Paris Layover Guide (ORY)
Paris Orly Airport (ORY) is an international airport located partially in Villeneuve-le-Roi and partially in Orly. And it is 13 km (8.1 mi) south of Paris, France. The airport was opened in 1909 and it was one of the major airports in Paris till 1974. The Orly airport was previously known as Villeneuve-Orly Airport. Paris is one of the most beautiful and stunning cities in the world. The city is known worldwide for Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Can you leave Paris Airport (ORY) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport during the layover. But certain travelers may require visa in advance. (more info).
Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing
France Organized Tours
Eiffel Tower Tour To Summit By Elevator
If you are short on time during the layover than this is the best tour that can save your time on this amazing direct access tour to Eiffel Tower. You can get to the second floor by elevator with your guide. From this first vantage point, marvel at the sprawling city views. You can also see popular landmarks like the Trocadero Gardens, the Invalides, and the Seine River. After that catch the next elevator to the summit of the Tower. At the summit, you can admire the beautiful panoramic views of the city’s iconic monuments. Also, you can visit the office of Gustave Eiffel or have a glass of champagne. » book this tour
Loire Valley Chateaux Tour
You can escape the hustle and bustle of Paris when you enter this mesmerizing Garden of France. Take a stroll to French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley’s stunning Chateaux. Your first stop will be the Château de Chambord which is the best example of French Renaissance architecture. And go to the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true castle with beautiful fairy tales on the Cher River. And in the end, you can visit the Château de Cheverny and experience the beauty furnished in amazing taste with marvelous gardens. » book this tour
Paris Louvre Museum
Exploring the Louvre Museum during the layover is a must. Where you get to see the unmissable and the best artwork like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. You can also discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries on this tour. Moreover, you can see the collection whose number is increased to 20,000 works. You can see all of this work in the 8 departments of the Louvre Museum. » book this tour
France Things to do / Sightseeing
River Seine Cruise
Embark on roundtrip cruise on the River Seine that starts from the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Then glide under the bridges of Paris and see the wonders of beautiful monuments along the waterway while listening to commentary about the city’s sights. This is a great thing to do as you cruise you pass through Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, and much more.
Time required: 1 hour.
Airport to here: 41 minutes via public transport.
Visit the Versailles Palace and Gardens
Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles for a day. You can explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy. During this visit, you can also learn about Louis XIV and other French royals. Also, you can get a sense of life in the French court while walking through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Also, explore the legendary gardens and admire sculptures, fountains, and amazingly manicured lawns.
Time required: 1 day.
Airport to here: 29 minutes via private transport.
Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show
Another great thing to do while your layover in the Paris is to book your seat at the world-famous cabarets at a performance of the Moulin Rouge show Féerie created by Ruggero Angeletti, Doris Haug, choreographed by Bill Goodson. You can watch a troupe of 100 artists and while watching the show you enjoy Champagne as you relish an extravagant oral and aural delight.
Time required: 2 hours.
Airport to here: 57 minutes via public transport.
Explore Paris Catacombs
This self guided tour is also a great thing to do in which you can explore the city of lights at your own pace with an informative audio guide. While you explore the world under the streets of Paris you can see tunnels and rooms decorated with human bones and skulls. The Paris Catacombs are originally a quarry with hundreds of kilometers of tunnels. And the city started moving the dead into the Catacombs when the cemeteries of Paris became overfilled.
Time required: 1 hour.
Airport to here: Typically it takes 34 minutes via public transport.
Day Trip To Mont-Saint-Michel
Go for a trip to the medieval Mont-St-Michel. Discover the UNESCO-listed island and its Gothic abbey during the trip. You can also learn about its fascinating history and legendary stories. This trip starts from Paris and you travel through the French countryside by an air-conditioned bus to the amazing city of Mont Saint-Michel off the Normandy coast. Moreover, sit back and relax and enjoy the exquisite views of the countryside along the way.
Time required: 14 hours.
Airport to here: 3 hours via public transport.
Visit Giverny from Paris
Visit the beautiful former home of Claude Monet who was one of the most popular painter of French Impressionism. You will get to see this in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine. Also, you can visit the Master’s house where spectacular colors and enchanting gardens were designed like a work of art.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 1 hour and 38 minutes via taxi.
Visit the gorgeous gardens of Palais-Royal and stroll through the stunning covered passages of Paris. With your smartphone, you can follow your guide’s voice as they will lead you through the streets with automatic directions. Cover the passages of Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, and Passages Jouffroy during your visit.
Time required: 1 hour.
Airport to here: 44 minutes via taxi.
Musée de Montmartre and Gardens
Get an immersive experience and learn the history of Montmartre and its rich culture. Discover the permanent collection and feel the Montmartre vibe. Your audio guide will also explain the history of Montmartre. Also, music, dance, circus, and theatre all had a role in this area and you can enjoy the effervescent bohemian spirit during your visit.
Time required: 1 day.
Airport to here: Typically it takes 56 min via private transport and 1 hour and 9 minutes via public transport.
Things to Do in Paris Airport (ORY)
Relaxing and Sleeping
Airport Lounges and Relaxing
You can find the airport lounges located on terminal 4 and terminal 1. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online
Hotel and Sleeping
There are several hotels available near the Paris Orly Airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online
Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones at the airport.
WIFI/Internet and SIM Card
WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at the Paris Airport. You can connect with the “WIFI-AIRPORT” and “WIFI-AIRPORT-STANDARD” network. .
SIM Card: You can buy the SIM cards of the Mobile operator's kiosk's from the shops available at the airport terminal 1. » buy a global sim card for France, Paris that you can use for other countries as well!
Transportation to/from airport
Taxi: There are two types of licensed metered official taxis are available at the airport to Paris and Suburban. The taxis serve different departments of Paris from the airport.
Train: The airport is served by the RER B and RER C regional rapid transit lines and the Tramway Line 7. (more info).
Bus: The airport is well connected to the bus system so you can easily travel across the city. (more info).
Shuttle: Shuttle service is available between the terminal and the airport's car parks.
Car rentals: Different car rental agencies are located at terminals 1 and 2. Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Interrent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Car Trans » view available cars or rent a car now online
Parking: There are different car parks available near the airport each comes with slightly different prices.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
The service of Luggage storage & Lockers is not available at the Airport. » book a luggage storage or locker at Paris Airport (ORY) online (subject to availability).