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Paris is a major air-transport hub serviced by virtually all major airlines, with three airports.
Most international airlines fly to Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle, 28km northeast of central Paris. In French the airport is commonly called 'Roissy' after the suburb in which it is located. A €1.7 billion project to create a high-speed train link between Charles de Gaulle and Gare de l'Est in central Paris is on the table, but no track will be laid until 2017. When complete in 2023, the CDG Express will cut the current 50-odd minute journey to 20 minutes. A fourth terminal is due to open in 2020.
There are six main bus lines.
Le Bus Direct line 2 (€17; one hour; every 30 minutes, 5.45am to 11pm) Links the airport with the Arc de Triomphe via the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro. Children under four years travel free.
Le Bus Direct line 4 (€17; 50 to 80 minutes; every 30 minutes, 6am to 10.30pm from the airport, 5.30am to 10.30pm from Montparnasse) Links the airport with Gare Montparnasse (80 minutes) in southern Paris via Gare de Lyon (50 minutes) in eastern Paris. Under fours travel free.
Noctilien bus 140 & 143 (€8 or four metro tickets; line 140 1¼ hours, line 143 two hours; hourly, 12.30am-5.30am) Part of the RATP night service, Noctilien has two buses that go to CDG: bus 140 from Gare de l’Est, and 143 from Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord.
RATP bus 350 (€6; 70 minutes; every 30 minutes, 5.30am to 11pm) Links the airport with Gare de l’Est in northern Paris.
RATP bus 351 (€6; 70 minutes; every 30 minutes, 5.30am to 11pm) Links the airport with place de la Nation in eastern Paris.
Roissybus (€11.50; one hour; from CDG every 15 minutes, 5.30am to 10pm & every 30 minutes, 10pm to 11pm; from Paris every 15 minutes, 5.15am to 10pm and every 30 minutes, 10pm to 12.30am) Links the airport with the Opéra.
CDG is served by the RER B line (€10, approximately 50 minutes, every 10 to 20 minutes), which connects with the Gare du Nord, Châtelet–Les Halles and St-Michel–Notre Dame stations in the city centre. Trains run from 5am to 11pm; there are fewer trains on weekends.
Aéroport d'Orly is 19km south of central Paris but, despite being closer than CDG, it is not as frequently used by international airlines, and public transport options aren’t quite as straightforward. That will change by 2024, when metro line 14 will be extended to the airport. A TGV station is due to arrive here in 2025.
Orly's south and west terminals are currently being unified into one large terminal suitable for bigger planes such as A380s; completion is due in 2018.
Two bus lines serve Orly:
Le Bus Direct line 1 (€12; one hour, every 20 minutes 5.50am to 11.30pm from Orly, 4.50am to 10.30pm from the Arc de Triomphe) Runs to/from the Arc de Triomphe (one hour) via Gare Montparnasse (40 minutes), La Motte-Picquet and Trocadéro. Under fours travel free.
Orlybus (€8, 30 minutes, every 15 minutes, 6am to 12.30pm from Orly, 5.35am to midnight from Paris) Runs to/from the metro station Denfert Rochereau in southern Paris, making several stops en route.
A taxi to the city centre takes roughly 30 minutes. Standardised flat-rate fares since 2016 mean a taxi costs €30 to the Left Bank and €35 to the Right Bank. The fare increases by 15% between 5pm and 10am and on Sundays.
There is currently no direct train to/from Orly; you’ll need to change halfway. Note that while it is possible to take a shuttle to the RER C line, this service is quite long and not recommended.
RER B (€12.05, 35 minutes, every four to 12 minutes) This line connects Orly with the St-Michel–Notre Dame, Châtelet–Les Halles and Gare du Nord stations in the city centre. In order to get from Orly to the RER station (Antony), you must first take the Orlyval automatic train. The service runs from 6am to 11pm (less frequently on weekends). You only need one ticket to take the two trains.
Tramway T7 (€1.90, every six minutes, 40 minutes, 5.30am to 12.30am) This tramway links Orly with Villejuif-Louis Aragon metro station in southern Paris; buy tickets from the machine at the tram stop as no tickets are sold on board.
Aéroport de Beauvais is 75km north of Paris and is served by a few low-cost flights. Before you snap up that bargain, consider if the postarrival journey is worth it.
Shuttle (€17, 1¼ hours) The Beauvais shuttle bus links the airport with metro station Porte de Maillot. See the airport website for details and tickets.