RER Train Paris to Disneyland® Paris

By | October 6, 2019 | 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.

Disneyland Paris Train Line

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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 => 7.60€ (Zone 1 -> Zone 5, price valid as of June 1, 2019, 3.80€ for children 9 & under)

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

Travel Time => 39-45 minutes

First Train TO Disney (from Paris/Chatelet Les Halles) => 05:18

Last Train FROM Disney (to Paris/Chatelet Les Halles) => 00:20

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 train line stations

RER A Paris Stations Line Map

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 7.60€ ( as of June 1, 2019). 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 (7.60€) 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 | September 29, 2019 | 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 17.50€.

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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 Oui.sncf.

When buying tickets from Oui.sncf, search for “CDG” as your departure (choose the first suggested result) and “disney” as your arrival location (choose the first suggested result, should be something Paris Marne-la-Vallée Chessy).

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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Paris Metro Maps

By | September 27, 2019 | in Maps Metro

Official Paris Metro Maps (subway). Download to your tablet/phone or print at home (PDF format).

Basic Metro Map

This Paris Metro Map shows subway lines 1-14, two Paris Metro “b” (“bis”) lines, Paris RER lines A-E, Paris Tram lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and Transilien train lines A through U.

Paris Metro Map 2019

Paris Metro Map 2019

Print Metro Map

Printable Paris Metro Map in small format, good for printing on a 4×6 sheet of photo paper.

Mini Paris Metro Map

Paris Metro Maps with Streets

Paris Metro map with Paris city streets.

Paris Metro maps shown in relation to Paris city streets

All Metro maps are provided by Paris regional public transit authority: RATP.

Paris Visite Pass / Card

By | September 27, 2019 | in Passes

Paris Visite Overview

A Paris Visite Pass card / ticket is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days on Paris Metro, RER trains, buses and Ile-de-France (Transilien) trains & trams (not TGV).

Paris Visite is a multiple-use paper coupon ticket that looks like the following:

Paris Visite 5 day ticket

On the front of the ticket on the left hand side you’ll see how many days the Paris Visite is valid (5 jours = 5 days in this example):

Paris Visite Ticket Validity Period

The Paris Visite ticket will also show the number of zones covered.  In the Paris Visite ticket example image below it is valid for 3-zones, but you can buy a 1-5 zone ticket if you want coverage to include CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Disneyland Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Stade de France.  Zones 1-3 is basically only good for central Paris.

paris-visite-ticket-zones

Take note of the multiple blank spaces on the Paris Visite coupon ticket.  These blanks spaces are meant to be filled in by you using a pen/ink with the following information:

  • NOM: your last name
  • Prénom: your first name
  • du: dd/mm of first day using the ticket
  • au: dd/mm to the last day of the ticket validity period

You’re asked to filled in these personal details so the Paris Visite pass isn’t shared between multiple people at different times during its validity period.  A single Paris Visite can’t be used back-to-back for entry past the same set of turnstiles and fare gates, so it would be very inconvenient to try to share this pass in any case.

The Paris Visite pass is valid for Paris Airport travel from both CDG airport to Paris on RER B train and for Orly airport to Paris on OrlyVal train to/from Orly Airport to Paris (both require a 5 zone Paris Visite).

Paris Visite Prices

Price of Paris Visite ranges from 12€ to 65.80€ depending on zones covered (1-3 or 1-5) and duration (1 to 5 days). Coverage of Central Paris (not including airports) for 5 days would be 38.35€ adults, 19.15€ for children 9 and under. (Prices current as of Aug 1, 2019.)

Paris Visite Adult Prices
Ages 10+
Zones 1-day 2-day 3-day 5-day
1-3 Central Paris €12.00 €19.50 €26.65 €38.35
1-5 Paris+CDG/ORY €25.25 €38.35 €53.75 €65.80
Paris Visite Child Prices
Ages 4-9 (under 3 free)
Zones 1-day 2-day 3-day 5-day
1-3 Central Paris €6.00 €9.75 €13.30 €19.15
1-5 Paris + CDG/ORY €12.60 €19.15 €26.85 €32.90
SOURCE: RATP

Paris Visite pass counts days from day of first use, not 24 hour periods. If you arrive at night and use the pass before midnight, that will be counted as one day.

