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Travel to France and Paris

Paris is an extremely well-connected capital, so you’ve got plenty of options to travel from your arrival point to areas around the city and to Saint-Denis, where Stade de France is located.

Here are the main transport hubs and useful links to help prepare for your journey.

Arriving in France

Currently, quarantine is not required upon entry to France. Things can always change so make sure you keep an eye on the official government website.

Current COVID-19 requirements for passengers entering France

• A COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated at least 28 days before arrival or at most 270 days.

• Or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

• Or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

• Or a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 6 months before departure from the first embarkation point.

These requirements don’t apply to passengers younger than 12 years old or those under 18 years old who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

Wearing a mask is no longer mandatory indoors in France, except on public transport, and you no longer need to present a Health Pass to access indoor facilities and activities.

Entering from the UK

Most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted when entering France from the UK, although a few regulations are still in place to ensure safe travel. All the details on specific entry requirements according to your vaccination status can be found on the UK government website.

You do not need a visa to enter France but prepare for queues at border control as your passport will need to be scanned when entering and exiting a Schengen area.

Both Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports offer connections to airports serving London as well as Paris Beauvais, which is a bit further out but still connects Paris to cities in the UK.

Entering from Spain 

As part of the EU, there are no border controls upon entry to France. Spain is on the green list of countries, but still check the list above to make sure you meet the vaccination or test requirements.

By plane

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
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Top tip

Remember to travel light if you’re headed straight to Stade de France from the airport – bags bigger than A4 size cannot be brought into the stadium.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) – 34km to city centre

This is the major international airport serving Paris and the second busiest in all of Europe! Arriving here offers plenty of ways to get to your next stop in the city.

Getting from CDG airport to Paris or Saint-Denis:

By bus 

• To Paris - The RoissyBus journey is around 60 minutes and is a direct link between the airport and the heart of the city, connecting at Paris-Opera station. Tickets cost about €14.

• To Saint-Denis – You can take bus 350 from Terminal 1 to stop Porte de la Chapelle and then get on bus 153 that goes to both Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris and La Plaine Stade de France stations. This journey costs approximately €1.90 but will take you over an hour. You can plan your full journey on Transilien.

By taxi 

• To Paris – This is the fastest option to travel – taxis are charged a flat rate of approximately €53-60 to central Paris. Make sure you only take official taxis and read more about taxi services and where to find them at each terminal on the airport website.

• To Saint-Denis – If you’re heading to the stadium in Saint-Denis directly from Charles de Gaulle, the journey by taxi will set you back approximately €50 and take you about 20-25 minutes.

By train 

• To Paris – The regional RER B train operates from terminals 1,2 and 3, takes about 50 minutes and costs about €12. Detailed info on the RER B line can be found on the airport website.

• To Saint-Denis – Once you get on the RER B train, it will take you directly to Saint-Denis and stops at La Plaine Stade de France station. This journey will take about 30 minutes.

Paris Orly Airport (ORY) - 13km to city centre

Located just south of Paris, arriving here also offers many direct connections into Paris and Saint-Denis via the tramway, RER train and the Orlybus. Let’s have a closer look!

Getting from ORY airport to Paris or Saint-Denis:

By taxi 

• To Paris - This is the fastest transfer option with a journey time of 30 minutes (depending on city traffic) and a flat rate of €32-37. Read more on where to find taxis, exact rates and what to look out for on the Orly airport website.

• To Saint-Denis – The journey will also take approximately 30 minutes and cost a rate of €54–68.

By bus 

• To Paris - The Orlybus is a bus service running between the airport and Place Denfert-Rochereau station, from where you can get on the RER B or metro lines 4 and 6. A one-way journey costs €9.50 and more information can be found on the Orlybus webpage. Several other options are available. Check out the main lines and where to find them on the Orly public transport page.

• To Saint-Denis – If you’re headed directly to the stadium, you can also take the Orlybus to Place Denfert-Rochereau and then transfer to the RER B train, which will take you to La Plaine Stade de France station. This journey will take about 45 minutes in total.

By RER train 

• To Paris - The Orlyval shuttle is a quick and efficient connection from Orly airport to Antony station. From there you can connect to the RER B train and other destinations in the city. The Orlyval shuttle combined with an RER ticket costs about €12.

• To Saint-Denis – The best route to get to Saint-Denis is to take the Orlyval shuttle to Antony and then connect to RER B which leads to station La Plaine Stade de France.

Paris Beauvais Airport (BVA) - 80km to city centre

This airport is located outside Paris but nonetheless provides great flight options to get to France from abroad.

