Paris Metro Maps

By | January 8, 2020 | 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, 8 and Transilien train lines H through U.
For more info see Paris Metro and Paris RER for tickets, passes, hours & more.

For individual Metro line maps for Paris Metro line 1 through 14 see Paris Metro line maps.

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.

RER Train Paris to Disneyland® Paris

By | January 2, 2020 | 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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Paris to Chateau Versailles by Train

By | January 1, 2020 | in Attractions RER RER C

Overview

Line => RER C (yellow)

Direction => Versailles-Rive Gauche

Arrival Station => Versailles-Rive Gauche (Zone 4, 3.65€ as of June 1, 2019)

Service Disruptions => Paris Train Strike 2020

Paris Versailles train line map

Paris Versailles train line map

RER C Service Disruption

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Paris to Versailles Train Details

To get from Paris to Versailles by train you can take a “RER C” train from central Paris to within 5 minutes walk of Chateau Versailles, ending at station Versailles-Rive Gauche.

Start your trip by going into any Paris Metro/RER station that you find around the city, which will be marked with a blue sign with an M or RER surrounded by a circle. From time to time you’ll see the metro marked only by the old style art deco Metropolitan signs. Below is a photo of a Paris transit station that is both an RER and Paris Metro station.

Metro and RER station entrances at St Michel - Notre Dame

To get to Versailles, you’ll need the RER C train line, the yellow line that serves the western half of the Parisian suburbs.

Paris Versailles Train Ticket

To take a RER C train from Paris to Versailles you’ll need to buy a Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche RER train ticket, like the one shown below, that costs 3.65€ as of June 1, 2019 (or a Zone 4 pass, more on that later). 

Which Versailles Train Stations

You must specifically choose Versailles Rive Gauche as the destination for your RER ticket, not Versailles Chantier nor Versailles Rive Droite.  These are 3 different train stations with “Versailles” in the name, but Rive Gauche is the closest train station to the Palace of Versailles and the one you want.

Do I Need a Metro and RER Ticket?

Ticket prices for Paris to Versailles train (Versailles Rive Gauche to be exact) will be the same regardless of where you start within Zone 1 (see a Paris transit fare zone map), with transfers on Paris Metro included on your RER ticket; You don’t need a separate Metro ticket, even if you start your Paris-Versailles journey at a Metro station. Any RER train station or Metro station inside central Paris (within the Blvd Peripherique ring road) is considered to be in Zone 1.  Again, see the Zone Map to check your starting station is within Paris zone 1.

Simply buy a Paris-Versailles Rive Gauche RER ticket at your starting station, Metro or RER, and use that RER ticket as if it was a Metro ticket to pass through Metro turnstiles/fare gates if you’re beginning your journey on Metro.

Ticket Vending Machines

See instructions on buying RER train tickets using automated train ticket vending machines (the machines you’ll find in RER stations) or Paris Metro ticket vending machines which you’ll find in Paris Metro stations.  Either ticket vending machine can sell you the correct train ticket for Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche.  You can also buy tickets to Versailles from the ticket windows of any Paris Metro or RER station.

Ticket Windows

At the ticket window or guichet [Gkee-Shay] don’t panic. There’s a 50/50 chance the worker will speak English quite well and if not, they’ll understand “Chateau Versailles” [Shah-Tow Vher-Sigh]. Normally the Metro staff will ask you whether you want a return ticket, by asking “Aller Rétour?” [Alleh-Ray-Tour] (or by making hand signs holding up a finger or two fingers). A return ticket is simply two one-way tickets. Each ticket is currently ( as of Nov. 1, 2019) 3.65€ or double that for a return trip. Tip: most credit cards will work at the ticket window nowadays but it doesn’t hurt to have cash on hand in case it doesn’t.  And 50 Euro notes aren’t especially appreciated either as it will clean out the ticket seller’s change till. Small bills or coins are better.  I’d recommend buying Aller-Rétour return tickets to save time lining up again in Versailles.  Note that RER train tickets don’t have an expiry date; you can use them at any time in the future, not just the day you bought them.

If you’ve got a day pass like Navigo Jour / Ticket Mobilis that’s good for at least Zone 4 or week pass like Navigo Decouverte (by default good for Zone 5), you don’t need to purchase a separate Paris – Versailles ticket since Versailles is in Zone 4.  And finally, if it wasn’t clear already regular Paris Metro or Bus tickets are not valid for travel to Versailles.  You must buy a Paris-Versailles Rive Gauche RER ticket.

Where to Board Versailles Trains

After you buy Paris-Versailles train tickets you’ll use them to get past the turnstiles and begin your journey towards the RER C line.  Keep your ticket handy:  You’ll need your ticket to exit after arriving at Versailles Chateau station!  Here’s where a Metro map to see where you are in relation to the yellow RER C line is very helpful.

Navigating Metro/RER Stations

Many stations throughout Paris serve several different metro lines and RER train lines all within the same station. This means a single station can have several vertical levels plus many different platforms going in opposite directions. This may sound confusing, but it follows a pattern that you’ll quickly master: All RER lines are letters, A to E, all Metro lines are numbers 1 to 14. All lines have a terminus station, i.e. the last station on the line. Every RER train and Paris Metro platform will mark which line you’re on and which direction the train is going, which is the terminus station. If you are not already at a station which serves the RER C line, play snakes and ladders with the Metro/RER lines on the map to see how you can get to the closest RER C station.

If you happen to be at a RER yellow-line station such as St. Michel/Notre Dame, Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel, Musee d’Orsay (see the entire RER C line map) then you’re already on the RER C line and transfers are (likely) unnecessary.  If you’re starting from a Metro station, you’ll need to find a Metro route that intersects with a yellow-line RER C station and make the necessary Paris Metro to RER transfers. Take a look at a Paris Metro map and plot your route onto the RER C line & to Versailles Rive Gauche.

Find / Board Versailles Chateau Train

Once you’ve arrived at a RER C station, you need to choose the correct RER C train platform and board the correct RER C train to get to Chateau Versailles. There are many RER C directions & terminus stations and it can be confusing to know which train to board.  Here’s where you need to look for display screens showing which RER C trains are heading where.

Paris RER train station destinations screen

The key to finding the right RER C train to Versailles inside an RER train station is to check the display screens and find trains heading to Versailles Chateau RG (which stands for Rive Gauche).  On the photo below you’ll see the right hand screen, second line shows:

RER C VICK 14:09 Versailles Chateau RG |A|

The RER C part is obvious, that’s the Paris RER train line that connects central Paris to Versailles Chateau.

VICK is the “mission” for the train which tells you where it’s headed and which stops it will make along the way.  You can find out all the stations that will be served by a VICK-mission Versailles Chateau RG train by looking at a Paris RER C train schedule.

14:09 is the time the train will depart this station (2:09 PM).

Versailles Chateau RG is the final destination of the train, which is the train station closest to Versailles Palace and the one you want.

The letter |A| tells you which platform to use to board the Versailles Chateau RG train.  And finally the names underneath the final destination: Javel, Pont de Garigliano, Issy Val de Seine are a sample of popular train stations that will be served by this VICK train on its way towards Versailles.

Paris RER C Versailles Chateau train on destination display

Versailles train departures screen – Courtesy of Google Maps

Other names on the display panel are for other terminus stations along the same RER C line. In the above example, there are RER C trains with direction/terminus station of Pontoise, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche, and Montigny Beauchamp, all departing from the same train platform, traveling on the same RER C train line. On the left hand screen you’ll also see Versailles Chantiers, which is easy to confuse with Versailles Chateau RG, so double check you’re using the right train platform before boarding the train.

Once you’ve arrived at the RER platform you’ll see the same train destination display overhead show the same information.  Double check that Versailles-Chateau RG is shown the display screen above you. If the name is not on the board, check the other side of the platform, which is going in the opposite direction… you may have made a mistake and chosen the wrong platform.

When the train arrives, the doors will not open automatically; Someone on the train, or you, must press the green or silver button on the door to open it.

Paris RER Train Door Open Button

Arriving at Versailles Rive Gauche Chateau

Once on the train, if you’ve taken the right train, you won’t need to keep track of the stations since Versailles Chateau will be the last station on the line and everyone will be getting off.  Here’s where keeping your RER ticket comes in handy as you’ll need to insert it into exit turnstiles / fare gates to exit the train platform and find your way to the street.

Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche Station

Courtesy of Google Maps

After arriving at the Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station, look for blue “Sortie” signs which mark exits for the station. Eventually each of them will have a name marking what street it gives access to. On occasion a landmark or sight such as Tour Eiffel or Chateau Versailles will be marked on the exit sign as well, highlighted in beige.

Walking to Chateau Versailles

Upon exiting onto the street you are now on Avenue du General de Gaulle. With the train station at your back, look right; this is the direction you want to walk, towards Avenue de Paris. As you walk towards the first intersection you should see the Marie de Versailles (City Hall of Versailles) on your right with a large clock on the grass bank.

Versailles City Hall Grass Clock

Courtesy of Google Maps

At the intersection, turn left and walk down the tree-lined avenue. This is Avenue de Paris and leads right to the front gates of the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles Avenue de Paris to Chateau Versailles

Courtesy of Google Maps

Enjoy your visit!

