One of the world’s great cities, Paris is the capital of France and home to more than 12 million people throughout its cosmopolitan, sprawling mass. Known variously as a city of love, art, fashion and revolution, it’s home to world-renowned museums, restaurants, landmarks and architecture
The city that we know today owes much to the work of Baron von Hausmann, whose reconstruction including the laying out of several grand boulevards (including the Champs Élysées) and the rebuilding of large portions of the old medieval city into more modern structures transformed the city in the late 1800s. With the arrival of the Eiffel Tower (originally intended, in 1889, to be only a temporary structure) the city retains a sense of the historical while somehow remaining at the cutting edge.
Region - Ile de France
Population - 12.25m
Average June temperature - 18.3 C
All fixtures local time (BST +1 hour).
Sunday 12 June, 15.00: Turkey v Croatia – Group D
Wednesday 15 June, 18.00: Romania v Switzerland – Group A
Saturday 18 June, 21.00: Portugal v Austria – Group F
Tuesday 21 June, 18.00: Northern Ireland v Germany – Group C
Round of 16
Saturday 25 June, 18.00: Winner B v Third-place A/C/D
Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (also known as Roissy) located to the north-east of the city is the gateway to the country for a huge number of its visitors, and is one of the busiest airports in the world. As a result, it is not only vast, but also confusing. Allow plenty of time to navigate your way around if you’re changing planes here, and make a note of which terminal your flight leaves from - getting between terminal 2A and 2G could take as much as 30-45 minutes.
There are connections from virtually every major airport in the UK and Ireland, with easyJet as an example operating a major hub here (serving Belfast International, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend and a new route from Manchester from 13th June). Air France, and their budget offerings Hop! and Cityjet serving a range of UK destinations on scheduled routes, including Newcastle, Aberdeen and Dublin. British Airways run a route from London Heathrow.
To get to or from Paris, the RER commuter train, line B, has stations in Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 (free internal transfers are available if you land at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2G which is a separate building from the main Terminal 2).
Trains to Paris leave every 7-8 minutes and stop at major stations in the city centre including Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles and Saint-Michel Notre-Dame,. Adult tickets cost €10, and for children between 4-10 the fare is €6.65 each; day tickets are not valid for travel to and from the airport.
You should buy your tickets before boarding, from the ticket desks or the Ile de France ticket machines (English options are available - credit/debit cards accepted, along with coins - please note that Euro notes are not accepted at these machines).
Bus transfers are also available (using easyBus, Roissybus and local route numbers 350-351), but Parisian traffic is a nightmare at the best of times, and so while you may save a couple of Euros from using the local options your journey could take twice as long as the train connection. The same goes for journeys from the city centre to the airport - allow plenty of time if you’re using the roads, particularly around rush hour.
A taxi to/from the airport will cost around €60.
Orly airport is the city’s other main gateway, located around 13km to the southwest of the city. It’s a hub for connecting flights to the rest of France for Air France and its subsidiaries, as well as an incoming point for a number of European carriers. There are a handful of connections with the UK, including Flybe to Southampton and CityJet to London City.
The airport is around a 30 minute drive from the city centre using the Orlybus, which connects with the Metro at Denfert-Rochereau for Lines 4 and 6.
A shuttle bus, Paris par le train, connects the airport to RER line C at Pont de Rungis station. The bus, which takes 10 minutes, costs €2.50 and the RER into central Paris, which takes 25 minutes, costs €3.80.
Antony station on the RER line B is connected to Orly Airport by the Orlyval shuttle train which connects the two terminals with each other. The Orlyval takes eight minutes and costs €7.40, then a train from Antony to central Paris takes 25 minutes and costs €6.10. The trains operate every four to seven minutes.
Paris is served by a number of mainline stations without having one main central station. Your point of origin/destination will determine which of its many stations you need, as follows:
Gare du Nord - Eurostar services from London and international trains from Belgium, Holland, Germany and routes from the north east of France (including Lille and Lens) arrive in to Gare du Nord. Connects with the RER lines B and D, which serve the Stade de France, and Metro lines 4 and 5.
Gare de l’Est - As its name suggests, it serves routes to the east of the country, including Luxembourg and some German destinations including Frankfurt and Munich. Connects with metro lines 4 and 5.
Gare de Lyon - Broadly serves destinations in southern and south eastern France (including Lyon), also down as far as Marseille, the Alps and into Switzerland. Connects with RER lines A and D, and Metro lines 1 and 14.
Gare Montparnasse - Handles traffic to the west and south west of France, including Bordeaux and Toulouse. Connects with Metro lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 through the adjacent Montparnasse-Bienvenue station.
The other major mainline stations include Gare d’Austerlitz (central and south-west France), Gare de Bercy (the Auvergne and Italy) and Gare St Lazare (Normandy).