How to Get From Paris to Charles Du Gaulle Airport

Leaving us so soon? Or maybe just departing for your next adventure? Either way, The Charles de Gaulle Airport, placed 30 km northeast of Paris maybe seem big, busy and intimidating – but is quite easy to get to in the grand scheme of things. Just keep reading, and will be just fine.

PRIVATE SHUTTLE

Sim­ple. Ele­gant. Classy. Gets you when­ev­er, wher­ev­er. It’s like you’re meant to be togeth­er. Avoid the crowds (and the stress!!!) by choos­ing one of our favorite com­pa­nies (test­ed by us, the P>D team, ~because we like nice things~):

TAXI/UBER/G7

It takes around 30 min­utes to get to the air­port from the city cen­ter ~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 trav­el­ing 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, you do not need to tip in France – those prices are all-inclusive.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

You like to gamble? Hope so. Because while most of the time the public transport in Paris is sweet like candy, sometimes it has a licorice flavor. Be sure to leave earlier to have a buffer for all the times ~someone~ decides to rain on the RATP parade (which usually means strikes. Or heavy rain. Or a big parade somewhere. Or a Thursday night if it’s a full moon and also Saturn is rising… You know what I mean). However, the good news is, there’s a few ways to get to the airport, so you can easily pick your poison.

TRAIN

RER train line B runs North-East through the major areas of the city and var­i­ous sub­ur­ban ones as well, fin­ish­ing off at the CDG Air­port, 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 – it is there­fore the fastest and arguably the eas­i­est way to get to the air­port. It is also part of the offi­cial Parisian trans­porta­tion (yet it requires an addi­tion­al sup­ple­ment-tick­et, even if you have pur­chased the Paris pass). The end sta­tion is called sim­ply Aéro­port Charles de Gaulle 1 RER sta­tion (locat­ed inside Rois­sypôle and next to Ter­mi­nal 3). 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.

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. But that means it still won’t be there for the 2024 Olympic Games… God­dess help us all. But I’m digressing.

BUS

There are mul­ti­ple bus­es con­nect­ing Paris and the CDG, with the most pop­u­lar being Rois­sy­bus, which will pick you up at the Opéra metro sta­tion (9th arrondisse­ment) and dri­ve you to the des­ti­na­tion “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 run from var­i­ous parts of the city. The com­pa­nies include: BlaBlaBus, Euro­lines, and Flixbus, with the last one run­ning the most often. You can pur­chase the tick­et online and hop on it in Paris Bercy bus sta­tion, near Gare de Lyon. Be sure to have extra time, because I’ve seen peo­ple miss it a lot due to the loca­tion of said place being hid­den bet­ter than Zone 51. More­over, the bus 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 end up there at night).

If you’re are seri­ous­ly on a bud­get, oth­er alter­na­tives include bus nr 350, which runs between the air­port and 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 make sure to bring a book or enough GB to scroll through Ins­ta the whole time or something.

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