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Orlybus – Orly Airport Bus

By | January 1, 2020 | in Airport Orly (ORY)

The Orlybus Orly Airport Bus travels between Orly Airport Terminal 4 and Paris Denfert-Rochereau in Paris in 25-30 minutes at a cost of 9.50€.  Read on to find out:

  • where to catch the Orlybus at Orly Airport
  • where to catch the Orlybus in Paris
  • how & where to buy Orlybus tickets
  • Orly airport bus route & stops

Line => Orlybus (see connections)

First Bus / Last Bus to Paris => 06:00 / 00:30 (from Orly Terminal 4)

First Bus / Last Bus to Orly => 05:35 / 00:00 (from Denfert-Rochereau)

Frequency => 8 to 15 minutes

Average Travel Time => 25-30 minutes

Cost => 9.50€ paper ticket / 8.50€ on Navigo Easy

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite 5 Zone, Navigo, Ticket Mobilis 4-zone, Navigo Day Pass 4-zone

Orlybus Route

The Paris – Orly bus, Orlybus, only makes one stop en route from Paris to Orly airport, at Stade de Charlety / Porte de Gentilly.

At Orly Airport, Orlybus makes two stops, first at Orly 1-2-3 (a combined stop serving all three terminals) and a 2nd and final stop at Orly 4.

The Orlybus then departs Orly airport for Paris only from Orly 4. Orlybus will not pick up passengers at Orly 1-2-3 when going to Paris.

Orlybus route map – Paris to Orly

Orlybus Route Map Preview

Orlybus Route Map – Paris Denfert Rochereau to Orly 1 2 3 4

Connections to Orlybus in Paris at Denfert Rochereau

OrlyBus, a direct bus between Orly Airport Terminal 4 and Paris, ending at Denfert Rochereau station with connections to RER B (Gare du Nord, Stade de France, CDG Airport) and Paris Metro line 4 (Gare du Nord / Sacre Coeur) & Paris Metro line 6 (Eiffel Tower / Arc de Triomphe) is a good way to get from Orly to Paris.

Paris RER B line Map at Denfert Rochereau Preview

Denfert Rochereau on Paris RER B line Map

Paris Metro line 4 Map at Denfert Rochereau Preview

Denfert Rochereau on Paris Metro line 4 Map

Paris Metro line 6 Map at Denfert Rochereau Preview

Denfert Rochereau on Paris Metro line 6 Map

Where is Orlybus at Orly Airport (ORY)?

Orlybus to Paris departs ORY airport from Terminal 4 only.  You can find Orlybus at ORY Airport Terminal 4 outside door 47d at bus stop #5.

If you land at Orly Airport terminal 1, 2 or 3, you will have to transfer to Orly Terminal 4 to catch Orlybus to Paris.  Transfers from Orly terminals 1, 2, or 3 to Orly 4 can be done by walking or taking the Orlyval train between Orly 1 and Orly 4. The walk from Orly 3 to Orly 4 is about 8 minutes long. Orly 3 is the closest ORY terminal to Orly 4, but requires walking outside underneath a covered walkway during construction of the hallway that will join the two terminals. Walking from Orly 1 to Orly 4 is about 15 minutes. It’s faster to take the ORLYVAL shuttle train from Orly 1 to Orly 4. The ORLYVAL is free of charge when transferring between Orly terminals.

Below is a photo of Orly Terminal 4 bus station, with the Orlybus at Bus Stop #5 visible at center top right furthest away, Paris bus 183 to Porte de Choisy in dead center at Bus Stop #4 and the Disney Magical Shuttle to Disneyland Paris in yellow/orange in the bottom right at Bus Stop #3.

Orly Airport Terminal 4 Bus Station Orlybus Disney Shuttle

Buying Orlybus tickets at ORY Terminal 4

You can buy OrlyBus tickets at several ticket vending machines at bus stop # 5 or from the staffed ticket window at Bus Stop #5 outside ORY Airport Terminal 4 door 47d, visible in the photo below:

Orlybus at Orly Terminal 4 Bus Stop #5
Orlybus ticket vending machines accept payment types of credit card, European bank cards & Euro coins.  The Orlybus ticket window accepts payment types of credit card, Euro bank cards, Euro coins and cash notes. 
Navigo Decouverte day and week passes are sold at the Orlybus ticket window at Orly Terminal 4 bus stop #5. Navigo Easy cards are also sold here, which can be used for Orlybus tickets and at a discount to the paper Orlybus ticket. (Orlybus paper ticket costs 9.50€ / Orlybus ticket on Navigo Easy 8.50€.)

Alternate Paris – Orly Transfer Options

Orly Airport Directory Bus Trains

The various transport options between Orly Airport and Paris shown above on Orly Airport Transport Information screen include:

  • Les Bus Direct (formerly Les Cars Air France) to Montparnasse / Invalides / Champs Elysées for 12€
  • OrlyBus to Denfert Rochereau for 9.50€ or discounted to 8.50€ when purchased on Navigo Easy
  • OrlyVal to Antony, then RER B to Châtelet for 12.10€
  • shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis then RER C to Gare de Austerlitz for 6.35€
  • Magical shuttle Orly to Disneyland Paris bus for 23€ (10€ kids 3 – 11 years old)
  • Paris city bus #183 to Porte de Choisy (not shown on directory) for 2€ then another 1.90€ for Metro into central Paris
  • Tram 7 (not shown on directory) to South East Paris Metro station of Villejuif-Louis Aragon on Paris Metro line 7 for 1.90€ (Tram) + 1.90€ (Metro)

Orly Directory Bus & Trains To Paris

Orly Directory Bus Trains To Paris Region

Some details on where to catch Tram 7 from Orly Airport Terminal 4 (near Parking 3 garage), OrlyVal train (entrance & ticket office near Sortie/Door K) and OrlyBus from island 3 at the bus station (“Gare routière“).

Orly 4 Transport Map

Orly 4 Transport Map

An Orly Airport bus ticket vending machine is shown below.  Note the Orly airport bus price has increased to 9.50€ as of Nov. 1, 2019.  Although the particular machine below doesn’t have a slot for accepting Euro cash notes, some Orly bus ticket machines will accept cash notes.  Other forms of payment accepted include debit card, Mastercard and Visa.  All cards must use chip + PIN technology to be accepted.

  • the purple card holder area above the credit card slot / pin pad is for recharging Navigo passes at this train ticket vending machine
  • coin slot to the right of credit card slot / pin pad accepts Euro coins, minimum denomination is 5 cents
  • the metal roller between the two circular buttons is how you make selections on the screen, rolling up or down to change the highlighted item on the screen
  • the left red button cancels or goes back, the green button is an OK button
  • collect your train tickets, Euro coin change and receipts from the large central slot below the pin pad
Orlybus Ticket Vending Machine

Orlybus Ticket Vending Machine at OrlyBus stop

 

OrlyBus Ticket Vending Machine Orly Airport

OrlyBus Ticket Vending Machines inside Orly Airport Terminal 1

A photo of the “Orlybus” Orly Airport Bus stop in Paris at Denfert Rochereau Metro stop.  The Orlybus red logo is visible on the bus stop.

Orlybus stop in Paris - Denfert Rochereau

Orlybus stop in Paris – Denfert Rochereau

Orlybus Ticket machines are available at the bus stop to help speed the boarding process. If you’d like to take advantage of the Navigo Easy Orlybus ticket discount, buy your Navigo Easy card & load your Orlybus ticket at the ticket window inside the Denfert Rochereau station visible in the background of the photo below:

Orlybus Stop Denfert Rochereau

Orlybus Stop in front of Denfert Rochereau RER B & Metro station

Paris Metro RER Train Strike 2019

By | December 31, 2019 | in RER RER B

Current Paris Metro & RER Train Strike Information December 31, 2019

 
Please visit:
January 2020 Paris Train Strike
for the latest strike information

Updated Dec 30, 2019 19:57 Paris time

December 31, 2019 Strike Paris Metro & RER Trains

Paris train strikes continue to affect:

Busy Paris Metro line 1 platform during December 31, 2019 strikes

Dec 18 – Chatelet station on Paris Metro line 1. – RATP

There is no end date of the strike as of yet. Although parts of the Paris Metro network are being added back to service, very very slowly. As the days pass it seems like a handful of stations on a randomly chosen section of a Metro line are added back to service. No official word on whether or not this will continue. The labor unions are still on an “unlimited strike” meaning disruptions affecting Paris trains will continue until a compromise is found in the dispute.


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CDG Airport Trains to Paris – RER B

Key Info:

  • RER B train from CDG to Gare du Nord running all day 4:56 – 00:06
  • New Year’s Eve four extra trains after midnight CDG to Gare du Nord: 01:24 – 04:24 (one per hour)
  • RER B train south of Gare du Nord running at 1/2 frequency during peak hours morning & early evening
    • 6:29 a.m. – 10:11 a.m.
    • 3:47 p.m. – 7:35 p.m.
  • RER B train south of Gare du Nord running at 1/3 frequency from 10:11 a.m. – 3:47 p.m.
  • RER B train last train at Gare du Nord heading south into Paris departs at 7:35 p.m. (19:35)
  • No RER B trains south of Gare du Nord after 7:35 p.m.



Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport trains are running at 1/3rd capacity, all day, morning, midday and evening with extra trains after midnight for New Year’s Eve December 31, 2019 of the Paris train strike.

Though RER B trains south of Gare du Nord (in Paris) are running from 1/2 to 1/3 frequency and are still closing early (7:35 p.m.) on December 31, 2019.

RER B airport trains will terminate at Gare du Nord during the Paris train strike. CDG Airport trains will stop & end service at surface level platforms, not underground at normal RER B platforms.

RER B trains in Paris center running 1/2 frequency during peak hours 6:29 a.m. – 10:11 a.m. and 3:47 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. on December 31, 2019.
Paris center stations are:

  • Gare du Nord
  • Chatelet les Halles
  • St. Michel Notre Dame
  • Luxembourg
  • Port Royal
  • Denfert Rochereau
  • Cite Universitaire

RER B trains not running / closed in city center early morning and evening:

  • No RER B trains in center before 6:29 a.m.
  • No RER B trains in center after 7:35 p.m.

