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Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris Transportation Guide
If you don’t live in Europe you will probably arrive in Paris by plane. Currently, there are 153 air companies flying to the City of Light so you can travel to Paris from anywhere in the world!
There are three airports near Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris CDG), Orly Airport (ORY Airport) and Paris Beauvais Airport, located more or less far from the city center. CDG Airport (north of Paris) and ORY Airport (south of Paris) are more or less at the same distance from Paris whilst Paris Beauvais is located quite far from Paris, in the city of Beauvais.
If you are traveling overseas you have lots of chances to arrive at Paris CDG Airport, which is the most international airport in Paris. If you are as loaded as the guy on the picture below, you may want to have decided how to get from CDG to Paris center before your landing to Paris so we recommend checking the Paris Aiport Transfers options at home in advance.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris? In this post, we are going to give you all the possible ways of getting from CDG to Paris so you can choose the best transportation from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris option for you.
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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Map
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Charles de Gaulle Airport’s interior is a bit complex. Before starting listing all the Paris CDG airport transfer options, we suggest having a look at CDG Airport Map to find your bearings.
As you can see on the Charles de Gaulle Airport map, CDG Airport has three terminals, located in three different buildings: Terminal 1 (T1), Terminal 2 (T2), and Terminal 3 (T3) so it is important to know where are you landing /taking off in Paris. You can check in which terminal you are landing on your flight ticket and boarding pass.
» Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are connected by the CDGVAL, a free Paris airport shuttle (automatic metro) working every day 24 hours.
» Terminal 3 is a bit isolated. From T1 or T2 you need to take the CDGVAL and stop at Terminal 3 – RoissyPole station. Then, exit the building for a bit of walking outdoors (around 5 minutes). To reach the Terminal 3 building you need to go through a bus terminal, cross a road and then a tunnel but the path is very well marked.
» Terminal 2 is the biggest terminal in Charles de Gaulle Airport. Terminal 2 is divided into T 2A, T 2B, T 2C, T 2D, T 2E, T 2F, and T 2G.
» You can move through the different parts of T2 on foot (2 to 5 minutes walk, depending on where you are going). However, there is a free shuttle (bus N1) linking TA, TB, TC, and TD.
» Terminal 2E is quite long and it is divided between Hall k, Hall L and Hall M. There is a free Paris airport shuttle (automatic metro) which links these three halls.
» All terminals T2 are located in the same building except Terminal 2G, which is in another building. You can reach T 2G with a free shuttle (bus N2). Bus N2 works every day from 5 am to 11 pm, and it has two departure points:
- From T 2F – the shuttle station is located at door #2, at the departures level
- From T 2E – the shuttle station is located at door #16, at the departures level
OUR TIP: If your flight leaves Paris from terminals 2E or 2G allow extra time. We almost lost one flight because of the shuttle transportation time!
CDG Paris Airport to City Center by Private Transportation
Private transportation is the best transportation from CDG Paris airport to city center, with some obvious advantages:
» It is a comfortable door to door service, it is transportation from Paris airport to hotel.
» There’s no need for GPS, map or asking for the address in French to find your hotel
» Save time and money on expensive local taxis.
» Save the stress of negotiating the public transport system with heavy bags. This is especially important if you are traveling with children or babies.
» If there is a transportation strike in Paris, your service is not affected
» Paris transfers from airport to hotel are the best option if you are traveling with disabled people or with people with reduced mobility as many train stations and metro stations are not adapted for these people yet.
» Getting from Charles de Gaulle to Paris by private transportation is the best option for early arrivals: the first buses and trains start at 5 am and perhaps you can feel unsafe at the train or bus station.
» Getting from Charles de Gaulle to Paris by private transportation is the best option also for late arrivals: you are sure you won’t miss the last train or bus.
» When you book private transportation, the driver is waiting for you and even if your flight is late, he won’t leave until you get in the car.
» Private Paris Airport to city transfers does not necessarily mean high prices as there are some shared options not more expensive than a train + metro ride.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris by private transportation? Find all the options below:
Private Paris Airport Transfers
Welcome proposes good transfer services from Charles de Gaulle to Paris with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. Their flight monitoring means their drivers are always on time.
