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How to Reach Paris from India

Air France, Etihad Airways, Air India, Jet Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates all operate daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata,Pune and Hyderabad to both Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport.

How to reach Paris by flight

Paris can be accessed by two main international airports - Roissy Charles de Gaulle, around 30 km away from the city and Orly Airport (European, Southern, across Atlantic countries) which is around 20 km from the city. Beauvais Airport is served by low cost airlines operating from Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbonne, Madrid, Alicante, Budapest and other nearby cities. Air France (in partnership with Delta), Air Transat, British Airways operate daily flights from across the continents to Paris.

Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport to Paris -

1. By Bus: Roissybus operates direct buses from terminals every 15 mins which arrives at Opera (city centre), until 12:30 AM in the night and costs around EUR 11. Bus Noctilien is for travel during the wee hours between 12:00 AM - 5:00 AM. By Train: The cheapest and the fastest way to get to Paris is the Underground RER B to Central Paris (Les Halles, Gare du Nord, St-Michel, Luxembourg) running every 10 - 15 minutes. A free CDGVal light rail will connect you to the Roissyple RER station. Fare - EUR 10 By Shuttle : Air France shuttle buses (Line 1) ply to Porte Maillot & Etoile metro stations every 30 minutes and Line 4 buses go to Montparnasse and the Gare de Lyon. Tickets cost EUR 17 and 15% discount is given to groups above 4. By Taxi: Taxis are the least preferred mode of transport. Fares go up to EUR 50 - EUR 70 depending on travel time and distance. Make sure to take an official taxi from the designated areas, irrespective of which company you choose. Getting to Paris from Orly Airport: By Bus: RATP's Orlybus leaves every 10 to 20 minutes for the Denfert-Rochereau metro station in Montparnasse. By Train: A faster option RATP's monorail service, Orlyval runs between the Antony RER-B station and Orly Airport daily. The fare is EUR 12. However the cheapest would be the shuttle bus to the RER-C station Pont de Rungis_A_roport d'Orly. Trains to Paris leave from here every 15 - 20 minutes and the total fare inclusive of shuttle is around EUR 7. By Shuttle: Air France's Line 1 shuttle bus runs from the airport to Les Invalides, €toile, and Montparnasse at a fare of EUR 12.50. By Taxi: Taxi stands are in Orly South and Orly West. A trip downtown will cost you around EUR 40 - EUR 55. Shuttle service from Paris Beauvais Airport to Porte Maillot are operational and take over an hour to get to the city at a minimal cost of around EUR 17.

How to reach Paris by road

Depending on where you come in from, you'll join the ring road at one of the 30 gateways (portes) that punctuate the 35 km expressway. The major ring road encircling Paris, priphrique gives you the choice between the inner ring road (priphrique intrieur) which runs in a clockwise direction and the outer (priphrique extrieur), which runs anti-clockwise. The names of the highways function on the same principle as the metro, with the final destination as the determining point in the direction you must take. Heading north, look for Porte de la Chapelle (direction Lille and Charles de Gaulle Airport); east, for Porte de Bagnolet (direction Metz and Nancy); south, for Porte d'Orl_ans (direction Lyon and Bordeaux); and west, for Porte d'Auteuil (direction Rouen and Chartres) or Porte de St-Cloud (Boulogne-Billancourt).

How to reach Paris by train

Train travel is viable from cities in France and all other major European cities. Railway stations in Paris are centrally located and each with specific destinations, they offer smooth connections with the public transport network (metro, RER, bus). Make sure you don't forget to validate your rail tickets by punching them in the orange machines located in the concourse and in front of the platforms.

1. Gare du Nord - Trains from northern France (Picardie, Nord) and Northern Europe (UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Northern Germany

2. Gare De L'est - Trains from eastern France (Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Alsace) and Europe (southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria)

3. Gare De Lyon - Trains from central and south-west France (Bourgogne, Auvergne, Rhine-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Cote-deAzur), Switzerland, Italy and Spain via Montpellier.

4. Gare De Bercy - Trains from Bourgogne by TER train and Italy by night train.

5. Gare D'Austerlitz - Trains from central France (Centre-Val de Loire, Limousin) and by night train, Nice and Spain.

6. Gare Montparnasse - Trains from western and south-western France (southern Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Tours by TGV, Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrnes) and north-western Spain.

7. Gare Saint-Lazare - Trains from Normandy, England via Deppe.

How to reach Paris by bus

With an excellent national train service in place, the need for buses is sparse. Buses operate regionally, particularly in places train service where is erratic. Local bus information can be obtained from the SNCF. The largest international bus service is Eurolines, with its main terminal, Paris-Galli-ni international coach station in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet (20 minutes metro ride from Central Paris). It connects over more than 600 European cities and is relatively cheaper than flights or trains. So if time is not a constraint you can opt for the Eurolines.

How to reach Paris by Waterways

Ferries link Port D'Larsenal, Paris to United Kingdom in about 1.5 hours. The most popular route is between Calais and Dover, while others include Boulogne and Folkestone, Le Havre and Portsmouth.

Local transport in Paris

Paris has an extremely organised and well connected public transport system. You would rarely need to haul a taxi, since the transport facilities are constructed keeping in mind the various places of attractions and sights. This romantic city can also be well explored on foot, so set out and wander off wherever your two feet carry you.

1. Bikes: Paris is increasingly bike friendly, with cycling lanes. Velib bike share scheme provides innumerable bikes to Parisians and visitors from the stations situated all across the city. Hiring a bike entails purchasing a 1 - 7 day subscription by depositing EUR 150.

2. Boats: Batobus operates glassed-in trimarans from nine small piers along the Seine - Beaugrenelle, Eiffel Tower, Muse deOrsay, St-Germain des Pris, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes/City de la Mode et du Design, Hotel de Ville, Muse du Louvre and Champs-Elysses.

3. Buses: Operated by RATP, the Paris bus network is well connected with buses plying from 5:30 AM - 8: 30 PM. For night time travel, Noctilien buses are available which run from 12:30 AM to 5:30 AM and link the four main train stations.

4. Taxis: Taxis are available on prior ordering and run on metre with per kilometre charges/ baggage charges etc fixed. Most taxis will not take more than 3 passengers. Uber is also operational here.

5. Train: RATP operates Paris's underground network as well comprising two separate but linked system - Metro and RER Suburban Train Line. The RER is faster, though the stops are further apart. To reach certain attractions the RER tends to be more convenient. It is advisable to get hold of a metro map from the ticket counter. And always ask to get your zones and lines correct! Car/Scooter - Autolib provides an electric share car program similar to Velib. Cars can be hired for 30 minute intervals costing Eur EUR 9.

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