Paris Orly Airport Ground Transportation
How to reach central Paris from Orly Airport (ORY) by train, bus, taxi, or shuttle
Until Charles de Gaulle International Airport opened in 1974, Orly Airport (ORY) was the main aviation gateway to Paris. It's still the second-most important airport in the Paris region, with dozens of airlines connecting to cities throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Orly is located 14 km or about 9 miles south of central Paris, on the opposite side of the city from Charles de Gaulle.
The airport has two terminals, Orly-Sud and Orly-Ouest, both of which are smaller and easier to navigate than their counterparts at CDG. Orly has good transportation into the city, and it's especially convenient if you're staying on the Left Bank.
Ground-transportation options include the Orlyval train, buses, taxis, and shuttle vans. For details on each, including Web links, continue reading below:
Driverless shuttle trains connect Orly Airport's Sud and Ouest terminals to the station of the RER B line, where you can transfer to an RER train into the heart of Paris. Your combined ticket ticket will be valid on the Orlyval train, the RER, and the Métro.
Buy your ticket at the RATP's Orlyval/Orlybus booth in the terminal, then go up the escalator to the elevated train station. Keep the ticket with you throughout the journey. (You'll need it for the turnstiles at Antony and to exit the RER.)
If you're connecting from Orly to Charles de Gaulle Airport, buy an Orlyval/RER ticket to CDG-Roissy and board a B3 train at the Antony RER station. (Other B trains don't go to CDG.)
When traveling to Orly from Paris on the RER, board a train with the final destination of Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and transfer to the Orlyval train at the Antony station.
A " " bus connects Paris-Orly South (Entrance F) and Paris-Orly West (Entrance G Arrival Level) with the station of RER Line C. The bus ride takes 10 minutes, and RER Line C will get you into the city in 30 to 45 minutes or so, depending on your destination.
RATP's Orlybus is a long articulated city bus that runs from the Sud and Ouest terminals to the Métro and RER stop at Denfert-Rochereau.
Buses depart every 8 to 15 minutes from early in the morning until late at night, and the trip takes about 25 to 30 minutes.
Buy your ticket at the RATP desk in the terminal or from the driver. (On this route, you'll need to haul your bags into the bus and pile them on the luggage rack.)
Shuttle bus to RER Line C:
A shuttle bus runs connects the Sud and Ouest terminals with the Pont de Rungis-Aéroport d'Orly station of RER Line C, where a commuter train will take you along the Left Bank to the Gare d'Austerlitz, St-Michel/Nôtre-Dame, the Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower.
Other RATP services from Orly:
For up-to-date information on all public bus and train services from Orly, see this page at the RATP Web site and scroll down to the Orly section.
Use your Paris Visite Card:
The 1- to 5-zone Paris Visite card is good on all of the services above, except for Les Cars Air France. (The cheapest Paris Visite pass, which covers only Zones 1 to 3, does not cover airport transportation.) The pass ("all zones") is also valid.
As of May, 2023, the official flat rate from Orly to the city center is €35 (Left Bank) or €41 (Right Bank). Tipping is optional but customary; a few euros should be adequate.
Driving time can be anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
See our Paris Taxis article for more advice on traveling by cab.
Private airport transfers
You can avoid standing in line for a taxi by prebooking a private car or van transfer with Viator, our Paris tours and activities partner. Multiple options are available, including transfers between Orly and Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).
Airport shuttle vans:
Paris Airport Shuttle will take you to or from your hotel in central Paris for 17 to 40 euros per person (depending on the number of travelers in your party) with a €3 surcharge for trips early in the morning or at night. Transportation is in shared seven-passenger vans. Book online at least 24 hours in advance, and you'll receive a voucher by e-mail or fax.
A competitor, Parishuttle, offers rates of €16 to €25 in eight-passenger vans.
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