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How to Get from Orly Airport to Paris

Your vacation in Paris starts by landing at Orly airport? There are several options to get to the center of the French capital, I'll tell you which one suits you best!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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How to Get from Orly Airport to Paris

Aircraft Landing | ©Nguyen Hung

Orly airport, which has two terminals (South and West) is the second largest airport in Paris, so many travelers land there with their suitcases and backpacks full of illusion and desire to visit the French capital. If this is also your case, you will be pleased to know that you have many options to get from the airport to Paris and really start your trip.

Although connections, especially train connections, are not always the best, there are many alternatives, such as private transfers or buses, that will allow you to travel comfortably and quickly the 20 kilometers that separate Orly from Paris. I'll tell you what these alternatives are and which one best suits your needs.

1. A shared transfer: a convenient and economical option

Airport Entrance| ©Tilemahos Efthimiadis
Airport Entrance| ©Tilemahos Efthimiadis

After the hours of travel, when you land at Orly you will be eager to head straight to the center of Paris. If you don't want to spend a lot of money on private transportation or take public transportation, you may want to book a shared transfer with a small group of other tourists. Within 10-15 minutes of landing, you will be able to board the coach and reach the city center in about an hour, where you will also make several stops depending on your hotels.

A safe, comfortable and fast option

This option is undoubtedly comfortable and economical. On the one hand, it allows you to rest after the trip without worrying about when your stop arrives, whether or not there is space for your luggage or having to walk a long way to your hotel.

On the other hand, by sharing the cost of the transfer with more travelers, the price is more affordable, so if you want to invest in a safe, quality and comfortable arrival in Paris, I recommend you consider this option.

At most you will wait about 15 minutes for the coach to leave and the route will be designed in detail so that all passengers arrive safe and sound at the hotel and there are no unnecessary intermediate stops or stops where nobody gets off, as can happen in a public transport with a pre-established route.

How do I book a shared transfer?

Make a note of this task as one more in your planning for your trip to Paris! Once you know the flight times and the hotel where you will be staying, you can book a shared transfer online. As you will already know the time of landing and also where you are going, you will be able to indicate this information that you will surely be asked for. When the booking is confirmed, you will be sent a voucher to show to the driver at the meeting point at Orly airport.

In addition, knowing this information, the route will be designed to be efficient and waiting times and stops will be kept to a minimum. You will see, the transfer from Orly airport to Paris will fly by without any worries even before you arrive.

One last tip, if you are traveling with children to Paris, add it as an observation so that child seats are available.

Can I choose the departure and arrival time of the coach?

Not exactly, as they will do it for you. When the route is created, the time you arrive will be taken into account to place you in a group with other tourists landing at Orly at a similar time. This way, no one will have to wait too long and you will be able to get to Paris as soon as possible.

The route is also created by avoiding too many stops and grouping people going to the same hotel or the same area. Thus, when you enter Paris, we will try to make no more than 4 or 5 stops approximately. In total, it will take you about an hour and a half to get to Paris from Orly.

Practical information:

  • Travel time: depending on the distance between airport-accommodation and the number of stops, the trip can take between an hour and an hour and a half.
  • Price: from 25€ (the price may increase if more than one piece of luggage is carried per person).
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: economic and very comfortable option.
  • Recommended if: you want to get to Paris with the comfort of a private transport but at a more affordable price.

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2. A private transfer: the tranquility of exclusivity

Waiting for the transfer| ©Daria Shevtsova
Waiting for the transfer| ©Daria Shevtsova

Do you remember those movie scenes where the main character arrives at the airport and a chauffeur is waiting for him? Well, it is not always fiction and in fact the chauffeur may have your name on the sign. This is undoubtedly the great advantage of hiring a private transfer to go from Orly airport to Paris, the exclusivity of someone waiting for you as soon as you land to take you to your hotel.

