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.

Paris Metro

By | December 19, 2019 | in Maps Metro

Paris Metro subway – Maps, hours, tickets, passes & more

Maps Hours Route Planner Single Ticket
Day Ticket Mobilis Multi-day Pass Paris Visite Week Pass Navigo Buying Tickets
Using Tickets Riding Metro FAQ

Below you’ll get Paris subway maps, hours, info on tickets, day passes & Navigo week passes, zones and learn how to use the Paris Metro in this first of a series of articles.

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Paris Metro Sign

The Paris Subway / Paris Underground has over 300 Paris Metro stations on 16 lines covering the 10x10km area of central Paris. [1][2] Metro Paris lines are numbered from 1 to 14 with two “bis” or secondary lines 3b and 7b.

Paris Metro Maps

Here you can download three different Paris subway system maps to help you see all 16 Paris Metro lines and help you plan a route:

a basic Paris Metro map of lines with stations and interchanges (PDF – opens a new window)

a condensed small format Paris subway map

a Paris Metro map with city streets

Other Metro maps such as individual line maps can be downloaded directly from RATP.fr (in french).  Note that there are no Paris Metro Zones for the Metro system. The Paris Metro is a single zone (even if some lines reach into zone 3).  The zones visible on some older Paris Metro / RER maps are for RER trains which are subject to fare zones.

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Paris Metro Hours

Paris Metro Service Disruptions

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Paris Metro hours run from roughly 05:30 to 00:40 (5:30am – 12:40am) Sunday thru Thursday and 05:30 – 01:40 on Fridays, Saturdays and on days before a holiday. Paris Metro times between trains range from 2 minutes during rush hour up to 13 minutes during late night hours, holidays, and Sundays, depending on the Metro line and the Metro station.  For example, Metro line 1 time between trains ranges from 2 minutes in morning/evening rush hours to every 5 minutes after midnight (Metro Line 1 is arguably the most central & popular Paris Metro line).  The outer ends of Metro line 13 which splits into two separate lines in the outskirts, late night trains can run as slow as every 13 minutes as trains alternate between each end, effectively halving the frequency of train service.  On average, expect 8-10 minutes between train times in the late evening and 2-4 minutes during rush hours.

Download a Paris Metro timetable showing first and last Paris Metro trains. Paris Metro hours change very little year-to-year and the RATP has stopped producing this full schedule in 2013 so this timetable of Metro Paris times is still useful to find Paris Metro opening hours and closing time. Times are approximate! This includes times of first train / last train of Paris RER A (Disneyland) and RER B (airport).


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Route Planning

The RATP offers a route planner via their website which can use street addresses, station names or well known locations to create a travel itinerary for you, including necessary connections and total travel time. Route options under “Criteria” can be chosen for fewest connections, least amount of walking and quickest route (the default).

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Tickets & Passes

The Paris tube has a wide variety of tickets available while I’ll describe in detail below: single ride tickets, books of 10 or 20, preloaded ticket cards, single day passes, multi-day passes, youth weekend passes, Monday to Sunday week passes, monthly passes and year passes.

Zones

Regarding fares for different zones: Paris Metro zones don’t exist! The entire Paris underground is one zone, unlike the Paris RER trains which have zones & different fares per zones traveled.  Even though a few Paris Metro stations are actually outside of Paris fare zone 1, a single Paris Metro ticket is still valid for travel from inside zone 1 and ending at a Metro station outside of Paris zone 1.

Paris Metro Prices

Paris Metro prices as of Nov. 1, 2019 is 1.90€ for a one-way ride lasting up to 2 hours. There are a variety of Paris Metro tickets to buy and several Paris Metro Pass options shown in detail below.

Single Use Tickets

Paris Metro Ticket

Basic Paris Metro tickets are known as “Ticket t+”. These tickets are valid for a single continuous journey of any length throughout the Paris Metro system, including changes to other Metro lines and RER interurban trains within Zone 1. These tickets are sold as single one-way fares or in books of 10. If you want a return ticket, you simply buy two Metro tickets. Paris Metro tickets have no expiry; You can use them at any time in the future.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket windows inside stations or through automated ticket vending machines accepting Euro coins and smart chip credit cards. The single ticket price as of Nov. 1, 2019 is 1.90€.

Books of ten, called a “carnet” [kar-nay], are sold at a discount for 16.90€ or 14.90€ if put on Navigo Easy (1.69€ / 1.49€ each, a little under 20% off the regular fare). Children from ages 4 to 9 years old (inclusive) can use reduced fare tickets, which are available only in books of 10, for 7.45€ per book of ten. Children 3 and under ride for free. Keep in mind that non-smart chip credit cards will not work at either the automated ticket machines nor at ticket windows, thus Euro cash or coin would be required.

Read more about Paris Metro Tickets and transfers allowed.

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Ticket Cards

Navigo Easy

In 2019 Paris introduced a ticket card called Navigo Easy which holds digital single-use Paris Metro tickets. Holding up to 30 Paris Metro tickets, a Navigo Easy ticket card can be reloaded and used over a period of ten years. Navigo Easy also holds Navigo Day Passes and tickets for Roissybus and Orlybus.

Read more about Paris Metro ticket cards on the Navigo Easy page.

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Day tickets

Ticket Mobilis Day Ticket

A day ticket is called the Ticket Mobilis which is good for unlimited rides on the Metro system during operating hours for the day it is used. (Now valid for airports, see note below.) Physically it’s a coupon of about the same size as the Paris Metro Ticket t+.

Ticket Mobilis is available in various fare zone coverage from 1-2 zones to 1-5 zones. If you’ll be traveling strictly within central Paris, zones 1 & 2 cover the entire Metro system, and a 1-2 zone Ticket Mobilis is the recommended ticket. Price as of Aug 1, 2019 is 7.50€.

The complete price schedule for Ticket Mobilis as of Aug 1, 2019 is as follows:

Ticket Mobilis Prices
Adult & Child (no discounts by age)
Zones Coverage Price
1 – 2 Central Paris €7.50
1 – 3 Central Paris + La Défense €10.00
1 – 4 Paris + Versailles + ORY €12.40
1 – 5 Paris + Versailles + ORY + Disney + CDG €17.80
SOURCE: RATP

As the Ticket Mobilis can be purchased on one day and used someday in the future you must print the date of use on the ticket before use. To prevent people sharing tickets, first and last names are also required.

Note: Ticket Mobilis day pass is now valid for Paris CDG Airport and Paris Orly Airport where previously (2017 & prior) Ticket Mobilis was only valid for airports by using Paris airport bus 350 or Paris airport bus 351 for CDG Airport and buses 183 or 285 or Tram 7 for Orly Airport.  (Non-express city buses means 2x-3x travel time.)   This means that RER B train, Roissybus, Orlybus are all now valid for the Mobilis day ticket. (Orlyval train is still excluded from use of any multi-use ticket except Paris Visite.)  This changed when the Navigo Day Pass was introduced which did cover CDG Airport / Orly Airport (granted you purchase 1-5 zones and 1-4 zones, respectively) and cost the same as a Ticket Mobilis 1-5 zone cards.  It would have been an awkward situation to have two multi-use day tickets/passes, Navigo Day and Ticket Mobilis both costing the same price but not providing the same access to airports, so the RATP decided to make both equal in terms of coverage.

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Multi-Day Paris Metro Tickets

Multi-day tickets aimed at tourists and visitors are known as the Paris Visite, available in 3 zone and 5 zone versions, for 1, 2, 3 or 5 day lengths. Prices for duration and zones are as follows (updated as of Aug 1, 2019):

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

The Carte Paris Visite is a multi-use paper ticket coupon (similar to a Ticket Mobilis or Ticket t+). Formerly (prior to 2014) the Paris Visite also came with a black folding card which required the printed name of the bearer and the ticket coupon requires the card number and date of use to be written on in pen, as to avoid ticket sharing between passengers. This is no longer in practice as of mid-2014. You will only receive the white paper Paris Visite ticket itself.

