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Paris

Getting there

Paris has an excellent transportation network linking it to all major capitals worldwide and in Europe.

By plane
Two major airports serve the capital.
Internet: www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.

Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
CDG airport is located 23 kilometers north of Paris, on the A1 motorway.
There are two main terminals, CDG2 and CDG1, and a terminal for charter flights, T3. The RER-TGV station is located at Terminal CDG2. All trains and buses will take you to the center of Paris.
Information: 0892 68 15 15 (daily, 24/24)
Air France coaches:
Line 2 goes to Charles de Gaulle Etoile, every 15 minutes (every day from 5:45am to 11pm). The journey takes about 40 minutes. Line 4 goes to Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon: daily from 7am to 9pm, every 30 minutes. Tickets: 12 euros.
The Roissy bus goes to Opera and runs every day from 6am to 11pm, every 15 minutes. Tickets 8 euros
Free shuttles take you to the TGV station at Terminal 2.
The RER Line B goes to Gare du Nord, where you'll find connections for the center and the suburbs. From 5am to midnight, every 4-15 minutes.
A Disneyland Paris bus leaves from both terminals every 30-45 minutes from 8:30 am to 7:45 pm.
Allow about 40 euros for a taxi.

Paris-Orly (ORY)
Paris-Orly airport is located 14 kilometers south of Paris, on the A6 motorway.
It has two terminals, Orly West and Orly South.
Information: 0892 68 15 15 (daily, from 6:00 am to 11:45 pm)
Air France coaches go to Gare Montparnasse and Les Invalides from 6am to 11:30pm, every 15 minutes. Tickets: 11 euros.
The Orlybus goes to Place Denfert-Rochereau. Tickets: 6.50 euros. Also from 6am to 11:30pm, every 15 minutes.
A shuttle (Orlyval) connects the airport to Gare d'Antony, where you can transfer onto the RER line B (every 4-8 minutes). Allow 35 minutes to go to Châtelet-Les Halles. Tickets: 10 euros.
A bus (Orlyrail) connects the airport to Gare du Pont de Rungis where you can take the RER C to the Gare d'Austerlitz, every 15 minutes. Tickets: about 5 euros.
A bus also connects the airport to Disneyland Paris every 45 minutes.
Allow about 25 euros for a taxi.

By train
Paris is easily accessible by train thanks to an excellent rail network, with high speed trains, TGV, and Eurostar, (from Gare du Nord), which connects Paris to London in record time. There are 7 main stations in the city, depending on where you are travelling to: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse, Gare Saint-Lazare and Gare de Bercy. Buses and metro lines provide connections at all railway stations, so you can easily reach the center or your hotel by public transport.
For more information, visit: www.sncf.com

Getting around Paris:

The best way to discover Paris is on foot, so that you can explore every nook and cranny. If you have limited time, you'll probably need to use buses, the metro or RER. Paris is well served by its public transport network.

Buses
With 59 lines, buses will take you to all the main sights. The number and direction of the line are indicated at the front of the bus. Remember to punch your ticket when you board. They run from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8:30pm approximately, with a reduced service after 8pm and on Sunday. Noctiliens Buses run from 0:30am to 5:30am.

The Metro
Simple to use and fast, it's also a very economical way to get around Paris. The 16 lines are each identified by a colour and the direction of the line is indicated by the name of the last stop. Plans are available in all metro stations. It runs daily from 6am to 0.30am and until 2:15am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Metro tickets can be purchased singly (1.60 euro) or 10 tickets (11.40 euros) for Zones 1 and 2 which cover all of central Paris. They can be used on the buses (except airport buses and Night buses). Tickets are on sale in the metro and RER stations, and at tobacconists’.
You can also opt for a Carte Orange pass (valid Monday to Sunday), which entitles you to an unlimited number of trips. You will need a photo ID.
Other formulas are also available: the Mobilis card is valid for one day (excluding airport buses) and costs 5.90 euros. Paris Visite offers options for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days (8.80 € for one day to € 28.30 for 5 days).
Ticket “ Weekend Jeunes” is for young people under 26. It can be used on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, and gives unlimited journeys by Metro, RER and bus.

RER
The RER has 5 lines (A, B, C, D and E) and covers much of the Ile-de-France region. The RER trains run from about 6am to 11:30pm, daily. Take the RER C to go to Versailles and the RER A to Disneyland in Marne La Vallee. Ticket: 2.50 euros.

For further information regarding timetables, fares and routes for the Metro, RER and buses:
Tel. : 32-46.
Or 54, Quai de la Rapee, 75012 Paris. From 7am to 9pm (9am to 5:15pm at weekends and holidays).

Tourist bus:

- Balabus: these tourist buses go from La Défense to Gare de Lyon and travel through Paris from east to west. They run from April to September, on Sundays and holidays only, from 12:30pm to 8pm. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes the most interesting monuments and sights - Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees etc. ..

Boat

- Bateaux Parisiens: near the Eiffel Tower on the left bank.
Price: 11 € for adults and 5 € for children under 12. One-hour trip, with a commentary, and personal audio guide.
- Bateaux-vedettes du Pont Neuf pier at Square du Vert-Galant, 75001 Paris.
Price: 12 € adults, 6 € Child (under 12)
- Batobus: hop on and off, with 8 stops (Champs Elysées, Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Jardin des Plantes), the batobus are a great way to visit Paris. They run every 20 minutes.
Day ticket: 12 €.
- Canauxrama: 13, Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris. They offer trips on the Canal Saint-Martin. Price: 15 €, free for children under 4.

On foot, bike or roller:
If you are in Paris on a Sunday or a bank holiday, the banks of the Seine are reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters, so why not enjoy it?.
With nearly 200 kilometers of cycle paths, Paris is a fun city to cycle around. Since July 2007, the mayor of Paris has set up a bike rental system, called Velib, and you find a rental point every 300 meters on average. The first half hour is free (rates per hour, day or week also available).

By car
Traffic can be a real headache, on the ring road as much as in the city center. You have to pay to park in most streets. The best option is to use underground car parks.

Taxi
Paris has more than 15,000 licensed taxis that can be recognized by the sign "Taxi Parisien" on the roof. To book a taxi, one number: 01-45-30-30-30

 

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