Paris Charles de Gaulle International AirportIATA Code: CDG
Location: The airport is 14 miles (23km) north east of Paris.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +33 (0)1 48 62 1212.
Transfer between terminals: The three terminals are linked by free shuttle buses.
Transfer to the city: There is a good train service with the RER B line that serves the airport with connections to the city centre and the Metro station. From the airport RER B can be accessed from terminal 2 railway station stop on the airport shuttle. The RER B line is serviced every fifteen minutes Monday through Friday and takes 50 minutes to the city centre costing EUR8.40. The Roissy bus line also connects to the city centre and costs EUR8.40 for the 50 minute drive which buses depart for every 15 to 20 minutes between 7am and 11pm. Air France also runs buses to certain city destinations. The Noctilien night bus runs between 12.30am and 5am with fares depending on destination but below EUR7.50. Taxis can be found outside the arrivals terminal and should cost EUR50 to the city centre (Tel: 01 47 39 00 91).
Taxis: There are taxis outside the baggage reclaim area of the arrival terminals. The taxi fare to the city centre is generally EUR50.
Car rental: All major car rental companies are represented.
Facilities: There are ATMs, banks and bureaux de change in all terminals as well as a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars. Terminal 1 also has a hairdresser and a business facility that includes meeting rooms, fax and photocopier. Internet facilities and wireless Internet access are also available. Mobile phones can be rented at the airport. Disabled passengers are well catered for at the airport.
Departure tax: None.
Paris Orly AirportIATA Code: ORY
Location: The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +01 49 75 5252.
Transfer between terminals: The two terminals are linked by a free shuttle bus.
Transfer to the city: Several choices of public transportaiont methods are the cheapest way to the city centre. RER C trains leave regularly from both terminals and connect to the metro and SNCF train stations. A number of bus services also operate from both terminals such as the Roissy bus line and Air France. Taxis are an expensive albeit fast way to the city centre although they should be avoided in rush hour. Fares usually cost US$35 but are more expensive at night (Tel: 01 47 39 00 91). Airport shuttles also offer door to door service or connections to public transportation stations.
Taxis: There are taxis outside the arrival terminals and the taxi fare to the city centre is generally EUR35.
Car rental: All the major car rental companies are represented at the airport.
Facilities: There are a number of shops, bars and restaurants throughout the airport and both terminals have ATMs, banks and currency exchange services. Other facilities include information desks, an art gallery, left luggage, and a medical centre offering vaccinations. Internet access points and wireless Internet access is available, and a business centre offers a venue and equipment for business needs. Disabled passengers are well catered for; passengers with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance.
Departure tax: None.
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