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 Arriving in Paris

Paris lies within the limits of the giant ring road (Boulevard Périphérique). The city is divided into 20 unequally sized districts, commonly known as arrondissement. The districts which are numbered from 1 to 20 follow spirally into a clockwise direction. The spiral shape of the districts begins in central Paris. The city is also defined by area (quartiers) such as the bohemian Latin Quarter (5th and 6th districts) and the popular Opéra and Montmarte Quarter( 9th and 18th districts). The north of Paris is divided from the south by the River Seine into what is commonly known as the rive droite (right bank) and rive gauche (left bank).

Travel Option Point of Arrival Duration
Air Roissy airport 1 hour
Air Orly Sud/Ouest airport 1 hour
Car
(from Calais or Boulogne )
Boulevard Peripherique
(ring road)
3 hours
Coach
(Victoria station)
Porte de Bagnolet
(metro Gallieni)
8 hours
Eurostar
(Waterloo station)
Gare du Nord 3 hours

Paris Arrondisements

Roissy/Charles de Gaulle airport
Roissy/Charles-de-Gaulle airport is located 25 kilometres north east of Paris with 2 major terminals. It is advisable to check the terminal for your flight.

RER station
The RER is the quickest way to get to Paris, Gare du Nord.

RoissyBus
The bus links the airport to the centre of Paris from Terminal 2. You are at Opéra in 45 minutes.

Air France Bus
The Air France bus takes you to Porte Maillot or Gare Montparnasse in Paris. Travel time is between 35 minutes and 60 minutes.

Taxi
A taxi to central Paris costs more than the other means of transport. It will take between 25 and 50 mins to your point of arrival.

Orly airport
Orly airport is stuated south of Paris near the town of Orly. It is 15 kilometres from the city with two terminals : Orly-Sud (South Orly - international flights) and Orly-Ouest (West Orly - domestic flights).

Orlybus
The Orlybus reaches Paris at Denfert-Rochereau Métro/RER station in about 35 minutes.

Air France Bus
Air France buses connect both terminals to Montparnasse station and Invalides in central Paris. Expect 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.

OrlyVal train
This high-speed trains connects Orly to Antony RER station where you can get to central London.

Taxi
A taxi normally takes 25-35 minutes to Paris.

Gare du Nord
Eurostar arrives in the 10th arrondissement of Paris at the Gare du Nord. The station lies in the noisy part of north of Paris. The popular Montmarte and Sacré-Coeur area is near this big northern station. The Métro/RER underground service, bus or taxi from the Gare du Nord will take you to your destination in the city.

Boulevard Périphique
You will embark on the Boulevard Périphérique coming from Calais or Boulogne on the A26 motorway. The Boulevard Périphérique is the ring road around Paris. The exits are called Portes. For example, if you are going to Montparnasse in the south of Paris, you will be aiming for the exit 'Porte d'Orleans'.

Porte de Bagnolet
If you travel by coach you will arrive in the 20th arrondissement. The coach drops you in the east of Paris at Porte de Bagnolet.The métro station Galliéni is near the coach terminal. The métro service takes you into central Paris in about 20 minutes.

 





























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