Wondering how to get from the Paris airport to your hotel? Whether you are traveling with a baby or not, here are the best ways to get from the Paris airport to your hotel.
If you are traveling to Paris with a baby or toddler, getting from the Paris airport to your hotel is a little more complicated. It’s no longer just about cost and convenience, now you need to think about how to get your baby around Paris safely. You can bring a baby on a Paris taxi without a car seat, but with so many safer options available, why would you ever want to take that risk?
Unless you plan on renting a car in Paris, we recommend not traveling with your infant car seat. There is a wide choice of baby-friendly transportation from the Paris airport to your hotel. Once at your hotel, you’ll find Paris is a very walkable, baby-friendly city with good public transportation. Your car seat will collect dust in the hotel room.
So how do you get from the Paris Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport to your hotel? We have listed your Paris airport transportation options in order of convenience:
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PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM PARIS AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Private transfers are the best way to get from the Paris airport your hotel. They are so convenient – instead of getting into a taxi line, your personal driver will greet you at the arrival gate with your family name on a sign. Who doesn’t love that?
Private transfers from the Paris airport to the city need to be booked in advance and will generally cost you a flat fee. The convenience and personal service of a private transfer isn’t as expensive as you’d think. In fact, most are comparable to the cost of a taxi.
Families needing to travel from the Paris airport to their hotel with a baby will appreciate the ability to pre-book an infant car seat, which is the safest way for your baby to travel.
We have used private transfers several times after trans-Atlantic flights with our kids. After such a long travel day with kids, we simply love the affordable luxury and convenience of this service.
Welcome Pickups is a Paris airport transfer service which provides private transportation from both the Orly and CDG airports to your hotel starting at €50 per trip. Welcome is baby-friendly and offers complimentary infant car seats if requested at time of your reservation.
In addition to your Paris airport transfer, Welcome Pickups 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.).
AIRPORT BUS FROM THE PARIS AIRPORTS
A Paris airport shuttle bus is a convenient alternative to travel from the airport to the city center without a baby car seat. With fares ranging from €11-18pp, taking an airport bus to central Paris is one of the cheapest Paris airport transfer options available.
These specially designed airport buses have a section for luggage as well as a seating area. Note, that if your Paris hotel is not close to one of the bus stops, you may need to walk the remaining distance.
Le Bus Direct – offers airport bus service between the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports to central Paris. They have two routes which go to central Paris:
Children under the age of 4 are free.
RATP Airport Buses – RATP is Paris’ public transportation service. They offer airport bus service from both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports to central Paris.
- Roissybus: this Paris airport bus offers service from the Charles de Gaulle airport to the Palais Garnier opera house. This route takes approximately 75 minutes.
- Orlybus: this Paris airport bus offers service from the Orly airport to Place Denfert-Rochereau. This route takes approximately 25-35 minutes.
Children under 4 ride for free on either bus provided they do not occupy their own seat.
PARIS AIRPORT TRAIN
The cheapest Paris airport transfer option is the RER train network, also operated by RAPT. Many RER train cars serving the Paris airports will have luggage storage at one end. Taking the Paris trains is cheap, but if you are carrying lots of luggage and a child, you may wish to consider other, more convenient options. Your Paris airport train options are:
From the Charles de Gaulle train station, the RER “B” train costs €12 per person one way. Trains leave every 10-20 minutes and will take approximately 25-30 minutes to reach central Paris.
From the Orly airport, RATP operates the Orlyval airport train, but this option requires you to change trains to get to central Paris. Taking the airport train with luggage and a baby is hard enough without changing trains, so we do not recommend this route. If you are traveling on a budget from the Orly airport, take the Orlybus instead – it’s cheaper and more convenient.
Children under 4 ride for free within the RAPT network provided they do not occupy their own seat.
Paris Airport Taxi
If you aren’t traveling with a baby or toddler, then taking a Paris airport taxi to city centre is simple and fast, though it will likely be your highest cost option. The cost of a taxi from the Paris airport to your hotel could be as high as €35-70.
For new parents traveling from the Paris airport to their hotel with a baby, a Paris airport taxi is not a good option. Licensed Paris taxis cannot be pre-booked and the odds of randomly getting a Paris taxi with a baby seat is virtually nil.
If the convenience of a taxi appeals to you, but you don’t want to bring your car seat, we recommend a private Paris airport transfer to your hotel.
Although Uber operates in Paris, there is currently no ability to pre-book an Uber with a car seat. Learn more about using Uber with a baby.
Free Public Transportation with the Paris Pass
If you plan on seeing many of Paris’ attractions, consider purchasing a Paris Pass. In addition to free admission to over 60 Paris attractions, you can ride Paris public transportation for free. Note, the free transportation does not apply to the RATP Paris airport transportation options.
Paris Hotels NEAR TRANSPORTATION HUBS
If you choose one of the Paris airport transportation options above, staying at a Paris hotel near your transportation hub will reduce your need to walk with luggage or take a taxi. We use Booking.com as we like their lists of family-friendly hotels. See the top family-friendly Paris hotels near the transportation hubs on Booking.com:
- Charles de Gualle hotels
- Eiffel Tower hotels (Le Bus Direct)
- Gare Montparnasse train station hotels (Le Bus Direct)
- Champs-Élysées hotels (Le Bus Direct)
- Palais Garnier opera house hotels (Roissybus)
- Place Denfert-Rochereau (Orlybus)
Are you looking for a great baby-friendly Paris hotel? Check out our choices for the best baby-friendly Paris hotels.