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Express train RER from CDG Airport to Paris
Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris in 30mn by the express RER train link
The express train link RER is the second most popular means of transport from CDG airport to Paris after the taxi.
It’s also fast and good value for money, but as with any other options, it has its pros and cons.
The good thing is that it’ll take you the centre of Paris in 25-35mn.
The latter is also where you'll get the bus or the RER to Orly airport.
The cost of the RER ticket is also quite attractive (2019 price): 11.40€ one-way per person (free for children below 4, and 7€ from 4 to 9).
The good news is that your ticket is also valid in the Metro, allowing you to reach your destination, so keep it after exiting the RER!
It’s therefore still cheaper than the taxi for a family/group of 4, but you'll have to deal with your luggage (see last paragraph).
Where to get the express RER train in CDG Terminal 1?
The free shuttle CDGVAL links the Terminal to CDG1 RER station in Roissypole at Terminal 3.
Once you've collected your luggage and exited the custom area on Arrival level, follow the sign 'Trains'.
Go to lift A, where you'll see the sign 'CDGVAL - Airport shuttle'. Once in the lift, press 'Level 2 CDGVAL Roissypole'.
Exit and walk through the automatic doors that lead to the platform for the shuttle station; get off at the 2nd stop, Roissypole.
Once there, take the escalator and follow the sign 'Paris RER'.
You'll find the ticket vending machines in the RER station hall; you can pay by debit or credit cards, Euros cash and banknotes.
Select your language, then 'Paris Ile de France' option and follow the instructions.
You can also buy your ticket at the counter if you prefer; same methods of payment are accepted.
The ticket barriers are next to the vending machines and you'll see the sign 'Paris '; inset your ticket in the barrier slot.
Go to the train platform, get on, you're on your way to Paris!
Where to get the express train RER in CDG Terminal 2?
CDG2 (T2) RER-TGV station is in the terminal, 2 levels below.
You access it directly on foot from Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F.
Follow the signs marked 'Trains pour Paris', along the corridors and moving sidewalks, then use the escalators or lifts to go down.
Terminal 2G is served by a free shuttle bus N2 that leaves at 2F from gate 2.10.
Terminal 3 is next to Roissypole CDG1 RER station, so you access on foot.
You'll find many ticket vending machines; same methods of payment as above.
You'll see the sign 'Vers Paris'; go through the barrier then down to the platform.
Frequency of RER trains for Paris?
Express RER trains leave every day, every 6-15mn from the RER-TGV station.
The first RER leaves CDG Terminal 2 at 4.50am and the last train at 11.50pm.
Returning to CDG: the first RER leaves Gare du Nord at 4.53am and the lats at 0.15am.
Which express RER train to take?
It's better to get an express train.
As anywhere else rush hour trains (usually after 5pm from CDG and before 7am to CDG) will be very busy.
Many indeed serve all stations between the airport and Paris to allow airport staff to commute; this means that you won't have a seat.
Be also aware that RER trains don't have baggage racks.
So, better have a look at the TV screens on the platforms to check the number of stops and destination.
From CDG, the RER B terminus is Saint-lès-Chevreuse.
From Paris, choose RER B direction Charles de Gaulle Airport 2 - TGV (the 1st stop is CDG1 Roissypole).
The RER is part of the RATP* transport company Paris & Ile de France.
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