By planeThe best way to get to Orleans by plane is to fly into either one of the two Paris Airports.
Most international carriers will service Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), but most low-cost carriers will service Orly. Orly Airport (ORY) is slightly closer to Orleans if you are driving, but neither airport provides direct services to Orleans and one will most likely have to transfer in Paris.
From Paris take a SNCF train from Paris's Gare d'Austerlitz to the Gare d'Orleans. These trains run frequently during the day.
There is a tram which runs from the train station to the centre of the town.
By carTake the A10 motorway south-west from Paris. The trip will be slightly one hour and a half.
You can also drive along the N20, which is a toll free road, and goes straight from Paris to Orleans. The route can is a bit longer than the highway as the road takes you through a number of villages.
Loire river is the main river in the city. It used to be navigable at the beginning of the 20th century.
The best way to travel is by foot or bike. The city is not large so by foot is the best way. Many bike rental stations allow you to use a bike from point A to B for a small fee.
- Semtao Tramline and buses run throughout the city of Orleans and the town of Fleury-lès-Aubrais.
Within Orleans the tram runs from the city center down main street to the outlying small towns and suburbs. This does not provide much help to tourists, but
can be useful getting to and from the train station.
address: http://www.orleans.catholique.fr/A Catholic cathedral and impressive example of Gothic architecture. With a similar design to Notre Dame in Paris, a visit to Orleans would not be complete without a stop. The Cathedral can been seen above the buildings from most of the town.
La Maison de Jeanne d’ArcMost of Orleans in devoted to Jeanne d'Arc as she liberated the town in medieval times. It's hard to walk through the town without seeing Jeanne d'Arc-related stuff quite frequently. The house is definitely worth seeing.
Martroi plaza and Joan of Arc statue
Hotel de VilleWhere everyone in the city is required to get married, the Hotel de Ville has breathtaking rooms filled with royal curtains and gold leaf.
Le Loiretthe border of the Loiret, small river going from La Source to the Loire river. Nice walk along the water with good spots for pic nic or playing outside.
The city celebrates Joan of Arc during the first week of May with parades, demonstrations, a "medieval market" and sound and light shows.
L'Astrolabe, 1 Rue Alexandre Avisse, a concert hall dedicated to Modern Music, Reggae, Percus, Techno, French Song, also includes an Ice-skating ring and Dojo.
Billiards (pool) can be a fun way to unwind from a busy day. Orleans has many pool salons and even the bowling alley has a billiards section. Billiards is popular among teenagers on Fridays after school, but finding an open table should not be a problem.
Many large French and international stores fill Orleans including H&M and Les Galeries Lafayette.
Pizzeria Capriaddress: 103bis, Rue du Faubourg Madeleine, 45000 OrléansExcellent pizza and pasta.
Tokyoaddress: 14, Place du Chatelet, 45000 OrléansGood Sushi.
phone: +33 2-38-77-16-99address: 34 rue Notre Dame de RecouvranceSpanish food and wines. Also sell Spanish products (spices, sweets, ham...).
La Tavolaaddress: Les HallesAn Italian restaurant in Orleans. You enter by the kitchen. Pizza and Pasta at good price made by original Italian.
Le Petit Barceloneaddress: 218, Rue de BourgogneRelaxed atmosphere, plenty of tables for sitting around with friends and having drinks.
Havana Cafeaddress: 28, Place du ChateletIndoor and outdoor seating, good place to have drinks with friends.
Le Paxton's Headaddress: Rue de BourgogneKaraoke. If you come after 2am, be aware that people are likely to smoke, although it is illegal.
address: 105 bis, Rue de Faubourg MadeleineNight club playing African Zouk, Reggae and Hip Hop music.
Antidoteaddress: 32 Rue de l'Empereur 45000 OrleansNice bar, Cosmopolite with all ages and types of people to have a drink (beer, sangria & nice collection of wines) or a French snack (cheese or charcuterie). Good place for people who like rock music
New for 2009: Stay in a treehouse
The Parc des Alicourts has several new treehouses for 2009, some suitable for family holidays, some for cozy couple weekends.