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RER Train Paris to Disneyland® Paris

By | July 25, 2014 | in Attractions Disneyland Paris RER RER A

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This article explains how to take a RER A train from Paris to Disneyland® Paris. If you’re going from Charles de Gaulle airport to Parc Disneyland, you can take either a TGV train direct from CDG to Disney (Marne la Vallée) or first take the RER B train to Paris then at station Chatelet Les Halles, switch to the RER A train line towards Marne La Vallée.

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Overview

Line => RER A (Red)

Direction => Marne-la-Vallée (RER line A4)

Departure Stations => Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Auber, Chatelet Les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation

Arrival Station => Marne-la-Vallée — Chessy

Map => Full RER train network map (PDF)

Price => 7,50€ (Zone 1 -> Zone 5, price valid as of January 2014)

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite Card (5 Zone), Pass Navigo Decouverte 5 Zone, Ticket Mobilis 5 Zone

Travel Time => 39-45 minutes

First Train / Last Train (Gare de Lyon – Disney) => 05:22 / 00:39

Frequency of trains => approx. every 15 min. (9 minutes to 30 minutes between trains)

Full Schedule => RER Train Schedule/Timetable

Details

RER Stations

RER A city trains travel from central Paris to Disneyland throughout the day at roughly 15 minute intervals from five large central Paris RER A Stations: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (at Arc de Triomphe), Auber (at Galeries Lafayette shopping center), Chatelet Les Halles (massive underground shopping centre and largest underground/subway station in the world), Gare de Lyon (largest Paris train station), and Nation.

Tickets & Passes – RER Paris to Disneyland Paris

A single one way ticket, a billet Ile-de-France, from central Paris to Disney costs 7,50€ (as of January, 2014). You can buy these tickets from any metro or RER station ticket window or from the automated ticket vending machines (using coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards) within stations. You can start your journey from any Metro / RER station within central Paris (Zone 1) using this one ticket and simply transfer to the RER A train line if you’re not already on it. You don’t need to buy a separate ticket just for the metro portion of your trip. The normal metro ticket t+ will not work for this trip since Marne la Vallée / Parc Disney is in Zone 5.

The following passes are accepted for traveling from Paris to DisneyLand:

Inside an RER Station

From inside any of the above mentioned Paris RER stations, you’ll want to take RER A train in direction Marne-la-Vallée, but keep in mind that the direction may also read Boissy-St-Léger such as in the photo below.

You’ll find station panels and signs similar to the one above at any of the above RER A stations. Follow these signs to the correct RER A train platforms. At certain stations, Chatelet Les Halles and Gare de Lyon for example, these RER train signs & panels will lead you to a single central platform with RER trains running along either side in opposite directions. To avoid confusion as to which side is the correct direction look up at the RER station stop panels hanging above each side of the train platform such as the one shown here:

RER A Station Panel Direction Poissy, Cergy-Le Haut

Each station along the line will be shown on these panels, but the next train to arrive will only stop at stations names lit with a yellow square (the left half in the previous photo). Thus, these panels serve two purposes:

  1. to indicate that you’re on the correct side of the platform: if you see your arrival station on the panel, you’re at least on the correct side of the platform. In this case you’d want to see Marne La Vallée – Chessy as one of the stations.
  2. to indicate whether the next train will stop at your desired station. If Marne La Vallée – Chessy is lit with a yellow square, take the train. If not, wait for a train that will stop at Marne La Vallée/Parc Disney.

Once on board a RER A train to DisneyLand Paris, remember to keep your ticket handy throughout your trip as you may be asked to show it to ticket checkers, known as controllers in France. If you fail to produce a valid ticket the controller will charge you a fine somewhere in the range of €40 payable on the spot through credit or debit card. And even though ticket vending machines don’t take non-smart chip credit cards, the mobile credit card swipe machines these controllers carry, definitely do. At the end of your trip you’ll also need your ticket or pass to exit through the turnstiles when you arrive at Marne La Vallée / Disney.

This is the Marne La Vallée train platform at DisneyLand Paris when you arrive:

Once you exit the RER A train make your way up the escalator or stairs in the direction of the Sortie signs. This leads you to the exit (and entry) turnstiles for the RER trains as show in the following photo:

Using your billet Ile-de-France in the turnstiles allows you to pass through into the main section of the station which has an information booth, ticket window, and various shops selling newspapers/magazines and snacks.

