Getting to Paris
Below you’ll find information about the easiest ways to arrive in Paris and tips on getting around
Paris is known as the second most visited capital in Europe, and it is very well-connected and easy to access.
Arriving in Paris
The easiest and fastest way to get to Paris is by plane.
The city has 3 main airports – Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly Airport and Beauvais Airport.
You will most probably arrive at the Charles de Gaulle (CDG Airport), which is the main international airport in Paris. It is within easy reach of the capital located 23 km away to the north of the city.
Orly Airport was once the premier airport of Paris before the opening of the Charles de Gaulle (CDG). It has 4 connected terminals, 3 runways and 35 airlines which operate to different destinations in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia. It’s located 13 km south of Paris.
Beauvais Airport is a small airport located 80 km northwest of Paris. However, it is the main gateway to the city for most of the budget airlines including Ryanair, Blue Air, Wizz Air, Volotea, Air Moldova and Laudamotion. The airport serves more than 60 destinations in 20 countries and has 2 terminals with a pedestrian connection.
Taking the train is a comfortable way to reach Paris if you are coming from the inside of the country or from nearby European countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain or Portugal.
All 9 train stations will enable your easy reach to key locations within the city and are well-connected with the public transport network. Some stations provide left-luggage services.
Find more information about travelling by train here.
France has a well-established network of tolled motorways. Tolls vary depending on the motorway, the travelled distance and the type of the vehicle.
The most convenient way to get from the airport to the city is by taxi.
Paris taxis are not colored in a certain color and look like regular cars, so you should look for the “Taxi Parisien” sign on the roof. Licensed taxis always have a taxi fare meter inside and a badge with the driver’s license number.
You can take a taxi by hailing it in the street, taking it from a taxi stand or ordering by the phone.
The metro is the fastest way to get around the city. A single ticket costs around EUR 1.90 and can be bought from ticket machines and tobacco shops.
There are 16 metro lines serving the city and each line has its own color and number. Metro tickets are valid in zone 1 and 2 only.
RER (Suburban Express Railway)
The RER is the train network of Paris. It serves the capital and the surrounding areas around the city.
Keep your ticket with you even after the journey as you have to put it through the automatic barriers on your way out as well.
Buses & Trams
Paris has 4 tram lines and 64 bus lines. Buses operate Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 8:30 pm. Some lines operate even after 8:30 pm to 12:30 am but you should check the schedules in advance. There are several night lines which operate between 12:30 am and 5:30 am.
To take the bus you need to reach your hand out to show the driver he needs to stop at the bus station. Boarding is from the front door and getting off is from the middle and back doors. Your transport document needs validation, so remember to punch your ticket or validate your pass.
Paris is a bicycle friendly city and has 700 km of bike alleys. You can hire a bike from practically anywhere. Get to know Paris in this exciting and eco-friendly way.
Rent A Car
There are many rental companies which you can hire a car from. According to the French regulations, you should be over 21 years old and should own a valid driver’s license and a credit card.
If you are not an experienced driver, we recommend you avoid driving in Paris as the traffic is very intense and its organization could be quite complex.
Last but not least take your time to stroll around, see the tourist attractions and feel the magic of this fabulous city.