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(CDG) Ground Transportation

How to reach Paris from CDG Roissy by train, bus, taxi, or shuttle (2021)

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ABOVE: After collecting your bags at CDG, you'll need to find your way into the city.

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Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) has connections to more foreign destinations than any other airport in the world. Unless you're arriving in Paris on a budget or domestic airline, you'll probably fly into CDG, which is located 23 km or 14 miles from central Paris in the suburb of Roissy.

You have a number of options for reaching the city from Charles de Gaulle Airport. The cheapest is the RER train, which has several stops in central Paris and connects with the Métro system. This is a good choice when you're traveling with light luggage.

If you're loaded with bags, we'd suggest an airport bus or--for direct transportation at a higher fare--an airport shuttle or taxi.

For information on each type of ground transportation, see the sections below.

  • Note: Although we update this article regularly, fares are always subject to change, so click the related links to visit the official Web sites if you need to check prices.


Trains (RER) 

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ABOVE: RER platforms at the railroad station (gare) in Terminal 2.

The RER is a regional train network with stops at major railroad stations and Métro hubs in Paris. From the RER platforms at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can reach the Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel, Luxembourg, and other stations of RER Line B.

Connections to the Métro network and RER Line C (which runs along the left bank of the Seine) make it easy to get within 500 meters of any hotel in Paris, although you may want to take a taxi or shuttle instead of the Métro if you're burdened with luggage and arriving in the city center at rush hour.

photoHow to ride the RER: After you've retrieved your bags and gone through customs, look for a "Gare" sign with a train symbol.

CDG has two RER stations: one for Terminals 1 and 3, and the other at Terminal 2. The terminals are connected by a free CDGVAL shuttle train.

  • From an "Île de France" ticket-vending machine. (These machines used to require credit cards with PINs, but they're now more forgiving to foreign visitors.)

  • At the ticket counter, where you can pay with cash or a credit card. (Caveat: The ticket office is closed late at night.)

Notes:

  • Ihe adult single fare between CDG and Paris is €11,40. Children under 4 travel free, and children from 4 through 9 years of age get a discount.

  • The Paris Visite zones 1-5 travel pass for tourists ("Paris and Île de France") and the Navigo "all zones" weekly or monthly travel pass are valid for transportation to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport. You can buy either pass at any RER ticket window at CDG. 

    (Please note that the "Paris Centre" version of the Paris Visite pass is good for only Zones 1-3 and does not cover airport transportation.)

Once you have your ticket, follow the signs to the platforms.

When you've descended the escalator, check the electronic signboard for train departure times and platform numbers.

Trains normally depart every 10 to 20 minutes between 5 a.m. and midnight, with an average travel time of about 30 minutes to the city center.

Tips:

  • If possible, take an express (direct) train, even if it means waiting a few minutes longer on the platform. Local trains stop at 10 suburban stations on their way into the city, adding 15 minutes or more to the normal 30-minute trip time.

  • If you're traveling with anything larger  than a carry-on suitcase, look for a bicycle compartment behind the driver's cockpit. (These compartments have their own set of doors.)

    You'll have to stand during the trip into Paris if you're in the bicycle compartment, but you'll be out of other passengers' way and you'll find it easier to get off if the train gets crowded.

  • Watch out for pickpockets, who prey on naive or jetlagged tourists.

  • On trips to the airport, be sure that your train's destination is "Charles de Gaulle-Roissy." (B3 trains go to CDG; B5 trains split off for another suburb.)

  • Allow plenty of time for journeys to the airport, just in case you're delayed or get lost in the terminals.

    (On a recent Sunday-morning trip, our journey required two train changes between Saint-Michel and the airport because of track maintenance. Fortunately, the RER did a great job of posting uniformed employees on the platforms to guide passengers to the right connecting trains.)

Other trains from Charles de Gaulle Airport

High-speed TGV trains connect CDG with cities in France and neighboring countries. To plan your journey, visit Oui.sncf.


Airport buses 

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ABOVE: Look for transportation signs in the terminal.

