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How To Get from the Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

‘Bienvenue à Paris,’ but You’ve Still Got a Ways to Go
Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport
Last updated May 23, 2024
Even though they welcome you to Paris upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you’ve still got about 30 kilometers (19 miles) before you’re actually in the City of Light. Luckily, there are plenty of options for getting into the city. Here are our tips for getting from the airport into Paris.

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Landing at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, you might think you’ve arrived in Paris, but you’re not quite there yet.

CDG, or Roissy, as it is often called, is actually some 19 miles (30 km) outside of Paris. Don’t worry though. There are several ways to get from the airport to the city center. Here are a few of the most common.

Take the train

Called the RER, this commuter train is a sort of extended metro that crosses Paris and goes out to the more distant suburbs. You can hop onto the RER B at Terminals 2 and 3. If you land at Terminal 1, just take the free airport shuttle between the terminals.

Follow the signs pointing you towards “Paris by train” and purchase a ticket from one of the RATP machines; a one-way trip should cost you 11.80€. The RER runs between 04:50am and 23:56 every day and it takes around 45 minutes to reach Gare du Nord or Châtelet-Les-Halles where you’ll have access to several metro and bus lines.

It’s worth mentioning that elevators and escalators are few and far between on the platforms and in the metro stations. Be prepared to lug your suitcases up and down some steps!

The RER train to Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport.
All the RER trains at CDG Terminal 2 platform go to Paris. Photo by trblnyx CC BY-SA.

Take the bus

There are several buses you can take from the airport to get into the heart of Paris, including dedicated shuttle buses as well as regular city bus lines. The Roissy Bus runs between 06:00 and 00:30 and takes you straight to Opéra in central Paris for 16.60€, with tickets available on board.

The local bus lines 350 and 351 cost a mere 2.15€, but stop a lot and can take up to 90 minutes to get you to Gare de l’Est or Nation.

If you arrive late at night and neither the RER nor the buses are running, you can take the night bus N140/N143 to Gare de l’Est. Tickets start at 4.30€.

Paris airport connection transportation map

View all the public transportation options for getting to and from the airport in Paris on the official Paris Region Transportation (RATP) website.

Take a taxi

Go to one of the many taxi ranks (or stands) located just outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal and you can get a taxi to the Rive Droite (Right Bank) for the set fare of 56€ or 65€ for the Rive Gauche (Left Bank).

The taxis in France aren’t yellow, or even all the same color — just look for the illuminated sign on the roof of the car to find a licensed cab. Also, know that official taxis aren’t allowed to approach you inside the airport and ask if you need a ride.

Official Paris taxi
Look for the light to make sure you’re getting into an official Paris taxi.

Take a motorbike

If you just have hand luggage, are in a rush, or just want a thrill, take a motorbike taxi. For 97€ you can sit on the back of a bike and enjoy an adrenaline-fueled way of zipping through the traffic into the city.

To find our more and where to catch one, check out the Motocab website.

Take an Uber

Just download the app, or if you already have it for your home country, it works in France just as well. An Uber into the city center will cost around 50€, but may be much more due to peak pricing.

Depending on the terminal, you’ll need to exit at either the departures or arrivals area level to meet your driver. Check the Uber website for details.

Arriving at Paris’s other airport? Here’s how to get from Orly to Paris.

Editor’s Note: Article originally published December 20, 2018. Last updated May 22, 2024 with current times and fares.

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