RER B - CDG, Paris
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.
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.
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 .....
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.
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
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.
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 .
When taking a RER train to CDG Airport, you need to take off at CDG 1 (there’s a CDG 2 - next after CDG1).
Even if you take off at CDG2, there’s a free shuttle going to CDG1 quite often.
Don’t throw away your metro (RER) ticket: you’ll need it to exit from the train station.
You need to know ahead a time what terminal your plane leaves from. There are small train-shuttles going to Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Pay attention to the signs.
When you arrive to your terminal you may check in right away using machines. (Do not wait until the electronic table shows your gate). It’ll print the boarding passes for you. Usually, the information about your gate appears 2 hours before your departure time (no need to arrive to the airport 3 hours in advance like we do in North America).
You need a boarding pass to enter the gate where you’ll go through Customs check and then straight to the duty-free shopping (the prices are not much lower than in the city). There are Paul and Espressamente cafés inside, I like the second one (good coffee).
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.
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.
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).
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)
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 !
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...