Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. The city breaks records for tourist visits every year.
To respond to these visits, there is a complex public transport network.
For those unfamiliar with the city, getting around can seem like a daunting experience.
If you are going to Paris on your next corporate trip, discover how to find the best connection to your hotel.
The best public transport to each Paris airport
Charles de Gaulle
Located in Roissy-en-France, 23 km from the center of the French capital, this airport is the largest in France.
The fastest option to get to the center is by train. The airport connects to the French RER – Réseau Express Régional. There are two train stations in Charles de Gaulle and both connect with the RER B line, which connects to Gare du Nord in 30 minutes.
Châtelet–Les-Halles, Saint-Michel–Nôtre-Dame and Denfert–Rochereau are other stops included in this line. The ticket price is around 12€ and you can purchase it at the station.
Terminal 2 also connects to the TGV train network. You can check the destinations and their prices on the website of the SNFC – Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français.
Another option is the bus. The RoissyBus line provides a direct connection between the airport and the Opéra Garnier in less than 60 minutes. The ticket costs €13.70 and you can purchase it at the airport or onboard.
The bus 350, on the Paris public transport line, connects the airport (Roissypole) and Porte de la Chapelle station in the city’s downtown. The bus 351 on the same line connects with Paris–Nation. Both trips take about 70 minutes. Tickets cost 6€ and are sold by the bus driver.
There are also night buses – o N140 e o N143 – which connect the airport to the Gare de L’Est station from 00:30 to 5:30. The trip doesn’t exceed 60 minutes and costs 8€. You can purchase it at the airport or on the bus.
A cheap alternative is Filéo’s on-demand service, which links Charles de Gaulle with places like Val d’Oise and Seine–Sant-Denis. The service is available 24 hours a day and the price is around 2€.
Orly is the second largest airport in Paris. It is also the closest to the center of Paris, just 14 km away.
Orly doesn’t have its own train stations. However, it is connected to the RER B line via the Orlyval service, an automatic metro that connects the airport with Antony station.
Image Credits: Orly | RATPDev
On this line, you can reach destinations such as Gare du Nord and Saint-Michel–Nôtre-Dame in less than 35 minutes. The RER+Orlyval ticket costs 12.10€ and can be purchased at the station.
Orly also connects to the RER C line via the GO C Paris shuttle bus service. This bus connects Orly with the Pont de Rungis station. At this station you can go to destinations such as the Invalides and Austerlitz. The trip takes around 35 minutes, depending on the destination, and costs 6.35€.
If you prefer to travel by bus, you can choose for OrlyBus, which connects the airport to Denfert–Rochereau in 30 minutes. The price is €9.50. Another option is the Bus 183, which connects Orly with Porte de Choisy in 50 minutes, with tickets costing around €2.
There are also several night buses in the airport between 00:30 and 5:30: the N22, which ends at Châtelet; the N31 and N131, which ends at Gare de Lyon; and the N144, which ends at Gare de L’Est. Trips take between 60 and 100 minutes depending on the destination. Each ticket costs €6.
The Orly-Paris trip via tram (tramway) is the cheapest. Line T7 connects the airport with Villejuif–Louis Aragon station in 30 minutes and costs just 1.90€.
Much smaller and with less access, Beauvais–Tillé airport is mainly used by low-cost airlines.
The best option to reach the city center is by bus. The airport has a shuttle bus service that runs directly to Porte Maillot in Paris. This trip takes approximately 75 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 16.90€. You can purchase it online or at the airport.
Image Credits: Airport Shuttle – Aéroport Paris Beauvais
Taxi, Uber or Private Transfer
Choosing private transport is the easiest solution for getting around. It is the most expensive option, but also the fastest.
The price of taxis and ubers always depends on the airport where you are. If you want to leave Charles de Gaulle, the taxi should not exceed 58€. As Orly is closer to the city center, the trip will have the largest cost of 37€. The smallest price for a taxi from Beauvais–Tillé to Paris is around 170€.
You can also rent a private transfer or explore the solutions offered on the respective websites of each airport – Charles de Gaulle; Orly; Beauvais – Tillé.
The price of these services changes depending on the destination and the number of passengers.
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