Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy) is the main airport in Paris so there is a good chance you’ll arrive there. It’s a big, ugly airport. Luckily, there are plenty of options to get you into the heart of Paris quickly.
Taking the commuter train (called the RER) from CDG to Paris is quick and affordable. Just follow the signs inside the airport for RER B to find the platform. It’s easy to find — don’t worry.
You can purchase your ticket (one-way: €10) at one of the many self-serve ticket machines but travelers without a Chip & PIN card won’t be able to use their card in the machine. You’ll either have to find a ticket window (lines can be super long) or get cash out of an ATM. Note: Coins are the best option. Some machines take bills but they seem to run out of coins. Welcome to France.
Some trains service local stops and some go straight into Paris. All trains will stop at the stations within Paris — Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Port-Royal, Denfert-Rochereau and Cité Universitaire. Keep your ticket because you can use it to transfer to the Metro once you’re in Paris.
The Roissybus is a bus service that connects CDG to the Opéra Garnier located in central Paris. Tickets cost €11.
The ride lasts 60-90 minutes — assuming there isn’t heavy traffic.
Honestly, I don’t see why you would take the bus since it’s both slower and more expensive than the RER train.
There has been a lot of legal battles between Uber and the City of Paris. Lot of taxis started striking and caused a bunch of ruckus. However, it’s still an option for now. I’ve had better luck taking an Uber from the city to the airport.
Taking a taxi from CDG to Paris is the most expensive option but it might be worth the price if you have a lot of luggage. Furthermore, being dropped off at your door is always nice.
Except to pay between €45-€60 but it might be a little more during super heavy traffic. Rides will take about 45min-1hr. There are also extra charges for riding after 5pm and on Sunday. The driver will also add extra for luggage.
Most taxis take credit cards but ask first to double check.
Finding a taxi is easy — just follow the signs to the taxi stand. Only take official taxis. Drivers may come up to you and offer a ride but these are “private” cars and they charge a lot more.
There are a handful of shuttle companies that offer door-to-door service from the airport to your hotel/hostel/whatever. You’ll share a shuttle van with other people so this can extra time to your trip while they drop them off (unless you happen to be the first person dropped off).
Tickets costs around €20 – €30 per person so it might be cheaper and easier to use a taxi if you’re traveling with other people. However, shuttles are booked and paid for in advance so you don’t have to worry about money.
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