We always stay in the Latin Quarter and try to be within walking distance of St Michel metro and RER stop .
We recently stayed in another area and found we could use our RER ticket to travel onwards on teh metro to our final station.
I am sure last time we did this, I mistakenly bought a separate metro ticket after getting-off the RER train!
Going home, I bought the RER airport journey ticket at a metro station and it took me across Paris on the metro to Chatelet where I transferred to teh RER Line "B to CDG.
How much time does one allow to get from Hotel to Gate "??" at CDG?
We used "Yellowvan" in mid June 2010 - booking through the hotel desk ..paying €24 upfront at the desk. The balance (€14) was paid to the driver at the airport. Done that way, I suspect, to make it more likely that he receive a tip. " I owe you €14! Here's €20! Keep the change!"??
The van was a "black" shuttle & the driver said the two van lines had merged their businesses. There seemed to be some confusion with their management. We booked 48 hours ahead. Were given a written confirmation by the hotel desk of price and pick up time but between getting that confirmation and actually being picked up the pick up time was changed three times by phone through the hotel desk.
The van arrived 45 minutes earlier than the final time we had been given & the driver (plus a van full of other passengers all with their own schedules to meet) had to wait for us to check out.
We had planned to depart the hotel 4 hours before flight time. The trip to the airport (at 8:30 am) took 1 hour 15 minutes door to door; Check-in 30 minutes; passport check 20 minutes; coffee and cake 15 minutes; security check 30 minutes. This was an unusually long security check compared to previous departures from CDG & we assume it was as the result of a specific warning. Goes to show that unusual hold-ups can occur.
In total approx. 3 hours.
I'm glad we allowed that 4 hour margin. The downside of shuttle transport is that other travellers are involved. They can impact on the time it takes for all passengers to be picked up. Had the 45 minutes unexpected change in the van pick-up time been the other way (late) or if there had been significant traffic delays on the road (not unusual at that time of the day) we would have been worried.
The RER is a convenient and relatively inexpensive way to get to/from CDG airport. As of 1/1/13, the fare was 9.10€ each way, no benefit to buying a round trip ticket. On my last visit to Paris in 2011 the ticket machines weren't working at the Luxemborg station but there was a manned booth on the street where I could buy the tickets. From Luxemborg it was 35 minutes or so to get to CDG terminal 2, my guidebook said 45-60 minutes. The trains leave frequently, some have less stops than others so make sure that CDG is marked on the overhead board.
While this isn't advisable if you are carrying a lot of luggage, if you can manage your luggage up/down stairs and escalators, it is a less expensive alternative to a taxi.
On a previous trip, we headed back to CDG on New Year's day and the ride was free (I think until noon), don't know if this is normal or not for holidays but it was a nice ending touch to our stay in Paris.
There are other options including the Roissy Bus, Les Cars Air France bus and regular Paris buses but I've always taken the RER.
you can contact the airline you are flying for the booking; or the airport directly Icare lounge in the sud terminal for about 30 euros per person
here is more info in English
AF has big comfortable lounges in all terminals, my usual one is at T2 E or F.
I should have written this tip years ago, but I always forget ......
So as explained in my previous tips there is several different ways to get into Paris from CDG airport ..... one of the easiest ways to get into town if you do not have heavy luggage or just a simple carry on is the RER to Chatelet Les Halles one of several major metro stations in Paris. Once at the Chatelet Les Halles stop you can switch to 5 different metro lines that can literally take you anywhere in Paris.
It takes about 40 minutes to get to Les Halles station and trains run about every 15 minutes from CDG airport ....
The cost is 9 Euro's and ticket can be bought at machines that have buttons for several languages ...
Trains usually aren't that crowded, but we took a 8:00 am weekday train and it was standing room only ......
And as always be careful of picketpockets on these trains ...
Easy, cheap, and frequent .... can't go wrong if you don't have heavy luggage .....
I need to write one because all the bad press these airports gets its unjustified. I use them every month for business, and pleasure a few times a year too. Orly is very small and nice. The issue is with Roissy CDG.
