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  City of Paris

Paris, France's famously cosmopolitan capital city, is one of the world's best-loved cities and one of the largest in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, many observers consider Paris an ideal of modern, urban living - progressive, stylish, arty and bohemian. More densely populated than Manhattan, with two million occupying its compact city centre, Paris nonetheless yields plenty of places where one can relax and reflect - in its suburban parklands, quiet neighbor hoods and vast array of museums.
 
Lovers of food, wine, art, music and fashion flock to experience the exquisite flavors of the city that justifiably holds the title of 'The Capital of Style'. It is adored by the romantics who stroll along the quays of the Seine, explore the delightful boutiques and markets, pass the time in its elegant parks and leafy squares, absorb the abundance of culture or linger over a coffee or candlelit dinner.

Paris City Facts

Metropolitan Paris Population: 9,854,000
(Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)
France Population: 60,711,000
(Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)
Paris Area: 1,200 square km
Telephone Codes: Paris city code is 1; to call France from abroad, dial +33. For calls to Parisian numbers from within Paris, dial 01.
Currency:  Euro (€, EUR)
Time zone: GMT + 1
(GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
Language: French

Paris - Airports
Paris is served by three major international airports, including long-haul and low-cost operators:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
  • Beauvais Airport (BVA)

______________________________Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

General Information
Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, located 23 kilometres (14 miles) north-east of Paris, is the city's largest airport and was one of the first airports in Europe to have an integrated train system serving it. One of Europe's most famous airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is used by a huge number of international and domestic airlines.

Getting into town

Train/metro: The RER B metro line provides four services an hour from CDG to Paris between 5am and 12pm, a journey of around 25 minutes to Gare du Nord train station and 45 minutes to Denfert Rochereau. Fares from around €50.

Bus:

  1. Roissy bus offer regular services to Paris Place de l'Opéra – a journey time of around 45 minutes. Fares from around € 8.
  2. Bus lines 350 (for Gare de l'Est) and 351 (Nation) link Paris to airport terminals 1 and 2, operating every day (note: no nighttime services).

Shuttle: Air France offers shuttle services to Paris from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports; and between the two airports themselves. Departures every 15-20 minutes between 5.40am and 11pmm with stops at Porte Maillot, Etoile/Place Charles de Gaulle and Gare Montparnasse.

Taxis & Limousines: Taxis to Paris take between 30-45 minutes to central Paris except in the busy 8am to 9.30am period A1 freeway. Fares from around € 55. Chaffeured limousine prices from around € 100.

_________________________________________________Paris Orly Airport (ORY)

General Information
Paris’ second airport mostly handles domestic and charter flights, serving around 30 airlines at its two terminals, South and West. Around 35 million passengers use Orly each year. Orly airport is best accessed by train on RER Lines B and C – parking at the airport is plentiful though the 15 kilometre road journey into Paris can be take longer than expected. Facilities and services at Orly airport include a range of food and retail outlets, business services and a notable art collection, and a choice of car rental providers.

Getting into town

Train/metro: The regular Orlyval light rail service connects passengers via the RER/metro station Antony to Châtelet Les Halles, Charles de Gaulle airport and La Défense – a journey times between 35 and 50 minutes.

Bus: Orlybus services connect passengers to the city’s Denfert-Rochereau Métro/RER stop every 15 minutes, taking around 30 minutes to Paris. Regular Jetbus services link Orly airport to Villejuif-Louis Aragon Metro station (line 7). Nightbuses (Noctambus) are also provided.

Shuttle: Air France shuttles leave every 15-20 minutes between 5.40am and 11pm, stopping at Porte d’Orleans, Gare Montparnasse, Duroc and Gare des Invalides – a journey time of 25 minutes. Shuttles also connect with Roissy CDG Airport.

Taxi: Taxis and limousines are available from outside the terminal building – fares from around € 35 to central Paris.

Car: Use the A6 motorway or Route National 7 via Porte d’Italie.

__________________________________________________Paris Beauvais Airport

General Information
Beauvais Airport offers flights to major Central European, Italian and Scandanavian cities with budget airlines including Ryanair and Wizzair. Also flies to Casablanca and Rabat.

Getting into town

Train: Taxis operate to Beauvais train station (fares from €10) – from there trains run to Paris Gare du Nord, a journey time of around an hour.

Bus: Departures every 20 minutes to Paris Porte Maillot metro station – a journey of around one hour. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the bus ticket point outside the airport.

Taxi: Taxis to Paris cost around € 120, more at night.

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