Transportation from Paris Airport to City Center

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Transfer Options from Paris Airport to City Center

Transfer options from Paris Airport to the Paris city center are miscellaneous. Paris airport taxis (Taxi Parisien) leave from the terminals’ taxi stands and head to the iconic city, offering set prices to their passengers, although being overall metered. On the other hand, RoissyBus, local buses, and night shuttles link the airport to Paris downtown, while RER B airport trains provide effective rail connections to the city’s heart. Last but not least, CDG Airport houses several private transfer companies. In contrast, Paris airport car rentals are always a good alternative for visitors outweighing their independence over the Paris road traffic and hassle.

 

OptionsPrice (€)Price ($)Duration
Taxi - Right Bank
Taxi - Left Bank
53€
58€
53$
58$
45 min
50 min
RoissyBus13.70€13.70$60 min
Bus Lines 350+3511.90€1.90$70-80 min
RER B Train11.40€11.40$40 min

CDG Paris Airport to City Center by Taxi

Paris airport taxis combine comfort with door-to-door services and hassle-free rides. They are definitely not a low-cost transfer option to your hotel. Still, they will drop you off right at your destination, while they are “life-saving” in case of heavy luggage or traveling with children. In any case, airport taxis in Paris have set fares for their rides to Paris downtown. Thus, the taxi journey to the right Bank of the Seine (Rive Droite) costs 53€/53$ and to the left side (Rive Gauche) 58€/58$. Luggage and up to 4 passengers raise no extra fee, but a 5th passenger is priced at 4€/4$. What’s more, a 4€/4$ fee is applied for called taxis (instant bookings), whereas “rendez-vous”-scheduled pick-ups cost a supplementary 7€/7$. Payments are accepted in cash or via bank cards. However, as this is not a rule, you should always carry some euros with you and preferably, on small bills.

CDG airport taxi stands are scattered all over the terminals. T1 taxi rank lies just outside Arrivals Exit 24, T2A’s at Exit 6, T2C’s at Exit 14, T2D’s at Exit 7, T2E’s at Gate 10, and T2F’s at Gate 11. Taxis are also lining up outside the Blue Gate of T2G and right in front of the T3 doors. It is highly advisable to hire a taxi ONLY from the official taxi stands and never trust individual drivers who may approach you, as they will almost certainly be going to overcharge you.

Our Tip 1: An English-speaking taxi driver isn’t a given at Paris Airport. Thus, you should have your destination’s location written down to avoid communication issues.

Our Tip 2: During rush hours, the waiting time for a taxi may be long. However, a member of the staff is always standing by to help passengers and make lines move faster. Moreover, the traffic levels are high during peak hours, leading to longer and costlier taxi journeys.

CDG Paris Airport to City Center by Bus

Are you looking for a budget (yet not particularly fast or convenient) option for your transfer from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city center? You can opt for airport buses such as RoissyBus or the cheapest public transportation alternative, Bus Lines 350 and 351. Nevertheless, you should always keep in mind that neither bus route has designated storage areas, while bus rides can be time-consuming in case of heavy traffic, or crowded during rush hours. 

Note: If the bus gets crowded, keep an extra eye on your personal belongings. 

RoissyBus is the most direct bus line to Paris downtown. Heading to Opéra in central Paris, the bus runs from 06:00 am to 00:30 am every 15-20 minutes and needs around 60 minutes to reach its terminus. RoissyBus stops at the airport are located at Exit 32 of T1, Exit 9 of T2A, Exit 11 of T2D, the bus station near Exit 8 of T2E/F, and the-adjacent-to-T3 Roissypôle Bus Station. The bus ticket costs 13.70€/13.70$ and can be bought inside the bus in cash or from the ticket counters and machines of the airport rail stations. Moreover, the Paris Visite travel pass and Navigo Forfaits can be used for the RoissyBus airport transfers. If you settle on a pass, please note that CDG Airport is located in Paris zone 5, so you’ll have to buy a ticket covering zones 1-5. 

On the other hand, Bus Line 350 travels from the airport to Porte de la Chapelle, from 06:05 am to 10:30 pm, calling at the airport bus stops located at Exit 32 of T1, Exit 9 of T2A, Exit 11 of T2D, SNCF Train Station and Roissypôle Bus Station. Its frequency is 15-30 minutes. The bus makes a lot of intermediate stops. Thus, its journey lasts 70 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 2€/2$ or 1 standard ticket t+ and can be purchased in cash from the driver or at the two airport train stations. Bus Line 351 departs from the same bus stops, costing 2€/2$ as well, but ends its journey to Paris Nation after an 80-minute ride. Bus 351 operates from 07:00 am to 09:37 pm every 15-30 minutes. Please remember that the Paris Visite pass and Navigo passes are valid for those transfers too.

