How to go from Paris’ Airports to Our Paris Office
(or to our Paris apartments)
in one easy lesson.
Our address is 2, rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris.  The office phone is +33 (0) 1.42.36.02.34.
Here is a neighborhood map.


From Charles de Gaulle Airport
From Orly Airport
From Beauvais Airport
Ordering Airport Train Tickets, from Charles de Gaulle or Orly (this takes you to a different page)



Introduction
Welcome to Paris.  You have just de-planed, and you are still cursing the Wright brothers.  Now you must make your way to our office (our guest apartments are upstairs from same).

But first, you must figure out at which airport you have landed.

Most intercontinental flights come into Roissy, the name we locals give to Charles de Gaulle Airport.  More often than not, you will be in Terminal 2.  But USAir, United, Lufthansa, and several Asian / African / Middle Eastern carriers use terminal 1, instead.  Budget and charter lines use Terminal 3 (Air Transat, Corsair...).

The other option (Paris’ other “real” airport) is Orly.  Not much intercontinental service, but many intra-European flights.

If you were on a “low-cost” carrier, such as Ryanair, you may have landed at Beauvais.
Beauvais is not really a Paris airport at all:  it is in the eponymous town, 90 minutes northwest of the city in normal traffic.  You can go from the city center to Belgium by train faster than you can get to Beauvais.  If you count boarding and take-off, you can be in 3 other foreign countries by train before you would be in the air.

No one at Blue Marble, nor any of our friends, has ever used Beauvais Airport, so we only know of it by reputation.  (We are environmentalists, and so take trains within Europe, even when they cost more and take longer.  We all have our luxuries...).  But below you will find what we know about making this trip.



Buying Tickets for the Airport Train (Orly or Charles de Gaulle)
If you wish to buy tickets through us, to avoid dealing with the issue in your post-flight fog (or to avoid ticket lines which can stretch to an hour in summer), here is how to order tickets for the airport train.

Otherwise, get some euros from an airport exchange place before you get to the ticket counter.  Credit cards without French “chips” are not accepted at all windows (nor in ticket machines).



From Roissy / Charles de Gaulle Airport
These are both names for the same place.


Step 1.
From Terminal 1

  • From the baggage pick-up (free carts), follow signs for Paris par Train (Paris by train).  These will direct you to an elevator bank, hidden behind a wall between exit doors 34 and 36.  Get on the next elevator.
  • These elevators have only two buttons.  One corresponds to where you are.  Push the other one.  The elevator will take you down a few levels, and let you out via the opposite door.
  • In front of you, and up a ramp, is a train platform for a people-mover called “CDGVAL.”  Go there.  You cannot take the luggage carts on board, but ther walk from where you must leave them to the train is short.  Board the next departing train, on either side of the platform.  No tickets are required. 
  • Ride 2 stops, to Roissypole, the name of the station for trains to Paris (called the “RER”). Two more stops would bring you to the “Gare TGV” (long-distance trains), and to terminal 2.
  • Exit the CDGVAL people mover.  Go up a stair / escalator.  You will find yourself in the hall of a much bigger train station. 
  • If you already have your ticket to Paris, turn left and then right to get to the platforms / trains. 
    If you need to buy a ticket, turn right, to come to the ticket office. 

Your train to Paris will leave from the far platform (any train on either side of the far platform will go to Paris).  Now skip down to Step 2.

From Terminal 2.  Signs in your terminal will point you to RER / TGV or Gare RER / TGV.  Don’t panic if the “RER “ and the “TGV” are inverted:  they are still pointing to the same thing.  This is the rail station.  Paris par Train also works.  If you orient yourself by facing the street in front of your terminal, the station is to the right of terminals 2A, 2C, and 2F; to the left of 2B, 2D or 2E.

