What is the best way to get from CDG to Paris? For two people, the shuttles look about the same price as a taxi? Thoughts?
The Air France bus is easy and a great deal! Comfortable too!
We recently used Golden Air shuttle (recommended in Rick Steves book) to get from CDG to Paris. When we booked we said we had heard about them from Rick Steves, so we paid 17 euro per person for four of us. It was a very convenient way to get from the airport to the city. Our driver spoke good English and took us directly where we needed to be. On the return from Paris to CDG it was just the two of us (still 17 euro per person with Rick Steves discount) and we had to stop to pick up a third person. This is a potential drawback to using a shuttle service--if there are just two of you the service is likely to combine your ride with another party (that's why it's cheaper than a cab). Not a big deal, just make sure you factor in the extra time to pick up or drop off someone else is you are on a tight schedule.
For two people, a taxi would likely cost more than a shuttle, particularly if traffic is heavy since the meter will keep running.
Depending upon where your hotel is, you can take an Air France bus to Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, or Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arch de Triomphe) and a taxi from there. The bus ride costs around 14 EUR. Or take the Roissybus to Opera (8.50 EUR) and a taxi from there. Any of those would be cheaper than a taxi all the way.
If you're packing light and don't mind schlepping your own luggage, you can take the RER B to Paris and transfer to other RER lines and/or Metro lines as needed, to get within a few blocks of any hotel. All for 8.10 EUR. Go to www.ratp.fr to download and print a Metro/RER map for central Paris and a RER map that shows service to outlying zones, including CDG.