Can anyone recommend a shuttle service that you have used to travel from CDG into Paris? I have previously used Bee Shuttle but they haven't responded to my two online requests. Appreciate any help.
From CDG and Orly, the Air France bus is an easy way to get into town.
France does not have a shuttle culture. They have excellent cab service -- door to door and you can take the RER into town for 9.75. There are two bus services that an be useful if their stops are near your destination: the Air France Bus and the Roissy Bus. You could then take a cab from the Arc du Triomphe or Opera or wherever the end point of your bus choice is. If you choose the RER and metro route, be sure you are pickpocket proof (good practice for the rest of the trip). Particularly when loaded down with luggage and tired, you are the idea target. No a problem if you can handle your luggage and don't have valuables in your pockets.
Private shuttle companies have a reputation for unreliability and if you prepay and they don't show, they will say 'we were there and you weren't' and refuse to refund the money. If they don't show and you need to phone, chances are good no one will be picking up. In particular I would never take a shuttle TO the airport where a no show can cost you thousands of dollars in walk up airplane tickets if you miss your flight.
The most convenient way to go is to exit the terminal and get in the official taxi queue and take a taxi Parisien into town. Have your destination written down. The dispatcher will match you with a cab that fits the size of your party (they can take as many as 7). It costs about 50 Euro give or take 5 or so for a typical ride. A 4th passenger and up is 3 Euro each and each bag in the trunk above the first is 1 Euro.
Try Paris Shuttle Services,
Telephone: 33 -6-6376-1330
Advertised cost for 1 person was 23,00 euros.
Also, e-mail your hotel and ask them if they arrange this service. Many hotels do.
Both times we stayed in Paris, we had our hotel make arrangements with a preferred taxi service. It was an arranged fare. We furnished the hotel with our arrival time. We paid the driver directly. We enjoyed the convenience of having the driver meet us, after getting our luggage. Then we walked a short distance to his car. He drove us directly to our hotel (Le Littre Hotel, 6 arron.) Then we had an arranged time to be picked up at our hotel, for our return to CDG. The driver met us at our lobby at the arranged time. One of the times, my husband realized he had left our passports in the hotel safe. We had been in the car for approximately 15 minutes too. The driver just turned around and took us back to the hotel. He didn't charge us anything extra, but my husband gave him a nice tip. We liked having our airport trips arranged and not having to worry.
Just over two weeks ago, I booked a shuttle with Alliance Shuttle. My sister had used this service previously and recommended it. There is no payment in advance; you pay the driver when he drops you off. The driver was standing there with our name on a card when we came out of the airport and dropped us off right in front of our hotel. The cost was 60 euros for 4 people.
We have used www.interserviceprestige.com 7 or 8 times times and they have always been there waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. They have waited for us even when late. For the return trip to CDG they have usually been a little early. They have been very reliable. Good luck.
With a shuttle that charges 23 per head you are already just breaking even with two passengers compared to a taxi. And you end up waiting while they pick up and deliver passengers. And if you pre-pay you are stuck waiting an hour if they are slow to show or lose your money if they are no show. Some people's heart leaps up if they see a little sign with their name on it; I don't get that. I don't like the aggravation of coping with late or no show pre-paid services, but prefer the ease of just hopping into the queue and getting the taxi and going straight to my destination. This usually costs us between 45 and 50 Euro -- occasionally a little less 40-45 when we are staying in the 17th or 18th. We have never paid more than 60. With Orly, it is more like 35 Euro.
I assume you ask as you prefer not to use public transportation on arrival day.
My experiences are the taxi, www.parisshuttleservices as mentioned above and prearranged car from my hotel. The shuttle service cost the least. It's a tossup between taxi and prearranged car dependent on how many people you will get into your taxi.
Arrival day I'm too foggy for public riding yet I have/still do that. The cost of a service to me is good value because of past mistakes I've made when my head was too jet lagged. Do what makes you most comfortable and secure. Hope you find a reliable service.
Interserviceprestige only picks you up and takes you direct to where you are going. There will be no other passengers. The cost is 50 euros for 2 or 3.
do you have to pay in advance for the shuttle you recommend? There are countless stories on line of people whose pre-arranged shuttle didn't show and that they lost their pre paid fee. So although the 50 Euro is about average for a taxi, you don't actually pay the taxi until they take you there.
Just a follow up -- I ended up using Bee Shuttle for my trip in May. I had used them on 2 previous occasions with no problems. However, this time the driver was 45 min late. We were the only passengers and did not have to pay in advance. The fare was 45 euro for 2 people. I prefer to use a shuttle or taxi but may try Interservice next time. Thanks for all your help!
The best advice would be to take the RER into town. Exit at a station near your destination (Gare du Nord, Les Halles, Gare de Lyon, etc) and catch a cab. Better yet, transfer to the metro and exit near your destination. You're not in Kansas anymore.
For Interserviceprestige you pay after you get to your destination.
The argument against using a shuttle service is the uncertainty of an on-time arrival and the need to prebook. We used the Air France coach to Gare de Lyon then a short taxi trip to our hotel.
On our return to CDG we had our hotel book a shuttle service. Price was good but we were the first picked up than got a street level tour of Paris to pick up the other party before heading to the airport.