Public transport and getting to Paris

Many visitors and even folks outside of Paris ask for ways to move about in Paris and to come in. Many guides abound on this ,and I will try to give you my five cents worth stemming from personal experiences over the years and now.

From the airports:

CDG is not in Paris but in Roissy-en-France a town in the department 95 Val d’Oise. It is now in zone 5 of the six zoning tarifs available for travelers in Paris. Ways to come in into the city are by RER trains or reseau express regionale. Its like a blend between a metro/subway and a regular train. The line from the CDG airport at Terminal 2 between wings CD and EF follow signs for TGV/SNCF to the platform direction Paris, and take the RER B. There is one almost every 12 minutes, and the travel time is about 30 minutes to Chatelet les Halles inside Paris.

If you arrive in Terminal 1 you take the the automatic airport metro train CDGVAL to terminal 2, the buses or navettes are the line 1 stops at level or niveau 5 or you can walk from the automatic walking escalators. The return out can be done on the buses to level or niveau 5 at portes or doors A5 and B6 stops TGV/RER. From terminal 3 on foot to Roissypole about 250 meters.

You can, also, take the Roissybus a bus service from all terminals to Rue Scribe on the side of the Opéra in Paris, place de l’Opéra. Every 15 minutes or so and it takes about 50 minutes travel time. All is done between 5h45 and 23h each day. At the CDG airport you can take at Terminal 1 arrival levels (niveau arrivées) porte or door 8, at Terminal 2 A and C at porte A9, 2B and 2D at porte B11, at 2E and 2F at porte 5, correspondance hall or galerie de liasons, and from Terminal 3 at arrival hall or hall arrivées. From 6h to 23h every day as intervals and duration as above.

information on roissybus, RER, metro etc in Paris at www.RATP.FR

Les Cars Air France, or air france buses you can leave on line 2 pl charles de gaulle in Paris Arc de Triomphe on the side of 1 av Carnot. or from Porte Maillot on the side of Blvd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, every 15 minutes from 5h45 to 23h. Line 4, to Montparnasse at rue du commandant Mouchotte or from gare de lyon at bd Diderot, every 30 minutes from 7h to 21h30. You do the return into the city from Terminal 1 porte 2 level of arrivals on line 2, T2A,B,D porte 6 T2C porte 5 and T2EF porte 3, galerie de liason. Line 4, T1 porte 32 arrivals levels, T2AC porte C2, T2BD porte B1, T2EF porte 3 galerie de liason. For information on buses Air France see this http://videocdn.airfrance.com/cars-airfrance/index_en.html

If you arrive very late you can take the bus Noctilien, from midnite to 5h.YOu have five points in Paris at Chatelet,gare de lyon,gare montparnasse,gare de l’Est,gare du nord ,and gare saint lazare. At CDG T1 porte 12, CDG T2F porte 2.03 informations at webpage www.noctilien.fr

you can take regular bus services No 350 and 351 from the airports to Paris stopping at several locations by tapping the bus number at the RATP site as such as No 350  http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan.php?nompdf=350&loc=bus_banlieue/300

and 351 at http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan.php?nompdf=351&loc=bus_banlieue/300

taxis stands are waiting outside terminals or main railroad station the best known are Taxi Bleus, Taxi G7, and Alpha Taxis.

From Orly airport,situated on the town of Orly in department 94 Val de Marne, the transportation is from Orly Sud sortie J or exit J and from Orly Ouest sortie A or exit A, level departures, take the OrlyVal until Antony then RER B to CDG or into Paris. You also have buses Air France on line 3 Orly Sud sortie K and Orly ouest sortie H arrivals level . all every 30 minutes from 6h to 22h30 ,(weekends out is 7h). Between terminals Sud and Ouest you have free connections on OrlyVal, navette buses at Orly Ouest porte A arrivals hall,and Orly sud porte G.

you can take to  Orly the RER C to pont de Rungis orly sud porte G quai 1 then bus navette to airport. Orly ouest arrival levels quai B, sortie H, every 15 to 30 minutes from 4h34 to Oh56, travel time is about 35 to 50 minutes from destination to or gare d’Austerlitz in Paris.

by bus on Orlybus depart from Paris at place Denfert-Rochereau in front of entry to RER station, every 15-20 minutes, from 5h35 to 23h05 travel time about 30 minutes. You can come into Paris from Orly Sud sortie H and Orly ouest, arrivals levels sortie H quai A from 6h to 23h30.
Air France buses at place des Invalides, at side of rue Esnault-Pelterie or at montparnasse at rue du commandant Mouchotte, every 15 minutes from 5h45 to 23h, travel time about 35 minutes.