First its the main airport that service Paris, and its call the Paris airport, but its not IN Paris. It is in Roissy-en France, dept 95 Val d'Oise. This is why the cost is much higher on the public transport 9,50€ nowdays on the RER B( it changes now twice a year so check the RATP site).
the panels are well indicated and much in English, the folks there all speak English at different levels but undertood plus many other languages. Crowded yes, you are coming to Paris ,for what, you are not alone, almost 30 Million people use per year,the most visited city in the world coming to the most visited country in the World (latest I read 78 million people more than the entire population of France) so cant have it all nice and dandy with your crowds here.
Does it needs improving yes It is coming with more restos, toilets,rest areas, wifi areas etc. Would it be enough,doubted never enough for Paris,the most beautiful city in the world and the airport is not so pretty.
I go by there again twice this month, early next month again; its easy,in and out. Even connecting with the TGV train there was easy and I am not a train person. I leave you with a site in english that can help you a lot it has all needed information better explained than the official airport site of Paris. Hope it helps ,and enjoy Paris,France and the rest...
and the airport site
and the train site to get you into the city of Paris
you hit departure is Roissy CDG and then your terminal, arrival is the address,postal code or metro/rer station you are going to.
some airlines confirmations KLM and Alitalia comes in and depart on T2F gates F21 to F36
Air France do it at terminals 2C,2D,2E,and 2F
Delta, Aeromexico;Korean Air and Aeroflot do it from terminal 2E
Czech Airlines is from Terminal 2D
as frequent blue
Update ,starting October 1, the Terminal 2F will be entirely European airlines destinations.
terminal 2E has two boarding areas on gates E21 to E47 and on gates E51 to E76 and Air France has lounges in both boarding areas.
Navettes or buses arrive in Terminal 2A N3 from door C4 and bus N1 from door AO5 on the public zones. to arrive at 2B, take bus N3 at door D4 and bus N1 at BO6 door
Arriving at 2C, bus N3 at gate C4 and bus N1 at gate CO5. arriving at 2D, take bus N1 at DO6,and bus N3 at gate D4/ arriving at 2E, take bus N2 at gate galerie de liason,galerie 4,and bus N1 at gate EO4. arriving at 2F, take bus N2 at gate galerie de liason, galerie 6, and bus N1 at gate FO8. arriving at 2G take bus N3 , to terminals 2A,2B,2C,2D,2E,2F,and bus N2 to train station.
if arriving at gare TGV or SNCF, take bus N3 at door or porte D4 to terminal 2G or N1 to terminal 2A,2D, the others can be done on foot. The big P red is a customer service desk to help you at all times. Symbols with the two planes in opposite direction is the one for information on tranfers or correspondance flights. You ,also have self service bornes with electronic information on your transfer and alternatives if late.
There is parking premium you can reserved in advance and then move by RER to Paris so not needed to drive in the city if that is a bother. http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/Access-maps-car-parks/Paris-CDG/Car-parks/car-park-subscription-paris-cdg/
maps showing parkings
You have children areas at T2A,T2C, . T2E
Taxis are Alpha taxi 01 45 85 85 85
Taxi G7 01 47 39 47 39
health or pharmacy at CDG 01 74 25 12 12.
you can leave your luggage with the private outfit who runs it Bagages du Monde at TErminal 2 telephone 01 34 38 58 90
if you need to contact the airport from abroad dial +33 (0) 1 70 36 39 50
Police at CDG +33 (0) 1 48 62 31 22
premium service like Concierge you can contact +33 (0) 1 48 16 11 12 or
easy transfer between terminals with CDGVAL, an above ground train running between terminals 1 2 and 3 in addition to parking X,and above ground buses will take you to terminal G
I have other tips on transportation in Paris and on the airports, but would like to write about Terminal 2 at CDG, over the years it has become my second home. First coming in as a tourist,then as a French visitor, then going in and out as a French resident on leisure and business trips; forgot to count the times passing by here.
talking about a new satellite terminal from T2 known as S3 and then the S4, and with gates L and M. The terminal E2 together with terminal 2F (transfer in France) with a major correspondance platform. It has two departure areas, a zone of registration, and baggage delivery, ready to welcome 9 millions passanger per year. Giving competition to Heathrow at London.
It has huge glass windows letting the sunlight shines thru and the passenger to have a wide and nice view of the tarmac. The bois in deco is all over, and the seats on the waiting areas are more confortables and the floor cover in a nice red carpet. A huge metallic cover on which the pylon of steel and the glass panels were mounted, the result is a roof 6 times lighter and could give access to 14 airplanes. It will serve as a departure area for the long distance flights on S3. It measure 750 meters long (2475 feet) and 80 meters wide( 264 feet).
