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Paris Airport Coach Service: Air France Shuttle

By | February 8, 2008 | in Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Instead of taking the RER or train heading into Paris, there is an airport shuttle from Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airport to the heart of Paris. Air France offers a shuttle service for non-passengers (and passengers alike) with central destinations such as Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Invalides metro station and Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station. Considering that this option is substantially cheaper than hiring a taxi, it’s a great deal for a lot less stress.

Instructions

(Roissy) Charles De Gaulle Airport

There are four pickup points (Terminal 1, Terminal 2A/2C, Terminal 2B/2D, Terminal 2E/2F) for the three different shuttles. If you’re flight arrives in Terminal 3, take the free CDGVAL shuttle to Terminal 2. Lines 2 and 4 will take you into the city of Paris while line 1 will connect you to the Orly airport.

Locations of Air France Shuttle:

  • Terminal 1: exit 34, arrival level
  • Terminal 2: Dependent on what subsection you are located, there are locations at :
  1. exit C2 (for Terminal 2A/2C)
  2. exit B1 (for Terminal 2B/2D)
  3. exit 3, arrival level (for Terminal 2E/2F)

Orly Airport

There are two pickup points, one located in Orly Ouest (ie. west) and Orly Sud (ie. south). Line 1 and 3 are offered at this airport. Only line 1 will take you into the city of Paris while line 3 is a shuttle to connect to (Roissy) Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Locations of Air France Shuttle:

  • Orly Ouest: Exit G, arrivals level
  • Orly Sud: Exit K
Air France Shuttle Pickup Points at CDG & ORY
Image courtesy of Air France

Cost

Cost will be dependent on what shuttle you take and whether you qualify for any discounted rates. Children from the ages of 2 to 11 get a 50% reduction in fare and groups of 4 or more get a 15% reduction in fare.

Aller Simple (one way) Aller-retour (return) Children

(2 to 11)

11,50€

18,50€

5,50€

15,00€

24,00€

7,50€

19,00€

9,50€

16,50€

27,00€

8,00€

Table courtesy of Air France

Paris Train Station & Airport Luggage Storage

Luggage storage at Paris train stations opening hours & prices:

  • Gare du Nord — Open 6:15 AM to 11:15 PM, 7 days a week. Located Level -1, below the North West Information booth, escalators down. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Eurostar, TGV & Thalys), RER B, RER D, RER E and Metro line 2,4,5.
  • Gare de Lyon – Open 6:15 AM to 10:00 PM, closed Sundays. Located in Hall 3 under train lane “N”. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Artesia and TGV), RER A, RER D and Metro line 1 and 14. Connection to CDG airport via Air France shuttle.
  • Gare d’Austerlitz – Open 7:00 AM to 11:30 PM, 7 days a week. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Elipsos, Aqualys, TER, and Téoz), RER C, Metro line 5, and terminus for Metro line 10.
  • Gare de l’Est – Open 6:00 AM to 11:45 PM, 7 days a week. Located Level -1 (Metro level). Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Lyria, City Night Line and TGV), Metro line 4, 5, and 7.
  • Montparnasse — Open 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week. Station for suburban and TGV trains, Metro line 4, 6, 12 and 13. Connection to CDG or ORY airport via Air France shuttle.
  • Marne la Vallée Chessy (Disneyland Paris station) – Open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, 7 days a week. Station for RER A, TGV, Eurostar.  Disneyland Paris also has its own baggage storage within the park, open 8 AM till 45 min. after close of Disneyland Paris.
  • Airport Charles De Gaulle Terminals 1 & 2 — Storage provided by Bagages du Monde.  See their page on the official Aéroport de Paris website for prices.

Note: There is NO luggage storage at Gare Saint Lazare, although it is a main train station and does have a Lost and Found office.  Same with Gare de Bercy: no baggage storage on-site although Gare de Lyon is within 15 minutes walking.

Cost & Payment:

Prices are 5,50€, 7,50€ and 9,50€ for small / medium / large lockers for the first 24 hour period and 5€ for each 24 hours after, depending on size of luggage locker (with a maximum storage time of 72 hours). Payment is by coins, chip enabled credit cards or debit card.

Exception: Charles De Gaulle Airport has different rates which can be found here as this service is provided by a third party company, Bagages du Monde. More extensive ParisByTrain article: CDG Luggage Storage.

Paris train stations will have luggage storage services (known as consignes in French) ranging in different sizes and costs. Most major train stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz) and airports (Charles de Gaulle- CDG / Orly) offer baggage storage options. Luggage can be stored in the locker for up to 72 hours and are very useful when you have a layover in Paris. Knowing how to find and use the baggage storage services offered at Paris train stations can help ease your stay & travel in Paris and throughout France.

Notes:

  • Your luggage is only accessible when the stations are open and the luggage storage areas are open.  Please see the opening hours above. Some stations have luggage carts.
  • In order to use the consigne, all items will pass an airport style security machine.
  • Electronic goods including laptops CANNOT be stored in the lockers.

Luggage Storage -Charles De Gaulle (CDG)

By | February 6, 2008 | in Airport

Update March 20, 2010: CDG Luggage Storage services are still in operation.  There have been rumours that luggage storage at CDG Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have been closed due to security concerns, but this is patently false. I’ve spoken directly with Aeroports de Paris representatives who confirm that Bagages du Monde is operating normally.  I’ve included their correspondence at the end of this article for your reference.

Luggage storage at CDG Terminal 1 is located at Gate 14, Depatures level

Luggage storage at CDG Terminal 2A – Gate 3 Departures level

Baggage storage at CDG Terminal 2F – Gate 4 Arrivals level (one level down from Departures, ground level).

There is no baggage storage at the CDG RER/TGV Train station itself.

Below is a photo of the luggage storage service counter at Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle (Terminal 2F Arrivals level, third kiosk on the right). The name of the baggage storage company is Bagages du Monde.

Please keep in mind that the baggage storage company at CDG is not open 24 hours a day. Be sure to check that it will be manned when you need to collect your luggage.

More questions about luggage storage in other stations? Click here for a new ParisByTrain article.

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