Paris Visite Pass

Paris Visite Pass 5-day 3-zone

Discounts to attractions in and around Paris are included with the Paris Visite card. (See the discounts on Paris Visite.) To take advantage of the discount at the attractions, simply present your Paris Visite ticket during its validity period (which you must mark on the ticket itself using a pen, along with your first & last name).

Buy Paris Visite Online – You can buy Paris Visite tickets online for home delivery through the Paris Visitor Bureau website, but I wouldn’t recommend it due to the delivery cost. For USA/Canada/Australia/Japan (anywhere overseas) the cost of delivery is 24€ through DHL Express. In United Kingdom, delivery of Paris Visite is 14,50€. There is one free “delivery” option for buying Paris Visite online – pickup your Paris Visite at the Paris Visitor Bureau. But, I can’t imagine why you’d purchase Paris Visite online to have it delivered to the Paris Visitor Bureau, in Paris, which would require a Metro ride in itself, a trip that would likely take 90 minutes round-trip from your hotel. You could just purchase the Paris Visite at any Metro ticket machine or ticket window, anywhere in Paris, at CDG/Orly airports or at any of the major intercity train stations throughout Paris.

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Paris Metro Week Tickets/Passes

Week long tickets are sold in the form of plastic contactless smartcards known as a Navigo Pass or more precisely the Navigo Decouverte Pass. (Navigo Découverte is for visitors while the Navigo Pass with a photo & name of owner is for local residents).

Navigo Decouverte card 2019

Paris Navigo Decouverte card – 2019

Navigo pass is valid for travel strictly from Monday till Sunday, rather than any continuous 7 day period, which makes it less attractive for visitors arriving mid-week.  You can buy Navigo for use in the current week from ticket windows at most Paris Metro, RER and large train stations up until Thursday 11:59 PM. Starting from Friday, week passes for the following week are on sale. The Pass Navigo Découverte week pass is not available from automated ticket vending machines. 4 different fare zones are available although nearly everyone will want all zones which covers central Paris out to zone 5 which includes CDG Airport & Disneyland.  The other three zones available (2-5, 3-5, 4-5) do not include central Paris. Navigo pass prices are as follows (Tarifs Semaine = Weekly Price, Tarifs Mois = Monthly Price, updated as of Aug 1, 2019):

Navigo Pass Prices Week + Month
Adult & Child (no discounts by age)
Zones Week Month
1 – 5 € 22.80 € 75.20
SOURCE: RATP

Zones 1-5 will cover travel to & from Airports Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY, by Orlybus, not Orlyval train), which are in zones 5 and 4 respectively and Paris-Versailles trains (zone 4).

The prices above do not include the 5€ fee for the plastic card itself, non-refundable, unlike the London Oyster card.

To purchase the pass Navigo Découverte you will be required to present and attach a face photo measuring 3cm tall x 2.5cm wide to the paper nominative card that comes in addition to the plastic smart-card. The paper identification part of Navigo Decouverte has a peel-off sticky section for holding your headshot photo.

completed Navigo Decouverte card 2019

Completed Navigo Decouverte card 2019 with photo & name

Home printing of this photo is OK and colour is recommended. (There’s no official statement that a black & white photo for Navigo is not accepted but I have been asked to use a color photo when presenting a black & white photo.) You will be required to print your name on this card as well. The contactless smart card and the paper card must be carried together to be valid for travel.

There is some confusion between the Carte Orange and Pass Navigo in terms of week passes. Carte Orange was previously a physical coupon like ticket (much like the Ticket Mobilis) and paper nominative photo card that is now no longer in use. This coupon and paper card has been replaced by the new contactless smart cards known as the Navigo Pass and Navigo Découverte Pass (for non-residents of France). The Paris regional transit authority has phased out the name “Carte Orange” as the name of the weekly or monthly “subscriptions” that you must purchase and “add” to your Pass Navigo or Navigo Découverte Pass.

Read more about the Navigo Decouverte card

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Riding the Paris Metro

Paris Airports

Paris airports are accessible via the RER train system, rather than the Paris Metro. See instructions on the RER B from CDG to Paris, Orly to Paris and Paris Beauvais Airport Train for more information.

Paris Stations & Metro Tickets

Most of Paris’ 300 Metro stations are located underground with a handful above ground. Stations are marked with various styles of signs as shown below.

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Paris Metro Sign at Bercy - style circa 2010

Paris Metro Sign at Bercy – style circa 2010

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Paris Metro entrance - art nouveau style - at Place d'Italie

Paris Metro entrance – art nouveau style – at Place d’Italie

Some Metro stations are joined with large train stations (“gare”) serving other types rail transport such as intercity surface trains and RER regional express trains which travel both above and below ground. Some notable large stations within Paris serving all three types of train transport include: Gare St. Lazare, Gare du Nord , Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse. Most stations and Paris Metro lines are not handicap accessible save for a few exceptions . Stations have multiple entrances/exits, up to ten for the largest underground station, Chatelet Les Halles.

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Street maps are posted throughout central Paris providing information on the local district (“arrondissement”). These maps can be useful in locating nearby Metro stations.

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How to buy Paris Metro Tickets

This next section shows how to buy tickets for Paris Metro at ticket machines, staffed ticket windows and how to buy Paris Metro online tickets (with a delivery fee).

Buying Paris Metro Tickets at Ticket Machines

Within a Paris Metro station, Paris Metro tickets (but not all pass cards) can always be purchased from automated vending Metro ticket machines.  You can buy Paris Metro cards / day / week passes from any Metro station ticket window, but only a few multiday Paris Metro cards can be bought through Paris Metro ticket machines such as the Paris Visite card and Ticket Mobilis day ticket.

Metro Ticket Machine Payment Methods

Paris Metro ticket machines all accept Euro coins (for purchases up to 30€) and European debit cards (with smart chip) as payment.  Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted for buying tickets at most Paris Metro ticket machines and ticket windows.  American Express / Amex is not accepted for Paris train tickets at vending machines nor ticket windows. Some combined Metro/RER/Transilien ticket machines (one example pictured below) at major train stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, etc.) and airports such as CDG Airport train station or Orly Airport, accept Euro coins, Visa & Mastercard credit cards, French and foreign chip debit cards, but Paris Metro station ticket machines inside of central Paris Metro stations usually do not accept cash notes for payment.

Below is a photo of several combined Paris Metro / RER / Transilien ticket machines found at RER train stations, large main-line (Grandes Lignes) train stations like Gare du Nord, and any combined Metro/RER station.

train ticket machines in CDG Airport T1 T3 train station

Paris Metro, RER, Bus, Tram Ticket Vending machines

Every Paris Metro/RER ticket vending machine accepts Visa/Mastercard credit cards (not AMEX), Carte Bleu (French debit card), foreign chip-enabled debit cards, and Euro coins (2€, 1€, 0.50, 0.25, 0.10, 0.05 Euro coin denominations). The newest machines accept Visa Mastercard tap to pay option as well, visible as the yellow pad. The blue square pad to the right of the PIN pad is a Navigo reader, used for recharging Navigo cards.

Paris Metro RER Ticket vending payment methods and screen

Paris Metro RER Ticket vending payment methods and screen

See Paris Metro ticket machines for step-by-step details on buying Paris Metro tickets from automated ticket vending machines inside central Paris or combined Metro/RER/Transilien ticket machines for buying Paris transportation tickets/passes from machines found at major Paris train stations and Paris airports.

If you need to use a credit card to buy Paris Metro tickets or Paris Metro pass card and the automated ticket machine doesn’t show a Visa or Mastercard symbol, then visit a ticket window to buy Metro tickets & Metro pass cards where you’ll be able to use a credit card for the purchase.

Buying Paris Metro Tickets at Ticket Windows

You can also buy Paris Metro tickets from personnel staffed ticket windows at any Paris Metro station.  Keep in mind that Paris Metro stations often have several entrances and a manned ticket office is usually only open at one of those entrances at any given time.  The other Metro station entrances will have ticket machines and fare gates / turnstiles for pass card & ticket holders to enter without human staff nearby to help.