Le Bus Direct:

Buses of Le Bus Direct Paris Aéroport (formerly Cars Air France) connect Terminals 1 and 2 with destinations on the Right and Left Bank:

  • Line 2 goes to Porte Maillot (near the Palais de Congrèss de Paris),  Étoile Champs-Élysées, and the Eiffel Tower. Buses normally run every 30 minutes from early morning to 11 p.m.  Average trip time: 60 minutes for the entire route.

  • Line 4 serves the Gare de Lyon and the Gare Montparnasse. Coaches normally depart every 30 minutes from early morning until 10:00 p.m. Average trip time: about 50 minutes for the entire route.

  • Le Bus Direct also has a Line 3 bus that runs between Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports at 20- to 30-minute intervals, with an average travel time of 7o to 80 minutes.

  • The coach-style buses have luggage compartments at ground level, so you won't need to wrestle large suitcases up the steps.

  • Buy your ticket online, at the Le Bus Direct counter in the airport terminal, or from the bus driver.

For current fares and timetables, visit Le Bus Direct.

RoissyBus:

RATP, the Paris regional transport authority, operates this coach between CDG Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and the rue Scribe by the American Express office and the Opéra Garnier. (Take the RoissyBus if you're staying at one of the many hotels in the Opéra district.)

Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes, with an average travel time of 60 to 75 minutes.

The one-way fare is €13,70 for a paper ticket or €12,-- if you're using an RATP stored-value card such as Navigo Easy.

Buy your ticket or Navigo fare from an RATP vending machine (or a ticket booth, if available) and validate your ticket or card when you board the bus. If you're dashing to the bus at the last minute, you can pay the driver.

Note:

  • RATP's 1- to 5-zone Paris Visite pass is valid on Roissybus, but the cheaper Paris Visite pass for Zones 1-3 only does not cover airport transportation.

Travel time is nominally 60 to 75 minutes but can be shorter or longer, depending on traffic.

RATP Buses 350 and 351

Bus 350 is a public-transit bus that links CDG with the Gare de l'Est in Paris.

Bus  351 runs between CDG and Nation in Paris.

Both buses start and finish their routes at the airport's Roisspôle RER train station. To ride them, you'll need three standard T+ paper Métro/bus tickets, a €6,-- ticket purchased from a vending machine, or a valid pass such as the 1- to 5-zone Paris Visite card.

For up-to-date information on RATP buses, see the the RATP's Airport Tickets page.


Taxis and airport shuttles

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ABOVE: An illuminated Paris taxi sign. (Green means "vacant," and amber-red means "occupied.")

Taxis:

When we last checked in July, 2020, the flat fee for a taxi from CDG to Paris was €53 (Right Bank) or €58 (Left Bank).

Tipping is optional but customary; a few euros should do the trick. (When in doubt, round up the fare.)

 Allow 45 minutes to an hour for the trip.

Signs in the terminal will guide you to the nearest taxi stand, where you'll need to wait in line for a cab.

For more information on using les taxis parisiens, including links to cab telephone numbers and an online fare calculator, see our Paris Taxis article.

Shared shuttle vans:

Shuttle companies offer door-to-door service between Charles de Gaulle Airport and city addresses. Travel is in shared vans or minibuses, so the trip may take longer than going by taxi, although you'll avoid standing in line.

Parishuttle charges €16 to €25 per adult passenger, depending on how many people are traveling together.

Paris Airport Shuttle charges €17 to €40, with a €3 surcharge in the early morning or late evening.

Both companies can supply private transfers at a higher cost.

Please note:

  • Make shuttle reservations at least 24 hours in advance. (Earlier is better at busy times of the year.)

  • A reader tells us that PariShuttle (see above) insists on collecting passengers four hours before flight departure and will not modify its pickup time.

  • Potentially money-saving tip: If you'd rather pay in your own currency, you can prebook shuttle transfers through Viator: Paris, which offers pricing in multiple currencies.

    Viator's prices are often--though not always--better than the shuttle company's rates. (Viator is our advertising partner for transfers, day tours, and excursions in Paris and the Ile de France region, and we receive a small referral fee on each booking.) Again, prebook here.


Related articles:
CDGVAL shuttle trains at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Orly (ORY) airport transportation
Beauvais-Tillé (BVA) airport transportation
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