Details

The Paris Visite Pass is a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day pass good for either Zones 1 to 3 or 1 to 5 around Paris. If you’re staying just within Paris itself and not venturing out to Chateau Versailles, Chateau Fontainebleau nor Disneyland® Paris (all of which are in zones 4 & 5), stick with the Zone 1 to 3 card, which will cover all of “central” Paris.  See the Paris Fare Zones Map for more information.

Paris Visite Zone Map

Paris Visite Zone Map

Navigo vs. Paris Visite

The key difference between the Paris Visite Pass and the Navigo Découverte Pass is the timing. Navigo passes are valid strictly from Monday 00:00 to Sunday 23:59:59, regardless of when you buy it. If you land at CDG Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday and buy a week long Navigo Découverte pass, it will work only up until Sunday midnight. Starting from Friday, you will not even be able to purchase Navigo pass for use in the same week.

Paris Visite pass is good from the day of first use (not time of first use) up until midnight of its last day of validity, starting from any day of the week. This means that if you arrive on Friday evening at 8pm, buy and use a 3 day Paris Visite pass, by midnight that night (four hours later), the card will have “used” an entire day and in two days (Sunday) at midnight the Paris Visite will have expired. So to maximize the value of the Paris Visite Card, start using a Paris Visite pass during the morning.

If you’ve arrived in the evening at one of the Paris airports, simply buy a single-use RER ticket from a ticket window that will get you into Paris (see prices for CDG to Paris 10.30€ from CDG, vs. 1 day Paris Visite 5 Zone ticket listed above).  You can purchase a Paris Visite at the same time and begin using it at any time in the future.  The 3 or 5 day validity period of Paris Visite does not begin until you first validate the ticket in a turnstile / fare-gate in a station or on a bus/tram.

Summary

In summary, if you’re arriving in Paris on Friday and want to have an unlimited Paris transit pass for 3 or 5 days, this is the least hassle pass option. Ticket Mobilis / Navigo Jour day passes are cheaper if you only need 1 or 2 days. But for 3+ days the Paris Visite avoids the hassle of return to a ticket vendor or ticket machine to buy/recharge your day passes or day tickets.

In addition, there are discounts for various tourist attractions and services for Paris Visite pass holders, such as 25% off boat tours on the Seine, 20-40% off admission to the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera house, the Pantheon, and other sights and services.  Paris Visite pass discounts change often so use the discount list below as an example of discounts you may get when purchasing a Paris Visite pass (a booklet detailing all of the discounts available to you will be provided upon purchase of the pass).

Paris Visite Card Discounts

These discounts change often so this list of Paris Visite discount offers is only meant as an example of savings.

  • Arc de Triomphe: 25% off
  • Conciergerie: 20% off entrance
  • Picasso Museum: 2.50€ off entrance
  • Army Museum/Invalides: 20% off entrance to permanent collection
  • Bateaux Parisiens: 25% off cruise of Seine river
  • Open Tours: 25€ instead of 29€
  • Chateau de Versailles: 7€ (vs. 10€) for guided tours of private apartments
  • Chateau de Fontainebleau: 2€ off entrance
  • Disneyland Resort Paris: 20% offDiscount No Longer Available
  • France Miniature: 30% off entrance
  • Grevin museum: 30% off entrance
  • Provins: 7,50€ entry instead of 11,40€ on adult price to visit 4 monuments around the UNESCO world heritage site medieval city
  • Tour Montparnasse: 30% off entrance
  • Shopping at Galeries Lafayette: 10% off + 1 free bag with minimum 40€ purchase

