Disneyland Paris is located 32 kilometres (20 miles) east of the city of Paris, roughly a 35 minute drive, on the edge of a large suburban area known as Marne-la-Vallée.
Disney didn't choose the Ile-de-France region by chance, nor did it make its home in the peaceful beet fields of Marne-la-Vallée without realising that this location places it right at the heart of a continent, just a short drive from the city of Paris and its airports, easy to reach from every direction and every neighbouring country. The A4 autoroute (motorway) passes right past the resort from Paris.
As a general guide, follow signs to "Marne-la-Vallée". Then, once you get close to the resort, the excitement starts! Iconic Sorcerer Mickey signs like that seen above are placed all the way around Paris' motorway (highway) system, leading you straight to the magic.
The attractions of Disneyland Paris have several exits off the A4 autoroute:
Quick guides to get your bearings from common start points:
Of course, you must drive on the right in France! But there are also several other requirements of driving here:
Websites such as Via Michelin and Mappy are great to plan your journey itinerary to the resort from further afield, combining a route plan with useful information such as expected journey time and toll charges.
An Esso petrol (gas) station is located on the resort near Disney's Hotel Santa Fe at the exit of the Disney Parks parking lot, so it's easy to fill up before you depart. All major credit and debit cards are accepted.
Elsewhere, petrol stations may have limited opening hours in rural areas. Some stations have automatic vending pumps, allowing you to pay by credit card 24 hours a day. The cheapest fuel can usually be found at large hypermarkets.
Note that tolls operate on many French motorway highways. A toll plaza is located just north of Disneyland Paris on the A4 autoroute, meaning that if you're travelling to or from a Northbound direction to the resort, you will have to pay a small charge to use the road. The toll booths usually have attendants to provide change and even accept credit cards, but it's best to remember to carry spare Euro coins with you.
The official hire car partner of Disneyland Paris is Hertz. You can easily book a rental car online. Their main office is located within the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station at the heart of the resort.
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