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Flying into Charles de Gaulle Airport soon and not sure how to get to the city centre? Or maybe you need to get to the airport to catch your flight? Don't worry – we're here to help. Below you can find our complete guide to the trains to Charles de Gaulle Airport, including airport transfers and facilities and how to get to the city centre. Read on for more information.

Train companies SNCF, TGV
Travel time from Paris Gare de Lyon 45m with Le Bus Direct
Stations at the airport Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV
Terminals T1, T2A, T2C, T2D, T2E, T2F, T2G, T3

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 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 to Paris

You can easily get from Charles de Gaulle to Paris by taking an RER B train. RER trains are regional express services that run every 10 minutes between the airport and the city centre and stop at the main stations in Paris, including Paris Gare du Nord. The journey lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Not sure how to move around the city or where to go? Check our Trains to Paris page for all our top travel tips!

Charles de Gaulle Airport train station

In case you weren’t aware, Charles de Gaulle airport actually has two train stations:

Both stations are served by TGV and RER B trains. TGV trains connect the airport to the cities of Marseille (4h), Strasbourg (2h), Lyon (2h) and Lille (57m).

Find guides to transferring to or from a train station in Paris below

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'll find the following trains departing and arriving at Gare du Nord:

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 and 60 minutes (depending on traffic).

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord

Public transport: Take the RER B towards Châtelet and exit at Gare du Nord. The journey will take around 25 minutes.

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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 Deutsche Bahn and SNCF).

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

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.

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

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 (IC) de Nuit night train services.

Some of the popular routes include:

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

Buses from CDG to Paris

If you want to get to Paris city centre by bus, hop on Le Bus Direct.

Routes 2 and 4 run throughout the year from 05:45 to 23:00 and arrive at the Tour Eiffel and Paris Montparnasse train station respectively.

The journey lasts about 45 minutes, So you can sit back, relax and enjoy the main sights of the City of Lights roll past your window as you head into Paris..

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Disneyland Paris

Discover which trains and buses you can take from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris.

Are you planning your trip to Disneyland Paris but you’re not sure about the best way to get there from the airport? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Once you arrive at the airport, take a TGV train and you’ll be at Disneyland in just 9 minutes. It’s as easy as pie.

You can also take a bus – Magical Shuttle and Eurolines buses depart from Terminal 2 E-F and get you to your destination in about an hour.

Airport facilities

Here’s all you need to know about the facilities on offer at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Charles de Gaulle Airport offers unlimited free WiFi. Simply select the airport network and follow the instructions to gain access.

If you have a few spare hours before your flight and you want to walk around the city without your luggage, you can store it at the Baggage Storage facility that’s located in Terminal 2 close to the train station.

There are free shuttle buses that help you move easily from one terminal to the other. The shuttle bus N1 stops at Terminals 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E and runs every 7-15 minutes, 24/7. The shuttle bus N2, instead, stops at Terminals 2F and 2G and runs every 5 minutes from 05:30 to 23:00. The CDGVAL shuttle train is also available and stops at all the terminals and train stations.

Looking for somewhere to stay close to the airport? We recommend Sheraton Paris Roissy Airport, which is just inside Terminal 2. 

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