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Despite being Paris’ second airport, Orly handles the majority of France’s domestic air traffic and ranks as the country’s second-busiest airport with over 27 million passengers each year. Paris Orly Airport lies just eight miles south of the capital and boasts superb connections via airport shuttles, buses, the Orlyval light rail and taxis. Car hire from Paris Orly Airport is also a very convenient option, as the airport is right on the A106 autoroute for easy highway access anywhere in metropolitan Paris.
Who to Book With
Seven major car hire companies are located at Paris Orly Airport, including Avis, Advantage, Europcar, National Citer, Hertz, Sixt and TT Car Transit. All of the rental firms have the kiosks next to the Arrivals Area in the West Terminal, which is connected to the South Terminal by light rail train. Only TT Car Transit has an office in the South Terminal.
Need to Know Essentials
When you collect your rental car at the airport be prepared to show the following:
- Complete valid driving license
- Credit card used for the booking
- Passport or other form of ID with your name on it
- Print out of rental reservation confirmation
Driving in central Paris can be challenging due to frequent congestion and erratic local drivers. Parking space in downtown is scarce, but underground pay garages are a good choice. Most streetside parking requires payment Monday to Saturday, 09:00 to 19:00, but nights and Sundays are free. There are three different parking meter tariffs based on location, and meters only accept Paris Carte cards (not coins). There is a two-hour limit for street parking, and be sure to display the meter ticket on your dash. Paris is surrounded by ring roads and highways that make driving on the outskirts very easy. Petrol stations accept credit cards at the pump or cash inside. A warning triangle, fluorescent safety vest and unused breathalyser test kit must be kept inside the car (not in the boot) at all times.
Arriving passengers can rent a car and conveniently reach their destination via Paris’ highway network. Airport buses run to designated stops around the capital, while shared shuttle vans offer door-to-door service. It’s also possible to use the Orlyval light rail train, but this requires a quick shuttle to the train depot. Taxis are the most convenient, and expensive, transport option.
Paris Orly Airport is connected indirectly to downtown Paris by the Orlyval automated light rail. Passengers must take an eight-minute shuttle to the Antony RER train station in Arceuil, where an RER-B train runs to seven stops within Paris. It takes 35 minutes to the Chatelet-Les Halles metro complex in the heart of Paris. Orlyval trains depart both terminals at the airport every six minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 daily. Fares are £9 (adults) and £4.50 (children 4-10) for a one-way ticket to Antony station and transfer into the city centre.
There are two kinds of taxi at Paris Orly Airport: city centre and suburbs. Rates are based on the location in Paris and time of travel, with Sundays and holidays extra. Taxi ranks are found at exit M in the South Terminal and exit B Arrival Level in the West Terminal. Luggage costs £1 per piece, and a fourth passenger adds another £3 to the fare.
Paris Orly Airport to Notre Dame is about £30
Paris Orly Airport to Gare de l’Est is about £40
Paris Orly Airport to La Defense district is about £45
Paris Orly Airport to Disneyland Paris is about £60
Eight-passenger shared shuttles are the most direct transport option. They require advance booking but make no more than three stops on the trip into the city for around £15 per person. Les Cars Air France has large buses that stop at Gare Montparnasse, Invalides and Arc de Triomphe. One-way fares are £9 (adults) and £4.50 (children 2-11). Buses depart from both terminals every 15 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 for the 35-minute trip. The Orlybus is the cheapest option, with a link to Denfert-Rochereau RER/metro station for £6 one way. Orlybus departs both terminals every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:30 (00:30 weekends).
Paris Orly Airport has two terminals, West and South, connected by the free Orlyval light rail train. Air France, British Airways and several other European carriers operate from the West Terminal, while easyJet and other regional airlines are based in the South Terminal. Most of the 27 million passengers fly into Orly on domestic flights, though there are many routes around Europe and the UK as well.
There are seven car parks at the airport (P0-P6), four of which (P0-P3) are located adjacent to the terminals. The outlying car parks (P4-P6) are connected to the terminals by a free shuttle that runs around the clock. Rates at the closest covered car parks are roughly £3 per hour, with £23 for 24 hours. The farther lots are open-air, with rates around £2 per hour and £20 per 24 hours. Credit cards and cash can be used for payment.
Internet hot spots are located throughout both terminals, with the first 15 minutes of use free of charge. There are also Atlanteam computer stations in the Departures Area. After 15 minutes, Wi-Fi costs around £1 for another 10 minutes of use or £4 for an hour in the reserved areas.
Traveller information desks can be found in both terminals in the Arrivals and Departures Areas.
Call Centre: +33 1 70 36 39 50 (from outside France)
Call Centre: 3950 (from within France)
Paris Orly Airport is fully equipped with the latest technology to ensure all passengers with reduced mobility can access any part of the airport. After travellers have made advance arrangements with the airport, staff will assist any passenger each step of the way from passport control to baggage claim. Priority access is given at all security checks as well.
Restaurants and Bars
More than a dozen cafés and snack bars are available in each of the two terminals along with the sit-down restaurant La Brasserie in the West Terminal and Clos Saint Germain in the South Terminal. A handful of proper drinking bars can be found before security in both terminals as well.
Money and ATMs
HSBC has a full service bank in the West Terminal’s Arrival Area that is open 08:45 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. For currency exchange, Travelex kiosks can be found in the South Terminal in the Arrival area. HSBC ATMs are conveniently located near the entrances of both terminals.
There is a complete range of shopping outlets in both the South and West Terminals. Multistore is the place for duty-free goods and is located after security in each terminal, while several stores sell French food, fashion items and accessories. Check Paris Gourmand for your favourite French edibles, Beauty Unlimited for cosmetics and fashion wear.