When visiting Paris as an independent traveler, the first thing you need to think about is how to get from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris city.
There are various ways to get there, such as buses, trains, and taxies, but each has its own differences in cost and travel time, and it can be quite confusing to know which one to choose.
In this article, I would like to introduce such an annoying problem, comparing the characteristics of each means of transportation and which means should be used.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris City
To Paris City
There are several ways to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city.
- Roissy Bus
- Le Bus Direct
- RER B LINE B
- Travel agency transportation
There are several other ways to do this, but if you are a regular traveler, you will have to choose one of these.
Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so please choose the one that best suits your travel plans.
Operating Segment: CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport) ⇔ Opera
Operating hours: 06:00~24:00
Running interval: 20 minutes before and after
Time required: 60 minutes
It is the most popular means of transportation for independent travelers.
The bus stop is close to any terminal, so you can use it without getting lost.
It is also a safe mode of transportation as it arrives non-stop to the destination opera after leaving the airport.
- Close to terminal exits and boarding areas
- Non-stop from the airport to the opera
- Definitely a sit-down ride
- Low fares
- You have to go around all the terminals.
- You can get stuck in traffic jams
- If you have a lot of luggage, it can be difficult to get it onto the bus
- Difficult to get around afterwards unless you are staying in a hotel in the Opera area
Le Bus Direct
Le Bus Direct
Ligne 2: CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport) ⇔ Porte Maillot ⇔ Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees ⇔ Trocadéro ⇔ Eiffel Tower
Ligne 4: CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport) ⇔ Gare de Lyon ⇔ Gare Montparnasse
Operating hours: 05:00~24:00
Interval: around 30 minutes
Time required: 60 to 80 minutes
Fare: €18 (€31 round trip)
Originally called Les Cars Air France and operated by Air France, it is now called Le Bus Direct and is the official bus service of the airport.
The arrival point is different from the Roissy bus, so please choose the one that best suits your hotel or other destination.
Le Bus Direct
- Can go to places where Roissy bus and RER do not stop directly
- You can travel sitting down for sure.
- Good seats
- Free wifi and power plugs
- You can store your luggage in a compartment (under the vehicle) so you don’t have to carry it inside
- You can buy your ticket in advance
- If your destination is not the end of the line, you will have to get off the train.
- I worry about my suitcase and other belongings while the bus is stopped.
- The fare is rather expensive.
- It may take a long time due to traffic jams, etc. because of the distance to travel within Paris.
- There is a risk of sharing a seat when the train is crowded or on the way back.
RER LINE B
RER Line B
Route: CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport) ⇔ Gard Nord ⇔ Chatelet-Les Halles ⇔ Saint-Michel Notre-Dame ⇔ Luxembourg ⇔ Port-Royal ⇔ Denfert-Rochereau ⇔
Operating hours: 04:50~23:50 (issued by CDG)
Running interval: 15 minutes before and after
Time required: 30~40 minutes
Fee: 10.3 euros
The RER Line B is the fastest way to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris City.
Although you have to walk a bit from the terminal exit, the total travel time is the shortest since there are many services.
If you take a train that stops at every station, you will pass through unsafe stations along the way, so be careful.
- Shortest travel time to Paris
- The cheapest fare
- Many trains in operation
- Transfers to other RER lines possible
- Driving through unsafe areas
- It is a long way from the terminal exit to the boarding area
- At Terminal 1, you may need to travel further to get to the boarding area
- Depending on the station you arrive at, it may take some time to get off the ground
Operating section: None
Operating hours: 24 hours
Service interval: None
Time required: 30~40 minutes
Boarding location: Designated terminal location
Fare: Paris Right Bank 50 Euros Paris Left Bank 55 Euros (outside of Paris city limits is the usual metered rate)
Additional fees may apply depending on the situation.
Taxies are a quick and easy way to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris with very little waiting time.
If you take a bus or train, it is difficult to get from the stop to your hotel, but a taxi will take you right to your hotel, no matter where it is.
Of course, the fare is higher, and depending on the number of people and the amount of luggage, you may not be able to get through.
In addition, fares are now fixed, so it is much easier to use taxies with peace of mind than before.
However, if you are staying outside of Paris, you will be charged the normal rate, so be sure to confirm the address of your accommodation beforehand.
Also, be aware that there are many illegal taxies that will call out to you as soon as you exit the customs checkpoint at the terminal.
Be sure to take a taxi from the designated taxi stand at the terminal.
- You can get a ride to the front of the hotel.
- No waiting for departure or stopping along the way
- You can travel in your own space.
- No need to worry about security in the early morning or at night
- Takes longer if you get stuck in traffic
- Fees are high
- Choose the right type of car if you have a lot of luggage
- Some drivers like to talk.
To choose by fare: RER > ROISSY BUS > Le Bus Direct > Taxi
To choose by time: Taxi > RER >ROISSY BUS = Le Bus Direct
For safety: Taxi > Le Bus Direct = ROISSY BUS > RER
The order may change slightly depending on where you stay, but I think the relationship will be something like this.
Every transportation method has its good and bad sides, so choose the one that best suits your travel plans.
Thank you again for reading to the end of this article.