After 7:35 p.m. RER B train service south of Gare du Nord will stop altogether until next midday / noon.

Timetables / schedules morning, midday and evening for RER B trains from CDG to Paris during Paris train strike for December 31, 2019:

Morning RER B train Timetable CDG to Paris during full-day strike service December 2019

Morning RER B train Timetable CDG to Paris during full-day strike service December 2019

RER B train Midday Timetable during full-day strike service December 2019

RER B train Midday Timetable during full-day strike service December 2019

Evening RER B train Timetable CDG to Paris during full-day strike service December 2019

Evening RER B train Timetable CDG to Paris during full-day strike service December 2019

RER B Train Timetable CDG to Paris New Year's Eve 2019 Extra Trains After Midnight

RER B Train Timetable CDG to Paris New Year’s Eve 2019 Extra Trains After Midnight

December 31, 2019 complete schedule of RER B direction Paris (PDF – opens new window)

Another option for CDG to Paris is Roissybus CDG-Paris bus. Roissybus is running at full normal schedule for December 31, 2019.


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Paris to CDG Airport Train – RER B

Key Info:

  • RER B train from Gare du Nord Paris to CDG running all day 4:53 – 00:37
  • New Year’s Eve four extra trains after midnight Gare du Nord to Paris: 01:27 – 04:27 (one per hour)
  • RER B train south of Gare du Nord running 1/3 frequency until early close at 7:11 p.m.

For December 31, 2019 of the Paris train strike Paris RER B trains going to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport trains are running 1/3rd frequency, all day, morning, midday and evening. RER B trains from Paris Gare du Nord to CDG will run from 04:53 in the morning till 00:37 in the evening. After midnight for New Year’s Eve, four extra RER B trains from Gare du Nord to CDG will run once per hour starting at 01:27. See below for Paris to CDG RER B strike timetable for December 31, 2019.

First train from Paris to CDG Airport will leave Gare du Nord at 04:53 in the morning and arrive at CDG Terminal 2 at 05:32.

Last train from Paris to CDG Airport will leave Gare du Nord at 00:37 (12:37 a.m.) and arrive at CDG T2 at 01:16 on December 31, 2019 strike day.

Four extra Paris to CDG Airport trains for New Year’s Eve 2019 at 01:27, 02:27, 03:27, 04:27 from Gare du Nord

Paris to CDG Airport trains will depart from Gare du Nord, at surface level, during the Dec 2019 strike. If you are further south in Paris than Gare du Nord, you will need to take the RER B or Paris Metro to get to Gare du Nord, then transfer to surface level RER B trains departing from Grandes Lignes platforms to CDG Airport. (Platform displays will show Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 / TGV as the destination.)

Note that for December 31, 2019 RER B trains in Paris south of Gare du Nord, will stop running early. Last RER B Paris city center train departs Denfert Rochereau at 7:11 p.m. and arrives at Gare du Nord at 7:23 p.m.

After that, RER B trains in Paris south of Gare du Nord are completely stopped until next morning.

Paris center stations are (from North to South):

  • Gare du Nord
  • Chatelet les Halles
  • St. Michel Notre Dame
  • Luxembourg
  • Port Royal
  • Denfert Rochereau
  • Cite Universitaire

Timetable / schedule for RER B trains from Paris to CDG airport, morning, midday and evening during Paris train strike for December 31, 2019:

Morning RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

Morning RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

Midday RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

Midday RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

Evening RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

Evening RER B train Timetable Paris to CDG during full-day strike service December 2019

RER B Train Timetable Paris to CDG New Year's Eve 2019 Extra Trains After Midnight

RER B Train Timetable Paris to CDG New Year’s Eve 2019 Extra Trains After Midnight

December 31, 2019 complete schedule of RER B direction CDG Airport (PDF – opens new window)

Another option for CDG to Paris is Roissybus CDG-Paris bus. Roissybus is running at full normal schedule for December 31, 2019.


Orly ORY Airport Train – RER B – Paris Train Strike December 31, 2019

The OrlyVal train from Orly ORY airport to Antony station along the RER B is unaffected by the Paris train strike in December 31, 2019. But, from Antony to Paris Gare du Nord, the RER B train will be running all day at 1/3 frequency with last RER B train departing Antony for Gare du Nord at 6:50 p.m..

ORY Airport / Antony station to Paris Gare du Nord RER B trains will start running at 6:18 a.m. (First RER B train from Antony/ORY to Paris departs at 6:18 a.m. / 06:18 during Dec 2019 strike.)

RER B Morning timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

RER B Morning timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

RER B Midday timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

RER B Midday timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

Last RER B train from Antony/ORY to Paris departs at 6:50 p.m. / 18:50 during Dec 2019 strike.

RER B Evening timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

RER B Evening timetable strike service Antony (ORY airport) to Paris Gare du Nord

Paris Gare du Nord to Antony RER B Train Timetables

Paris Gare du Nord to ORY Airport / Antony station RER B trains will start running at 6:29 a.m. in the morning. (First RER B train from Paris Gare du Nord to Antony/ORY departs at 6:29 a.m. / 06:29 during Dec 2019 strike.)

RER B Morning strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony

RER B Morning strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony

RER B Afternoon strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony

RER B Afternoon strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony

Last RER B train from Paris Gare du Nord to Antony/ORY departs at 7:35 p.m. / 19:35 during Dec 2019 strike.

RER B Evening strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony

RER B Evening strike service Timetable Paris Gare du Nord to Antony



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Paris Metro Train Strike December 31, 2019

Metro 1 & Metro 14: Operating normally


Last Paris Metro 1 train 01:45 on December 31
Last Paris Metro 14 train at 01:45 on December 31

Metro lines running at reduced capacity & limited stations: 2, 3, 3bis 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 mostly between hours of 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. (see details below). Last trains at 6:30 p.m.

Metro Lines Not Running on December 31, 2019:
Metro Lines – 7bis will not be running on December 31, 2019 due to Paris Strikes.
See Paris Metro Map.

Metro 2: running 9 minute frequency from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 12 minute frequency from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. only between Porte Dauphine and Anvers stations.

Paris Metro line 2 map

Paris Metro line 2 map

Metro 3: running 12 minute frequency from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. only between Pont de Levallois and Havre-Caumartin and 15 minute frequency from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. only between Temple and Pont de Levallois in the afternoon.

Paris Metro Line 3 Map

Paris Metro Line 3 Map

Metro 3bis: running from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 15 minute frequency, all stops

Paris Metro line 3bis map

Paris Metro line 3bis map

Metro 4: running at 6-8 minute frequency with all stations open & served only from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Paris Metro Line 4 Map

Paris Metro Line 4 Map

Metro 5: running at 12 minute frequency only between stations Bastille and Place d’Italie only from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Paris Metro line 5 map

Paris Metro line 5 map

Metro 6: running at 6 minute frequency only between Place d’Italie and Nation stations only from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Paris Metro Line 6 Map

Paris Metro Line 6 Map

Metro 7: 6-8 minute frequency with all stations open & served only from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Paris Metro Line 7 Map

Paris Metro Line 7 Map

Metro 8: running at 10 minute frequency and only between stations Concorde and Créteil Pointe du Lac only from 6:30-9:30 a.m. in the morning

Paris Metro Line 8 Map

Paris Metro Line 8 Map

Metro 9: 6 minute frequency, all stops, 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Paris Metro Line 9 Map

Paris Metro Line 9 Map

Metro 10: running at 6 minute frequency only from 6:30-9:00 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. with all stations open along Metro line 10.

Paris Metro line 10 map

Paris Metro line 10 map

Metro 11: 6-8 minute frequency and only from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the morning and only between Mairie des Lilas and Chatelet stations.

Paris Metro Line 11 Map

Paris Metro Line 11 Map

Metro 12: running at 15-20 minute frequency, only from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. and only between Mairie d’Issy and Concorde stations.

Paris Metro line 12 map

Paris Metro line 12 map

Closed Metro Stations

The following Paris Metro stations are closed during the December 31, 2019 strike and no Metro trains will stop at these stations (on the specified line) :

  • Villiers (line 2, 3 closed only in afternoon)
  • Pigalle (line 2)
  • Place de Clichy (line 2)
  • Barbés Rochechouart (line 2, 4)
  • Stalingrad (line 2, 5, 7)
  • Jaures (line 2, 5)
  • Père Lachaise (line 2, 9)
  • République (line 3, 5, 8, 9, 11)
  • Opéra (line 3, 7, 8)
  • Arts et Metiers (line 3, 11)
  • Réaumur Sébastopol (line 3, 4)
  • Marcadet Poissonniers (line 4, 12)
  • Reaumur-Sebastopol (line 3, 4)
  • Gare de l’Est (line 4, 5, 7)
  • Montparnasse-Bienvenue (line 4, 6, 12)
  • Place d’Italie (line 5, 6, 7)
  • Oberkampf (line 5, 9)
  • Trocadero (line 6, 9)
  • Pasteur (line 6, 12)
  • La Motte Piquet Grenelle (line 6, 8, 10)
  • Miromesnil (line 9, 13)
  • Duroc (line 10)
  • Sèvres Babylone(line 10, 12 closed only in morning)
  • Place des Fêtes (line 11)



Disneyland Paris Train Line

Disneyland Paris Trains (RER A) Strike December 31, 2019

Last RER train from Disneyland to Paris departs Disneyland / Marne la Vallée station at 6:29 p.m. (18:29).

