Please find below some practical information on how to get to Orleans using the various means of transport. We hope that this will help you to plan for your arrival on campus, and ensure that you are there in time for all the events which take place at the beginning of the academic year.
The easiest way to get to France from your home country is by air. Paris has two major international airports, Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle, from where there are shuttle services to the heart of the capital.
If your flight lands at Orly, we suggest you to take the Orly Bus to Place Denfert Rochereau which is in the 14th district of Paris. From there, take Metro Line 6 (in the direction of Nation) and get off at Place d’Italie, then transfer to Line 5 which will take you Gare d’Austerlitz; from here there are direct trains to Orleans.
If your flight lands at Roissy Charles de Gaulle, we suggest you take the Roissy Bus, which will drop you off in the heart of Paris, at the Opéra Metro station. From there you can take Metro Line 7 (in the direction of Villejuif-Louis Aragon) to Place d’Italie then transfer to Line 5 which will take you Gare d’Austerlitz; from here there are direct trains to Orleans.
From Roissy, there are other means of transport to the centre of Paris:
- RER B to Châtelet Les Halles* then change to RER C (in the direction of St Martin d’Etampes, Versailles Chantiers or Dourdan La Forêt) to get to Gare d’Austerlitz
* Be aware that Châtelet Les Halles is the central hub for many Metro lines and is therefore VERY busy at all times!
Located in the south of Paris in the city’s 13th district, the Gare d’Austerlitz is served by Line 5 and Line 10 of the Paris Metro as well as by RER Line C.
The regional train operator (known as TER), linking Gare d’Austerlitz with Orleans, operates some twenty services a day. It takes about an hour by train to cover the 140 km between the two cities… it’s quick and convenient. You can find tickets for around 20 euros on OUI.sncf.
TO ORLEANS BY CAR
The majority of motorways are toll roads – you will have to pay when joining or leaving. Various services are available at the designated rest areas (fuel, restaurants, toilets, hotels, etc.). Prepare your motorway journey
- Dual carriageways: the speed limit is 110 km/h.
These roads are free… there are no tolls to be paid!
- Main roads, known as Nationales (they start with an ‘N’): the speed limit is 80 km/h or 90 km/h (depending on the French Department and quality of the road)
- In towns and villages: the speed limit is 50 km/h or even 30 km/h
For those who don’t own a car and prefer car sharing, sign up on BlaBlaCar for a wide choice of journeys at economical prices! Download the mobile application.
Take Bus 2 from bus stop Gare d’Orléans (Orleans station) in the direction of Gustave Eiffel (La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin). Get off at the Châteaudun stop. Then walk back along the pavement (opposite direction to the bus) and take the first left Boulevard de Châteaudun. Excelia is at no. 17, on the left!