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How to get to Paris

Paris – capital and largest city in France and the most visited city in the world – is located on the River Seine at the heart of the Ile-de-France region of northern France.

Getting to Paris

From overseas, the most convenient is by air. However, Paris is also well serviced by train from every capital city in Europe.

From the UK, the super-fast Eurostar Express offers a daily passenger service from London (St-Pancras station) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel – regarded as one of the great engineering feats of the 20th Century. The 50km journey takes 2 hours 15 minutes (actual time spent in the Chunnel is 19 minutes), with 17 services per day and 20 on Fridays.

Ferry and hovercraft services also operate across the English Channel with connecting trains linking the London to Paris route at Dover and Folkstone in England to Calais and Boulogne in France.

From Australia: The most convenient flights to Paris (Charles De Gaulle) are via Bangkok on Thai Airways and via Dubai on Emirates. In addition, both Qantas and Air France offer daily connecting flights to Paris via Hong Kong and Singapore; and Malaysian Air via Kuala Lumpur.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Paris (Charles De Gaulle) are via Bangkok on Thai Airways; via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or via Tokyo on Air New Zealand and Air France.

From the UK: The Eurostar Express train is the most convenient – just over two hours from central London to the centre of Paris. Both British Airways and Air France offer daily flights.

From the USA: The most convenient flights from New York are on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Air France; Air France flies daily from Los Angeles.

Flight time to Paris, France

Brisbane to Paris is 23 hours 30 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Paris is 22 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Paris is 23 hours 05 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Paris is 20 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Paris is 25 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes, by train
New York to Paris is 6 hours 55 minutes, direct flight
Los Angeles to Paris is 10 hours 30 minutes, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Paris has two international airports: Charles de Gaulle Roissy, located 30km northeast of Paris, and Orly Airport, situated 18km south of the city. A shuttle bus makes the 60-minute journey between the two airports about every 30 minutes.

A free shuttle bus links the main terminals of both airports to the local train station for travel to and from the centre of Paris, and beyond.

The Paris Airport Shuttle is the best option for travelling to or from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. Both shuttles require a one-day advance reservation.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Getting around

Apart from walking, the vast and very efficient Paris metro (underground rail) system is the easiest and most convenient way of getting around Paris.

Taxis, buses, trams and hire cars are all available; and a fleet of glass-covered boats ply the Seine offering a hop-on hop-off service along the river.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 11 February, 2017


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