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Taxi from CDG to Paris

I land in Paris on one of the strike days (May 3). My hotel in the Marais said that even though the RER B will have a few trains running, to just take a taxi. It will be 50 Euros, but will take us right to hotel. If we do that, is it easy to catch a taxi? Where are they lined up? Are they officially marked? Has anyone been able to take the RER B to Paris since the strike?

We then take the Eurostar to London on the 7th, which is luckily not a strike day.

thanks!

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Follow the sign to a taxi stand. If you are approached by someone asking if you need a taxi, keep going. That is a gypsy (unlicensed) cab and you will be ripped off. When you get to the taxi stand there will be a line, but it moves quickly. The taxi has a dome light that reads Taxi Parisien and it will be green indicating it is vacant.

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Follow the signs to the official taxi rank located outside the terminal. Do not accept rides from anyone who approaches you. Have the address, including the postal code, written on a piece of paper to hand over after a polite greeting. You may want to write 50€ in the paper to make sure he or she knows you know about the flat rate. And yes, people have taken the RER B on strike days. Trains are running — just not as frequently.

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Yes the taxi will take you right to where you want to go. Have the address of the hotel on a piece of paper to make it easy on the driver.
Go to the official taxi rank and get in line. Easy to find and well marked. Anybody who approaches you and asks if you need a taxi, especially if it is in English, will undoubtedly charge you at least double the official fixed rate 50 EUR.

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In addition to the great tips so far, you can also take a look at a RS article by searching on this website, "Avoid Taxi Scams in Europe." We have stayed in Le Marais and have taken a taxi directly to our hotel.

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We landed at Terminal 1 yesterday a non-strike day. The taxi line is long there but unmistakable. Always follow the signs in the airport to the official taxi stand. The one in Terminal 1 is covered which is nice in bad weather. Our trip was 55 Euro with no attempt to bill otherwise; the prices are listed in the cab on the back window.

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We paid 55Euros from taxi stand to CDG airport. We also had a strike day and took us 8 hours to get out of CDG to the US
it was awful and that was 3 days ago

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What were some of the factors for your delay?
We are not flying back to the US from CDG, buy, we are flying into Paris from Florence on Lufthansa.

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How hard is it to get a taxi BACK to the airport from Marais district? Can you simply walk to a large street and they pass by and stop?

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Yes, we came in to CDG five days ago on a strike day and took RER B to Gare du Nord. Train was crowded. (They say about half the RER B are running.)

Taking a train to Strasbourg tomorrow on another strike date; our booked TGV was cancelled but SNCF was able to switch us to another train leaving an hour later.

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It’s 50 Euro to the Right Bank (Marais), 55 Euro to the Left Bank, from CDG.

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You can order a taxi the night before, G7 Taxi, https://www.g7.fr/en/book-taxi. You can do this from a computer/tablet, using their App and or calling them directly. They have English speaking operators.
There is a small fee for reserving the night before I believe.
Enjoy your trip.

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Interesting.
Like Uber?

What was your cost?
Do you give them your landing time?

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jimlanza--

To make sure you understand, you can call the cab company from your hotel to arrange the pickup to CDG. You wouldn't call them from outside the country to meet you after you land, so they don't need to know when you are landing. Calling g7 is done to schedule a cab from your hotel to wherever.

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jim, I don’t understand why you’d call ahead for a taxi to pick you up at CDG.
Just go to the taxi stand as previously recommended upthread.

To go TO CDG or Eurostar, call G7 the night before.

I do not find it easy to hail a taxi in Paris. In my experience not easy to find one at a taxi stand in Paris either. But ymmv.

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No the taxis are not able to break the line. They are in line and so are you. Trying to “call” a taxi to the airport is folly. If you want to pay a lot more you can arrange a private shuttle.

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A little off the OP's topic here, but Susan, I'm wondering about you saying you haven't found it easy to find taxis at taxi stands. I've read that here before, but that hasn't been our experience. We come across neighborhood taxi stands during our time in Paris, pick the nearest one to where we're staying and walk there when we're leaving. We haven't asked a taxi to come from the stand to where we're staying but I would imagine they would (perhaps with an extra charge for the diversion and any time waiting at our location).
I'm not sure why our experience differs from yours, but that's what we've seen.

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We have spent months in Paris and rarely see taxis at taxi stands except at a couple of places. There always seems to be a line at Bastille. No neighborhood we have stayed in has had a taxi stand with taxis waiting. I would never count on hailing a cab TO the airport. For peace of mind arrange a ride the night before.

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Hi Jim, we just returned from Paris. You get off the plane, go through Customs/Immigration, get your baggage and get in the taxi line. Everything is well marked. We waited less than 5 minutes for a taxi (it was a not a train strike day). The taxi went directly from CDG to our hotel in the 7th. It was 55 euro plus tip.

When we were leaving Paris, the hotel called a taxi for us. There was an additional 7 euro fee to make the advance reservation. The taxi went directly from the hotel to the airport. No problems.

If you need to take a taxi while in Paris, it's best to walk to a larger hotel to catch one. I haven't found it possible to just grab a cab from the street corner (like in NYC or other big cities).

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Janet, you've undoubtedly spent more time in Paris than I. All I can say is that we've not failed to find taxi stands with taxis. In fact, that's the only taxi stand that "counts" IMO. When we're walking around, we're only noticing taxi stands that actually have taxis standing there.

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Bob, I’ve spent weeks and months in Paris at a time, often, and lived there for a year as an adult in addition to growing up there... I have always found it almost impossible to find a taxi at a taxi stand. I can count 3 times it’s happened. And only one time I was able to hail a taxi on the street.
I’ve never understood why. I guess you just have good luck!
In London or NYC you lift your arm for any reason and a taxi stops... : )

One day in Paris, it was intensely intensely raining and the wind so strong we had to hold onto lamp posts, we were on the road along the river right next to the back/middle portion of Notre Dame... up ahead we saw there was a taxi stand with 6 taxis. We were elated until we got closer and saw they were all empty. Just then, a man came out of a restaurant right next to the taxis and I asked him why all the empty taxis were parked in the taxi stand. He said “Oh, because they’re all in the restaurant having lunch!” I asked him how long he thought they’d be and he said “Oh, at least another hour!”
We walked, drenching wet, back to our hotel.
I adore France, but their work culture is very different from ours. Maybe they have it right... : )

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You just walk to the dedicated outlet - the agents will shoo you in.
Get in. No luggage fees.
I believe that the flat fee is 50 EU for the Marais.

No need for Uber - they cannot pick up passengers "gypsy-style". Nor can they pick up passengers from the railroad stations.

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It’s 50 Euro to the Right Bank (where the Marais is), 55 Euro to the Left Bank, from CDG.

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I am not sure you can even 'call a G7 taxi FROM the airport'. I remember one time calling to arrange a ride TO the airport and the dispatcher misunderstood and said 'you just go to the taxi queue' until I clarified I was calling for a TO not FROM ride. I think you can order one if you need a car seat, but I would clarify with the on line dispatcher where you would meet such a ride.

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Cheryl are you saying it took you 8 hours to be driven from CDG into Paris in a taxi on a strike day? Getting worried because we have to go from Paris to CDG on a strike day.