Cheap Transportation to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Getting to CDG by RER Train or Bus (Le Bus Direct / Les Cars Air France, Roissybus, Noctilien)

Getting to Charles de Gaulle Airport from Paris or Val d’Europe (Euro Disneyland) is easiest by RER train or by bus (Le Bus Direct / Les Cars Air France, Roissybus, Noctilien, VEA Shuttle).

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Ground transportation to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) from downtown Paris, Paris neighborhoods, and Val d’Europe (Disneyland Resort Paris) is easiest, cheapest, and often fastest by train or bus. Suburban train RER line B3 goes from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport while several bus services are available on Les Cars Air France, Roissybus, Noctilien Night Bus, and Val d’Europe (VEA) Shuttle.

For small groups, using a private airport shuttle service or even taxis may be worth the splurge giving the convenience of going directly to the hotel destination without having to transit or struggle with luggage through busy stations. However, for shuttle van get several quotations as prices tend to vary widely. Airport shuttle vans are usually not directly affected but allow plenty of time to reach the airport when periodic transportation strikes bring Parisian traffic to a crawl. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers. Depending on the time of travel and distance, groups as small as three or four may travel cheaper by taxi than public transportation.

Suburban RER Train Line B to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris fast suburban train system (RER) offers a reliable way to get to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. RER Line B3 trains go to Aéroport Charles de Gaulle with stops at amongst others Gare du Nord, Châtelet – Les Halle, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, and Luxembourg. Easy transfers (correspondence) are possible from other RER and metro lines. It is probably the most popular way of traveling to France’s premier airport.

  • Traveling time is around half an hour to central Paris with a one-way fare of €11,40  or Paris Forfait Navigo zone 1-5. Only the much slower public buses are cheaper.
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Public Buses to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public buses offer a cheap alternative from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport:

  • The Roissybus runs between Opéra Garnier and Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle from around 6 am to 11 pm. The one-way fare is €12.50 or Paris Visite / Forfait Navigo zone 1-5.
  • The Noctilien Night Buses offer transportation between Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle and various stations in central Paris. Fares depend on the destination but can be as low as €8 or Paris Visite / Forfait Navigo zone 1-5.

Le Bus Direct (Les Cars Air France) Buses to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Luxury buses operated by Le Bus Direct (previously Les Car Air France) offer a more comfortable (and more expensive way) to travel between central Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport. In contrast to the RER train and Roissybus, these shuttle buses have comfortable seats and sufficient space for luggage. Buses are available to Port Maillot, Etoile / Champs Elysées, Tracadero, Eiffel Tower, Gare Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, and Orly Airport. One-way fares are €17.

Val d’Europe Airports Shuttles (VEA) to Disneyland Resort Paris

Val d’Europe Airports (VEA) shuttle buses connect Disneyland Resort Paris and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. These shuttle buses stop at many Disneyland hotels en route. However, at €23 one-way, small groups may often find a private shuttle or even taxis (according to meter but around €60 to €80) to be better value.

Transportation options to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) are mostly a trade-off between convenience and expense. Public buses and trains are cheaper but do not offer luggage facilities and it is often a struggle with heavy luggage through busy stations.

Smaller groups may find pre-booked private airport shuttles – compare services as prices vary – or even taxis worth the convenience of going directly to the hotel or final destination. Suntransfers give  online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.

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