Airport Trains Between CDG Airport & Centre Of Paris

The RER train service between CDG Airport and the centre of Paris

RER Train At Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

RER Train At Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

The Charles De Gaulle Airport CDG to Central Paris train offers normally the fastest and most reliable transfer option by public transport into the centre of Paris.

The RER trains to Paris have two separate stations. Terminal 2 station being 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 terminal 1 or there is a free shuttle train from terminal 3 to terminal 1 which is no faster than walking.

Trains are Line B of the Paris RER 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.

Frequencies & Timetables

Trains run at least every 15 minutes daily on Line B. Trains run from about 5:00 until 24:00. There is surprisingly little difference in frequency during the hours of operation.
Journey time will be about 25 minutes to Gare Du Nord, 35 minutes to St Michel on the fast trains, the slower trains can take nearer 50 minutes.

Going out to the airport make sure the train is going to the airport, the line divides before the airport and about half the trains go to Mitry - a long way from the airport.

CDG Airport Bus & Train Map To Central Paris

CDG Airport Bus & Train Map To Central Paris

Paris Ticket Barriers

Ticket Barriers At Station

Typical Paris Self Service Public Transport Ticket Machine

Typical Self Service Public Transport Ticket Machine

Paris RER Tickets & Fares

Adult Fare €10.00 : CDG Airport is in zone 5 of the Paris public transport system. There are a number of Paris public transport passes, (see below).

To access the RER system you will need a ticket of one kind or another. Whatever ticket you have, (including travel passes ) you insert the ticket into an automatic barrier which after validating the ticket allows you through.

The first time, just position yourself behind a local and follow what they are doing - it really is simple and identical to many other systems like the London Underground.

You can buy tickets at Metro and RER Railway Station ticket offices which have manned ticket offices. The ticket offices at Charles de Gaulle Airport have helpful, competent English speaking attendants well used to overseas travellers not confident in what they need and are for the most part remarkably patient.

You will also find multi-lingual ticket machines like the one pictured below, and machines for topping up the Navigo Cards everywhere.

Purchasing Single Tickets For RER Trains

If you purchase a ticket for a single journey the cost will depend upon which zones your originating and destination stations are located in. You can find this out easily enough by looking at the RER map, (see link above).

If both stations are in zones 1 and 2 then the fare will be the same as the Paris Metro fare. See our Paris Metro page for current fares.

If you are travelling around Paris like most visitors do its worth studying the various travel passes available that cover all of the trains and buses in the Paris area.

Public Transport Passes

There is a wide range of passes and tickets available other than for a single journey.. We have a dedicated page for these so you can identify the right public transport for your needs in Paris.

Paris Public Transport Tickets & Passes - Full Details Of Range

Buying Your Tickets

Once in Paris it is easy to buy tickets from manned ticket offices and automatic ticket machines. There are several variants of ticket machines, most have a choice of languages including English of course.

The ticket machines are reliable and sell a range of transport tickets, very few people will be buying the single T+ tickets.

We would recommend you take a few minutes to read the other ticket types available to you as they well be more economical and convenient than single tickets.

Buying Tickets In Advance Of Arriving In Paris

If you are beginning to get stressed about buying tickets in a strange city and worrying what happens if the person behind the ticket counter doesn't speak English or what happens if you have problems with a ticket machine, the extra price premium of having the tickets sent to you before travelling to Paris may be worthwhile.

Again there is a range of tickets available, most of them tailored to meet the needs of short term visitors and tourists. There are also many passes and combo tickets that combine public transport tickets with the most famous tourist attractions.

Paris Public Transport Passes & Tourist Bundles - Full Details Of Range

CDG Airport Transfers - Comparison Of Fares

Indicative One Way Adult Fare Between Central Paris & CDG Airport

RER Train (Chatelet / Gare du Nord)- €10.00*

Le Bus Direct (Gare Montparnasse/Gare de Lyon) - €17.00 - €30.00‡

Le Bus Direct (Arc de Triomphe / Eiffel Tower) - €17.00 - €30.00‡

Roissybus (Opera) - €11.50*

350/351 Public Bus - €6.00*

Hotel Shuttle Van - €18.00

Private Car - €63.19 (Up to 3 people)

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

‡ Return fare.

† easyBus on-line advance purchase variable fare

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