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CDG Airport Terminal 1 to Paris

By | June 20, 2014 | in Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) RER RER B

Here are photo instructions on taking a train from Paris CDG Airport Terminal 1 to central Paris (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to 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.

* Alert! A workers strike will reduce RER B train line service on June 21/22 2014 reducing the number of trains between CDG Airport and central Paris to 1/3 of normal service.  Check the CDG to Paris by train overview article for further updates/details.

* Warning! Thieves work on this train!

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:

  1. Terminal 3/Roissypole is the second stop which is before Terminal 2.
  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”:

From here you can purchase single train tickets for Paris from the blue vending machines (Billetterie Ile-de-France) for €8,40 one way. These tickets are known as “Billets Ile-de-France“.

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 Paris Metro 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 Paris Metro Ticket (known officially as Ticket t+) as transfers from Metro/RER to buses/trams are not allowed.

Useful Links

CDG Airport Map

CDG to Euro Disney by TGV

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).

RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Monday to Friday (except holidays)

RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Saturday, Sunday and holidays

First & last trains timetable for Paris Metro and RER A / RER B trains.

Paris RER B Schedule Stations Interchanges

By | January 10, 2014 | in Maps RER RER B Schedules

Paris RER B Trains travel from CDG Airport to central Paris. Below are downloadable / printable schedules for RER B trains from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris and from Paris to Orly Airport (ORY) which requires a connection from RER B’s Antony station to the Orlyval train servicing Orly Airport terminals West & South. (Schedules current as of January 2013.)

RER B Schedule / Timetable

From Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport to Paris

From Paris Gare du Nord station to CDG Airport

*Due to construction until April 18, 2014, the last RER B train departs CDG Terminal 2 station at 22:55 (10:55 PM). Similarly, the last RER B from Gare du Nord towards CDG Airport Terminal 2 station, departs Gare du Nord at 22:44 (10:44 PM).

Popular Destinations along RER B Train line

Popular destinations found along RER B train line from Aéroport Charles de Gaulle towards Paris:

Overview

RER B Train Schedule CDG to Paris to Orly (Direction Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) (PDF valid as of January 10, 2014)

If you’re arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport and wish to travel to central Paris by train, this is your schedule.  See also the instructions on traveling from CDG Terminal 2 to Paris by train and CDG Terminal 1 to Paris.

If you’re traveling from Paris to Orly Airport by RER B train, this is also your schedule.  Your stop will be Antony station, where you must transfer to Orlyval (dedicated) train towards Orly Airport terminals.  There’s an additional fee for the Orlyval train.  See Paris to Orly by train for additional information.

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please refer to the weekend/holiday RER B Train Schedule.

RER B Train Schedule Paris to CDG (Direction Mitry-Claye, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle) (PDF) – Schedule for trains leaving central Paris going towards Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminals 1 & 3 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1) and Terminal 2 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV).  See also the instructions on traveling from central Paris to CDG Airport by train.

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please refer to the weekend/holiday RER B Train Schedule.

RER B (Airport) Line Map with Stations, Zones, Interchanges to other RER and Metro Lines (PDF)

RER B

By | December 24, 2008 | in RER RER B

RER B maps, schedules and ticket/pass information can be found below.

The RER B Paris train connects Paris city centre to CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Gare du Nord (Eurostar station) and other important destinations in the metro Paris area.

Paris RER B Train – Overview

The RER B map shown here is a simplified version, showing only major destinations and connections along the blue colored line.

Schedules

RER B Schedules/Timetables & Line Map (showing stations & connections)

Map

Full Paris RER network map

Tickets & Passes

RER B uses tickets known as Billet Ile-de-France. Multi-use tickets and passes for the RER B include Paris Visite, Ticket Mobilis and Pass Navigo Decouverte.  Caution: tickets & passes are subject to fare zone limits and restrictions, notably with regards to airports CDG & ORY.

Major stations

RER B – CDG

The above instructions provide information on taking the RER B from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris centre and vice versa. If you know which CDG Terminal you’re landing at see the detailed photo instructions for CDG Terminal 2 to Paris or CDG Terminal 1 to Paris. If you’re landing at Terminal 3, use the CDG Terminal 1 to Paris instructions.

RER B – ORY

The RER B remains the fastest way to get from central Paris to Orly Airport (ORY) at a total single ticket cost of 9,60€. Keep in mind that the RER B does not directly connect to Orly Airport, but requires a connection onto Orlyval, a dedicated airport train leaving from Antony station, south of Paris, along the RER B train line.

RER B – Gare du Nord

The RER B train makes its first stop in central Paris at Gare du Nord, famous for being the station for the Eurostar high speed Paris to London train.

See the photo tour of Gare du Nord to get a better idea of its layout.

RER B – Chatelet Les Halles

The largest underground station in the world, Chatelet Les Halles, connects to a multitude of Metro and RER train lines including: Metro 1, 4, 7, 14 and RER A, RER B & RER D.

If you’re going to Gare de Lyon and are changing trains from RER B to the RER A at Chatelet Les Halles, note that the two trains are on the same platform, just at opposite sides. Simple alight the RER B, walk to the other side of the platform and board the next train. The next stop will be Gare de Lyon.

RER B – Saint Michel Notre Dame

Conveniently, the RER B makes a stop just next to the famous cathedral of Notre Dame, immediately beside the river Seine in Paris’ 6th district. This station also serves as a connection to the RER C line traveling to Versailles.

RER B – Luxembourg

This station is located immediately east of the Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Gardens.

RER B – Denfert Rochereau

Second to last station within central Paris for the RER B, Denfert-Rochereau connects to Metro Line 6 which connects to Gare Montparnasse, another of Paris’ popular main large train stations serving TGV trains out to Bordeaux and other southern cities in France.

RER B Stations Panel

By | August 11, 2008 | in RER RER B

RER station panels show which stations are available on this RER line, in this direction. Station names lit with yellow squares indicate that the next train to arrive will stop at these stations.

This is a photo of an old style RER B stations served panel located at Luxembourg RER station.

At the bottom right hand corner is a square to specify whether the next train will be short or long.  If the train is short, don’t wait for it at the extreme ends of the station platform, as the train will stop in the middle and you’ll have to rush back to the center of the platform to board the train.

Here’s a modern style RER B stations served panel at Antony station.  This panel shows direction as “Aéroport Ch. de Gaulle 2 TGV” (which stops at Terminal 1 as well), wait time of 0 minutes, and the “mission” or itinerary name of the train: EFLA.  Secret tip: any trains with mission names starting with the letter “E”, go to Airport Charles de Gaulle.

RER Train Line Maps

By | July 9, 2008 | in Maps RER

RER Train Line MapsRER Train Line Map

The following RER Train Line maps are specific to a single RER Train line, A, B, C, D, or E.

Each RER Line map shows:

  • Stations along the RER line
  • Branches & Terminus (last) stations for each branch, used to specify direction of travel for RER trains along their platforms within stations
  • Interchanges or Connections to Paris Metro lines
  • Connections to other RER train lines
  • Transfers to TGV Trains, Transilien/Ter commuter train lines at large Paris train stations (known as “Gare” in French). This includes Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare de Austerlitz, Gare de Montparnasse, Gare St. Lazare.
  • Zones for Pass Navigo / Paris Visite / Mobilis tickets and passes
  • Handicap accessibility at stations
  • Famous attractions near stations

These maps can be found on all RER train cars just above their doors.

RER A Train Line Map

RER B Train Line Map

RER C Train Line Map

RER D Train Line Map

RER E Train Line Map