Getting to and around Paris
Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors, with instantly recognizable architectural icons and priceless artistic treasures. The wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower, the glamourous Champs-Élysées guarded by the Arc de Triomphe, the gargoyled Notre Dame cathedral, bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes are etched in the minds of anyone who has visited the city – and the imaginations of those who are yet to.
Despite being one of the world’s major metropolises, Paris’ quartiers are like a patchwork of villages, constantly evolving to be discovered and re-discovered. Awaken your artistic spirit at the incomparable Louvre, bargain hunt at the Marché aux Puces and enjoy the view at the Basilique du Sacré Coeur with a pain au chocolat. Paris is the ideal destination for pre and post conference day-trips.
How to get to Paris
If you’re arriving by air, you’ll touch down at one of Paris’ major airports, Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly. Both airports are within easy reach of the capital, Charles de Gaulle being 23km to the North of Paris and Paris-Orly being 14km to the South. For security reasons, left-luggage services are not available at Paris’ airports.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle to the City Centre
- Airport shuttle
Le Bus Direct departs daily from all terminals between 5:45 to 23:00 (depending on Line) every 30 minutes. Tickets to the city centre are EUR 17 one way and EUR 29 return and can be purchased directly from the driver, at an automatic ticket machine or online. For more information, please consult http://en.lebusdirect.com/.
Taxis can be taken from all three terminals at Charles de Gaulle. Four flat-rate fares have been introduced for journeys between Paris and Paris airports since 1 March 2016.
- Paris ‘Rive Droite’ = EUR 50
- Paris ‘Rive Gauche’ = EUR 55
- Public Transport
Free airport shuttles depart daily every 5 to 8 minutes to RER stations of Roissypole and Terminal 2. RER B is a rail link between Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 and the city centre, including destinations such as Gare du Nord and Saint-Michel Notre Dame. There are RER B departures every day from 4:56 to 23:56, every 4 to 15 minutes from Roissypole and Terminal 2. Tickets are approximately EUR 8 and travel passes covering zones 1 to 5 can be purchased from the ticket offices and machines in RER stations. More information can be found here: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61854/rer-b/.
How to get from Paris Orly to the City Centre
- Airport shuttle
Le Bus Direct departs daily from all terminals between 6:00 to 23:40 every 20 minutes. Tickets to the city centre are EUR 12 one way and EUR 20 return and can be purchased directly from the driver or at an automatic ticket machine. For more information, please consult http://en.lebusdirect.com/.
Taxis can be taken from all terminals at Paris Orly. Four flat-rate fares have been introduced for journeys between Paris and Paris airports since 1 March 2016.
- Paris ‘Rive Droite’ = EUR 30
- Paris ‘Rive Gauche’ = EUR 35
- Public Transport
Orlyval departures leave daily every 4 to 8 minutes, from 6:00 to 23:00, to RER station Anthony. RER B is a rail link between Paris Orly to the city centre, including destinations such as Gare du Nord and Saint-Michel Notre Dame. A combined ticket for Orlyval and RER B costs EUR 9.85 (EUR 7.60 for Orlyval only to Anthony) and Paris Visit, zones 1 – 5 is also accepted. Both can be purchased from the ticket offices and machines in the South and West Terminals of Paris Orly. More information can be found here: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61854/rer-b/.
Getting around Paris
Paris is extremely well connected and getting from A to B is very easy. Whether you take the metro, the bus or the RER suburban trains, the whole city and the Ile-de-France region are well covered.
17,000 taxis operate in Paris, day and night. Official taxi drivers should have a specially-equipped vehicle with the following:
Anyone claiming to be a taxi who does not have a specially-equipped vehicle is illegal.
- An illuminated ‘Taxi Parisien’ sign on the roof of the taxi
- A display meter showing the cost of the journey
- A display at the rear of the vehicle and visible from the exterior which enables the monitoring of the daily duration of use of the vehicle
- A plate fixed to the front right-hand wing of the vehicle bearing the license number.
The minimum journey charge is fixed at EUR 7.
Main taxi firms in Paris:
More information on taxis can be found here:
- By Car
Just a few reminders: in France you drive on the right; safety belts are compulsory in both the front and back seats; it is prohibited to sound your horn; and remember to come equipped with your international Green Card insurance. For motorbikes and scooters, the wearing of helmets is compulsory for both drivers and passengers. In the city, it is against the law to use the bus lanes.
Speed limits: urban areas: 50 km/h (30mph); ring roads: 70 km/h (43 mph); main roads: 90 km/h (56mph); motorways: 130 km/h (80mph) and 110 km/h (68mph) in wet weather. There are a few service stations within Paris and you will inevitably find some on the way in to the city.
Parking in Paris is rarely easy and can often be quite a headache. To park your car, you have the choice between parking on the street or in an underground car park, between the cheaper peripheral “arrondissements” or the city centre. It is strictly prohibited to double park, to park in no-stopping zones (“axes rouges”), and in spaces reserved for the disabled or for deliveries.
Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris
25 rue des Pyramides - 75001 Paris
0033 1 49 52 42 63
Opening hours: every day from 9:00 – 19:00
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