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Le Bus Direct
Les Cars Air France at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 21-08-2013 01.jpg
Les Cars Air France coach at Charles de Gaulle Airport
ParentGroupe ADP
Commenced operation1930
Ceased operationApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Service areaÎle-de-France Region
Service typeAirport transfer

Le Bus Direct (formerly Les Cars Air France) was a network of express bus routes operating between Paris and the two major airports in the region (Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport) and a bus route that connected the two airports. The service has its roots in similar bus routes that started in 1930. The service was terminated on 1 April 2020 as a result of the drop in passengers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation.


The service traces its history to a service established by Lignes Aériennes Farman (English: Farman Air Lines) which offered travelers coaches between Paris and Paris–Le Bourget Airport.[1] The service was continued by Farman's successor airlines, Société Générale des Transports Aériens (SGTA) and Air France, which renamed the service "Les Cars Air France" (English: Air France Cars).

At the beginning of the service, all passengers were "checked-in" for their flight at a terminal in Paris and shuttled out to the airfield in coaches. In 1946, the "l'Aérogare des Invalides" terminal opened in Paris along with the Orly Airport.[2]

This continued until 1961, when check-in desks were centralized at the airport. After the 1960s, Air France retained its coach service from Paris to the airports and opened up the service to any passengers, even if they weren't flying Air France.[3]

On 12 May 2016, took control of the service from Air France and renamed the service as "Le Bus Direct" and associated it with the Paris Aéroport brand.[1] At that time, the Invalides terminal was abandoned in favor of other stops around the Paris area. The service was operated under contract by the company Keolis.

The service was terminated on 1 April 2020 as a result of the drop in passengers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation.[4]


Before the termination of the service, four routes were operated by Le Bus Direct:

Route 1: Orly Airport – Paris (Étoile)

Route 2: CDG Airport – Paris (Eiffel Tower)

Route 3 CDG Airport – Orly Airport

  • Routing: Orly Airport Terminal 4 – Orly Airport Terminals 1/2/3 – CDG Airport Terminals 2A/2C/2D – CDG Airport Terminals 2E/2F
  • Travel Time: 70 to 80 minutes
  • Frequency: every 25 to 40 minutes
  • Hours of operation: 06:10 to 21:50

Route 4 CDG Airport – Paris (Gare Montparnasse)

  • Routing: CDG Airport Terminals 2E/2F – CDG Airport Terminals 2A/2C/2D – CDG Airport Terminal 1 – Gare de LyonGare Montparnasse
  • Travel Time: 40 to 80 minutes
  • Frequency: every 30 minutes
  • Hours of operation: 05:45 to 20:45

External links


  1. ^ a b Vigoreaux, Thierry (17 May 2016). "Les Cars Air France deviennent Le Bus Direct". Tour Hebdo (in French). Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ "L'histoire d'Air France". Musée Air France. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  3. ^ "Service au sol". Air France La Saga (in French). Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ "La navette "Le Bus Direct" entre Paris et ses aéroports ne devrait pas reprendre". BFM BUSINESS (in French). Retrieved 2021-01-25.
This page was last edited on 25 January 2021, at 19:37
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