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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
OrlyBus - the popular choice

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

Orly Airport is made up of 4 terminals. There is a small bus station at the eastern end of Terminal 4 where the Paris airport buses terminate. Terminals 1 & 2 are also visited after the bus departs Terminal 4.

Airport bus and train to Paris

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 and before the urban streets start to slow down the rate of travel.

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.

RER train timetables

Paris transfers from Orly Airport
Orly transfers to central Paris. Click to view metro map.

2019 Adult fare: €13.30: You can buy a combined RER and Orlyval ticket.

Trains run at least every 15 minutes daily on Line B. Trains run from about 5am until midnight. There is surprisingly little difference in frequency during the hours of operation.

Journey time will be about 25 minutes between Antony RER station and Paris and 10 minutes between Antony and Orly Airport.

There are a number of Paris public transport passes, valid on nearly all public transport in Paris. Unfortunately Orlyval is the exception to the rule. If you have a Paris public transport pass of one sort or another you can only use it to Antony on the RER, not on the Orlyval train. Antony is in zone 3 of the Paris public transport system.

OrlyBus or Le Bus Direct?


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.

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

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

2020 Adult fare €10.50

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, the 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.

2020 Adult fare €12.00 (return fare: €20.00) Children under 4 free.


Indicative one way adult fare between central Paris & Orly airport

Transfer Price
RER Line B Train (via Orlyval) €13.30
Le Bus Direct (Arc de Triomphe/Gare Montparnasse, Invalides) €12.00 single
€20.00 return
Orlybus (Denfert-Rochereau) €8.30 walk-up
€10.50 online**
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.

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