Links

Paris Visite Discounts

Paris Transportation Zone Map

By | September 27, 2019 | in Maps

Paris and the surrounding area is divided into 5 circular fare zones for use in pricing public transportation passes. Paris Metro zones don’t actually apply to the Paris Metro (subway/underground) itself. Paris Metro trains are a single zone even if the Metro line crosses into zone 2 or zone 3. Paris zones apply to transit passes used on RER trains and Transilien trains to Disney, Versailles, airports, etc. By default Navigo Decouverte passes are 1-5 zone. Other passes like Paris Visite and Navigo Jour day pass have several fare zone options, like Paris zone 1-3 or Paris zone 1-5. Examples of popular destinations and their zones:

Paris Zone Map

This Paris Train Zone Map (950KB PDF) displays train zones for RER trains, Transilien trains, Trams throughout fare zones 1 to 5 which applies to:

Paris Metro Zone

Paris Metro (urban city subway) is all a single zone although it has stations in both Zones 1-2 as shown on this more detailed zone map including Paris Metro, RER and Transilien (intercity) trains (900KB PDF, opens a new window).  Paris Metro tickets are valid for travel anywhere within Zone 1 and all of the Metro system is a single zone requiring only a single Metro Ticket / Ticket t+ (even if the Metro station you’re at is outside of Zone 1, I realize this is confusing).  Be careful at La Défense when exiting the Metro area.  Be sure to use the Metro exit and not the RER exit, both of which will generally be available to you due to fences which may be opened at particular times.  A RER ticket is required to pass through RER exit turnstiles, while the Metro exit will not require a ticket.

What’s visible on the Zones map:

  • Fare Zones (“Zones Tarifaires”) 1 through 5
  • RER A, RER B, RER C, D, E train lines
  • RER & Transilien train network in Ile-de-France (administrative region around Paris)
  • Station names along all RER/Translien train lines
  • Connections (“Correspondances”) and transfer possible between different RER, Transilien, and RER to Transilien trains
  • Shuttle bus (“navettes bus”) from RER C station: Pont de Rungis and Orly Airport
  • Orlyval train to Paris-Orly Airport between RER B station: Antony and Orly West / Orly South airport terminals, which requires a special fare (“tarification spéciale”)
  • Major tourist sites (“Sites touristiques”) accessible from certain stations

(Zone map courtesy of RATP)

Navigo Day Pass – Navigo Jour

By | September 26, 2019 | in Passes Tickets

An unlimited use Paris transit Day Pass (Navigo Jour or “Navigo Day” in French) covers Paris CDG/ORY airports, central Paris, greater Paris area (Versailles, Disneyland, etc.), valid until midnight, is on sale as of January 1, 2018.

Where to Buy Navigo Day Pass

You can buy Navigo Jour Day Pass at any Paris Metro, RER or Transilien ticket office throughout Paris, CDG/ORY Airports and any of Paris’ major train stations:

Navigo Day Pass

Notes

  • Navigo Jour is put on a Navigo Decouverte or Navigo Easy card; there isn’t a dedicated multi-use pass card just for this day pass.
  • You can put both a Navigo Week pass and up to two day passes onto the same Decouverte card at the same time.
  • You can now have up to two day passes on your Navigo card at any one time. Previously you could only have one day pass per Navigo card, but this has recently been changed/updated with the release of Navigo Easy.  You cannot have more than one Day Pass on a Navigo Decouverte card at the same time. If you want to use your Navigo Decouverte card for multiple day passes, you must return to a ticket machine / ticket office and purchase a new day pass each day OR use Both Navigo Easy & Navigo Decouverte cards allow up to two Navigo Jour/Day pass on the card at any one time.

Navigo Jour Day Pass Price

Navigo Jour prices range from 7.50€ to 17.80€ per day, depending on Paris fare zones of coverage you buy for the day pass.

