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Trying to decide how to get to/from the airport?
Trying to decide if you want a taxi, shuttle or train into Paris from the airport? I posted this on the Forum and it may help you consider. Someone asked if there was a problem booking a taxi. Normally we take the RER train into Paris and back out to the airport. If we have a very early flight and the trains are not running, we book a shared shuttle and have never had a problem. When we travel with our daughters, we book a limo since the four of us can share the cost. Once, I hurt my foot and we used a taxi. All of these serve the purpose. You will want to consider cost (your budget), convenience (luggage, children, handicaps) and time.
You can book with other people in a van for 8 people with luggage which is what we have done a few times for very early flights. You can also book a shuttle just for yourselves (a private shuttle) and that will cost more but probably not as much as a taxi.
Here is the web site for the shuttle we use and we share with other people so it's not a private shuttle. They do offer the private service. Paris Blue Shuttle Web Site
Here is a web site for a limousine service we have used twice. It is quite reasonable. FIrst Way Limousine Service
Here is a site that will give you the cost of a taxi. World Taxi Meter Web Site
And finally, here is the RER train web site, our preferred mode of travel. Paris Metro Official Web Site
Hope this helps and that you enjoy your day in Paris.
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RER from the airport to Paris city center
RER is a great way to get from CDG to Paris city centre. Service runs 7 days a week from 4:45 am to 1:30 am and the timebles are posted in the stations and on the platforms.
Depending on what part of Paris you plan to visit, you will either take the A, B, C RER.
I've only taken the RER once as my friend usually picks me up at the airport. But it's a good an inexpensive way to travel if you have little luggage.
RER B from Paris Charles De Gaulle is probably your best bet. In the terminal of the CDG airport follow signs for RER B which will lead you to the recently refurbished trainstation.
You can get your tickets from the kiosks ~ i think they're 8euros one way. The train will stop at a few stops (not really of worth), past Stade de Paris on the way to Gare du Nord, from where you can get the metro on to your end destination
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Foco no itinerário do RER-B!
Uma opção boa para quem sai do aeroporto Charles de Gaulle, ou mesmo do Orly, é ficar em algum hotel próximo à linha do RER-B. Eu procuro sempre ficar o mais próximo possível da estação Luxembourg. Rápido se percebe que fazer baldeação dentro do metrô de Paris é uma semi-furada, às vezes se anda mais dentro do metrô do que fora dele, então uma ligação direta com os aeroportos é algo muito cômodo.
short layovers less than ten hours at CDG
The flights from India on AF arrive early in the morning,it may take 45 minutes for a Non EU passport holder to clear the immigration as many flights arrive at that time. Do you need a visa to enter France? if you have american passport then you dont need a visa but still the lines may be long. allow about one hour of travel on RER including actual journey and back. Going back to the security line, they would be long as many flights leave for the USA from the same terminal most possibly 2 E at that time.. You should be back at the airport at least two hours to be on the safe side. So you have two hours in the city of Paris. the train RER goes to Gare du Nord and then on to Chatelet.. so if you get off at Chatelet there are a few things to see around there.
It is up to you if you want to put yourself through the trouble after a 8 to 9 hour flight from India.
Taxis are about 50 euros one way and if there is traffic, the fare goes up. and when you arrive is the peak hour going into paris by the time you get out of the airport. I have reached the city in 20 minutes by taxi and the last time it took more than 60 minutes. RER is a safer bet. but coming back you could think Taxi.
you will have your boarding passes already with you so you can go straight to the immigration (usually long lines) and then on to security (usually long lines in 2 E unless of course you are Flying Blue Gold or flying Business class then there are separate lines for immigration and security)
AF has excellent lounges ( voted some of the best in the world) at CDG. you may check whether you are eligible to enter them .
Don't get stuck at the airport.
We purchased the Visitor Paris pass for zones 1-6 for three days starting Tuesday, and purchased it at around 4 PM. We incorrectly assumed it was three 24-hour period, from the time we first stamp the ticket. However it is three calendar days, so we only had really 2 and half days to use it. To our displeasure, at 7 AM on Friday the ticket was not valid.
Since we could not get onto the trains, we then purchased an one way ticket at the ticket booth, which was about 4 euros - too good to be true. DON"T BUY THIS! This ticket was deceptive since it allowed you to enter the RER gate to the airport. To be safe, buy the all day Visitor Paris pass for a day or go to a person-manned booth to be sure. The ticket allowed us to enter the RER train all the way to the airport, but when we arrived there, we could not get through the gates, and there were no ticket booths before the gate (like in the States if you didn't have enough money to exit). We were horrified to find out that our only option was to ride the train back to zone 1 (middle of Paris) so we could exit without a ticket and buy a new ticket. However an airport employee came by and yelled at us but let us through. Whew.
RER - Simplicity Itself!
Both of Paris's main airports are connected to the centre by the RER cross-city transit system. To get to and from CDG the line is the B line with trains running from about 5.00 am until 1.30 am. From Gare du Nord, platform 43, there are 4-5 trains an hour and the journey takes, on average, 35 minutes.
Allow yourself about 45 minutes before your check-in time to get there when flying out.
At the time of writing (June 2009) the single fare either way is 8.40 Euros and your ticket is valid for any pre or subsequent Metro journey. You can get your ticket from the machines - most cards, Euro notes or/and coins (change given), or from the manned booths.
A small point to note is that the trains aren't designed for heavy luggage and that at peak times you might have problems finding somewhere to put your bags without pissing-off the regular commuters.
