Airport Buses Between CDG Airport & Centre Of Paris

5 Services compared operated by Air France, Roissybus & RATP


Air France CDG Airport Bus

Air France CDG Airport Buses At Terminus By Arc De Triomphe

There is a choice of five routes by airport bus from Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) to the centre of Paris.


Three are operated by RATP (including the Roissybus service) who run the buses, RER trains and Metro within Paris. A bonus with the RATP options is that a Paris travel pass can include the airport transfer if your ticket is valid for zones 1 to 5 of the Paris public transport system.

The Air France airport buses do not offer this facility.


The big downside of using one of the airport buses is potential large delays through traffic congestion.

At peak times during the working week the motorway and orbital road around Paris can be little better than a parking lot. Do leave plenty of contingency time when going out to the airport. The alternative CDG RER train link of course suffers no traffic congestion.


CDG Airport Terminals

There are 3 passenger terminals at CDG Airport 1,2 and 3. Terminal 2 is the biggest so far and is split into sub-terminals. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of Terminal 2 to the other so there are several airport bus pick-up and drop points for terminal 2.

Only the RoissyBus service stops at Terminal 3. Terminal 3 is linked to terminal 1 by the free CDGVAL shuttle train or you can walk it just as fast under a covered walkway.


Airport Buses - Boarding/Drop Points In Central Paris & Relative Cost

The fact that all five services terminate in different parts of Paris, mean that the location of your final destination within Paris may well be the dominant factor in determining which is best for your needs.


Air France run two separate services between CDG airport and the centre of Paris. One goes to the Gare de Lyon railway station, east of the city centre and then goes onto the south side of the city and another major railway station, Montparnasse. These are the most luxurious, (and expensive) airport bus services.


CDG Airport Bus & Train Map To Central Paris

Arguably the most popular CDG Paris bus transfer option is Roissybus, operating to Opera in the very centre of the city.

There are a couple of local Paris buses, routes 350/351 that connect CDG airport with the centre of Paris. These are normal Paris buses with stops every few hundred yards in Paris itself. Out by CDG airport these buses take a more express routing. These buses are the cheapest and slowest transfer option.

RoissyBus

Arguably the most popular Paris bus transfer option is Roissybus, operating to Opera in the very centre of the city.

In Paris the terminal is quite prominent on the corner of of rue Scribe and rue Auber, immediately to the west of the Opera itself. At CDG the bus stops at all passenger terminals.


Buses run from around 06:00 to 00:30 at 15/20 minute intervals in the airport to Paris direct, 45 minutes earlier in the opposite direction.

Scheduled journey time is 60 minutes but can be much much more with road congestion at peak commuting times.


Adult Fare €11.00 : CDG Airport is in zone 5 of the Paris public transport system. There are a number of Paris public transport passes which in some circumstances may be of interest to visitors to use on the Roissybus.

You can save time by purchasing your ticket in advance at automatic ticket machines and the RATP web site also has an on-line facility.

Roissybus Airport Bus At Terminus By Paris Opera

Roissybus At Terminus By Paris Opera

Air France Buses

Air France runs two separate services between CDG airport and the centre of Paris. One goes to the Gare de Lyon railway station, east of the city centre and then goes onto the south side of the city and another major railway station, Montparnasse.

The other route goes to Porte Maillot before terminating at the Arc De Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees, just west of the city centre.


Line 2 (Porte Maillot / Arc De Triomphe)

Buses to and from the Champs Elysees, (line 2) run between 06:00 and 23:00 at around 30 minute intervals.

Buses do not pick-up at Terminal 3 at CDG Airport.

Adult Fare €17.00 : Children half price between 2 and 11. Discounted fares for groups of 4 or more.


Line 4 (Gare de Lyon / Montparnasse)

Buses run between 06:00 and 23:00 at around 30 minute intervals. Journey time scheduled at 75 minutes.

Buses do not pick-up at Terminal 3 at CDG Airport.

Adult Fare €17.50 : Children half price between 2 and 11, 9€. Discounted fares for groups of 4 or more.

Local Paris Buses 350/351

There are a couple of local Paris buses, routes 350/351 that connect CDG airport with the centre of Paris. These are normal Paris buses with stops every few hundred yards in Paris itself. Out by CDG airport itself these buses tend to take a more express routing.


The 351 bus runs about every 15-30 minutes to Nation Metro just to the east of the centre of Paris. The route goes to the past Gallileni Metro where the main long distance coach terminal is sited together with lots of cheap chain hotel options.

The 350 bus runs a similar frequency to the Gare de l'Est station via Gare Du Nord station.

Both buses run from about 06:00 to 20:30/ 22:30 with a journey time scheduled around 80 minutes.

Both buses terminate at the bus station at CDG airport above Terminal 1/3 RER station in front of the Ibis hotel and both pickup from Terminals 1 & 2.

Adult Fare €6.00 : (3 single tickets on the Paris local bus network)


CDG Airport Transfers - Comparison Of Fares

Indicative One Way Adult Fare Between Central Paris & CDG Airport

RER Train (Chatelet / Gare du Nord)- €9.75*

Air France Bus (Gare Montparnasse/Gare de Lyon) - €17.50

Air France Bus (Arc de Triomphe / Porte Maillot) - €17.00

Roissybus (Opera) - €11.00*

350/351 Public Bus - €6.00*

Hotel Shuttle Van - €18.00

Private Car - €76.00 (Up to 4 people)

* Paris public transport passes valid for zones 1-5 accepted


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