First RER train from Paris to Disneyland departs Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) station at 6:51 a.m. (06:51).

RER A trains from Paris to Disneyland will run at half frequency all day until early close (6:57 p.m.) on December 31, 2019 due to the Paris train strike. No Paris to Disneyland trains will run to Disneyland after 6:57 p.m.

RER A trains from Disneyland back to Paris will run between at half frequency all day until early close (6:29 p.m.) on December 31, 2019 due to the Paris train strike. No Disneyland to Paris trains will run after 6:29 p.m.

Paris to Disneyland Train Timetable

Morning Timetable – Paris to Disneyland

RER A morning timetable Paris to Disneyland half service Dec 2019 train strike

RER A morning timetable Paris to Disneyland half service Dec 2019 train strike

Afternoon Timetable – Paris to Disneyland

RER A afternoon timetable Paris to Disneyland half service Dec 2019 train strike

RER A afternoon timetable Paris to Disneyland half service Dec 2019 train strike

Midday (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Paris to Disneyland trains will run at 30 minute intervals.

Full schedule for Paris – Disneyland for December 31, 2019 (PDF – opens a new window)

Disneyland to Paris Train Timetable

Morning Timetable – Disneyland to Paris

RER A morning timetable Disneyland to Paris half service Dec 2019 train strike

RER A morning timetable Disneyland to Paris half service Dec 2019 train strike

Afternoon Timetable – Disneyland to Paris

RER A afternoon timetable Disneyland to Paris half service Dec 2019 train strike

RER A afternoon timetable Disneyland to Paris half service Dec 2019 train strike

Midday (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Disneyland to Paris trains will run at 30 minute intervals.

Full schedule for Disneyland to Paris for December 31, 2019 (PDF – opens a new window)


CDG / ORY Airport Buses Running during Strike

Roissybus is running at normal frequency for December 31, 2019. See the CDG Airport buses page for a Roissybus schedule.

CDG – Bus 350 to Paris-Porte de la Chapelle (northern Paris 18th district) is running normally for December 31, 2019 throughout the day & evening with no changes to first/last buses.

CDG – Bus 351 to Paris-Nation (eastern Paris 12th district) is running normally for December 31, 2019 throughout the day & evening with no changes to first/last buses.

Orlybus is running at normal frequency for December 31, 2019 throughout the day & evening with no changes to first/last buses.

Noctilien Night Buses will be running at double frequency (about once every 30 minutes) for New Year’s Eve 2019.


Versailles RER C trains during Strike

Paris – Versailles Trains (RER C) are not running December 31, 2019 during the Paris train strikes.

An alternative train from Paris to Versailles during the train strike is the Transilien L train from Gare Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite with severely reduced frequency.

Transilien L trains between Paris Saint Lazare and Versailles Rive Droite will continue to operate throughout the day/evening of December 31, 2019. Last train from Versailles Rive Droite to Paris departs Versailles Rive Droite station at 00:12 (12:12 a.m.).

December 31, 2019 full timetable of Paris – Versailles Rive Droite trains, both directions (PDF – opens a new window).

RER C trains will be running but to very few stations (and not Paris – Versailles) on December 31, 2019. RER C stations open and timetable for December 31, 2019.

== END OF UPDATES FOR 2019 DECEMBER TRAIN STRIKES ==

See information on January 2020 Paris Train Strike


The Paris train strike will affect RER B CDG-Paris train frequency (most likely 1 train for 3 normally scheduled) or stop RER B trains altogether during the strike (not likely).

The reduction in train frequency during the Paris train strike will greatly increase travel times on any affected train line. A normal CDG to Paris RER B train would take 40 minutes to get to Gare du Nord. During the strike expect airport trains to take 70-90 minutes with heavy crowding of trains due to the severely reduced frequency.

Paris Metro Entrance Sign covered in strike flags

AFP/SdS

As the Paris train strike will likely affect Paris city buses as well, the Roissybus / Orlybus service will also be affected.

Alternate Paris airport transportation or ways to get from CDG to Paris / Orly to Paris, that will not be affected by the December 31, 2019 strikes include the following:

  • Taxi (50€ Paris north of Seine, 55€ Paris south of Seine, fixed rates for up to 4 people, no tipping nor extra charges for luggage)
  • Uber from CDG to Paris* Gare du Nord (about 45€ for up to 4 people)
  • Uber from ORY to Paris* Gare du Nord (about 41€ for up to 4 people)
  • Le Bus Direct to (18€ per adult / 10€ child 4-11 yrs)

*The Uber link is my personal referral code which provides a $2 discount for your first 3 rides if you are signing up to Uber.


Past Strike Information

The information below is kept only for historical purposes. The Paris train strike of 2018 is now over as of June 29, 2018.

CDG to Paris Train Strike Schedule

The next RER B strike train schedule for Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 are now available. For June 27, 2018, RER B strike impact will be 1/2 normal frequency the entire day for RER B trains between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord with 2/3 normal frequency of RER trains between Gare du Nord and southbound through the rest of Paris.

Below is the CDG to Paris RER B train strike schedule during the Paris train strike on June 27 & 28, 2018.

During the Paris Train Strike RER B trains will terminate at Gare du Nord station in the north section of Paris (details further below).

CDG to Paris RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

How to read strike schedule for the RER B train:

  • Find columns of times that stretch between Aeroport CDG 2 TGV (for CDG Terminal 2) or Aeroport CDG 1 (for CDG Terminal 1 & 3) and Gare du Nord.
  • At the top of the red highlighted columns (in image below) are RER B train departure times from the two CDG airport train stations.
  • Bottom times are when the RER B train arrives at Gare du Nord.
  • When a column of times has no times listed for the Aeroport CDG2-TGV / Aeroport CDG 1 rows, those trains don’t service the airport (and are on a separate leg of the RER B line traveling from Mitry-Claye to Aulnay-sous-Bois where the RER B forks to either CDG or Mitry-Claye).

Four letter codes + number at the top of the schedule columns are marked on the front of each RER train & on overhead screens at train platforms, identifying which stations will be served by this RER train.

RER A Station Panel Direction Poissy, Cergy-Le Haut

This is useful when your RER train could take multiple routes (possibly skipping your destination station), but isn’t necessary when taking RER B trains from CDG Airport to Paris which normally stop at all Paris stations. Normally…

During the Paris train strike, RER B Trains departing CDG Airport will terminate at Gare du Nord at surface level. Passengers wishing to travel further south along the RER B train line (towards Paris city center stations St. Michel-Notre Dame, Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) will need to transfer to an underground RER B train at Gare du Nord (using the same RER ticket). Follow the RER B signs at Gare du Nord to find the underground RER B train platforms that will continue service south throughout the city.

 

RER B Trains from Paris to CDG Airport

RER B trains from Paris city center to CDG Airport will depart from Gare du Nord at surface level lanes 30 to 36 (the Grandes Lignes area) during the strike. Normally RER B trains depart Gare du Nord from the underground platforms, but not during reduced service period of the Paris train strike.

Due to Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27, 2018 and Thursday June 28, 2018 there will be only 1 RER B train for every 2 normally scheduled will be running between Gare du Nord and CDG for the entire day. The Paris train strike will also affect RER B trains between southern terminus stations (Robinson/St-Remy-les-Chevreuse), central Paris and Gare du Nord, reducing RER B trains by one-third during rush hours (7h-9h, 17h-19h), i.e. 2 trains for every 3 normally scheduled to run between Gare du Nord and south through Paris city towards Robinson / St-Remy-les-Chevreuse.

Paris to CDG Train Strike Schedule

See the full Paris to CDG RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

Again, trains leaving Paris for Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport will be leaving from Gare du Nord, from surface level lanes 30-36. If you’re on RER B anywhere south of Gare du Nord (say at Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) you’ll need to switch to a surface level RER B train at Gare du Nord to get to CDG Airport.

 

RER A Trains between Paris and Disneyland

RER A trains from Paris city center to Disneyland Paris are not affected by the Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 and should run at normal frequency. Below is the schedule of RER A trains between Paris and Disneyland during the the last Paris Train strike day that did affect RER A on May 18, 2018 and will be updated for June 27 / 28, 2018 if there is strike disruption and once the RER A train strike schedule is made available from Paris train authority. RER A trains from Paris to La Défense will likely also be running at normal frequency during the strike. Usually only RER A trains running between Paris and Cergy & Poissy are affected & running at 1/2 frequency during Paris train strike days. Paris to Disneyland is usually not affected by strike.

See the full Paris to Disneyland (Marne La Vallée) RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
See the full Disneyland to Paris RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
How to read strike schedule for the RER A train:

  • Find your departure station in the vertical column of station names. Paris stations are highlighted in a red box, center-left.
  • Moving horizontally from your station name, find a column which shows a time for your station. This is the departure time from that station.
  • Then moving vertically down, check if a time is shown on the row for Marne la Vallée-Chessy station (circled bottom left). If a time is shown on the Marne la Vallée-Chessy row, this RER A train goes from Paris to Disneyland station, which is Marne la Vallée-Chessy.
  • In the red vertical highlighted columns of times, you’ll noticed a big gap without times. The Paris RER A Disney train will not stop at these stations.



RER C / RER D / RER E Trains

Paris Train Strike is affecting RER C/D/E at this time and running at 1/2 normal frequency.
RER C trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER D trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER E trains will be running at 2/3 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.


