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Travel and transportation - Getting from the CDG Airport to Paris

For this page we can assume you've cheated death again and landed, gone through customs and are looking for a ride into Paris from the airport. It's probably been a long flight so we'll give priority here to what's fast, easy and readily available. If you know where you're going in Paris and not carrying tons of luggage, the RER/Metro is your best choice (fast and cheap) - especially during rush hours when the roads are clogged. If not or your destination is not in Paris proper, a taxi would certainly be more convenient.

The Air France Bus would be your first choice if your destination is either the Montparnase or the Gare de Lyon train stations, Porte Maillot or l'Arc de Triomphe.  Air France also runs an express shuttle directly from CDG to the Orly-Ouest and Orly-Sud airport terminals.

Getting to the airport RER station

To get from your airport terminal to the train station located at Terminal 2, you can use the airport shuttle, Navette ADP*, or the travolater (conveyor walkway.)
Terminal n° Door / Sortie
Terminal 1 22 (departure hall) shuttle #2
Terminals 2A
and 2B
8 (in terminal 2A) shuttle #3
6 (in terminal 2B) shuttle #3
Terminals 2C
and 2D
follow the indication Paris par train
taking the travolator
Terminal 2E 2.06 or use the travolator
Terminal 2F 2.08 or use the travolator
Terminal 3 Shuttle leaves from the walkway
*Given the number of navettes circulating here it's always a good idea to confirm your destination with the driver.
Getting from one terminal to another.

Getting from the airport RER station to bateau Simpatico

Arriving at the RER station in Termianl 2 by shuttle will have you at level 5 and the travolaters from Terminals 2 c,d,e and f will bring you there at level 4. A one way ticket into Paris (including all metro connections) can be purchased on level 2 for 8.20 €uros (Oct.2006) either at the ticket window with cash or plastic (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) or at one of the vending machines with cash (or plastic if the machine is feeling amenable.) Follow the indications for the train to Paris on level 1.
The express train goes directly from CDG (1 or 2) station to the Gare du Nord. The others make all 9 stops in between. Overhead monitors on the platform indicate where each train stops.

The B express train's first stop in Paris is Gare du Nord followed by Châtelet - Les Halles and then Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame which is where you transfer to the RER C Train, Direction: ARGENTEUIL-PONTOISE or VERSAILLES R.G.-ST QUENTIN which follows the Seine along the left bank stopping at the Musée d'Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l'Alma and then Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel. DO NOT take the train with Invalides as terminus - check the monitor.
Get off at the Tour Eiffel and take the exit at the head of the train.
- Download RER map (B line is blue, C line is yellow)

After leaving the platform at the head of the train, taking the first exit up to street level will bring you onto the Quai Branly (photo at right - click to enlarge) with the Eiffel Tower in front of you and the Bir-Hakeim Bridge just behind you. Walking back towards the bridge and around the corner green to the right will bring you to the entrance of the Port de Suffren. (photo at left)
- Google Map -

130° view of the corner green

Coming down the cobble stoned entrance to the port will bring you even with the Simpatico
(visible to the left in this photo) at quai level.  Welcome home.

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