buying rer tickets at cdg

Are there ticket dispensing machines at CDG for the RER that accept US credit cards? If so, are they marked in any way?
Thanks

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
2281 posts

They are PIN & chip cards only. You'll have to wait in line at the ticket counters. Not as bad as it looks. 15 minutes maybe. They take US credit cards. You can pick up your Metro pass or buy a carnet book while you're there as well.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Susan, There ARE automated ticket Kiosks at CDG but as mentioned they ONLY accept Chip & PIN cards, and also Euro coins if I remember correctly. If using an older magnetic stripe card, your only choice will be to wait in the queue at the ticket office. As mentioned in a previous reply, the lines can move quickly, however the wait can be considerably longer if a lot of flights arrive at the same time. You may find it helpful to have a look at the excellent parisbytrain.com website as it provides a great description of the transportation options from CDG. Happy travels!

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
650 posts

There are machines that accept Euro coins . As well there are machines that will take a 20EU note and spit back 20 EU in coins . Made it simple for us to buy two RER tickets to town without waiting on line . Of course you will either need to hit an ATM first or have Euro with you when you arrive .

Posted by Karen
Sacramento, CA, USA
31 posts

Susan, There are RER machines that accept US credit cards (not chip & pin) at CDG. I was just there in March of this year, and purchased my RER tickets from CDG to Paris at an automated ticket machine at the airport. I think most machines require the c&p though. The catch is that while some machines note on them that a chip & pin card is required, just because it isn't noted doesn't mean non C&P cards are accepted. I stood in line at two different machines before hitting the information counter, the attendent told me to 'try a different machine', which I did, and it worked. I also used my non-C&P card at several metro stations. If you are in a hurry and/or the lines are long go to the ticket counter where they are sure to accept your card. If you are not in a hurry (or the lines are not long) try the machines. One other thing, at the Gare du Nord train station, it was chip and pin cards ONLY, and you had to go to the ticket counter to use a non C&P card. Happy Travels!!

Posted by Sarah
Chicago (formerly St. Louis), IL, USA
1311 posts

We were in Paris last September and waited in the ticket counter line at CGD to buy RER tickets and two carnets. There were only a couple people ahead of us in line at about 8:00am.

Posted by John
Van Nuys, CA, USA
155 posts

Last year we were in Paris and bought the RER tickets at a TI booth. The staffers speak English, and, best of all, no waiting! Not only can you get maps and brochures, but you can buy the museum passes and transit tickets at the booth. They take US credit cards. The CDG guide gives the following locations: TERMINAL 2C, ARRIVALS/DEPARTURE LEVEL, OPPOSITE GATE 5. 7:30>14:30 TERMINAL 2D, ARRIVALS/DEPARTURE LEVEL, GATE 5. 7:30>21:30 TERMINAL 2E, ARRIVALS LEVEL. 7:15>22:00 TERMINAL 2F, ARRIVALS LEVEL, GATE 11. 7:15>22:00
TERMINAL T1, ARRIVALS LEVEL, GATE 4. 7:15>22:00 here is a link to their website: http://www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk/practical-info/tourist-information-desks-100180.html

Posted by Bets
Bloomington
1970 posts

John has just posted the scoop of the year. You can buy RER tickets at the TI. Thank you John.
This needs to be bumped up to the top for others to see.

Posted by Thomas
Vienna, Austria
502 posts

Thanks, John! Up until now, my strategy was always to arrive at CDG with a pocket full of €2 coins for the machines.

Posted by John
Van Nuys, CA, USA
155 posts

Glad to share! Funny thing is, discovering this was totally accidental. Jet-lagged after landing, we wanted to get the museum pass so we wouldn't have to wait in line to buy it the next day. The lines are short or non-existent at the airport TI so we stopped in. After getting the passes the guy asked "do you want to buy an RER ticket into Paris?" We didn't even know they sold them there! And to make it more convenient, they put all the purchases onto a single charge on a US credit card.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
650 posts

John , Thanks for sharing . Another great tip for the old travel tool bag!!