Transilien Trains – La Defense to Versailles

Due to Paris train strike there is currently a reduction in Versailles trains to 2/3 normal frequency from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles (Transilien L trains) for June 25/26, 2018. In addition trains will terminate (at St. Cloud) before the final station and a replacement bus will complete the trip. Note that after 10:10PM (22:10) the Paris-Versailles trains from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles Rive-Droite will terminate at St. Cloud and the remainder of the stations will be served by a replacement bus service to Versailles Rive Droite. Same thing in the reverse direction from Versailles Rive Droite to Paris St. Lazare, a bus service will run between Versailles Rive Droite to St. Cloud where the Transilien L train will take passengers to Paris St. Lazare. This is normally what happens along Paris-Versailles train line when there is a complete stoppage of trains along the Paris Versailles train line due to strike: a bus service will substitute train service between Paris and Versailles on Transilien L line.

See the Paris Versailles Transilien L train strike schedule June 25-26, 2018<!– (will be updated for June 27 when available from Transilien).–.


No RER B Strike Planned for June 24-26 2018

No Strike action is planned for June 24 2018 through June 26, 2018 (inclusive) for the Paris Airport Train (RER B) and should not affect Paris Airport trains (RER B) on June 24 – June 26, 2018. This will be updated as train authorities publish Paris train strike information.

Note that the RER C, RER D and RER E are affected by strike action, reducing RER C/D/E frequency everyday to 3/4 normal frequency for RER C, 2/3 normal frequency for RER D and RER E.

General RER Strike Information

During strike action, Paris RER B trains from CDG Airport will run at 1/3rd normal frequency (one train in three) between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord station in Paris.

Paris Metro Trains are different from Paris RER trains.

CDG Airport trains are only RER trains, not Paris Metro trains.

See Paris Metro train strike information.

CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris

Arrival at CDG T2 Get to Train Station Station Photos Money, Left Luggage
Train Tickets RER B Trains TGV Trains Timetable / Schedule
CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium

This is a step-by-step photo guide of taking RER B Paris city trains from CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris city centre. From the CDG arrivals lounge to central Paris, I’ll guide you step-by-step on how to make this transfer. If you’re arriving at Terminal 1, see the CDG Terminal 1 to Paris photo guide.

For train times, train ticket prices, maps and other details see the Overview CDG to Paris by Train article.

RER B Service Disruption

  • RER Trains between CDG T2 and Paris are ending early (11 p.m. / 23:00) due to rail maintenance works between CDG T2 and Aulnay-sous-Bois stations on weekdays from January 6, 2020 till June 30, 2020 (inclusive).
  • A replacement service shuttle bus will operate between CDG T1/T3 train station and Aulnay-sous-Bois during closures
  • More info (in French) on RER B CDG Train early closures
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Safety/Security: Thieves work on this train!

Arrival at CDG

Upon arrival at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 the first thing that will happen after exiting the plane is immigration/passport control, which can be very quick depending on where you are sitting on the plane.  If you’re seated near the front of the plane and are the first to exit, you’ll be the first to go through immigration screening by French national police.  You could be past immigration within 5 minutes (or 40 if you’re the last to exit a large plane).

Next you’ll collect your baggage at the carousels.  Estimate a good 30 minutes for this.  Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of expediency, perhaps even a little slow.

Customs control for baggage is next, which is separate from passport control and handled by customs officers near the exit of the baggage collection area.  In general the customs officers spot check passengers and only stop those who (rarely) rouse their curiosity.  After this you’ll exit into an unsecured area of Charles de Gaulle Airport free to make your way to Paris or other cities via train.

If you happen to be arriving via Terminal 2G, the new Schengen (Euro Borderless Zone) terminal, you’ll need to take a shuttle bus to Terminal 2E/F in order to catch the RER train.  The shuttle buses, circulating every 4-5 minutes, can be found just outside the arrivals area of 2G.  [Thanks to Lynne P. for this updated information].
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How to Get to the Train Station at CDG Terminal 2

Immediately upon exiting the baggage collection area doors of any CDG Terminal 2 sub-terminal (T2A through T2G), you’ll see the sign below providing directions to CDG Ground Transportation options.

I’ve circled in red on the right side Gare SNCF / Railway Station and also Paris par Train / Paris by Train.  Follow these two signs to get to the trains from CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris.

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals Area Sign

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals Area Sign

The CDG Terminal 2 arrivals area hall will look like this:

Notice the blue overhead signs? Those will point to Gare SNCF / Railway Station, Paris par Train / Paris by Train. Follow these signs to make your way to the train station located right within Terminal 2.

Here are some close-up photos of signs pointing to the CDG Terminal 2 train station:

At the end of each of the terminal buildings (there are seven sub-terminals at Terminal 2: terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G) will be a large sign noting how long it will take to reach other terminals and the train station. In this photo, we see that the train station at Terminal 2 is 3 to 5 minutes walk from Terminal 2F.

Here is a map of Charles de Gaulle Airport showing the layout of CDG Terminal 2. Also visible are Terminal 3, Terminal 1 (which has its own train station) and CDGVAL shuttle train between CDG’s 3 terminals and parking structures.

Map CDG Airport

(Courtesy of ADP)

The moving sidewalks between Terminal 2’s sub-terminals definitely speed up walking times:

CDG Moving Sidewalks

CDG Moving Sidewalks

Closer to the train station area you’ll find more signs directing you down to the station.

And signs very close to the CDG Terminal 2 train station are very large and visible. The sign pictured below reads vers Paris / to Paris and Grandes lignes / Main line – TGV trains.

CDG Terminal 2 Airport train station sign - Paris & Grandes Lignes (TGV)

CDG Terminal 2 Airport train station sign – Paris & Grandes Ligns (TGV)

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Train Station Photos

When you’ve arrived at CDG Terminal 2 train station, you’ll be on Level 4 of an atrium.  In the photo below you can see:

  • Departures information board in the center with vertical curving display (
  • CDG information booth the far end, mostly obscured behind the arrivals/departures display board
  • CDG Airport Baggage Storage services (orange color, run by Baggages du Monde) on the left of information booth
  • Escalators down to Paris city trains (RER B) and Grandes Lignes trains (TGV intercity trains)
CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium

One floor down from CDG T2 arrivals level is the large departures & arrivals board showing all flights at CDG Terminal 2. If you go another level down, you’ll arrive at the CDG T2 RER train station.

On the left of the photo below you can see signs down towards “trains to Paris” and “Grandes Lignes“. You can access the T2 train station from either side of the departures/arrivals board, both by stairs and escalators. There are elevators for CDG Terminal 2 train station at opposite ends of the building. Standing in front of this big board, looking left and right you’ll see elevators at both far ends.

CDG T2 RER train station departures board & signs to trains

CDG T2 RER train station departures board & signs to trains

The older wide angle photo below gives you an overview of CDG Terminal 2 RER B train station. Visible in the below photo of CDG T2 RER train station:

  • Metro & RER Train Ticket vending machines
  • TGV Train ticket vending machines
  • Paris & Region Ticket Office
  • TGV (Grandes Lignes) Ticket Office
  • Entrances to train platforms
  • Video displays showing RER train departure times & destinations
  • Video displays showing TGV train departure times & destinations
CDG Terminal 2 Train Station Ticket Offices Atrium

CDG Terminal 2 Train Station Ticket Offices Atrium

In the photo above you can see:

  • escalators down to CDG Train ticket offices level
  • seating / waiting area for Grandes Lignes / TGV trains departing CDG Airport train station on left side
  • train ticket vending machines, green, yellow and blue (although the location & colors have changed as of 2020, see next photo below for updated machine photos)
    • Green train ticket machines (now white & blue): Paris and suburbs city trains (tickets for Paris RER, Paris Metro, Transilien)
    • Yellow train ticket machines (now white & black): TGV / SNCF and other highspeed/normal speed intercity trains (Thalys, Lyria, Eurostar, ICE, Intercities, Corail, etc.)
    • Blue train ticket machines (now white & blue): same as green machines – RER B tickets, Paris Metro, Versailles, Disneyland, etc.
    • Red machines are food vending machines for snacks and hot & cold drinks
  • Overhead departures video screen showing next RER B trains departing to Paris (there will be other screens with green background for TGV intercity trains)
  • Paris RER train ticket office at extreme right, selling Paris Metro / RER tickets, Navigo Day pass, Ticket Mobilis, Navigo Decouverte, Navigo Easy, Paris Visite

This photo below is more recent. RER Metro train ticket machine are now white and blue color. Their location is now lined up against the escalators, on both sides.

CDG T2 RER train station ticket machines area

CDG T2 RER train station ticket machines area


If you look closely you’ll notice a change machine in the middle between the ticket vending machines. When working, you can exchange Euro notes for coins from this machine for use with the train ticket vending machines. Train ticket machines rarely take cash notes & mostly only coins & credit cards. On the arrivals level, two floors above, is a HSBC bank & ATM from which you can withdraw Euro cash notes or exchange money/currency.

More information on train ticket machines below.

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Money, Information, Left Luggage – at CDG Terminal 2

A full service HSBC bank is available at CDG T2 train station (barely visible on right side of below photo).  You may wish to withdraw some Euro cash notes from the HSBC bank machine or exchange money from the clerk.  If you have non-smart-chip/PIN-protected credit cards, they generally won’t work with the automated ticket machines.  Thus you’ll need Euro cash to buy your tickets from the ticket office.  The automated train ticket vending machines don’t take Euro cash notes, only coins. There is now a change machine in the CDG Airport train station, accepting 10 & 20 euro notes and producing one/two euro coins. The bill change machine is in the middle of the train ticket machines.

CDG T2 - baggage storage, info booth, bank

CDG T2 – baggage storage, info booth, bank

Closer photo of HSBC bank at CDG Terminal 2 train station.

