Getting to Paris

When booking a flight to Paris, keep in mind that Orly Airport is the closest (usually for European airlines, about 20 minutes south of Paris), and Roissy-Charles De Gaulle Airportis the next closest (most trans-Atlantic flights come in here, about 45 minutes north of Paris). Both airports have efficient bus and train connections into the city. Some budget European airlines fly to or from Beauvais Airport, which is a good 90 minutes from Paris, and lacks the same efficient public transport links. Read more about this in Getting Around.

Major Airlines

European Budget Airlines

These discount budget airlines offer no-frills flights between Paris airports and many European cities. Most only accept reservations on their websites. Budget airlines come and go all the time in Europe, so keep an eye out for new routes and airlines on this site:www.whichbudget.com .

Discount Travel Websites

It’s always worth checking around online to get the best deal on flights to Paris. These are just a few of the many websites that search for the cheapest prices on major airlines.

International Train Service

Paris is at the center of Europe’s high-speed train (TGV) network, accessible from every corner of France and cities throughout Europe. The Eurostar (Tel 08 36 35 35 39) connects the Paris Gare du Nord (and Disneyland Paris at Chessy) to London through the Channel Tunnel, and Thalys (Tel 08 36 35 35 36) connects Paris, Roissy-CDG and Disneyland Paris to cities in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Arriving by Bus

If you're bussing in from Europe, you'll arrive at the main international bus station on the edge of the city’s 20th arrondissement, the Gare Routière Internationale de Paris - Gallieni (28 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, Bagnolet M° Gallieni, Tel 08 36 69 52 52).Eurolines (55 Rue St-Jacques, 5th M° St-Michel, Tel 01 43 54 11 99 ) provides regular service between Paris and 28 European countries. If you're coming from outside France you can purchase a Eurolines Bus Pass.