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Paris: How to Get to and From Charles De Gaulle Airport

by Malin Schibler, posted 31 March 2014 | 4 comments

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Practical Information

We are frequently asked how long it takes to get to and from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. As a traveller, it is always very difficult to estimate how much time you should factor in for transferring from train to plane (or vice versa).

How much transfer time do I need?

You should give yourself at least 2 hours to exit the plane, clear customs (especially if you are a non-EU resident) and to collect your luggage.

You can then use our estimated travel times and route instructions to calculate how long it will take to transfer to from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Paris or vice-versa. If you are travelling from CDG to Paris then always keep in mind that you need be check in at least 2 to 3 hours in advance. This means you should give yourself a good 2.5 to 3 hours to transfer.

Buy refundable tickets

You should also really consider buying flexible train tickets. You can exchange or refund them before your train departs in case your plane is delayed. There is nothing worse than having to pay for a train ticket at the last minute, as the prices are super high and so are your stress levels. The most important part is to cancel your ticket before the train departs; otherwise you will not be refunded. You can read more about this here.

Take a direct train from Charles de Gaulle

Pro tip: in case you weren’t aware, Charles de Gaulle airport actually has a train station. Depending on your destination, you can take a train directly from the Charles de Gaulle TGV station. For example. For example, there are direct trains to Marseille, Lyon or Bayeux.

To see whether your train departs from Charles de Gaulle TGV station, just search for CDG on Capitaine Train.

If you need to transfer to or from a train station in Paris, just click on the relevant station below for a detailed guide:

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Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord (North Station) is the busiest railway station in Europe.  The station is located in the 10th arrondissement – 18 Rue Dunkerque, 75010.

Trains departing from Gare du Nord travel to northern France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

For example, you will find the following trains departing and arriving at Gare du Nord:

If you would like some information on departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take the RER B. For departures at terminals 1 & 3, exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1. For departures at terminal 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and 2G, exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle -TGV. It will take at least 25 minutes and will cost €9.50 for a single ticket.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle Airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50-70 or more.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet. Exit at Gare du Nord. It will take at least 25 minutes and will cost €9.50 for a single ticket.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50-70 or more.

Click here to see a map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare du Nord to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare de Lyon

Gare de Lyon is France’s 3rd busiest station and one of Europe’s most popular train stations. It is located on the north bank of the Seine river in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.  The majority of trains departing from Gare de Lyon will pass through Lyon en route to southern and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The following popular routes depart from Paris Gare de Lyon:

If you would like more information on departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare de Lyon to Charles de Gaulle Airport

By public transport: take a Cars de Air France bus from outside of the station. It stops at all terminals. It can take up to 1.15 hours and will cost €17.50. If you are a bit short on time, you can also take line 14 towards Saint Lazare until Châtelet and change to the RER B towards Charles de Gaulle. This will take about 40 – 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – €70 or more.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare de Lyon

By public transport: take a Cars de Air France bus from any terminal at the airport. There are plenty of signs pointing to the pick up areas. It can take up to 1.15 hours and will cost €17.50. If you are a bit short on time, you can also take the RER B until Châtelet and change to line 14 towards Olympiades. Exit at Gare de Lyon. This will take about 40 – 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Gare de Lyon airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – €70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare de l’Est

Gare de l’Est (East Station) is one of the biggest and oldest (est. 1849) rail stations in Paris. It is situated in the 10th arrondissement right near Gare du Nord at Place du Novembre 1918, 75010.

All trains departing from Paris Est station travel towards eastern France (TGV trains) and Germany (ICE trains operated by a cooperative line between Deutsche Bahn and SNCF).

Some popular train routes which depart from Gare de l’Est include:

If you would like more information on departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare de l’Est to Charles De Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take RER B and exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take between 30 – 60 minutes and will cost €7.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 20 – 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and cost €50 – 70 or more.

Charles De Gaulle Airport to Gare de l’Est

Public transport: take RER B from Aéroport Charles de Gaulle and exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take between 30 – 60 minutes and will cost €7.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare de l’Est will take between 20 – 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and cost €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris

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Gare d’Austerlitz

Gare d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz Station) is one of the large terminus railway stations in Paris. It is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 13th arrondissement at 85 Quai d’Austerlitz.

Gare d’Austerlitz mainly receives the Intercités de Nuit night train services.

Some of the popular routes include:

If you would like more information on departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare d’Austerlitz to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take line 5 towards Bobigny and change at Gare du Nord to RER B towards

Charles de Gaulle Airport. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take approx. 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 30 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare d’Austerlitz

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet. Change at Gare du Nord to line 5 towards Place d’Italie and exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 30 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare Saint Lazare

Gare Saint Lazare is the second biggest station and in Paris. It receives over 100,000,000 passengers per year, and over 450,000 per day who are mainly regional commuters. The trains arriving and departing at Gare Saint Lazare are long distance Intercités trains towards Normandy, and regional Transilien trains heading to the western suburbs of Paris. It is located on Rue d’Amsterdam, 75008 Paris.

Some popular routes include:

If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare Saint Lazare to Charles de Gaulle airport

Public transport: take RER E towards Tournan and exit at Gare du Nord/Magenta. Take the RER B towards Charles de Gaulle. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take approx. 50 minutes and cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Charles de Gaulle Airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare Saint Lazare

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet and exit at Gare du Nord/Magenta. Take the RER E towards Haussmann-Saint Lazare and exit at Saint Lazare. It will take approx. 50 minutes and cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare Saint Lazare will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare Saint Lazare to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare Montparnasse

Gare Montparnasse is one of the large terminus stations in Paris. It is located in the 15th arrondissement. The trains departing from Gare Montparnasse travel towards Bretagne, the Atlantic coast, Basque country and western and southwestern France. Some popular routes include:

If you would like more information on station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare Montparnasse to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take Cars de Air France bus from Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, (right next to the station). It will take approx. 1 hour 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and will cost €17.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 30 – 90 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare Montparnasse

Public transport: take Cars de Air France bus from Charles de Gaulle airport directly to the station. They depart from all terminals. The pick-up areas are clearly signed and easy to find. You will be dropped off at Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, (right next to the station). It will take approx. 1 hour 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and will cost €17.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare Montparnasse will take between 30 – 90 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.