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Paris Transportation Tips

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In case of strikes/gréves


Alternative methods of transportation between the Roissy/Charles de Gaulle airport into Paris include the Roissy bus, the Air France bus and private shuttle services.




One of the funiculars that run to the top of Montmartre has reopened.


Both cabins have been out of service (one for scheduled service and the other broke down).  

How to travel between Paris and the Charles de Gaulle airport


Hint: have coins handy in case you want to buy your ticket into Paris with the automatic kiosk instead of waiting in line.


American credit cards do not have the common "puce"/identity square on their cards.


I have prepared a scenario of what to expect when you arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport and general information about transportation and the town of Roissy.


Charles de Gaulle to Paris transportation


Below you will find some general information about your Charles de Gaulle to Paris transportation options before leaving on vacation,


Put in the following address: and make your selection.


Click on "Airport access"-- map shows how to get to the airport, click on "Airlines" for a list of airlines and their respective terminal).


Look for the tabs: Access, Orly and CDG? Click on CDG.

New tabs open that say "Transport Modes".

You are given the choice of RER B, Roissybus, and Noctilien. Click on each and you will receive further information: prices, times, stops, etc.


The alternative recommended transportation is the Air France bus information above.


The distance between Paris and Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport is 20 kilometers (15 miles).


Roissy is located in Zone 5 – Paris center is zones 1 and 2 and the trip takes 30 minutes on Line B to Gare du Nord.


Frequent CDG flyers, buy the 10-ticket carnet (book) for around 62 euros. It is essentially 10 tickets for the price of eight.



If you see two RER trains waiting at the platform, one is a local and the other is a direct train into Paris, with the first stop Gare du Nord. Direct trains run depending on time of day and time of year.


Look at the boards posted on the platform.



Terminals 1 and 2 are also served by the bus lines 350 (Gare de l'Est - Charles de Gaulle airport) and 351 (Nation - Charles de Gaulle airport).

These 2 bus lines run every day of the week, but not at night:

350 last departure: 21:30 (3 metro tickets)
351 last departure: 20:20 (3 metro tickets)



   Take the RER into Paris. This RER B runs between 5 a.m. and midnight on weekdays - every 15 minutes. Gare de Nord is the first stop on the most direct train, Châtelet is the last stop on the right bank. St. Michel is the first stop on the left bank.


Charles de Gaulle/Roissy airport is located in Zone 5 – Paris center is zones 1 and 2 and the trip takes 30 minutes on Line B to Gare du Nord.


The RER ticket is a combination ticket and is good for one transfer onto a metro at any station. This ticket  costs under 10 euros per person one way. Prices are subject to change.


Frequent CDG flyers, buy the 10-ticket carnet (book) for about 62 euros. It is essentially 10 tickets for the price of eight. If you plan frequent trips between CDG and Paris, buy them in Paris at the metro ticket window or in the kiosks near the ticket windows. They do not expire. Prices are subject to change.


If you see two RER trains waiting at the platform, one is a local and the other is a direct train into Paris, with the first stop Gare du Nord.


Look at the boards posted on the platform.


Visit Colleen's Paris blog for ticket information as well.


SNCF/RER If you are planning a day trip outside of Paris, the SNCF/RER website enables you to find out the times of departures and returns, how long it will take and how much it will cost. Once in your village, you should be able to use your metro/bus tickets from Paris if they are purple.


Visit my Colleen's Paris page where I have provided a translation of the words and phrases on the SNCF website and instructions on how to use it.


City Bus

Terminals 1 and 2 are also served by the bus lines 350 (Gare de l'Est - Charles de Gaulle airport) and 351 (Nation - Charles de Gaulle airport).

These 2 bus lines run every day of the week, but not at night:

350 last departure: 21:30 (3 metro tickets)
351 last departure: 20:20 (3 metro tickets)

Cursor down to "Bon à savoir"

Click on Accèss aéroports"

Cursor down to "CDG" for bus and RER info

Click on your transport choice for a route map


There is no night bus for CDG only Orly.



The map


You will LOVE this map!


Ask for the Grand Plan de Paris (no.2); not the "Petit" (if you receive the petit, buy a magnifying glass!!)


On one side of the Grand Plan is the metro map with street names, on the reverse is the bus map with street names.

It is color-coded with bus and metro numbers and their end stations and stops.




Paris Visite travel card


The Paris Visite website provides up-to-date prices.  The travel card is also good for discounts with a limited number of partners for reduced admission prices, sightseeing, shopping, dining and shows.


"What is the Paris Visite card?"

Paris Visite is a travel card pass that enables you to use all the public transport services. It is a good way to get around Paris and its region! (If you do not use the weekly card).


Paris Visite pass can be purchased in all Metro, RER, Transilien SNCF stations, bus terminal ticket counters, RATP Boutiques, RATP sales desks at Orly and CDG airports and Paris tourist offices.


At the airport, buy it at the TGV ticket office (Paris by train ticket counter below the Sheraton hotel).


