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RER from CDG to Paris with a Stroller
If you really want to save a lot of money you can always take the RER into Paris. Our RER tickets were only $7.85E pp, one-way. Think about that versus a $40 E taxi ride with traffic? Here's how to do it: 1. When you get off the plane, go to the first restroom you'll see. A veteran traveler to CDG that helped me with the RER planning said to eat an energy bar. Yes, you will need it after such a long flight and you will be doing quite a lot! After dealing with luggage and customs, go to the elevator and go down to level ("niveau") 3, departures. The on-airport shuttle("navette") stop is near door ("porte") 22. Board a #2 (green route) shuttle bus and get off at the only stop, which is the CDG1 RER station. The shuttle is free and frequent. The buses we encountered on our arrival and return had stairs, so be prepared to lift up your stroller and luggage. 2. Go to the ticket counter inside the station - they accept credit cards. 3. If you have a stroller, go to the glass booth near to the turnstyles. Tell them you need to to use the gate because you have a stroller. They will tell you to Insert your ticket into the turnstyle, retrieve it, and then proceed to a gate to the right that they will have to unlock. Don't forget to keep your ticket!4. Go down to the appropriate platform. It will be marked. There were escalators. When I asked the gentleman that opened the gate about an elevator, he said escaltors. 5. When the train comes you should get in last as people will move to make room for you. They will be more mobile than you. You can sit on pull down seats near any doorway or if you can figure out where the end of the car is, there is lots of standing room there for you. 6. Enjoy the ride and when you get off look for the exit signs "Sortie" and "Ascenseur" (elevator). The elevator was out of service at Denfert Rochereau the morning we arrived. We were lucky it was only about a flight and a half up to the exit level!Read more about my packing tips to understand how we were able to carry everything.
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Ridin' the Roissy
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:
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Staying Sane at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe. Some of the VT posts here actually add to the confusion like referring to "Terminal 2" as if it was one building: Terminal 2 now has five sub-terminals.
If you are arriving at CDG there is a small airport brochure which is available in stands all over each terminal is extremely useful for information about when you depart. All the sub-terminals of Terminal 2 are used by Air France and members of the Skyteam alliance. It also handles flights that are code-sharing with Air France and that includes an eclectic mix of airlines. However, since the closure of 2E, Air Canada has moved all its flights to Terminal 1.
You need to check which Terminal 2 building your flight is going to use. 2E is closed indefinitely. 2F has one wing (low numbered gates) for AF/Skyteam/codeshare AF flights to the Schengen countries and the other wing (high numbered gates) to non-Schengen EU flights and some long-haul fights (including Brasil, Japan, some US flights).
If you are arriving by car or bus and don't know your Terminal 2 building, get off at Terminal 2C or 2D (less walking) and check the TV screens (the big roof mounted monitors ONLY show the flights for that terminal).
If you are transferring at CDG it is usually quicker leaving the building and walking to the relevant Terminal. The bus transfer can be incredibly slow.
Terminal 3 is used by a low budget airlines (e.g. Easyjet) or airlines from impoverished airlines.
Terminal 1 is used by all other airlines, including those of the Star Alliance and oneWorld (except those that codeshare with AF)! Yes, it is confusing!
Aeroports de Paris have a very helpful website, with a lot of useful information at http://www.adp.fr
It includes detailed plans of each terminal, phone numbers of the airlines, and updated timetables that include the revised terminal details.
There is an English and Spanish language versions (use the same URL, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Welcome' or 'Bienvenido').
CDG AIRPORT MORE DETAILS and MAPS
Good Map of CDG Airport
CDG T2 Bus Air France = 15.50 Euros
TAXI to Paris by day = 36 Euros
CDG T2 to Paris by RER-B = 7.70 Euros
Roissybus to Opera = 8.20 Euros, 60 min.
Bus Air France to Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon = 11.50 Euros , from 7am to 9pm (bus 1 or 4) ; Bus 2 = CDG to Pte Maillot and Arc de Triomphe; Bus 3 = CDG to Orly direct.
HOTELS CDG: IBIS, CDG T2C NOVOTEL, CDG T2C
SOFITEL, Tel. 01 49 19 77 77
Limousine CDG-Paris = 105 Euros Tel 01 40 71 84 62
Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Tel: +33 (01) 22.214.171.124
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Don't forget your change at CDG!
If you arrive at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International airport and would like to take the train to central Paris, then it is quickest to buy your tickets from a ticket machine as the queues to the ticket office tends to be very long.
Unfortunately these machines do not take euro notes nor foreign(??!!) credit cards, but they do take euro coins. The price is a little over 7 euros to central Paris, so make sure you have enough coins or the wait to purchase a ticket from the ticket office will be longer than the 30 mins the slow moving train takes to travel from CDG to central Paris.
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Stress-free transportation from Charles de Gaulle
After spending 8-12 hours in airports and cramped airline seats, I hate the thought of having to carry my heavy suitcases or duffel bags through the Paris Metro or a crowded bus in order to get to my hotel!
So before I left on my most recent trip to Paris, I booked a reservation with a company called "Airport Connection" for a shuttle bus to get me from de Gaulle airport to my hotel in the 5th arrondisement. This was WELL WORTH the 25 euros! (Note: Since I wrote this tip, the price seems to have gone up slightly.)
The shuttle was comfortable, the driver was friendly, and they drop you off right in front of your hotel. No worries.