Day Pass Prices by zones

How to Buy Navigo Jour Day Pass

To buy a Day Pass you need a Navigo Decouverte card (buy for 5€ if you don’t already have one) and then buy / load up to two day passes onto the Navigo card choosing 2 options for each day: a) zone coverage b) when you want the day pass active (up to six days in the future):

  • Zone Coverage
  • You can choose anywhere from 1-2 zones (Central Paris only) to 1-5 zones (entire Paris Metropolitan area + airports) for your Day Pass, depending what coverage you need (see Paris fare zone map for more information). Other Navigo zone coverage options are available such as 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, etc.
    • If you’ve arrived at Paris CDG Airport and want to travel to central Paris, you would buy a 1-5 zone day pass for use the same day
    • If you’ve arrived in central Paris at one of the major train stations (Gare du Nord, etc.) and wish to travel only within central Paris for the day, you would purchase a 1-2 zone day pass for immediate use
  • When
  • What day you wish to use the day pass
    • Navigo Day Pass can be purchased & used immediately on the same day, or you can buy the day pass for use on a future day, up to six days in advance.
    • You must specify which day(s) you want your day pass active at the time of purchase.
    • For example, if you arrive on Friday you can purchase a Day Pass on Friday, but for use on Thursday the following week. Or you can buy and use a day pass on the same day.  Choice is up to you.
    • you can put up to two Navigo Jour day passes onto a single Navigo Easy card or a Navigo Decouverte card.  You cannot load two days of Navigo Day Pass on the same Navigo Decouverte at the same time.  If you wanted two days of day passes on Decouverte, you would have to purchase one day pass, use it, then return to any Metro/RER/Transilien ticket window or Paris Metro/RER ticket machine and load/buy another day pass.

How to use Paris Day Pass

With an active Navigo Jour / Day Pass loaded on your Navigo physical contactless smart card (either a Decouverte or a Navigo Easy preloaded ticket card), you approach the fare gates which are either turnstiles with rotating bars, or gates which slide apart in the middle and retract sideways to allow you to pass through.  There will be a purple tear drop reader zone on the fare gate, this should be on your right (otherwise you’re opening the neighboring gate), usually on the top or angled surface facing towards you which is where you tap/hold your day pass on for verification/validation of an active Day Pass on your Navigo card. Once the validation has completed you’ll hear a dinging noise emitted and the turnstile will unlock or the gate will swing apart allowing you to pass through towards the train platforms.

Navigo Turnstile Paris

Photo credit: Greenski

Upon arriving at your destination station you may need to use the Navigo Day Pass again, presenting the card at the purple reader zone on the fare gate in order to unlock the gate to pass through and exit the fare-paid zone.  Some exits of stations don’t need validation of the Navigo card for exit and are simply pressure sensitive or light activated gates which allow you to pass through when present.

Why use a Day Pass

  • Same price as Ticket Mobilis (not considering the price of the physical Navigo card itself, which is 5€)
  • Cheaper than comparable Paris Visite 1-day multi-use tickets (aimed at tourists)
  • Less easy to lose than a paper ticket
  • Convenience of multi-use smart card, you can load both a Navigo Week Pass and a Navigo Day Pass on the same card and use them one after another
  • re-chargeable / re-usable
  • lasts 10 years

Learn More…

Navigo Decouverte card
Navigo Easy card

Paris RER Map

By | September 26, 2019 | in Maps RER

Paris RER Map

Here is a detailed RER map of RER A to RER E lines in and around Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Unlike the Paris Metro system which is all one zone (yet goes across three Zones), the Paris RER trains have 5 Zones all around the Ile-de-France, the area which surrounds Paris. It’s important your RER ticket or Paris transit pass has valid zone coverage.

The Paris Regional RER train system connects major tourist destinations and ports of entry to the heart of Paris, near St. Michel – Notre Dame.

Popular RER Routes

Download Paris RER Map (PDF) (courtesy of RATP)

RER Ticket

By | September 26, 2019 | in Tickets

A RER Ticket is known in Paris as a Billet Ile-de-France, a small coupon like train ticket for Paris and surrounding Ile-de-France region priced for the length of the trip, calculated from departure station to arrival station.

Calculate ticket cost from station to station here.

For example, if you were to buy a train ticket from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, you’d buy a RER ticket / billet Ile-de-France, at a cost of 10.30€ for adults and 7€ for children 9 & under ( as of Nov. 1, 2019).  

