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Beauvais Airport

January 17th, 2009 by paris

Beauvais Airport (airport symbol: BVA) is the airport of choice for many budget airlines. Beauvais is actually located in Tille, France, just outside of Beauvais, about 50 miles northwest of Paris. Beauvais is popular with specialized budget air lines like Ryanair. There are a variety of methods for traveling to and from Beauvais Airport.

One of the least expensive transportation modes is via bus. Buses run 20 minutes after the arrival of each flight, between Beauvais Airport and the Porte Maillot, in Paris. Buses depart from Paris to Beauvais three hours before the scheduled flight departure time. Although you can only buy bus tickets with cash from the kiosk outside the airport, or the driver when returning to the airport, you can use your credit card by visiting the website, to purchase tickets. Make certain you’re at the bus stop at least 3 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight departure, to ensure a seat on the bus.

Another public transportation option is the French national railroad. SNCF trains also run between the Gare du Nord in Paris and Beauvais. From Beauvais though, it’s another 15-minute taxi ride to the Beauvais Airport.

If you’d like to stay away from public transportation, the Beauvais Airport Shuttle is available between Paris hotels and the Airport. You can also take this shuttle to either Charles de Gaulle Airport or Disneyland. However, it’s considerably more expensive than the bus.

However, the shuttle is less expensive than a taxi to Beauvais Airport. A taxi from your Parisian hotel to the airport will run you more than ten times the cost of a bus ticket. In addition, be wary of unlicensed taxi drivers servicing Beauvais. You’ll notice they’re unlicensed by the fact that there’s no visible taxi sign on the roof. These unscrupulous drivers often charge five to six times the going rate for a fare – especially at night. If you have to take a taxi, just make sure the driver is licensed. The Metro and RER stations are just accross the road from Porte Maillot.

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