This RATP website lists the following locations to buy a Paris Visite, including their official partner for the United States.


ParisVisite is on sale in all metro stations, RER stations, commercial agencies, bus terminus sales windows, SNCF suburban train stations, Paris airports and the offices of the Paris Tourist Office. Abroad, it is on sale at travel agents and tour operators.


In France :

Metro stations, RER stations, certain commercial agencies, bus terminus sales windows, SNCF suburban train stations, Paris airports and in 150 Paris hotels


Paris OpenTour

Tel. 01 42 66 56 56


Paris Tourist and Congress Offices:

Opéra-Grands Magasins, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Carrousel du Louvre.


For visitors to the capital

a single number : 0 892 68 3000 (0.34 euro/minute)


In the United States

 Euroquest USA

Tel. 1 20 121 600 24 


Paris Tourist Office on-line boutique


Disneyland® Paris travel information (RER is handicap accessible)


For lost and found information :

Bureau des Objets Trouvés
de la Préfecture de Police
36, rue des Morillons
Paris 15ème - Tel: 01 40 30 52 00

(on the corner of rue des Morillons / rue de Dantzig)
Metro : Convention,  Bus : 89


These offices are open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday and Wednesday. 8:30am to 8:00pm Tuesday and Thursday (8:00am to 5:00pm July/August). 8:30am to 5:30pm on Fridays. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.



Double decker on the Open Tour bus

If you decide to ride around on a double-decker tour bus for a day or two, the Open Tour bus operates seven days a week, and stops at many of the regular bus stops and will cost 24 euros for one day or 26 euros for two days. It operates in cooperation with the RATP (the Paris metro and bus system).


 Go to for maps and information on this double decker.


Planning on staying in Paris and playing with the buses, ask for the GRAND PLAN DE PARIS (No. 2)  at any metro ticket counter. On one side is an invaluable bus map and on the other, the metro map.


Air France bus

To reach the information for the Air France buses scroll down their information page and click on the word "Lignes" - bus lines.


The buses (autocars) run between Orly and downtown, Charles de Gaulle and downtown, CDG and Orly and CDG and Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse.


Once on their website, click on "lignes" for the route.


Click on the number in the circle for hours (horaires), prices (tarifs), prices if you are in a group for four or more, map and address, etc.


"Infos pratiques" informs you from where the buses depart at the airports .


Buy your ticket directly from the bus driver or you can buy them in advance.


This chart gives the basics on prices and information. Go to the website for more details.


The Air France bus website is available in English - at the top of the page choose between French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.)

Click on “lignes” and choose your destination to or from Charles de Gaulle:

  • Porte Maillot/Arc de Triomphe (line 2);

  • Orly airport (line 3) or

  • Gare de Lyon/Montparnasse (line 4).

Air France Buses
Orly and Montparnasse/Invalides  6 a.m. to 11 p.m. leaves every 15 minutes and takes about 35 min 8 euros one way-12 euros round trip (aller retour) CDG and Porte Maillot (Bd Gouvion St-Cyr)/Arc de Triomphe (1, avenue Carnot)  5:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. leaves every 15 minutes and takes about 45 min

 12 euros one way -18 euros round trip (aller retour)

6 euros 2-11 years CDG and Orly 6 a.m. (7 a.m. weekends) to 11:30 p.m. every 30 minutes about 50 min

16 euros one way

8 euros 2-11 years CDG and Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; leaves every 30 minutes and takes about 50 minutes

12 euros one way - 18 euros round trip (aller retour)

6 euros 2-11 years


If you are flying with American Airlines, for example, you arrive in Terminal 2A close to door (porte)  5. Ask your airline in which terminal you arrive and the website will give you more details as outlined above.


From Charles de Gaulle to Porte Maillot and Arc de Triomphe:


Terminal 2A, door 6


From Charles de Gaulle to Orly:


Terminal 2A, door C2 (which means Terminal 2C - walking distance from 2A)


From Charles de Gaulle to Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse:


Terminal 2A, door C2.

Paris Visite card


Buy the Paris Visite card at metro counters, on line through the Paris Tourist Office, train stations, etc. See article to the left



Paris Museum Pass


The Paris Tourist Office has an online boutique if you would like to buy your museum pass before you leave home.


Visit their website to find out the options for obtaining your pass.

List of possible museums to visit in Paris with this pass




Map of the Roissybus route

Winter hours

Summer hours


Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle 2, Roissy Charles de Gaulle 1, and Terminal 3 :

Place de l'Opéra (rue Scribe)
From 5:45 am to 11 pm*

Roissy Charles de Gaulle 2, Roissy Charles de Gaulle 1, and Terminal 3 to Paris :
From 6 am to 11 pm*
Frequency every 15 minutes (every 20 minutes after 7 pm*)


Roissy CDG 2 Terminals 2A and 2C Exit 9 from Terminal 2A Roissy CDG 2 Terminals 2B and 2D Exit 11 from Terminal 2D Roissy CDG 2 Terminals 2E and 2F Exit 5 on the gallery Roissy T3 in front of the air terminal Roissy CDG 1 - exit 30 - Arrival Level

Average trip time between Place de l'Opéra and Roissy Charles de Gaulle : 45 minutes
Fare : 8,20 euros* (free for children under 5 years)

* Scheduling and prices subject to modifications.