With Welcome, you can also pre-book some essentials for your stay in Paris like sim cards or hot spots. These essentials are delivered by your Welcomer so you are all set since you land to Paris!
Shared Paris Airport Transfers
Shared Paris airport transfers, with a maximum of 8 people per transfer, are a very convenient option for getting from CDG to Paris, especially if you are traveling alone. Perhaps you will have to wait a bit for other travelers to arrive but cars are arranged to transport passengers with similar arrival times.
Shared transfers mean a comfortable door to door service for not much more than a train + metro ticket.
Taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
Taxis are another comfortable option for getting from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris. Official Taxis are waiting outside the Airport Terminals and have light-up signs, a license plate outside the vehicle and a taximeter inside the vehicle. If somebody comes to you inside the airport proposing a taxi, just ignore him.
A ride from Paris Airport to city center (Right Bank) costs around 50€ while a ride from Paris CDG to city center (Left Bank) costs around 55€. There is no price negotiation with the taxi driver before your departure. You will only pay the fare shown on the taxi meter.
Taxi Stations are located outside the terminal, on the arrivals level.
» Terminal 1 taxis are at exit #24
» Terminal 2:
- Terminal 2A: exit #6;
- Terminal 2C: exit #14;
- Terminal 2D: exit #7;
- Terminal 2E: gate #10;
- Terminal 2F: gate #11;
- Terminal 2G: blue gate
» Terminal 3: taxis are at the exit of the arrivals hall.T3 is very small so you will see them easily.
Hotels’ Private CDG Shuttle
Some hotels provide an airport pick-up or an airport drop-off service, usually at an additional charge. This CDG shuttle is a very comfortable option that might be interesting for you. Our advice is to ask your hotel if they have this service, the price, and compare it with the Airport transfer services proposed above.
Charles de Gaulle to Paris by Public Transportation
Budget travelers have many transportation options from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris. Starting from 5€, you can have your airport transfer to Paris if you have lots of time.
How to get to Paris by public transportation? We list all the Paris public transportation options here below:
Train from CDG to Paris (RER B Paris) – The Fastest
If you are traveling on a budget, the RER B train from CDG to Paris is a good option.
Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris train costs 10.30€ for a journey of 40 min. The RER B train has two stations in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. whilst in Paris, the 3 main train stations are Gare du Nord, Chatelet-Les Halles, and Saint Michel-Notre Dame.
If you take the train from Charles de Gaulle to Paris, then you can continue your journey with the Parisian Metro with the same ticket to reach your final destination. Check out our Paris by Metro post and learn how to use the Parisian Metro like a pro.
WARNING: RER B is operated by SNCF (from Paris CDG to Gare du Nord) and by RATP (from Gare du Nord to south). Please note that during strike days the intersection SNCF – RATP is usually interrupted. In this case, take the RER B to Gare du Nord where the train has its terminus. Then, at Gare du Nord go downstairs one floor to continue your journey with the metro (lines 4 and 5) or two floors to continue your journey with another RER B or RER D. In both cases, you can use the same ticket until the end of your journey.
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Roissy Bus from Charles de Gaulle to Paris – Comfort on a Budget
Roissy Bus is a shuttle bus that goes from Opéra de Garnier in Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport. This CDG shuttle bus can be used with the Navigo Pass (zones 1-5), which is definitely an advantage for locals in Paris.
The Roissy Bus ticket costs 12€ for a ride Paris CDG to city or vice-versa. The departure point is at 11 rue Scribe, in Paris 11, and the ride takes 60- 75 minutes. For more information and the bus schedule, check out their site here.
Paris CDG Bus – The Cheapest
There are a couple of RATP buses (=city buses) which also go to Paris Charles de Gaulle. This is the cheapest way to go to Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG but also the longest, and the less comfortable because these buses have many stops on their way and they are usually crowded.
» Bus #350 (CDG Airport to Gare de l’Est). The ride from CDG to Paris center takes 60-80 minutes, with a frequency of 15-30 min. Click here to find all the bus stops, its schedule (“horaires de passage”) and the state of the network.
» Bus #351 (CDG Airport to Place de la Nation). The ride from Charles de Gaulle to Paris center takes 70-90 minutes, with a frequency of 15-30 min. Click here to find all the bus stops, its schedule (“horaires de passage”) and the state of the network.
