You’ve just come to the post that has all the answers you were looking for. How to get from Orly airport to Paris? What is the cheapest way? And the fastest?
We will tell you how to travel by bus, train, subway, cab, motorcycle cab, and how to book a private transfer. Here is all the information you need to decide how to travel from Orly to the center of Paris.
Where is Orly Airport Located?
Orly airport is 21 kilometers from the Arc de Triomphe. The airport is adjacent to the Orly district. To get there by car, head south on the A106 and cross the A86 road.
The airport has four terminals, which are connected free of charge by the train OrlyVal which is an automatic train.
How to Get from Orly to Paris?
Let’s see all the alternatives you have to go from Orly airport to Paris.
To reference times and distances, all alternatives are calculated starting from the airport to the Arc de Triomphe.
RER B + OrlyVal
The OrlyVal operates daily from 6:00 am to 11:35 pm. During the morning and evening peak hours, it has a frequency of 5 minutes and 7 minutes the rest of the day.
You take it at Orly airport and get off at the Antony stop. There you have to walk a few meters to the RER B stop, which is one of the train lines arriving in Paris.
From Anthony, you have to go to Chatelet Les Halles. The trip there take about 20 minutes. Among other stations, the train stops at the University City, Luxembourg station, and Saint-Michel Notre-Dame.
Then, to go from Chatelet to the center of Paris, you must take the metro. For example, to go to the Arc de Triomphe, you could take line A to the Charles de Gaulle – Etoile station.
The total travel time ranges from 40 to 50 minutes, and the cost of the RER B combined ticket with OrlyVal is 14,10€.
Tramway T7 + Metro
This option is one of the cheapest but also one of the slowest.
From the airport, go to the Cœur d’Orly stop in terminal 4 and take the T7 to Villejuif – Louis Aragon station. The trip takes about 30 minutes and has 15 stops.
From Villejuif – Louis Aragon, you can take metro line 7 to Chatelet. This section takes 20 minutes. You will pass by Place d’Italie, Les Gobelins, and several other stops.
From Chatelet, you have to walk across to Chatelet Les Halles, and there you can take the metro line you need to go to your destination.
With this combination, the trip from the airport to the Arc de Triomphe takes approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes.
The frequency of the T7 changes from day to day. From Monday to Friday it departs every 6-10 minutes. On Saturdays, between 8 and 15 minutes and on Sundays every 15 minutes.
At night the frequency is 15 minutes. And it operates from Monday to Sunday from 5.30am to 12.30pm.
As for the cost, you have to buy a ticket for Tram 7 and another one for the subway. Or you can use the Navigo Pass, which covers zones 1 to 4.
For the tramway, you can buy the t+ ticket, which costs 2.10€. You can buy it at the machines next to the T7 stop.
This bus connects Orly airport with Denfert Rochereau square, which is located in Montparnasse. The trip takes 30 minutes.
The OrlyBus departs from terminal 4 of the airport and also stops at the other terminals. It has a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes and runs from 5:35 am to 00:30 am.
Once you arrive at the Paris Denfert Rochereau station, you can take the RER B or the metro lines 4 and 6.
From here to the Arc de Triomphe, you have another 18 minutes. The total trip, with combinations and waits, takes almost an hour.
The OrlyBus ticket costs 12.40€.
Noctilien night bus
The Noctilien is a night bus that operates in Paris and has different routes. It operates from 00:30hs until 5:30am.
To go from Orly airport to Paris with the Noctilien there are different routes.
The N144 and N131 take about the same time and both must be combined with the N11 bus to reach the center of Paris. In total, it would take you one hour.
The N144 leaves from the Aéroport Orly 4 stop and only stops at Porte d’Italie and Place d’Italie. To combine it with the N11, you have to get off at Gare de Lyon – Diderot, which would be the third stop.
The N11 does have many stops at major stations such as Bastille, Chatelet, Louvre, Champ Elysees, and George V before arriving at Charles de Gaulle – Etoile station.
The other line linking Orly to Paris is the N22, which can be combined with the N11 or the N24.
It departs from the Cœur D’Orly station and takes a few more minutes because it has many intermediate stops before reaching Chatelet, where you must combine with the N11 or N24.
