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Orly Airport Paris is situated about 13km (8 miles) south of Paris. Before the construction of Charles de Gaulle Airport in the 1970s, Orly was the main airport of Paris.
Even with the shift of most international traffic to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly remains the busiest French airport for domestic traffic and the second busiest airport overall in terms of passenger boardings.
British operator easyJet, the low cost budget carrier, has recently grown a large hub here too.
In April 2019 the two main terminals, west and south were joined by a new building known as Orly 3. This is a junction building which now allows passengers to travel between all areas of the airport under one roof. This one single terminal is now structured around four departure and arrival zones, Orly 1, 2, 3 and 4. These names now replace the former west and south terminals.
There are further developments planned at Orly with a new rail station to be added to the heart of the airport by 2024.
You can walk between each terminal in around 5 minutes, it is worth knowing that walking from Orly 1 to Orly 4 would take 15 minutes. The Orlyval shuttle train can take you from Orly 1-2-3 station to Orly 4 station within a minute, so is a much faster way to move around the terminal. The Orlyval, pictured below runs frequently. Its other purpose is to go beyond the airport to the nearest RER train service at Antony, perhaps the fastest route into the centre of Paris. You can only travel between the terminals free of charge.
The full range of services you would expect of a major international airport are at Orly Airport. All the various airport buses, hotel shuttles and taxis are easily accessed immediately outside the terminal.
There is a range of transfer options to get you from Orly Airport to the city centre of Paris. There is no single universal best option, all the services have their own advantages. Your task is to select the right one for your particular needs.
One factor that you need to be on top off is to know where the location of your accommodation is in Paris. There is no central point in Paris city centre where the transfer options make for, destinations are widely dispersed across the city. All of them terminate at major public transport hubs where you can complete your journey by Paris Metro if needed.
Note: The Orly airport bus service takes Paris public transport passes. We have a dedicated page on Paris public transport passes that can be used on the OrlyBus service as well as the Paris Metro and buses. Orly is in zone 4 of the public transport system of Paris so to use the OrlyBus service your pass needs to cover zone 4.
Unfortunately the Orly Airport train service is not a direct service between the passenger terminal at Orly Airport and the centre of Paris. There are also two separate train services, both RER. One uses Line B of the RER Paris train system, the other Line C.
The most popular service for visitors is the RER Line B train that runs within a couple of miles of Orly Airport.
A dedicated airport train link called OrlyVal, has been built connecting the terminals at Orly Airport with the RER station at Antony. This service goes into the heart of Paris, with the key station at Chatelet, near to the Louvre.
The other RER Line C train option requires a bus shuttle between Orly and Pont de Rungis RER train station. When it gets into Paris, Line C follows the south bank of the River Seine, never crossing the river unlike Line B. The key station in central Paris is St Michel.
There is a choice of two dedicated airport buses from Orly airport to the centre of Paris, although the most popular (and cheapest) service, OrlyBus goes to a Metro station in Paris, south of the river where you connect to the Paris Metro.
The OrlyBus, pictured left, goes to Denfert-Rochereau station a Metro/RER station just inside the inner ring road motorway of Paris.
OrlyBus is operated by RATP who run the local buses and Metro in Paris and you can use Paris travel passes on this service up to zone 4 where Orly is located and covered by your pass. Buses can get crowded with significant numbers of passengers standing at peak times.
The other service is run by Le Bus Direct and goes furthest into the centre of the city stopping at Etoile (Champs-Elysees), Invalides (Eiffel Tower) and Gare Montparnasse (a major train station). Le Bus Direct buses are more like coaches, more luxurious and less full than OrlyBus, but do go further into the heart of Paris than OrlyBus.
The classic airport minibus shuttle operation is available at Orly Airport. The convenience of door to door transfers between the airport and your Paris hotel at a cheaper price than a private car or taxi.
For the ultimate in convenience your own driver and vehicle, exclusive to your party with immediate departures as soon as you are ready to travel, non-stop to your destination.
Indicative one way adult fare between central Paris & Orly airport
|RER Line B Train (via Orlyval)||€13.30|
|Le Bus Direct (Arc de Triomphe/Gare Montparnasse, Invalides)||
|Orlybus (Denfert-Rochereau)||€8.30 walk-up
|Hotel shuttle van||€18|
|Private car||€72.90 for up to 3 people|
* Paris public transport passes valid for zones 1-4 accepted.
** Additional booking fee applies when purchased online.