About Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
Address: Orly Ouest Airport Niveau -1 N° A408, Orly, 94546
Paris Orly Airport (ORY) is located 13 km (8 mi) south of Paris and generally considered a secondary airport serving the Greater Paris area, with mostly domestic and regional flights. Despite second-tier status, (ORY) is a very convenient entry point to France, with a fine selection of airport car rental providers to choose from, including Advantage, Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, and many more.
Getting from (ORY) to central Paris is fairly straightforward, but getting around town will require equal measures of road savvy and patience. Traffic congestion is typical for a massive metropolis, and the city’s numerous pedestrian-only areas can easily frustrate first-time visitors. And navigating the main roads such as Champs-Elysées can be quite challenging — even for experienced drivers.
Meanwhile, street parking in Paris is almost non-existent, but you’ll find plenty of underground parking garages scattered around the city. While many locals say it’s not necessary to rent a car for a visit to Paris, having your own wheels is essential for exploring the surrounding areas.
Paris is well connected to its outlying attractions such as the Palace of Versailles (22 km / 14 mi) and Disneyland Paris (32 km / 19 mi). Driving rules are not all that much different from what you’re used to at home, but there are certain additional requirements for visitors. For example, all foreign drivers and passengers are required to have their passports when traveling in a car hire.
Choosing your car
Choosing your car at (ORY) is easy — just look at the wide selection of cars on offer. For smart city-wise driving, you’ll find Fiat compact, economy and minicars. For family travel, choose from Peugeot and Volkswagen estate wagons. Your standard sedan options include Renault and BMW. Intermediate Hyundai and Citroen cars seat five passengers with room for three suitcases. Nissan SUVs are great for both city and highway driving. And finally, traveling with a larger group, you will choose between two different Ford 7-9 seater minivans.
Tips and advice
Right is right in France, and that means you must give way to traffic on the right, whether merging on the highway, at exits of parking garages, or stopped at intersections. You’ll see triangle-shaped signs with a black X and a red border that mean “give way to traffic approaching from the right.”
Speed limits decrease in wet weather but you won’t see any advisories or signposts. Generally speaking, if it’s raining and you’re driving — stay at least 10 km/h under the posted limit.
Drink-driving in France is absolutely not tolerated — the legal limit is well below international standards: 0.02 percent. In fact, all cars are required to have a Breathalyzer.
The French love circular traffic. Be prepared to navigate roundabouts and traffic circles. Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of these orbital junctions. Additionally, greater Paris is circled by a massive ring road/highway known as “la périphérique” (the periphery road).
If you’re planning to drive in central Paris, your car hire must be equipped with a Crit’Air placard proving that your car meets local emissions standards. Your airport car rental should tip you off about restrictions on certain vehicles.
Stay out of the autoroute carpool lanes which are generally found on the far left, unless the exit is on the left — a fairly common oddity of French roads.