There is a flat rate for the Paris taxis from CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport to the city center. 50 euros Right Bank/55 euros Left Bank. Make sure to have cash. I didn’t have euros coming back from my hotel to the airport and the taxi driver followed me inside to an ATM to make sure she was paid.
RER B is easy to get to directly from CDG. The cost is 11.40 euros and it should take around 35 minutes. This is the fastest and cheapest option. Follow the signs to the train from your terminal. You will purchase your train ticket from a kiosk or you can stand in line to buy it in person. The lines can be long, I recommend buying from the machine. Make sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling and have cash just in case. I have had the machines turn down my card before just because it was a US card and I didn’t have cash. The train will take you into Gare du Nord and you can transfer to the metro with your same ticket. Make sure to keep it with you, as you will need it to exit and transfer.
If you are looking for a quick way to beat traffic into the city, this is it. You can easily jump in a taxi or uber once you get to your stop. Make sure to read my safety tips for riding the RER.
The train makes 4 stops inside the city so depending on where your final destination is, plan accordingly. There is Denfert-Rochereau, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Châtelet-Les-Halles, and Gare du Nord.
Bus two options
Roissy Bus 12.50 euros. Average ride time is around 60 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy this at a kiosk at CDG or directly on the bus. Make sure you have cash if the machine isn’t working. If you are staying close to Opèra take the Roissy Bus. It drops off right in front and they run pretty frequently. You can jump in an uber or taxi from here once you are in the center of the city. Montmartre is also not far so this is a great landing spot if you don’t want to take the train.
Le Bus Direct has three drop off points, Montparnasse (14.50 euros), Eiffel Tower (14.50 euros), and Paris-Orly (18 euros). You can find a kiosk to purchase tickets.
I have been told there is a flat rate for Uber to and from the airport. On the way to my Paris Perfect Apartment close to the Eiffel Tower it was 55 euros. It was so convenient as the car pickup point was right outside American Airlines terminal. It was a quick request before my driver arrived and helped with my baggage. On the way back to CDG from a friend’s who lives close to Gare du Nord, it was 35 euros. My flight was very early in the morning so I called the car at 6 am. It was less than a 30 minute ride with no traffic. Just make sure to check the price before you confirm the ride.
I have heard from several people that they recommend Victor Cabs which was originally a referral from Paris Perfect Rentals. I used them in October and it was easy once the driver located us from the pickup location in the airport. The cost is higher than other services at 75 euros for 1-2 people. Make sure to book ahead to secure your car.
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