They take credit cards. You will most likely have to share the ride with other travelers, depending on the service you reserve. I shared the ride with about 5 other travelers. As it turns out, I was the last passenger to be dropped off, so my journey from the airport to my hotel was rather long, but actually very enjoyable. The driver was so nice - he was more than happy to carry on a conversation with me in my (then) rusty French and we even talked about the French songs on the radio and I tried to crack a couple of jokes. :)
My flight was 3 hours late in arriving at de Gaulle, but the company had been tracking my flight and knew I would be late. The van was waiting for me when I got to Paris! I had to call them as soon as I landed, right before picking up my baggage, so they knew I was indeed at the airport.
Highly recommended for a stress-free journey. Now if only the de Gaulle airport were a nicer place to navigate...!
CDG-Roissy: Getting there is NOT half the fun:(
Most long distance international flights land at Charles de Gaulle-Roissy. Since the collapse of part of the new Terminal 2 there have been many adjustments to normal gate locations for various airlines and destinations. So be sure to check with your airline and with the website for CDG.
Terminal 1 is architecturally interesting, but exceedingly annoying to use.
RER to/from CDG airport
The RER is a convenient and relatively inexpensive way to get to/from CDG airport. As of 1/1/14, the fare is 9.75€ each way, no benefit to buying a round trip ticket. On my last visit to Paris where I needed to use the RER to get to CDG, 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.
Flying out of CDG (Charles DeGaulle)
Give your self plenty of time to get through this airport, we were in line for over 2 1/2 hours to check in at the Air France desk!Some of this delay may have been weather related and some may have been security related as we were traveling over the holiday.
But there were at least 2 other Air France desks that had only a small number of passengers waiting, it seems as though they could have allocated the passengers better.
Another note, we were at Terminal 2 and once we got past passport control there was only a snack bar serving overpriced baguettes, chips, and $5 softdrinks. So don't plan on eating once you get past passport control.
From CDG airport to Paris central
From CDG airport get on the courtesy bus outside your terminal and go round to "le gare". From there you can purchase a single or return ticket on the RER ligne B into Gare Du Nord for about 7.5 Euros each way. Trip takes about 30 minutes or so.
Use the numerous line maps around the station and the TV screens to make sure you are getting the right train!
Charles de Gaulle Airport
The area where Air Europa arrives and departures is not one of the best ones I have seen in my life.
No duty free (a tiny one and closing it in front of us), no toilets inside, no smoking area... I guess if I can choose in the future Orly would be my best choice!
From CDG to Paris
Since this is one of the most frequent asked questions and I've now got bored of answering it I've decided to describe the different possibilities for travelling from CDG to Paris.
What to choose depends on your preferences and how much you are willing to pay. Also check out which part of the city you are going to as the RER and the busses have different destinations in Paris and you might as well choose the option that get you closest to your final destination.
1. Taxi. Easy, convenient and expensive. Price app. EUR 40. If you are three persons the price starts to be competitive. Be aware a taxi ride can get much more expensive if you get stuck in a major traffic jam (which happens daily in the rush our).
2. The RER (train) from CDG to Paris (main stations Gare du Nord and Chatelet but there are several). The cheapest option (EUR 7) but in my opinion also the least comfortable. There are two RER stations at CDG; one at terminal 1 and one at terminal 2F. If you land at i.e. 2A, 2B or 2C it will be a long walk to the station or you will have to take a shuttle between the terminals.
3. Air France bus. Two different routes will take you to Paris. Route 2 stops at Porte Maillot and Etoille (Arc de Triomphe). Price EUR 10 for a single, EUR 17 for a return ticket. Route 4, which stop at Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse. Price EUR 11,50 for a single ticket. More info at cars.airfrance.fr.
4. Rossybus. From Opera Garnier to CDG. The fare is EUR 8. More info at www.ratp.fr/ParisVisite/Eng/Voy_q/Voy_r/Voy_r_spc/rois_bus.htm.
5. Shuttle service. Several shuttle services are operating between CDG and Paris. The price is lower than the taxi and they still take you to the doorstep. To find out more go to google and search for "shuttle paris CDG".
6. Get someone to pick you up. For free and very convenient ;-)
The times I've been in Paris, be it in transit or when I visited the city, I've landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle. The first time I flew to Paris was with SAS and I landed on Terminal 1. I was impressed because it was the first time at this airport....and their escalators that seemed never ending from (sort of) the arrival gate to where you claim your baggage hehe. Good thing that their departure hall wasn't that far from the gates, although there wasn't many places to do some tax free shopping because the terminal was under renovation the last time I was there (March 2006, when coming back to Stockholm).
When flying with Air France I usually land at Terminal 2A or F (landed once on terminal 2D). Terminal 2A to D are interconnected with each other in a way that you can walk from the one to the other in about 15 minutes (I like taking my time walking unless I'm in a rush).
Paris-CDG is easily accessible by public means: you can take the RER B from terminals 1 and 2 to Gare du Nord or Châtelet-Les Halles and from there the métro to your final destination. It takes about 25 minutes to Gare de Nord and 28 minutes to Châtelet-Les Halles. See prices and other info here.
Since Paris-CDG is such a big hub for intercontinental flights (as well as European ones), make sure you have enough time to check in and proceed to the security check because the lines can be LONG.
From CDG to Paris city center
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.
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CDG to Paris City
Most of flight for international and domestic flight at Aérogare 2. Following the sign to reach metro station. You should go out and take a free shuttle bus which links all of the terminals with the train station. (CDG1 and CDG2).
Here you have to buy train ticket CDG-Paris. It costs €7.80 and choose RER B. It tooks 40 mins to reach central of Paris.
If you choose taxi it costs around €35, depending on the traffic
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