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Both airports offer transport into the heart of the city by way of RER train, an easy-to-master suburban line that cuts straight through the city. Take Line C into the centre from Orly Airport or Line B from Charles De Gaulle.
The Roissybus offers a shuttle service from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris-Opéra every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day. The Les Cars coach also operates from Charles de Gaulle, taking around 60 - 75 minutes to reach Place Charles de Gaulle-Étoile in central Paris. It’s a little more pricey than Roissybus, but both services get the job done just fine.
On a map, Paris can look a bit daunting, but it’s actually a pretty compact and walkable city. If you’ve got time on your hands, get your bearings with an aimless wander, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the locals do their thing. It’s by far the best way to get between hotspots for as long as your legs can hold up. However, if you get tired of pounding the pavement, there are definitely quicker ways to get from A to B.
The Paris metro system is one of the oldest and most efficient on the planet, allowing you to bounce between quartiers with wild abandon. There are nearly 300 stations connected by a whopping 300km of tracks, so you’ll find a stop within around two blocks from wherever you want to go. The metro runs until 12:30am and a ticket will give you unlimited access all day. Getting around could hardly be easier.
The bus system is a breeze to use and a great way to see the city to boot. Metro tickets are valid on the buses - just remember to stamp them in the machine when you jump aboard. It’s easy to pick up a ticket from any metro station and, at the same time, grab a route map to get off the ground.
Setting out to see the sights? Try one of the Paris L’Open Tour Buses, stopping at more than 50 cultural highlights scattered throughout the city.
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If all else fails, taxis are simply a whistle or a wave away. With more than 15,000 cabs in operation across the city, you’ll never be far from a ride home.
For a treat, book an iconic Citroën 2CV (locally known as a “duck”) with your own handy chauffeur. This way, you’ll be whisked around the cultural sights while you relax on plush velvet seats - it’s a surefire way to add a touch of retro-chic to your trip to Paris.
If you’re looking to rent your own car in the city, find out about the options on our Paris car hire page.