Hello. What is the best way to travel from central Paris to Bordeaux, and then return to ORLY? Thank you, John.
TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux, with fares from as little as €20 if you book well in advance and travel very early in the morning. Mid-morning departures in early June are currently selling for up to €62, but if you use the journey planner on tgv-europe.com then you can see all available departures and choose a fare that suits you. It's 570 kilometres to Bordeaux and most TGVs take 3 hours 15 minutes. Coming back, there is no TGV station at Orly, but if you book from Bordeaux to Massy TGV, then you can get a transfer from there to Orly on the 91.10 shuttle bus, for only €1.90. See this page for all the transfer options, including that one: http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/Access-maps-car-parks/Paris-Orly/Access/public-transport/
Alternatively if there isn't a train to Massy at a convenient time, trains from Bordeaux arrive in Paris at Gare Montparnasse and Air France operate an express bus from there to Orly (http://www.lescarsairfrance.com/en/). (You don't have to be flying Air France to use the bus)
Thank you so much for the prompt reply. Your suggestion is very helpful. John.
I believe Air France operates frequent "shuttle" flights from Bordeaux to Orly. Since these are geared to business travelers, they might be expensive, but check Air France's website to see if this works better for you. While the airport in Bordeaux is not as central as the train station, flying gets you right to ORY and so saves time at that end.