Definitive guide

How to get to Paris

Paris is one of the most beloved tourist destinations and Europe’s second most visited capital. Find out the best way to reach it - by plane, train, bus, or car.

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By plane

Paris has five airports, even though only three of them are really used for commercial flights. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is Paris’s main international airport and the largest one. After CDG is Orly Airport (ORY). Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA), even though it is still an international airport, mainly caters to low-cost flights, usually within the EU.

The majority of European countries have direct flights to Paris. The same goes for the US, Canada, and the Gulf countries.

Person at the airport with the luggage
If you’re arriving on an international flight, you’re most likely going to land at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

By train

If you don’t like flying you can also reach Paris by train. Unfortunately, this will only be possible if you are in one of France’s neighbouring countries. Belgium, Spain, Holland, the UK, Germany, and Italy all have direct train lines to Paris.

Train fares are usually more expensive than low-cost plane tickets, but if you book ahead, you might be able to find excellent deals. If you want to check your options, you can do so on the TGV website .

By bus

Once again, if your starting point is in a neighbouring country, you’ll find it quite easy to reach Paris by bus. Journeys tend to be way longer than they are with trains (upwards of 15 hours), but they can also be very cheap.

Another good thing about arriving here by bus is that you’ll find yourself at Paris Gallieni bus station, which is extremely well-connected to the city. Some of the most popular European bus companies that move between countries are Eurolines , Flixbus , Omio , and Alsa .

By car

Of course, you can also arrive in Paris by car. Moving between European countries is extremely easy, especially this way. The borders are usually quite quick to get through, often with minimal to no control.

French road infrastructure is well-kept and the roads are normally not difficult to navigate. One thing you’ll have to keep in mind is the cost: a lot of roads have tolls and parking in Paris can be hard to find and expensive, with an average cost per day that can go upwards of €25.00 in the city centre.


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How to get to Paris