Here are photo instructions on taking a train from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Terminal 1 to central Paris. Click on photos to see larger versions. For train times, prices, maps and other details see the Overview CDG to Paris by Train article.
*** Warning! Construction along the RER B train line until April 18 2014 is affecting trains between CDG Airport and central Paris. See the CDG to Paris by train overview article for details.
CDG Terminal 1 to Paris
If you’re arriving at CDG Terminal 1, you’ll first need to take the CDGVAL shuttle train to Terminal 3/Roissypole (center of map) to catch the RER B train to Paris.
Follow CDGVAL signs posted throughout Terminal 1 that will look like the following:
The CDGVAL shuttle train travels from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3/Roissypole then to Terminal 2 as shown on this line map:
While on the CDGVAL shuttle, keep in mind that:
- Terminal 3/Roissypole is the second stop which is before Terminal 2.
- The shuttle will stop at parking garage Pr before arriving at Terminal 3/Roissypole.
Upon arrival at Terminal 3/Roissypole, you will enter a large concrete atrium show here:
When exiting the CDGVAL stop at Terminal 3/Roissypole, turn to your right and walk towards a series of blue ticket vending machines and several ticket windows behind an overhead sign for RER B “Paris par train / Paris by train”:
Keep in mind that these vending machines do not sell pass cards Pass Navigo Decouverte / Paris Visite and only take coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards. If your credit card is from North America, most likely it will not have a smart-chip and will not work with these machines.
To purchase a Pass Navigo Decouverte or Paris Visit Card (public transportation passes) you must visit the ticket window immediately in front of these machines (off to the right side of the photo, not visible). If you already have a Pass Navigo / Pass Navigo Decouverte, you can recharge your card with Navigo Semaine from the blue Billetterie machines by inserting your pass into the purple Navigo slot and following the prompts. Beware of the purchase restriction schedule on the Pass Navigo.
After purchasing your tickets or passes, you can verify when the next RER B train is scheduled to depart CDG by checking the overhead display screens. The display screen on the right shows RER B trains “To Paris” (“Vers Paris”).
RER B trains on this screen stop at all the Paris stations regardless of the name under the Destination column. The Destination names are the terminus stations for the several RER B train line branches and are used to specify the direction each train is traveling. A complete list of departure times from Terminal 1 RER B station towards Paris is available at the bottom of this article.
Insert (and then retrieve) your ticket or scan your pass at the turnstiles and descend onto the RER B train platform. Signs will note that “Tous les trains vont à Paris” (“All trains go to Paris”).
Once the train arrives, the train doors may not open automatically. Press the small metallic or rubberized button on the door to open the train doors.
Remember to keep your ticket or passes handy as “controllers” (“ticket checkers”) frequent these trains.
Travel time to the first major Paris station: Gare du Nord, is roughly 25 minutes. Stations served after that will be Chatelet Les Halles, St. Michel-Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau and Cité Universitaire.
If you need to transfer to a Paris Metro train or a different RER train to arrive at your final destination, you may use your ticket for making the transfer; You do not have to purchase another ticket for the Paris Metro or RER within Paris Zone 1. If you need to transfer to a bus or tram, you will need to purchase a new Ticket t+ as transfers from Metro/RER to buses/trams are not allowed.
The following train timetables show depature times of RER B trains leaving CDG Terminal 1 towards Paris. (Ignore the second pages, which show Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 departure times).