paris trip

I have a 2nd leg of my trip flying into cdg airport,Paris. I have rented an appartment in the 2nd arrondissement district. Do I have to take a taxie and pay there crazy prices or is there a metro that goes thru there that I can take from the airport or even a shuttle bus. Thanks, Manny D

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2826 posts

Do you have Rick Steves Paris? If not, get it immediately. He not only has the answer to your question (he details various ways to get from the airport to the city), but lots of other basic information that you will find invaluable.

Posted by Claire
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
12 posts

Totally agree with Harold! Bought the Rick Steves' Paris 2013 book just the other day and it is invaluable for the information and it has a subway map and an East Bank and West Bank map, these three maps are all in color. The bank also includes many maps of neighborhood areas and info about sightseeing.
Hope this is helpful.

Posted by Bets
Bloomington
1965 posts

@ Claire, It's Right Bank, Left Bank. The East Bank and West Bank are in Israel and Palestine. ;)

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1339 posts

hi, to be more to the point of an answer. Ive taken the RER (for lack of a better explanation - surbaban rail system) from CDG to Paris and since it was my first time using a subway, i thought it was really cool, fast and fun. Once you get into Paris, if the RER doesnt go by or near your lodging, you can transfer to one of the local subways. Again, really easy for a novice. just a comment. you can take a taxi if you want, but you may want to learn how to use their underground system since in my opinion (imo) it will take you to where you want to go within Paris. THis is taken from RS France 2012 book, so you can thank him and his staff. RER-B trains from CDG to Paris stop at T-2 and near T-3 (shuttle train available). THen stop in central Paris @ Gare Du Nord, Chatelet-Les Halles, St. Michel and Luxembourg. 9.50 Euros and 4 trains/hour from 0500-2400. It takes 30 minutes to Gare Du Nord. Follow Paris by train signs, then RER signs. The RER station @ T-2 mixes with a busy main train station so pay attention. Look for Green Paris/Ile de France (Paris & Suburbs) ticket window s and expect lines. Its faster to buy tickest from the machines, but change is required. HINT the T-3 RER station is less crowded and is accessable by shuttle train. Disclaimers: Subject to change w/o notice and that includes prices, train schedule, times and stops. happy trails and have lots of fun.

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

Look up your apartment address on Google Maps and then find the nearest Metro stop. Here's a link to a Metro map. Click on the map to enlarge it, and use it to find out how to get to that stop from the RER / Metro. http://parisbytrain.com/paris-metro-maps/