|Charles de Gaulle Airport Transport|
|Private transfer services, RER-B suburban trains, airport buses, RATP RoissyBus, and taxis take you from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to central Paris (30 km/19 miles) quickly, easily, and (in some cases) cheaply.|
How to Pay for Your Ride
Except for private transfer, which you book online before you arrive, you may need cash euros to buy tickets or transit passes for your ride to the city center via RER-B train, RoissyBus, Le-Bus Direct airport bus, RATP Bus 350, or taxi. (If you reserve a private transfer online before flying, your trip into Paris will be all paid—no need for cash.)
Exchanging currency at airports is almost always a huge ripoff, and CDG is no exception. The currency exchange booths (Travelex) and ATMs at the airport use exchange rates much poorer than ATMs in the city center, then pile on fees and charges and tricks like "dynamic currency conversion," so that in the end you may pay 10% to 20% for the exchange, receiving as little as US$80 in euros for the US$100 you pay. Here's how to save money on currency exchange.
Cost & Travel Time
—You know the transfer car will be there. You have contact information if it is not.
—You know what the fare will be, and there's no cost to make a reservation.
The most comfortable and hassle-free way to go is with a private airport transfer. Sixt, the German car rental/hire company, offers an excellent airport transfer service called MyDriver: you book your transfer online, your driver meets you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign bearing your name, helps with your luggage, and drives you in a late-model German car or van to your destination. It's particularly convenient and good value for groups of three to five travelers. More...
You reserve your seat in advance, after you land you call a toll-free number to learn the pick-up location, and the shuttle van takes you right to your hotel—but with only one suitcase.
Cheaper than a taxi (for a single traveler), and no need to change your mode of transportation, but your hotel may not be the first stop on the shuttle route—you may stop at several other airport terminals and city hotels before getting to yours.
Even so, in the end you will be dropped right at the door to your hotel or apartment without changing mode of transport, for half the price of a taxi. More...
This can be the fastest and cheapest way to travel, with adequate comfort, even if you have a lot of luggage, when it's not crowded. Starting from CDG Airport, you're very likely to get a seat. Returning from Paris to the airport...maybe.
The train stops at numerous important locations in central Paris: Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, St-Michel-Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, and the Cité Universitaire south of central Paris.
If you buy a Navigo transit pass, you can travel between the airport and city center, and on all means of transport in the center, for one reasonable price. For sale in the train ticket office at the airport, it's the best deal of all. More...
Airport buses make the most value-for-money sense for single travelers and perhaps some couples. If your travel party is three or more people, other options such as private transfers and taxis offer better value for money, as three or four bus fares may approach the cost of traveling by private car and driver.
As with any road travel between the airport and the city center, you may have to contend with heavy traffic (which is not the case with trains).
A service of RATP (the Paris public transport company), the RoissyBus airport bus takes you nonstop from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the Opéra Garnier at place de l'Opéra in the heart of Paris (map), whence you can continue to your hotel or apartment by Métro, city bus, taxi or on foot. It's about as comfortable as Le-Bus Direct (see below), and as long a ride, but cheaper, although it provides only one destination. More...
Also operated by RATP, these slower, cheaper standard city buses travel between Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Gare de l'Est, (Bus 350) or Place de la Nation (Bus 351) where you can connect to the Paris Métro and city buses to continue to your destination.This is the cheapest, but slowest, way to travel between the airport and city center. More...
Le-Bus Direct, formerly Les Cars Air France (Air France buses) carry you to Porte Maillot (for Neuilly), Place Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, Tour Eiffel, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, and Aéroport d'Orly, in some comfort (though the seats are cramped), at a somewhat slower pace (depending on Paris traffic) and higher cost. More...
The safest and best way to go by taxi is to book your taxi in advance (for up to three passengers). You'll know the price, and where to meet your driver, in advance, and you'll go straight to your hotel. More...
If you fail to book in advance and must find one at the airport, only use an official taxi! You may be approached by men in the terminal asking "Taxi?" Ignore them! They are not authorized, and you may have a bad experience.
Look for official drivers in numbered blue vests and the official taxi rank, Taxi Officiel Aéroport, and take a taxi dispatched from there. Don't end up like the Thai couple who were charged 247€ for a 55€ ride into the city—the driver of the unauthorized car wouldn't unlock the doors and let them out of the car until they paid the outrageous fare.
Destinations of CDG airport buses