Paris has 3 airports in different parts of the city. The most famous and the biggest is the Charles de Gaulle Airport on north, the oldest is Orly on south. Also low cost airlines consider an airport in the cities Beauvais- Tille as one of Paris airports.
Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle), also called Roissy Airport, is the largest international airport in France and the second largest in Europe (after Heathrow Airport in London ). In 2017 year it was also the tenth busiest airport in the world with almost 70 millions handled passengers and nearly half million aircraft movements.
The constructions of the new North Paris Airport started in 1966 and the first terminal was inaugurated on 8 March 1974 year. It was named after Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War and President of France from 1959 to 1969. Currently it covers 32.38 square kilometres.
You can get to the airport by the train RER B from Chatelet (station in the center, not far from the Cathedral Notre Dame) or from Gare de Nord. Take the direction Aéroport Charles de Gaulle and depending on the terminal from which you have a plane to catch, get out in the last or before last station. The terminal 1 and 3 are in the station Aéroport CDG and the terminal 2 is on the last station of the RER B called Aéroport CDG 2 TGV. The first train going at 5 am and the last from Gare du Nord goes right after midnight. The distance between Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris is 23 kilometres and it takes 45 min by train and can take even longer by car depending on traffic.
The price of the ticket for RER B from any place in Paris is 10,30€ but if you charge Navigo card for all zones during your stay, you can also use it, the airport belongs to ZONE 5. On the other way, from the airport to Paris, you can change to any metro line with the same ticket or any other RER train inside Paris.
You can also take an airport bus called Le Bus Direct (official website) which can take you to few different stations in Paris, like Porte Maillot, Champs-Élysées, Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower, Gare de Lyon, the Gare Montparnasse and Orly Airport. The ticket costs 12€ and the road lasts around 60-80 minutes depending on the departure place. The good thing about busses is that you won’t struggle with your luggage which you can keep in the ground level of the bus.
There is also RoissyBus going from Opera Garnier district to the airport, it costs 12€ and it lasts around 60-75 minutes. There exist also cheapest version of getting to Paris from this airport. You can take a public bus 350 or 351 that links the CDG airport with Gare d’Est or Nation. Once you are on one of these stations, you can take metro to your destination. This way you only buy 2 single ride tickets (one for the bus and another for metro). If you buy single ticket, it costs 2,40 € but if you are going to use more tickets during your stay in Paris, I recommend buying a carnet of 10 tickets for 14,90€ and this way the ride from the airport will cost you only 3,80€ (two tickets of 1,90€ each).
There also exists many websites providing private shuttle for around 50€, the similar cost like a taxi. There is also Parisshuttle company providing drive for around 20€.
Remember! If you have a flight from terminal 2G by AirFrance smaller sister HOP!, take a free shuttle from terminal 2F.
Orly was the main airport of Paris before the construction of Charles de Gaulle Airport. Even now, with the shift of most international traffic to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly remains the busiest French airport for domestic traffic and the second busiest French airport overall in passenger traffic, with 32 millions passengers in 2017. Flights operate to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Southeast Asia.
The airport was opened in 1932 as Villeneuve-Orly Airport and was used by combat airfield during second World War. As a result, it was attacked many times and much of its infrastructure was destroyed. Later, it was rebuilded as the biggest airport in France. Once the Charles de Gaulle Airport was constructed, a plan was to shut down the Orly Airport but with the big traffic on both airports, the idea was killed and both places operate very good.
The Orly Airport on south of Paris is also very good communicated with the city. There exists few ways of getting there:
- Orlybus from station Denfert-Rochereau (RER B, metro 4, 6) which costs 8.30€ and lasts around 35 min.
- Orlyval from station Antony in RER B (the same train like to CDG airport but to other,south, direction), 12€ from Chatelet and lasts 37 min from Chatelet. If you have Navigo card you can only use it till Antony and later buy separate ticket for Orlyval bus for 9.30€ ( it takes 11 min from there so it’s super expensive for such short ride). The first train from Chatelet goes at 5.20 am and at 6 am there is first Orlyval bus from Antony. The last bus goes at 11 pm.
- Metro 7 + tram 7 for just two single tickets for public transport so 3.80€ (or Navigo) but it takes around one hour.
- Le Bus Direct from Arch du Triumph and Gare Montparnasse.
Paris-Beauvais Airport is an international airport near the city of Beauvais in the commune of Tillé, built in 1930. It is the tenth busiest airport in France, handled nearly 4 millions passengers in 2016 and is mostly used by charter and low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair and Blue Air.
The easiest way to get to the airport is to take a direct shuttle bus from Paris Porte Maillot for 17€ . The busses go every few minutes normally but not many knows that the right bus for you is always 3 hours before your flight. The ride takes 1 hour 15 min and the bus stops between terminals in the Beauvais Airport. The distance between them is very short so don’t worry that you would have to walk a lot. You can buy a ticket online or in the cash desks near the bus parking (you won’t be able to buy it inside the bus!).
There is also other option to take a train TER (Transport Express Régional) line 19 from Gare du Nord to Beauvais city center for 14,50€ and later a taxi for around 13€. Honestly I have never used it because it’s more expensive and more complicated. On the other side, I have taken Bla Bla Car few times and it’s working pretty good and it’s the cheapest way.
There exists different kind of private shuttles between Paris and the airport, for example I know few Polish busses that can take you directly from you staying place to Beauvais Airport for 20€ but it works only for flights to Poland. However, I think there are more similar rides you can check on facebook groups.
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I hope it was useful, let me know if you have any questions.
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