You can buy RER tickets from ticket windows and ticket vending machines (Billetterie Ile-de-France) at any Paris Metro station, at large train stations (such as Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord), at RER train stations and Transilien train stations (suburban trains to destinations like Versailles & Fontainebleau).

At train stations there may be several types of ticket windows, one selling RER ticket / Billets Ile-de-France, and others selling tickets for the Grandes Lignes, tickets for TGV and other types of intercity trains. Grandes Lignes ticket windows cannot sell you billets Ile-de-France, so keep this in mind before queuing up to buy train tickets.

Above is a RER Ticket / Billets Ile-de-France ticket office.

This is a Grandes Lignes (TGV, etc.) ticket office.

When buying a RER ticket / billet at a ticket window you can usually just say the word “billet” [“bee-yay”] and the destination such as Paris [“Par-ee”], Aeroport Charles de Gaulle [“Ere-oh-porh Sharl-duh-gall”], Versailles [“vere-sigh”].  Often ticket sellers speak English, at least enough to understand where you’re going.

A one way ticket is known as an Aller-Simple [“Al-Eh somplh”]. Round trip ticket, which are simply two one way tickets, is an Aller-Retour [“Al-Eh Ray-tour”].

A RER ticket / billet Ile-de-France allows connections or transfers to be made onto Metro or RER trains when arriving at Paris.  Transfers onto buses or trams however, are not allowed.  For those modes of transportation, you’ll need a new Paris Ticket T+.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris by Train

Overview Schedule Tickets Ride RER B Train

How to get from Charles de Gaulle-CDG Airport to Paris by city train (RER B train from CDG to Paris). For instructions in the opposite direction see Paris to Airport CDG by Train.

For step-by-step photo instructions, Paris airport to city centre on a Paris airport train, see Terminal 2 to Paris by train or Terminal 1 to Paris by train for details on how to get from Charles de Gaulle to Paris (airport to city).

CDG to Paris Train Overview

Line => RER B (Blue) RER B Train

Direction => Paris (Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse)

Arrival Stations => Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire

Ticket => “Billet Ile-de-France” Aéroport CDG – Paris (Zone 5 -> Zone 1)

Cost => 10.30€ (adult fare) / 7€ (children 4 – 9) / free (children under 4) Prices as of June 1, 2019

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite, Navigo Pass, Navigo Day Pass, Ticket Mobilis

First Train / Last RER B Train CDG to Paris => 04:56 / 23:50

Photo Guides: Terminal 1 to Paris, Terminal 2 to Paris

Safety/Security: Thieves work on this train!

Facts & Figures: RER B (video)

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RER B Service Disruption

The RER B train line is currently affected by service disruptions until Dec 14, 2019.
Please see RER B Service Disruptions for more information.
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Details – Charles de Gaulle to Paris Airport Train

About the RER B Train

The best way to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris is by taking the RER B airport city train leaving from either CDG Terminal 2 or Roissypole (the building housing the CDG Airport train station closest to CDG Terminal 1 and CDG Terminal 3).  Now lets see the details on getting from Charles de Gaulle to Paris by train.

The RER B train from Charles de Gaulle to Paris runs north-south through the centre of Paris with many going from CDG to Gare du Nord, the London to Paris Eurostar station, then at Châtelet Les Halles the “super” exchange station with 4 metro lines and 3 RER lines available, then Saint Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire, and continues south towards Orly Airport (requiring a transfer onto the OrlyVal metro at station Antony).

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 Train Platform

The two Charles de Gaulle Airport train stations are named “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” and “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV“, the first being located near Terminal 3 in the Roissypole building and the second located between Terminal 2E and 2C. (A map of CDG airport is provided below).

The first train leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport towards Paris departs at 4:56am from Terminal 2, stops at “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” station two minutes later, and then reaches Gare du Nord in Paris at 5:26am.

The last RER B train leaving airport CDG for Paris departs at 11:56pm just before midnight (update: see warning below), arriving at Paris Gare du Nord at 12:26am. This train schedule from CDG to Paris is the same every day of the week, including holidays.  (For a complete timetable, see the schedule of RER B trains).

