On a recent trip to Paris I flew Vueling into Orly Airport (ORL) from Barcelona. Although Orly is closer to central Paris than its bigger sister, Charles de Gaulle (CDG), it doesn’t have the convenience of a direct train into the city.
There are a few options; I took the one that was the cheapest and the most practical for the hotel I was staying at in the Saint-Lazare / Opera area. I had luggage (one carry-on, one check-in suitcase), and although I wanted to save money, I also didn’t want to have to change trains 3 or 4 times in stations that might or might not have elevators or escalators. With the estimated taxi cost being around €40, I decided to take the shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis (€2.50) station, then the RER C line into the city for €4.35.
Oddly, this option isn’t listed on the sign board near the baggage claim area.
The train option listed in the picture, for €11.35, is for the Orlyval shuttle train which connects to the RER B line at Antony station. Although I just took the picture a month ago, the price has since increased to €11.65. However, the shuttle plus RER C train I took only cost €6.85.
To find the shuttle to the train station from the West Terminal (Orly Ouest), walk outside to bus stop #7.
Here I found an out-of-order ticket machine, but I was able to pay the €2.50 shuttle fee directly on the bus in cash. (I was traveling with a friend and used a €5 note – I don’t know if the driver can make change or not.)
The bus is a fairly standard airport bus – with a rack for luggage.
Less than 10 minutes later, you arrive at Pont de Rungis station. For trains to central Paris, board any train towards Pontoise, Versailles Rive Gauche, Versailles Chantiers, or St-Quentin en Yvelines. (See RER C map below.) Here you can buy train tickets for a single journey, or day passes for local trains and the Paris Metro.
The train itself is a double decker, not crowded at all at 9 am on Saturday morning but probably not as roomy on a weekday commute into the city. No dedicated luggage space on the train.
At Biblioteque François Mitterand I changed to Metro line 14 and then went directly to Saint-Lazare station. The entire journey was less than an hour.
RER C trains connect to many Metro and other RER lines.
•Bibliotheque François Mitterand: Metro Line 14
•Paris Austerlitz: Metro Lines 5 & 10
•St-Michael / Notre Dame: Metro Lines 4 & 10 and RER B
•Invalides: Metro Lines 8 & 13
•Pont de l’Alma: Metro Line 9
•Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel: Metro Line 6
All in all, I found the journey to be simple, clean, safe, and CHEAP! Next time you fly into Orly, see if this is a viable option for you!This entry was posted in Europe, Paris, Transportation