The basic Paris Metro ticket is the Ticket t+.  When buying single Metro tickets you would ask: “Un ticket Metro” [ungh-teekay-mehtro].  This ticket is good for a single ride anywhere on the Paris Metro system, including transfers between Metro lines without zone limitations (or RER lines within Paris Zone 1), within 2 hours of validating the Paris Metro ticket using a turnstile or fare-gate.  Paris Metro tickets can be bought one day and used at any time in the future as they are validated / activated upon use (in a turnstile or fare-gate), not upon purchase.  See Paris Metro ticket t+ for detailed information on the basic Paris Metro ticket, costs, how to use it, etc.

 

Buy Paris Metro Tickets Online

To buy Paris Metro tickets online, you can visit the website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau

The online Paris Metro ticket sales are sold in booklets of 10 Metro tickets. The price of online Paris Metro tickets is 18,60€ for adults and 8.20€ for children age 4-9, per booklet of 10 tickets, as of Nov. 1, 2019.  Online purchased Metro tickets are 10% more expensive than at Paris transport ticket windows in the city.  Paris Metro tickets can be used at any time in the future.  There are no expiry dates on Paris Metro tickets so they are essentially good for use at any time in the future after purchase.

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau online Paris Metro ticket sales have a delivery fee which is substantial.  As of Nov. 1, 2019 the delivery fee for online Paris Metro tickets is 12€ for delivery to a hotel in Paris.  Delivery fees for online Paris Metro tickets to cities outside of Paris by DHL courier cost a minimum 14,50€ to 22€ for EU countries and 24€ for USA/Canada/Australia and other countries to which delivery is possible.

Here is a complete list of countries & delivery fees that online purchased Paris Metro tickets can be delivered to:

Zone 1…………………………………………….€14.50
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain (except Canary Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Zone 2…………………………………………………€22
Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Dem. Czech, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Zone 3…………………………………………………€24
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Emirates, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Reunion, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

If your country is not on the list above, unfortunately you cannot buy Paris Metro tickets online for home delivery from the Paris Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

There is an option of picking up online purchased Paris Metro tickets, but the pickup location is within central Paris at the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau offices (29 rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris or Gare du Nord at 18 rue de Dunkerque 75010 Paris) which must be done between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM and not on December 25/Christmas day.  Keep in mind that if you buy Paris Metro tickets online from the Bureau, the Paris Metro tickets are not available for pickup at CDG Airport nor Orly Airport.  In other words, it doesn’t make much sense to purchase Paris Metro tickets online, fly into Paris and then have to pick up Metro tickets in Central Paris which would require you to visit a Paris public transportation ticket office beforehand where you could buy the exact same Metro tickets for 10% cheaper than you can online.

How to Use Paris Metro Tickets & Passes

After buying your Paris Metro ticket, we’ll now show you how to use your ticket or Navigo pass card to get past fare gates, then get to train platforms, opening train car doors, etiquette on boarding, exiting, seating and more, to help you ride the Metro like a Parisien.

This section explains:

  • where to go after buying Metro tickets or passes from ticket windows or vending machines
  • how to use your Metro fare to pass through gates & turnstiles
  • how to get to the right Paris Metro train platform

Ticket Gates

Access to Paris Metro train platforms is controlled via turnstiles or gate type barriers.  After buying Paris Metro tickets from ticket windows or ticket machines make your way to the closest fare gates or turnstiles.  Below is a photo of typical Paris Metro fare gates which separates public spaces from areas reserved for Metro ticket & Navigo pass card holders.

Paris Metro Fare Gates

Recognize Different Fare Gates

Things to note about Paris Metro turnstiles & fare gates pictured above:

  • All green/green arrow Paris Metro turnstiles / fare gates accept Navigo pass cards
  • Some turnstiles are reserved for exiting the fare-paid area (red with X’s)
  • Most Paris Metro fare gates accept both paper tickets & multi-use Metro cards
  • A few fare gates will only accept Navigo pass cards and no paper coupon-style tickets of any sort

The key point: choose an appropriate fare gate depending on the Paris Metro ticket or card you are holding.

Navigo Only Fare Gates

You don’t want to walk up to a Navigo-card-only “reserved” gate holding a paper ticket, which won’t be accepted, while a horde of hurried Parisians wait impatiently behind you to pass through and you are forced to apologize & weave your way back out past them to a line up for a different gate that will accept paper tickets.

Navigo reserved gates often have a sticker on the front indicating that no paper coupon Metro tickets can be used. If you’re using Paris Metro Ticket t+… don’t use these turnstiles / fare gates.  There are no slots for inserting paper coupon tickets and only have Navigo pass card readers.

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Open/Entry Gates vs. Closed/Exit Gates

Also, don’t walk up to red color fare gates which are open by default, expecting to get past without using your Metro ticket or Navigo card.  These red exit gates will slam shut as you approach, preventing you from passing through and you cannot use your pass or ticket to open them.  They are reserved for exiting passengers only.

Most Paris Metro fare gates will have a ticket slot on the front, some with a green arrow pointing towards it, indicating this fare gate is open and ready to accept magnetic stripe coupon-style tickets such as Paris Metro Ticket t+, Paris Visite, Ticket Mobilis, RER tickets, etc.  Underneath the green arrow can be a sticker reading: NaviGO, showing that this turnstile also accepts Navigo pass cards, which are used by holding the Navigo card on the top of the ticket slot device, where a large purple circular reading pad is located (see image further below).

Inserting Tickets into Gates

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To operate a Paris Metro fare gate barrier or turnstile such as the ones pictured above with a Paris Metro ticket, insert the ticket magnetic stripe side down, into the barrier’s ticket slot.  The ticket slot should be on your righthand side while inserting the ticket.  If you find yourself inserting a ticket on your left, you’re opening the next gate over to your left, not the one you’re currently standing in.

Upon inserting your Paris Metro ticket, it will be read, stamped (with a validation code) and then ejected at the top of the machine where you need to retrieve your ticket to open the gate / unlock the turnstile.

Collect Your Ticket to Pass

If the ticket is accepted, a short high pitched buzzing sound will be emitted, sometimes along with a message displayed on the turnstile requesting you take your ticket back (“Reprenez votre ticket”). Remove the ticket and walk through the turnstile or approach near the gate barrier and wait for it to open. Some gates are slow to open, especially double door gates which slide/retract outwards to let you pass. If your ticket appears to have been accepted, yet the gate has not swung open, be sure you have retaken your ticket from the top of the machine and that you’re standing near enough to the gates in order to trip the visual sensor.  Be patient and don’t panic. The gate should swing open within 5 seconds maximum. A ticket that is not accepted will cause the turnstile to emit a longer, lower pitched (unpleasant) buzzing noise, sometimes with a message in red indicating your ticket was not valid. Show your ticket to an employee at a ticket window or information booth for help in this case, saying your ticket does not work. They will usually open a wheelchair accessible gate for you to pass through.

Using Barrier Turnstiles

Pictured below is a turnstile barrier gate inside a Paris Metro station with a locking barricade behind the rotating arms of the turnstile to prevent people jumping over the bars.  Notice there is no green arrow near the ticket slot (it’s located further below on the front face) nor is there a Navigo sticker on the front (although you will see a large purple Navigo card reader area on top of the machine).  After the turnstile has been unlocked/opened with your ticket inserted into the front slot, you will need to retrieve your validated ticket from the top of the barrier machine.  Your validated ticket will be located past the purple card reader, where there is a rectangular depression in the metal and a dark area, which has the ticket exit slot and a little mechanical rotating sign that will read: “Reprenez votre ticket” / “Retrieve your ticket”.  Collect your validated ticket and walk through the barrier.  Be sure to keep your Metro ticket with you until you complete your journey and exit your final destination Metro station.  If you are intercepted by a ticket controller without your validated ticket or Navigo pass, you will be fined on the spot for 35€ for having a valid, but non-validated ticket (i.e. a ticket that wasn’t put through a ticket reading machine on the turnstile or fare gate) or 50€ for not producing any valid ticket at all.

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Using Navigo Passes

See the Paris Navigo pass article for details on using a Navigo on turnstiles & fare gates.

