From Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris can be reached by public transport buses, the RER and, of course, taxis.
A transport finder combining all public transport: ratp.fr/en/itineraires.
|Train RER B
RATP buses to Paris
RATP buses 350 and 351 are the cheapest transport to the centre. A special airport ticket costs 2,10 EUR and is valid for one bus trip to the centre.
- Line 350 - to Porte de la Chapelle metro station (journey time 75-90 minutes, interval 10-15 minutes, runs from 5:30am to 10:30pm),
- Line 351 - to the Nation metro station in the eastern part of Paris (journey time 90-100 minutes, interval 10-15 minutes, running from 5:30 to 21:40)
- Detailed timetables on the ratp.fr website
Tickets can be bought from the ticket machine at the stop. Bus stops are always on the 1st floor of all terminals.
Mark your ticket in the validator when you board the bus.
- Travel time to the centre: 60-70 minutes
- Frequency: 9-20 minutes on both lines
- Fares: 2,10 EUR
- First connection to the airport
- from Porte de la Chapelle (l. 350): 5:40
- from Nation (l. 351): 5:36
- Last connection from the airport
- to Porte de la Chapelle (l. 350): 22:30
- to Nation (l. 351): 21:40
RER train to Paris
The RER blue line B urban rail train is the fastest way to get to the city centre.
A ticket costs 11,45 EUR and can be bought from a machine at the station.
The train will take you to Gare du Nord or Notre Dame Cathedral. It does not stop at Terminal 1, even though the station is called Aéroport CDG 1. In fact, the station is at Terminal 3 and you have to take the free CDG Val automatic train to Terminal 1.
When travelling from the centre to the airport, pay attention to your destination. The line branches off - half the connections go to the Mitry-Claye terminal and half to the airport (Aéroport CDG 2).
You can find a detailed timetable on the website: ratp.fr/en/horaires-rer, click on the blue letter "B".
- Journeytime to Chatelet station: 38 minutes
- Frequency: 7-12 minutes
- Fares: 11,45 EUR
- First connection from Gare du Nord - 4:53 (from Chatelet-Les Halles up to 5:24)
- Last connection from the airport - 22:49
Are full day bus/train tickets worth it?
The airport is located in zone 5, so buying a day ticket for Paris public transport is only worthwhile if you are going to go somewhere else outside Paris that day (for example, Versailles or Orly airport) and also make at least 3 more trips around Paris.
The cheapest all-day ticket for zones 1-5 is the Navigo Total card 22,80 EUR, but it requires a passport-size photo (ideally brought from home).
You can buy the card at the ticket office at the SNCF station, which is only near terminals 2. The other option is the Paris Visite Pass for 28,50 EUR, which can also be purchased from RATP machines.
The last option to connect with central Paris is the RoissyBus, which runs from Ópera metro station and stops at all terminals at the airport. Tickets cost 16,20 EUR and can be bought from a machine at the bus stop.
Detailed information and timetable can be found on the website: ratp.fr/roissybus
It runs from 5:15 to 0:30 every 15 to 30 minutes.
The only advantage of this line is the convenience of a direct connection to the area around the Arc de Triomphe. However, it is the most expensive public transport from the airport.
Public transport to the airport ends before 23:00 and after this time, a taxi is practically the only way to get there. You'll find official stands clearly marked outside each terminal.
Prices are fixed:
- City centre on the right bank of the Seine - 55 EUR
- City centre on the left bank of the Seine - 62 EUR
Taxi apps Uber and Bolt also operate in Paris, but prices are similar to regular taxis.
To Orly Airport
The Le Direct Bus service between the two airports has been cancelled, so the only option is to travel by train with a change in Paris.
RER train + OrlyVal
It is better to allow extra time due to the frequent heavy traffic. A minimum of 4 hours is generally recommended to change trains between CDG and Orly, but this is the minimum. A safe transfer is from 6 hours upwards.
Take the RER B train from CDG airport to the "Antony" station (about 65 minutes), where you change to the automatic OrlyVal train, which will take you directly to the Orly airport terminal. The total journey takes about one and a half hours. In total, you will pay for the ticket 24,60 EUR.
Bus + metro + tram
If you have more time and want to save some money, take the following route.
- Bus 351 to the Nation terminus – 2,10 EUR
- Metro line 6 to Place d'Italie station
- Metro line 7 to Villejuif-Aragon station – 2,10 EUR both metro rides together
- Tram line 7 to Orly airport – 2,10 EUR
All in all, the cheapest way to get there costs only 6,30 EUR and takes about 2.5 hours. However, three tickets ticket t+ at €2.10 each can be bought directly from the machine at CDG airport and used for each ride in turn.
The price of a taxi to Orly airport is calculated according to the taximeter and depending on the traffic you pay between 75 EUR and 85 EUR.
Trains to the whole of France
In addition to the train station for trains to central Paris, between Terminal 2 there is a long-distance station for TGV high-speed trains that take you directly from the airport to all of France without changing trains.
For the lowest price, always buy your tickets online at the official French Railways website: sncf.connect.com
There is also a direct bus service from the airport „Magical Shuttle“ to Disneyland Paris. Departures run from terminals 1 and 2 approximately every hour. It takes three quarters of an hour to an hour to get there and pay 23 EUR.
If you are heading to Paris, we strongly advise against travelling by car, getting around the city is impossible from a tourist perspective by car.
However, if you want to head straight from CDG airport to explore the French countryside, renting a car is the most flexible option.
You will find many car rental companies of well-known brands at the airport, compare all prices at one click via rentalcars.com.
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