Europe by air – The Best Airlines
Some of the best airlines in Europe are – International Airlines Group, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Air France, British Airways, Finnair, Aeroflot, Air Berlin and SAS Group.
There are many ways to go to Paris — whether flying through London or connecting in one of Europe’s other major hubs.
Flying time to Paris is nearly 7 hours from New York State, 8 hours from Chicago and 11 hours from Los Angeles. Flying time from London to Paris is only 1½ hours.
Being the capital of the most visited country France in the world, Paris witnesses a lot of tourist activity. There are three international airports in Paris, namely Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy), Orly International Airport (ORY) and Beauvais (Aeroport de Beauvais Tille). When flying, be sure to reach before of the flight timings as the airports are packed most of the time.
Both the airports are easily reachable from the city. Whether you take a car or bus to travel from Paris to the airport on your departure, always assign an extra hour because of the often horrific traffic tie-ups within the airports. Free light-rail connections, available between the major terminals are one option for avoiding some of the traffic mess, but still give you enough time to find the way for these busy airports.
Airports Information : Transportation in Paris
Ground Transportation :
By bus from CDG/Roissy: Roissybus, operated by the RATP (Paris Transit Authority), runs between Charles de Gaulle (T1, T2A, C, E, F, and T3) and the Opéra every 15 minutes (though the wait can be far longer) from 6 am to 8:45 pm and then every 20 minutes until 12:30 am; the cost is €12. The trip takes about 1 hour in regular traffic, about 90 minutes at rush hours.
By coach from CDG/Roissy: Le Bus Direct, formerly known as the Air France bus, is a shuttle service in comfortable coaches equipped with Wi-Fi and USB ports. Buy your tickets online or onboard (€1 supplement). Line 2 goes from the airport to Paris’s Étoile/Champs-Élysées, Porte Maillot, Trocadéro, Tour Eiffel, and La Motte-Piquet métro stations from 5:15 am – 11 pm, leaving every 30 minutes; journey time is about an hour in normal traffic. Tickets cost €17 one way save €6 if you buy a return ticket). Line 4 goes to Montparnasse and the Gare de Lyon from 6 am – 10 pm.
Buses run every 30 minutes and cost €17; count on a trip of about 50–80 minutes. To reach the Arrivals-level bus station between the two terminals, passengers arriving in Terminal 1 need to take Exit 32; Terminals 2A, 2C, and 2D go to Exit C10; 2E and 2F use Exit E8 or E9. From Terminal 2G, take the free shuttle bus N2 to Terminal 2E/F. There’s a 15%–25% discount on any of these buses for parties of four or more if you buy online. At the time of this update, Terminal 2B is closed for a major renovation.
A number of van companies serve both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. Prices are fixed, so there are no surprises even if traffic is a snail-pace nightmare. To make a reservation, call or reserve online at least one week in advance, and an air-conditioned van with a bilingual chauffeur will be waiting for you. Confirm the day before. The shared van services cost a little less of their exclusive non-stop option but picks up other passengers, which adds at least 20 minutes to the trip.
By taxi from CDG/Roissy: Taxis are the most convenient way into Paris but certainly not the fastest during peak times. At best, the ride takes 30 minutes, but it can hit 90 minutes during rush hour. At least the once-unpredictable fares are now fixed in either direction; count on a flat rate of €50 (Left Bank) and €55 (Right Bank). Share a ride with Taxis G7 Sharing and save as much as $20. Taxis G7 also offers Familycabs with baby car seats and boosters. Paris GreenCar is an eco-friendly alternative (€79 flat rate) with an energy-efficient fleet of hybrid taxis; they make a €0.50 charitable donation with each booking. Whichever company you use, only take an official taxi from designated areas outside the terminal; they will have an illuminated roof sign and a meter. Additionally, Uber and other ride-hailing apps service CDG and they’re usually cheaper.
By train from CDG/Roissy: The cheapest and often the fastest way to travel Paris from CDG is via the RER-B Line, the hybrid rapid transit-suburban train, which runs from 5 am to 11 pm daily. The free CDGVal lightrail connects each airport terminal (except 2G) to the Roissypole RER station in 6 minutes. For Terminal 2G, take the free N2 “navette” shuttle bus outside Terminal 2F. Trains to central depart every 10 to 20 minutes. The fare (including métro connection) is €10.30, and journey time is about 35 minutes to Les Halles. If you’re catching a flight, be sure to check www.ratp.fr or a transport app for delays (they can be frequent).