The satellite S3 has been named as the « la Galerie parisienne> located to the east of terminal 2E and 2F, dedicated to Air France-KLM and the partners of SkyTeam. The Galerie parisienne its a departure satellite, registration and exit of passengers who are not in correspondance it is done by the 2F for those of the space Schengen, for which it is linked by a rolling escalator and at T2E for the international flights it is link by a automatic metro named LISA ,for a traject in about 45 seconds!
The satellint S4 is located between the satellite S3 and terminal 2G ,and allocated for the long distance flights of Air France and its SkyTeam partners. It could welcome seven Airbus A380 (only 6 at satellite S3),and could handle up to 7,8 millions passengers per year.
The building is 756 meters long (2495 feet) with two wings of 350 and 290 meters each (1155 and 957 feet respectively), which makes them the longest building in France. The S4 is link to terminal 2E thanks to a continuation of 450 meters (1485 feet) of the metro LISA. It has a wonderful central area of 6 000 m2( about 64 560 sq ft), done after a Parisian plaza and dedicated to non tax stores and restaurants. It ,also, has a beautiful « espace musées » or museum space dedicated to discover the collection of the great museum of France to the travelers. It has three smoking salons with two in the exterior. Air France has done here the biggest business salon in its network with a capacity of 3 000 m2 (about 32 280 sq ft) with 620 seating capacity; just wonderful.
In all its like never leaving Paris, with beautiful store of renown, great restaurants, and a museum area not to mention my best business salon with French goodies to boot, simply the best airport in the world.
One way to make your way between the city and Charles de Gaulle Airport is the RER train. I can’t remember what RER stands for, but they are suburban train lines.
CdG is on Ligne (line) B. At the airport you’ll see the signs, and in terminal 2 it’s at the same place as the TGV station. Terminals 1 & 3 have a separate station.
Coming out from the city, be aware that the line branches before it reaches the airport. Make sure you don’t get on a train which goes the other way. The stops are all shown on electronic boards on the platform, so just look at that before you jump on.
Journey times vary. Some trains stop everywhere - say 35 minutes to the city centre. Some stop at half the stations. Some are even non-stop between Gare du Nord and the airport. Then its only a 20-25 minute journey.
This line is being upgraded as of my last visit in February 13. No trains were running to the airport on the Sunday, being replaced by shuttle buses (navettes) from Aulnay (I think). Check the RATP website for information - see below.
You can also get an RATP iPhone app - very useful for journey planning, so long as you have wifi (or don’t mind paying huge data roaming charges).
The line can also be afflicted by strikes and vandalism. The unions pick on it because a strike there causes most disruption. Last I knew they still have to run a restricted service even when on strike. The line passes through some of the more difficult areas of northern Paris, so trouble can arise.
A one way ticket to the city was €9.50 in Feb 13. At the airport try to use one of the automatic ticket machines (although too many are out of order too often). Last time it rejected my credit card and accepted my debit card. There also used to be one which accepts loose change - it usually worked because it gets less use.
Tickets can be bought in the ticket office, but queues can be long and slow - plagued with people who have just got off the plane, don’t speak French, aren’t quite sure where they’re going and have no idea how to get there.
Lots of experience flying into CDG it can be a long taxi as huge airport.You are never sure if the planes going to a gate or you can be dropped off on the tarmac and the dreaded bus.Then they have the passport check which causes a tailback.Sorry if being negative but one hour is not enough 1 1/2 is more realistic especially if you have to catch the train shuttle as well delays there also.Dont expect much help from the ground crew as few speak english and you are more likely to be sent the wrong way.Plenty of maps on the web best do a bit of homework so you have an idea.The TGV station is however well signposted.Best of luck
Needless to say, our trip supposed reaching Paris by air, and so we arrived at CDG airport. Definitely not one of my favourite airports – chaotic, not very well organized and rather tiring – but, it is what it is. We decided to go to Paris with RoissyBus. That seemed to be the smartest choice after the research we did. It was quite easy to do that. As soon as we exited from the gate, right across there was a RoissyBus stop, inside was a ticket machine and so we bought our tickets there. There are buses frequently so in about ten minutes we were on our way to Paris.