By hiring this service you avoid any unnecessary waiting: a professional driver will pick you up at Orly airport to take you without delay to your Parisian hotel. Can there be anything better? Moreover, if for some reason your destination is not a hotel, but a residence, a house or even a train or bus station, he will also be able to take you there. As he told you, this service is exclusive, unique and personalized for you.

Do I have to book my private transfer in advance?

If you want to book a private car to go from Orly to Paris, remember to do it in time before the trip. You will have to indicate the details of your flight and also the complete address to which you want to be taken in Paris. When you land in Paris, you will only have to greet the driver and follow him to a modern and comfortable vehicle, he will even help you with your luggage!

If that's not enough, after the trip, nothing like refreshing yourself with a bottle of water offered by the chauffeur, sleeping for a while or even reading a magazine during the ride. There is no better way to start your visit to Paris, don't you think?

What time will you pick me up?

The great advantage of hiring a private transfer from Orly airport to Paris is that the schedule is set by your needs. If you are used to take public transport and have to wait for your arrival, forget it, because the driver, knowing in advance the times of your flight, will be waiting for you when you land as long as you do it during the hours in which the service is active (approximately from 4:00 to 23:00 every day of the week).

The arrival time will vary depending on the location of your hotel and the traffic that day, but I can tell you that the trip will take about 40 minutes, which is the time it takes to travel the distance between Orly and the center of Paris.

Practical information:

  • Travel time: it depends on the distance between Orly and your hotel, but it will take about 40 minutes.
  • Price: from 35€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: a personalized and comfortable journey.
  • Recommended if: you want to leave your worries behind and get to Paris quickly and comfortably.

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3. The train: a fast option but requiring transfers

Waiting for the train| ©Chris Yunker
Waiting for the train| ©Chris Yunker

Orly airport is not always well connected, especially in terms of trains. Although it is a fast transport, there is no commuter train station at Orly airport. Even so, there are several options that, by making a short transfer, we can assess to get from Orly to Paris by train in about 40 minutes.

Streetcar 7 + metro 7

If on your arrival in Paris you do not mind making transfers, I recommend this alternative: take Tram 7 at Orly airport and, after a journey of approximately 30 minutes, arrive at Villejuif-Louis Aragon station, where you can take metro line 7, which has stops such as Chậtelet and Opera.

Although the total travel time takes about an hour, it is a very economical option, as the full price is around €4 (you will only need two single Paris transport tickets). Its frequency is also quite high (between 8-15 minutes) and it is available from 5:30 to 00:30 throughout the week, making it a very accessible and affordable alternative.

Practical data:

  • Travel time: about one hour.
  • Price: about 4 €.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: it is the cheapest option.
  • Recommended if: you are not in a hurry to get to the center of Paris and you want to save money.

Orlyval + Line B of the RER (Paris regional train)

The Orlyval is undoubtedly one of the great transport advances that the city of Paris has opted for. Incredible as it may seem, it is an automatic train without a driver. In about 6 minutes and for an estimated price of 9 €, the Orlyval will take you from any of the Orly terminals to Antony, a stop where you can catch the RER B, which stops at different places in the center of Paris.

My advice is to value this option, since for a total price of approximately 12€ you can reach stations such as Luxembourg, Saint Michel Notre Dame, Châtelet Les Halles or Gare du Nord in about 35 minutes.

In addition, the frequency is quite high (the Orlyval approximately every 8-15 minutes and the RER B every 5 minutes). Please note that the service is only available between 6:00 and 23:35.

Practical data:

  • Duration of the trip: about half an hour.
  • Price: approximately 12€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: speed and good connections to the center.
  • Recommended if: you don't mind making a transfer and you want to be able to reach different points in the center of Paris.

Bus 183 + Line C of the RER (regional train of Paris)

Line C of the Parisian suburban train does not stop at Orly airport, but from Orly airport you can take the bus 183 bus 183 to get to the Pont de Rungis stop, which connects to the suburban train in about 10 minutes. Once you take the train, in about 50 minutes you can reach such central points as the Eiffel Tower or Saint-Michel Notre Dame. The total price of the trip is around 6€ and both tickets can be purchased in combination at the airport machines or on bus 183.