CDG T2 Train Station Bank

CDG T2 Train Station Bank

CDG Airport left luggage / bag storage services handled by Baggages du Monde.  On level 4 (same level at which you walked here to arrive). Contrary to what some information people are finding on other websites, left luggage services at CDG are open/running/in operation.  They are not closed due to security threats.

CDG T2 Bag Storage

CDG T2 Bag Storage

Another photo of the left luggage / baggage store entrance with opening hours of 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, 7 days a week. The baggage storage store is operated by Baggages du Monde, not CDG airport authority.

Entrance to bag / luggage storage at CDG Terminal 2 with opening hours

Entrance to bag / luggage storage at CDG Terminal 2 with opening hours

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Paris Metro/RER Train Tickets at CDG T2

CDG Terminal 2 train station has two train ticket offices. One ticket office for TGV trains and another for Paris RER trains and Metro tickets, Navigo passes and any fare related to Paris area.

Paris Metro / RER tickets and Navigo passes for traveling within Paris and the Ile-de-France area (Disneyland Paris, Versailles, etc.) has a sign outside the ticket office reading Billets Paris et Ile-de-France visible in the photo below.

Paris RER train ticket office CDG Terminal 2 airport train station

Paris RER train ticket & Navigo pass office CDG Terminal 2 airport train station

This CDG Terminal 2 RER B train station ticket office is open daily from 6 a.m. till 12 a.m. (midnight) every day.

Paris Metro RER Train Ticket Vending Machines

Throughout CDG Terminal 2 train station are boxy white & blue ticket vending machines labeled as Tickets Navigo Paris et Ile de France – train, RER, bus, tramway, metro.

CDG Train Ticket Machine - white

CDG Train Ticket Machine – white

To buy single RER B train tickets to Paris at train ticket vending machines you can pay using: credit cards or Euro coins (not cash notes). Credit cards with a smart chip + PIN will most likely work, but if you experience troubles with declined transactions, try again at the staffed ticket office pictured above. If you’re looking to use Euro coins at the train ticket vending machine to buy RER train tickets, there’s a change machine accepting 10€ and 20€ notes available on-site to produce 1 and 2 euro coins.

Although these ticket machines read: Tickets et Navigo, you cannot buy the Pass Navigo from these automatic train ticket machines.  You can recharge your Navigo using these ticket machines. To buy a new Navigo card, you must visit the Paris Ile-de-France ticket office to purchase the Navigo Pass due to the plastic physical card.  (This ticket office is visible in the photo above with sign reading “Billets Paris et Ile-de-France”.)  The Paris Visite multi-day train ticket and Ticket Mobilis day tickets, you can buy from these ticket machines.

Bear in mind that these machines will most likely not work with credit cards without chip+PIN, although this is becoming pretty uncommon circa 2019 / 2020. Also, be sure to not mix up the Paris Metro RER ticket vending machines for the TGV ticket vending machines (shown below).
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TGV Train Tickets

To buy or collect TGV Train tickets at CDG Airport visit the Grandes Lignes train ticket office on the opposite side of the atrium, across from the Paris et Ile-de-France ticket office. The Grandes Lignes ticket office deals exclusively with TGV train tickets and also other brands of intercity trains (Thalys, Eurostar, ICE, etc.). This includes sale, collection, refunds and changes of train tickets going between cities in France and to other European countries. Trains traveling to other cities within France (or other countries such as Belgium, Germany, England), are known as the Grandes Lignes trains. Popular France destinations include trains to Disneyland Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux, etc.

TGV Ticket Office at CDG Terminal 2 train station

TGV Ticket Office at CDG Terminal 2 train station

A closer photo of the entrance to the CDG Terminal 2 TGV ticket office:

Entrance of TGV Ticket Office at CDG Terminal 2 train station

Entrance of TGV Ticket Office at CDG Terminal 2 train station

Buying or collecting TGV train tickets can be done from TGV ticket vending machines such as the one pictured below:

TGV train ticket machine

TGV train ticket machine

Notice the sign atop the machine reads: Billets Grandes Lignes

RER B Paris Train Departures

Overhead displays for RER trains throughout CDG Airport train station have a blue background color. These RER train displays show:

  • departure time of upcoming RER trains
  • final destination of the train:
    • Massy Palaiseau*
    • St-Remy-les-Chevreuse*
    • (rarely) Gare du Nord
  • lane or platform (voie) the RER train to Paris will depart from

*Both Massy Palaiseau & St-Remy-les-Chevreuse RER trains will stop at Gare du Nord as well as all the other central Paris stops. (i.e. St Michel Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau, Cite Universitaire.) The only time CDG Airport RER trains will terminate at Gare du Nord is during strike action or rail line works. So normally you will not see Gare du Nord listed as the destination/terminus.

CDG T2 RER train station train departure displays

CDG T2 RER train station train departure displays

Another thing to note about the two different final destinations of RER trains: Massy Palaiseau trains will be express RER trains making no stops in between CDG & Paris Gare du Nord. See the “RER B Express Trains” section of Paris RER B Timetable page for more information on CDG Airport express trains.

Paris Train (RER B) Entrance & Gates

After buying your train tickets or passes it’s time to pass through ticket gates and descend onto the train platforms using escalators or stairs.

Be sure to follow signs for “vers Paris” & RER B when looking for the train platform entrance and not “Grandes Lignes“. One side of the CDG T2 train station is for TGV high speed intercity trains (Grandes Lignes). The opposite side is for RER B trains to Paris.

CDG Terminal 2 train station signs for RER Paris trains and TGV Grandes Lignes

CDG Terminal 2 train station signs for RER Paris trains and TGV Grandes Lignes

The Paris RER train platforms are marked as “Voie” (“platform or lane”) 11 and 12 and also show “RER B Paris par Train“, the Regional Express Network trains that operate between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Paris city centre.

CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Area

CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Area

 

CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Doors

CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Doors

Entrance and gates to RER B Paris train platforms at CDG T2 train station:

CDG T2 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

CDG T2 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

CDG T2 RER B Train Platforms

This is a photo overlooking Paris bound train platforms 11 and 12 at CDG Terminal 2 Station.

CDG T2 RER train station platform

CDG T2 RER train station platform

On the platform itself you’ll see signs noting that all trains are going to Paris (tous les trains desservent Paris). Since Aeroport Charles de Gaulle is the northern terminus or end-of-line station for the RER B train line all trains must be going south towards Paris.

CDG T2 RER Train platform signs

CDG T2 RER Train platform signs

A closeup of the overhead displays on CDG T2 RER train platform, showing upcoming train destinations, and all stops the next RER train will make from CDG to Paris.

CDG T2 RER train station platform displays

CDG T2 RER train station platform displays

You might notice the above Massy Palaiseau express RER train CDG to Paris only stops at CDG 1 train station (serving CDG T1/T3), then the next station will be Gare du Nord, skipping all the stations in between.

Note that although the platform sign here reads Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, this platform is not the TGV train platform, it’s simply the name of this station as a whole.


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Intercity (TGV) Train Platform

The CDG Airport TGV train platform entrance is located immediately left of the Paris Train platforms through a door marked “Porte S” leading to voie (lanes) 3 to 6.  The video screen overhead shows destinations of TGV Trains leaving CDG, train departure time and from which lane (voie).

CDG T2 TGV Train Platform Entrance

CDG T2 TGV Train Platform Entrance

If you’re taking a TGV train to another city besides Paris, the train platform area should look like the following:

If you’re taking the RER B to Paris, remember to keep your train ticket with you at all times throughout the journey.  You may be asked by a ticket controller to show a valid fare or otherwise pay a penalty fare of 35€. The tickets are also required to exit the arrival station in Paris as there will be turnstiles protecting the exits, just as they protect entrances.

Finally, your RER train ticket is also good for connections onto the Paris Metro and other RER train lines once you’ve arrived in Paris given that:

  • your connections are made within 90 minutes (counting from ticket validation time at CDG Train station turnstiles/gates)
  • you don’t leave the confines of Metro/RER stations after arriving in Paris
  • you aren’t transferring onto buses or trams –  your RER train ticket isn’t valid for them. You must purchase a new Metro/Bus/Tram ticket to transfer onto buses & trams.

The first Paris city centre station will be Gare du Nord, requiring about 30 minutes for the voyage from Airport CDG Terminal 2.  Paris stations along the RER B line after Gare du Nord will be Chatelet Les Halles, St. Michel-Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau and Cité Universitaire.
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Schedules

For RER B train timetables leaving CDG Terminal 2 towards Paris please see the Paris RER B First / Last Trains & Timetable page. As the timetable/schedules are a bit complex to read at first glance, here’s some guidance & instructions on how to read Paris RER Timetables.

Finally here’s a video detailing the Facts & Figures about the RER B train line in Paris.
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Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours

By | December 30, 2019 | in Metro RER

Map / List – Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours

Due to Paris train strikes, Paris Metro New Year’s Eve hours & service will not run throughout the night for 2019.

Paris Metro line 1 & line 14 will run on New Years Eve until 01:45. Last train leaves end stations at 1:45 a.m. making all stops until terminating at other end of Metro line.

RER A (Disneyland) train line will stop running between 6-7 p.m.
Last RER A train leaving Disneyland station departs at 6:29 p.m.
Last RER A train to Disneyland departs Paris Charles de Gaulle Etoile station at 6:57 p.m.

RER B (CDG Airport) train line will stop running through Paris city center at 7:35 p.m. (southbound from Gare du Nord) and at 7:11 p.m. (northbound from Denfert Rochereau).

RER C (Versailles) train line only has two stations operating in Paris city center (Austerlitz & Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand) at service ending at 6:40 p.m.