Find Your Metro Platform

Many Metro stations serve multiple lines through several different train platforms within a single station. To find your way to the correct platform in the correct direction requires that you to keep a mindful eye on signs posted throughout the pedestrian tunnels.

Paris Metro Platform platform direction & stations

Paris Metro Platform platform direction & stations

Metro Destination & Station Signs

At each subterranean intersection you will see Metro line numbers and possibly station names which are used to denote direction of travel. Direction of travel is always denoted by the terminus station, the last station or stop on the line, rather than magnetic pole directions such as north, south, east, west. To understand whether the line is going in the direction you wish to travel, you should refer a Paris Metro map, which are posted near station entrances and on all train platforms.

Next Train Signs

Nearly all train platforms have overhead signs showing the time remaining till the next two trains arrive at the station, denoted in minutes. These signs are also a way to verify that you’re on the correct line, heading in the correct direction. The photo below shows Metro Line 4 in direction of Porte d’Orleans with 4 minutes remaining till the next train arrives. On the opposite side of this platform will be another sign of exact same color and number, but the direction will be marked as Porte de Clignancourt, the opposite direction. Keep in mind that the train arrival times posted on these signs are only estimates and are not always accurate. Due to traffic congestion and rider issues minutes may be added or subtracted at any moment.

On rare occasion, but worth mentioning, some Metro line platforms are accessed by traversing another platform for a different line. This means you’ll arrive at a platform and think the current platform is the correct one, but in reality, your desired line is further along. Pay special attention to the overhead signs and the system maps posted on the platform walls to ensure you’re on the correct platform.

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How to Ride the Paris Metro

Now that you’ve got tickets and passed through Paris Metro turnstiles & gates we’ll show you the physical details on how to ride a Paris Metro train such as opening train car doors, etiquette on boarding, exiting train when arriving at your Metro stop, seating and more, to help you ride the Metro like a Parisien.

Metro train cars come in a variety of different shapes, colors and sizes. Some Paris Metro trains are completely automated, without a driver/conductor, with automatically opening doors and in some stations, gates on the train station platform which close and open in sync with the Metro train car doors.

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Opening Metro train car Doors

Nearly all Paris Metro train cars require a rider to use a lever or a button to manually open the train car door. If you are the person nearest the Paris Metro car door when the train arrives and there are no passengers exiting, who will open the door as they need to exit before you can enter, you will be expected to open the train car door. This is done through either a lever (older) or a button (newer) on the door itself near the center of the two sliding doors of a Metro car. Metro Line 14 is a notable exception being completely automated and driver-less.

To operate the lever, take hold of the handle that points toward you and rotate the lever upwards to unlatch the train car door. The doors will then slide apart (they are assisted by springs/air pressure) to allow you to enter. On occasion the Metro car doors can be sticky and do not slide open fully to let you enter. In this case a firm pull to the side with your hand on the door itself in the direction it was attempting to travel, will usually suffice to open the train car door the rest of the way.

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Using Paris Metro Seats

Fold-down seats are available just inside Metro train car doors (called strapontins), but these seats should only be used when there is sufficient space for travelers to easily enter and exit the train car. This means you shouldn’t use these seats during rush hours as generally the Paris Metro will be too busy to use these seats. Instead, stand where the fold-down seats would otherwise be. Rush hour travel on the Paris Metro is a chance to exercise your “personal space” limits. Don’t be surprised if you end up completely pressed up against other passengers. It’s normal and commonplace, happening every rush hour… it’s simply a slice of commuter life in Paris.

During busy hours on the Paris Metro, passengers are expected to move towards the center of the train car in order to make more space for passengers wanting to board the train car. There will be Metro passengers standing in the aisles of the train car holding on to the many hand holds placed at the tops of seatbacks, to vertical poles throughout the train car and poles attached along the ceilings of the train car, some with straps, some without.

Exiting

If you find yourself in the middle of the train car with your stop nearing, try to move closer to the doors during the arrival at the station before your desired stop. This puts you in a better position to exit the train when your Metro stop arrives. At each Paris Metro stop there will be an exchange of passengers getting off the train car and entering the car. When arriving at the station before your desired stop, join the group of passengers moving toward the exit, but stop short of the doors to allow other passengers to pass you to exit (and to enter). You want to be close to the doors for your exit, but not right in front as you would block those who need to exit/enter at this stop. Don’t worry about not being able to descend the train when your stop arrives. Simply say “Excusez-moi” and people will immediately begin making room for you to alight, even if it requires that they descend the train also, just to let you off. Parisiens are very well versed in Metro manners and if you’ve read up to this point… you are now as well.

Exiting a Paris Metro station

After having arrived at your desired station you can make your way out of the station by following the blue “Sortie” signs.

Paris Metro exit signs from platform

Paris Metro exit signs from platform


These signs will often be mixed with directional signs for various Metro lines shared by a station. This photo shows the multitude of exits and lines available for both the Metro and the RER at the world’s largest underground station: Chatelet Les Halles.

Each exit is usually referred to by the street or landmark upon which it exits.

Photo carboncopyrocks!

To determine which exit is best for you refer to an exit map located within the Metro station, usually just after exiting the fare paid zone.

To exit the fare paid zone within stations you’ll either pass through exit turnstiles (look for green lights on the face of the turnstiles or for open gates) or through doors opened by pressure plates or infrared sensors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Difference between Paris Metro and RER?

The Metro is a classic subway system: mostly underground, many stops, frequent service, short line distances, serving the urban city centre, non-scheduled train timings. The Paris RER (Réseau Express Régional) is a commuter train system that covers much of the greater metropolitan area of Paris (Ile-de-France ), much further out than that covered by the Metro, including specifically both Paris Airports: Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) , Disneyland® Paris, and Chateau Versailles. The confusing part is that the RER traverses central Paris with a handful of stations, acting like an express Metro system with fewer stops, larger trains and faster movement. Paris fare zones apply to the RER train system, unlike the Metro and there are five of them. Using a Paris Metro ticket, the Ticket t+, is permitted on the RER, but only to the limits of Zone 1, the true center of Paris, bordered by the ring road surrounding it, the Boulevard Periphérique.

What’s the best ticket to buy?

If you arrive Monday to Thursday, Navigo Découverte week pass is nearly always your best option. If you arrive Friday to Sunday Navigo Day Pass, Mobilis day ticket, Paris Visite tickets are other options to consider. More info on choosing a Paris Metro pass and choosing what tickets to buy.

Have a question? Ask here and I’ll answer it. Commonly asked questions will be reposted here.

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Further Reading

Guides on Paris Airport trains, Paris Disneyland train and Paris train stations

History, facts and figures of the Paris Metro (wikipedia, en français )

Paris Regional Transport Authority, RATP (partial site available in in English )

 

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References
  1. STIF: Les Chiffes, 2005. “Le Reseau du Transports en Commun”. http://www.stif-idf.fr
  2. Extension of M14 & M13 lines in 2007 & 2008 has added 3 new stations, now totalling 300. http://extension-reseau.ratp.fr

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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Useful Links

Disneyland Paris by RER Train

RER Map (PDF)

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

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Paris 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. ========================================

CDG Airport to Paris Buses

By | December 13, 2019 | in Airport Attractions Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

This article will list the times, prices & bus stop locations of the five Paris city buses from CDG Airport to Paris city center. These CDG airport buses are especially useful during service issues such as train strikes or train maintenance, which stops service for RER B airport trains.

The Paris city CDG airport buses are:

CDG Airport to Paris Buses

Roissybus CDG – Paris Airport Express Bus

Roissybus is the main CDG Airport bus between all CDG terminals and Paris city center.

Roissybus picks up passengers at CDG Airport at Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Roissypole near Terminal 3.

In Paris the Roissybus stops at Opéra Garnier in the 9th district on the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber. A connection to RER A train at Auber station is about a 5 minute walk from the final (and only) Roissybus stop in Paris.

