The Complete Guide On How To Transfer From Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport To Downtown Paris
The beautiful city of Paris attracts over 16 million foreign tourists each year to its array of museums, landmarks and boutique shops. The downtown mixture of architecture ranging from Renaissance, Belle Époque and Art Deco invoke thoughts of the amazing history the city boasts, it is a must see for anyone visiting the city. Of course, there are also the world famous macarons to try in Pierre Herme’s bakery!
With nearly 70 million passengers passing through Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport each year it is easy to see why the experience of navigating its 8 terminals can be quite daunting. For those of you travelling to the centre of the city there are a few different options available. Perhaps the easiest, most convenient and straightforward is the private taxi. The other options include the train and bus. Here we will explore all 3 options.
Private Taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Downtown Paris
To avoid the crowds and to ease the confusion or stress of navigating France’s largest city, a private taxi is the way to travel from Charles de Gaulle to Downtown Paris. The city centre is 35km (22m) from the airport and public hire taxis become very expensive.
The superlative airport private taxi service in Paris is T2 Transfer. They completely remove the worry of navigating Europe’s 2nd busiest airport by waiting for you at arrivals. Your name will be clearly displayed in bold writing on a board held by your friendly, multilingual driver. They will then whisk you through whichever bustling terminal you arrived at (they are all always busy!) to your private taxi, and unlike other operators it will be just your party, no one else!. Your taxi will be a brand new vehicle so the epitome of comfort. You will also have the knowledge your luggage will be safely placed in the trunk.
The fully licensed, knowledgeable driver will take you on the most convenient route to your destination in downtown Paris, straight to the door, and during the 45 minute (traffic dependent) journey they will point out famous landmarks and points of interest.
For your convenience you will be able to pay in Euros, Dollars or Pounds and you will find T2 Transfer customer service available 24/7. Below you will find the details for prices:
1-3 passengers – € 55
1-4 passengers – € 60
1-5 passengers – € 70
1-6 passengers – € 75
1-7 passengers – € 80
1-8 passengers – € 85
Transfers from CDG Airport to Downtown Paris By Train
The train is another option for you to travel from CDG to Downtown Paris. All trains depart from Terminal 2 at the airport, which can be difficult to get to from other terminals, particularly if you have children or a lot of baggage in tow. The train station is often crowded and a hive of activity, not what you need if you have travelled from afar.
The RER, a suburban train, operates every 15-20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle to Paris on the ‘B line’. The line takes you to Gare du Nord or St Michel, from there you can travel on other RER lines or catch a Metro train across the city. The RER operates from 0500 to midnight and has 5 different lines operating in 6 different zones.
Tickets on the RER vary depending on your requirements and duration of stay.
Time: 25-50 minutes
Cost: An adult single ticket is €10 and a child single ticket is €7
The intercity rail service, the TGV does not run direct services from CDG into the city.
Transfer from Charles de Gaulle to Downtown Paris By Shuttle Bus
The 350 and 351 are local Parisian bus services that operate from terminals 1 and 2. They run from 0600 to 2230 to Gare de l’est and Nation Metro respectively.
Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Cost: An adult single ticket is €6.
Le Bus Direct operates 2 services, Line 2 to the Arc de Triomphe/Eiffel Tower and Line 4 to Gare de Lyon/Montparnasse. The services operate from all terminals except 3 and run between 0600-2300.
Time: 1 hr 15 mins.
Cost: €17 each way or €30 for a return.
The final bus service is Roissybus, operating between 0600-0030 every 15-20 minutes to Opera from CDG. The service stops at all terminals.
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: An adult single is €11.50.