Noctilien buses will still operate throughout the night on New Year’s Eve, with double normal frequency.

See Paris train strikes page for more Metro & train hours, schedules, timetables.

——– End of 2019 New Year’s Eve Paris Metro Updates ——–


Previous New Year’s Eve Paris Metro & Train services 2018 & earlier

All Paris Metro lines run at full service until 02:15 on New Year’s Eve (NYE December 31st / January 1st).

All Paris RER lines run at full service until 00:30 on New Year’s Eve (NYE December 31st / January 1st).

Six Paris Metro lines run at reduced service all night: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14

Four Paris RER lines run at reduced service all night: A, B, C, D

All Paris Metro, RER,Trams, Buses, Transilien suburban trains, Noctilien (night bus) are free of charge from Dec. 31st 5pm (17:00) till noon (12:00) January 1st.

Map of Paris Metro / RER lines operating all night

Paris Metro RER New Year's Eve Service Map

Paris Metro & RER lines & stations operating all night on New Year’s Eve

Paris Metro & RER Lines running all night New Year’s Eve

After 02:15 past midnight for Metro and 00:30 past midnight for RER:

  • only certain lines of Paris Metro & RER stay open and operational all night long on New Year’s Eve.
  • only certain Metro stations stay open on New Year’s Eve after 02:15 along the lines still operating.
  • only certain RER stations stay open on New Year’s Eve after 00:30 along the lines still operating.
  • only certain entrances at those stations stay open after 02:15 (Metro) 00:30 (RER) on New Year’s Eve

Paris Metro New Year’s Eve Operating Hours & Frequency

Paris Metro lines operating all night:

  • Metro Line 1 – West to La Défense through central Paris east to Chateau de Vincennes
  • Metro Line 2 – through northern Paris / Montmartre areas
  • Metro Line 4 – north / south through central Paris from Montmartre to Montrouge
  • Metro Line 6 – from Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, east to Nation
  • Metro Line 9 – from south west up through central Paris out to east end
  • Metro Line 14 – from Saint Lazare (north west) through past Bercy in south east

Paris Metro lines operating all night will be: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 & 14 the evening of New Year’s eve (with reduced service beginning at 02:15 until 05:30 when full service operations / frequency resume). Only the Metro stations shown on the above Paris Metro RER New Year’s Eve map will be open after 02:15 on New Year’s Eve.

Of the stations shown on the Paris New Year’s Eve transport map, only some of the street entrances will be open during the reduced service period, others will be locked.  Unfortunately RATP, the Paris Transport Authority, has not specified which particular station entrances will be closed after 00:30 RER / 02:15 Metro, you’ll simply have to check the nearby entrances.  There should be street signs with the familiar circle M or circle R pointing towards the various Metro & RER entrances at each station

Paris RER New Year’s Eve Operating Hours & Frequency

RER New Year’s Eve operating hours & frequency will run with reduced service after 00:30

  • RER A
    • RER A will run all night on New Year’s Eve
    • reduced service begins at 00:30
    • all RER A stations will be open & serviced throughout the night (not all entrances open though)
    • 18 minute frequency within Central Paris (Zone 1)
    • 35 minute frequency outside Central paris (Zones 2 – 5)
    • RER A trains will run in both directions, towards Central Paris and out to suburbs, during New Year’s Eve reduced service period
    • RER trains from Disneyland Paris (Marne la Vallée train station) will run all night at reduced frequency, departing Disneyland every 35 minutes
  • RER B
    • RER B operates all night on New Year’s Eve
    • service to and from CDG airport will continue through the night (at 60 min frequency)
    • reduced service begins at 00:30
    • all RER B stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
    • 18 minute frequency within Central Paris (Zone 1)
    • 35 minute frequency heading south past Zone 3 towards Bourg-la-Reine & St Remy les Chevreuse
    • 60 minute frequency heading north beyond Aulnay-sous-Bois (Zones 4-5) out to CDG Airport and Mitry Claye
    • RER B operates all night NYE in both directions, towards Central Paris and out to suburbs
  • RER C
    • RER C operates all night on New Year’s Eve with heavily reduced service
    • reduced service begins at 00:30
    • RER C trains run only outbound from Central Paris towards suburbs between 00:30 – 05:30
    • all RER C stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
    • 30 minute frequency between Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower) & Choisy-le-Roi
    • 60 minute frequency outside Central Paris (Zone 2), between Champ de Mars towards Porte Maillot (close to Charles de Gaulle Etoile / Arc de Triomphe), Porte de Clichy
    • only 2 trains between 02:15 and 05:30 out to Versailles on RER C
  • RER D
    • RER D operates all night on New Year’s Eve with reduced service
    • reduced service begins at 00:30
    • RER D trains run only outbound from Central Paris towards suburbs between 00:30 – 05:30
    • all RER D stations will be open all night long (not all entrances though)
    • 30 minute frequency from Central Paris out to Zone 4
    • only 3 trains out to Melun after 00:30 till 05:30
  • RER E
    • RER E will not run after end of normal service at 00:30

Paris Transit Map & Information – New Year’s Eve

Paris Metro RER Bus New Year's Eve maps & info

Paris Metro RER Bus New Year’s Eve maps & info

This informational pamphlet map of Paris New Year’s Eve transportation services (PDF format, in French) has maps showing:

  • Metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14 running all night and which stations will be serviced
  • RER lines A, B, C D running all night New Year’s Eve and frequency of service
  • Transilien suburban trains and frequency of service (only outbound to suburbs after 00:30)
  • Nocitilien Bus service lines operating throughout New Year’s Eve

RER ARER B, RER C, RER D the night of 31 December, with frequency of one RER A & RER B train per 18 minutes throughout central Paris (Zone 1) and outside of central Paris Zone 1 expect 35-60 minutes per train. RER C, D lines will also operate but at 60 minute intervals during the night (or less).

PDF Map of Metro RER Bus and Transilien New Years Eve running throughout the night on New Years Eve along with their frequency of operation after normal operating hours (which on a normal operating day end around 00:30 and start again at 05:30).

New Year’s Eve Paris Noctilien (night bus) will operate at normal frequency, although four lines will not be running during the evening of December 31st / morning January 1st:

  • N01 & N02 – central Paris ring route night buses will not operate
  • N11 – Pont de Neuilly to Chateau de Vincennes – will not operate
  • N16 – Pont de Levallois to Marie de Montreuil – will not operate

Paris Noctilien Night buses that normally terminate at the Chatelet (very center of Paris) will instead serve an alternate route mostly ending at the major train stations throughout the city.  The affected night buses:

Two Paris night buses that terminate at Gare de l’Est will run an alternate route:

The exact route served by these detoured Paris night buses will be posted on the buses themselves.

Summary Paris New Year’s Eve Public Transportation Services

  • Metro Lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14 run all night
  • Some Metro station entrances on the above lines will be closed
  • Some Metro stations along above lines will be closed completely
  • Metro is free from 5pm New Year’s Eve December 31st, till 12 noon January 1st
  • RER Lines A, B, C, D will run all night
  • RER lines operating will run at reduced frequency
  • RER trains running on A, B, C, D lines will stop at all stations along line
  • All Paris Metro, Buses, RER, Trams, Noctilien night bus will operate free of charge from 17h (5pm) on Dec. 31 until 12:00 noon January 1.

(Thanks to Didier Rouger of RATP for some of the above information).

Paris Bus Map

By | December 25, 2019 | in Maps

Here you can download a Paris Bus Map showing all Paris city bus lines throughout central Paris in PDF format (1.6 MB).

Paris Bus Map - PDF download

Paris Bus Map – PDF download 1.6 MB

This Paris Bus Map also shows tram lines around the circumference of Paris city center.

Black squares on the map are terminus bus stations where Paris bus lines begin & end service for that bus line.

Individual bus stops are not shown on this Paris bus map, just the route the Paris bus line will take, with major street names shown along the bus line.

Major Paris bus connections and interchanges are outlined by a grey line surrounding the area the Paris bus transfer / connections can be made.

For specific information on Paris airport buses, see the CDG Airport bus article and Orlybus Orly airport bus article.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris by Train

Summary Schedule Train Location Tickets Riding Train

CDG Airport to Paris icon

CDG to Paris Train Basics

This article explains the basics of taking a RER B airport train from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris city center.

Want detailed instructions for your arrival terminal?
See:

CDG Terminal 2 to Paris by train

CDG Terminal 1 / Terminal 3 to Paris by train

CDG Terminal 2 Airport Paris RER B train platform

CDG Terminal 2 Airport Paris RER B train platform


Summary

Line => RER B (Blue) RER B Train

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

Paris Stations

  • Gare du Nord
  • Châtelet les Halles
  • St Michel/Nôtre Dame
  • Luxembourg
  • Port Royal
  • Denfert-Rochereau
  • Cité Universitaire

Ticket => “RER Ticket” Aéroport CDG – Paris (Zone 5 -> Zone 1)

Cost / Price => ( as of June 1, 2019)

  • 10.30€ adult
  • 7€ child 4 – 9
  • free age 0-3

Passes Accepted

First Train (From CDG T2 train station) => 04:50

Last Train (From CDG T2 train station) => 23:50

Travel time => 35-40 minutes

Frequency => 6-21 minutes

Detailed Photo Guides:

Safety/Security: Thieves work on this train!