Roissybus bus stop at Paris Opera

Roissybus for CDG picking up passengers outside Paris Opera

Roissybus First / Last Bus – CDG Airport to Paris

Roissybus first bus from CDG T3 Roissypole to Paris: 6:00 a.m.
Roissybus last bus from CDG T1 to Paris: 12:51 a.m. (00:51)

Roissybus First / Last Bus – Paris to CDG Airport

The first Roissybus going from Paris to CDG departs Paris Opera: 5:15 a.m.
The last Roissybus going from Paris to CDG departs Paris Opera: 12:30 a.m. (00:30)

Roissybus Departures Schedule / Timetable from CDG & Paris Opera

Below is the complete schedule for Roissybus CDG Airport bus from each CDG Terminal & Paris Opera:

Roissybus departure times from CDG Terminal 1 bus stop (near Door 32, Arrivals level):
Roissybus bus timetable from CDG Terminal 1 to Paris

Roissybus departure times from CDG Terminal 3 / Roissypole bus station:
Roissybus bus timetable from CDG Terminal 3 - Roissypole to Paris

Roissybus departure times from CDG Terminal 2A & 2C bus stop (near Door 9, of T2A):
Roissybus bus timetable from CDG Terminal 2A 2C to Paris

Roissybus departure times from CDG Terminal 2E & 2F bus station (near Door 8 Arrivals level):
Roissybus bus timetable from CDG Terminal 2E 2F to Paris

Roissybus departure times from Paris Opera towards CDG (at 11 Rue Scribe on west side of Opera Garnier):
Roissybus bus timetable from Paris Opera to CDG

The Paris airport bus, Roissybus, departs central Paris from Opéra (corner of rue Scribe & rue Auber).

Roissybus Price, Tickets & Passes

Roissybus Price: 13.70€ (single-use paper ticket, one-way, adult & children)
Roissybus Price: 12€ (on a Navigo Easy card)

Passes accepted on Roissybus:

Price of Roissybus CDG Airport bus is 13.70€ for individual paper tickets or 12€ when put on a Navigo Easy card. This Roissybus price is valid as of Nov. 1, 2019 and unfortunately, no discount price tickets for children.

Roissybus Paris to CDG Bus

Roissybus Paris to CDG Bus

Roissybus Boarding at Opera

Roissybus Boarding at Opera

The Roissybus bus stops at CDG Terminal 1 Door 32 for passenger pick up. 
Roissybus stop at CDG Terminal 1

Tickets for the Roissybus Paris Airport Bus can be purchased within the glass enclosed bus stop via the vending machine:

Roissybus stop waiting area at CDG Terminal 1

Roissybus ticket machine and next buses display inside waiting area CDG Terminal 1

Bus tickets can also be purchased from the driver onboard.  Tickets are 13.70€ each ( as of Nov. 1, 2019).  No child fares are available for this method of CDG Airport to Paris transportation.

Roissybus Bus Stop Locations

Here is a line map for the Roissybus at CDG. 

Roissybus line map stops Paris and CDG Terminals 1, 2, 3

Roissybus pickup and dropoff stops at Paris & CDG Airport. Green dots are pickup at CDG for Paris. White dots are drop-off at CDG Terminals

The Roissybus picks up & drops off passengers at only a few stops throughout CDG airport. The easiest way to to describe these bus stops is by which door (“porte”) to which they are closest. For passengers going from CDG to Paris pickup stops are at

  • Terminal 1 at Door 32
  • Terminal 2A & 2C at Door 9
  • Terminal 2E & 2F at the mini bus station (“Gare Routière“)
  • Terminal 3 at Roissypole bus station gare routière
Roissybus stop at CDG airport Roissypole bus station

Roissybus pickup / dropoff at Roissypole bus station near Terminal 3


Paris City Bus 350 – CDG to Paris 18th – Porte de la Chapelle

Cost: 2€
Travel Time: 60-80 minutes
First 350 Bus CDG to Paris: 06:05
Last 350 Bus CDG to Paris: 22:30
First 350 Bus Paris to CDG: 05:33
Last 350 Bus Paris to CDG: 21:30
Frequency: 15-35 minutes

Bus 350 (Paris city bus) stops to pick-up/drop off passengers at CDG Terminal 1, in between CDG Terminal 2A & Terminal 2C, the Terminal 2 TGV train station (at the bus station / “gare routiere” above arrivals level), and Roissypole bus station / “gare routiere“.

Paris CDG Airport Bus 350 route map

Paris CDG Airport Bus 350 route map

Bus 350 Destination & Connections in Paris

Bus 350 arrives at Porte de la Chapelle station, which connects to Paris Metro line 12 and Tram 3b. Paris Metro line 12 travels through Montmartre, connecting to Gare St. Lazare, Place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris, down to Gare Montparnasse and further south to Porte de Versailles (convention center).

Paris Metro line 12 map

Paris Metro line 12 map

Bus 350 Cost – 2€

Cost for Bus 350 from CDG to Paris is now a single Ticket t+ at 2€ as of November 2019 (was formerly three “Ticket t+” Metro/Bus tickets at 2€/each or 6€ total). Note: you can purchase Ticket t+ ahead of time for 1.90€ each from Metro ticket vending machines or ticket windows and save a little bit of money.

Bus tickets purchased directly from bus drivers will cost 2€ each and cannot be used for transfers to any other transportation (not bus, Metro, RER, nor Tram).

Vending machine or ticket window bought Ticket t+ tickets, valid for buses, can be used for transfers to other buses & trams (but not Metro/RER trains, confusing yes, please read Paris Metro Ticket t+ for more information).

Bus 350 – Passes Accepted

Navigo week pass, Navigo day pass, Navigo Easy, Ticket Mobilis 1-5 zone, Paris Visite 5 zone passes are all accepted on Bus 350.


Paris City Bus 351 – CDG to Paris Nation

Cost: 2€
Travel Time: 70-90 minutes
5h35 – 20h20 (vers CDG) / 7h – 21h37 (vers Paris)
First 351 Bus CDG to Paris: 07:00
Last 351 Bus CDG to Paris: 21:37
First 351 Bus Paris to CDG: 05:35
Last 351 Bus Paris to CDG: 20:20
Frequency: 15-30 minutes

Bus 351 (Paris city bus) stops to pick-up/drop off passengers at CDG Terminal 1, in between CDG Terminal 2A & Terminal 2C, in between Terminal 2B-2D, the Terminal 2 TGV train station, and Roissypole (RER B train station).

Bus 351 Destination & Connections in Paris

Bus 351 arrives at station Nation Trône which connects to Paris Metro lines 1, 2, 6, 9 and Paris RER A. For Paris Metro line 3 connection, get off Bus 351 at Gallieni station stop.

Paris City Bus 351 to CDG Airport T1 T2 T3

Paris City Bus 351 to CDG Airport T1 T2 T3

Bus 351 Cost – 2€

Cost for Bus 351 from CDG to Paris is now a single Ticket t+ at 2€ as of November 2019 (was formerly three “Ticket t+” Metro/Bus tickets at 2€/each or 6€ total). Note: you can purchase Ticket t+ ahead of time for 1.90€ each from Metro ticket vending machines or ticket windows and save a little bit of money.

Bus tickets purchased directly from bus drivers will cost 2€ each and cannot be used for transfers to any other transportation (not bus, Metro, RER, nor Tram).

Vending machine or ticket window bought Ticket t+ tickets, valid for buses, can be used for transfers to other buses & trams (but not Metro/RER trains, confusing yes, please read Paris Metro Ticket t+ for more information).

Bus 351 – Passes Accepted

Navigo week pass, Navigo day pass, Navigo Easy, Ticket Mobilis 1-5 zone, Paris Visite 5 zone passes are all accepted on Bus 351.

Bus 351 route map CDG to east Paris:

Paris Bus 351 Line Map Preview

Paris Bus 351 Line Map – Courtesy RATP


Coach Buses to CDG Airport

Le Bus Direct (formerly Air France coach line, a private company transfer service not run by the city of Paris) makes trips from CDG Airport Terminals 1, 2 or 3 to central Paris locations of Arc de Triomphe (Charles de Gaulle Etoile), Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon. Cost is upwards of 17€. See ParisByTrain Air France Shuttle article for more information.

