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 12:30 AM, and costs € 10 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 the nearest station 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:
More often than not I take the Roissybus from the airport to Opera where I catch the metro, usually to my haunts in the 7eme. It cost under 10 euro, often provides a nice tour of the back streets of Montmartre on the way in and deposits you right behind the Opera Garnier on rue Scribe. Can't beat that! And you don't have to worry about the pickpockets on the RER.
Last time I took the Roissybus into Paris from CDG the route was mostly on the expressways. I don't know if this was a traffic-based decision or a change in the routing.
The best and cheapest way to move from CDG to Paris is Roissybus.
I used it in my last visits to Paris, and booking a hotel in Opera area, it worked perfectly fine, with a short walk from and to Scribe avenue, the departure place.
For transport from Paris Airports to Paris central, consider using the above named bus service. Its frequent, very reasonably priced and convenient.
It may not serve everyone dependant on their destination, but it is a useful service
About Roissy & Orly airport transportation options:
1/ If you're short on money, take the RER + metro (about 10 EUR pp)
2/ A taxi would cost 40-50 EUR (depending on time of day, airport and traffic)
3/ 2 bus options: At Roissy - AF Bus (15 EUR) or Roissy bus (10EUR) and at Orly Orlybus (8 EUR) or 4/ AF bus (15 EUR). This option is convenient if it stops right next to your destination (hotel...)
5/ Airport shuttle services: Many operators... You can read customer's reviews and compare prices on http://www.shuttle-paris.com
CHEAPEST WAY to PARIS FROM CDG AIRPORT
- First buy 10 tickets of Metro for less than 10 Euros at the RATP desk (near the bus stop), then go to Roissy Pole (Fast Free navette), Terminal T2.
- Take the bus 351 to NATION or bus 350 to GARE DE L'EST (3 tickets of metro), it lasts nearly 90 minutes from Nation to CDG T1 or T2 or RER station.
- or Take the Roissy Bus (10 Euros), from OPERA, Invalides or Porte MAILLOT (75 mn)
- or Take the train RER from GARE du NORD or CHATELET or ST MICHEL (time: 45 minutes)
- or Take the Taxi (around 50 Euros): time is depending of the traffic (30-90 mn)
CHEAPEST WAY FROM ORLY AIRPORT
Take the bus 285 or bus 183, only one tocket.
METRO or BUS ?
The METRO is a good way to travel in Paris, but the bus is better is you want to see PARIS for one ticket only : take bus 80 or 69. Buy tickets by 10, it's cheaper, and you could use them for BUS 351, 285, funicular (Montmartre)...
You can buy also a ticket unlimited pass (PARIS VISIT) for 1, 2 or 3 days. this ticket can give some discount for museums.
PARIS VISITE PRICES (3 zones with discounts for museums)
1 day; 8.35 Euros
2 D: 13.70 E
3 D: 18.25 E
5 D: 26.65 E
*** Generally the METRO stop to work during the night after mindnight or 1am and start nearly at 6am .
CHILDREN 4: free - 10: half-price
01 47 39 47 39
01 49 36 10 10
CARS and TRAFFIC
it is like in Manhattan and all big cities (LONDON) , trafic is bad in some areas, and parking is not easy (the worse was London then Manhattan). Parking is better and cheaper during the wee.
Paris Trains and Ticket Costs
For the route Paris - Opéra / Charles de Gaulle airport : 8.50 euros
Travel time :
45 - 60 minutes
Opera (at the angle of rue Scribe and rue Auber)
Bus intervals :
15 minutes between 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 20 minutes
between 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Aerogare 1, aerogare 2 and aerogare 3
The Roissybus is a service provided by the RATP to get from/to Charles de Gaulle airport.
The ride takes from 35-50 min. (depending on the traffic) and costs 8.50 Euros per person.
It's quite an easy thing to use as well.
From CDG, you can catch the bus from Terminal 2A, exit #5 (the exit is marked).
The bus drops you off in Paris at #9 rue Scribe next to the Opera Garnier. It is also where the bus departs from to go back to CDG.
The bus leaves every 15-20 min. from 6am-11pm.
I was travelling on my own and wanted a cheap way of getting to the city centre from CDG airport. I found the Roissybus to be very simple to use. It only took about 45 minutes to get to the Place de L'Opera on a Tuesday night around 21:00. Well worth the 7.35 Euros.
Getting the bus back proved a little bit trickier. I first had to find the bus stop which was around the side of the Opera House. Then I had to wait for two buses to come and go because they were too full up. Give yourself a lot of time to spare, unlike me. I arrived back at CDG with about minus 5 minutes on the clock. Luckily my flight had been delayed!
If you are staying in Paris, the easiest and most affordable way to get in to the city from Charles DeGaulle Airport (the French call it Roissy) is to take the Roissybus. If you land in the International Terminal (1) you go to the Porte (door) #10. Near that door at Porte #8 you can buy tickets on the bus for 8 Euros and change. It will take you to the Opera neighborhood. Once there, there is a metro station nearby and you can get just about anywhere on the metro from there. I wouldn't recommend getting on the metro with tons of luggage, but if you are traveling light, the metro should be your next option. The Roissy bus has ample room for luggage inside the bus.
Here's another myth to debunk. Travelling on the train from the the airport to Paris is not a horror story but a cheap and quick option for any traveller.
Here's why :
1) It cost only €7.60 for adults (children €5.30) to travel from the airport to Paris
2) The journey takes only 35 min flat! I timed it.
3) It's not confusing as you think. Hell, if an asian gal whose french suck big time can do it so can you.
To catch this suburban train ( called RER ) , just go to the Roissy train station in Terminal 2. It's directly under the Sheraton Paris Airport Hôtel Charles de Gaulle. If you're bloody unlucky to land in the dirty and old Terminal 1 , take the free shuttle bus called the Navette (every 10min) to T2.
From T2, the RER "B" will transport you to central Paris. To transfer to the intercity train
(called the Métro) get off at Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les-Halles, or St-Michel, all of which are RER and métro train stops.
Time : The RER runs every 15 min, from 5am-12:30am
Schedule : Click on the website for the timetables