Visit Saint-Denis, a cheerful and vibrant suburb within easy commuting distance of Paris.
The nearest airport to Saint-Denis is Charles de Gaulle international airport, located 25 kilometres northeast of Paris. Its three modern terminals serve over 65 million passengers every year. It is the headquarters of Air France and an important hub for such popular low-cost airlines as EasyJet and Vueling.
If you are travelling to Saint-Denis from Charles de Gaulle airport by public transport, you can use a regional train RER B line and get off at Stade de France station. There are direct trains every 15 minutes and the ride takes 45 minutes. Otherwise, a taxi ride will take around 20 minutes.
You can get to Saint-Denis from Orly International airport as well. This airport lies around 30 kilometres south of Saint-Denis, so if you are travelling by public transport, use the Orly shuttle bus to get to the nearest underground station. Here, take the train line RER B to get to central Paris, then change for the RER D line to go north to Saint-Denis. Alternatively, a taxi ride will take about 35 minutes.
Rail transport in Paris includes regional trains, the underground, and trams. Saint-Denis is part of the Parisian railroad system. Regional trains RER to Saint-Denis are lines B and D. They are fairly quick to take you to and from Gare du Nord in central Paris as they have few stops on the way. In Saint-Denis, they stop at the central train station and Stad de France.
Tickets are available from Ille-de-France Billeterie vending machines, and the price varies by zone. Passengers can choose from single-use tickets, day passes, and week passes. The same tickets are valid for RER trains, the underground, and trams. Single-use tickets and packs of ten tickets are available. A day pass called Mobilis is valid for the date of purchase only and allows unlimited travel.
Saint-Denis is very close to the city centre. Line 13 of the underground takes you straight to the centre of Saint-Denis Basilique and the University. However, line 13 forks out at La Fourche, so make sure you are boarding the train to Saint-Denis.
The trip by underground make take up to 45 minutes, and line 13 is known for its crowded trains and high passenger flow. The train is a better option if you are going directly to the city centre.
Three tram lines cross Saint-Denis from north to south and east to west, and this is probably the best way to get around Saint-Denis. Line T1 runs past all the main tourist attractions. Line T5 starts at the central market of Saint-Denis and runs south
Line T8 runs across town and ends at Porte de Paris station. In future, it is supposed to be extended to Paris itself. Buses, however, are not part of the same transport system as rail transport.