By bus from Orly: RATP’s Orlybus leaves every 10 to 20 minutes for the Denfert-Rochereau métro station in Montparnasse from Exit L in Orly South and Exit D in Orly West. The cost is €8.30. The cheapest bus is the RATP city bus 183, which shuttles you from métro Porte de Choisy (Line 7) to Orly South (Gate C, stop 4) for just €2. It departs every 30 minutes from 6 am to 12:20 am (frequency may be reduced on Sunday and holidays); travel time is about 45 to 60 minutes.
By coach from Orly: Le Bus Direct’s Line 1, formerly the Air France bus, runs from Orly to Gare Montparnasse, La Motte-Piquet, Tour Eiffel, Trocadéro, and Étoile/Champs-Élysées every 20 to 30 minutes from 5:50 am to 11:30 pm. The fare is €12 (discounts available online on a return ticket and for group travel) and journey time is between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on traffic. To find the bus, take Exit L, stop 3 from Orly South or Exit D, stop 5 from Orly West. Private van companies also provide shuttle service.
By taxi from Orly: You’ll find taxi stands at Orly South at Exit L and at Orly West at Exit B. (look for signs). A cab to Paris costs a flat rate in either direction of €30 (Left Bank) and €35 (Right Bank); plan on 25–40 minutes in normal traffic. Uber and other ride-hailing apps service Orly.
By train from Orly: The cheapest way to get into Paris by train is to take the Go C shuttle bus from Exit C, stop 5 at Orly South or Exit D, stop 7 at Orly West to the train station RER-C Pont de Rungis–Aéroport d’Orly. Trains to Paris depart every 15 to 20 minutes. Buy tickets at the automatic machines; the combined fare is €6. 35 and journey time is about 35 minutes. Another slightly faster option is to take the Orlyval monorail, which runs from both Orly terminals to the Antony RER-B daily every 5 to 8 minutes from 6 am to 11:35 pm. Passengers arriving in the South Terminal should use the automatic machines or Orlyval counter at Exits K; take Exit A if you’ve arrived in the West Terminal. The fare to Paris is €13.25 including the RER transfer.
A Paris-Visit pass allows you infinite public transportation over 1, 2, 3, or 5 following days. Prices start at €27.80 with airport travel.
Transfers between Airports
To travel between Paris’s airports CDG and Orly, there are several options. The RER-B goes from CDG to Paris St-Michel–Notre-Dame where you transfer to the RER-C to Orly West. Travel time is about 1 hour and more and tickets cost €16.15. Le Bus Direct’s Line 3 shuttle also runs between the airports for €21 one way, every 20–30 minutes; the trip takes about 75 minutes in normal traffic. Taxis are available but expensive: from €70 to €110, depending on traffic.
Flying time to Rome is 7½–8½ hours from New York State, 10–11 hours from Chicago, 12–13 hours from Los Angeles, and only 2½ hours from London.
The major airport for flights to Rome is Leonardo da Vinci Airport, more commonly known as Fiumicino (FCO). It is located 30 km (19 miles) southwest of the city. There is a straight train link with Rome’s Termini station on the Leonardo Express train and a local train to Trastevere and Ostiense stations. On the other hand, Rome’s another important airport is Ciampino (CIA) on Via Appia Nuova, located 15 km (9 miles) south of downtown. Ciampino is a national and international hub for many cheap flights. There are no trains linking the Ciampino airport towards downtown Rome, but there are a number of shuttle buses running daily.
Airports Information : Travel to Rome
Ground Transportation :
Airport Connection Services from Fiumicino charges €35 for one passenger, €39 for two, and €6 for each additional passenger. Booking is must. Airport Shuttle Express serves a daily service from/to FCO. It costs €25 one-way for one passenger, €30 for two and €10 for an additional passenger. (The rate includes two bags per person.) Advance booking is recommended.
On daily basis two trains link downtown Rome with Fiumicino—a direct nonstop express and a local. The 32-minute nonstop Airport–Termini express (called the Leonardo Express) goes directly to Tracks 23 or 24 at Termini station, which is well served by taxis and is a hub of Metro and bus lines. Departures to Termini station run every 30 minutes beginning at 6:23 am from the airport with a final leaving at 11:23 pm. Trains depart Termini station from Tracks 23 and 24 to the airport starting at 5:35 am and the last train leaves at 10:35 pm. Tickets cost €14.
