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Paris is a major hub of European air, road and rail travel. Direct flights from around the world serve the French capital’s two main international airports. Paris is also at the center of Europe’s growing high-speed rail network, with arrivals throughout the day of Eurostar from London, Thalys from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, and TGVs from Marseille and Geneva. Approaching by road, autoroutes (highways) converge on Paris from all directions, including – via Eurotunnel’s Channel rail shuttle – the UK


 The main British airlines with regular flights to Paris are British Airways and British Midland. The main French airline is Air France. From the United States there are regular flights direct to Paris mainly on American, United, Northwest, Continental, Delta, Virgin and British Airlines. From Canada, Air France and Air Canada fly direct to Paris. Qantas is one of the few providing connecting flights from Australia and New Zealand. High airport charges have generally deterred Europe’s no-frills low-cost airlines from flying to Paris, though Easyjet does offer a very inexpensive London-Paris CDG service Ryanair flies from Dublin and Glasgow (Prestwick) to Beauvais, an hour or more’s bus journey west of Paris. For airline offices in Paris, . The peak summer season in Paris is from July to September. Airline fares are at their highest during this time. Different airlines, however, may have slightly different high summer season periods, so check with the airlines or an agent as to which months are covered by these fares. If you are prepared to look around for the best deals, there are very good ones on offer from reputable discount agents. If you book a cheap deal with a discount agent, check whether you will get a refund if the agent or operator goes out of business, and do not part with the full fare until you actually see the ticket. Addresses of reputable discount agencies in Paris are listed on page 379. These offer charters and regular scheduled flights at competitive prices. Many of them have representatives in other countries. Note that children can travel more cheaply than adults.

Flight Times

 Here are some flight times to Paris from cities in different parts of the world: London 1 hour; Dublin 90 minutes; Montreal 7.5 hours; New York 8 hours; Los Angeles 12 hours; Sydney 23 hours.

This is Paris’s main airport, lying 19 miles (30 km) north of the city. It has two main terminals, CDG1 and CDG2, and a charter flight terminal, T3. CDG2 straddles the TGVRER station and comprises six linked halls, referred to as CDG2A, CDG2B, CDG2C, CDG2D, CDG2E and CDG2F.

Getting into Town

Buses, trains and taxis all run to central Paris. Air France operates two services: one to Porte Maillot and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, which leaves about every 12 minutes and takes about 40 minutes; the other goes to the Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse TGV train station, leaving every 30 minutes and taking about 50 minutes. The Roissybus service, run by the RATP, takes travelers to Opéra. This journey takes about 50 minutes and the buses leave every 15 minutes, between 5:45am and 11pm. All three services connect up in central Paris with the metro, the RER and the RATP bus network. Disneyland Resort Paris runs a bus service (8:30am– 7:45pm) every 30-45 minutes from both of the Charles de Gaulle terminals.

The TGV station is in CDG2, and there are RER train stations (Line B) at CDG1 and CDG2. Trains leave every 5–15 minutes and take about 35 minutes to reach the city center, at the Gare du Nord, where there is a link to the metro and to other RER lines. Airport Shuttle provides door to door service in a small minibus for both airports, for 22€ for one person, or 14€ each for two or more (must reserve at least 48 hours ahead). Normal taxis to the center run between 36€ (daytime) and 45€, often with long waits.


This is Paris’s second airport, which is located 9 miles (15 km) south of the capital. It has two terminals, Orly Sud and Orly Ouest.

Getting into Town

Transportation services take travellers to the southern part of the city and a special bus links the airport with Disneyland Resort Paris, leaving every 45 minutes. Travelers arriving at Orly can take a taxi, bus or train to central Paris. The bus services are run by Air France and RATP (Orlybus). Air France buses take about 30 minutes to reach the city center, stopping at Les Invalides and Gare de Montparnasse. The Orlybus, also leaving every 12–20 minutes, takes about 25 minutes to reach the city center at Denfert-Rochereau. The Jet Bus service takes travelers from the airport to Villejuif-Louis Aragon metro station every 15–20 minutes. A bus (confusingly called Orlyrail) links the airport with RER Line C at Pont de Rungis, from where trains leave every 15 minutes (half hour after 9pm), taking 25 minutes to reach the Gare d’Austerlitz. An automatic train, Orlyval, links the airport with RER Line B at Antony station, from where trains leave every 4–8 minutes for Châtelet in central Paris (35-minute total journey). Taxis to the city center take 25– 45 minutes, depending on the traffic, and cost 20€–30€.


