5 ways to get from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris – THE complete guide!
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Last updated on 20th September 2021 by Lena
Salut! You are flying to Paris, isn’t that exciting?! And now you are wondering how you’re getting from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris, right? I know that transportation in Paris can be a bit confusing, but don’t worry, I’ve got you! I will break down each and every option for you with precise directions, prices and pros, and cons.
Let’s start with some information on the airport Charles de Gaulle to help you find orientation!
About the airport Charles de Gaulle
The Charles de Gaulle airport lays 30 km outside of Paris, in the northeast. It’s the 2nd biggest airport in Europe and it’s not surprising that the idea of navigating through this monster can be a bit confusing and scary. But don’t worry too much about it – everything is quite clearly indicated and you shouldn’t struggle too much to find the train station, a taxi stand or a bus stop.
Pro Tip: If you have to catch an early flight, stay the last night in a hotel around the airport. Transportation in the morning can be very difficult: If it’s too early, trains aren’t running and you have to take a taxi. This money is better spent in a nice hotel, isn’t it? And if the trains are running already, you most likely will be forced to navigate through overcrowded stations. Booking a hotel near the airport is saving you from loads of stress! Plus, there are really nice hotels around Charles de Gaulle! Have a look here!
For hotels in the center of Paris, discover the best 3 locations to stay in Paris here!!
The CDG airport has 3 terminals, 1, 2, and 3/Roissypol. Terminal 2 is the biggest with 7 sub terminals. Both, terminal 2 and terminal 3/Roissypol are having a train station with a connection to Paris. Between the 3 terminals runs the free airport shuttle train CDGVAL. Within terminal 2 runs also a bus (N1 or N2) that connects the different sub terminals of terminal 2, but walking is an option as well.
Now that the localities are settled, let’s answer the main question: How to get from CDG to Paris?
Option 1: Take a train from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris
Taking a train from CDG airport to Paris is maybe not the most comfortable, but the cheapest and fastest option.
The train from CDG airport to Paris is the RER B line. The RER is a suburb train that connects the cities within the greater Paris area with Paris and is also connected to the inner Parisian Metro lines. It’s also the fastest way from CDG to Gare du Nord.
But first, you need to know where Charles de Gaulle train station is!!
Arriving at Terminal 1
If you arrive at terminal 1, you need to board the free sky train CDGVAL first to get to the train station at terminal 3/Roissypole. After customs and baggage claim at Terminal 1, you’ll see blue signs pointing to “CDGVAL Airport Shuttle“. Board the shuttle and get out at terminal 3/Roissypole, one of the two Charles de Gaulle airport train stations.
Arriving at Terminal 2
After you passed through customs and claimed your baggage, watch out for blue signs pointing to “Gare SNCF/Railway Station” and “Paris par train/Paris by train“. That’s your direction 🙂
Arriving at Terminal 3
If you arrive at CDG Terminal 3, it’s a 5 minutes walk from the terminal to terminal 3/Roissypole train station. Just follow the blue signs pointing to “Paris par train/Paris by train”.
The CDGVAL Airport Shuttle
The Skytrain shuttle connects all 3 terminals of the Charles de Gaulle airport, parking places, and both train stations that are serving the airport.
Operation hours are daily from 4:00 am to 1:00 am, with a Skytrain running all 4 minutes. During the nighttime outside normal operating hours, a shuttle bus is circulating.
Taking the train from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
The RER B from Charles de Gaulle to central Paris takes approximately 35 minutes but can vary depending on where you get out of the train and whether you catch a direct train or a train that stops at different stations before entering Paris. In any case, no matter which RER B train you are on, every train stops at the following stations in Paris:
Gare du Nord – Châteles/Les Halles – Saint Michel/Notre Dame – Luxembourg – Port Royal – Denfert Rochereau – Cité Universitaire
Where to buy tickets for the train to Paris
Just before getting to the train platform, you’ll see vending machines where you can purchase your tickets. The language at the vending machines can be changed and you shouldn’t run into issues finding the right option to buy a ticket for a train to Paris. However, it’s possible that your foreign credit card is not working on those machines, have some cash at hand! Alternatively, you can also go to the ticket counter close to the vending machines, but it might not always be occupied.
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If you need to transfer from RER to Metro to reach your destination, you do not have to purchase a new ticket. The RER ticket is valid for 2h when connecting to the Metro. Two hours between first and last validation.
Taking the train from CDG to Paris – in a nutshell
Operation hours: daily from 4:53 a.m. to 23:50 p.m.
Travel duration to Paris: approx. 35min
Price: 10.30€ single-ride fare, 7.90€ for kids (4-9 years) (as by the time of writing)
Option 2: Book a private transfer to Paris
Are you unsure of taking public transportation or navigating through the maze of the CDG airport? Or are you sure to be tired after a long flight and are not up for any hassle? Look into private transfers from Charles de Gaulle to Paris!! You can book you Charles de Gaulle Airport transfer already from home, which is definitely a big plus for your convenience.
