From CDG the cheapest and easiest way to and from center is the Roissy Bus
service which costs 8 euros each way (buy tickets from the driver)
and drops you off and picks you up right across the street from the Opera where
there is a metro stop if you need to continue. There are often Taxis hanging
around this area to pick up people who need to get home or to hotels and don't
want to lug bags down the metro steps.
If you are flying on Ryan-Air then
you will most likely be using Beauvis Tille Airport which is connected
to the Porte Maillot by bus.
Trains: There are 6 different train stations in Paris
so where you arrive will depend upon where you are coming from just
as where you leave will depend on where you are going. If you are
coming from or going to Luxembourg,
and eastern France
you will use the Gare de l'Est.
If you are coming from or going to Spain,
and Southwest France
you will use the Gare d'Austerlitz.
To and from Switzerland,
as well as south and southeastern France
you will use the Gare de Lyon.
The Gare Montparnasse
is for western France,
while Gare St Lazare
is for northwest France,
Normandy and le Havre.
Gare du Nord
is for Belgium,
and the UK.
trains which go to and from London
in 3 hours through the Chunnel
also use this station. It seems complicated but unless you are going
to or coming from Switzerland you only have to remember
the name of one station and they can all be found on any map of
Paris. They are also all connected to the Paris Metro.
Long Distance Bus: The buses from other cities on Europe arrive
at the Gare Routiere Internateionale in Bagnolet a suburb east of
central Paris, which is connected by Metro at Gallieni station on
No matter how long your journey was and how
tired you are, you will probably be rejuvanated as soon as you get
into the city and will just want to leave your bags in your hotel
room and head for the nearest cafe. Don't worry. This is normal
and you should follow your instincts.