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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) transfers

Airport trains, buses, hotel shuttles and private cars to Paris and back

Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris
Charles de Gaulle Terminal 1 is easy to navigate

Charles de Gaulle terminals 1, 2 and 3

Charles de Gaulle Airport, or CDG Airport, is the main airport for Paris, situated about 25km (15 miles) north east of the city.

This Paris international airport was built about 40 years ago and is relatively spacious compared with older airports but as a result there are several passenger terminals spread over a large area.

Which terminal you use at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) really needs to be factored into your choice of Paris transfer.

Terminal 1

The oldest terminal at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), terminal 1, is round in shape with futuristic walkways and escalators and is relatively small and easy to navigate.

Terminal 1 has its own RER train station, separate from the other Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) train station at terminal 2. There is a single area for boarding the airport bus services.

Terminal 2

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) passenger terminals are well spread out and all different. Terminal 2, the largest terminal, is long and linear and can take 10 or 15 minutes to walk from end to end.

It's really several terminals seamlessly integrated and each section has an alphabetic label, like "2A, 2B". If you're using Terminal 2 you really need to know the full terminal ID but this is not always possible.

The Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) bus services make several stops around the various sub-terminals but the train station is at the far east end of the string of terminals.

Terminal 3

This is used by no frills and charter airlines. For trains and some bus services you have to walk to terminal 1 along a covered walkway or there is a free train shuttle.

Paris transfers from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport

Paris transfers from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport
CDG transfers to central Paris

There is a wide range of transfer options to get you from CDG Airport to the city centre of Paris. There is no single universal best option, all the services have their own market. Your task is to select the right one for your particular needs.

You will need to know where your accommodation is in Paris. The schematic right shows where the main bus and trains stop and terminate in Paris.

Please note: During the working week around peak commuter hours the main road between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) routinely suffers from severe road congestion that can delay all vehicle-based transfers.

Three of the services are operated by RATP who run the Roissybus service and the 350/351 local airport bus services as well as the RER trains.

A bonus with the RATP options is that a Paris travel pass can include the airport transfer on these services in addition to your local public transport within the centre of Paris, including the Paris Metro.

RER trains: fast transfer

CDG Terminal 2
CDG Terminal 2

The one airport transfer not affected by road congestions are the RER trains. The Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to central Paris train offers normally the fastest and most reliable transfer option by public transport into the heart of Paris.

The RER trains to Paris have two separate stations. Terminal 2 station is the end of the line and where the TGV station is located.

If you arrive at terminal 3, you have to walk by covered walkway to the other station at terminal 1. There is a free shuttle train from terminal 1 to this station too.

Trains are Line B of the RER regional train system and run at least every 15 minutes. They alternate between fast and slow trains.

All trains stop at the key stations in central Paris, the slow trains stop at about 6 or 7 additional stations in the suburbs. The key stations for visitors are Gare du Nord, Chatelet and St Michel. Each of these stations are vast transport interchanges, self contained communities in their own right.

You will have to walk reasonably long distances, even if you are just interchanging to a Metro from the same station

RER CDG Airport trains

Buses: cheap transfer (but slow)

CDG bus transfers
Le Bus Direct luxury bus from CDG airport

Your transfer from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to the centre of Paris by bus will cost you in the region of €6 to €11.50, much cheaper than by train or taxi. However, you will need to allow at least 80 minutes journey time to travel by bus.

There is a choice of six routes by airport bus from from three separate services. The fact that all services terminate in different parts of Paris, mean that the location of your final destination within Paris may well determine which is best for your needs.

Two of the services are operated by RATP who run the Paris buses, RER trains and Metro within Paris. A bonus with the RATP options is that a Paris travel pass can include the airport transfer.

Arguably the most popular Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris bus transfer option is Roissybus, operating to Opera in the centre of the city.

Le Bus Direct are the most luxurious service and you pay for this. They run two separate services between Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and the centre of Paris, but with prices around €17 for a one-way trip and €30 for a round-trip, they are by far the most expensive service.

There are a couple of local Paris buses, routes 350/351 that connect Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) with to the centre of Paris and back. These are normal Paris buses with stops every few hundred yards in 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 goes to the Champs-Elysees before terminating by the Eiffel Tower. Out by CDG Airport these buses take a more express routing. These buses are the cheapest and slowest transfer option.

CDG Airport bus to Paris

Van style hotel shuttle buses

The classic airport van shuttle operation is available at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

This service offers a convenient shared door to door transfer between the airport and your Paris hotel at a cheaper price than a private car or taxi.

Van style hotel shuttle buses

Private cars and vans

For the ultimate in convenience your own driver and vehicle, exclusive to your party with immediate departures as soon as you are ready to travel, non-stop to your destination.

This service offers a convenient shared door to door transfer between the airport and your Paris hotel at a cheaper price than a private car or taxi.

Private airport car or van

CDG AIRPORT TRANSFERS - PRICE COMPARISON

Indicative one way adult fare between central Paris and Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport

Transfer Price
RER Train (Chatelet/Gare du Nord) * €10.30
€11.40 online**
Le Bus Direct (Gare Montparnasse/Gare de Lyon) €10.30
€11.40 online**
Le Bus Direct (Arc de Triomphe/Eiffel Tower) €18.00 single
€31.00 return
Roissybus (Opera) * €12.00
€13.20 online**
350/351 public bus * €6
Hotel shuttle van €18
Private car €81 for up to 3 people

* Paris public transport passes valid for zones 1-5 accepted.
** Additional booking fee applies when purchased online.

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