Travel to Paris

Flying to Paris

Airlines operating direct flights to Paris from the UK include Air France, British Airways, CityJet, easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair. Given the competition, cheap flights to Paris can easily be found, although prices do peak during school holidays. Airlines offering direct flights from the USA to Paris include Air France, American Airlines, Delta and OpenSkies. 

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 20 minutes; New York - 7 hours 25 minutes; Los Angeles - 11 hours; Toronto - 7 hours 20 minutes; Sydney - 23 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

City Airports: 
Telephone:+33 170 363 950

Paris-Orly Airport is located 14km (9 miles) south of Paris.


There is a HSBC Bank branch in Orly West terminal. Both terminals have ATMs. Bureaux de change facilities are located in Orly South terminal.


Lost and found offices in Orly South (Gate G) and Orly West (Gate I) can assist with missing item queries. There is also a dedicated online database where details of items found in the terminals are available, as well as a section to report missing or found items (

Telephone:+33 1 7036 3950

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport is located 23km (14 miles) northeast of Paris.


There are bureaux de change and at least one ATM in each of the three terminals. A bank branch is located in the train station between terminals 2D and 2F.


Lost property offices (tel: +33 1 7036 3950) are found throughout the terminal. It's also possible to report missing items via a form on the airport's website. Luggage storage services (tel: +33 1 48 16 02 15) are also available at the airport starting from €3.

Travel by road


Traffic in Paris drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas.

You must carry a national driving licence, the car's registration document and a red warning triangle at all times, or you are liable for a fine. EU nationals taking their own cars to France are strongly advised to obtain a Green Card, without which insurance cover is limited to the legal minimum.

All headlamp beams must be adjusted for right-side driving by use of beam deflectors or by tilting the headlamp bulb-holder.

Automobile Club Association (tel: +33 9 7040 1111; provides information and might offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.

Emergency breakdown service:

Auto Charonne Dépannage (tel: +33 1 4024 0329). On motorways, dial 112.


The Eurotunnel shuttle services (tel: +44 8443 353 535, in the UK; allow cars and coaches to cross the Channel Tunnel (journey time - 35 minutes) from Kent in Southern England to Nord-Pas-de-Calais in Northern France. Alternatively, there are numerous daily sea crossings to France.

From Boulogne (near Calais), the A16 leads directly into Paris. The E19 motorway leads from Brussels into Paris (via the A2 and A1). Lille is linked to Paris via the A1. The N10 leads from Bordeaux to Paris, while from Marseille, drivers should take the A7 to Lyon, after which the A6 leads north to Paris.

Driving times:

From Lille - 2 hours 30 minutes; Brussels - 3 hours 40 minutes; London - 6 hours; Bordeaux - 5 hours 45 minutes; Marseille - 7 hours 20 minutes.


The majority of international coaches arrive and depart from the main coach station, Gare Routière Internationale Paris-Gallieni, at Bagnolet, 20th.

Eurolines (tel: 0892 899 091, in France only or +33 1 4186 2421; runs coaches to numerous other cities within France and in other European countries.

Travel by rail


Paris is well-connected to the rest of Europe by train and has several mainline stations.


Eurostar (tel: + 44 03432 186 186, in the UK; runs high-speed services from London St Pancras station to Paris Gare du Nord.

SNCF (tel: 3635, in France only or +33 892 353 535; runs the national railway service, which is fast, efficient and generally reliable. A state-of-the-art high speed railway network (the TGV) spreads out from Paris to most major French cities, including Lyon and Marseille.

Journey times:

From London - 2 hours 25 minutes; Brussels - 1 hour 50 minutes; Nice - 5 hours 40 minutes; Lille - 1 hour; Marseille - 3 hours 35 minutes.

Travel over water


The most convenient ports to Paris from the UK lie on France’s northern seaboard and include St-Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre and Dieppe.

Ferry services:

Brittany Ferries (tel: +44 330 159 7000, in the UK; operates services from Plymouth to Roscoff; from Portsmouth to St-Malo, Caen and Le Havre; and from Poole to Caen.

Condor Ferries (tel: +44 1202 207215, in the UK; operates from Poole, Jersey and Guernsey to St-Malo.

P&O Ferries (tel: +44 800 130 0030, in the UK; sail from Dover to Calais.

Transport to the city:

The best way for travellers to reach Paris from the ferry ports is by car or by rail. Journey time is at least three hours by car.

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