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Arriving in Paris by air and getting to La Défense
Getting to Paris from the airport
Paris is served by two main airports: Charles De Gaulle – CDG (located in the north-east) and Orly (located in the south). You first need to go to Paris City Center.
By ‘Le bus direct’ coach.
Take line 1 (from Orly) or line 2 (from CDG Airport) and go to ‘Place de l’Étoile’ (Metro station “Charles de Gaulle-Etoile”). Once there, you can reach your hotel by metro or RER – the station ‘Charles de Gaulle Etoile’ is a short walk from the coach drop off spot.
Where to find your coach ‘Les Cars Air France’ at the airport or in Paris
|Charles de Gaulle Airport – CDG|
|Terminal||Orly 1, 2 & 3||Orly 4||1||2A-2C||2B-2D||2E-2F||3|
Airport coach stop
|Gate C2||Gate B1||
|Please ask at the airport|
Paris coach stop
Metro station “Charles de Gaulle Etoile”
Exit : Avenue Carnot
To access La Defense (where several of our partner hotels are located) from there, take RER A to ‘La Défense-Grande Arche’ (one station by RER A, direction ‘Saint-Germain-En-Laye’, ‘Poissy’ and ‘Cergy-Le Haut’) – you will need to purchase a special ticket if using the RER to La Defense; or take Metro Line 1 to ‘La Defense’ (six stations by Metro Line 1, direction La Defense).
By RER (suburban train).
From Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can take suburban train line RER B, direction Paris. If you are heading for La Defense where several of the partner hotels are located, change at ‘Châtelet-Les Halles’ and take RER A direction ‘Saint-Germain-En-Laye’, ‘Poissy’ and ‘Cergy-Le Haut’ (for more detailed information on the journey, go to the Metro/RER website in English or in French), exit 1 at ‘La Défense-Grande Arche’ and then follow IÉSEG.
The station ‘La Defense/Grande Arche’ is a very large station that comprises a metro station, a RER station, a bus station, a regional-train station and a tram station. You will likely make use of only Metro line 1 and/or suburban train line RER A. The Metro line 1 crosses Paris from West to East and has many stops of potential interest (Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Champs Elysees, Concorde, Tuileries, Louvre, Chatelet, Bastille, Gare de Lyon, etc.). It takes about 45 minutes to go from La Defense to Gare de Lyon. RER line A is faster, but stops at fewer stations. Also, note that you need to buy a special metro ticket to reach La Defense by RER A, whereas a normal ticket works on the metro’s line 1.