Of course, if you want to save money and don't mind struggling a bit with your luggage, there are also two bus choices, as well as the RER train, run by the Paris region transportation authority.
We recommend a pre-arranged pick up, either a shuttle van or private car. They cost more than a bus, but they are a welcome comfort at the end of a long flight. Our absolute top recommendation is a private chauffeured car where the driver meets you at your gate, takes care of the luggage, and drives you directly to your accommodation.
Whatever you decide, our advice is to know what's going to happen when you arrive before you leave home. It makes the experience much more pleasant. Read this guide and learn how to find a taxi, or how to arrange for a private pick-up.
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If you have tons of luggage or you're traveling with a group of 3 to 8, pre-arranging a shuttle van to meet you at your terminal is a good alternative.
A shuttle service is also good if you're a single traveler and want to save money on the taxi fare. The drivers speak English and sometimes will give you a bit of a Paris tour on the way to your hotel.
1. Shuttle from Airport to Central Paris. Use this when you arrive. This shuttle service has received hundreds of positive reviews.
2. Shuttle from Paris to Airport. Use this when it's time to fly home, gets you from your hotel (or apartment) to CDG.
You've arrived in Paris and are met by your driver, who takes control of your luggage and settles you into his Mercedes E-Class.
But before you reach your hotel, your 5-year old son simply has to use a bathroom. Pas de problème! You mention it to the driver and he cuts across traffic, parks on the curb in front of a café, and escorts you and your son inside.
It's a true story, and it demonstrates why we like to use a private car service for Paris airport transfers. Another reason is that at the end of a long journey, we can use a little TLC once we're finally let off the plane.
The cars are luxurious, the driver meets you at your gate and helps you with your luggage at the hotel. Sure, you pay for the privilege (about twice as much as taxi fare into Paris), but you're on vacation. It's Paris, the most glamorous city in the world. Grab a little glamour for yourself.
This is a real Paris Insiders Secret.
We're sharing with you the contact for the private driver we have used for a decade – Manu Prestige Service. The story of our son and the bathroom is about Manu, our driver.
His car is a top-of-line, brand-new luxury Mercedes executive sedan and you're going to feel completely taken care of.
Manu doesn't just drop you off at your hotel or apartment, he carries your bags right up the elevator and into your apartment. When it's time to depart, he'll meet you at your apartment (or hotel) and carry them back down. Manu works with a number of other drivers of similar caliber so that, if he is otherwise scheduled, he will send another courteous driver to meet you at your gate. You can pay with credit card on your arrival.
Ride from the airport to Paris in comfort as your driver meets you at the arrival gate and chauffeurs you in a Peugot or Rover executive sedan.
Drivers are available in almost any language. If you have a larger party, up to eight people, our concierge will arrange a ride in a luxury caravalle minivan.
Taxis are by far the most common means of Paris airport transfers and they're usually plentiful at the airports.
Before you leave home read our complete guide to catching a taxi at Charles de Gaulle airport. Then travel easy!
The cheapest way to get into Paris from the airport is to take a bus or ride the RER train.
It means more luggage handling on your part as you get to the bus at the airport (or to your hotel at the other end), but it does save money.
We explore the possibilities and give you complete information in part two of our report on airport transfers.
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