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Arriving and Leaving Paris via CDG Airport

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Paris welcomes over 30 million visitors each year. They marvel at Le Louvre, la Tour Eiffel, l’Arc de Triomphe… but there’s ONE thing they don’t marvel at, for sure–the arrival and departure at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. The way Paris welcomes its visitors is a shame on France.

Most European capitals are welcoming to visitors, Paris is not. Sorry. So I thought I’d help fix this, with my own voice, on Comme une Française TV.

This is not an exhaustive list but covers the biggest mistakes that could give you a bad start or make you miss your flight home.

Bienvenue en France! La galère commence. – on Slate
Capitaine Train, my favorite website to book train tickets

Edit: There are TENS of wonderful inputs from the Community in the comments below. Please do read them if you’re going to Paris soon.
A quick word about the taxi price: I only used a taxi to go from CDG to Versailles (and back!), which is more expensive than to/from Paris (closer!). So the price you’d pay to Paris will be less than than announced in the video. Sorry for that. Again, lots of inputs in the comments.
I LOVE our Community, you are awesome. 😀

Et toi ?

Have you ever made any of these mistakes?

Do you have any other tips to share with the community about traveling to and from Paris? This is precious input that will be extremely useful to others.

And don’t worry. It is a very, very classic mistake.

Gros bisous et à tout de suite dans les commentaires !

Géraldine

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Paris welcomes over 30 million visitors each year. They marvel at Le Louvre, la Tour Eiffel, l’Arc de Triomphe… but there’s ONE thing they don’t marvel at, for sure--the arrival and departure at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. The way Paris welcomes its visitors is a shame on France.

Most European capitals are welcoming to visitors, Paris is not. Sorry. So I thought I’d help fix this, with my own voice, on Comme une Française TV.

This is not an exhaustive list but covers the biggest mistakes that could give you a bad start or make you miss your flight home.

1. From Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle to Paris

You’ll reach Paris by taxi (SUPER expensive), bus (the Tourist option), RER (the Parisian option)... if you have no one to pick you up at the airport.

I won’t cover taxi here. Line up, say where you’re going and you’ll get there. For 100€ or more. Uber is now in Paris as well.

The bus called RoissyBus is the tourist option because it’s 99% tourists. The bus takes Le Périphérique and you have no real guarantee of the time it takes. In theory, it’s 60 to 75 minutes. It arrives at Place de l’Opéra. There’s NO stop in between. You can take it in front of each terminal. Around 11€ for a single. The ticket can be purchased at machines or on board. In euros!

The Parisian option is le RER, more precisely, the RER B. It’s the “blue” line. Go to the train station, buy a ticket to Paris. It won’t feature a particular destination, just “Paris." It’s NOT un ticket T, the name of the metro ticket. It will be around 10€. Buy it from a machine that looks like this: http://parisbytrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/billetterie_cdg_roissy_pole.jpg

You’ll reach Paris in around 40 minutes.

2. Three common and dreadful mistakes people make going from Paris to Charles de Gaulle

The bus is the easiest option if you’re not AT ALL in a hurry. I would recommend it if you have luggage and are near Opéra. You get your ticket, get on board, take a nap and arrive at the airport. You’ll see why it’s the simplest option in three seconds.

If you want to get to the Airport like a Parisian, be VERY careful of these three incredibly common mistakes: Charles de Gaulle étoile IS NOT Roissy Charles de Gaulle. Charles de Gaulle Etoile is the Arc de Triomphe stop. Only the RERB will get you to CDG. Not the metro.

The RER B in the direction of the airport has two endings: Mitry-Claye and Charles-de-Gaulle. Don’t take the wrong one! And check BEFORE you get on board.

A metro ticket (Ticket T) won’t get you to Charles de Gaulle. You’ll need un ticket banlieue that looks like a metro ticket but isn’t one. Around 10€/ single. No discount on returns.

I know it’s confusing, terrifying, and a huge shame on my country.

But at least now you have some help.

Someone shares my shame. You will find the link below the video on the blog.

: http://www.slate.fr/story/95735/cdg-aeroport

3. Arriving by Train

A quick word on trains. If you want to book a ticket, the ONLY site I recommend is Capitaine Train. The simplest, most useful website for booking train tickets.

You will find the link below the video on the blog.

Et toi ? Have you ever made any of these mistakes? Do you have any other tips to share with the community about traveling to and from Paris? This is precious input that will be extremely useful to others.

Share your experience (in French if you dare!) in the comments below. We can all learn from your story. The comment section is the best place to start discussions and ask questions! --- If you liked this video, share it with your friends on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Help me spread the word about Comme une Française. Merci !

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