The frequency is adequate (approximately every 15 minutes) and the service closes more or less between 23:22 and 4:50.

Practical information:

  • Travel time: about one hour.
  • Price: from 6€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: affordable price.
  • Recommended if: you don't mind making a transfer before reaching the center of Paris.

Bus: an economical option

Bus Orlybus leaving from the Airport| ©ParisO
Bus Orlybus leaving from the Airport| ©ParisO

Undoubtedly, the different Parisian bus lines are a great option if you arrive at Orly airport, as they connect Paris with the two terminals of the airport. In addition, the price, although variable depending on the line chosen, ranges from 2€ to 12€ approximately, which makes the bus a very interesting alternative to get to Paris.

The Orlybus

This shuttle bus connects the two terminals of Orly airport with the south of Paris, so if you are staying in that area, the Orlybus is a great alternative that, in about 30 minutes, will take you there. In addition, its price is also quite affordable, since the trip costs about 9€.

The Orlybus route goes from Orly to Denfert-Rochereau station, which although located in the south of Paris, is well connected by metro and regional train (RER).

You can easily buy a single ticket at the airport ticket office or on the bus when boarding, although if you are buying a Navigo Zones 1-4 card (the Paris transport voucher) I warn you that it includes the Orlybus.

Be careful, although the frequency of the Orlybus is quite good (it runs every 10 minutes or so), it is only available from 5:30h (when approximately the first departure from Denfert-Rochereau takes place) until 00:30h (when it leaves Orly for the last time). Therefore, if your flight arrives outside these hours, this is not an option for you.

Practical information:

  • Travel time: about half an hour.
  • Price: about 9€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: value for money and speed.
  • Recommended if: you want to go directly to the center without transfers.

City bus line 183

If you want a cheap alternative, you can take bus 183, which for about 2€ and in about 40 minutes will take you from the south terminal of Orly airport to the Porte de Choisy stop.

The disadvantage of taking the 183 bus is that you will have to transfer to the Porte de Choisy metro to reach your final destination, which means more travel time and also the purchase of another ticket.

If you prefer, you can also go to Pont de Rungis station in about 10 minutes by bus and from there take the RER C (regional train), which connects to the center of Paris.

Practical information:

  • Travel time: about 50 minutes.
  • Price: approximately 2€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: very economical alternative.
  • Recommended if: you want to save money and you can transfer later.

5. Cab or VTC: a more expensive but very comfortable option

Cab in Paris| ©joiseyshowaa
Cab in Paris| ©joiseyshowaa

Being one of the major airports in Paris, Orly has a large cab rank that will be waiting for you to take you to the center of Paris, and you can tell them where you want to go. My advice is to go directly to exit L of the South terminal or B of the West terminal, to make sure you take an official cab. Another option also very fast and safe is to book in advance a VTC service, since in Paris Uber is available, as well as other French applications such as Marcel or LeCab.

The time of the trip, as well as the price, depends on the final destination. In general, I remember that getting to the center of Paris costs between 30€ and 40€, since it is around these amounts that the general price of the transfer was fixed, although you can always check with the cab driver or, if you take an Uber, check it on the app itself. Be careful, also consider that the price may increase if you carry a lot of luggage. As for the time, taking into account the Parisian traffic, the journey can take between 40 minutes and an hour.

In any case, it seems to me that the cab is a great option if you are traveling in a group and you do not know the exact time the plane lands or if you suffer a delay that prevents you from reaching another means of transport such as train or bus.

Practical data:

  • Duration of the trip: approximately 40 minutes.
  • Price: from 30€.
  • Advantages of using this means of transport: no intermediate stops and you go straight to Paris.
  • Recommended if: you do not know when your flight will arrive and you are traveling in a group.

Do you already know how to get from Orly airport to Paris? The city of lights will be waiting for you, so choose the means of transportation that best suits your needs and go enjoy it.

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