Travel from Dublin to Paris

Are you planning a trip from Dublin to Paris and having trouble sifting through your travel options? Dublin is a little less than 500 miles from Paris and separated by the Irish Sea and the English Channel, which makes flying the most logical choice. But if you prefer not to fly for some reason or would like to make a stopover in London, travel by train and ferry from Dublin to Paris is always a possibility.

Flights From Dublin to Paris
International carriers including Aer Lingus and Air France and regional companies such as Ryanair offer several daily flights from Dublin to Paris, arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris tend to be a cheaper option, but you’ll need to plan on at least an extra hour and fifteen minutes to get to central Paris.

Travel From Dublin to Paris by Ferry and Train
You can get from Dublin to Paris via a combination of ferry and train travel, but you’ll need to count on a long trip with multiple transfers. The easiest solution is to take the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, England, continue on to London via train, then take the high-speed Eurostar train, to Paris, which traverses the English channel via the “Chunnel”. The London to Paris route on the Eurostar leaves from The St Pancras International rail station in central London and arrives at Paris Gare du Nord station. As mentioned, this option is not for the hurried traveler, but can be a good plan if a leisurely stop in London appeals to you.

Arriving in Paris by Plane? Ground Transport Options
If you’re arriving in Paris by plane, you’ll need to figure out how to get to the center of the city from the airports.

Paris Ground Transport Options

Paris has an excellent public transportation system, and this extends to transport from the main airports to the city center. Well-armed with information on connecting from your terminal to ground transport, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting from the airport to the city.

From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport
You can get to Paris by suburban train (RER), bus, shuttle, or taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

* The RER Line B (suburban train) departs every 15 minutes from terminals 1 & 2 and arrives in central Paris within 30 minutes. The trains run from 5 a.m.-12:15 a.m. At 8.40 Euros, this is the cheapest option, but is less practical if you have a lot of luggage.

o From Terminal 1 , take a line 2 Aeroport de Paris shuttle bus (free) departing from gate 22. Get off at Roissypole-Terminal 3 and follow the signs to the RER.

o From Terminals 2A and 2B, take a line 3 Aeroport de Paris shuttle bus (departure gates 8 at 2A and gate 6 at 2B) and get off at the “TGV/RER” stop.

o From Terminals 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F, follow the signs marked “Paris par train” until you reach the RER ticketing area.

o From Terminal 3, take the footpath (about 1/4 mile) and follow the “Paris par train” signs.

o The RER B stops at the following stations within Paris:

+ Gare du Nord
+ Chatelet-les-Halles (major connection point to the metro)
+ Saint-Michel/Notre Dame
+ Luxembourg
+ Port-Royal
+ Denfert-Rochereau

* Roissybus is an express bus service that departs every 15 minutes, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., from Charles de Gaulle airport terminals 1,2, and 3 and arrives an hour later near metro station Opera in the 9th arrondissement. A one-way ticket costs 8.90 Euros. Follow the signs to “Roissybus” and purchase a ticket from an RATP vendor near the gate before boarding. The bus is equipped with space for luggage.

* Roissypole bus lines 350 and 351 leave from Charles de Gaulle terminals 1 and 2. Bus # 350 goes to Gare de l’Est in northeastern Paris. Line 351 goes to the Nation metro station in the southeast. From terminals 1 or 2, follow the signs to ground transport. From terminal 3, take a free airport shuttle to terminals 1 or 2.

* Air France operates two shuttles(“Cars Air France”) that leave from Charles de Gaulle terminal 2 every 15 minutes and serve 5 stops in Paris. Follow the signs to “Cars Air France” at terminal 2, or take a free shuttle to terminal 2.

o The first shuttle runs from 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and stops at Etoile (on the Champs-Elysées, 1 Avenue Carnot)and Porte Maillot (Blvd. Gouvion St. Cyr), both in Western Paris. The trip takes 35 minutes.
Prices:
Adults: 13 Euros one way/20 Euros round-trip
Children 2 to 11: 6.50 Euros
Group discounts: 15% off for groups over 4 people

o The second shuttle runs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and stops at Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse in Paris. The trip takes 50 minutes.
Prices:
Adults: 14 Euros one-way/22 Euros round-trip
Children 2 to 11: 7 Euros
Group discounts: 15% off for groups over 4 people

* Taxis can be easily found outside each terminal at Charles de Gaulle. On average, fares to central Paris cost 40 Euros.

From Orly Airport
You have several options for transport to Paris from Orly Airport:

* The RER B (suburban train) connects to Orly airport via the Orlyval airport train. Follow the signs from Orly Ouest or Orly Sud to “Orlyval”, then from the Antony train station, connect to the RER B, direction Paris. If need be, you can then connect to the Paris metro at stations Denfert Rochereau, Saint-Michel, Chatelet-les-Halles, or Gare du Nord.
Departs: every 7-10 minutes, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Price: 9.60 Euros (note that you must buy a special ticket from an RATP ticketer at the airport).

* The RER C (suburban train) connects to Orly Airport via shuttles that leave from the Porte de Rungis station. From the airport, take a shuttle to Porte de Rungis, then the RER C to Paris.
Departs: Shuttles for Porte de Rungis leave every 15 minutes, 5:45 a.m.- 11:15 p.m., from gate G- quai 1 at Orly Sud and from the arrival level at Orly Ouest.
Price: 5.65 Euros each way (approx. $7.50)

* The Orlybus is a direct bus run by the RATP (metro) connecting Orly Airport to Denfert Rochereau in southern Paris.
Departs: Every 15 minutes, 5:35 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Orly Sud and Orly Ouest. Trip takes about 25 minutes.
Price: 6.30 Euros

* Air France shuttles depart from Orly Ouest and Orly Sud and stop at metro stations Porte d’Orleans, Montparnasse, and Invalides.
Departs: Every 15 minutes, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Price:
Adults: 9 Euros one-way, 14 Euros round-trip
Children 2 to 11: 4.50 Euros
Group discounts: 15% off for groups over 4 people

* Taxis depart regularly from Orly Sud and Orly Ouest. the average fare to Paris is 20-30 Euros.

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