Le Bus Direct is another bus system using coach type of buses.  Luggage on these buses can be stowed underneath the passenger seating area, as per normal with coach line buses.  Tickets are more expensive for Le Bus Direct, upwards of 17€ per person depending on which line you are taking from CDG, either Line 2 or Line 4. Child fares are half the adult price. Tickets should be purchased from the ticket offices out on the terminal roads at the terminal doors specified below. Groups of 4 or more can receive a 15% discount on their tickets.

Le Bus Direct coach bus Line 2 stops at Porte Maillot at Paris’ North West corner and continues on to Arc de Triomphe/Charles de Gaulle Etoile. Le Bus Direct Line 4 stops at Gare de Lyon and continues on to Gare Montparnasse.  These coach buses stop for passenger pickup at Terminal 1 at Door 34 (Porte 34), at Terminal 2B Door 6, 2D Door 6, and 2E Door 3 and 2F Door 3.

Le Bus Direct Coach Line Bus Terminal 1

Le Bus Direct at Door 34 Terminal 1

Orly Airport to Paris Train

By | December 5, 2019 | in Airport Orly (ORY) RER B

Orly Airport to Paris Train

Line => OrlyVal + RER B (blue)

Direction => Antony station (by OrlyVal), then Mitry – Claye or Aéroport Charles de Gaulle (by RER B)

Change Trains at => Antony station

First Train / Last Train to Paris => 06:00 / 23:00 (from Orly South Terminal)

Frequency => 4 to 7 minutes

Average Travel Time => 38 minutes

Cost => 12.10€ ; child 10.65€ (Orlyval train + Zone 4 => Zone 1)

Passes Accepted => Paris Visite 5 Zone (25.25€ /1 day-5 zone)

(Prices as of June 1, 2019)

Orly Airport Train Details

The fastest way from Orly Airport to Paris is by train.

The Orly Airport train (OrlyVal) departs from both Orly Terminal West (Orly Ouest) and Orly Terminal South (Orly Sud) .

After arriving at Orly Airport, take the OrlyVal train from either Orly South Terminal or Orly West Terminal to Antony station, then transfer to RER B train to Paris. The RER B train to Paris will be traveling in directions of either Mitry-Claye or Charles-de-Gaulle (often shown as Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1 & 2). Both of these Orly airport train directions will pass through Central Paris. The RER B train from Orly will make stops at Central Paris train stations of:

  • Denfert-Rochereau
  • Port-Royal
  • Luxembourg
  • Saint Michel Notre Dame
  • Chatelet Les Halles
  • Gare du Nord
  • Stade du France

… in that order, from South to North through Central Paris.

To find the OrlyVal train station entrance at Orly Airport, look for signs reading ORLYVAL (some signs may also show “Airport Shuttle”).  Below is a photo of the Orly West terminal OrlyVal train entrance.  (The big Christmas ornaments are there only during the holidays).

Orly Airport-West Orlyval Station Entrance

Orly Airport-West Orlyval Station Entrance

A photo of the OrlyVal Ticket Office and OrlyVal Ticket Machines at Orly West Terminal are below.  Notice you can take the Orly train to Orly Sud (South) terminal in one direction and OrlyVal Train to Paris in the other direction.  (Taking Orlyval between Orly terminals is free of charge.)

Orly Train Tickets

The ticket machines at the OrlyVal ticket office take Euro coins, credit and debit cards using chip + PIN technology.  To purchase Orly train tickets in Euro cash, use the OrlyVal ticket booth visible on the left of the photo below staffed by vendors who will help you (or you can try to find the OrlyVal ticket vending machines that take cash, a few do, see second photo below).  Although you could potentially purchase a Navigo card from the ticket booth, the Navigo passes are not valid on the OrlyVal train.  OrlyVal is a short shuttle train owned & operated by a third party that is not part of Paris city transportation group (known as the RATP).  For whatever reason the company operating OrlyVal do not have an agreement with RATP to allow RATP transit passes to work on OrlyVal.  Thus the only pass valid for OrlyVal is Paris Visite ticket and only the 5 Zone (Paris Visite is also available in a 3 Zone version, but Orly Airport is in Zone 4).

Orly Airport Orlyval Ticket Office

Orly Airport OrlyVal Ticket Office

A few of the OrlyVal ticket machines at Orly Airport train station accept Euro cash notes for buying train tickets & passes. The train ticket vending machine photo below shows a cash slot at the far bottom right, showing the various bill denominations accepted (5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Euro notes).  The Euro cash note / denomination the ticket vending machine will accept depends on the total purchase price of train tickets or train passes you are buying.  The higher your total train ticket purchase, the larger the cash note you may use in the ticket vending machine. Change will be given, but only in Euro coins, arriving by the same slot your tickets will be dispensed into: the large central slot at the bottom.

Orly Airport Train Ticket Vending Machine Cash

Orly Airport Train Ticket Vending Machine with Cash slot

Other things to note about the train ticket vending machine at Orly train station

  • Visa and Mastercard are accepted (that use chip + PIN)
  • Carte Bleue (French debit cards) are accepted, but other debit cards with chip + PIN should work
  • 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

The OrlyVal train towards RER B Paris city train line is quick & short, only one stop from Orly West (Ouest) and two stops from Orly South (Sud) to Antony station.  A change of trains is required once you arrive at the OrlyVal terminus (last) station: Antony.

Orlyval at Antony on RER B

From Antony station, take the RER B train line in the direction of Mitry-Claye, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle, which passes through central Paris stations Luxembourg (Jardin du Luxembourg), Saint Michel Notre Dame, Chatelet Les Halles, and finally Gare du Nord before leaving central Paris and continuing onto Aéroport Charles de Gaulle in Roissy.

Orly Airport Map

Orly (ORY) Airport Map

Travel time on OrlyVal + RER B train between Orly South and central Paris (station Chatelet Les Halles) is at longest 40 minutes, station to station, including changing trains at Antony. The travel time from Orly South to Antony is 8 minutes. If you’re leaving from Orly West, travel time to Antony is 6 minutes. From Antony to Chatelet Les Halles station in Paris along RER B train line travel time is 25 minutes.

Keep in mind that the Pass Navigo Découverte for Paris is not valid for the OrlyVal train. If you have a Pass Navigo with at least 4 zones purchased, it would be best to purchase a single ticket for the OrlyVal train just to Antony at a cost of 9.30€ and from there use your Passe Navigo for the RER B line to Paris. A single ticket (a billet Ile-de-France) for the entire journey between Orly and central Paris will cost 12.10€ (adult) and 10.65€ (children).

The cheaper option, avoiding the OrlyVal train fee altogether, would be to take the RER C line from Gare d’Austerlitz towards Massy Palaiseau getting off at station Pont de Rungis – Aeroport d’Orly and then taking the Aeroport de Paris shuttles to the Orly terminals.

To see all travel options, prices and travel times between Orly and Paris, see Transportation between Paris and Orly Airport.

Transportation between Paris and Orly (ORY) Airport

By | December 5, 2019 | in Airport Orly (ORY) RER

Transportation between Paris and Orly (ORY) airport includes several options:

  • Metro 7 + Tram 7
    • cost: 4€
    • travel time: 65 minutes (from Châtelet 25 minutes Metro + 40 minutes Tram)
    • hours of operation: 05:30 AM – 00:30 (half past midnight)
    • valid fares: ticket t+ (x2), Navigo, Paris Visite (5 zone), Mobilis (4 zone)
  • Orlybus
  • RER B + Orlyval trains
    • cost: 12.10€
    • travel time: 37 minutes (26+ 11 from Châtelet)
    • hours of operation: 06:00 – 23:00 (six AM to eleven PM)
    • valid fares: Paris Visite (5 zone), RER ticket

Orly Transport Map

Other transportation from Paris to Orly include:

  • RER C + shuttle bus (from Pont de Rungis RER C station in Zone 2) – 6.35€
  • Bus 183 – 2€ (from Porte de Choisy Metro station, 4€ from central Paris zone 1)
  • Bus 285 – 2€ (from Juvisy RER C / RER D station, 4€ from central Paris zone 1)
  • Bus 292 – 2€ (from Carnot RER C station, 4€ from central Paris zone 1)
  • Noctilien (bus N22, N31, N131, N144) – 2€ from Zone 4, 4€ from central Paris zone 1

Prices as of June 1, 2019

RER B + Orlyval

Getting to Orly Airport (ORY) from Paris using the Orlyval train requires that you first get to Antony station along the RER B train line, then transferring to this dedicated rail line to Orly West (Ouest) and Orly South (Sud) terminals.

