One of Europe's truly timeless cities, home to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame – not to mention fantastic food...
... cutting-edge fashion and beautiful architecture – Paris needs no introduction. Easily accessible from London, it’s our nearest biggest-hitting neighbour, a real force in the fields of culture, art and cuisine.
Arriving at Paris Orly
Paris Orly Airport is in the communes of Orly and Villeneuve-le-Roi in the south of Paris, about eight miles (13km) from the city centre. The airport is well connected to the city and there are numerous options when it comes to getting into town. The quickest of these is to get the train. The Orlyval light railway connects the airport to the RER B train line via Antony train station, from where it’s easy to transfer to a train into the centre of the city. The airport also connects to the RER C line, another of the city’s main train lines, with a shuttle from both Orly terminals to to Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d'Orly station, where it’s easy to catch an onward train.
It’s also easy to catch a bus from the airport into the city centre. Most conveniently, the line 1 runs between the airport and several sites in central Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées. The Orlybus runs between the airport and Denfert-Rochereau, a station in the Montparnasse district towards the centre of town.
Taxis are another convenient form on onward transport from the airport; they assemble outside exits L and B. If you’d rather drive yourself, several car rental firms have outlets at arrivals.
Food and Drink
Perhaps more than anything else, France is famous for and proud of its world-beating cuisine. While mastery of French cooking is a lifetime’s work, you can pick up a few tricks of the trade at one of the city’s many cookery schools, regardless of your level of expertise. Le Cordon Bleu is well-known as a training ground for world-class chefs, but amateurs are welcome too, with an extensive menu of workshops to choose from.
The list of Parisian delicacies is almost too long to count, but there are certain classics you must make sure you tick off during your stay here. The best way to begin a Parisian day is, of course, with a croissant, preferably baked fresh in one of the city’s famous boulangeries. For lunch, pop into a café for a quick jambon-beurre or croque monsieur, before filling up at dinner on steak-frites. Crêpes and macarons are also not to be missed.
Unsurprisingly in a city that loves its food this much, there are some fantastic food markets in Paris. The Marché Rue d’Aligre has a fantastic selection of French cheese, while the crêpe stalls of the Marché Bastille are a great place to pick up a quick lunch in between sightseeing.