Paris Orly airport guide: terminals and services

Before you travel to Paris, be sure you know which airport in the capital of France you will be landing at. Depending on the airline company you choose and your city of departure, you may be offered flights to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) -the main international gateway into the country- or to Orly (ORY), the one handling most domestic and European connections in the city of lights. While Charles de Gaulle is located 25 kilometres north-east of downtown Paris, Orly is found only 13 kilometres south of the city centre.

How to get from Roissy to Paris Orly airport

Travelling to Paris Orly from Charles de Gaulle or taking the reverse journey is quite simple. All you need to do is follow the wayfinding and purchase your ticket for Line3 of the direct bus service known as “Le Bus”. This line has stops at CDG Terminals 1, 2A and 2B, Orly South and Orly West. The service operates every day between 6:30 and 22:30 and the journey lasts approximately one hour.

Passenger terminals in Paris Orly airport (ORY) in France

Orly has two terminals: South (S) and West (W).

The South terminal features an underground floor with check-in desks, whereas the ground floor and the first floor are designated for arrivals and departures. Three additional upper levels accommodate a wide array of passenger services. You must head to this building if you are flying with Corsairfly, Cubana de Aviación, Easyjet, Norwegian Air, Royal Air Maroc or Transavia.

The West terminal in this Paris airport comprises two floors: the arrivals hall is found at ground level, and the check-in area, security filters, departures concourses and the majority of gates in ORY are located on the upper floor. Go to this terminal if you are a passenger of Air France, Avianca, Air Europa, Air Malta, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, Tap Air Portugal or Vueling.

Commuting between terminals in Orly

Paris Orly airport provides travellers with complimentary shuttle buses linking the south and the west terminal. Use them if you are in transit, making a connection or even if you have found yourself in the wrong side of the airport. They depart from the car parks every 8 minutes.

Also, the Orlyval is an automated metro system running services between both terminals free of charge, and from each terminal to the Antony train station for a fee.

Public transport from Orly airport in Paris, France

If you look for an affordable and quick way to get from ORY to your accommodation in Paris, we recommend the public transportation system. Bus line 1 is one of the best options, with stops at some of the most popular landmarks in the city like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées. Line 91.10 connects to the Massy-TGV station, and other night buses cover the same routes.

Alternatively, you may take a taxi (find an official dispatcher outside exists L and B) or hire a private transfer car/minibus at the arrivals hall. It surely will give you greater privacy, comfort and, what is more, the size of your luggage will not be an issue.

Services for passengers in Orly Paris airport

Airport lounges in Paris. Provided that you are departing from the South terminal in Paris Orly, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of the Zénith Vip Lounge; otherwise, frequent flyers who board their flights in the West terminal may be granted access to the Iberia, British Airways, Tap Air Portugal, Vueling and Air France lounges, always according to the category of their plane ticket.

Currency Exchange Bureau. There are two TRAVELEX offices located in the South terminal (ground floor and first floor respectively). They remain open from 6:30 to 21:30 and offer other products like SIM international cards.

VAT refund. The offices where non-UE citizens may claim their VAT refund are situated on the Departures area of terminal S (next to boarding area G), and on the Arrivals zone of terminal W.

Dining and shopping in Paris Orly airport. Some of the local and international brands to be found in the two terminal buildings include Carrefour, Paris Duty Free, Rolex, Desigual, Emporio Armani, Lacoste, Ladurée, La Maison du Chocolat, Nespresso, LongChamp, Mango, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, MAC make up, Illy Coffee, Starbucks, Paul, Caviar House & Prunier and McDonald’s.

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