The RER B train line runs north south, bisecting Paris centrally, connecting both Paris airports Roissy-Charles de Gaulle to the north east and Paris-Orly directly south of the city.

Common starting stations for this trip would include Gare du Nord, Chatelet Les Halles, St-Michel Notre Dame, Luxembourg, and Denfert-Rochereau, all located in central Paris and all very accessible by multiple Metro, RER and bus lines. Note that the RER B line (blue line on maps) stops at all of these stations along its route southbound towards Antony.

The Orlyval train is ticketed specially requiring an additional fee on top of normal Metro/RER tickets and passes. Purchasing a single one way ticket to Orly airport from any central Paris station will be 12.10€. Travelers with a 5 zone Paris Visite card can use Orlyval without any additional charges. Passe Navigo users with at least 4 zones can use this pass to get to Antony station on RER B, then transfer at this station, purchasing a special ticket for Orlyval at Antony for 9.30€. (Yes, this is expensive for an 8 minute ride between Antony and Orly Sud).

The first train to Orly from Paris via RER B in direction Antony, Robinson, St-Remy-les-Chevreuse (direction for Orly airport), leaves Gare du Nord at 05:20, Chatelet Les Halles at 05:23, Saint-Michel Notre Dame at 05:25, Luxembourg at 05:27, arriving at Antony at 5:48. Just enough time to purchase tickets for Orlyval at Antony station, unless you’re using the Paris Visite card.

The Orlyval train platform is located at the north end of the Antony station. Thus, when you arrive at Antony via the RER B, walk towards the rear of the train. The Orlyval platform will be on your right hand side near the end of the station. Inside there will be multiple ticket vending machines and a manned ticket kiosk. The first Orlyval train leaves Antony at 06:00, arriving at Orly West at 06:08 and Orly South 2 minutes after that at 06:08.

The last trains to Orly from Paris via RER B leave from Gare du Nord at 22:23, Chatelet-Les Halles at 22:26, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame at 22:28, and Luxembourg at 22:30, arriving at Antony/Orlyval at 22:46. The last Orlyval train leaves Antony at 23:00.

Pros

  • Fast: approx. 38 minutes from Chatelet Les Halles
  • Accessible: journey can begin at several very central RER stations: Gare du Nord, Chatelet Les Halles, St-Michel Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Denfert Rochereau
  • Frequent: Orlyval train departs Antony every 4 to 7 minutes. Trains depart RER Stations every 10 minutes on average.

Cons

  • Expensive: 12.10€ from any central Paris RER station (9.30€ from Antony station).
  • Passes not accepted: Navigo Semaine. (Paris Visite ticket 5 Zone is accepted).

Here is an official map of Orly Airport (ORY) to help guide your way upon arrival.

Orly Airport Map

(Map courtesy of ADP)

Information on Orly airport bus options.

Paris RER A Timetable Open Hours First Last Trains

By | December 4, 2019 | in Attractions Maps RER RER A Schedules

RER A Timetable / Schedule (Paris – Disneyland Train)

In this article you’ll find an example RER timetable for First / Last RER Train Disneyland Paris plus a full RER A timetable for Paris to Disneyland trains and full RER A schedule for Disneyland to Paris trains.

First / Last RER Train Disneyland Paris

The table below provides an example of typical last RER Train from Disneyland to Paris (is 12:25 a.m.) on the RER A train line and first train from Paris to Disneyland (is 5:18 a.m.) in the morning (from Chatelet les Halles station).

How to Read First / Last RER A Train Timetable

To find the last RER train from Disneyland Paris (12:25 a.m.) back to city, start at the bottom right of the below table. The right most column is the Last Train column, listing last departure times at RER A stations along the train line. Marne la Vallée-Chessy is the Disneyland station, on the very bottom row and shows the last train time as 0:25 (12:25 a.m.). The times listed moving up the Last Train column on the right side show times the 0:25 RER Disney train will depart from each following station as it travels towards Paris. The RER A train timetable below shows the 0:25 (12:25 a.m.) last train departing Disneyland would reach Chatelet les Halles in Paris at 1:03 am.

The vertical line from Boissy-Saint-Leger to Fontenay-sous-Bois shows the 0:25 train will not stop at these stations (where are on a different branch of RER A train line.)

To find the first RER A train from Paris to Disneyland, locate your starting station in middle of the table (Paris RER A stops are: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, Auber, Chatelet les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation). The leftmost column will show first train times departing each Paris station. For example Chatelet les Halles first RER A train to Disneyland will depart at 5:18 a.m. The other three times for Chatelet les Halles 5:26 a.m., 5:33 a.m., 5:41 a.m. are first trains from other terminus stations further west in Paris.

Courtesy RATP

RER A first last trains Disneyland Paris

Last RER A Train Paris to Disneyland

The second leftmost column above shows typical last train Paris to Disneyland times, useful if you are staying at Disneyland hotels and are visiting Paris. The sample listed for last trains times from Paris to Disneyland are at 0:36 a.m., 0:44 a.m., 0:49 a.m. from Chatelet les Halles station in Paris. Keep in mind the times listed above are only examples and may be different on your day of travel. Give yourself at least 5 minutes of safety margin ahead of the times listed if you want to be sure to catch the last trains to/from Paris & Disneyland.

For the lastest & most accurate Paris RER schedule & timetables check RATP itinerary planner, or Transilien itinerary planner tools. The above RER train schedule timetable provides typical departure times & travel times between stations, but itinerary planners give the most precise/accurate RER train times.

RER A timetable for Paris to Disneyland trains

Paris Disney Paris RER A schedule from Paris city center to Disneyland Paris / Marne La Vallée (East bound) – This is your schedule and Marne la Vallée is the Paris Disneyland station. See also help on reading RER schedules. It’s also possible to travel directly from CDG Airport to Disneyland by TGV highspeed train.

RER A Train timetable Paris to Disneyland 2019 (PDF - Updated Sept 2, 2019)

RER A Schedule To Paris from Disneyland

RER A schedule going from Disneyland Paris towards Paris city center & onto La Défense business district or central Paris from Disneyland Paris (west bound).  Below is your train schedule for east to west Paris RER A trains. See also help on reading RER schedules.

RER A Schedule

RER A Train timetable Disneyland to Paris 2019 (PDF - Updated Sept 2, 2019)

RER A Line Map

Use the following RER line map to find what stations are along the RER A line between Paris and Disneyland, showing all possible Metro and RER connections at each station along the RER route, as well as wheelchair accessible stations.

Paris RER A line map 2019 with Stations, Zones, Interchanges to other RER and Metro Lines (PDF)

RER A Line Map with Stations

Other Destinations on RER A

Popular destinations along Paris RER A:

  • Paris Disneyland (formerly called Euro Disney)
  • Chateau de Vincennes – 13th century medieval keep
  • Gare de Lyon – TGV/Transilien trains to Fontainebleau, Lyon, Provence
  • Chatelet-les-Halles Metro/RER Interchange Station
  • Auber – Galleries Lafayette Shopping Center
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – Arc de Triomphe
  • La Défense – Financial District – Grande Arche de La Défense

Paris RER B First & Last Trains – Schedule & Timetables

By | December 2, 2019 | in Maps RER RER B Schedules

Paris RER B Trains travel from CDG Airport to central Paris. Below are downloadable / printable schedules for RER B trains from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris and from Paris to Orly Airport (ORY) which requires a connection from RER B’s Antony station to the Orlyval train servicing Orly Airport terminals West & South. (Schedules current as of Sept 2019.)  Help me read Paris train timetables.

