Nov 15, 11, 11:36 am
We are staying in Paris in the St Honore area. What is your advice on taxi travel to CDG? Do they take credit cards or do you have to request a special cab? Is the RER train a pain to get to CDG? We have medium sized roll about suitcases but seem to remember many changes to get to the right terminals etc. It's been 6 years since our last visit to Paris so any insight is appreciated. Thanks
Well, the rue St Honoré (and rue du Faubourg St Honoré) cover quite a distance, so it depends exactly where you are.
If you're at the Les Halles end of the street, then you've got very easy access to the RER station at Chatelet-les-Halles, which is a direct line to CDG.
If, however, you're nearer the Place Vendome, you're quite handy for the Opéra Garnier, where the handy Roissybus terminates.
If you want to take a taxi, a good proportion of them do take credit cards (you can certainly ask for it when booking with G7, one of the larger companies), but it's far from all. You can expect to pay a surcharge, too (around €5). However, one potential sticking point could be the use of a non-chip-and-PIN card, so be sure to show the driver the card before boarding (or, if phoning, specify that you're using a "carte sans puce").
For the public transport options, the arrival at CDG depends on your terminal. By RER, there are two stations: one for T1 (with an automated shuttle link) and T3 (walking distance), and the second for T2. You can easily walk from the RER station to terminals T2D-F. You can also walk to T2A-B, but it's quite a trek - there is a shuttle bus that does the circuit too. For T2G, you must take a shuttle bus.
The Roissybus does a circuit of terminals when it arrives at CDG.
A final tip - you'll often hear the airport referred to by its location: Roissy (rwah - see). The town itself is generally referred to as Roissy-en-France or Roissy-Ville.
Do ask if you want some more details on the public transport options. Chatelet-les-Halles station, in particular, can be rather daunting if you're not used to it, but if you choose the right entrance and follow the right signs, it's really rather simple!
Nov 15, 11, 3:31 pm
I will often get a taxi from CDG into the city, but I am much more reluctant to use a taxi going back out to CDG, for the simple reason that it can be so much trouble finding one. I've come close to missing my flight more than once from looking for a taxi, failing, then leaping onto the RER and hoping.
I usually use a limo service (I use Baron's Limo [barons-limousines.com] but there are many) -- one can pay in advance with a credit card, deal with an English-speaking operator, and have a reliable pick-up time. Last I checked it was about EUR 110 - perhaps 50% more than a taxi.
As "stut" says, the public transport options are good -- if you don't have too many bags. Dragging luggage through Chatelet is a nightmare.
Nov 16, 11, 10:22 am
We are staying in Paris in the St Honore area. What is your advice on taxi travel to CDG? Do they take credit cards or do you have to request a special cab?
Just call Taxis G7; all their affiliates have to accept credit cards. They really are a professional outfit.
Nov 16, 11, 12:48 pm
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Nov 16, 11, 2:18 pm
Thanks to all of you for the great advice! I think we will go with the G7 cab!