Just as simple and easy was on our way back. We took the bus from the Opera stop – it’s well marked, there’s also a ticket-machine there, and you won’t miss it. Timetable is available online and prior to the travel date, it’s easy to plan going to the airport.
Roissybus info found at:
Having taken the taxi twice this last month from cdg to Paris, it is between 62 to 70 euros one way.
Many flights arrive at that time, it does matter whether you are flying AF or someother airline, since the terminals are different altogether and Skyteam flies out of 2E and F where as Star Alliance flies out of Terminal 1 which is altogether at a different place (cant walk from there to 2). if you are flying into 2 and flying out of 2 , that would help you save a little time as well.
Train takes about one hour and hopefully there wont be a strike that day.
so you have about three hours in Paris.
If you are flying Air France you could use their arrival lounge, if you are a Premium member or for a fee at some other lounge so that you can have a shower and freshen up. There is not a whole lot to do at Paris Airport apart form munching or imbibing something (be prepared to pay 5 euros ie 6.5 dollars for a cup of tea!
Taxi could take up to one hour to get to the centre of town, even though on sunday mornings especially around 9 am when you would be getting out, the traffic would be light going into town.
for three hour visit to Paris, you would pay around 140 euros in taxi ie close to 200 dollars. a breakfast could be had for about ten dollars each.
Good Luck.. another thing is to talk to a Taxi driver and organize to and fro for a fixed sum including some sightseeing in Paris.. drive around the major sites in the centre... you could do that for about 150 euros.
I have a contact for a taxi who charges 62 euros to pick up and 60 euros to take you back, no extra charges regardless of the route and the traffic.
Six hours is too short a period of time to get out of CDG and then look for a hotel nearby, there are cheap hotels for around 40 euros per day, no fractional rate.
If you are member of Air France FF or any other airlines associated with AF, then you can use their arrival lounge free of charge. There are showers and comfortable seats and food depending upon the hour of the day: breakfast or lunch. it closes around 12 noon or 1 pm.
Are you coming in on one airline and then leaving on another? then you might have to go out of the terminal. Depending upon the terminal you would be using, you can buy a day pass for around 50 usd
The biggest airport of France, and one of the biggest in Europe, is Charles-de-Gaulle Airport north of Paris. In 2008 more then 60 million passengers crossed this airport, making it the 5th biggest airport in the world.
CDG has three terminals, all handling both local and intercontinental flights. The terminals are all connected by the CDGVAL, a sort of metroline that makes a connection every few minutes.
It's very easy to reach the Airport from the centre of Paris, using the RER line B. Station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 is the best one to take for Terminals 1 and 3, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV is the best one for Terminal 2. For a trip to the airport from the citycentre you'll need to calculate 45 minutes...
There also is a TGV (highspeed-train) station on the airport making it very easy to reach a lot of French cities with a fast, direct connection. For other European destinations you'll need to change on one of the other TGV-station in Paris. For more info about this, check out my TGV-tip.
There are several options for getting to Paris from Charles De Gaulle/Roissy and we chose this one because:
(a) It is idiot-proof. You don't have to figure out the RER or ticket machines - nice when jet-lagged
(b) You can just pay the driver
(c) You don't need reservations
(d) It is cheaper than a cab
(e) It only makes one stop in Paris (after pickups at multiple CDG terminals)
(f) The drop-off point in Paris was just 3 blocks from our hotel
The bus operates between Paris and the airport between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM, and cost € 9.40 at time of this writing. Signs at CDG terminals to the Roissy pickup points are clearly marked and once you've gotten some euros from an ATM, just hand the fare to the driver, load your bags and off you go. There was a ticket machine at our stop but it was out of order anyway.
The trip into the city takes about an hour to the only drop-off point - at the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber - very near the Opéra metro station. If you are staying in this area, just walk to your hotel (we did) or take a cab. If your hotel is in another part of central Paris, grab a cab or take the metro to its location. And, of course, you can take the same bus back to CDG for your flight home.
See the website for current Roissy bus fares, schedules, and some other options for reaching the city from CDG:
The best and easy way to reach Paris city center from CDG is RER trains. If you consider your budget, it is cheapest and comfortable way also. You can easily find the station inside the airport and I think you don't need to look around another transportation choice:) You take RER B train, it directly goes to center. Then you can take another train in the interchange stations.