Aller au contenu principal

Means of Transportation

For practical information about transportation in the Paris region or in France, download and consult

 

Planning your departure: getting to France

  • Arriving by train

TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is a high-speed train that runs all over France and beyond. It is operated by SNCF. TGV offers attractive train journeys and connections, such as a three-hour train ride between Paris and Marseille. 

Eurostar connects Paris to London in just two hours. Thanks to Thalys, the rail journey between Paris and Amsterdam can be as short as 1 hour and 22 minutes and between Paris and Brussels only 3 hours and 18 minutes.

Long-distance trains depart from Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de Bercy, Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, Gare du Nord and Gare Saint-Lazare. To buy tickets, go to the SNCF website (the national French national railway company).

Some long-distance trains also depart from the Massy-Palaiseau train station or the Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

  • Arriving by plane

There are two international airports in Paris:


Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG)
This airport is located in the north-east of the city. It has three terminals (T1, T2, T3). To get from one terminal to another, you can take the free CDGVAL automatic metro.
To get to Paris, you can:
- take RER B. One of the cheapest ways to travel between the airport and Paris and its suburbs. Travelling from Paris Gare du Nord to Roissy - GDG is approximately 35-40 minutes. A single ticket is about €10. The Navigo pass can be used on this route.

- Le Bus Direct - Shuttle lines 2 and 4: The Air France transportation service offers journeys between Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris. The bus stops at strategic locations in Paris (Porte Maillot, Etoile / Champs-Elysées, Trocadéro and Eiffel Tower). The line 4 serves Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon. The buses arrive and depart from all terminals. The buses run in both directions between 5:15 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The full one-way journey takes approximately one hour and costs €17. You can purchase the tickets online
- Take the bus: Roissybus operates between Paris (Opéra) and Charles-de-Gaulle airport. All terminals are served. The ticket is €11.50 and the Navigo pass is  accepted. For further information and to buy tickets, go to the Paris aéroports website.

- Bus 350 and 351:  The RATP connects Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris with two bus routes: bus 350 serves Paris Gare de l'Est and bus 351 serves Place de la Nation. The journey takes between 60 and 80 minutes and costs €6.

- Taxi: You will find taxis located at the gates outside your arrival terminal. A journey to Paris costs around €50

Orly International Airport
This airport is located south of Paris and has four terminals, Orly 1, 2, 3 and 4. To get to Paris, you can:
- Take the Orlyval shuttle as far as Antony train station, then RER B
- Take the bus: Orlybus is an express bus route which links Orly to Denfert Rochereau (in Paris). There are buses approximately every 10 to 20 minutes for a journey time of approximately 35 minutes. A ticket costs €8 and the Navigo pass is accepted. For further information and to buy tickets, go to the Paris aéroports website.

- Le Bus Direct - Shuttle line 1: The Air France transportation service offers journeys between Orly airport and Paris. The bus stops at strategic locations in Paris (Etoile / Champs-Elysées, Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower and Gare Montparnasse). The bus arrives and departs from both terminals: Orly Sud and Orly Ouest. The buses run in both directions between 5:15 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The full one-way journey takes approximately 50 minutes and costs €12. You can purchase the tickets online. 

- Bus 183: The bus of the RATP runs between Paris Porte-de-Choisy and Paris-Orly airport from 5:00 a.m. until midnight. The journey takes 40 minutes and the ticket costs €2. 

- Tramway: The tram line 7 connects the Villejuif-Louis Aragon, terminus of the 7 Metro line, to Orly airport. The journey takes 45 minutes and the tram runs every 8 to 15 minutes approximately. The ticket costs €1,90.

- Taxi: You will find taxis located at the gates outside your arrival terminal. A journey to Paris costs around €35

Going from Paris to the Saclay Plateau

Find your way using the following website: https://citymapper.com/

Bus network from Massy

Bus network on Orsay campus

Campus map with building numbers - (pdf 3.07 Mo)

From Paris – take the RER B towards Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
Get off at the station « Orsay Ville »

Map of the RER B from Paris

The RER does not always stop at each station so be careful and check which stations it will stop at on the display panel.

From Paris – take the RER B towards Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
         Get off at the station « Le Guichet »
         Go right after getting out of the station, cross the street and walk under the bridge to get to the bus stop "Le Guichet"