Paris Orly Airport!

So here is another missing more information me think. I have written extensively on Paris Roissy CDG airport and its terminals which I have taken profusely. However, I have , also taken Orly even if much less it has been several times over the years. And as by now usual , not written enough on this airport that can be a good value for long haul flights from the Americas at least. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Paris Orly Airport.

Let’s go over Orly the south Paris airport and only 10 km from the city of Paris. Actually , the airport is within the city of Orly in Val de Marne dept 94 in the Ïle de France region. Even thus some of the landing runways are in the Essonne dept 91 as well. Distance wise it is closer than Roissy!

However, before, I tackled the airport let me tell you a bit of the history of it that I like.

Inaugurated on May 23, 1909, Port-Aviation, located in Viry-Châtillon, on the banks of the Seine, is the first organized aerodrome in the world. This is where most of the air shows of the time were held. The site of the current Paris-Orly airport, the Longboyau plateau, located east of the national road 7 (N7), is then occupied by fields. These fields will be used as relief ground at Port-Aviation, as during the floods of 1910 which made it unusable. At the start of the Great War or WWI, the site, easily identifiable and accessible, served as a rescue ground for Allied planes, and farmers on the plateau frequently saw them land there. In 1918, the War Ministry requisitioned eleven hectares on the Longboyau plateau and built a hangar there. It is the beginning of the “Orly – Villeneuve” aviation camp. More and more planes are sent to the front from this terrain. On March 31, 1918, the Americans established their air base on the Orly plateau. At the beginning of 1919, the department of general warehouses of civil aviation (SEGA) is installed in Orly. It is taken in charge by the American army for the storage of air war material. On this military ground, the French, the Belgians and the Americans rub shoulders until 1919.  After WWI , a civil airport is installed to the north of the site, welcoming civilian passenger planes. During WWII, the land was first attacked by the Luftwaffe (Nazis Air Force), then became a Nazis military base. On August 23, 1944, the US Army Air Forces moved to Orly. It is at this time that the old control tower is built, still visible today, as well as the north-south tracks, one of which is now abandoned, but still present. In 1945, the company Aéroports de Paris was created, responsible for operating the airports around Paris. In 1946, the Americans returned the management of the airport to France. The French army and the American army however continue to sometimes use Paris-Orly airport. For example, it was from Orly that the last French troops left for Indochina in 1954. The South terminal built from 1957-1960 marks a marked development. It was officially inaugurated on February 24, 1961 by General de Gaulle.

Bear with me now. I will try to describe it and split into its two terminals as here you have now four buildings from the old terminal West or Ouest ,now becomes terminals 1 and 2, terminal  South or Sud becomes terminal 4. There is a connecting terminal call terminal 3.  The information is as current as possible but due to current situation with the wuhan virus (covid19) you need to check before coming. As I write for the same reason Orly airport is close to traffic;bear in mind. And in addition, I have not yet try the new configuration as my last trips by here was early mid 2019, when still name Ouest et Sud!


In the meantime, this is the new Orly airport for Paris! The names boarding halls and salles or rooms have disappeared in favor of the name boarding gates.


Hall 2 gate 20H Orly Ouest family

Orly 1 departures registration 11 to 18 at gates A and B.  Orly 2 departures registrations 21 to 26 gate C.  Orly 3 departure registrations 31 to 36 gates D (international) E (Schengen).  Orly 4 departure registrations 41 to 48 gates E (Schengen) F (international). Orly 4 L’Arche or arc registration 49.


My Dad arriving Orly Ouest

The new maps of Orly are here:

Orly 4 :

Orly 1-2:

Orly 3 Jonction or connector:—16-05-19.pdf?sfvrsn=1508fbbd_6

By the road , which I have come too, you have panels on the N7 Evry but you have ,also, panels directing you to the Orly 1 2 3 4 as above. Only the panels names change the rest stays the same as before.  There are free navettes to all parkings.

