How do I get into Central Paris from CDG airport?
Well there are several alternatives. Personally when I arrive in Paris I head straight for the taxi ramp outside arrivals doors.
(NB: Paris taxis take cash only and don’t take credit cards so withdraw cash at the airport first. I use my handycard with a PIN number and withdraw from the ATM’s on the upper floor of the airport)
You can also get a pre-paid transfer with a person waiting for you with your name on a card and a car outside. That’s nice. Will cost around $140 AUD for 2 people door to door. Click here to order one
If you are hiring a car from CDG note that some car hire places are downstairs under terminals 2B and 2D in what they call the Gallery or something. The larger companies have a desk in more than one terminal i.e. Avis (Terminals 1, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2) and Hertz (Terminals 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F).
Or you can: take the train, the Roissy Bus or the Air France bus.
On the map above you can see that the TGV (for outside Paris journeys) and RER stations (for Paris and Orly airport connection) are underneath Terminal 2, between terminals 2C/2E and 2D/2F. Follow the signs on the travelator to the Sheraton hotel from the airport terminal you arrived at. Schlep your suitcases down the escalators or take the lifts and then buy an RER ticket to where you want to go. The trip to Gare du Nord takes about 45 minutes and when you get to Gare du Nord you can either get off there or stay on the train to metro station Chatelet or St- Michel Notre Dame on the left bank. Or you can stay on the train all the way from CDG to Orly airport on the other side of Paris if you need to catch a domestic flight within France or to Spain for example. Remember you will have corridors and stairs to negotiate to exit the metro or catch a connecting line. Not fun. But cheap. Check out this website here that gives you even more info on how to take the train into and out of Paris: www.parisbytrain.com
Or you can take the Air France Bus called Les Cars which depart every 20 mins outside various terminals at CDG airport. Look for the big white buses and the pickup signs for them.
You pay the driver cash of about 15 euros pp and it drops you at either Porte Maillot (edge of Paris centre) or at the Arc de Triomphe from when you must negotiate the metro to your hotel or grab a taxi form the taxi rank nearby. Remember taxis in France do not have credit card facilities – CASH ONLY
You can take the ROISSY BUS which is your cheapest option if you are staying near the Opera district of Paris. The Roissy bus takes about 40 minutes (except in peak hour when it can take 1-2 hours!) but costs only about 9 euros pp. It ends outside the Opera Garnier. Then you grab a taxi to wherever or take the metro if you have got a ticket. Or walk with your luggage somewhere close.