Paris has two international airports: Orly is located at 14 km in the south of Paris by the A6 highway and Charles de Gaulle airport, located 22 km in the north east of Paris by the A1 highway. Both airports offer many services including duty-free shops, many restaurants and places of worship and play areas for children. You can also find free internet access.
Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is the second largest airport in Europe and hosts nearly 200,000 passengers daily. It includes three main terminals:
• Terminal 1: Most international flights not operated by Air France, including United Airlines, Us Airways, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic...
• Terminal 2: The most important of terminals divided into seven terminals (A to G). Most of Air France flights are provided as well as American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air, and Northwest Airlines.
• Terminal 3: it is reserved for low cost and charter flights including Ryanair and Easyjet.
The three terminals are connected by free shuttles.
To reach the capital city, there are several solutions of transfer from CDG airport to Paris.
Orly airport is an older airport that Roissy and has less traffic. It has thirty airlines mainly flying in France, Europe or North Africa. It has 2 terminals:
Orly West handles domestic flights (Air France mainly)
Orly South is reserved for charter and international flights (North Africa)
The two terminals are served by a free shuttle that connects them in 3 minutes.
To reach the capital city, there are several solutions of transfer from Orly airport to Paris.
If you are traveling to Paris from continental Europe or Britain, access by train is an excellent alternative to flying.
Europe has an extensive network of high-speed train (called TGV in France). The Eurostar connects London to Paris in 2h15 through the Channel Tunnel.
Paris has six main stations serving both domestic and international destinations:
• The Gare du Nord (18 rue de Dunkerque 75010 Paris) is the gateway to London (Eurostar) and Northern France (Lille) and Europe (Netherlands, Belgium)
• The Gare de l’Est (place du 11 novembre 1918, 75010 Paris) includes trains from and for eastern France (Alsace, Strasbourg), Germany, Luxembourg, and Central Europe Austria.
• The Gare de Lyon (20 bd Diderot, 75012 Paris) serves the South East of France (Lyon, Aix en Provence, Marseille) and Côte d'Azur (Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez) and Geneva and Italy .
• The Gare d'Austerlitz (55 quai d'Austerlitz, 75005 Paris) serves the South West of France (Perigord, Toulouse) and the Loire Valley and Spain.
• La Gare Saint Lazare (13 Rue d'Amsterdam 75009 Paris) gives access to Normandy and England (access ferry)
• La Gare Montparnasse (17 bd de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris) can serve the west of France (Bordeaux, Nantes) and the Atlantic coast.
Many buses and subways operate each station. For more information, please call 08 92 35 35 35 from abroad or 36 35 from France, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.