After exiting Marne La Vallée–Chessy station, you’ll notice the motif of the station itself is Disney-like with its castle like spires.

Here’s a panoramic photo of Marne La Vallée–Chessy RER/TGV station amongst some attractions at DisneyLand Paris.

When it’s time to return to Paris, you’ll be making this trip in reverse. Within Marne La Vallée–Chessy train station, you’ll need to again purchase a Billet Ile-de-France to Paris (7,50€) either from a ticket vending machine or from the ticket window, pass through the turnstiles, and descend down onto the RER A train platform. The platform will be well marked with a sign indicating which train will depart next for Paris:

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TGV Train CDG to Disneyland® Paris

By | July 24, 2014 | in Attractions Disneyland Paris Tickets

A TGV train from CDG to Disneyland® Paris offers a direct, high-speed train (200mph) connection between CDG Airport Terminal 2 and the Disneyland Paris park gates in less than 12 minutes with ticket prices as little as 15€.

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Already in Paris and need to get to Disneyand Paris? See the Paris Disneyland train (RER) article.

This article explains how to:

The TGV train schedule from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Disneyland Paris has the first train departing at 06:54 in the morning with the last train in the evening departing CDG at 21:55. The frequency of trains varies from 30 minutes to 1h20 between each departure from CDG.

CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris (Marne La Vallee) by TGV train

Charles de Gaulle Airport has two separate train stations, one located near Terminal 3 and another located within Terminal 2. The Terminal 2 train station, known as “Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV“, is split into two distinct sides, one for RER suburban trains (going to Paris city center), the other TGV high speed intercity trains, one of which travels to Disneyland Paris.

If you’re arriving at CDG Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, you’ll need to first catch a CDGVAL shuttle train over to Terminal 2. The photo tour of Terminal 1 to Paris contains instructions on finding and taking the CDGVAL shuttle, but don’t get off the shuttle at Terminal 3/Roissypole, stay on the shuttle until it arrives at Terminal 2. This may seem odd, but Terminal 2 is located after Terminal 3 on the CDGVAL shuttle line.

At Terminal 2 the train station is located in between sub-terminals 2D and 2F. If you’ve taken the CDGVAL shuttle, you’ll arrive very close to the train station. See the Terminal 2 to Paris photo tour for instructions on getting to the Aeroport CDG 2 – TGV train station.

Within the photo guide for the Terminal 2 train station is a photo of the TGV (Grandes Lignes) ticket purchase office on the bottom floor (shown below). This office is split into two sides, one side sells tickets for Paris city trains (RER B) and the other side sells intercity Grandes Lignes trains tickets, which includes TGV trains to Disneyland Paris. If you’re facing the ticket office, the entrance on the right half is the one you’ll want to use to purchase or pickup your Internet bought tickets, as seen in the photo below:

Terminal 2 TGV Ticket Office

TGV tickets for the CDG to Disneyland Paris train can be purchased in advance online at Voyages SNCF UK for residents of the UK, from RailEurope.com for residents of USA (beware of delivery fees) and from TGV-Europe.com from elsewhere. See the article on how to purchase TGV tickets without fees from TGV-Europe.

When buying tickets from Voyages Sncf UK, use “Paris CDG Airport” as your departure and “Marne La Vallee Ches” as your arrival location.

When using TGV-Europe.com to find tickets, be sure to use “AIRPORT CDG 2 TGV” as your departure location and “Marne La Vallee” as your arrival station.

If you’re coming from Europe and have a smart chip enabled credit card, you’ll be able to use the automated ticket machines to pick-up your TGV tickets purchased over the Internet. Only the credit card used to make the online ticket purchase can be used to collect the tickets from these machines, so keep this in mind when using these machines. The machines will appear like these below:

SNCF TGV Train Ticket Machines

When you have tickets in hand, you’ll need to descend onto the TGV train platforms which are one level below the train station ticket office. Take care not to descend onto the RER B train platforms, which serve only trains going into Paris city center. The TGV trains are Grandes Lignes or Main Line trains which have their own platforms on a separate side of station visible here:

CDG TGV Train Platform

After your TGV train departs, the first stop will be Marne La Vallée–Chessy station which is the train station serving Disneyland Paris. The travel time should be roughly 10 minutes from CDG to Disneyland Paris.

Below is a photo of the Marne La Vallée–Chessy train station (on the left) within the Disney grounds.

Euro Disney and Marne La Vallee-Chessy TGV Station

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