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How to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

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This guide offers advice on how to get to Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris. CDG is the main airport in Paris and you can get there by public transportation using this guide.

TL;DR - If you have heavy bags, and a little extra money, a taxi or Go Airport Shuttle will be the best way to get from Charles de Gaulle to Paris. For a few very specific locations around the city, there are some bus options that will get you there fairly directly. The least expensive and most flexible option is to take the train, called the RER B, which stops at major metro stations throughout Paris.

The Paris City Pass discount card offers a free one-way shuttle from CDG ro Paris. Read our guide to the Paris City Pass here to see if this is a good option for you.

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How to get to CDG by Metro

In terms of cost, flexibility and time, taking the train to/from Paris is probably the best option.

The Metro station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 serves terminals 1 and 3, while Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 - TGV serves terminal 2.

In the terminals, look for signs that point you to the RER B, or “Paris By Train”.

The big green ticket machines sell one-way tickets for €10, but keep in mind that they won’t accept American credit cards unless you have a chip and pin (which is true of many places in Paris), and it’s a good idea to have some cash.

The train comes every 10-15 minutes, from 5:00am to 11:50pm and will get you to the heart of Paris in about 30 minutes.

The line stops at some of the major Paris Metro stations like Gare du Nord, Châtelet – Les Halles, and Saint-Michel Notre Dame, so your accommodation usually is only a change away (your ticket does include this change so be sure to keep your ticket so you can use it to transfer to a Metro line. Read our guide about using the Paris Metro.

Keep in mind that there may be a bit of walking between trains, and so this is not great if you have big, heavy bags.

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There are a few options when it comes to traveling by bus, which one you pick should depend on where in the city you are staying.

If you are staying in central Paris, the RoissyBus leaves from all terminals to Opéra, every 15-20 minutes, from 6:00am-12:30am.

The trip takes around an hour, and costs €12.50. The RoissyBus stop is at the Palais Opera Garnier. The stop can be found at 11, Rue Scribe (at the corner of Rue Auber). The closest metro stop is Opera or Havre-Caumartin.

You can purchase tickets on the bus (cash only) or at any of the Metro stations. The RATP desk at the Airport also sells the tickets. If you're a planner you can also purchase them online here.

From Charles de Gaulle, follow the signs reading "grand transportation" and "Roissybus" in the arrivals area at terminals 1, 2 and 3. 

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This is both the easiest and the most expensive option.

There are taxi stands at each terminal, and they are well marked. Be sure to only grab a taxi from an official stand.

Another bonus is that a lot of the taxi drivers speak some English, which can take the pressure off of you. Make sure they take cards (almost all do) if you plan to pay by credit card.

The drive should take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and cost between €50-70, depending on where in the city you go, and the time of day. Expect to pay extra fees if you’re traveling late at night, or have big bags.

If you’d rather avoid public transportation, the GO Airport Shuttle offers reliable 24/7 airport shuttles and car service from Charles De Gaulle, Orly, and Beauvais airports. With upfront pricing, you’ll know exactly how much it will cost before you hop in!

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About The Author


Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.
Updated: September 29th, 2021
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