Arriving in Charles de Gualle airport (CDG) in Paris might be confusing, especially for the first timer. It’s one of the busiest airports in Europe and also the largest one in Paris. If you’re about to make your first trip to Paris, you might want to do some research about the transportation alternatives from the airport to the city, just to make sure that your trip will be hassle-free. Here’s some options for you 😉
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1. Taxi & Shuttle
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The most common one in every country. Taxis in CDG airport are widely available throughout Terminal 1 and 2. It might be your easiest choice, considering you must be bringing heavy luggages with you. But please note that the maximum number of passengers in Parisian taxi is limited to 3 adults only, that’s because the front passenger seat is often used to store some of the driver’s personal belonging like bottled drinks, newspaper, and stuffs – I don’t know why. You can however pre-book the taxi by phone if you’re a group of 4 and they will surcharge you for additional passenger. Or, you can take the mini van.
Or better yet, you can take the shuttle. Private shuttle service is probably one of the best value service for travellers. They offer you fixed price, the driver usually speak English very well, and they’re just more trustworthy. One of the trusty premium shuttle service in Paris is called T2 Transfer, you can book the service beforehand and have no worry later (min 48 hours before arrival). They offer a pretty fair rate with a maximum of 8 passengers. At the airport, the driver will be waiting for you with a sign board of your name. It will be easier for you to find your ride to the city, or to the Disneyland.
Train in Paris is known as RER (Réseau Express Régional), which is basically metro system to and from the suburbs area of the city, like airport, disneyland, etc. It’s probably the cheapest and the fastest transportation from CDG to the city you can find.
But if you’re bringing some luggages with you, it might not be a smooth ride. Public train and luggage just doesn’t seem to work well, IMHO. And not to mention, you have to walk through several stairs and escalator, so…. But anyway, if you will be traveling with train, go check http://www.ratp.fr/ and have a look at the map. That might help you arranging your travel plan.
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There are several bus in CDG Airport that will that you to the city : Roissybus, Le Bus Direct, and Bus 350 & 351. I don’t recommend taking bus from CDG to the city, though. It might take a long time (longer than taxi or shuttle) and you don’t want to waste your time on your first day in Paris 😉
If you’re about to the the bus though, you can purchase your ticket at the airport bus stop, at metro or RER station (for some bus service), or you can buy it from the driver.
4. Private Car
For those of you who happen to have internet connection, you can try some private car service like Uber. Or you can rent a car through some agencies available at the airport. But they might not offer you the best rate you can afford.
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I’d say, train might be the cheapest and fastest option out there, but if you’re arriving in Paris, for the first time, after a very a long overnight flights, I’d recommend taking the T2 Transfer service. You can even book the service before arriving so you’ll have no time worrying about how to get to the city later. So easy and convenient.
That’s all for now.
Safe travel, and have fun!