Summary

Paris Orly is about 15km from Notre Dame, for example, in the centre of Paris.

If you arrive in Paris by Eurostar from London your journey will terminate at the Gare du Nord which is well connected on the Paris Metro in the centre of the city.

For travel by train/metro/tram around Paris we recommend the Paris By Train blog: nice explanation of tickets (1.90 euros for a metro, tram, or bus ticket. Can also be used on the RER regional train within zones 1 and 2)

Logistics

Train There are no direct rail links to the centre of Paris by public transport – all involve one change, possibly more. It depends on where you want to get to, but lets assume you want to get to St Michel Notre Dame in the centre which is a cross roads between metro and regional (RER trains)

  1. ORLYval to Anthony. Change to RER-B regional train. You need a separate ticket for the ORLYval journey. 35 minutes, 13 euros
  2. Tram T7 to ‘Gare de Rungis La Fraternelle’. Change to RER C regional train. 50 – 60 minutes, 7 euros
  3. Tram T7, change at ‘Villejuif – Louis Aragon’ onto Metro-7 (pink line). Does not go to St Michel. Takes you to the east side of Notre Dame

Coach/Bus: There are a number of bus options to the centre of Paris

  • Le Direct Bus, line 1 . Stops at Etoile / Champs-Elysées, Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower, La Motte-Picquet, Gare Montparnasse. 12 euros, 30 to 60 minutes with good traffic
  • Orly Bus takes you to Denfert-Rochereau. 8 euros, 30 minutes with good traffic. Connect to RER-B regional train and Metro-4 and Metro-6 lines

Taxi: Taxis can be collected from the South Terminal at exit L, or from the West Terminal at exit B.

30 euros to the Left Bank (south of the river) in the centre or Paris, or 35 euros to the Right Bank (north of the river) in the centre of Paris. Taxi Fares by location (PDF)

Car Hire: Lots of choices! with the usual big global brands such as Enterprise, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, Thrifty Car Rental.

Stay

Here is a start:

  • Residhome Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux is a great mid-range hotel just outside the tourist centre in Issy. It is in a the busy Issy business district and is well served with restaurants and some bars outside. The rooms also have a kitchen area and there is an excellent supermarket just outside; so after a hard day if you do not have the energy to go to a restaurant and just want something simple this is a great choice. Rooms from £80 on expedia (October 2016).

  • The Mercure is a dependable chain of mid to upper-mid range range hotels. A number of choices in Paris

  • Ibis Hotels have in the past been a bit more down at heal but have been improving. They are owned by Accor Hotels, the same chain that own the Mercure chain. Again, a number of choices in Paris

Eat

Eat in the hotel, or if you fancy venturing out:

Top tip: given a choice between restaurants that have French-only menus, and those that have translated menus we suggest going for the restaurant with French-only menus

See

Resources

covers tweets for both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports