Getting in Paris

Paris has excellent connections to both other European cities and non-European destinations. It is very easy and convenient to get into Paris by plane, car, train or bus.

The French capital has three international airports. Charles de Gaulle is the main one and has the most traffic. It has the best connections to the city center, including train, bus and taxi. Since the airport is huge, you must know in advance what terminal you have to get to. Choose your means of transport based on the destination terminal. However, there is a free train shuttle that connects all the terminals. RER trains are the fastest way to get from the airport to the city. The fare is about €9 and the trip takes between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on your destination. You can further connect by underground to any other destination in the city. Buses are more expensive and need more than one our to get to the city center during traffic jams, so you should choose the train.

The second airport in Paris is Orly. It is older than Charles de Gaulle and it is used for both national and international flights. It is connected to the city by RER train, bus and taxi. It taxes about 45 minutes to get to the city center.

Beauvais is the smallest airport. It is used mostly by low cost carriers. There is a bus that connects the airport to the city center. You will find the bus easily after landing, but it is recommended to check the schedule when coming from the city to the airport, since buses run only before scheduled flights.

French people love to drive and they have excellent motorways. A lot of motorways come from all parts of France to Paris. The French capital has no less than three ring roads! The main one is Périphérique. The other two are further out from the city and are not yet complete, but they can be used on large portions, depending on your start point and destination. It is recommended to use the ring roads if you only pass near Paris. Even if you get into Paris, use the ring roads as much as possible, since the city center gets jammed at rush hours. Parisians are good drivers and are generally polite, but there are simply too many cars in this city.

Paris is very well connected by train to the rest of Europe. There are six train stations in the city: Gare du Nord, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare de St Lazare, Gare Montparnasse. You need to know what station your train is arriving or departing, since the stations are not connected to each other. Train classifications range from TER, which is the cheapest and slowest to TGV and Eurostar.

The bus is not so popular as the other means of transport to get in Paris, but there are some companies that operate on national or international routes.