Summary

Paris Charles de Gaulle Roissy (CDG) is the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow. It is about 25km from Notre Dame, for example, in the centre of Paris.

There are three terminals, Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Be prepared for lots of walking in this airport; and if you are departing from CDG make sure you leave enough time to navigate all the queues and security checks (which can be lengthy).

If you arrive by Eurostar from London your journey will terminate at the Gare du Nord which is well connected on the Paris Metro in the centre of the city.

For travel by train/metro around Paris we recommend reading Paris By Train. They have a very nice explanation of tickets (1.90 euros for a metro, tram, or bus ticket. Can also be used on the RER regional train within zones 1 and 2)

Logistics

Train: We think the train is the cheapest, quickest and easiest option to get to Paris. Take the RER-B train from CDG (30 minutes to Gard du Nord, or 40 minutes to St Michel Notre Dame). This is a regional Train. Terminal-3 is served by the stop for Terminal-1. It is about 10 euros for a single to Paris. For travel by train/metro around Paris we recommend Paris By Train

CDG is also a stop on the mainline SNCF network for the the fast TGV intercity train. You can get this from Terminal-2. Here is a map of the national TGV network

The CDGVAL is an automated metro that operates between the terminals every 4 minutes. It stops at the train stations for the terminals.

Coach: There are a number of bus options to the centre of Paris, some of which are more expensive and take longer than the train (!) Putting those to one side:

  • Bus-350: goes to the Gare de l@est. 6 euros, 70 to 80 minutes with good traffic
  • Bus-351: goes to Paris (Nation). 6 euros, 70 to 80 minutes with good traffic

There are quite a number of bus options and we recommend reading the page on buses from Paris By Train for a more detailed explanation

Taxi: Where to get a taxi depends on your terminal so please note the following. Terminal 1: exit 24 on the arrivals level / Terminal 2A: exit 6 / Terminal 2C: exit 14 / Terminal 2D: exit 7 / Terminal 2E: gate 10 on the arrivals level/ Terminal 2F: gate 11 ont the arrivals level / Terminal 3: exit of the arrivals hall / Terminal 2G: blue gate

50 euros to the Right Bank in the centre or Paris, or 55 euros to the Left Bank in the centre of Paris. Taxi Fares by location (PDF)

Car Hire: Lots of choices! with the usual big global brands such as Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Budget, Sixt . TravelSupermarket (UK site) will compare some car hire prices for you

Stay

Here is a start:

  • Residhome Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux is a great mid-range hotel just outside the tourist centre in Issy. It is in a the busy Issy business district and is well served with restaurants and some bars outside. The rooms also have a kitchen area and there is an excellent supermarket just outside; so after a hard day if you do not have the energy to go to a restaurant and just want something simple this is a great choice. Rooms from £80 on expedia (October 2016).

    Take the RER-B train from CDG, change at Saint Michel Notre-Dam onto the RER-C train. Get off at Issy – Val de Seine; then either walk 5 minutes, or get onto the T2 tram for one stop south to Jacques-Henri Lartigue .

  • The Mercure is a dependable chain of mid to upper-mid range range hotels. A number of choices in Paris

  • Ibis Hotels have in the past been a bit more down at heal but have been improving. They are owned by Accor Hotels, the same chain that own the Mercure chain. Again, a number of choices in Paris

Eat

Eat in the hotel, or if you fancy venturing out:

Top tip: given a choice between restaurants that have French-only menus, and those that have translated menus we suggest going for the restaurant with French-only menus

See

Resources

covers tweets for both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports