You will find endless things to do in Paris if you are able to get there. Airfare and flights can be a hassle but you can take comfort in the fact that there are flights to Paris each day provided by many carriers. We recommend Charles-de-Gaulle because it is the largest airport that is conveniently located close to the city. You can normally reach downtown Paris in under an hour by car or taxi. Other options are to hop onto a train and take public transportation downtown. This is a convenient alternative if you don’t plan on renting a car or paying for a taxi and will allow you to meet up with any of the Metro or RER lines.
Getting to Paris by plane
Paris is served by three international airports – for more information about these airports or to find information regarding flight arrival/departure times, check the official sites:
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
The major hub and airport for flights to Paris is located in the north-east of the city. This airport is known for being confusing so plan to have some extra time navigating the airport and getting to your Terminal. There are three major Terminals, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3 that host a large variety of airlines.
For getting to or from Paris, the Paris RER (Commuter Line), line B, has stations in Terminal 3 (from where you can take the free CDGVAL shuttle train to Terminal 1) and Terminal 2. Trains to Paris leave every 7-8 minutes and stop at Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Port-Royal, Denfert-Rochereau and Cité Universitaire.
Orly International Airport (ORY)
This airport is older than CDG and primarily serves Air France for domestic flights or shorter international flights within Europe. The airport is located in the southwest of Paris and is known for poor service, long lines and waits, and an impatient and rude staff.
The easiest way to get to ORY is via the Orly Bus from Paris which takes approximately 40-45 minutes and departs from Métro Denfert-Rochereau (line 6). There are buses every 8-10 minutes from the Orly Sud – Platform 4, with stops at Orly Ouest (West) on the way. There are two Terminals and the Orlyval light rail connects the two terminals to each other and to the RER B line at Antony
The smallest airport in Paris is used for regional access within France. Smaller carriers such as WizzAir and Ryanair serve this airport and the airport itself is located farther north of the city. There is an airport operated shuttle service that connects with the Paris Metro at Porte Maillot station with buses running from 6:00am about every 15-20 minutes.