Getting to Paris


There are several ways to get to Paris, depending on what suits you better and what your preferences are.

Paris is one of Europe's leading air and rail hubs, and there are also many motorways leading into the city from all over France.

By air

The most convenient and quickest way to get to Paris for most travellers is by plane.

There are 3 international airports around Paris, and you'll often arrive here as a stopover on flights around the world. Click on the airport name below for information on distance from the city centre, transport to the city or accommodation nearby.

  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle CDG - One of the largest airports in the world with flights to every continent except Australia
  • Paris-Orly ORY - a major European hub with frequent connections to southern and western Europe, North Africa and domestic destinations throughout France
  • Paris-Beauvais BVA - low-cost airport about 100 km from Paris, mainly served by Ryanair and Wizz Air

Where and how to buy tickets to Paris?

Most flights can be purchased with Air France, which flies several times a day to major European cities, North and Latin America, Asia and numerous connections to Africa.

However, the French capital is served by airlines from all over the world. Compare ticket prices for all airlines on Skyscanner, for example. Always choose an airline directly from the retailers' offers.

Compare flight prices to Paris

You can buy the cheapest airline tickets direct to Paris from European destinations, especially on airline websites:

By train

Paris is the main rail hub of France and all of Western Europe. France is the cradle of high-speed rail in Europe, which is why high-speed trains are a comfortable way to get from Paris in all directions.

Find out which station your train leaves from or where to buy the cheapest tickets in the detailed chapter Trains to Paris.

By bus

Paris is an important point on long-distance bus routes. Lines from all over France and Western Europe converge here with several major bus companies.

Bus tickets, especially when bought at the last minute, are often significantly cheaper than train tickets.

It is always worth comparing train and bus tickets, as sometimes the train can be cheaper.

The most common companies to buy tickets from are BlablaBus or Flixbus.

Where are the bus stations?

There is only one main bus station in Paris, common to all carriers.

It is located near Bercy train station and is mostly underground (location at

The name in French is Paris-Bercy Gare routière.

Paris Bercy bus station is served by the following public transport lines. The Bercy station is not right by the bus station, but you have to walk through the park for about 350 meters. The road to the bus station is signposted.

By car

Getting to Paris by car is relatively convenient from any direction, as there are motorways leading from everywhere.

If driving, we recommend staying at one of the hotels in the area so you don't have to drive into town.

Motorway tolls and tolls

In France, motorways are paid for by a toll system. Payment is always made at the toll gate when you pass a particular section, and both card and cash payments are accepted.

You can calculate the price on the official French motorway calculator

Parking prices

There is almost nowhere in Paris where you can legally park for free. Street parking costs from 2,40 eur per hour in the suburbs to 4 eur per hour in the centre, so it's ideal to find a hotel or accommodation that offers parking. Alternatively, there are many parking houses where you can pay around 70 to 80 eur for a 4-day stay. You can compare prices of parking houses on the website, for example.

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