For normal first and last train times see this timetable of first/last Paris Metro and RER A and RER B trains.

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Where – CDG Airport Train Station

For details on Paris airport transportation – how to get from CDG to Paris, see either CDG Terminal 1 to Paris Photo Guide or CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Photo Guide.

If you’re landing at Terminal 1 you’ll have to take a shuttle train called CDGVAL to Terminal 3/Roissypole in order to catch the RER train.  The name of this station is “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1“. Don’t mistake the “1” in the train station name as meaning “Terminal 1”, it doesn’t, it’s simply the first of the two train stations at CDG Airport.  Just follow the signs for the CDGVAL tram within Terminal 1 and transfer to Terminal 3 / Roissypole to catch the RER B train to Paris.

CDGVAL Shuttle Train Line Map

CDGVAL Shuttle Train Line Map

To make things more confusing, CDG Terminal 3 / Roissypole is located between Terminals 1 and 2, so traveling from west to east across terminals you’ll depart Terminal 1, arrive at T3/Roissypole, then CDG Terminal 2 at the opposite end of the airport. Keep in mind that the CDGVAL tram stops at parking stations in between Terminals 1 and 3 (Parc P-r), and Terminals 3 and 2 (Park P-x), so don’t get off CDGVAL too early. There will be voice announcements at each stop in French and English to help guide you.

Map Charles de Gaulle CDG Airport

Map of (CDG) Charles de Gaulle Airport (PDF – Courtesy of ADP)

If you’re landing at Terminal 2, keep in mind that there are 7 sub-terminals and you must make your way to the train station which is located between sub-terminals 2E and 2F.  There will be numerous signs through the terminals pointing towards the Paris RER train.

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Buy Paris Train Tickets

At either the Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 train station, a large open concrete atrium, or Terminal 2 train station, a white, triple level, escalator extravaganza, you’ll find plenty of ticket vending machines. To buy Paris train tickets, be sure to use the Paris Ile-de-France box machines and not the yellow SNCF TGV vending machines.  Both train ticket vending machines types are visible below.  The yellow train ticket vending machine sells only TGV/Intercity train tickets.  The white boxy ticket machines sell RER B train tickets, as well as Paris Visite, Metro tickets, and RER tickets for other destinations such as Disneyland Paris. These train ticket machines will be labeled BILLETS, TICKETS, BILLETES Paris Ile-de-France Train, RER, Tramway, Metro, Bus.   (Note: the colour of the Paris train ticket vending machines may be different depending on the station.  They can be blue, green or white+fuchsia. TGV/Intercity train ticket vending machines are yellow+grey.)

Train Ticket Machines TGV and RER

Train Ticket Machines TGV and RER

 

Even more important to note is that any credit cards or debit cards without smart chips nor 4-6 digit PIN numbers will not work with these machines. At the CDG 1 train station there is a large ticket window with 3 SNCF employees that will be selling train tickets for the RER Train (and will accept non-chip/PIN credit cards). At Terminal 2 there are two large train ticket offices on the bottom floor, one side selling Paris RER tickets and the opposite side sells SNCF/TGV tickets. If you’re facing this glass room, the entry on the left will be for RER tickets to Paris. The entry on the right is only for tickets to other cities. Almost always there will be at least one ticket seller that speaks English and it will be noted by a little British flag on the corner of his or her window. Either way, you’re looking to buy a ticket for “Paris Aller-Simple” [Pear-Ee Alleh-Som-pleh] which is a one way ticket. The price should be roughly 10.30€ for adult tickets and 7€ for children (9 and under) RER B train tickets to Paris ( as of June 1, 2019).

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Ride RER B Train

For Aéroport CDG 1 train station the train platform is visible behind & below the train ticket vending machines. To access the RER B train platform, look for the entry gates with green lights on them (detailed guide). Terminal 2 CDG Train platform is also well marked: simply follow the signs that say “Trains to Paris”. It’ll be quite difficult to miss and all trains from these platforms travel to Paris. You can view the television screens while on the platform to see all the stops the train to Paris will make. The stops should include Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St. Michel-Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, and others. The four mentioned here are the ones that the majority of travelers will be looking for as they’re all in central Paris. Gare du Nord is best for those going to a hotel near Sacré Coeur/Montmarte, Châtelet les Halles for those staying near the Louvre, St. Michel-Nôtre Dame is across the Seine (the Left Bank), and Luxembourg being near the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens).