  • When you get to the trains, and are given a choice between RER and TGV, choose RER.  This is the train into Paris. 
  • Go down two levels to get to the main station hall, and another, third, level to get to the platform, with a train track on each side. 
  • Consult the departure board, which will give each train's departure time, to see which is leaving first.  Also, be sure to look along the platform:  short trains park at one end, and you may not even realize that the train is sitting in the station until it has pulled out!  Board the next departing train.  Now go on to Step 2.

From Terminal 3.  Signs in your terminal will point you to RER / TGV or Gare RER / TGV.  Don’t panic if the “RER “ and the “TGV” are inverted:  they are still pointing to the same thing.  This is the rail station.   Paris par Train also works, as does Roissypole.  A bit of a walk will bring you to the train station.


Step 2.
All the trains from the airport stations go the same place.  If you do not already have a ticket, buy one in the ticket office, a level up from the trains.  Keep this ticket safe, since you will need it several times during the journey.

Locals make as many as 10 stops on the way into town; expresses run non-stop.  Despite this, the first train to depart is the first to arrive:  the “expresses” just run slowly, following the locals on their same tracks.  We nonetheless wait for the express:  it is less crowded, and less victimized by pick-pockets, as it makes no stops during which they could make their getaway.

After a 30-minute ride, your train goes underground and stops at the Gare du Nord station, where it will idle for a minute or two.  Start paying attention here.  Stay on board, and ride one more stop, getting off at Châtelet - Les Halles.


Special case:  if literally everybody gets off your train at the Gare du Nord, and an announcement is made, it means that there is a mechanical problem, or a strike.  Strikes are different from anglo-saxon versions.  They don’t stop trains from running, they just mix them up a bit.  Their only practical effect is to make you change trains here at the Gare du Nord.

You can ask us about this entertaining cultural phenomenon when you hook up with us.  In the mean time, get off, go upstairs one flight, and follow signs which read
Direction Mairie de Montrouge, or M 4 Mairie de Montrouge.   After some corridors, these signs will bring you to an underground railway (subway, if you are from North America) platform.  Take any train that comes, and ride it 6 stops to Les Halles station.  Leave the station via the exit marked Sortie Rue Montorgueil. 

When you come outside into the air, you are on a pedestrian street, rue Rambuteau.  Turn right on this.  In front of you, a bit to the right, is a rather large church.  You are now at the start of the third paragraph of Step 3, below.


Step 3.
You have detrained at the Châtelet - Les Halles station. 

  • Exit towards the rear of your train.
  • Take the escalator or the stairs up (one flight). 
  • At the top of the stairs or escalator you will see dark blue Sortie (exit) signs, with different sorties indicated.  The one you want is labeled Porte Rambuteau.  Follow the signs across the mezzanine concourse to get to it.
  • Pass through the ticket barriers you find barring your way (using the same little ticket you used at the airport), and go up another flight of stairs / escalators. 
  • At the top, you will find a bank of elevators / lifts.  Use these to get to street level (press “0”).  You could continue climbing by stair / escalator if you preferred (3 more levels up), but the lifts are easier with luggage.
  • The elevator / lift will let you off outside.  Turn left, to immediately come to the pedestrian rue Rambuteau.

At this stage, a neighborhood map may be helpful.  If so, you may print one here.

  • Turn left on rue Rambuteau.  In front of you, 100 m away, is a rather large church.  Walk towards it.  Before you reach it...
  • ...slink along the wall that is now to your right, rounding the corner, and leaving the church to your left.
  • Straight in front of you, at the base of a short flight of stairs (which you can avoid by making a wider circle, if you have luggage), and between two cafés, a pedestrian street leads away (the rue Montorgueil).  Take this.
  • The third right (florest on the far right corner), is rue Tiquetonne.  Turn right onto this. 
  • Your first left, a long block away, is the rue Dussoubs.

We are the unprepossessing glass door between numbers 2 and 4 (it’s your money, after all). 
If the iron curtain is still down it means we aren't up yet.  If the curtain is up, but the front room is dark, it means that we've gone out for coffee, or are in the basement.  Try knocking on the glass door with a key or a coin (so that your knock can be heard from the basement), or looking in the local bars.  Or wait:  we'll be back soon.

