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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 08:03 AM
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car service needed CDG to Paris

Mu husband, daughters 9 and 11 y.o. and I are arriving at CDG Saturday 3/31 early am from Philadelphia. Would like to arrange for a car to pick us up and take us where we are staying in the 6th near Bon Marche. Has anyone used such a service and if so, how much did it cost and how can I contact them? Thanks!
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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I am interpreting this to mean a shuttle, or a taxi? If yes, if you search this site for Paris shuttle, you will get info and some recommendations. Similarly, taxi info will also be found.

This is a fairly common question and there are very long threads here on how best to get from CDG to central Paris
(RER train, taxi, shuttle, Air France bus, Roissybus...)

Bienvenue a Paris...
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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I was actually hoping to avoid public transportation, and to avoid waiting in line for a taxi, by having someone pre-arranged to be waiting for us, holding a sign with our last name. My kids have not flown transatlantic before, and I am just trying to make this phase of our travel as easy as possible.
This is a common arrangement in the USA, thought there might be a way to do the same in Paris.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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It will probably take you longer to locate someone who's coming to pick you up than it will to grab a taxi. I don't think I've ever waited more than 5 minutes at CDG for a cab.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I agree with StCirq. Most shuttles require you to call an 800 number and then wait at a particular exit. The taxi rank is right outside the arrivals terminal and the cabs just keep coming. I've also never waited on line longer than 8-10 minutes. From CDG to the 7th I usually pay about E65 - I would expect to the 6th to be comparable.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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and the taxies are quite post as well (Mercedes, Alpha Romeos, BMW's, etc.)
...not like NYC or Philly cabs.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Hi E,

It's not all that difficult to get a cab, and it will be about the same cost as a shuttle.

A private limo will be mucho bucks.

Be sure to take the kids to the food hall at Bon Marche'. It's in the annex building.

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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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A G7 taxi will wait for you with a sign.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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Thanks for everyone's help. We'll probably head for the taxis.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Try Airport Connection. Prices are reasonable they are online and I have used them in the past and was happy with their service. It cost in 2004 about 130 euros for a private van round trip. Well worth it in my book. Enjoy Paris, I have several times and will many more.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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Isn't Airport Connection another of those companies you have to locate a phone on arrival, get a phone card, call them, and then wait?

I vote for a taxi.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 03:33 PM
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I just got an email from the company we are using to rent an apt and they will have someone waiting for us for 85Euros. He'll know exactly where our apt is (Rue Regis near Bon Marche), so maybe I'll just fork over the extra euros and use their driver.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 05:44 PM
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Wonderful idea. Have a nice time.
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Old Feb 27th, 2007, 09:31 PM
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Well, that's about double what you should pay for a taxi, but if you have the money, feel free to burn it.
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Old Feb 28th, 2007, 04:04 AM
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I'd quote that last comment a little differently. A taxi might indeed cost half that amount and get you there just as easily and quickly (all you need is the address written on a piece of paper). But if you don't mind spending the extra money for your comfort or peace of mind, by all means do it. I don't call making yourself comfortable "burning" money. Some people would call spending anything more than 5 euro for a meal, or spending more than 50 euro a night for a place to put your head "burning" money. Spend you money however you wish.
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Old Feb 28th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Just to reiterate--a taxi is dead easy--out the door and the taximaster will get you a cab. Do not take anything but a Taxi Parisien.
If you do take the "driver" that your apartment arranges, please report back. I'd make a bet it's a shuttle--but just for you.
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Old Feb 28th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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OH, and I REALLY hope that it isn't Jacques Misery!!
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Old Feb 28th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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You don't need a phone card to call the shuttles - it's a "1-800" type of number. Some phones have a button to push that reads "sans carte".
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Old Feb 28th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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Something else to consider.

If the driver is waiting for you with a sign outside the arrivals hall won't you have to walk to the parking lot to his car? (I did this in Prague and in Rome.)

The driver will not be able to park in the taxi area so either he will have to get the car and pick you up in an area of the airport that allows private cars and shuttles (which you will walk to) or you and the family will have to walk to the parking lot. Either way would take longer than stepping out the door to the taxi queue. Even when the line is long it moves quickly.

The reason for having to call shuttles is that they cannot park outside and wait for you. No need for a phone card.
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