Facts & Figures: RER B (video)

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RER B Service Disruption

  • RER Trains between CDG T2 and Paris are ending early (11 p.m. / 23:00) due to rail maintenance works between CDG T2 and Aulnay-sous-Bois stations on weekdays from January 6, 2020 till June 30, 2020 (inclusive).
  • A replacement service shuttle bus will operate between CDG T1/T3 train station and Aulnay-sous-Bois during closures
  • More info (in French) on RER B CDG Train early closures
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Overview – RER B Airport Train from CDG

About the RER B Train

The RER B is a city-run airport 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 (for CDG Terminal 1 and CDG Terminal 3 passengers). Continue below for the details on finding the Paris airport train stations & 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 train at station Antony).

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 Train Platform

Two Train Stations at CDG Airport

There are two Charles de Gaulle Airport train stations.

  • CDG Terminal 1 / Terminal 3 train station is named “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1“.
  • CDG Terminal 2 train station is named “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV

Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 RER B train station is located near Terminal 3 in the Roissypole building. This airport train station is for Terminal 1 & Terminal 3 passengers.

Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV RER B train station serving Terminal 2 passengers is located between CDG Terminal 2E and 2C. (A map of CDG airport is provided below).

First Trains / Last Trains

The first RER B CDG airport train leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport towards Paris departs CDG Terminal 2 train station at 4:50 a.m.. This RER B train then stops at “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1” station two minutes later to pick up more passengers from CDG Terminal 1 & Terminal 3. Then the RER B train will continue its journey south towards Paris to arrive at Gare du Nord at 5:26 a.m.

The last train leaving airport CDG for Paris departs at 11:50 p.m. just before midnight (update: see disruption above), arriving at Paris Gare du Nord at 12:26 a.m. 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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Train Location – CDG Airport Train Stations

Landing at CDG Terminal 1

If you land at CDG Terminal 1 you’ll have to take a shuttle train called CDGVAL to Terminal 3 / Roissypole to catch the RER B train to Paris:

CDGVAL CDG Shuttle train stops map

Below is a photo close up of the CDGVAL line map showing Terminal 3 / Roissypole as where is the closest RER B train station to CDG Terminal 1:

RER B station highlighted at CDG Terminal 3 Roissypole

The name of this train station is “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1“. The “1” in the train station name doesn’t mean “Terminal 1”, it’s simply the first of the two train stations at CDG Airport. It’s the train station closest to Paris so perhaps this is why it was named as Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1.

If you land at CDG Terminal 1 follow signs for the Paris RER B train / CDGVAL within Terminal 1 and transfer to Terminal 3 / Roissypole to catch the RER B train to Paris.  (See more photos and details in the CDG T1 / T3 to Paris train article.)

To make things more confusing, CDG Terminal 3 / Roissypole is located between Terminals 1 and 2. If you’re traveling from west to east across CDG airport terminals you’ll depart Terminal 1, arrive at Terminal 3/Roissypole, then finally CDG Terminal 2 at the opposite end of the airport. Keep in mind that the CDGVAL shuttle also stops at parking stations in between Terminals 1 and 3 (parking lot Parc P-r), and Terminals 3 and 2 (parking lot Park P-x).  Be careful to not get off CDGVAL too early at these parking lots. There are voice announcements on board CDGVAL at each stop in French, English, German and Spanish to help guide you.

Map Charles de Gaulle CDG Airport

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

Landing at CDG Terminal 2

If you’re landing at CDG Terminal 2, keep in mind that there are 7 sub-terminals (2A thru 2G) and you must walk to the Termainl 2 train station which is located between sub-terminals 2C and 2E.  There will be numerous signs through the terminals pointing towards the Paris RER train.

CDG Airport Terminal 2 RER B train station sign

CDG Airport Terminal 2 RER B train station sign

Although the sign pictured above shows the name Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV this train station is for both Paris City trains and TGV intercity trains. One side of the train station has platforms for RER B Paris city trains. The other side of CDG T2 train station has train platforms for Main Line / “Grandes Lignes” high speed TGV trains for destinations like London by Eurostar, Disneyland Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Bordeaux, etc.

CDG Terminal 2 train station signs for RER Paris trains and TGV Grandes Lignes

CDG Terminal 2 train station signs for RER Paris trains and TGV Grandes Lignes

For further details on Paris airport transportation – how to get from CDG to Paris, see either CDG Terminal 1 / 3 to Paris Photo Guide or CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Photo Guide.

Landing at CDG Terminal 3

If you land at CDG Terminal 3 you won’t immediately see signs for RER B train to Paris at the exit of CDG Terminal 3. Instead, near the entrance/exit of Terminal 3 you’ll see signs for Ground Transports / Terminal 1, 2. Exit those doors and you’ll see a more detailed sign directing you towards the RER B train.

CDG Terminal 3 train / ground transportation sign

CDG Terminal 3 train / ground transportation sign

Outside underneath a covered walkway, you’ll signs for RER Paris by train. You’ll need to walk under a covered walkway, outdoors, until you reach & enter the Roissypole building. The walk between CDG Terminal 3 & RER train station is about a 5-7 minutes. You’ll find Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 train station inside the Roissypole building.

Covered walkway from CDG Terminal 3 to Roissypole RER B Train station

Covered walkway from CDG Terminal 3 to Roissypole RER B Train station

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Buy Paris Train Tickets

You can buy RER B Paris train tickets from either ticket booths or ticket vending machines at either the Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 train station (serving CDG T1 / T3) or Terminal 2 train station.

Both train stations have plenty of train ticket vending machines. But, the CDG Terminal 2 train station has two different types of train ticket vending machines: one for TGV trains and one for Paris RER trains. To buy Paris train tickets, be sure to use the Paris Ile-de-France ticket vending machines and not the Grandes Lignes SNCF TGV vending machines.  (Again, this is only an issue at CDG Terminal 2 train station where there are both types of ticket vending machines. The T1 / T3 train station only has Paris train ticket vending machines.)

The white & blue boxy ticket machines sell RER B train tickets, as well as Paris Visite, Metro tickets, bus tickets and RER tickets for Paris and other destinations such as Disneyland Paris. These train ticket machines will be labeled TICKETS | Navigo Paris Ile-de-France train, RER, bus, tramway, metro.  

Note: the colour of the Paris train ticket vending machines may be different depending on the station, but in general Paris transport ticket vending machines are currently white or white & blue as of 2019.  In the past train ticket vending machine colors varied from blue to green to white+fuchsia and yellow/grey for TGV/Intercity train ticket vending machines.

Below is a photo of the RER train ticket vending machines inside T1 / T3 airport train station as of November 2019:

train ticket machines in CDG Airport T1 T3 train station

 

Important note: credit cards or debit cards without chip or 4-6 digit PIN numbers may not work with these machines. At the CDG T1 / T3 train station there is one large ticket window with several ticket sales staff that will be selling train tickets for the RER Train that will accept non-chip/PIN credit cards.  If you land at CDG Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 see CDG T1 / T3 to Paris by train article for more information & specific details.

If you land at CDG Terminal 2 and make your way to CDG Terminal 2 train station, there are two large train ticket offices on the bottom floor, on opposite sides.  The ticket office on one side sells Paris RER tickets, Metro tickets, bus tickets, Navigo Decouverte passes, Paris Visite etc.  This office has a sign above it reading “Billets Paris et Ile-de-France“.

The ticket office on the opposite side sells SNCF/TGV tickets if you’re traveling to Disneyland or other cities in France and across Europe.  This “Grandes Lignes” ticket office does not sell Paris train tickets or Navigo for Paris Metro / RER trains.  If you land at CDG Terminal 2, see CDG T2 to paris by train for more information and specific details.

Inside each of the ticket offices, the ticket sellers will speak English (among other languages). If you’d like to try out your French and 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) for RER B train tickets to Paris ( as of June 1, 2019).

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Ride RER B Train

At CDG Terminal 1/3 train station the train platform will be one level below the ticketing area, 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).

CDG T1 T3 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

CDG T1 T3 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

Terminal 2 CDG Train platform is also well marked: simply follow the signs that say “vers Paris” / “to Paris”. It’ll be quite difficult to miss. The RER B stations listed on the sign on the left of the below photo also mentions that all trains from these platforms travel to Paris / “Tous les trains desservent Paris“. There will be overhead display screens on the train platform listing all the station stops the RER B train will make on its journey int Paris.

CDG T2 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

CDG T2 airport train station gates to RER B train platform

The RER B station stops inside central Paris include Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St. Michel-Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau, and Cité Universitaire.  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 CDG airport train stations.  The overhead display screens on train platforms will note how many station stops are between the CDG train station and the central Paris RER 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 airport 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.  See the article on RER B airport train timetable / schedule for more details on Paris airport train first/last trains, frequency and travel times.

Below is a screenshot of a RER B train timetable with an express RER B CDG to Paris train showing station stops skipped (vertical line without times) and stations served (showing times such as Gare du Nord at 8:28, Chatelet Les Halles at 8:26, etc.).

RER B Express CDG to Paris trains timetable screenshot

That’s it for a basic overview of taking RER B city trains from CDG to Paris. For more detailed guides for a particular CDG terminal, see the two articles linked below.

Enjoy your visit!

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

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Paris RER Service Disruptions 2019

By | December 14, 2019 | in RER

Current Paris RER Train Service Disruptions 2019

Current & upcoming Paris train RER service disruptions affecting train times, frequency and running which may impact your travels to and from CDG Airport, Disneyland, Versailles, and other destinations in the Paris area.


For information on Paris train strike impact on Paris Metro, RER train & bus services, please see the Paris Train strike information page.


RER B is not currently affected by planned rail maintenance works

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RER C Versailles train disruptions

Paris Train Strikes are continuing to affect RER C trains from Paris to Versailles. Please see the Paris Train Strike page for more information and alternate routes to go from Paris to Versailles by train. ========================================