Paris airports guide – Charles de Gaulle airport & Orly airport

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Paris draws in over 40 million tourists every year, both from within France and from around the world, and as a result the city sees a large amount of air traffic. To help manage this air traffic, Paris has two main airports: the larger and busier Charles de Gaulle airport and the smaller Orly airport.

In addition to these two airports, to the North of the city in a town called Beauvais is the Beauvais Tillé Airport. This airport also sees a fair amount of visitors to Paris. Since there are three working airports and a large number of flights and airlines that operate to Paris, getting a flight to Paris from virtually any destination in the world is relatively simple.

Charles de Gaulle airport

Charles de Gaulle airport (also named Roissy Airport) is located 25 kilometres to the north east of the city. This airport, with IATA code CDG is one of the world’s biggest and busiest airports with over 50 airlines operating from this terminal. Some quick facts:

  • Charles de Gaulle is Air France’s main hub
  • The airport has three terminals and both Terminal 1 and 2 are connected to the city by RER and TGV.
  • In 2007, the airport introduced CDGVAL which is an automatic light rail system that connects all three terminals.

Orly airport

Orly airport is located to the south of Paris, partly in Villeneuve-le-Roi and partly in Orly and it is allocated the IATA code of ORY. This airport once functioned as Paris’s main airport – before the construction of the Charles de Gaulle airport – and covers an area slightly larger than 15 square kilometres. The Orly airport mainly sees a lot of domestic traffic, and some international flights from Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.

Beauvais Tillé airport which is about 85 kilometres from Paris. This airport’s traffic is mainly limited to chartered flights, and some low cost airlines like Ryanair, Blue Air and Wizz air.

Extra Paris Travel info: Champs Elysees is a very good area also offers some excellent vacation accommodation in the city of Paris.