Paris: Local Travel Info

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Paris Local Travel Info

Internal flights and major international airports
Paris has two major international airports: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Located about 15 miles northeast of central Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport offers quick and reliable ground transportation into Paris.

Getting to Paris via the Eurostar can be a good idea for many reasons, especially if you're departing from London. International flights to London can be cheaper than flights to Paris. In some cases, you can cut costs on travel by flying into London and then heading on to Paris by Eurostar. This also gives you the option of spending a day or two in London as a prelude to your Paris vacation.

Getting to and from the airport
You can get to Paris by suburban train (RER), bus, shuttle, or taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Roissybus is an express bus service that departs every 15 minutes, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., from Charles de Gaulle airport terminals 1,2, and 3. Air France operates two shuttles ("Cars Air France") that leave from Charles de Gaulle terminal 2 every 15 minutes and serve 5 stops in Paris. Follow the signs to "Cars Air France" at terminal 2, or take a free shuttle to terminal 2.Taxis can be easily found outside each terminal at Charles de Gaulle. On average, fares to central Paris cost 40 Euros.

Renting cars in Paris - Driving in Paris is not advisable and can be both dangerous and aggravating. Parking spaces are limited, traffic is dense, and erratic driving is common. If you must drive, make sure you have up-to-date international insurance.

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Drivers license requirements in Paris – All drivers require an international driver’s license.

Taxis in Paris - The official taxi firm is Taxi Parisien. Available cabs (indicated by the lit light on the roof) can be hailed from the street, although it is much more reliable to wait at one of the many ranks across the city. Fares are normally fairly reasonable, although extra charges will be added for journeys between 19:00 and 07:00, from airports and train stations, and per item of luggage. When traveling by taxi, make sure to verify the minimum price of the taxi ride before getting in the taxi. It is not uncommon for Paris taxi drivers to overcharge unsuspecting tourists, so be sure to watch the meter, and ask questions if you must. Also, giving the driver a suggested route ahead of time with the aid of a map is a good idea.

Cycling in Paris– Cycling is a great way to explore the streets of Paris as cycle lanes can be found throughout the city. Pay extra attention to pedestrians and cars and always carry a bicycle lock with you to secure it at your destination.

Walking in Paris - Paris is a really easy city to navigate on foot, with the centre being fairly compact. Walking is also a quicker alternative to the Métro when you are travelling short distances, especially when you would need to make changes.

Hitch hiking in Paris- Paris is the capital of France. Like nearly every big city, it's difficult to hitchhike out of it. Paris is even more difficult, since the ring highway (periferique) is relatively small.

Paris by Metro - Paris's Métro system is renowned for its ease of use and reliability. The Métro runs from 05:30-00:30. Free metro maps are available from the station, and there are plenty of maps en-route to assist you in your journey.

Paris by Bus - Buses are most useful for travelling over short distances (instead of the Métro). They are the only method of public transportation after the Métro and RER finishes.