Hi--in Paris, what's the difference between Orly and CDG. I know CDG is the big international airport, but is Orly just an alternative or is it just for cities in France or close by? I found fares that were cheaper to CDG than Orly, but sometimes big airports can be a real pain. Also--which one is closer to the city--and do they both have train service?
Orly is to the south out of Paris and CDG is to the north east still out of town but a little closer than Orly. Both are international airports but CDG is the main one and most international probably go there while Orly probably handles more domestic than international flights. I think that would be the only main difference because all the same transport goes to both.
CDG is a little confusing because there is 3 terminals and a bunch of halls in terminal 2 which takes some minutes to walk around. When you get out of the metro you are on the far side of all the terminals I think but there is a free little tram that goes between all of them and if you know your gate or terminal you are fine and it is also divided by most destinations or airline and usually when you buy your tickets they tell you which terminal you go out of (but you can ask one of these kiosk help people and they can look up flight numbers and what gates they usually go out of - I randomly found one once but they should be around). If not just wait till you see your gate number when your flight comes up on the flight screens outside the exit of the metro/RER and save yourself guessing and wasting time going to the wrong terminal. It isnt so crowded usually but it is the country's international airport and depending when and where you want to go it could get crowded.
I havent been to Orly so I am not sure if it is confusing or crowded but it is a smaller airport.
Let me know if you need to know about transportation to/from the airports.
They're both at opposite ends of the city, and both are accessible by RER/Metro/bus. Generally speaking, CDG does big airlines and Orly does charter flights. I found it quicker to get into the city from Orly, but I guess it depends on where you're staying.
CDG is no different than any large airport elsewhere; it's fairly easy to navigate and only minorly annoying. i've always flown through CDG and found it very easy to get directly to the city. sorry, can't comment on Orly, but if you're finding cheaper flights through CDG, which you normally will, then i would go there. if i recall, even the cheap fights (ryanair, easyjet) fly through CDG, so it should be easy if you're looking to get around just europe.
Thanks very much for all help! (I'm heading to CDG.)
if i recall, even the cheap fights (ryanair, easyjet) fly through CDG, so it should be easy if you're looking to get around just europe.
You are correct on Easyjet, it uses both airports.
But RyanAir, and a few other smaller budgetairlines (WizzAir, Blue Air, Centralwings), fly to and from Beauvais Airport, which is located at some distance from Paris. (it might be closer to the Belgium border, than it is to Paris) If you would choose to fly from that airport, check on the timetable for transport to / from the airport and the extra charges for this transport.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2007, at 4:23 AM by Herr Bert ]
I too found the Orly airport convenient, took the Orly bus at 6 Euro which dropped me right in the heart of the city