Airport:8.9 miles / 14.3 km
Charles de Gaulle Airport: 14.3 miles / 23.1 km
Beauvais Airport: 42.9 miles / 69.1 km
Orly Airport to Central Paris Journey Times:
By Train (Airport Shuttle + RER): 35 minutes
By Tram: 45 minutes
By Bus: 30-60 minutes
By Taxi: 30 minutes
Charles de Gaulle Airport to Central Paris Journey Times:
By Train: 25 minutes
By Bus: 75 minutes
By Taxi: 40 minutes
Beauvais Airport to Central Paris Journey Times:
By Train (including airport shuttle to train station): 90 minutes
By Bus (to Porte Maillot): 105 minutes
By Taxi: 90 minutes
Orly airport is the best airport to fly into when travelling to Paris whether that's for business or pleasure, as a solo traveller or with family. This is due to its close proximity to the city center (passengers can be looking up at the Eiffel Tower in just 20 minutes) and its good public transport links by bus and train though the necessary transfer between OrlyVal shuttle train and RER Line B is a slight inconvenience, especially for those travelling with a lot of luggage and/or young children. Orly airport is smaller than CBD which means less queuing and less crowds though does restrict the number of airlines and destinations served. Orly airport is served by Air France as well as KLM, Norwegian, Easyjet, and other airlines with flights to a limited number of top cities around the world. It has fast train, tram, and bus links into the center of Paris as well as regular shuttles to Disneyland Paris.
CBD (Rossy Charles de Gaulle airport) is the main airport in Paris and the whole of France and serves all of the top airlines with short haul and long haul flights all around the world. Airlines include Air France, British Airways, United Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Ethihad and so many more. It's further away from the city center making journey times to Paris slightly longer but it does benefit from fantastic transport services whether you use the train, tram, or bus to reach the city center, Disneyland Paris, or elsewhere in France. The size of the airport and terminals can be daunting, and delays and queues should be expected.
Beauvais airport is the furthest away from the city center, and generally the most inconvenient airport to fly into or out of since journey times can take in excess of 1.5 hours and there is no on-site train station, a shuttle bus needing to be caught to reach Beauvais railway station. Beauvais is primarily served by budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air with European destinations. It's a good airport for people who have a lot of time but not a lot of money such as students and backpackers but is a real inconvenience for business travellers. If considering Beauvais airport, make sure to number crunch and take into consideration the relatively high cost of reaching the city, even on public transport, due to the distance that must be covered.
Generally yes, Orly can be considered better than Charles de Gaulle for all passengers due to it being closer to the city center which means less time to transfer. Orly is also smaller with 2 terminals versus Charles de Gaulle's 3 (huge) terminals. It might service less airlines and therefore fewer destinations but this means less people, smaller queues at immigration, less delays, and generally isn't as overwhelming as CDG. When given the choice between Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport, people usually opt for the ease of Orly.
If you have a layover in Paris you may be wondering if you have time to visit the Eiffel Tower. Orly is the closest airport to the Eiffel Tower, located 13 miles (21.4km) away by road and from here it's very possible to visit the Eiffel Tower.
The Line 1 Shuttle is the fastest way to travel between Orly Airport and the Eiffel Tower with a journey time of just 20 minutes during off peak hours or about 45 minutes during peak hours. The shuttle departs every 30 minutes and costs €18. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or Uber which will take about 37 minutes based on good traffic conditions.
Train: RER line B (+ airport shuttle Orlyval) €12.10 or RER Line C €6.35 - https://www.parisaeroport.fr/passagers/acces/paris-orly/transports-en-commun Trains run regularly between 06:00 - 23.35 daily.
Bus (Line 1): €20 return - https://www.airport-orly.com/bus-and-coach.php Buses run every day between 05:50 - 23:30
Tram: €1.90 single - https://www.parisaeroport.fr/passagers/acces/paris-orly/transports-en-commun/tramway-t7 Trams depart every 8-15 minutes between 05:30-00:30
Taxi: €35-€57 - https://www.airport-orly.com/airport-taxi.php Available 24/7.
Uber: €40-€48 - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
Train: RER line B €11.40 -https://www.parisaeroport.fr/passagers/acces/paris-charles-de-gaulle/transports-en-commun/rer-b Trains run every 10-20 minutes on weekdays. The first train departs at 04:56 and the last train departs at 23:50.
Bus (Line 1): €20 return - https://www.airport-orly.com/bus-and-coach.php Buses run every day between 05:50 - 23:30
Taxi: €50-€55 - https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/taxi/paris-cdg-taxi Available 24/7.
Uber: €45-€54 - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
Train + Shuttle Bus: €4 bus from airport to train station + €13 train - https://www.beauvais-airport.com/access/train.php Shuttle buses are timed to coincide with flight arrivals and departures. Trains run every hour between Beauvais and Paris.
Bus to Port Maille: €15 single - https://www.airport-orly.com/bus-and-coach.php Buses depart Beauvais Airport 20 minutes after each flight arrival and depart Paris 3 hours before each flight departure.
Taxi: €120+ - https://www.beauvais-airport.com/access/taxi.php Available 24/7.
Uber: €100+ - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Orly Airport Hotels: From €64 per night
Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels: From €49.50 per night
Beauvais Airport Hotels: From €49 per night
If you have a lot of luggage and don't want the expense of a taxi, you might prefer to rent a car to get to central Paris or elsewhere in France, particularly if you're flying into the far away Beauvais airport. All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Orly Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at €72 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at €43 per day
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/paris-orly-airport.html
Charles de Gaulle Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at €76 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at €91 per day
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/charles-de-gaulle-airport.html
Beauvais Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at €28 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at €38 per day
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/beauvais-airport.html
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