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Travel and transportation - Getting from the Orly Airport to Paris

What used to be the Paris region's main international airport after Le Bourget became obsolete, Orly is now used for charters and continental flights. Situated about 18 kms south of Paris, Orly has two passenger terminals, Sud and Ouest, served by trains, taxis and buses.

Priority is given here to what's fast, easy and readily available. If you know where you're going in Paris and not carrying tons of luggage, the RER/Metro is your best choice (and cheapest) - especially during rush hours when the roads are clogged. If not or your destination is not in Paris proper, a TAXI would certainly be more convenient.

The Air France Bus would very probably be your first choice if your destination is either the Gare Montparnase or Place des Invalides in Paris.  Air France also runs an express shuttle directly between CDG Airport and the Orly-Ouest and Orly-Sud airport terminals.  AF buses pick up at Orly South : gate L and Orly West : gate D

Airport shuttle minivans can be a reasonable alternative if traveling single and heavy with baggage or more than four persons. These carriers normally require that you reserve 2-3 days in advance.

Getting from the airport to the RER and Metro lines

from Orly-Sud
Connection Gate / Sortie
Orly-Rail shuttle bus to RER C line
at Pont de Rungis/Aéroport d'Orly
gate G or I
platform 1
Orlyval rail shuttle to RER B line
at Antony
gate K
Jetbus to Metro line 7
at Villejuif-Louis Aragon
gate H
platform 2
Orlybus to RER B + Metro lines 4,6
at Denfert-Rochereau
gate H
platform 4

from Orly-Ouest
Connection Gate / Sortie   
Orly-Rail shuttle bus to RER C Level G gate F
Orlyval rail shuttle to RER B Level 1 gate W
Jetbus to Metro line 7 Level 0 gates C,M
Orlybus to RER B + Metros 4,6 Level 0 gate J

Getting from Orly airport to the bateau Simpatico

Take the Orly-Rail shuttle bus connection to the RER station at Pont de Rungis/Aéroport d'Orly and transfer to the RER C line, Direction: PARIS which follows the Seine along the left bank into Paris stopping at the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Gare d'Austerlitz, St Michel-Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l'Alma and then Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Get off here and take the exit at the head of the train. RER map (C line is yellow)

After leaving the platform at the head of the train, taking the first exit up to street level will bring you onto the Quai Branly (photo at right - click to enlarge) with the Eiffel Tower in front of you and the Bir-Hakeim Bridge just behind you. Walking back towards the bridge and around the corner green to the right will bring you to the entrance of the Port de Suffren. (photo at left)
- Google Map -

130° view of the corner green

Coming down the cobble stoned entrance to the port will bring you even with the Simpatico
(visible to the left in the photo above) at quai level.  Bienvenu.

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