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Express train RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris
Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris in 30mn by the fast 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: 11.40€ one-way per person (free for children below 4, and 7€ from 4 to 9); it's valid in the Metro, allowing you to reach your destination.
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 RER 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’.
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 and credit cards, Euro cash and banknotes.
Select your language, then the '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'; insert your ticket in the slot on the ticket barriers.
Go to the train platform, get on, you’re en route for Paris!
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 in Paris!
Where to get the 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 go down using the escalators or lifts.
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; you can pay by debit and credit cards, Euro cash and banknotes.
How to get to the platform?
You'll see the sign ‘Vers Paris'; pass your ticket through the barrier ticket slot then go down to the train platforms.
Frequency of RER trains for Paris?
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 last at 0.15am.
Which 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 for CDG) will be very busy, as many serve all stations between the airport and Paris to allow the airport staff to commute; this means that you won't have a seat.
Be also aware that RER trains don’t have luggage racks.
So, better check 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 first stop is CDG1 Roissypole).
The RER is part of the RATP transport company Paris & Ile de France.
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