Getting from Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG to Paris is very easy!
Whether you are planning a quick getaway to Paris, a business trip or a romantic weekend in La Ville Lumiere, you can count on many ways of getting from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris.
Paris has three airports – Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) located north of the city; Orly (ORY), south of the city; and Beauvais-Tillé which is Paris airport for budget airlines. If you are coming from North America, you will be landing in Charles the Gaulle.
Charles de Gaulle airport is about 34 km (21 miles) from the center of Paris, but it is really well connected to the city thanks to shuttle buses, taxis, private transfers, buses and the train. Unfortunately, there is no metro connecting the airport to the city. So if you intend to use public transportation your options are basically just the RER train that goes to Gare du Nord (and several other stations), or the bus to Paris Opéra.
Depending on how you decide to go from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, it’ll take you between 30 minutes and 1.5 hour to reach the city center. Continue reading this post to discover all your options to get from the Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris.
How To Get From Charles De Gaulle Airport CDG To Paris
The RER B train
The train, best known as RER B, is by far the easiest and cheapest way to get from the aiport to Paris – as long as luggage is not an issue.
There are regular train departures from the two stations located at the airport:
- CDG Terminal 2 train station, located between CDG Terminal 2E and 2C – called Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV
- CDG Terminal 1 / Terminal 3 train station, located in the Roissypole building – called Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1
If you land in Terminal 3, you can walk along the covered walkway to Terminal 1 (the path is well marked in yellow, so very easy to find and follow); or take the free shuttle train connecting the two terminals. It’s not faster, but a good option if you have luggage.
Here is what you need to know about the RER B trains from CDG to Paris:
DEPARTURE – On weekdays, every 10 to 15 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE – The journey to Gare du Nord lasts about 25 to 50 minutes, depending on whether you take the fast train (which only stops at main stations) or the slow one.
WORKING HOURS – The RER B train from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris runs from 4:50 am to 11:50 pm, every day.
COST – Tickets cost €11.40 Euro one way + €1.50 for online bookings.
WHERE TO GET TICKETS – You can get tickets at the many vending machines and ticket counters in the station, but keep in mind the counter opens at 6:00 am. You can get tickets online here. The ticket is needed to exit the station and transfer to the Metro.
RER-B STOPS: Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Port-Royal, Denfert-Rochereau and Cité Universitaire. All of them are connected to the Paris Metro (subway) and your RER ticket is valid for the Metro too.
Another way to travel from the airport to the city is the bus. This is especially good in case you carry lots of luggage, but the journey takes longer and it’s not necessarily cheaper. You have several options: the Roissybus, the Noctilien Night Bus and the local buses. Below is a summary of all the bus options.
This bus runs from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the Paris Opéra (11 rue Scribe, 75009 – Metro Stop: Opéra).
Here is what you need to know about the Roissybus:
DEPARTURE – On weekdays, every 15 to 20 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE – The journey to Paris Opéra can last between one hour and 1.5 hours depending on traffic.
WORKING HOURS – The Roissybus runs from 6:00 am to 12:30 am.
COST – Tickets cost €13.70 (or €15 for advanced purchases online).
WHERE TO GET TICKETS – You can buy tickets from the vending machines at the airport or at Roissybus stops, or online here.
Noctilien Night Bus
Should your flight to Paris be landing late, you can still count on the bus to take you from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris. The bus goes all the way to Gare de l’Est.
Here is what you need to know about the Noctilien Night Bus:
DEPARTURE – The bus departs every 30 to 60 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE – The journey to Gare de l’Est takes around 80 minutes.
WORKING HOURS – The Noctilien Night bus runs from around 12:00 am to 5:00 am.
COST – Tickets cost €7.60.
WHERE TO GET TICKETS – You can buy tickets directly on the bus.
GOOD TO KNOW: There are two lines, 140 and 143, both depart from CDG Terminal 1 station and go by TGV and Terminal 3 Roissypole bus station.
Buses 350 and 351 connect the airport to the city. Both buses leave from the bus station located above terminal 1/3 RER station, and go by terminal 2 to pick up more passengers. Bus 350 goes to the Gare de l’Est station via Gare du Nord station. Bus 351 goes to Nation Metro.
Here is what you need to know about the Local Bus:
DEPARTURE – The bus departs every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of the day.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE – Depending on where you need to stop, up to 80 minutes.
WORKING HOURS – The local bus runs from 6:00 am to 8:30 or 10:30 pm.
COST – Tickets cost €6.
WHERE TO GET TICKETS – You can buy tickets directly on the bus or at the vending machines.
Private Transfers and Shuttles
When you carry lots of luggage it’s actually better to opt for a private transfer or shuttle.
A transfer can cost anything from €28 to €82 one-way, depending on whether you opt for a shared shuttle bus or for a private transfer, and it’s actually cheaper than hauling a taxi directly when landing. The main benefit is that you can book it online, so you won’t have to worry about juggling your wallet and change money at the airport. Furthermore, a driver will be waiting for you at the terminal and ready to help you carry your luggage. You won’t even have to worry about communicating the address, as that will be on file!
Private transfers prices are per group of up to 3 or 4 passengers, so if you are traveling with friends or family it doesn’t end up being that much more expensive than the train. The main downside is that they drive on the same road as regular traffic, so you may end up caught in rush hour.
These are some good transfer options to take you from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris:
- Welcome Pickups Private Transfer – starting at €62, this is one of the most convenient options available. It’s a reliable, well known service.
- Paris: VIP Private Transfer from/to Charles de Gaulle – at €79 for a group of 3, it can be actually quite convenient, not to mention comfortable.
- Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport Private Transfer – another excellent private transfer option. The €81.25 price is for a group of 4.
Taxis from CDG to Paris
Taxis are by far the most expensive way to get to the center of Paris. You will be able to haul a taxi pretty much at the exit of each terminal building (make sure to only use official taxis from the designated taxi stand). Depending on where you are staying in Paris, the ride will last between 30 minutes to one hour.
Taxis from CDG to Paris operate on a flat rate system. Fares are as follow:
- Taxis to Paris Right Bank cost €53.
- Taxis to Paris Left Bank cost €58.
Taxis generally take credit cards.
Uber from CDG to Paris
Uber is legal in France and commonly used in Paris, but in this case it won’t be any cheaper than using a private transfer and – if you don’t have data on your cell phone to use the app – you will need to find Wi-Fi in order to use it, which can be quite a nuisance.
A ride will cost you between €35 and €55 depending on whether you opt for UberPool or UberX. Journey time is similar to that of taxis and private transfers.
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