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Layover In Paris (Orly Airport)

| June 17, 2014

Stuck on a Paris layover at the Paris Orly Airport (ORY)? The airport is France’s second busiest airport, and is located roughly 8 miles from Paris’ city center which makes the city an accessible destination for on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Paris layover, click here for useful tips.

Orly Layover stopover Paris things to doIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Paris Orly layover, there’s plenty of shops and services to help you bide your time. There’s a number of bars and restaurants (listed here by terminal) as well as lots of duty free and regular shopping (a shopping guide can be found here).

CLICK HERE for the full Layover Guide to Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport

For kids, there are Gulli play areas with games and a TV area (click here for locations), Playstation areas, coin-operated arcade games including piball, pool, foosball and more, located in terminal 3 in terminal West in the public area. There are also additional play areas where kids can climb, slide and burn off energy before the flight in the boarding lounges of halls D, E, and G of Orly South.

For adults looks to relax, the Orly airport hosts the Be Relax spa in the South Terminal and the West Terminal (beyond passport control). Here you can get a number of services including massages, acupressure, reflexology, manicures and pedicures, and facials. Click here for pricing. Appointments are not necessary, customers will be attended to based on arrival time. For more information call +33 144 13 76 94 or email [email protected]

There is also Internet access available in the airport and Multimedia Terminals that allow a number of various operations including downloading music, web phone, web cam, digital photo printing and more. Click here for pricing. There is also WiFi hotspots in all the terminals, and Business Workstations located in Terminal C in the boarding lounges.

CLICK HERE for the ten best restaurants in Paris!

The airport also has a number of additional services including a Post Office, multi-faith Prayer Area, Banks, and pharmacies.

If you’re looking to store your bags while you explore, Paris-Orly Airport offers baggage storage in terminal Sud public area near Gate G departures hall. Bagages du Monde will ship, store (short term or long term) or wrap your luggage. Click here for pricing, location and more information.

If you’re layover is at night or you’re looking to get some rest, there are many hotels options. The Hilton Paris Orly Hotel is located 3 minutes from the airport by a free shuttle. Here’s an additional list of Paris hotels, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you’re leaving the airport, there’s a number of transportation options. Taxis are located outside the arrivals terminal and a general fare to the Paris center costs €35 (click here for fare rates and taxi contact information). If you choose to travel by rail, Paris-Orly is linked to the RER C by the bus service (Paris par le train). Click here for additional information on rail and bus travel from the Paris-Orly.

Private transfers can also be arranged.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Paris Layover:


In Paris, there are a ton of tours that you can choose from including tickets to a show at Moulin Rouge, skipping the line at the Eiffel Tower, segway tours through Paris, day tours for wine tasting, French cooking classes, Paris night bike tours, river cruises, helicopter and balloon rides, and so much more. For a full list of Paris tours, click here!


Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is located at Champ Des Mars stop. Take trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. On a clear day, there’s no other view that compares. To purchase Skip The Line Eiffel Tower tickets, click here.

Notre Dame

Take the train to St. Michel and visit Notre Dame and tour the cathedral. If you get hungry, there are great Parisian cafes and restaurants nearby, along the Seine, or in St. Germain des Pres area. For an after-hours tour of Notre Dame Cathedral Towers, click here.

Seine River Cruise

Also a great way to see the city quickly is to take a river cruise and take a leisurely trip down the Seine for an hour. (They also offer sunset cruises, if the timing works for your layover.) You’ll get a wonderful view of the city and Notre Dame.


Orsay Museum

Transfer at St. Michel to the yellow RER line, and go to the Orsay Museum at the Musee d’Orsay stop. It exhibits French art from 1848 to 1915 and is best known for its Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne. Skip the Line: Musée d’Orsay Small-Group Walking Tour tickets can be purchased here.


A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a visit to the famed Louvre Museum. Louvre guided tours can let you skip the line so you can maximize your time in Paris.


Galeries Lafayette & Printemps

If you visit one of les grands magasins, Paris’ huge department stores, you will not leave empty handed. The massive stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, along the Boulevard Haussmann in the 9ème arrondissement, have virtually everything you can imagine, and more. There are also day tours, with transport, to La Vallee Village, an outlet mall of over 100 boutiques of high-end French and international brands.

Have a suggestion or advice for Paris-Orly layovers? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Orly might be seen as the insignificant sibling of Charles de Gaulle, but it is a huge airport with lots to do there and great access to Paris. Lots of the flights are domestic but they also fly to the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. It’s a good option for low-cost carriers too.

  2. gracell says:

    this is my dream city in my life
    its a nice city

  3. dancilya says:


    Do you know there is a baggege locker at the orly airport?

  4. Lia says:

    Being stuck at the airport in Paris beats Chicago or Houstonl. I like the idea of going to dinner in Paris instead of hanging out at the airport.

  5. Thomas says:

    Update as of July 2012.
    There is NO baggage storage in Orly Airport.
    I just returned from there, we had 9 hours between flight and wanted to go into Paris.
    Asked two different Information Desk, and the answer is no. They suggested to book a room in the Ibis Hotel nearby(!). In stead we brought our luggage to Gare du Nord train station and stowed it there. Not convenient, but doable. By the way, we were four people which makes is just as cheap to take a cap as the RER from Orly to the city.

  6. denise says:

    thank you Thomas for the info about luggage storage My daughter booked a hotel close to cdg airport but she flies into orly.

  7. maria ferreira says:

    Is there any storage baggage at Orly aeroport?

  8. Sanjay Godakhindi says:

    Hello Friends.
    My daughter is traveling in Dec and has a 9 hours stop over at paris CDG airport.
    Does she need a transit visa to visit the city.
    Best Regards