  Airport access information:

The RATP (transportation authority in Paris) provides additional information about airport access using public transportation on their website.

Click on this map for better viewing of Roissybus and RER access to Charles de Gaulle/Roissy airport:





Eurostar  Use the United Kingdom for the largest selection of hotel + train combinations (prices will be quoted in British pounds).


For some reason, the United States website does not provide the same hotel options as the UK and French sites.


If you are not interested in hotels use the United States link for prices in dollars. This will also be a good comparison tool to use with other rail websites.


My recent round trip voyage from Gare du Nord was purchased through the Eurostar website for 100 euros.


From Paris you leave out of Gare du Nord. British immigration takes place at the Paris train station.


Things to consider:

You may come out ahead ordering from the States and receive 1st class tickets instead of economy.


Using the Eurostar-UK website you can obtain combine train + hotel packages.


I found a seating map on the UK website (it was not available from the US website)


Eurostar - homepage


The Eurostar - Travelers in wheel chairs.


Immediately on the "Book Online" page of the Eurostar homepage (UK) you can select the link "Wheelchair user?".


Passengers in wheel chairs can reserve a specifically-designated space in either Leisure Select class or Business Premier class. One person may travel with you at a reduced rate.


Seat type (description, seat width and leg room)

Space for wheel chair - 665 mm (509 mm if the armrest is lowered)

Seat reserved for traveling companion -  665 mm (509 mm if the armrest is lowered).


Legroom: 925 mm


Are you in a motorized wheel chair?

Passengers wishing to take their motorized chair for the voyage are allowed to keep them with you on board the Eurostar with any additional cost in the Eurostar’s special baggage compartment.


Access to the trains and the platform are by ramp and lifts.  


The wheel chair should have a width less than 100 cm (1 meter).


In order to assure that a special seat is available for your voyage, including connections during peak periods and peak times (weekend, holidays, school holidays), you are advised to notify Eurostar before your arrival by calling:


Eurodespatch at 0044 (0)8705 850850 daily between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Important information from the UK Eurostar website:


"Do you use a mobility scooter?

Travellers who require mobility scooters to be taken with them during their journeys may carry them on board Eurostar without additional charge in the special luggage hold on our trains.


In order for the scooter to be able to access our platforms and trains via the lifts and ramps, it should not exceed 100cm (1 metre) in width.


To make sure that space is made available on busier services and during peak travel times such as Weekends, Bank Holidays and School Holidays, you should advise Eurostar in advance of your arrival by calling Eurodespatch (08705 850850 from 07:00 to 21:00 daily).


Please note:

If you arrive unannounced at Eurostar terminals we cannot guarantee the required space on your intended service.


Scooters that use combustible fuel cannot be carried on any Eurostar service only battery-powered mobility scooters are allowed."


Seat map from UK website - The Eurostar website says that their trains are larger than  jumbo jets; they have counted the seats!


Travel Deals with Eurostar

You will find travel deals (train + hotel) on the the UK website that are not available on the USA website.


Their website provides suggestions and a rate calendar (some days being less expensive to stay at a particular hotel than other days).



UK website with getaway packages

Are you planning a combination UK/France or London/Paris holiday ?


I found a UK website with getaway packages including either Eurostar+hotel or renting a car in France+hotels.




"We are a family of 5 traveling to Paris in June. we are taking the Eurostar to Gare du Nord from London. We have rented an apartment in Le Marais near St Paul metro.  What would be the best way to get to our apartment with 5 suitcases?  We arrive at 7pm on a Tue night so I guess it will be busy.  Thank you. DF"


Not knowing the ages in your group, mobility and finances, I have two suggestions:
1. Take the metro from Gare du Nord to Bastille (line 5 direction Place d'Italie) (10 minutes or less); change to line 1 (direction La Defense) and go one stop to Saint-Paul. (Buy a carnet of 10 tickets at the machine -- about 11 euros)
2. Take a G7 taxi to your hotel from Gare du Nord.
Here is the procedure:
  1. Reserve a taxi
  2. Driver meets you at the end of platform with a white sign and your name on it
  3. He/she takes you out to his taxi at the taxi stand in front of Gare du Nord (a vehicle that accommodates up to 7 people -- a normal taxi only takes four)
  4. Cost is between 25 and 30 euros, according to the taxi driver with whom I spoke, and should include passengers and luggage.
G7 is a regular taxi company that takes reservations and credit cards (usually).
Reserve by internet:
Or call the English language line: country code 33, city code 1, then 41 27 66 99.
In country dial 01 41 27 66 99.


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