Inter terminal the Orlyval Orly 4 by RATP counter; Orly 1-2-3 sortie 14 departure level. The OrlyVal webpage here:

The arrays of public transportation which I have, also, taken are numerous; these are all if not most me think

Navette Orlyval links Antony with the RER B stop Orly 4 sortie 48, Orly 1-2 sortie 14 departures, From Paris direction Antony take direction Saint Remy lés Chevreuse and from Antony to Paris direction Mitry-Claye. Official webpage here in English: OrlyVal

The RER C to Pont de Rungis by the bus Go C Paris. From Paris take direction Massy-Palaiseau or Pont de Rungis. From Pont de Rungis to Paris take direction on trains GOTA or NORA direction Pontoise or Montigny-Beauchamp stop bus GO C Paris.   At Orly 4 ger the bus at sortie 47 arrêt 5; Orly 1-2 sortie 15 arrêt 7; tariff bus RER train combine ticket 6,35€

Figure out the REC C traject here in English: Transilien network on RER C

The Go C bus line info in English : Keolis Essonne Val de Marne GO C Bus

Several bus lines now connects with Paris Orly such as the Le Bus Direct (old Air France) line 1 from Eiffel, Montparnasse, Place de l’Etoile, Trocadero etc, at Orly 1-2 sortie 18 arrivals and Orly 4 sortie 48 arrivals. Bus Direct Line 3 connects CDG to Orly . Orlybus from Denfert-Rochereau Orly 1-2-3-4 at bus terminal in Orly, and to Paris from quai 5 Orly 4 near gate 47d. More info in English here: Le Bus Direct schedules

The bus 183 takes your from Orly 4 niveau or level 0 porte 47d arrêt or stop 4 to Paris Porte de Choisy and connect with metro line 4 and tramway line 3a. The RATP line is here: RATP bus line 183 to from Orly

The Tramway line 7 from Villejuif-Louis Aragon terminus of metro line 7 to exchange pole Athis-Mons passing by Orly. Map and info here: RATP tramway line 7 to Orly

The navette Magical shuttle takes you to Disneyland . It stops at  Orly 4 sortie 47d arrêt 3 ,Orly 1-2 level or niveau 0 arrêt 15 sortie 18a. More info here: Magical Shuttle bus to Orly and Disneyland

The Bus Express 91-10 by Albatrans  links with the TGV train station at Massy-Palaiseau from Orly 4 sortie 47 arrêt 3, Orly 1-2 sortie 22 arrêt 18. More info in French here: vianavigo bus schedule 91-10 to Orly

Taxi stands at Orly 1-2 porte 14a, Orly 3 porte 32a, and Orly 4 porte 48a. Forfait rates posted to Paris rive droite are 37 euros and to Paris rive gauche 32 euros. The best for me are the G7 taxis.

Bit of info inside the new terminals.

The post office is at Orly 1-2 arrivals gate 14a there are mailboxes at various locations. Urgent medical care is at Orly 1-2 street level arrivals porte 10a. Pharmacies are at Orly 1-2   public zone departure gate 21d, Orly 3 reserve zone, Orly 4 public zone first floor (2nd US).

My favorites hangouts in the Orly airport have been at Orly 1-2: Paul, Eric Kayser, Relay, Bellota Bellota, and at Orly 4: Berts, and Brioche Dorée.   The Buy Paris duty free are ok but you need to know your prices.

The overall webpage for Aéroports de Paris on Orly airport in English is here: Paris aeroport on Orly

An unofficial but helpful Orly Facile in French is here: Orly Facile airport

And there you go another nice airport yours truly has walk and run inside to get to flights over the years and even connecting with CDG Roissy! Hoping the information is helpful for visiting folks , welcome to the new Orly!! not yet Paris but you are near!!! Awaiting ok to reopen again after the virus.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Paris Orly Airport!”

  1. I can’t help but think of ‘Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob’ when I think of Orly.

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