RER B First Train / Last Train – Full Schedule & Timetable

From Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport to Paris

From Paris Gare du Nord station to CDG Airport

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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Popular Destinations along RER B Train line

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


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RER B Schedule – CDG Airport to Paris

RER B Train Schedule CDG to Paris to Orly (Direction Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) (PDF updated Sept 2, 2019)

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

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

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please see the weekend hours at the end of the RER B Train Schedule 2019.

RER B Express Trains

Note that there are “express” RER B trains departing CDG Airport towards Paris that will not make any stops between CDG and Paris Gare du Nord train station. These trains are designated as such through their four letter “mission” code that’s visible on the front of the trains and on the overhead screens on train platforms which show stations served. CDG express trains to Paris often start with the mission code letter “K” or “J” (although other codes exist). In the example shown below, KARI mission code trains are express trains to Paris from CDG airport.

RER B Express trains from CDG to Paris

These “express” RER B trains aren’t always available (they usually only run during peak hours) and express trains aren’t necessarily much faster than other RER B trains. i.e. You won’t get into Paris sooner by skipping a departing regular service RER B and waiting for the next “express” RER B, but there will be no stops in between. With no stops in between CDG and Paris, express RER B trains have some noticeable benefits:

  1. less passengers, since there are no passengers boarding between CDG and Paris Gare du Nord, meaning more space for luggage and seating
  2. more safety, as thieves cannot strike while you’re stopping at one of the in-between stations, getting on, grabbing a bag, and quickly departing while the train departs the station
  3. easier to exit the train when arriving at Gare du Nord, since most passengers on express RER B trains just arrived into France and will depart at either Gare du Nord or Chatelet Les Halles and transfer elsewhere. Local passenger traffic tends to flow in & out of trains more randomly at in between stations


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RER B Schedule Paris to CDG Airport

RER B Train Schedule Paris to CDG (Direction Mitry-Claye, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle) (PDF Updated January 7, 2019) – Schedule for trains leaving central Paris going towards Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminals 1 & 3 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1) and Terminal 2 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV).  See also the instructions on traveling from central Paris to CDG Airport by train.

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please scroll down the PDF and see the Friday and weekend hours at the end of the RER B Train Schedule 2019.

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

CDG Airport Terminal 1 to Paris

By | November 23, 2019 | in Airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) RER RER B

Get to Train Station Tickets RER B Train Location

Here are photo instructions for RER B train from Paris CDG Airport Terminal 1 to central Paris (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris). Click on photos to see larger versions.  For train schedules, train ticket prices, maps and other details see the Overview CDG to Paris by Train article. For Terminal 2 instructions see CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Train.

CDG Terminal 1 Terminal 3 Train station platform

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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* Warning! Thieves work on this train!

CDG Terminal 1 to Paris

If you’re arriving at CDG Terminal 1, you’ll first need to take the CDGVAL shuttle train to Terminal 3/Roissypole (center of map) to catch the RER B train to Paris.

Follow CDGVAL signs posted throughout Terminal 1 that will look like the following:

The CDGVAL shuttle train travels from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3/Roissypole then to Terminal 2 as shown on this line map:

While on the CDGVAL shuttle, keep in mind that:

  1. Terminal 3/Roissypole is the second stop which is before Terminal 2.
  2. The shuttle will stop at parking garage Pr before arriving at Terminal 3/Roissypole.

Upon arrival at Terminal 3/Roissypole, you will enter a large concrete atrium show here:


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Tickets

When exiting the CDGVAL stop at Terminal 3/Roissypole, turn to your right and walk towards a series of white/fuchsia ticket vending machines and several ticket windows behind an overhead sign for RER B “Paris par train / Paris by train”:

From here you can purchase single train tickets for Paris from the white/fuchsia vending machines (Billetterie Ile-de-France) for 10.30€ one way (price as of June 1, 2019). These tickets are known as “Billets Ile-de-France“.

CDG T1/T3 RER B Train Ticket Machines

CDG T1/T3 RER B Train Ticket Machines

Keep in mind that these vending machines do not sell pass cards Pass Navigo and only take coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards. If your credit card is from the U.S., most likely it will not have a smart-chip and will not work with these machines.

To purchase a Pass Navigo Decouverte (public transportation passes) you must visit the ticket window immediately in front of these machines (visible in photo below).

CDG T3 RER B Train Ticket Window

CDG T3 RER B Train Ticket Window

The CDG T1/T3 train station ticket window is open daily from 6 a.m. till 12 a.m. (midnight) every day.

If you already have a Pass Navigo / Pass Navigo Decouverte, you can recharge your card with Navigo Semaine from the white/fuchsia ticket vending Billetterie machines by inserting your pass into the purple Navigo slot and following the prompts.  Beware of the purchase restriction schedule on the Pass Navigo.

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RER B Train Location

After purchasing your tickets or passes, it’s time to find the RER B train platform. Just right of the automated train ticket vending machines and directly opposite/across from the ticket window, you’ll see a set of fare gates and overhead video screens. (See photo below.)

The video screens show the RER B train schedule arriving and departing CDG. The display screen on the right shows RER B trains towards Paris (bottom left edge of display reads: “Paris – St-Remy le Chevreuse – Robinson”). The screen on the left shows RER B arrival times from Paris to CDG Terminal 2 station (bottom left edge of display reads: “Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle 2 TGV”).

RER B trains leaving CDG going to Paris (right side screen) stop at all central Paris stations (Gare du Nord to Cité Universitaire, full list below) regardless of the name under the Destination column. The Destination names are the terminus stations for the several RER B train line branches and are used to specify the direction each train is traveling. A complete list of departure times from Terminal 1 RER B station towards Paris is available at the bottom of this article.

Using a gate with a green arrow lit on its front (red X’s signify exit gates) insert your paper ticket into the yellow ticket reader (should be on your right, i.e. that gate’s green arrow should be pointing at you and you should be using your right hand to submit the ticket) then retrieve it from the top arm panel on your right. If using a multi-use train pass (Navigo or Navigo Découverte) place your Navigo pass against the purple pass reader on the top arm panel on your right of the gate. You’ll hear a pleasant “ding” if the pass is correctly read and contains the correct weekly fare. (You’ll hear an unpleasant “buzz” otherwise.) Descend onto the RER B train platform using the escalators or stairs.

CDG T3 RER B Train Entry Gates

CDG T3 RER B Train Entry Gates

Signs at escalators and stairs descending onto the train platforms will note that “All trains go to Paris” (“Tous les trains vont à Paris”).

Once the train arrives, the train doors may not open automatically. Press the small metallic or red rubberized button on the door to open the train doors.

CDG T1 RER B Train Platform

CDG T1 RER B Train Platform

Remember to keep your ticket or passes handy as “controllers” (“ticket checkers”) frequent these trains.

Inside RER B Train from CDG to Paris

Inside RER B Train from CDG to Paris

Travel time to the first major Paris station: Gare du Nord, is roughly 25 minutes.

RER B will stop at Paris RER stations:

  • Gare du Nord (transfers to Metro 2,4,5 RER D,E)
  • Chatelet Les Halles (transfers to Metro 1,4,7,11,14 RER A,B,D)
  • St. Michel-Notre Dame (transfers to Metro 4,7 RER C)
  • Luxembourg (no connections)
  • Port Royal (no connections)
  • Denfert Rochereau (transfers to Metro 4,6)
  • Cité Universitaire (transfer to Tram 3, requires new ticket)

If you need to transfer to a Paris Metro train or a different RER train to arrive at your final destination, you may use your airport RER ticket for making (unlimited) transfers as long as:

  • it’s under 90 minutes since ticket validation (using fare gates at CDG Airport)
  • you haven’t exited the Metro/RER system (by passing through turnstiles or exit gates).
  • your final destination is within Metro/RER Paris Zone 1-2.

If you need to transfer to a bus or tram, you will need to purchase a new Paris Metro Ticket (known officially as Ticket t+) as transfers from Metro/RER to buses/trams are not included.

Useful Links

CDG Airport Map

CDG to Euro Disney by TGV

The following train timetables show depature times of RER B trains leaving CDG Terminal 1 towards Paris.  (Ignore the second pages, which show Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 departure times).

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

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

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

Facts & Figures on RER B train line (video).

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