Traveling to a foreign country is intimidating enough for a first-time traveler. It’s even worse figuring out how to navigate it’s international airport and getting to and from the main city with as little headaches and as little dent to your bank account as possible. Charles de Gaulle is one of the more popular airports used to fly to and from Paris. What many first time travelers to France don’t know is that the way this airport welcomes it’s visitors is quite a shame on the country.
Whether you are visiting Paris or going back home from Paris, below are the different ways to get to and from the city after landing at the dreaded Charles de Gaulle Airport.
1. Take the RER Train
This is probably my favorite way to get to and from Paris. It’s the quickest way to get there without paying an arm and a leg. The RER train is the “Réseau Express Régional” or their regional trains — not to be confused with the Metro or city trains. The RER lines are divided by letters ‘A’ through ‘E’. The line that will take you to the airport will be RER Line ‘B’. RER Tickets can be purchased at any machine or customer service window. RER Tickets are NOT the same as metro tickets but they will look very similar. They cost around 10 Euros one way and take around 40 minutes to get to and from the Airport.
Many people, when riding the Paris Metro, will see a stop called “Charles-de-Gaulle étoile”. This is NOT the airport. DO NOT take the Metro when trying to get to the airport. Make sure you are at an RER station.
Click Here for a map of the RER Train Lines.
*NOTE IF GOING TO THE AIRPORT*: RER Line B forks into two different routes: Aeroport Charles-de-Gaulle and Mitry-Claye. DO NOT take Mitry-Claye. When boarding RER Line B, make sure the train specifically says “Aeroport Charles-de-Gaulle.”
2. The Roissy Bus
This is generally the option many tourists choose because it’s the most affordable way to get to and from the airport. For around 6 Euros one way, it will take you from any of the terminals and will drop you off at Place de l’Opéra. There is no guaranteed time of drop-off but it will take around an hour or so to get to Paris. Tickets can be purchased at any machine at the airport or on the bus itself. I only recommend this option if you aren’t in a hurry and want to save the most amount of money.
3. Uber or Taxi
This is probably the most expensive way to get to Paris but the most convenient since it won’t require you to walk anywhere to find a bus stop or train station. Around 50 euros one way and you will be at the airport or Paris city center around 1 hour depending on traffic.
Hopefully these tips will be useful for you. It will greatly minimize your headaches getting to and from the airport in Paris. It’s a shame that there isn’t an easier system for tourists but follow these tips and you will have minimized your chances of getting lost, missing your flight, or spending more than you want to spend.