Orly airport is located at a distance of almost 20km from central Paris, at the locality of Orly. Before the establishing of Charles de Gaulle airport, the Orly airport acted as the main hub of flights. The taxi fare from Orly to central Paris is quite reasonable and one can enjoy a smooth driving experience, after a tedious flight.
The Orly airport is regarded as the home base of Transavia France.
The CEO of Orly airport is Regis Lacote.
The airport was originally known as ‘Villeneuve-Orly Airport’ and it was available to southern suburbs of Paris in 1932, as a secondary airport (first being Le Bourget).
In World War II, the Orly airport was occupied by German Luftwaffe, which used the airport as a combat airport, stationing many of its important vehicles. RAF and USAAF saw an opportunity and repeatedly attacked the airport, destroying a lot of its infrastructure.
Two terminals rule the Orly airport i.e. South terminal and West terminal. Both of these terminals are home to various duty-free shops, restaurants, and lucid attractions.
It has 6 floors and the departure gates are located on Upper-level I. Jet bridges are equipped with 15 of terminal’s departure gates. The South terminal is cool in a sense that there are a number of PlayStation 3 in the boarding halls of ‘A’ and ‘D’. You can play all you want, and that too for free.
For very small children, the airport offers ‘play areas’ in the boarding lounges of D, E, and G.
It has two floors and the departure area is located on level I. The central departure area is connected to halls I – 4 and 23 stands are accompanied with jet bridges.
The West terminal is also famous for its game room which houses a pinball, a pool, and some video games. Inside the hall 2 of a west terminal, there is a beauty salon, where one can get a soothing massage, manicure, and pedicure at affordable rates.
Orly airport can accommodate more than 7300 vehicles. If you are in a car park and don’t know where to go, you can call the taxi and you will be picked from parking. The taxi fare from Orly to central Paris will be reasonable and the ride will be comfortable.
There are many ways to reach Paris from Orly. These are discussed below:
You can reach Paris through the train as Paris – Orly route is connected to lines B and C of RER rapid train.
To reach RER C, take the ADP shuttle service which would encompass a journey of 10 minutes. You can access ADP shuttle service via ‘F’ entrance of the Southern terminal.
Orly bus shuttle stops at ‘H’ entrance of southern terminal and ‘D’ entrance of the western terminal. The journey is about 25 minutes.
The average taxi fare from Orly to central Paris is around 30 euros and before booking a car, you can see the tentative fare beforehand.
Take the A6 motorway through Porte de Gentilly and you will then be taken comfortably from Orly to central Paris.