Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is the major international airport in Paris and the second largest in numbers of passengers in Europe after Heathrow Airport (London). In 2017, over 69 million passengers flew from its terminals. It is also known as Roissy - Charles de Gaulle.
Charles de Gaulle Airport has three terminals and the second one has several interconnected lobbies. A light-rail shuttle links these three terminals (except hall 2G) and is free.
Getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle
Airport transfer service
The easiest and most relaxing way to get to the city centre is booking an airport transfer service. The driver of the car will be waiting for you at the arrival terminal with a sign with your name on it and will take you to your hotel in the shortest possible time.
A taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Paris takes approximately half an hour and costs between € 50 (US$ 56.50) and € 55 (US$ 62.20). There is an extra charge of 15% from 5 pm until 10 am. This supplement also applies on Sundays and public holidays.
The line B of the RER train (Paris’ express train) connects Charles de Gaulle Airport with the city centre in half an hour. The most important stops include Gare de Nord (25 minutes), Châtelet-Les-Halles (28 minutes), and Denfert-Rochereau (35 minutes). A train leaves the airport every 10 – 15 minutes.
A single-journey from Charles de Gaulle to Paris costs € 10 (US$ 11.30) (zones 1-5). This ticket is also valid if you need to take the metro (subway) from one of the train stations to get to your hotel.
The Roissybus is a bus connecting the airport with Place Charles Garnier, next to Place de l’Opéra, taking 60 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 11EUR. The bus runs from Charles de Gaulle to Paris from 6 am to 12:30 am, departing every 15-30 minutes and from 5:15 am to 12:30 am from Opéra to Charles de Gaulle.
The Roissybus stops at all the airport terminals (except 2G) before heading to the city centre, dropping its passengers off at rue Scribe at the corner of rue Auber.
Two local buses connect this airport with the city centre:
- Bus 350: From Charles de Gaulle to Gare de l’Est.
- Bus 351: From Charles de Gaulle to Place de la Nation.
Both buses take over an hour to get to Paris and they leave the airport every 15 – 35 minutes.
Bus 350: Charles de Gaulle to the centre: 6 am to 10:30 pm
City centre to Charles de Gaulle: 5:30 am to 9:30 pm
Bus 351: Charles de Gaulle to the centre: 5:30 am to 8:20 pm.
City centre to Charles de Gaulle: 7 am to 9:30 pm.
A one-way costs € 6 (US$ 6.80) if the tickets are purchased on board.
There are two night buses called Noctilien, 140 and 143, connecting Charles de Gaulle with Gare de l’Est. A one-way ticket costs € 8 (US$ 9.10)
Les Cars Air France bus
Air France offers several routes from Charles de Gaulle to the center and to Orly Airport. A one-way ticket to Champs-Élysées costs € 17 (US$ 19.20), and € 21 (US$ 23.70) to Orly Airport.