Trenitalia’s FL1, leaves from the same tracks and runs to Rome and beyond. The main stops in Rome are at Trastevere (27 minutes), Ostiense (30 minutes), and Tiburtina (45 minutes); at each you can find taxis and public transport connections to other areas of Rome. Trenitalia’s FL1 trains run from Fiumicino between 5:57 am and 11:27 pm, with departures every 30 minutes; the timetable is similar going to the airport. Tickets cost €8.
For either train, you can buy your ticket at a transaction machine or at ticket counters at the airport and at some stations (Termini, Trastevere, Tiburtina). At the airport, never forget to stamp the ticket at the gate. Always remember when using the train at other stations to stamp the ticket in the little yellow or red machine near the track before you board. If you fail to stamp your ticket before you board, you could receive a large fine, as much as €100 on top of the ticket price.
At night, board COTRAL buses from the airport to Tiburtina station in Rome (45 minutes); they depart from in front of the International Arrivals hall at 1:15, 2:15, 3:30, 5, 10:55 am, noon, and 3:30 pm. Buses leave Tiburtina station for the airport at 12:30, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 9:30, 10:30 am, 12:35 pm, and 5:30 pm.
Airport Connection Services from Ciampino has shuttles that cost €39 for the first two passengers. Airport Shuttle charges €25 for the first person and €5 for each additional passenger.
The ATRAL bus connects Ciampino airport with Termini station. Buses leave from in front of the airport terminal around 20 times a day 4 am–10:50 pm. The fare is €3.90 and tickets can be bought on the bus. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
Transfers between Airports
It’s not easy to move from one airport to another in Rome—the airports aren’t connected by a railway system or by the Metro. The only way to make the transfer is by car, taxi, or a combination of bus, Metro, and train.
A taxi ride from Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport to Ciampino Airport will take approximately 45 minutes and could cost roughly €50.
The top international airport of Florence is the Amerigo Vespucci Airport also called as Peretola, just outside of town and receives flights from Milan, Rome, London, and Paris. Located 10 km northwest of Florence, Tuscany.
The airport is finely connected to the center of the city with a huge network of the transportation system. You can reach the city just within 15 minutes by bus or taxi. To get into the city center from the airport by car, board the autostrada A11. A SITA bus will take you straight from the airport to the center of town. Buy the tickets within the train station.
Airports Information : Travel to Florence
Ground Transportation : Transportation in Florence
Most nonstop direct flights between North America and Italy serve Rome and Milan, where connections to Venice are available through the airport in Venice. Some nonstop flights from the U.S. It’s also easy and often more suitable to connect to Venice via other European hubs such as Paris or Amsterdam.
Flying time to Milan, Rome or Venice is approximately 8–8½ hours from New York, 10–11 hours from Chicago, and 11½ hours from Los Angeles. It takes approximately an hour to fly from Venice to Rome or Milan.
Airports Information : Transportation in Venice
Ground Transportation : Travel to Venice
Venice’s Aeroporto Marco Polo serves international destinations. You can get to from the airport to Venice’s historic center by bus to Piazzale Roma (€6), from where you can get a vaporetto or by local ferry to San Marco and other landing stages. A motoscafo (water taxi) is another good option but you’ll spend about €60 for a short trip in town. However, a water taxi can carry up to 14 passengers, so if you’re travelling in a group, it may not be that much prisey than a bus or ferry. Trains from Italy and the rest of Europe arrive at Venice’s Santa Lucia station, on the Grand Canal with a vaporetto stop right in front. If you’re coming by car, Venice is at the end of SR11, just off the east–west A4 autostrada; you’ll have to leave your car at one of the garages on the outskirts of the city.
The air services of Milan is controlled by two main international airports namely, Malpensa Airport and Linate Airport. Additionally, Parma Airport located 100 km south of Milan and Orio al Serio Airport located 45km east are mostly known for hosting budget airlines and privet jets.
Airports Information : Transport in Milan
Ground Transportation : Travel to Milano
There are two main airports, “Frankfurt”: Flughafen Frankfurt Main (FRA), which receives direct flights from many U.S. cities and almost from all main cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle east and Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN), a former U.S. air base a full 112 km, west of Frankfurt that handles some cheapest fare flights, mainly to and from secondary European airports.
Airports Information : Arriving in Frankfurt Airport
Ground Transportation : Transportation in Frankfurt