Getting around in Paris

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Getting from Paris’ airports into the city

  • Air France shuttles: shuttle buses serving multiple destinations within Paris.
  • Roissy Bus shuttles between Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris (stopping on Rue Scribe near the Garnier Opera). The buses leave every 20 minutes from 5:45 a.m. to 11 p.m., with an average travel time of 45-60 minutes. From 10.
  • Orly Bus shuttles between Orly airport and Paris (stopping at Place Denfert Rocherau.) Leaving every 15 to 20 minutes, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. with an average travel time of 30 minutes. From 7.20.
  • Line B of the RER links Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris, making two stops at the airport: one at terminal 2 and the other near terminal 3. The train leaves every 10-15 minutes for Paris, serving the Gare du Nord, Chatelet les Halles, Saint-Michel, Luxembourg and Denfert-Rochereau stations, with connections to several metro lines. For more information on transportation between Paris and its airports, click here.
  • By taxi : From Charles de Gaulle, 25 km from Paris, the average travel time is 35-50 minutes and costs about 45. Orly is 15 km from Paris, with trip time averaging about 20-35 minutes and costing around 25. The evening rate, applicable between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. as well as on Sundays and holidays, is a 15% increase from the regular day rate.  Additional charges apply for luggage, animals and a fourth passenger. A tip of 10-15% of the metered rate is accepted, at your discretion.
  • For more information, visit the website of Paris’ airports or of Beauvais airport.

Metro and bus

  • Paris has a dense and efficient public transportation system. Metro and bus maps can be found in metro stations or at designated welcome points such as Paris’ tourism offices. The metro in Paris runs daily from 5:30 a.m. until 1 a.m., and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Most buses run between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • The Balabus is a line entirely dedicated to serving Paris’ primary tourist destinations, essentially running along the Seine and between La Défense and the Gare de Lyon.
  • The Noctilien is a night bus service that runs from 1-5 a.m. when the metro system is closed. It serves every department of the Ile-de-France region, over 200 cities in total. During the week the Noctilien runs about every 60 minutes and every 40-45 minutes over the weekend. For more information, click here.

Tickets and passes

  • The t+ ticket (standard single-ride ticket for public transit in Paris): one ticket costs 1.70€, or 13.30€ for a pack of 10.
  • The Mobilis pass: offers unlimited access to the public transportation system within Paris for one day, from 6.60€.
  • The Paris Visit card: available for periods of 1, 3 or 5 consecutive days, offers unlimited access to the public transportation network within the zones specified. The card is valid for transportation to the airport or Disneyland Paris and is sold at Paris’ airports, tourism office, or at metro and RER stations. From 10.55€ (detailed pricing information for 1, 3 and 5 day passes can be found here.)

Remember to hold onto your ticket as random inspections for proof of payment may occur, without which you may be subject to a fine.

For more information about public transit in Paris, click here.

Boats

As another way to get around and discover the capital, there are different means of transportation by boat available:

  • The Batobus is a river ferry running along the Seine put into place by the city of Paris, active between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and running every 15-30 minutes. A one-day pass costs 16€ and a 2-day is 19€. For more information click here.
  • River cruises are more about relaxing and exploring the city from the river, with different options available such as dinner or discovery cruises. For more information, click here.  

Bike

In 6 years, the Parisian Vélib' has become an essential part of the city. The numbers don’t lie…

  • 371 km of bike paths
  • 173 million trips made, the equivalent of  traveling around the world 9,500 times
  • 137,000 tons of CO2 savings

The first 30 minutes of each use are free, the first additional half hour is 1€, the second is 2€ and each additional half hour costs 4€. A deposit of 150€ is required and your account will be debited only if the bike is not returned after 24 hours. Make note: to use the Vélib’ you will need a credit card with a chip.

This mode of transportation is primarily aimed at urban dwellers and offers an alternative to conventional means such as bus and metro.

Many other companies also offer bike rentals: for a flat fee, you can rent a bike for a few hours or a day.

For more information, click here.

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