For those extra keen travelers, there are “express” RER B trains that leave from both train stations. Look at the television screens on the platform and note how many stops are between the CDG train station and the four central Paris stations mentioned above. The express RER B train, starting at CDG Terminal 2 train station, will stop at CDG Terminal 1 Train station (Aéroport CDG 1) and then will go directly from Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord, without stopping at any stations in between. The regular RER trains will make about 9 stops in between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord. You’ll save roughly 12 minutes by taking one of the express trains, but even the non-express RER B will get you to Paris (Gare du Nord) in about 34 minutes.

Enjoy your visit!

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Useful Links

Disneyland Paris by RER Train

RER Map (PDF)

RER B Train Schedule Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Paris Gare du Nord

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Paris Metro Tickets

By | September 25, 2019 | in Metro Passes Tickets

Paris Metro tickets are white color paper tickets, currently the single-use/ride Paris Metro tickets, known officially as Ticket t+.

Update: These paper coupon-style tickets are gradually being phased out in 2019/2020 with the introduction of Navigo Easy, a preloaded Paris travel card for visitors and residents and Navigo Liberté+, a monthly billed pay-per-use card for residents. Sale of paper Paris Metro tickets like the one pictuerd above will continue until summer of 2020 when sales are scheduled to stop.

Paris Metro Tickets Over Time

Paris Metro Tickets Valid For…

Paris Metro tickets are valid for travel on Paris transport/transit including:

  • Paris Metro (subway)
  • Paris RER Train (within Zone 1)
  • Tramways
  • RATP Paris city bus
  • Noctilien buses (night bus)
  • Optile buses (Paris suburban bus)
  • Montmartre Cable car (Funiculaire de Montmartre)

Paris Metro Ticket t+ is currently priced at 1.90€ for a single ticket ( as of Nov. 1, 2019). A package of 10 tickets, a carnet [“car-nay”] costs 16.90€ or 14.90€ if put on Navigo Easy.

Paris Metro Ticket 2019

Transfers Allowed

Paris Metro tickets are valid for transfers on Metro for 2 hours after first validation. For Metro tickets used on a tram or bus, transfers are allowed for 1 hour 30 minutes after first validation. You cannot mix and match the transfers listed below, each bullet point should be regarded as separate transfer type. For example, you cannot transfer from Paris Metro to Bus. Paris Metro Ticket transfers are allowed between:

  • One Metro line to another, without exiting the confines of a station, or
  • Metro to RER trains, or
  • 2 RATP (city) Bus lines, or
  • 1 RATP Bus and 1 Optile (suburban) bus, or
  • Tramway and any bus lines that cross it, or
  • Noctilien (night) buses (except on Noctilien buses requiring special fares)

Notice that there are no “and“s in the above list. That’s on purpose. You can’t mix any of the above transfer situations.

Special note: single transit tickets purchased on buses, directly from drivers are not valid for any transfers at all and cost 2€. With these tickets you will not be able to transfer to another bus nor tramway.

Paris Metro Passes

For Paris Metro Passes read about Navigo Decouverte unlimited use weekly travel card, Navigo Jour unlimited ride day pass and the new Navigo Easy preloaded Paris transit ticket card introduced on June 12, 2019.

Other Paris Metro Tickets

  • Paris RER Ticket (officially known as a Billet Origine-Destination or Billet Ile-de-France)
  • Paris Ticket Mobilis – unlimited use day ticket/pass for zones selected (1-5)
  • Ticket Jeunes Weekend – unlimited use Paris day ticket/pass for under 26 years old (25 or younger), usable only on Saturday or Sunday, for zones selected (1-5)
  • Paris Visite – unlimited, multi-day, variable-zone ticket/pass