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Roissy Bus from CDG Airport to Paris
Kim Riemann (Kim)
When I was planning my arrival into Paris, I found three options for getting from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) into the city: limo or shuttle service, taxi, or RER train. As we were trying to do this trip "on the cheap," I immediately ruled out the first two options and focused on the third.
The RER train provided a few obstacles to my traveling sensibilities:
Then someone on the SlowTalk message board mentioned a new option, the Opera bus. Opera bus? I didn't want to see an opera, what did this have to do with my transfer from the airport to downtown Paris? Plenty!
The Roissy Bus, nicknamed the Opera bus because it disembarks its passengers across the street from the Opera Garnier on the Rue des Scribe (near the corner of the Rue Auber), is named after the town (Roissy) in which the Charles Des Gaulle airport is located. The Roissy Bus provides a transfer service from the airport to the ninth arrondissement in Paris. Since I was staying near there, on Boulevard Haussmann, this seemed like the perfect solution, and it was!
Finding the Roissy Bus (Opera Bus) at the Airport
The Roissy Bus pickup stops are well marked within the terminals. From terminal 2A you pick it up right outside door nine (gate nine). Here are all the pickup locations:
Sign in Terminal 2A for the Roissy Bus
Buying Tickets for the Roissy Bus
The one way ticket costs 8.50 Euro and is one of the better bargains in Paris these days.
You have four options for purchasing tickets for the bus:
My guess is that terminals 1, 2E, 2F and 3 have corresponding areas for purchasing tickets near the pick-up point, but I am not certain.
They request that you purchase tickets ahead of time, but the day I traveled, the machine was not working, and I did not want to cross the busy street between terminal 2A and 2D to purchase a ticket at the ticket counter, so I bought my ticket on the bus. The bus driver didn't flinch. Yes, it does require you to have euro when you arrive, but there are ATMs in the airport.
About the Roissy Bus
From 6:00am until 7:00pm, the bus runs every 15 minutes. From 7:00pm until 11:00 pm, every 20 minutes. (Note, these are the times from the website. The sign for the bus says every 15 minutes until 8:00pm.) The bus runs seven days a week. The travel time into Paris, once you leave the airport (which can take 30 - 40 minutes because it stops at every terminal), is about 60 minutes.
It is not a "coach bus" in that it has no place to store your luggage underneath, but is like a city bus, with an accordion center connecting two halves. At the front and in the middle of the bus are two small shelves to store luggage.
If you're staying near the Opera, or don't mind transferring to another form of transportation once you arrive, the Roissy Bus is a great alternative to a high-priced taxi or the RER train.
You can use the Roissy Bus to return to the airport, picking it up on the same corner that you disembarked (Rue des Scribe). Buses run from Rue des Scribe starting at 5:45am until 11:00pm with the same frequency as mentioned above.
Roissy Bus Stop and Ticket Machine on Rue Scribe
Disadvantages to Taking the Roissy Bus
There are disadvantages to taking the bus.
www.ratp.info: Paris metro official site with information the Roissy Bus. For more information phone: 08.92.68.41.14.
Slow Travel Photos: Larger versions of photos on this page and more photos of the Roissy Bus
Kim and her family love to travel. In recent years, they've visited London, Paris, Italy and Israel. Upcoming plans include Vermont with returns to Paris and Italy. Kim is a Slow Travel Talk message board moderator. You can read about Kim's travel adventures on her Slow Travel Member page, and her blog, Kim's Musings.
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