It’s always daunting when you arrive somewhere new and trying to get to the city the quickest way possible. Especially at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport it might get easily confusing and lots of familiar questions start popping up: Where do I have to go? How much will it cost? Is there an alternative, maybe cheaper or more valuable option? Is there enough space for my family/friends? Will the luggage fit?
Yeah, we have been all there. And it can be gruelling. To make your onward transfer to Paris as smooth as possible, we have listed the best transfer options from Charles De Gaulle Airport:
1. Private Shuttle Service
Booking a private shuttle is the best and most convenient option. Firstly, you can book your car before you even start travelling and have a private driver waiting for you at the arrival gate. Your luggage and transfer is taking care of from the minute you arrive plus you have an experienced, English speaking person, who knows the city like the back of his hand. T2 Transfer is an excellent shuttle company that is reliable and trustworthy. Besides driving to Paris city, they also drive to Disney, the airports of Orly and Beauvais as well Paris Central Station. Even if you decide to travel last minute to Paris, you can book until 48 hours before your arrival. Whether you travel alone with your spouse, family, business partners or group of friends, T2 Transfer can accommodate up to 8 persons including luggage and offers absolutely fair rates.
Photo by Jean Pierre Gallot
Ah, the good ol’ taxi. Needless to say that you have to pay the most attention here. Why? Like almost everywhere around the world you have to be aware of scam artists and unauthorized drivers. Taxis are only allowed to pick up guests at dedicated areas around Terminal 1&2, just follow the signs to the taxi stands. Make sure that your taxi has the typical taxi light on the roof and of course that the meter is switched on. Beware of pushy people, we recommend you to immediately decline any proposals. Here are the right exits (at the arrival levels):
Terminal 1: exit 24
Terminal 2A: exit 6
Terminal 2C: exit 14
Terminal 2D: exit 7
Terminal 2E: gate 10
Terminal 2F: gate 11
Terminal 2G: blue gate
There are various bus lines connecting the airport with the city centre of Paris. Tickets are quite reasonable in comparison to other major cities around Europe and the ideal choice for those of with more time and limited budget:
Buses 350 & 351
These are public bus lines. Bus 350 connects CDG with the Gare de l’Est in Paris while Bus 351 links CDG and Nation in Paris. Both buses depart/arrive at the airport’s Roisspole RER train station. You can buy the ticket at a vending machine or use the Paris Visite Card.
This popular coach connects CDG with Paris’ famous Opera district and runs every 15 minutes from morning until early evening and then reduces to 30-minute intervals. Travelling times is about 75 minutes while tickets can be purchased at the RATP vending machines.
Les Bus Direct
These coaches link Terminal 1 & 2 with several destinations on the right and left bank of Paris:
Link 2 – to Arc de Triomphe (Place Charles De Gaulle/Etoile) and Porte Maillot (Palais des Congréss de Paris). Buses depart every 15 minutes, travel time is 50-60 minutes.
Link 3 – connects CDG and Orly airport. Departure is every 30 minutes and takes 75 minutes.
Link 4 – to Gare de Lyon (60 minutes) and Gare Montparnasse (75 minutes). Buses depart every 30 minutes.
Tickets can be purchased online or from the Les Bus Direct counter in the terminal. All coaches have luggage rooms.
Photo by Eric Salard
Taking the train is the fastest and cheapest option to get from the airport to the city; you can reach central Paris in 35 minutes for as little as 10 Euro. CDG has two train stations:
– Aéroport Charles De Gaulle 1: serves terminals 1 and 3
– Aéroport Charles De Gaulle 2: serves terminals 2 (A,B,C,D,E,F,G)
There are two options:
1. RER Line B
The RER Line B is the regional train that links CDG with downtown Paris and further extends to Antony Station from where you can hop on the OrlyVal shuttle train to Orly Airport. Departure is from both stations.
You can also jump on a TGV, the highspeed intercity train that connects Paris with all parts in France as well its direct neighbouring countries. The platform is called Aéroport Charles De Gaulle 2 – TGV and is located between terminal 2C-2D and 2E-2F.
In order to get around the terminals, train stations and car parks you can hop on the CDGVAL, a free automatic shuttle rail service.
Cover photo by: Mathieu Marquer