Our Tip 1: Are you a late-night traveler? You can hop on one of the two night airport buses (Noctilien bus) heading to Gare de l’ Est. N140 runs 4 times from 01:00 am to 04:00 am, while N143 runs every 30 minutes from midnight to 04:30 am. Both buses stop at Roissypôle Bus Station, TGV Station, and near T1 Exit 8, and cost 3.80€/3.80$ or 2 tickets t+. Alternatively, you can pay for your ride via a Navigo Forfait or the Paris Visite card. In any case, N140’s route lasts 100 minutes, and N143 gets to Gare de l Est in about one hour.

Our Tip 2: If Navigo Forfaits and Paris Visite passes are out of the question, buying a carnet of 10 tickets t+ instead of separate tickets is a value-for-money choice.

CDG Paris Airport to City Center by Train

RER B airport regional trains handle airport transfers from Paris Roissy Airport to downtown. Not subject to traffic, fast and affordable trains run from 04:50 am to 00:50 am with 10-20-minute itineraries and reach their terminus in about 50 minutes. However, Gare du Nord is only 34 minutes away, Châtelet-les-Halles station 37 minutes, and Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, a 40-minute train ride from CDG Airport. Please note that express lines are heading directly to Gare du Nord with no intermediate stops (trains to Massy Palaiseau), and are slightly faster. 

The main airport in Paris has two train stations: Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 situated at  Roissypôle, within a 5-10-minute walking distance from T3, and Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV lying among T2C/D and T2E/F, 10 minutes away from T2A on foot (also connected to TGV Station via the free N1 shuttle) and an N2 shuttle ride from T2G. RER B Trains call at both of them.

The train tickets are available through the stations’ automatic vendors or ticket offices. Foreign credit cards have been reported to be declined by the machines. Thus, you should always carry some euros with you in case the ticket offices are closed (the Billets Paris et Ile de France desks and not the Grandes Lignes counters of TGV Station, which are addressed to intercity travelers). Please remember to hold your ticket until the end of your journey as you are going to use it to exit the rail station, while it is valid for 90-minute metro changes. A single ticket is 11.40€/11.40$ for adults and 8€/8$ for 4-9 children. The Paris Visite cards and Navigo Passes can also be used on RER B trains. However, tickets t+ are valid only for RER transfers around central Paris stations. 

Our Tip 1: Trains are often congested, and unfortunately, pickpocketing incidents come as no surprise during the rides. 

Our Tip 2: Maintenance operations on the RER network are often leading to delays or even itinerary changes. Thus, you should always check the RATP website.

Our Tip 3: Passengers heading from T1 to Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 or from T1 and T3 to SNCF Station have to take the free CDGVAL shuttle train, running every 4 minutes from 04:00 am to 01:00 am, to reach the rail stations.

Car Rental from CDG Paris Airport to City Center

If Paris traffic and lack of parking (at least free) along with driving around a new city don’t discourage you, but you want to rent a car in Paris and get to know the French capital and its close-by areas at your own pace, finding a top car rental deal at CDG Airport shouldn’t be challenging. After all, Roissy Airport shelters various car rental companies and offices. Thus, after picking up your airport car rental, you should take highway A3 and after 6.7km, head to Bd Périphérique towards Quai de Bercy. Taking the Exit to Paris-Center, you’ll continue to Quai de Bercy before getting to Quai de la Rapée, Bd Morland, Quai des Célestins and Quai de l’Hôtel de ville to Rue du Temple. Your ride should be around 35-40 minutes under normal traffic conditions.

Private Airport Transfers from CDG Paris Airport to City Center 

Finally, can you think of a better matching way to travel from CDG Airport to the luxurious and aristocratic center of Paris than with an airport private transfer? By booking a Paris airport private transfer, you’ll have your driver waiting after CDG baggage claim areas, helping you with your luggage and showing you the way to the adjacently parked vehicle, ready to drive you to your accommodation in Paris downtown and give you a first glimpse of the city.

FAQs

How much is a taxi from the airport to Paris?

Paris airport taxis have fixed fares for their rides to Paris downtown. Thus, a taxi ride from the airport to the right bank of the Seine river is 53€/53$, while the journey to the left bank costs 58€/58$, no matter the time of the day, the number of luggage etc.

How much does it cost to get from Paris Airport to Eiffel Tower?

Depending on the chosen transportation method, the airport transfer to Paris city center -the location of the Eiffel Tower- costs from 11.40€/11.40$ if traveling by RER B train, up to 58€/58$ if you opt for an airport taxi.

How far is Eiffel Tower from the airport?

The Eiffel Tower is located 33km from Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Thus, the well-known monument is a 45-minute ride from the main airport in Paris.