Using Rick's book, this looks complicated. Don't really want an expensive taxi. Any good ideas? Thanks
The simplest way would be the Air France busdirectly from CDG to the station. Cheaper than a taxi unless you have several people, simpler than the RER-Metro combination, pretty fast, and you can look out the window.
I too recommend the Air France Bus (also known as Les Cars). I've taken it to and from Gare de Lyon to CDG many times. Very comfortable.
All true. BUT if the bus hits rush hour it could arrive well behind schedule.
The best route by train is the RER B from CDG to Gare du Nord and the RER D from there to Gare de Lyon. Faster, cbeaper, and more frequent service than the Air France bus.
But, depending on luggage, so much more of a pain hauling on and off the trains etc.
Yes, taking a bus, shuttle van or taxi from the airport is always subject to traffic conditions, but if you are not on a particular schedule, it really doesn't make that much difference. I haven't taken the RER from the airport, but I have taken trains and the metro in France for years, and while there are a lot of people who travel on them with luggage - do not underestimate the amount of walking and stairs, train connections, crowded conditions and standing you will probably encounter if you go this way. You may avoid traffic, but there are other issues that might not be that pleasant.
In all the years I have taken vehicles to and from CDG, I have not experienced very bad rush hour traffic.