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. But don’t worry, there are several ways to get from the airport to the city center.
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 around 12€. The RER runs between 04:46 and 23:56 every day and it takes around 45 minutes to reach Gare du Nord 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!
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 23:00 and takes you straight to Opéra in central Paris for 12.50€, with tickets available on board. Le Bus Direct shuttle bus runs from 05:30 – 23:00, leaving from Terminals 1 and 2 and dropping you off right at the Eiffel Tower, or at one of five other locations in Paris for 18€ (31€ round-trip).
The local bus routes 350 and 351 cost a mere 6€, 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 buses are running, you can take the night bus N140/N143 to Gare de l’Est. It’s just 8€ and has fewer stops.
View all the public transportation options for getting to-and-from the airport in Paris on the official Paris Region Transportation (RATP) website.
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 53€ or 58€ 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.
If you just have hand luggage, are in a rush, or just want a thrill, take a motorbike taxi. For 88€ 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 where to catch one, check here: www.motocab.com/aeroports-paris
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 45€, but may be much more due to peak pricing. Depending on the terminal, you’ll need to exit on either the departure or arrivals level to meet your driver. Check the Uber website for details.
Editor’s Note: Article originally published December 20, 2018, updated February 7, 2020 to reflect new taxi flat fare pricing.
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