You have several options regarding private Charles de Gaulle airport transfers.
Semi-private minivan transfer
The cheapest option of all private transfers is to book a shared minivan transfer. It’s especially interesting if you are traveling alone and/or are traveling with a lot of luggage. The fare is not much higher than the bus or train but you get dropped right at your hotel! The drawback is that you have to call upon arrival in order to get picked up.
Booking a private transfer is definitely the most convenient and 100% hassle-free option if you are looking into getting a means of transport from Charles de Gaulle to Paris. Your driver will wait for you at the gate with a meet and greet sign, help with your luggage and drop you off at your accommodation. Check out private transfer options and be surprised that the added service is not charged much more than a regular Taxi!
Option 3: Take one of the Paris shuttle busses from CDG to the city center
Another ground transportation to get from the airport to Paris is taking a bus from CDG to Paris. Until 2020 there were 2 bus companies that are circulating between the airport and different areas of Paris.
However, Le Bus Direct is no longer available. The Roissybus is still operating.
To get from CDG to Paris center, you need to board either bus line 2 or 4.
The Roissybus is heading to the center of Paris, to Opéra. It’s a direct bus without any stops in between. The Roissybus leaves at all 3 terminals of the Charles de Gaulle airport. Opéra lays very centrally and the Roissybus can be very convenient If you need to go from the airport to the city center.
Trip duration: between 60 and 75 min – times can vary depending on traffic
Schedule: every 15 to 20 min, from 06:00 a.m. to 00:30 a.m. (click here for exact times)
Price: 12.50€ one way
Where to buy tickets for the Roissybus?
You can purchase tickets directly on the bus, at the airport bus stop, and at all vending machines at RER and Metro stations.
Where is the Roissybus station?
Terminal 1 – Porte/Exit 32, arrival levels
Terminal 2A/2C – Porte/Exit 9 of Terminal 2A
Terminal 2D – Porte/Exit 11
Terminal 2E/2F – Porte/Exit 8, arrival levels
Terminal 3 – the bus stop is located 250m outside the terminal, follow signs
Option 4: Take a regular Taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
Taking a taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Paris can be a good option. If your plane arrives (or leaves) very early or late, it might even be the only way of transportation from CDG to Paris or the other way around. (ok that, or an Uber).
When deciding if a taxi is a good choice, please keep in mind that rush hour in Paris can be very busy. A trip in a taxi from CDG to Paris can take as little as 30 minutes on Sunday morning, but 2 hours (or longer) during peak times.
For a few years, taxi prices from CDG to Paris center are fixed: If your destinations lay rive droite (north of the Seine), the fare is 53€ and if it’s rive gauche (south banks) you pay 58€.
How to find a taxi – and how to take the good one!
When you are entering the arrival hall, you usually should already see a sign pointing you in the right direction of the taxi stand.
However, you will be approached by people asking if you need a taxi as soon as you are out of the security zone. Those are NOT the official taxis and I advise strongly against taking a ride with them. The official taxis are waiting at the stand and their drivers not proactively searching for customers. The official taxi companies are Alpha Taxi, Les Taxis Bleue, G7, Horizon G7. You can recognize them by the taxi light on the roof of their vehicle. Learn more about popular scams in Paris and the mistakes visitors are doing!
How to pay for taxis in Paris?
Do taxis in Paris take credit cards? Yes, most taxis do accept credit cards but to be on the safe side, prepare some cash. It always can happen that your foreign credit card doesn’t work or the machine is broken – or at least that the driver says so. When queueing at the taxi line at Charles de Gaulle, an employee will allocate you to a taxi. You can also ask this person to get you a taxi that accepts credit cards.
Where is the taxi stand at Charles de Gaulle airport?
Terminal 1: exit 24 on the arrivals level
Terminal 2A: exit 6
Terminal 2C: exit 14
Terminal 2D: exit 7
Terminal 2E: gate 10, arrivals level
Terminal 2F: gate 11, arrivals level
Terminal 2G: blue gate
Terminal 3: at the exit of the arrival hall
Option 5: Take an Uber from CDG to Paris
If you are an Uber user, you’ll be happy to know that your Uber app works perfectly fine in Paris. Depending on the time of the day, it can be cheaper to order an Uber than booking a regular taxi but I advise you to check first the rates before making a decision. (click here to get a voucher for your first ride if you’re a new customer)
When taking an Uber from Charles de Gaulle to Paris, the journey time heavily depends on the time of the day. During rush hour it can easily add up to 2h while a ride on Sunday morning will hardly be longer than 30 to 40 minutes.
When you are leaving the security area, you won’t find a sign pointing you in direction of the Uber pick-up zone or shared-ride pick-up zone. There is no designated pick-up zone for Uber at the moment, so you just add your location and wait, as you would normally do. You might also have to wait for pick-up instructions from your driver if your location isn’t reachable for him.
Good to know: Charles de Gaulle airport has free wifi, so you should not run into problems using the app.
Not an Uber user yet? You can sign up here and get a voucher for your first ride!
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