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Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)


Charles de Gaulle Airport is located 16 miles (26 km) northeast of the center of the city. Depending on where you are staying in Paris, there are multiple options for the trip to the center.


There are plenty of taxis from CDG. Fare is about 200 francs ($33); higher after 8 P.M. The trip can take around 45 minutes to an hour to the center. It could be traveled in less time, but the traffic during normal business hours is usually bad.

The "B" RER (Suburban Express) train goes from CDG to the Gare du Nord, Chatelet, St. Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal, and Denfert-Rochereau stations. The RER train (we've linked to an RER map) leaves CDG every 15 minutes and has plenty luggage space; it is a very easy way into the city.

A shuttle bus connects CDG's main terminals with the RER station. Travel time to the center of Paris is 30 minutes, and the fare is 5 francs ($10), including a Metro connection. The train is the only way around the traffic and is the best way to get to the center on schedule.

Air France runs a good and comfortable bus service from all terminals. Buses stop at the Porte-Maillot Metro station (at the Air France City Terminal), and the Palais de Congres (Convention Center next to the Concorde-Lafayette and Meridian Hotels), and also at the Place Charles de Gaulle Etoile (near the Arc de Triomphe). The buses leave every 20 minutes and the trip takes from 40-minutes to one hour. The fare is 48 francs ($9).

This is a shuttle to Paris, leaving every 15 minutes from 6 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. The trip takes around 45 minutes and costs about 40 francs ($7).

A shuttle bus runs about every 20 to 30 minutes to Orly Airport from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M. The fare is around 60 Francs ($10). Travel time one hour to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic.

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All the major car rental firms have counters at Charles de Gaulle Airport. If you plan to travel outside the downtown area, a rental car is highly recommended.