Getting to Paris from the airport is not an easy thing when you’re a first-timer. Indeed, various transport services link the heart of Paris to its two airports: Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, but which one works best for you? No need to panic, just check out that comprehensive list if you want to make sure to have a successful first time in Paris!
From Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (terminals 1 and 2)
- Train RER B •
This is the fastest alternative to get to Paris from airport. The RER B serves the main Metro stations in the centre of Paris: Gare du Nord (25 min), Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel, Denfert-Rochereau (35 min). There is a train every 10-15 min. The service runs from 4:50am to 11:50pm towards Paris and from 4:53am to 0:15am to Roissy. The ticket from the airport to any combined Metro station in Paris costs €10 for adults and €5 for children under 4. All related information on ratp.fr.
- ROISSYBUS •
This is an RATP service which takes you to the corner of Scribe and Auber streets near the Opera. There is a bus every 15-20 min. The service runs from 6:00am to 0:30am towards Paris and from 5:15am to 0:30am to Roissy and takes from 60 to 75 min. The ticket costs 11,50€. More information on ratp.fr.
- Cars Air France •
The buses of line N°2 will take you in 45-60min to the Place de l’Étoile and in 60-70 min to the Eiffel Tower. Buses run every 30 min (from 5:45am to 11:00pm). It stops at Porte Maillot and Trocadéro. Line N°4 serves the Lyon railroad station in 40-50 min and Montparnasse railroad station in 70-80 min. There is a bus every 30 min from 5:30am to 10:30pm. One-way tickets cost €17 for adults and €10 for children (4-11). Children younger than 2 years old travel free but have no right to a seat (lescarsairfrance.com).
From Orly (terminals South and West)
- ORLYVAL then RER B •
This is an RATP service to the Antony RER (8 min) where you board the RER B to get to the Châtelet-Les Halles in 25 min and the Gare du Nord railroad station in another 8-15 min. Service runs every 7 min from 6:00 to 23:35pm. The combined ticket Orlyval-RER B costs €12,05 for adults, €6 for children 4-10 years, free for children under 4, with no right to a seat (see ratp.fr).
- ORLYBUS •
This is another RATP service to the place Denfert-Rochereau (25-35 min), buses leaving every 10-20 min from Orly South gate C and Orly West gate D at Arrivals level. Service from 6:00am to 0:30am to Paris and from 5:35am to midnight towards Orly. The ticket costs €8 (see ratp.fr).
- Bus no 183 •
This is also an RATP service running from and to the Porte de Choisy (13e). Service from 5:35am to 23:54pm to Orly and from 6:00am to 0:20am to Porte de Choisy. It departs every 6min to 14mn depending on the day, from Orly South terminal, Gate C, Stop 4. It costs €6 and takes about 35 min (ratp.fr).
- Cars Air France •
Line N°1 takes you to the Champs-Élysées in 1h via the Montparnasse railroad station and Invalides, leaving every 20 min. One-way tickets cost €12 for adults, €7 for children (4-11) and free for children below 2 with no right to a seat. (lescarsairfrance.com).
And you also have Taxis or Ubers options!
When travelling with children and luggage a taxi may be a good alternative. Taxis charge a fix amount. Between the airport Roissy Charles De Gaulle and the right bank of the Seine: €50 and €55 for the left bank. From the Orly airport to the right bank: €35 and €40 to the left bank. Watch out for « false taxis » who will try to solicit you at Arrivals. Take only official taxis. There is a priority line for people travelling with young children. You can also take an Uber from the Airport, which will cost you less from €10 to €15 less than a Taxi, just by calling one through their mobile app.