Which Paris Airport is the Best to Fly: CDG, ORY vs BVA

By, Vero

The best airport to travel to Paris is Orly Airport (ORY). The main reason for this is the proximity to the city and the excellent public transport connection.  Also, due to its proximity, it is perfect to take a cab or a transfer service to your hotel.

Main Airports in Paris

The main airports in Paris are Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). And there are more and more low-cost flights arriving at Beauvais Airport, which is not in Paris but about 85km away.

Understanding Paris Airports

CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport), located 23 kilometers northeast of downtown, is the largest international airport in France, ideal for long-haul flights.  However, it may have more congestion and waiting times. It offers several transportation options to the city, with transfer times ranging from 30 minutes to one hour.

ORY (Orly Airport) is 13 kilometers south of the center of Paris.  It is smaller and closer to the city, with a travel time to the center of approximately 25 minutes by fast train, making it convenient for travelers seeking comfort and short transfer times.

The BVA (Beauvais Airport), 85 kilometers northwest of Paris, serves mainly low-cost airlines. Although less convenient due to its remoteness, it can be an economical option with shuttle bus services to Paris. When choosing the airport in Paris, it is crucial to consider flight options, transportation convenience and travel times.

Transportation Options

1. RER B train: Connects CDG airport to the center of Paris in about 30 minutes. Be sure to take the train to the airport (B3). 2. RoissyBus: From CDG airport, this service reaches the Paris Opera in approximately one hour. Cost: 13,70 €. Public buses 350 and 351 also available. 3. OrlyBus: Connects Orly airport to Denfert-Rochereau in Paris in about 30 minutes. 4. Le Bus Direct: From CDG airport, it departs every 15 minutes from Terminal 2, with five stops in Paris. Duration: 35 minutes. 5. Cab and Uber: Door-to-door options, although they can be more expensive. 6. Public transportation: Metro, bus and streetcar connect both airports with the city. It is important to research specific lines and routes.

Honestly, when someone says they are coming to visit us, we recommend that they arrive at Orly if possible and, if not, at Charles de Gaulle.  It is much easier to get to Paris from these airports. The worst thing about Beauvais airport is the timetables, which sometimes do not coincide with the opening of public transport and force you to spend the night at the airport or take a cab or have someone to drive you 🙂



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