Pont des Arts, Paris Pont des Arts, Paris – Image courtesy of B L Song/Wikipedia Commons

How to get to Paris

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

The most convenient route to Paris is by air to either Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), located 25km (16mi) northeast of Paris, or Paris Orly Airport (ORY), located 13km (8mi) south of Paris.

Alternatively, Paris is also well serviced by frequent trains from every capital city in Europe.

From the United Kingdom, the super-fast Eurostar Express offers an hourly passenger service from London (St-Pancras station) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel.

The 50km (31mi) journey takes 2 hrs 16 min (actual time spent in the Tunnel is 19 min), with 18 services per day and 20 on Fridays starting from 5:40 am to 8:01 pm.

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.


Flight times to Paris

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), the largest international airport in France.

From United Kingdom: British Airways, Air France, Flybe and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

London to Paris is 1 hr 15 min, direct flight
Manchester to Paris is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Air France offer the most convenient flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Dublin to Paris is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight


From Germany: Air France, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Ryanair and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Berlin to Paris is 1 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Paris is 1 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Paris is 1 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Paris is 1 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Munich to Paris is 1 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From United States: Air France, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Atlanta to Paris is 8 hrs 22 min, direct flight
Boston to Paris is 6 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Chicago to Paris is 8 hrs, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Paris is 9 hrs 10 min, direct flight
New York to Paris is 6 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Miami to Paris is 8 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Paris is 10 hrs 30 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Paris is 10 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat and Air France offer the most convenient daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Toronto to Paris is 7 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Montreal to Paris is 6 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Paris is 9 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Australia: Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Air France offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Adelaide to Paris is 22 hrs 550 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Paris is 22 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Paris is 23 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Paris is 23 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Paris is 19 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, American Airlines offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Auckland to Paris is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Air France offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Singapore to Paris is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as Roissy Airport, is located 25km (16mi) northeast of Paris.

The RER B Regional-Express airport city train service from Charles de Gaulle to Paris runs north-south through the centre of Paris, with stops at all the major Paris metro stations, including the Gare du Nord, the London to Paris Eurostar station, and Châtelet Les Halles. You can choose from two services – express, and non-stop express – depending on your destination.

Trains run every 15 minutes, taking only 32 minutes from the Aeroport CDG Terminal 1 station to Chatelet Les Halles.

The rail line continues south towards Orly Airport (requiring a transfer onto the OrlyVal metro at station Antony).

Paris Orly Airport (ORY) is located 13km (8mi) south of Paris.

There are no direct train lines from Orly airport to Paris city centre. You need to take the Orlyval metro to station Anthony, then change to metro lines RER B or RER C; the total journey takes around 60 minutes.


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.


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Latest update: How to get to Paris: 10 October, 2019


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