Getting to PARIS

Paris is quite a large city but much of the more interesting districts can be easily explored on foot. Public transport is fast and efficient. Taxis should be booked in advance and if you know the route, don’t be afraid to tell the taxi!

Paris Charles de Gaulle

Paris Charles de Gaule airport is 14 miles (23km) north east of Paris.

Paris Orly

Paris Orly Airport is home to many of Europe’s low cost airlines. The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris.

OUR GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND AND GETTING TO PARIS

Like Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris-Orly Airport offers passengers state-of-the-art facilities and often much shorter queues. The airport is well equipped to serve over 26 million passengers each year. It caters to a number of low-cost carriers, making it easier for passengers across Europe to book cheap flights to Paris. The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris.

Several choices of public transportation methods are the cheapest way to the city centre. RER C trains leave regularly from both terminals and connect to the metro and SNCF train stations. A number of bus services also operate from both terminals such as the Roissy bus line and Air France. Taxis are an expensive albeit fast way to the city centre although they should be avoided in rush hour. Fares usually cost US$35 but are more expensive at night (Tel: 01 47 39 00 91). Airport shuttles also offer door to door service or connections to public transportation stations.

PARIS ORLY AIRPORT (ORY)

Like Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris-Orly Airport offers passengers state-of-the-art facilities and often much shorter queues. The airport is well equipped to serve over 26 million passengers each year. It caters to a number of low-cost carriers, making it easier for passengers across Europe to book cheap flights to Paris. The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris.

Several choices of public transportation methods are the cheapest way to the city centre. RER C trains leave regularly from both terminals and connect to the metro and SNCF train stations. A number of bus services also operate from both terminals such as the Roissy bus line and Air France. Taxis are an expensive albeit fast way to the city centre although they should be avoided in rush hour. Fares usually cost US$35 but are more expensive at night (Tel: 01 47 39 00 91). Airport shuttles also offer door to door service or connections to public transportation stations

Paris Metro

The Paris Metro is a quick and efficient way to explore Paris with some beautiful stations.

Paris Rer

The Paris RER can be faster than the metro because stops are less frequent. You can cross Paris in 15 minutes.

GETTING AROUND PARIS – THE METRO

The Metro is a quick and easy way to travel around the city, as well as the best value. The Paris metro has around 300 stations, their entrances marked by a big yellow “M”, and 16 lines, numbered from 1 to 14, 3 bis and 7 bis. Each line has a colour, which you’ll find on signs in the stations and on all the RATP maps. Connections between lines make your journey easy to plan. For an idea of your journey time, allow an average of 2 minutes per station and add 5 minutes for each connection.

The metro operates every day including public holidays from around 6am to 0.30am. Times of the first and last trains vary depending on the point along the line that you are departing from. Trains are less frequent on Sundays and public holidays.

THE RER

The RER is a huge rail network covering most of the Ile-de-France region. It consists of 5 lines referred to by the letters A, B, C, D and E. Within Paris, the RER operates in more or less the same way as the metro, except that you need to put your ticket through the automatic barriers a second time on the way out. If your RER station has a connection with the metro, you can use the same ticket for the whole journey.

Using the RER, faster than the metro because stops are less frequent, you can cross Paris in 15 minutes. It operates every day, including public holidays, from around 6am to 0.30am. The regularity of the trains is similar to the metro, although you may have to wait longer for trains to certain suburban destinations. Screens on the platforms display the departure times of the next trains, and notice boards indicate the full timetable.

Paris Night Bus

Traveling by bus is a great way to see the city and the only way to travel at night if you are out to party!

Paris Taxi

Best to book a taxi in advance. Ask for advice from your Hotel Concierge.

TRAVELING BY BUS

Traveling by bus, it’s a great way to discover the city. There are a wide variety of routes, many of which go through the city centre, along the Seine River banks or through well-known historical areas. The bus network with its 59 routes perfectly matches and complements that of the metro. The installation of special bus lanes along the main roads has improved journey times. For an idea of your journey time, allow around 5 minutes per stop, sometimes more if the traffic is busy.

Buses operate from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8.30pm or thereabouts. Some bus lines also operate in the evening from 8.30pm until 0.30am, in particular those that begin at train stations or serve major metro and RER links, as well as the 3 circular PC routes. Around half of the buses also run on Sundays and public holidays.

THE NOCTILIEN

You just missed the last metro or you’re too early for the first one at 6am? Night travellers, the regional bus network is just for you! From 0.30am to 5.30am, the “Noctilien” network means 42 lines throughout Ile-de-France and increased frequency, better visibility (clearer signage), greater access and improved welcome! Extending the former “Noctambus” and “Bus de nuit” (night bus) lines, almost doubled, the “Noctilien” will allow both residents and visitors to make the most of Paris by night and still be able to get home easily! You can use your travel pass or a metro/bus ticket if it covers the zones concerned (the same zones as for the metro/RER).

PARIS TAXI GUIDE

Paris taxi drivers are not known for their flawless knowledge of the Paris street map; if you have a preferred route, say so. Taxis can also be hard to find, especially at rush hour or early in the morning. Your best bet is to find a taxi rank (station de taxis, marked with a blue sign) on major roads, crossroads and at stations. A white light on a taxi’s roof indicates the car is free; an orange light means the cab is busy. There is a service charge of €2.10.

Most journeys in central Paris cost €6-€12; there’s a minimum charge of €5.60, plus €1 for each piece of luggage over 5kg or bulky objects, and a €0.70 surcharge from mainline stations. Most drivers will not take more than three people, although they should take a couple and two children. There is an additional charge of €2.75 for a fourth adult passenger.

17,000 taxis operate in Paris, day and night. The owner or operator of the taxi holds a licence permitting parking on the public highway while waiting for customers, in order to carry out, at their request and in exchange for payment, the private transport of people and their belongings.

There’s a unique phone number for all the taxi firms : +33 (0)1 45 30 30 30

Book Tours & Cars in Advance & Save!

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Recommended Hotels in Paris

Book your Paris hotel well in advance.

Rates tend to climb during peak Season and special events, the earlier you book, the better the rate, last minute deals are hard to find.

Ritz Paris
5 Star, Luxury

Ritz Paris



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Located in Paris, 500 m from Opéra Garnier, Ritz Paris features a selection of bars and restaurants, a fitness center and a spa and wellness center which includes a pool, sauna and massage facilities. The hotel also features a garden

L’Empire Paris, 4 Star
Perfect Location

L'Empire Paris



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Located 300 m from the Louver Museum and 21 m from shopping on the Rue de Rivoli, L’Empire Paris offers air-conditioned guest rooms with LCD satellite TV & free WiFi. A smartphone with free internet access & free international calls is provided.

Hotel du Petit Moulin
4 Star, Boutique Hotel

Hotel du Petit Moulin



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Located in the Marais district of Paris, Hotel du Petit Moulin is a boutique hotel entirely decorated by Christian Lacroix. The Picasso Museum is only 300 m away and Noter Dame is 0.9 mi from the hotel. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout

Hôtel Le Relais des Halles
3 Star, the Heart of Paris

Hôtel Le Relais des Halles



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In a pedestrian street in central Paris, Hôtel Le Relais des Halles Paris is just over a quarter mile from the Georges Pompidou Museum. It features individually decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi access & antique-style décor. Facilities for making tea

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