Here are our normal opening hours.



ORLY AIRPORT

Orly airport is in a state of flux.  While all inter-continental airlines are currently in the south terminal, there is discussion of moving some to the west one (those are Orly’s only two terminals).  The following information assumes that you arrive at the south terminal, or Aerogare Sud. 
If you arrive instead at the west terminal, follow signs to reach OrlyVal (“Paris by Métro”), take the automated people-mover to Antony (the first stop), and start reading these instructions in the 2nd paragraph of step 2, below.


Step 1.
When you exit the baggage pick-up area and pass through customs at Orly Sud, you will find yourself inside the terminal building, facing the street.  Outside the terminal, above the roadway on a viaduct, is a green-and-white train.  This is what you want to ride.  The little ticket hall is inside the terminal building, a bit to the left in the corridor that you are standing in once you clear customs.

If you do not already have a ticket, use one of the multi-lingual machines to buy one to Paris.  You will need euros to do so.


Step 2.
Go up the escalator which leads to the platform, and get on the first train.  They all go to the same place in the end:  the Antony railway station.  This is where you want to go.  It is the 2nd stop, after Orly-Ouest, and the total ride takes about 10 minutes.  Do not be alarmed when the train reverses direction at Orly-Ouest - it is still doing what you want it to, and not going back where you came from.

When you reach Antony, get off.  Pass through the turnstyles, along the short moving sidewalk, and up the escalator to your left.  This brings you to the platform for Paris.  Walk towards the left when you reach the platform if there is no train waiting, since you will need to be at the far front end of the approaching train when you get off.

Take the first train that comes.  They all go where you need them to.  Depending on whether or not you are on an express, this trip will take between 20 and 30 minutes.

When the train goes underground, which it does as it enters the Denfert-Rochereau station, start paying attention.  You now have 4 more stops:   Port-Royal, Luxembourg, St-Michel, and Châtelet-Les Halles.


Step 3.
When you reach the Châtelet / Les Halles station...

  • ...exit towards the front of the train. 
  • Take the stairs or escalator up. 
  • At the top of the stairs or escalator you will see dark blue Sortie (exit) signs, with different sorties indicated.  The one you want is labeled Porte Rambuteau.  You should be standing in front of this exit as you reach the top of the stairs coming up from the platform.

You are now at the start of the 2nd paragraph of Step 3 of the Charles de Gaulle instructions, above.  Follow the rest of those instructions to get to our office.



BEAUVAIS AIRPORT
Beauvais is not really a Paris airport at all:  it is in the eponimous town, 90 minutes northwest of the city in normal traffic.  By contrast, you can get to London by train in an hour more.  From central Paris it is actually faster to go to Brussels by train than to go to Beauvais Airport.

No one at Blue Marble, nor any of our friends, has ever used Beauvais Airport, so we only know of it by reputation. (We tend to take trains within Europe, even when they cost more — we all have our luxuries).  But here is what we know about making this trip.

  • A bus connecting to all flights operates between the airport and the Porte Maillot, a large roundabout on the eastern edge of the city. 
  • From Porte Maillot, métro line 1 runs into the city. 
  • Connect to line 4 at the Châtlet station (direction Porte de Clignancourt), and take this one stop to the Les Halles station.
  • You are now in the middle of Step 3 of the Charles de Gaulle instructions.  Leave the platform via the exit to the front of your train, and you will come outside on the rue Rambuteau, as described above.

There is also an hourly train between the town of Beauvais (not the airport) and the centrally-located Gare du Nord, taking 65 minutes to make the trip.  The trip from Beauvais airport to Beauvais station is about 15€ by taxi; there is also an irregular bus that makes this run.  From Gare du Nord to Les Halles is one stop on line B of the RER.  This would put you at the start of Step 3 of the Charles de Gaulle instructions, above.

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