10 ways to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport

26 Aug 2020
Charles-de-Gaulle airport

After getting off the plane, go through customs and collect your baggage (this shouldn't be difficult). You will have a choice on how to get to France's capital.

The city of romance has buses, taxis and other modes of transport ready.

We suggest you use the most convenient transport, that being the train and metro. But if you think public transport is too uncomfortable for you, or if you are landing or leaving too late or early, we recommend taking a taxi from the airport.

One other alternative is ordering a car ahead of time and taking it from the airport.

And if you have a very early flight, you can find a hotel at the airport using this link.

Charles-de-Gaulle airport: choose a hotel

How can I get to Paris from Charles-de-Gaulle airport on the RER train?

The suburban electric trains of Paris are fast and convenient and since some use the engine cars that are used on line B, sometimes they are quite comfortable.

They don't look the best, but the branching network and convenient transfers to the metro let you get to any point in Paris or the suburbs without any trouble.

Usually planes land in the second terminal, so we will explain how to get to Paris from there. Getting to Paris is the same, except that station RER Charles-de-Gaulle 1 isn't the final station of the B line.

You have entered the arrivals area. The first thing you need to do is find the train signs.

Charles-de-Gaulle airport

They should have a special RER symbol. RER is the suburban train. Line B goes from the airport to the center of Paris.

Follow the signs and you'll get to the station.

The railroad station and the RER station are mixed, so don't get lost. You need RER, line B.

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When you're at the station, you can buy a ticket at a machine.

Charles-de-Gaulle airport

Charles-de-Gaulle airport

The machines are in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish. We will give the English instructions. 

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Choose a language.

Charles-de-Gaulle airport

Next, press "Ticket to Paris".

Charles-de-Gaulle airport

If you are traveling with a child under 10 years of age, choose "Reduced fare".

Input the necessary amount of tickets.

Pick a payment method.

Reduced fare

If something doesn't work and you want to buy a Navigo card, you can go to the ticket counter or exchange money in the nearby machine.

Reduced fare

Be careful because there's several different counters in the hall. You need the counters or machines that say, "Billets Paris et Ile-de-France".

If that doesn't work and the counters are closed, go to the information booth. They can help you there and even give you a Paris metro card.

After buying tickets and getting your cards, go through the turnstile and get onto the RER train. Charles-de-Gaulle is the final station on the B line, so all the trains go to Paris.

Don't accidentally get on the wrong train!

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The other lines have fast trains that will take you to Lille or Marseille.

And finally, the closest RER station on the B line in Paris is Gare du Nord. The station has transfers to other RER and metro lines. It all depends on where you want to go. Use the card you got at the information stand. You don't have to get a new ticket for the metro after using the RER!

RER

An experienced person's path from baggage claim to the center of Paris will take 40-45 minutes. For others, it might take one to one and a half hours. The RER takes 30 to 45 minutes to get to Gare du Nord from the airport. Consider this in your plans. The trains run approximately every 12 minutes from 5 am to 12 pm.

Now you're in Paris, don't forget to download our audio guide that will make your trip more colorful.

P.S.  If you're afraid of taking a train to Paris, or if there's another reason, you can always order a transfer service if you want. The service costs about 65 euros, but the driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The taxi prices from the airport to Paris are fixed, so don't overpay.

How to get to Paris from the first terminal?

If you have a layover, you might land in the first terminal. There is a shuttle from the first terminal to RER Charles-de-Gaulle Terminal 1 and 3 station. 

CDGVAL

You'll find it listed as CDGVAL. The shuttle comes every two to three minutes and is free.

CDGVAL

The ride takes five to seven minutes to get to Royssipole station. Here you can find a train station, buy a ticket and get on a train.

Terminal 3

Enjoy your trip!

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