Getting from BVA airport to Paris or Saint-Denis:

To get to Paris city centre, BVA airport offers a direct bus line from the airport going to Paris Porte-Maillot station, which is part of metro line 1. From there, you can go right into central areas of the city centre or to Saint-Denis by connecting to metro line 13. Tickets can be purchased online and cost about €16 one way or €30 for a return ticket.

Check out the online schedule of the BVA bus service and remember that you will need to dedicate a minimum of 90 minutes to get from the city to the airport.

By train

Getting to Paris by train is another option if you are coming from elsewhere in France or mainland Europe.

Gare du Nord

Did you know that about 220 million passengers pass through this station every year? Talk about busy! As the major hub for international travel connecting Paris with trains from across Europe, this is the hub for both the Eurostar and Thalys high-speed lines. It is very well connected to numerous metros, RER trains and local buses.

If you’re on your way to Stade de France:

• Get on the RER B for 20 minutes and get off at station La Plaine Stade de France; the stadium is a ten-minute walk.

Gare de l’Est

Not far from Gare du Nord and inaugurated by Napoleon himself, this station offers many connections to French destinations as well as Germany.

If you are headed directly to the stadium,

• Get on metro line 4 or 5 and get off one stop later at Gare du Nord 

• Then take the RER B for 20 minutes and get off at station La Plaine Stade de France; the stadium is a ten-minute walk away

You can also read more about other public transport options at this station to get around Paris.

Gare de Lyon

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, this is the second busiest station in Paris and is served by many high-speed trains linking Paris with Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Spain. It is also well-served by the RER, metro lines and plenty of buses for your onward journey.

To reach Stade de France,

• Take the RER D train for 25 minutes

• Get off at station Stade de France Saint-Denis

• Walk the remaining 15 minutes

Gare de Montparnasse

Another of the large railway stations in Paris, Montparnasse offers high-speed and regional trains to the Atlantic side of France and to the Spanish border at Hendaye and Irun for onwards trains to other parts of Spain. The metro and several bus lines lead into the city.

If you are headed directly to the stadium,

• Take metro line 13 for about 20 minutes

• Get off at station Saint-Denis Porte de Paris

• Walk ten minutes to the stadium


Top tip

If you plan to arrive by train, plan your itinerary and know which station you will arrive at by using the SNCF planner online and make your arrival at Paris and Saint-Denis as easy as possible.

Getting around Paris and Saint-Denis

Public transport around the city

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The RATP is the network of public transport that covers the entire Paris region and includes the metro, RER trains, tramways, and buses so you have plenty of options to plan your trip and make sure you hit all the hot spots.

There are a variety of tickets that you can purchase depending on your needs and the RATP offers options for day passes, travel cards, point to point tickets and reductions for those under 26. You can even purchase tickets from your phone by downloading the RATP app. Check out more info on all the travel passes and prices the RATP has to offer.

By metro and RER train

The easiest and fastest way to get around to all corners of Paris is by taking the separate but connected systems of the metro and RER trains. The metro has 14 lines and the RER has five, which cover all major attractions and points of interest around the city.

The metro and RER trains normally run from 5:30 in the morning for all the early birds until 01:00 or 02:00, depending on the day of the week. Night owls can use the night bus service outlined below. If you’re a map person, have a more detailed look at the RATP plans of each bus, metro, tram, and RER train line.

By bus

A great option to get around (especially to take in some views that you wouldn’t get on the metro), but buses are typically slower, especially as Paris is alive at all hours of the day. When the metro and RER trains close, the Noctilien night bus network runs from 00:30 to 5:30.

By boat

If you’re looking for the most scenic routes in Paris, getting on a boat and gliding along the Seine is surely the most unique way to get around the city. The batobus is a convenient option to get on and off across nine stops around the city.

Taxi and rideshare services

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Taxis and rideshare services are a reliable way of getting around, although we don’t recommend it to get to the stadium on matchday. There are numerous taxis providers for the Paris region. Taxi G7 is the lead Parisian taxi provider and can be booked via their official app, website or by calling. 

More information on taxis and chauffeur-driven vehicles in Paris can be found on the official Paris tourism website. As you can see there is no shortage of options!

Be careful though: There are some things you should watch out for to avoid overpriced trips. Illegal drivers around train stations, airports, hotels, and tourist attractions will approach you with a seemingly lower price but are not a licensed taxi.

Top tip

To spot official taxis, look out for the Taxi Parisien illuminated sign, a functioning meter which shows the cost of the journey and a plate on the front right wing fixed with the official license number of the vehicle.