There are two main airports serving the French capital. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), also known as Roissy owing to its location in that suburb, is the city’s main international airport, situated about 26km north east of the centre. The smaller Paris Orly (ORY), located only 15km south of the city, is the primary domestic facility but some international airlines also fly here. While it is closer to the centre, it is let down by few straightforward transport links.
Here’s an overview of the various options from both airports to the city centre, and how to travel between the two airports.
CDG to city centre
RER B (REseau Express REgional)
This is the fastest option, with a direct train reaching Gare du Nord station in 25 minutes. Trains run every 10-15 minutes from 0453 until 2353, departing from Station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for Terminals 1 and 3; the station is less than 500 metres from T3 while the free CDGVAL shuttle runs from T1.
The RER B also departs from Station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV from 0450 to 2350, catering for Terminals 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F. The free N1 shuttle bus runs between T2A and level 5 of the RER station, while the N2 shuttle operates between T2G and T2F. A one-way ticket costs €11.40. parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/services/book-a-service
The quickest option takes about an hour to reach Opéra, operating every 15-20 minutes from 0600 until 0030. Roissybus picks up from Terminal 1, Terminal 3, T2A+2C (one bus stop for both terminals), T2D, and T2E+F. Terminal 2G is linked to 2F by the free N2 shuttle. A one-way ticket costs €12.50.
Noctilien Night Bus N143
This service caters to late-night or early-morning flights, running from the airport to Gare de l’Est in the city centre. The bus departs from Terminal 1 at Gate 8, Terminal 2 at the TGV station, and Terminal 3 at the Roissypôle station. The N143 runs every half an hour from 0002 until 0432 and takes about 60 minutes. A one-way ticket costs €8 on board.
There is a flat rate of €50 for drop-off on the Right Bank and €55 for the Left Bank, regardless of traffic. Taxis can be found at the official ranks outside the terminals, or can be pre-booked with the G7 service. G7 fares have a €4 flat-rate pick-up charge for immediate bookings, and €7 for advance booking. g7.fr
Orly to city centre
RER B and OrlyVal
Travellers can access the city centre via the OrlyVal shuttle train and RER B service. OrlyVal picks up from the South Terminal at entrance K, and from the West Terminal at entrance A, taking eight minutes to arrive at the RER B Antony station. Trains from here to the city centre operate every ten minutes from 0507 to 2319, and take 25-35 minutes. A one-way ticket costs €12.10, inclusive of the shuttle price.
This airport shuttle bus delivers travellers to Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th arrondissement within 30 minutes, depending on traffic. It operates every 10-15 minutes, from 0600 to 0030. Boarding points are as follows: South Terminal exit L, stop 3; West Terminal exit D, stop 5. A one-way ticket is €8.70.
Noctilien Night Bus N31
The N31 delivers passengers to Gare de Lyon in about 70 minutes. The bus departs from the South Terminal every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends, from 0055 until 0355. Tickets are sold on board and cost €8.
There is a flat rate of €30 for drop-off on the Left Bank and €35 for the Right Bank. As with CDG, taxis can be found at the official ranks outside the terminals, or can be pre-booked with the G7 service. g7.fr
CDG TO ORLY
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This bus service runs from 0610 to 2150 at CDG, and 0635 to 2150 at Orly, with buses every 25-40 minutes. Boarding points at CDG are as follows: Terminal 1 Gate 32 at Arrivals; Terminal 2A-2C-2D Gate C10; Terminal 2E-2F Gate E8 or F9. Boarding points at Orly are: South Terminal Gate L at Arrivals; West Terminal Gate D at Arrivals. Transferring between the two airports can take 70-80 minutes. A one-way ticket costs €22 (€23 on board). boutique.lebusdirect.com