How to Get From Charles du Gaulle Airport to Paris

Welcome to Charles de Guille Airport (You can also find it under Roissy Airport or simply Paris CDG), where the great majority of the Parisian dreams start. Consecutively scoring the podium place on the “busiest airports in Europe” list (and in top 10 in the whole wild world), big chances are this is the place you will make your way to the City of Light from.

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BUS

There are mul­ti­ple bus­es con­nect­ing CDG with Paris, with the most pop­u­lar being Rois­sy­bus, which will take you to the Opéra metro sta­tion (9th arrondisse­ment) “in an hour” (quotes intend­ed because we smell the bull. Who­ev­er made it in an hour in that after­noon rush must have some seri­ous noo­dles in their butt). The bus runs every 15–20 min­utes, stops at almost every ter­mi­nal and the tick­ets may be pur­chased on board, so it’s actu­al­ly quite con­ve­nient – but only dur­ing the time of day when there’s not much traf­fic in the city (spoil­er alert… You know what I want to say).

There are also long-dis­tance coach­es which con­nect CDG 1 RER sta­tion with var­i­ous parts of the city. The com­pa­nies include: BlaBlaBus, Euro­lines, and Flixbus, yet their sta­tions are sad­ly not always the pret­ti­est places to end up with, so we wouldn’t per­son­al­ly go for it (esp. If you’re a solo female trav­el­er and arrive at night).

Oth­er alter­na­tives include bus nr 350, which con­nects the air­port with Gare de l’Est/Gare du Nord (10th arr) (the same route offer N140 and N143 noc­turn lines, if you arrive late at night) as well as 351 line that runs between CDG and Nation metro/RER sta­tion. Their advan­tage is that you can use the Paris trav­el pass­es on this ser­vice (up to zone 5) – and that you can also take it at night, when all the oth­er ser­vices shut down. How­ev­er, they are usu­al­ly very long and tedious rides, so we rec­om­mend it only if you trav­el on a bud­get or real­ly have no oth­er choice.

TRAIN

RER train line B con­nects the CDG Air­port with the Paris cen­ter. It runs North-East through the major areas of the city and var­i­ous sub­ur­ban ones as well, so If your accom­mo­da­tion is close to one of their sta­tions (or sim­ply in the Left bank, where the shut­tle bus­es do not run), it’s a good way to avoid point­less lay­overs. Line B can be accessed from the Aéro­port Charles de Gaulle 1 RER sta­tion (locat­ed inside Rois­sypôle and next to Ter­mi­nal 3) and is there­fore the fastest and arguably the eas­i­est way to get to the city. It is also part of the offi­cial Parisian trans­porta­tion (yet it requires an addi­tion­al sup­ple­ment-tick­et, even if you have pur­chased the pass). The train is also good for peak hours, as it runs as often as every 2,5 min. Down­side? The RER B is ~icon­ic~ for its over­crowd­ed­ness, to the point where a fan­ny bag seems like too much lug­gage, so take that into account.

LONG DISTANCE TRAIN

Plan­ning more Europe trav­el­ing? Ter­mi­nal 2 of CDG air­port includes a TGV sta­tion, with high-speed trains ready to take you to Ams­ter­dam, Brugge, Brus­sels and var­i­ous oth­er cities in Bel­gium and the Nether­lands. We’re all impa­tient­ly wait­ing for 2027, when the (much need­ed) so-called CDG Express – a non-stop train con­nect­ing the air­port with the city cen­ter is sched­uled to open. Because it seri­ous­ly seems that for now if you want to trav­el with dig­ni­ty, you just need to call a cab.

I prefer my rides on four wheels

TAXI/UBER/ETC

It takes around 30 min­utes to get to the city by cab ~in the­o­ry~, but remem­ber that Paris tops all the “Worst traf­fic” lists year in, year out – so it may not always be the best idea. The prices are fixed while trav­el­ling to the air­port, so make sure to check it in advance to not get scammed. While book­ing a good ol’ Uber may be tempt­ing, they can’t use the bus lane here (while the ~real taxis~ can). A sweet spot? Get a G7 taxi app – it works like Uber (so you can pre-book it while wait­ing for your lug­gage or even a few hours before; and you can pay with cash tho). It’s super reli­able and can use that bus pri­or­i­ty lane, allow­ing you to wave to all the uncul­tured swines stand­ing in the traf­fic while you pass them by ~like a VIP~. Taxi dri­vers rarely speak Eng­lish, but you may eas­i­ly get by with a lit­tle help from a trans­la­tor of your choice. By the way, unless you’re 100% sure you know the cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the place you need to go to, don’t try to freestyle – it sets the French peo­ple right off ~for some rea­son~ (an eye­roll in english-speaker).

PRIVATE SHUTTLE

Per­son­al­ly I don’t mind pub­lic trans­porta­tion, espe­cial­ly when I trav­el solo. It’s cheap. It’s effi­cient. It may involve stand­ing, but after long flights, it could be worse. Heck, you may even meet some­one cool, and have some time to grab a bite before head­ing down. An excep­tion? Charles de Guille air­port, which I (can­not stress that enough) don’t trust. It seems that every time I fly there, there’s a strike, some big shot com­ing, or delay so great it leaves me hang­ing at 4 am with no mon­ey and no prospects, not to men­tion no knowl­edge of the city/language what­so­ev­er (True sto­ry, that was actu­al­ly my first time in Paris. Good times, I’m tellin’ y’all.) That’s why since I’m grown up and have access to the ~adult~ mon­ey, I usu­al­ly try to arrange my own trans­fer. After all, they do say that it’s all about the jour­ney – and some­times that bish just calls to be just a tiny bit more com­fort­able. You can check out our list of test­ed and liked com­pa­nies below:

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