Paris Orly airport bus services to city centre

Le Bus Direct and Orlybus airport buses compared

Orlybus at bus stop in front of Orly passenger terminal

Choice: Orlybus at bus stop in front of Orly West passenger terminal

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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 right, 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 as long as zone 4 where Orly is located is 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.

All services run daily several times an hour between about 6am and around midnight. Being vehicle based the services can be prone to traffic congestion delays, especially the Le Bus Direct service that ventures into the centre. The Orly RER train alternative of course has no such traffic problems.

Orly airport terminals

There are two passenger terminals at Orly airport, South and West terminals. There is a small bus station at the eastern end of the South Terminal where the Paris airport buses terminate. The West Terminal is also visited after the bus departs South Terminal and before arriving at South Terminal.

Airport bus and train to Paris

Paris Metro & RER Map

Orlybus terminates outside Denfert-Rochereau Metro/RER train station. This is to the south of the city centre, just off the main motorway/freeway from Orly airport just before the urban streets slow down road progress.


From Denfert-Rochereau the Paris Metro or a combination with the excellent RER suburban trains will get you to your eventual destination in Paris, relatively quickly and cheaply.

Le Bus Direct runs its service to the heart of Paris, terminating at Etoile, right next to the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees. On the way it stops at Invalides, close to the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse, a major Paris train station.


Arguably the most popular Paris bus transfer option is Orlybus, operating to Denfert-Rochereau Metro/RER station in the south of Paris, just inside the inner orbital road.


In Paris the terminal is easily spotted, a small bus terminus by the station and the other side of the road from Catacombs of Paris, a major visitor draw. At Orly the bus stops at both passenger terminals west and south, actually terminating at the bus station in front of the south terminus.

Le Bus Direct Paris Airport Bus

Le Bus Direct service returns from Arc de Triomphe

Buses run from around 5am to midnight at 15/20 minute intervals in the airport to Paris direct, 30 minutes later in the opposite direction.


Journey time is 30 minutes but can be much more with road congestion at peak commuting times.

Adult fare €9.20: CDG Airport is in zone 4 of the Paris public transport system. There are a number of Paris public transport passes which in some circumstances may be of interest to visitors to use on the Orlybus.


You can save time by purchasing your ticket in advance at automatic ticket machines and the RATP web site also has an online facility.

Le Bus Direct

With Le Bus Direct first stop is Gare Montparnasse, a major train station, then Invalides close to the Eiffel Tower and lastly the Le Bus Direct is the only Orly airport bus to venture across the river terminating by the Arc de Triomphe at the major train interchange of Etoile.

Buses to and from the Champs-Elysees, (line 1) run between 6am and 11.40pm at around 20 minute intervals in the airport to Paris direction, an hour earlier in the opposite direction.

Adult fare €12.00 (return fare: €20.00) Children under 4 free.

Orly Airport Transfers - Comparison Of Fares

Indicative One Way Adult Fare Between Central Paris & Orly Airport

RER Line B Train (via Orlyval) - €13.20

Le Bus Direct (Arc de Triomphe /Gare Montparnasse, Invalides) - €12.00 / €20.00†

Orlybus (Denfert-Rochereau) - €9.20*

Hotel Shuttle Van - €18.00

Private Car - €58.50  (up to 3 people)

* Paris public transport passes valid for zones 1-4 accepted

† Return fare

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