Strike at Paris airport
The only two airports in Paris likely to be affected by a
transportation strike are Roissy and Orly as Beauvais airport runs its own
private bus service. In most cases transport unions call to strike for the
busiest travel days (Late June or early July, in September or October and mid
December). Other strikes may also affect air traffic: Airlines staff protests
(pilots, flight attendants, ground or ramp crews, luggage handlers) not to
forget air traffic controllers (rare but grounds all planes).
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How to get to or from Roissy or Orly in case of strike
Transports between Paris airports and city center are
likely to be affected if any transport workers union has called for strike in
Paris. The train service (RER B or C) is often suspended and usually buses don't
run either. The only transport options to get from or to Paris
airports that shouldn't be impacted are: Airport shuttle services, Air France
coaches and taxis.
Airport shuttle services
Many airport shuttle providers offer shared or private
transfer services between Roissy Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport and Paris
city center hotels or private addresses. Airport shuttles may be the best door
to door transport option in case of strike as operated at flat rate: The heavy
traffic jams will then have no impact on the fare.
shuttle - Orly airport shuttle
Air France coaches
Air France Coach service is available to passengers from
all airlines and operated to or from Roissy and Paris Orly airports. However
travellers should keep in mind that this is not a door to door transport and
finding a cab downtown Paris to get to their final destination may be quite a
challenge on strike days.
Air France coach
Taxi drivers wait for customers at the exit of each
terminal at Roissy or Orly. The total fare is usually from 30 to 50 Euros.
Estimated duration of journey: 35 minutes. However expect queues to be very long at taxi
ranks and fare or journey times to be much higher than normal if public transport is on
Orly taxis -
Where to get information about strike? Here is our
selection of useful resources:
- Ratp.fr: Paris transportation official website.
- Transilien.com: Another site that provides detailed information on all forms of public transport.
- Aeroportsdeparis.fr: Roissy and Orly official website.