Paris has one of the biggest, safest and most efficient public transportation systems in the world, with options that vary from buses and train to boats and bicycles. With so many choices available it’s important to get acquainted with the system before your arrival and pick the way to move around that better suit your needs.
Getting from the airport to the city
If you’re arriving to Paris by air, one of the things you should know before landing is how to make your way from the airport to the city. Both Charles de Gaulle and Orly have several public transport options that connect them to Paris:
|Public Transport||Airport||Destination||Travel Time||Ticket Price|
|Roissy Bus||Charles de Gaulle||Paris-Opéra||75 min||11 €|
|Bus 350||Charles de Gaulle||Paris-Gare de l’Est||60-80 min||3 tickets+ 5,40€|
|Bus 351||Charles de Gaulle||Paris-Nation||70-90 min||3 tickets+ 5,40€|
|RER B Train||Charles de Gaulle||Several stops in the center of Paris||30-45 min||10€ adults / 7€ children 4 – 9 / free (children under 4)|
|Orly Bus||Orly||Place Denfert-Rochereau||25-35 min||7,70 €|
|Orlyval + RER B||Orly||Several stops in the center of Paris||30- 40 min||12,05 €|
Paris is a big city, so if you want to explore all it has to offer getting the Paris Visite Pass is a convenient way to move around with the city’s public transport system as much as you want.
You can get a travel card valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days, and choose between zones 1-3 or 1-5. This card will allow you to take all major transport systems: metro lines, RER lines, Transilien SNCF, some Ile-de-France bus lines, some of the lines that connect to the airports and even the Montmarte funicular!
With the Paris Visite Pass you also get discounts with partners like Arc de Triomphe, Disneyland Paris and Galeries Lafayette. And for extra ease you can buy it online and have it delivered to your home, so that way once you arrive in Paris you are ready to move around!
Another smart move is to download on your phone the mobile app of the RATP (the public transport system of Paris). With this app you can easily find the best itineraries to your destination and it’s available in several languages (English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese)
Do you want to move around Paris in a more eco-friendly and active way? Paris has a great self-service bike system called Vélib’
Vélib’ allows you to take a bike and return it in any of its 1.800 stations. Because the stations are dispatched every 300 meters and the service is available 24 hours a day, this is a very convenient way to explore the city.
It’s also a very affordable one, with 1-day ticket at 1,70€ and a 7-day ticket at 8€. The 30 first minutes of each trip are always free of charge and if you exceed this time additional charges are deducted from your bank account.
- 1st additional half hour: 1€
• 2nd additional half hour: 2€
• 3rd additional half hour and every subsequent half hour: 4€
One of the best views of Paris can be seen from the Seine River and therefore one of the most charming ways to travel around Paris is with the Batobus Pass. This boat will take you to Paris’ main districts and monuments: Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel-de-ville, Louvre and Champs-Élysées.
You can get a 1-day, 2-day or annual pass for as low as 7€ for a child (3 to 15 years) and 16€ for an adult. If you have a student card or a large family card you get a special discount. During the period of time of your pass you can use the Batobus as many times as you want.