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The RER from Charles de Gaulle
The RER B will take you directly from Charles de Gaulle into the center of Paris and is a cheap alternative to a taxi. It cost 8.50 euro (one-way) but was very efficient. I arrived in terminal 2, and it was a 10 minute walk to the train. Just follow the signs for the RER. There are several ticket machines, but they do not accept paper money only coins. There is a change machine located off to the side, just outside a small concession shop (I don't recall if it is a Replay store or not, but it is located in the corner near the ticket machines). Hold onto your ticket once you enter because you will likely need it when you exit.
CDG is the final stop on the line, so you should have no problem getting a seat - the train does fill up as you get closer to Paris. It took approximately 45 minutes to get to central Paris (St. Michel station). If you take the RER back to the airport, make sure you take the RER B to Charles de Gaulle (the RER trains each seem to have several end destinations - just make sure the last stop is the direction you are headed to).
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Getting to Paris
You can get to Paris either by plane or by train, and both methods are just fine. Paris has 2 main airports: Charles de Gaulle -CDG- (where I usually fly into and is located in the north east of Paris) and Orly (located in the south); a smaller airport (Beauvais, mainly used by the budget airlines and quite small and inconvenient) and many train stations, such as Gare de Lyon (shown on the picture). All of the airports and train stations are connected to the Metro and/or RER (regional train) network, so you don't have to spend a fortune in a taxi to get to downtown Paris as it was the case many years ago.
In my personal case, I took the RER + metro from CDG airport (I've flown from Mex City to Paris directly with Air France and via London with British Airways) all the way to Gare de Lyon train station, which was only 2 blocks away from the hotel I was staying at. You can do the same if you arrive at any other of the train stations located in Paris - it's easy to move from one place to the other using the extensive metro/RER network.
If you arrive by plane, there are also buses (such as the so called Roissy-Bus) which will take you from the CDG airport to the Opera Garnier, and Air France cars that will take you from either of the 2 airports to different spots in Paris for a fee of around 9-15 EUR (per person) depending on where you're going (for more info on the latter check website provided).
If arriving to Orly, they also have 2-3 different options to go to Paris, besides the AF Cars: you can take buses to nearby RER stations or a fast train called ORLYVAL which takes you to the Antony RER station; then you can go anywhere you want within the metro network.
There are also different options to transfer between these 2 airports, with Orlyval, Orlybus and AF cars.
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RER on Sunday
Don't worry, there are trains RER on sundays. you can check times at www.ratp.fr
The price of a ticket is around 10euros one way and you can buy it at the ticket booth or on their machines (Cash or Credit Card accepted)
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best way to get to CDG, paris
yeah RER is definitly the most relyable way to join the airport. You'll arrive inside the airport, which is quite practicle except that CDG is made of 4 (or more) different parts and you really have to plan to have time enough to get exactly in the part where the AA fly depart. Signs are ok, just read them carefully and follow them. But don't forget you may have to walk something like a good 10 mn underground the airport to be at the right place for your plane. ha ve a nice trip !
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RER or taxi... that is the question
1) The RER line B will take you directly to the left bank (Saint Michel) for 10euros. As you'll exit the metro station, you'll be right in front of Notre Dame.
2) the AIR FRANCE bus (for 10euros) they'll take you to Montparnasse, Champs elysees ou Porte Maillot - buy your ticket as you enter the bus
2bis) the bus "ROISSY BUS" will take you for about 9euros to Opera - tickets to be purchased as you board
3)If you'd rather take a taxi, plan on spending a minimum of 50euros... be carefull on rush hours... you might get stuck on the highway with a taxi charging and charging...
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Only one train from CDG to Ile-de-France (Paris)
RER B is the only train that goes from Charles de Gaulle to Ile-de-France (Central Paris). Once you get through Passport control, you're now in France and have to get to Paris somehow. You get the RER from the Gare (train station) located somewhat far from the terminals. There are free shuttle buses you can take to get to the Gare. Look for the train symbols near an exit or on the directory boards to find a pick-up point. Or, you can walk all the way to the Gare from inside the terminals, but it can be quite a haul.
Once you find the Gare (located under a hotel, Sheraton I think), you'll have to get a ticket. There are many automatic machines in the terminal, but they only take coins or credit cards and no one's credit cards were working. Worse, there are no change machines anywhere. Thus, you'll have to stand in the long line to purchase the ticket (8,50 Euro). Note there is a section to purchase tickets for "Grandes Lignes" which is for grand lines travelling much farther. You don't need to stand in that long line. Find the local tix section (Ile-de-France is a good indicator) and stand in that long, yet a bit shorter, line.
At RER train station at CDG airport...
When arriving at the place to buy tickets for RER trains at CDG airport to go to Paris, you'll probably see a few queues. Some people will queue at the automated machine and some will queue at the office with real people at the counters. In any case if you're a non-French, don't bother to queue in line for the automated machine as these only accept French credit cards (they require a PIN to be keyed in).
The trains schedules are displayed in a large bilboard in the area that you buy tickets (before gantries). You can see that some trains travel the same route but actually bypassing a lot of stations before hitting the main ones in Paris, so these get there faster.
From CDG airport to Paris (RER to Métro)
When coming into Paris by RER trains from the CDG airport, the ticket is good to your final destination in the Métro system in Paris. Do not exit the RER station, but continue into the Métro via the gantries using the same ticket. The gantries are not luggage friendly so you have to manage the gantry with your luggage together (no adjacent side window to push the luggage through like gantries at the airport).
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