You can pay for this bus with 3 single Metro Paris tickets T+. Every single T+ ticket costs 1,90 €. If you buy a pack of 10 tickets (“carnet de 10”, total cost 14,90€) you will be paying 1,49€ per single ticket so the bus ride will cost you in total 4.47 €. If you decide to pay on the bus directly the total cost will be 6€.
TIP: if you want to use the bus #350 from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport, it is better to take it at Porte de la Chapelle instead of at the starting point at Gare de l’Est. Porte de la Chapelle is located at the exit of Paris so you will avoid all the traffic jams (and stress) inside the city and you will save A LOT of time. You can reach Porte de la Chapelle by metro with one single ticket and then you can use that same ticket + 2 more tickets to take the bus to the airport. The bus stop direction Paris Airport is located at the exit of the metro station.
How to Get from CDG to Paris Orly: CDG to Orly Transfer
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Some people land to Paris on the way to somewhere else in France or Europe. What about if the second flight does not leave from Paris CDG Airport but from Orly?
The CDG – Orly transfer is very easy, with a couple of private and public transportation options available:
Transfer from Charles de Gaulle to Paris by Private Transportation
Viator has an interesting transportation proposal between the two main Paris airports. Viator’s Business Class Car is a comfortable way to travel from CDG to Orly airports and it can be shared by up to 4 people traveling together.
Le Bus Direct – CDG to Orly Shuttle Bus
Le Bus Direct proposes a CDG to Orly shuttle for 12 €. Le Bus Direct’s line #3 links the two airports in 70 – 80 minutes. This CDG – Orly bus works between 6 am to 9.50 pm with a frequency of 20 to 40 minutes. Line #3 has 6 stops in the two airports, these are the places where you can catch the CDG to Orly shuttle:
- Carles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 1: arrivals level, exit #32
- Charles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 2A-2C: exit C10
- Charles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 2E-2F: exit E8 or F9
- There is not a bus stop at Terminal 3
- Orly airport, Terminal West: arrivals level, exit D
- Orly airport, Terminal South: arrivals level, exit L
You can check the line #3 itinerary, its schedule and state of the network here
Do you Need an Early Airport Transfer? Consider one of the CDG Hotels for your Last Night in Paris
If your flight is leaving Paris very early in the morning, have a look at the hotels near Charles de Gaulle Airport, at least for your last night in Paris.
Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle trains start only at 5 am plus this is not the best place to be in Paris that early in the morning. Sleeping in one of the hotels near Charles de Gaulle Airport eliminates the stress of having to wake up early in the morning and getting a taxi to CDG Airport during the rush hour.
Another advantage of CDG airport hotels is that these hotels have competitive pricing because most tourists opt for an ‘in the city’ located hotel. In addition, some hotels also provide a free pick and drop airport /hotel if you book in advance. Check below our proposals for hotels near Charles de Gaulle Airport:
The Sheraton Charles de Gaulle is amongst all the CDG hotels the only CDG hotel inside the airport. Sheraton CDG Airport is located at Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle Airport which means you are within walking distance of the boarding gates.
Despite its proximity to the airport, the rooms are very comfortable and quiet.
Amongst all the hotels close to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Oceania Paris Roissy Cdg Airport is one of our favorites. The hotel, with a 24-hour service desk and FREE Wi-fi, is really beautiful and it features a fantastic spa, perfect for a moment of relaxation after a long flight.
This hotel is located at 1.5km from Terminal 1 and it proposes an airport shuttle at no extra charge.
Apart from the two hotels above, there are other good Charles de Gaulle Airport hotels. You can reach most of them on food from the CDGVAL station, which is great!. Here’s the list of the most popular hotels near Charles de Gaulle:
- Hotel Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, located at 1 min from the CDGVAL, between Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3
- Hotel Ibis Paris CDG Airport, located at 1 min from the CDGVAL, between Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
- Hotel Ibis Styles Paris CDG Airport, located just next to its brother Hotel Ibis. Ibis Styles is the brand’s non-standardized product, where public areas can be different.
- Hotel Novotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, located at 1 min from the CDGVAL, between Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
- Hotel Pullman Paris CDG Airport, located at 1 min from the CDGVAL, between Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
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