There's a pretty cheap and convenient ticket I can buy but it has a 21 hr layover in Paris-Orly (ORY) airport. I do have a visa but in case I stay just at the airport:

  • Are there any sleeping areas in the airport?

  • Are there any noise, ventilation, safety, smell or other problems?

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    Related: Is it possible to transfer airside when flying through Paris Orly airport? It's possible that you'll have to leave the secured area anyhow, which might change your calculation about whether or not to sleep at the airport. Mar 6, 2023 at 16:20
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    @user134309 you would need a visa, need to go through customs and immigration, and then go through security again for the next leg of the flight.
    – Esther
    Mar 6, 2023 at 16:32
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    If you have a visa, for a layover of this duration, I would strongly advise booking a nearby hotel.
    – jcaron
    Mar 6, 2023 at 21:40
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    It may be helpful to know that the "security area" is offten referred-to as "airside," while the non-secure area — which one accesses coming in from the street in front of the terminal — is often called "landside." Mar 7, 2023 at 5:29
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    You can often purchase lounge access for a somewhat reasonable price (last time I paid about 30 Euros). For such a long stay, that might well be worth it. Check the lounges and what facilities they have available. Some of the higher-tier lounges have showers and even beds where you can sleep a few hours.
    – Tom
    Mar 7, 2023 at 7:09

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If you have a 21 hours layover in ORY, the best way would be to allow you (almost) a full day to visit Paris. It's very easy to reach Paris downtown from / to ORY airport. You can find all public transportation on the Paris Aéroport site, with their respective price and time.

If, for any reason, you can't or don't want to enter in France and want to stay inside the airport, here's what you must know:

The airport is easy to navigate.
The facilities are fine, and overall the airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight travellers trying to sleep.
Most of the seats have armrests, so many travellers prefer to stretch out on the floor.
Some travellers report being able to sleep on the benches and couches in some cafes.
The airport can be cold, so bring layers – especially if you’re sleeping on the floor.
Plan on bright lights, so bring a sleep mask/eyeshades.

Source: Paris Orly Airport Guide (Sleeping in Airports)

However, please note there's no luggage facilities, so you must watch your luggage until check-in. French airports are safe but vigilance is still required.

There's also 3 hotels you can access with Orly shuttle, but they're not inside the airport itself:

Also, there's no noise issue (at least no more than in any other airport), nor ventilation issue.

  • parisaeroport.fr/en/orly-airport : Spend the night at Orly (ORY) Orly airport is closed from 12:30 am to 3:30 am. However, if you have a summons, provided by your travel agency, or an air ticket, you can check in and wait in your departure terminal
    – audionuma
    Mar 8, 2023 at 15:44

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