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Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly - the thematic guide to France


Paris has two airports,  Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to the north and Orly (ORY) to the south.  If you arrive in Paris by air, public transport will get you quickly and cheaply into central Paris. Unless you can squeeze five passengers into a taxi, it will certainly be cheaper.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy) :

Essential info:  Hotels Trains Buses
Taxis Disneyland Transit CDG - ORY

Plan of Paris CDG airportRoissy - Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) is the main international airport for Paris, and the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow. The two main terminals are Terminal 1, used by most foreign airlines, and Terminal 2, used by Air France, its partners, and some other European flights including Easyjet.

►Hotels  at CDG Charles de Gaulle airport:

There are several hotels located on and around each Paris airport. At CDG, these include the convieniently situated Hilton hotel, (H) the *** Novotel hotel (N)  and ** Ibis hotel (I) located at the heart of the airport in the Roissypole area between the two terminals, and the Paris Airport Sheraton hotel (S) which is right in Terminal 2, above the TGV and RER station. Other hotels are outside the airport area.

For hotels in Paris, check out the Paris hotel guide

Transport to/from/at CDG  Airport

Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport is linked to central Paris by airport buses, ordinary buses, taxis and the RER rail link to the city centre.

►Trains from CDG airport

Train to central Paris : the RER:
The RER is the Paris urban transit rail system: it has two stations at Charles de Gaulle airport, one called "Terminal 1" which is actually between the terminals; the other under Terminal 2.  
Cost of a ticket to central Paris: 9.50 €uros. Tickets can be bought at the station either from a ticket booth or from a machine.
An RER Airport-Paris ticket includes connections to any station on the central area Paris metro system; you will probably need to change at Gare du Nord or Chatelet les Halles.

Click this link for a photo-tour of the journey from CDG Terminal 2 to Cental Paris

Taking the RER - a TIP -
Passengers arriving at Charles de Gaulle:
do not take the slow trains that stop at all or most stations into central Paris. Check on the departure board over the platform. Slow trains are slow, and fill up at all the stations in the northern suburbs - among the less desirable of Paris suburban areas. So wait for a fast train (one out of two for much of the day); you may wait ten minutes longer, but you'll reach Gare du Nord only about 2 minutes behind the slower train. Fast trains are often non-stop to Gare du Nord, others have one or two intermediate stops only. Once into central Paris, fast trains stop at all stations. You will probably need to change once in central paris; your ticket will take you through to any central destination.
On your way in to Paris, note the futuristic "Stade de France" (French national football stadium) on your right as you pass St. Denis.

Trains to the rest of France: TGV

Useful info: the Paris CDG train-station is served by TGV high-speed trains linking directly with most French cities: Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Besançon, Dijon, Tours etc.... Check times! This is far easier than taking the RER into Paris, then carting your luggage through to a mainline train terminus.  Click here for TGV times and prices  . Key in Roissy as your departure station.

►Buses from CDG airport

Buses to central Paris:
There are two express bus operators

CDG Disneyland connections 2019

Choose between shuttle buses, a TGV connection from Terminal 2 , and the RER .

► Magical Shuttle buses
, run by VEA, operate about every 20 minutes in peak season. The bus service stops at all terminals.
Cost (Jan 2019)   23 €.  Children 3-12 yrs : 10 €. Babies free.
Journey time:  about 50 minutes to an hour under normal circumstances.

Fastest : the non-stop TGV service from the station in Terminal 2.
Cost : at least 25 € per person (adult) - which must make it the most expensive train journey in France mile for mile. Journey time:  about 12 minutes.

Cheapest : the RER :  take the RER: change in central Paris at Châtelet les Halles onto RER line A for Marne la Vallée.
Cost   17.30 € per person.  Journey time:  at least 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Other possibility : taxi :  A taxi from CDG to Disneyland should cost between 60€ and 90€ depending on the time it takes.  At least 35 minutes.

► Terminal to terminal and terminal to car parks PR and PX

CDG airport has a free automated light rail network CDGVAL, which whisks you between the the main terminals, the PR and PX car parks and the RER "Terminal 1" station in just a few minutes.

► Taxis.

Available at all terminals, for a quick drive into central Paris.  Cost anything from 30 € upwards depending on destination, time of day, traffic congestion.  Allow 30 € to 50 € under normal circumstances.

Transit between Paris airports

CDG > ORLY connection
► By bus: "Le Bus Direct"   runs a shuttle connection between Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports  - Cost (Jan 2019)  : 22 €uros
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Pickups at Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
Terminal 1: Exit 32 on the Arrivals level
Terminal 2A-2C: Entrance C2
Terminal 2D-2B: Entrance B1
Terminal 2E-2F: Entrance E8 and F9
Terminal 2G: this terminal is linked to Terminal 2F  by the free N2 shuttle bus.

► By RER : Take any RER train going to "Saint Rémy les Chevreuse" cross right under Paris, and get off at the station at Antony, which connects to the Orlyval light rail which take you right to the terminals -   Cost (Jan 2019)  :  21.80 €uros (A point-to-point ticket).

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Paris Orly Airport

Orly airport lies 13 km south of Paris
Orly is mostly used for domestic traffic and low cost operators, but also has flights to a number of European destinations, with French and foreign airlines; there are also a few long-haul flights from Orly. Orly airport has two terminals, quite close to each other; Orly Sud and Orly Ouest (South and West terminals). The two terminals are connected by the free light-rail Orlyval shuttle.
Connecting from an international flight to a French domestic flight may sometimes involve a trip from CDG to ORY. At least two and a half hours should be allowed between arrival time at one airport and departure from the other.

► Hotels  at Orly Airport:

There are two hotels located on the airport at Orly, the *** Hilton, and the ** Ibis , located close to the terminals, and the *** Hotel Mercure located close to the exit road just outside the airport perimeter.

Transport to/from/at Orly  Airport
Orly airport is linked to central Paris by airport buses, ordinary buses, taxis and the RER rail link to the city centre.

► Trains from ORLY airport

Train central Paris - Orly : the RER:
The RER is the Paris urban transit rail system: it does not run right into Orly airport, but is reached by a light-rail connection, the Orlyval.  
RER B line.  Orlyval trains take you directly in 8 minutes to the RER (express suburban train) station at Antony. Here you connect to RER line B for a direct and rapid train journey into central Paris (or on to CDG airport ).  Cost : 12.10 €uros.
There is no main-line railway station at Orly.

► Bus from Orly to central Paris
You can also take the Orlybus shuttle direct from the airport, the bus route terminates at Denfert Rochereau metro station in the southern part of central Paris.  Cost 7 €uros - tickets can be bought on the bus.
► Le Bus Direct (Air France coaches) operate a services to central Paris.  Line 1   is from ORY to Champs Elysées via Gare Montparnasse, for trains to west and southwest France (cost 12. €uros).

Orly - Disneyland connections

Choose between shuttle buses, and the RER .
Shuttle buses, Magical Shuttle, operate about every 45 minutes at peak times (morning) and every hour thereafter. The bus service, cost  23 €, stops at both terminals. Orly South at the Bus station, Orly West at Level 0 gate 1. The journey lasts about 50 minutes to an hour.
Alternatively, take the RER :  change in central Paris at Châtelet les Halles onto RER line A for Marne la Vallée.  Cost  : 19.25 € per person:

Available at all terminals, for a quick drive into central Paris.  Cost anything from 30 € upwards depending on destination, time of day, traffic congestion.  Cost  :  allow 25 € to 50 € under normal circumstances.

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