Whether your plane lands in Charles de Gaulle or in Orly, travelling from Paris airport to the city centre can be done fast and smoothly if you choose the train as means of transportation. Aside from the convenience of having railway stations at almost every terminal building, the distance separating CDG and Orly from the downtown area is covered without much hassle thanks to the direct train services available, except for the second case (ORY)n in which you need to change trains just once after a short ride in the airport metro shuttle (Orlyval).What is more, in case you have purchased a Paris Visite travel card for zones 1-5 in advance, you will be allowed to use it and save money; this carte (French for “card”) is valid for commutes on buses, metro trains, trams and the RER railway network.
Taking a train from Roissy-CDG airport to Paris Gare du Nord
If you want to go from Charles de Gaulle to Paris downtown, RER B trains (B3) departing from terminals 2 and 1 of the airport every 15 minutes will take you to the city centre and beyond, with a total of 47 stops, most of which are near the main landmarks and attractions in the City of Lights. One of the most frequent destinations for travellers arriving in Paris is Gare du Nord, and the journey -its cost being 11,40 euros without a travel pass- lasts roughly 30 minutes. Among the rest of stops are other popular ones like Notre Dame and Denfert Rochereau, as well as most of the main subway stations. Before you board, make sure you have determined the stop that is closest to your accommodation in Paris.
Going from Paris Orly to the city centre by train
The RER B train line also transports passengers from Orly airport in Paris to the downtown, only that you need to take the Orlyval automated metro shuttle departing from the South and West ORY terminals every 5 minutes towards Antony train station (the Carte Paris Visite is valid for this service). It is a short journey covered in just 6 minutes. Since this is not where the line starts, we advise you to confirm that the train you board is going in the right direction. From this point, the RER B3 makes the same stops all throughout downtown Paris.
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