The night bus ticket to Paris costs 6€.
This line connects Orly with Porte de Choisy station. From there, you can take a combination of metro line 7 or streetcar line 3.
It also stops at the RER C Pont de Rungis and Choisy-le-Roi train stations. In this case, the combined cost of RER C and Bus 183 is 6.40€.
Travel time to the center of Paris is approximately one hour.
The bus operates practically 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with a frequency between 15 and 18 minutes.
The main advantage of taking a cab is travel time and comfort. The trip can take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
It is important that you look for the official cabs, the ones with the Taxi sign on the roof. At Orly, you can find them at the following gates:
Orly Terminal T1 and T2: gate 14a
Orly Terminal T3: gate 32a
Orly Terminal T4: gate 48a
The price of the trip varies between 30 and 40 euros. It is slightly more expensive to get off on the right bank of the Seine (Paris Rive Droite) than on the left bank (Paris Rive Gauche).
In 2021, we took a cab from the airport to the center, and the cab fares were fixed and cost 32€ from Paris-Orly to Paris Rive Gauche and 37€ from Paris-Orly to Paris Rive Droite.
*Prices have probably been updated with inflation, but if 3 or 4 people travel, it may be worth taking a cab or private transfer from the airport to the city center.
In Paris, cabs can be paid in cash and are obliged to accept payment by card.
In addition to the traditional methods, there is also a motorcycle transfer service.
The great advantage is the time saving that traveling on a motorcycle implies, besides living a bit of adrenaline since several of the companies that offer this type of trip use big motorcycles for the traveler to live a different experience.
The most commonly used motorcycle is the HONDA GOLDWING 1800 GL.
According to the motorcycle cab companies, the trip to the center of Paris takes about 25 minutes. The cost of the trip is 70€. Please note that some companies charge extra for travel in the early morning hours or on weekends.
To book a motorcycle cab ride, you have to look for some of the companies that offer this service and give them your details so they know when to pick you up.
I have never used this service; please, if you do, tell us about your experience in the comments!!!!
If you arrive tired after a long flight, private transportation is often the best option.
The good thing about these is that when you arrive, they are already waiting for you, so you don’t have to wait for anything, and they are operated by recognized companies, so they are a safe way to travel.
When you arrive at the airport, the driver usually waits in the arrivals hall, just after you pick up your luggage with a sign with your name on it.
From Orly airport to Paris costs 89 euros. Please note that this fare allows the transfer of up to 3 people.
The trip takes between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the time you have to take the car.
We recommend booking your trip 48 hours in advance, so you will be sure to have a vehicle available.
EXTRA TIP: plan what you will wear in advance so you take everything you need and do not have to make extra expenses at the destination. You can download the PDF here; the price is up to you!
Frequently Asked Questions
We have already shown you how to travel from Orly airport to Paris. Now let’s see what are the most frequent doubts, which will help us to summarize this article.
How Long Does it Take to Get from Orly Airport to Paris?
The fastest way to get to the center of Paris is by motorcycle cab, which takes 25 minutes.
By car, it will take you between 35 minutes and an hour, and by public transport, the delay ranges from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the part of Paris you are going to.
How Far is Orly Airport from Paris City Center?
The Arc de Triomphe is 21 kilometers from Orly.
What is the Cheapest Way to Get to Paris from Airport?
The combination of Tram T7 + Metro is the most economical. However, there is not a big difference with other public transport combinations, such as RER C + Bus 183.
Is it Better to Fly to Orly or Charles De Gaulle Airport?
If you have a choice, the most recommended is Orly, as it is closer to the center of Paris, so it will be easier and cheaper to transfer. Orly is 21 kilometers away, and Charles De Gaulle is almost 30 kilometers away.
In addition, Orly receives both domestic and international flights.
What is The Best Way to Go from Orly Airport to Paris?
The answer is a big “it depends.” If you are in a hurry, the best way is to book a scooter in advance, only if you travel with a backpack.
If you want to travel safely, book a private transfer. And if you are traveling on a budget, choose the combination of public transportation that works best for you.
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