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You won't need to rent a car in Paris as it is very walkable with a good public transportation system. The great news is that you can leave your baby car seat at home, but how do you safely get your baby from the airport to your hotel without a car seat? Here are your options:
Have you ever noticed those guys at the arrival gate holding little white cards with passenger names on them? Those are private transfer drivers. You’ll be happy to know that private transfers are not just for executive-types. The fares tend to be comparable to a taxi and many are baby-friendly.
Welcome is an airport transfer service in Paris which provides airport transfers to city center. Prices to city center start at €35 from Orly and €60 from Charles de Gaulle. Welcome is baby-friendly and offers complimentary infant car seats if requested at time of your reservation. In addition to your airport transfer, Welcome simplifies your trip planning by offering essential products (such as local SIM-cards or mobile hot spots) and experiences (such as tours, day trips, restaurant suggestions, etc).
An airport bus is a convenient alternative to travel from the airport to the city center. These specially designed buses have a section for luggage as well as a seating area. Note, that if your hotel is not close to one of the bus stops, you may need to walk.
Le Bus Direct - offers service between the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports to central Paris. They have two routes which go to central Paris:
Line 1: Runs from the Orly Airport to the Gare Montparnasse train station, Trocadéro and Champs-Élysées. This route costs €12 one-way and €20 return (if you book online) and takes between 50-60 minutes.
Line 2: Runs from CDG to Porte Maillot, the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées. This route costs €18 one-way and €31 return (if you book online) and takes between 45-70 minutes.
Children under the age of 4 are free.
Roissybus - operated by RATP (Paris' public transportation service), this bus offers service between the Charles de Gaulle airport and central Paris (next to the Palais Garnier opera house). This route costs €13.20 one-way and takes approximately 75 minutes.
Orlybus - also operated by RATP, this bus offers service between the Orly airport and central Paris (Place Denfert-Rochereau). This route costs €9.20 one-way and takes approximately 25-35 minutes.
Children under 4 ride for free on either bus provided they do not occupy their own seat.
This service entails a passenger van waiting at the airport until it has collected enough passengers to fill the seats. The driver will then drop everyone at their hotels in the most efficient fashion possible. This is the only non-taxi option where you get dropped off at the door of your hotel. The cost of this option typically falls between a dedicated bus route and public transportation. How long it takes is a bit of an unknown, as you don't know how long you have to wait at the airport before the van is full and you also do not know if you will be dropped off first, last or in the middle. One caution with this option, given you will be travelling in a passenger vehicle (albeit a large passenger van) you should inquire ahead of time about car seat rules.
SuperShuttle provides service from both the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. A return trip from CDG for 2 adults and one baby with a child seat is €47 (€23.50 each way). The same trip from Orly is €37 (€18.50 each way).
Taking the RER Train
RAPT offers cheaper options from the airports to the city centre via the RER train network. Many RER train cars will have luggage storage at one end. Taking the train is cheap, but if you are carrying lots of luggage and a child, you may wish to consider other options. Your RER options are:
From Charles de Gaulle, the RER "B" train costs €10.30 per person one way. Trains leave every 10-20 minutes and will take approximately 25-30 minutes to reach Musee D’Orsay.
From Orly, taking the RER train requires changing stations. Taking the train with luggage and a baby is hard enough without changing trains, so we do not recommend this route. If budget is a concern, the Orlybus offers a similar price point with greater convenience.
Children under 4 ride for free within the RAPT network provided they do not occupy their own seat.
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