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How to get to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris

Paris Charles de Gaulle, or Roissy Airport, is the largest French international airport. It is located 25 km northeast of Paris. Last year, the airport numbered more than 65 million passengers, making it the eighth in the world and the second busiest airport in Europe (London Heathrow is number one).

The airport is well connected to the city center, so you can choose an airport transfer, train or bus.

  • RER B: connects the airport with Paris and its suburbs. CDG 1 is for terminals 1 and 3, and CDG is nr. 2 serves for ACDEF and G (the 2G terminal is connected to 2F using the free N2 chassis). The trip takes about 35 minutes, and the price of a ticket is € 9.75.
  • SNCF main line: the Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 — TGV station is located between terminals 2C-2D and 2E-2F. Terminals 2A, C, D, E, F are accessible via moving lanes (10 minutes walk) or free transfer N1 (at level 5). Terminal 2G is also connected to 2F via the N2 chassis. For terminals 1 and 3, take the free CDGVAL train.
  • CDGVAL train: it allows you to move around the airport. In just 8 minutes, it connects terminals 1, 2, 3 + RER-TGV + PR railway stations, remote PX car parks. The train departs every 4 minutes from 04:00 to 01:00. It is free and a ticket is required.

Bus stops are located at terminals 1,2A-2C, 2D, 2E-2F.

  • Line 2: establishes the connection between the center of Paris (Etoile, Port-Mayo, Trocadero, Eiffel Tower) and the airport Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The journey takes 45-60 minutes (70 to the Eiffel Tower). The cost of the ticket is € 17.00 one-way, € 30.00 for a return ticket.
  • Line 3: provides a link between CDG Airport and Paris-Orly Airport. The stops at Orly Airport are on the arrival level at Gate L (South) and Gate D (West). Travel time — 70 — 80 minutes. A ticket per person is € 17.00 one way, € 30.00 in both directions. Children under 2 travel free.
  • Line 4: The line connects the center of Paris (Gare de Lyon and Gare Montparnasse) with the CDG airport. The journey lasts 60 to 70 minutes, and the ticket costs the same as for other Le Bus Direct lines (€ 17.00 — € 30.00).

You can choose one of several shuttle buses that depart between the city center and the airport.

  • Roissybus: connects the center (Opera Station) with the CDG airport. The duration of the trip is 60 minutes, and the fare is 11.00 euros.
  • 350: provides a connection between Paris (gare de l’Est) and the airport. One hour trip ticket costs € 6.00.
  • 351 Bus: connects the airport with Paris. The journey lasts 70 minutes and costs 6.00.
  • 19 Bus: The line goes along the Torcy RER route — a regular RER pole. The price of € 2.00 per ticket makes it the most economical option. It is also 70 minutes away.
  • Noctilien night bus: The airport is connected to the Corbeil-Essonnes train station on the Noctilien 120 night bus line, to La Verrière train station on line 121 and to Paris-Gare de l’Est station on line 140. Depending on traffic, the trip can vary from 30 to 60 minutes. The ticket costs 8,00 €.
  • VEA (Magic Shuttle): connects the airport with Disneyland hotels and Disneyland Paris for 45 minutes at a price of € 20.00 (for adults) and € 16.00 (children).
  • Fileo Roissy: the vehicle is available on request around the clock to the airport. The service has 6 lines operating in 16 cities in the departments of Val d’Oise, Saint-Denis and Seine and Marne. Ticket prices range from € 1.14 to € 2.28.

If you do not want to depend on the public transport schedule, you can call a taxi to get you from the airport to your destination. Taxi services are located at terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 3 and 2G at the exits of the baggage claim area. The price is approximately 50,00 €.

If you prefer to travel and explore the city on your own, you must rent a car online; most car rental companies such as Goldcar, Sixt and Goldcar are located at terminals 1 and 2C.

If you come with a large group of people, consider renting a bus, as one car will probably not be enough.

FAQ — bus and transport from Charles de Gaulle Airport

Question: I’m late for the airport. Will it be a problem to get to the city?

  • A: No, there are many bus and train lines that work until midnight and in the early hours, but if you miss them, you can take a taxi, approximately € 50.00

Question: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?

  • A: Of course, you can find (and even book online in advance) hotels, such as CitizenM Paris CDG Airport, Mercure Paris CDG Airport et Convention (both 200 meters away), and Hilton Paris CDG Airport Hotel (0.3 km).

Q: I would like to spend one day in Paris between flights. Is it possible

  • A: Yes, of course. The best way to do this is to take a bus or train that takes you directly from the airport to the city center and is the most convenient way of transportation. Another thing is that you can leave your belongings in central lockers located at the exit of the CDGVAL station, next to the RER train station. The service is available every day from 06:00 to 21:30.

Question: I continue my journey outside Paris. Are there any direct bus lines from the airport to other cities?

  • A: No, if you want to explore places outside of Paris, you first need to come to the city center from the airport, and there you will go by bus or train for some other destinations, such as Paris to Lyon, Paris to Nice, Paris to Marseille, Paris to Strasbourg, etc.

Q: Can I exchange money at the airport?

  • A: Yes, there are several exchange offices and ATMs around the clock at the airport, but it would be better to exchange money before the trip and have a few euros with you, since the rate will be much higher in place and no currency other than the euro will be accepted.

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