Jetbus then metro line 7, leaves at station Villejuif-Louis Aragon, then line 7 of metro into Paris central. every 12 minutes from 6h15 to 22h15, travel time about 15 minutes from station villejuif louis aragon. Return to Orly Sud sortie H or Orly ouest sortie H quai B from 6h23 to 22h49.

best known taxis are Paris Bleus, taxi G7,and Alpha taxis all on stands outside terminal.

you can interconnect from CDG T1 and T2 airport to Orly Sud or Ouest  by taking the RER B from CDG T2 until Antony, then OrlyVal, frequency every 10 minutes from 6h to 23h OR buses Air France from T1 sortie 2 arrivals level. T2AC sortie 2 of T2C, T2BD sortie 2 of T2B, from TF sortie 3 of the galerie de liason, every 30 minutes from 6h to 22h30 weekends from 7h.

you can also take the TGV fast trains from Terminal 2 at CDG to north, south and west lines as well as Thalys. The airports of Paris information webpage is at http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-gb/passagers/home/

There are many shuttle private companies operating to suit must tastes, mine have been serve well by yellow van and continue to use them when need to. webpage at http://www.yellowvanshuttle.com/

you can purchase several options of tickets according to your lenght of stay and needs, I will compare all before deciding on the ones to purchase as per personal choices/needs. The single ticket in Paris zone 1-2 is 1,70 Euros on machines and counters ,on the buses is 1,80 Euros. then you have the carnet of 10 tickets for 12 euros, usually enough for most people. The airport prices are apart and different, these are from CDG to Paris 8,70 Euros, the Roissybus is 9,40 Euros, the Orlybus is 6,60 Euros, the OrlyRail RER C plus navette bus is 6,30 Euros, and the OrlyVal is 10,25 Euros.

you can buy for a whole week the navigo decouverte card  with a photo purchase at station machines usually 4 euros,then a card cost of 5 euros then for zones 1-2 weekly is 18,35 Euros. The zones to the airports is 4,5, to Versailles is zone 4, and to Disneyland Paris is zone 5 so the prices on the card will be higher, the RATP site will tell you the prices. You can buy a daily card call Mobilis for the whole day of travel on zones 1-2 Paris for 6,10 Euros. Then the touristic Paris Visite Pass is done on zones 1-3 for one day at 9,30  euros ,etc for information see the official site at http://www.ratp.info/touristes/index.php?langue=en&rub=decouvrir&cat=paris-visite

All these prices change by July of each year so its good to see the RATP site for updated information. IN addition to travel by trains in the Paris region you can look at our local site Transilien at http://www.transilien.com/web/site/lang/en

and for all booking in travel by trains, the official travel agency of the SNCF train organisation in France is voyages-sncf at http://www.voyages-sncf.com/

if you are coming out of the airports with a rental car, the best site to see traffic is at http://www.sytadin.fr/

for help on locating metro station and travel this site is pretty good at http://www.acme.com/metro/

just key in above the metro stations you are looking at coming and going and it will trace the itinerary for you. Then to know the metro/subway/tube with a  map, plan de paris or metro map at metro de paris or even sitting at the main stade de France stadium see here http://www.plandeparis.info/metro-de-paris/ratp-metro.html

In addition to come from Paris to Versailles you can visit me ::) take the metro to pont-Sévres on line 9 and from there take the bus No 171 leaving you right in front of castle!  The RER C line of trains from Paris takes you to Versailles rive gauche station as well as regular trains takes you from Saint Lazare to station rive droite and  Montparnasse  to station Chantiers. From the airports there is no direct line, you need to come to Paris then Versailles. Such as from CDG bus Air France to Montparnasse then train to Versailles chantiers or RER B to station notre dame saint michel then RER C to Versailles rive gauche station.  From Orly, take line 1 of Air France buses to Montparnasse then train to Versailles chantiers . From Beauvais airport take the regular bus connection to Porte Maillot in Paris then RER C to rive gauche in Versailles.

The above list could not be all inclusive but gives you a general details of ways into and out of the city. If any doubts you can ask me and will gladly help out.

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