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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Ground Transportation
How to reach central Paris from CDG Roissy by train, bus, taxi, or shuttle.
Need a hotel near CDG Airport?
Need a hotel near CDG Airport?
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 Métro system. This is a good choice when you're traveling with light luggage., which has several stops in central Paris and connects with the
If you're loaded with bags, we'd suggest anor--for direct transportation at a higher fare--an .
For information on each type of ground transportation, see the sections below.
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.
How to ride the RER: After you've retrieved your bags and gone through customs, look for signs with a train symbol. Follow the arrow for "RER."
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.
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.
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.
Le Bus Direct:
Buses of (formerly Cars Air France) connect Terminals 1 and 2 with destinations on the Right and Left Bank:
For current fares and timetables, visit Le Bus Direct.
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.
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.
When we last checked in late September, 2021, the flat fee for a taxi from CDG to central 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.
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