 Travelers coming to Paris from Britain by road will need to cross the English Channel. The simplest and most popular way is on the vehicle-carrying train shuttles through the Channel Tunnel. Operated by Eurotunnel, these run between the terminals at Folkestone and Calais. You are directed onto the trains and remain with your vehicle, though you may get out of your car and walk around inside the train. The journey through the tunnel takes about 30 minutes, is unaffected by sea conditions or weather, and trains depart every 15-30 minutes, depending on demand. On both the English and the French side, the tunnel terminal has direct motorway access. There are also several ship or catamaran car ferries across the Channel. On the short Dover-Calais route, there are up to 100 crosssings per day, operated by several operators running frequent, fast services. Stena Line ships make this crossing in 75 minutes, SeaFrance takes 90 minutes, while Hoverspeed’s Seacat catamarans cross in just 45 minutes. Hoverspeed’s Super Seacat does the crossing between Newhaven and Dieppe in 2 hours. Transmanche Ferries, part of Corsica Ferries, also run this route, but take nearly 4 hours. Norfolkline has a 2-hour Dover to Dunkerque crossing Two companies ply the longer western routes across the Channel. Brittany Ferries crossings from Plymouth to Roscoff take 6 hours, and from Poole to Cherbourg they take 41/ 4 hours on conventional ferry, or 21/ 4 hours on the Condor Vitesse (fast ferry). From Portsmouth, Brittany take 6 hours to Caen, and 83/ 4 hours overnight to St-Malo, while P&O Portsmouth takes 51/ 2 hours to Le Havre, and 5 hours to Cherbourg, or 21/ 2 hours on the Portsmouth Express. Driving to Paris from Cherbourg takes 4–5 hours; from Dieppe or Le Havre, about 21/ 2–3 hours; from Calais, 2 hours


The main bus operator to Paris is Eurolines, based at the Gare Routière Internationale in eastern Paris. Its buses travel to Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. Their terminus in London is Victoria Coach Station, from where there are between three and five daily departures for Paris, depending on the season. The journey from London to Paris 
takes between 8 and 9 hours.


Eurostar trains travel directly from central London (Waterloo) to central Paris (Gare du Nord) in 2 hours and 35 minutes. There are up to 24 departures daily. Other highspeed services into Paris


Trains à Grande Vitesse, or TGV high-speed trains, travel at speeds up to 186mph (300 km/h). TGVs for northern France leave from the Gare du Nord for the Atlantic Coast and Brittany from Gare Montparnasse, and for Provence and the southeast from Gare de Lyon. The network serves a large number of stations on routes to these destinations, and the number of stations served is growing all the time, making this an ever-more convenient form of transportation 

include Thalys, from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, and TGVs from throughout France. These services must be prepurchased, though reservations can be made up to the last moment. Prices are much cheaper reserved ahead.

As the railroad hub of France and the continent, Paris has five major international railroad stations operated by the French state railroads, known as SNCF . The Gare de Lyon in eastern Paris is the city’s main station, serving the south of France, the Alps, Italy, Switzerland and Greece. The Gare de l’Est serves eastern France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Arriving at the Gare du Nord

are trains from Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia. Trains from some Channel ports arrive at the Gare StLazare. The terminus for trains from Spain, as well as from the Brittany ports, is the Gare Montparnasse. The other main stations are: Massy-Palaiseau (SW of city); Marne-la-Vallée for Disneyland Resort Paris (E); Aeroport Charles-de-Gaulle (NE). There is a tourist office at the Gare de Lyon where you can reserve accommodation . All the railroad stations are served by buses, the metro and RER trains. Directional signs show where to make connections to the city transportation system.


Paris is an oval-shaped city. It is surrounded by an outer beltway called the Boulevard Périphérique. All highways leading to the capital link in to the Périphérique, which separates the city from the suburbs. Each former city gate, called a porte, now corresponds to an exit from (or entrance to) the Périphérique. Arriving drivers should check their destination address and consult a map of central Paris to find the closest corresponding porte. For example, a driver who wants to get to the Arc de Triomphe should exit at Porte Maillot.

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